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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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ASIA REVIEW 2 August 2014

Updated 1 August 2014, 15:08 AEST

This week on Asia Review: The Philippines get their nationals out of Libya; UN concerns over Myanmar's backtracking on reforms; India's juvenile justice system under review; And the maritime odyssey of the green sea-turtle.

Manila under fire over Libya evacuation

Updated 1 August 2014, 12:58 AEST

Governments from around the world are scrambling to evacuate their citizens from Libya after an upsurge of violence among rival militias.

UN envoy calls for greater freedom of worship in Vietnam

Updated 1 August 2014, 12:58 AEST

The United Nations special envoy on religious freedom has called on Vietnam to allow all religious communities to operate outside officially established channels.

Trial of Khmer Rouge leaders under way in Phnom Penh

Updated 1 August 2014, 12:28 AEST

A second United Nations-backed genocide trial of two former Khmer Rouge leaders has begun in Cambodia.

China seals currency swap deal with cash-strapped Argentina

Updated 1 August 2014, 13:08 AEST

China is strengthening financial ties with Argentina as Buenos Aires grapples with its second default in just over a decade following an adverse ruling by the US Supreme Court.

Push to position Australia as 'China's food bowl'

Updated 1 August 2014, 12:29 AEST

There's a push to market Australian agricultural produce to China under a single brand.

First woman appointed to lead Pacific Islands Forum secretariat

Updated 1 August 2014, 12:52 AEST

The Pacific Islands Forum has wrapped up with the release of the final communique of the summit.

Bishop remains in Kiev to continue lobbying Ukrainian politicians

Updated 31 July 2014, 12:27 AEST

Heavy fighting in eastern Ukraine has again prevented Australian and Dutch investigators from reaching the crash site of Malaysia Airlines flight 17.

UN rights envoy takes Myanmar to task

Updated 31 July 2014, 12:28 AEST

Myanmar's government has rejected a United Nations warning that the country may be backtracking on reforms, including a free media.

Myanmar parties step up electoral system debate ahead of 2015 poll

Updated 31 July 2014, 12:28 AEST

Myanmar's lower house of parliament will form a commission to discuss a proportional representative electoral system in the run up to next year's general election.

Prominent Uighur academic facing separatist charges

Updated 31 July 2014, 12:29 AEST

A prominent Uighur scholar is to be tried on separatist charges in China's troubled western province of Xinjiang.

China's currency ascendancy a 'seismic event'

Updated 1 August 2014, 12:25 AEST

There's an expectation China's renminbi will become a fully fledged global currency within the next five years.

Australian athletics coach suspended after outburst

Updated 31 July 2014, 12:30 AEST

Australia's athletics team at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow has had a dramatic 24 hours, culminating in the suspension of head coach Eric Hollingsworth.

New Pacific Forum chair calls for better ocean protection

Updated 30 July 2014, 11:57 AEST

The Pacific Islands Forum is officially under way in Palau.

China's powerful former security chief under investigation

Updated 30 July 2014, 14:40 AEST

China says the country's former powerful domestic security chief Zhou Yongkang is under investigation for 'serious violations of party discipline'.

Hong Kong pro-democracy site forced to close

Updated 30 July 2014, 14:39 AEST

Hong Kong has witnessed the sudden closure of a pro-democracy news website and blog.

Pakistani woman, girls killed over 'blasphemous' Facebook post

Updated 30 July 2014, 11:56 AEST

A woman and her two grand-daughters have been killed in Pakistan in the latest incident of sectarian violence targeting minority groups.

Air transport industry reviews safety procedures after MH17

Updated 30 July 2014, 11:56 AEST

Air transport leaders have been meeting in Canada to review air safety since Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot out of the sky almost two weeks ago.

Six volunteers end of Mars experience on Hawaiian volcano

Updated 30 July 2014, 11:58 AEST

Six volunteers have returned to Earth after spending four months on Mars.

Ukraine fighting continues to hamper MH17 probe

Updated 29 July 2014, 11:55 AEST

Fierce fighting in eastern Ukraine has forced Dutch and Australian investigators to abandon attempts to reach the MH-17 crash site for a second day.

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