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Asia Pacific

Sen Lam

Asia Pacific

Asia Pacific brings you news and in-depth coverage of regional issues in Asia and the Pacific.

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Stories

Call for UN to assist Muslim community

22 July 2002, 15:02 AEST

The US-based group Human Rights Watch has called on the United Nations special envoy to Burma, Razali Ismail, to take up the plight of the country's embattled Muslim community when he visits the country next month.

Concern over water shortage on Ko Samui

22 July 2002, 15:02 AEST

Thailand's popular resort island of Ko Samui has been hit by a serious water shortage, threatening to affect thousands of tourists in the coming holiday season.

Congress pressured on corporate fraud legislation

22 July 2002, 15:02 AEST

Financial markets across Asia are poised for further trouble today with economists predicting they'll take their lead from Wall Street's dive of almost five per cent at the end of last week.

Regime accused of terrorising ethnic minorities

19 July 2002, 20:07 AEST

Amnesty International this week accused Burma's military regime of carrying out a reign of terror in ethnic minority regions.

Opposition to South Korean investment

19 July 2002, 20:07 AEST

There's opposition on Niue to a multi-million dollar investment offer by a group of South Koreans.

UMNO has yet to win over rural Malays

19 July 2002, 20:07 AEST

Malaysia's ruling Barisan Nasional alliance is celebrating a by-election win in Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad's home state of Kedah.

Seven opposition parties form a coalition

19 July 2002, 20:07 AEST

In Papua New Guinea, seven opposition parties have agreed to form a coalition government.

Country could revert to an authoritarian government

19 July 2002, 20:07 AEST

An Australian defence think tank says there's a growing risk of Indonesia reverting violently to an authoritarian government backed by the military.

Little evidence of terrorist cells

19 July 2002, 20:07 AEST

A new report by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute says there's evidence that Al Qaeda members fleeing Afghanistan have moved to Indonesia and built links with Islamic groups.

Escaped boys refused British asylum

19 July 2002, 10:19 AEST

Britain has rejected suggestions it acted under pressure, or endorsed the jailing of children, by refusing asylum to two child escapees from the Woomera Detention Centre.

Immigration Minister speaks out over escaped boys

19 July 2002, 10:19 AEST

The Immigration Minister, Philip Ruddock, says the Government has always been concerned about the boys' welfare, particularly since they escaped from Woomera.

AUSTRALIA:Escaped Children denied rights; lawyer

19 July 2002, 10:19 AEST

Some Australian legal experts say the decision ignores the rights of children under international law, which obliges countries not to arbitrarily detain children.

Human rights organisations source of valuable information

18 July 2002, 19:44 AEST

The reporting of Human Rights issues by international media organisations is getting better and worse at the same time.

Government in exile to sell off its bussinesses in India and Ne

18 July 2002, 19:44 AEST

Tibet's government in exile has announced it will sell off all the businesses it runs in India and Nepal to private entrepreneurs after incurring financial losses.

Budget in the red as aid trickles in

18 July 2002, 19:44 AEST

Afghanistan's fledgling government has found itself in the red, as international aid pledged at January's Tokyo conference is slow to flow in.

Hanoi accused of conceding too much to China

18 July 2002, 19:44 AEST

Vietnam's ruling Communist Party has ordered a high level probe into a mafia network which has spread its roots into the Central Committee, the core of the party's power structure.

Tourism industry affected by terrorist attacks

18 July 2002, 19:44 AEST

More than 20 European tourists are being flown home from Pakistan following an attack on their tour group at an archeaological site on the Karokarom Highway, on the ancient silk road between Europe and China.

Refugees return still unsafe says aid group

18 July 2002, 10:54 AEST

A major international aid group has criticised the United Nations refugee agency's decision to encourage Afghans to voluntarily return to their country en masse.

Retrial for Australian backpacker killing

18 July 2002, 10:54 AEST

Eight years after Australian backpacker David Wilson was murdered in Cambodia, a former Khmer Rouge commander and mastermind of the killings of Mr Wilson and two other foreign backpackers has been charged for a second time and is to face a new trial next month.

Possible court action over troubled elections

18 July 2002, 10:54 AEST

Counting is yet to start in two provinces where violence and interference have overwhelmed the PNG electoral process and the Electoral Commissioner is taking legal advice on whether in those areas he should start afresh.

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