Asia Pacific

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 18th April

17 April 2014, 14:43 AEST

This week on Asia Review - China strikes a new friendship with East Timor; Tiger of Jelutong - Malaysia mourns the passing of politician and rights lawyer Karpal Singh; Australia's Tamil diaspora fights terrorist label; And India's BJP courts the Middle Kingdom.  

Fears death toll will rise in South Korean ferry sinking

Updated 17 April 2014, 12:23 AEST

Divers have resumed the search for almost 300 people -- many of them teenage children -- still missing after a ferry sank off the South Korean coast.

Malaysia mourns death of legendary rights lawyer, MP Karpal Singh

Updated 17 April 2014, 12:22 AEST

Malaysia is mourning the death of one of its Opposition leaders in a road accident early this morning.

Military defamation action proceeds against Australian, Thai journalists

Updated 17 April 2014, 12:21 AEST

An unprecedented criminal defamation lawsuit against Australian journalist Alan Morison and his Thai colleague will be heard in a Phuket court on Thursday The prosecution of Alan Morison and his colleague Chutima Sidasathian will proceed, despite calls by the United Nations and rights groups for the charges to be dropped.

Solomons flood recovery will take both time and money: Red Cross

Updated 17 April 2014, 12:19 AEST

Two weeks after devastating flash floods in Solomon Islands, a slow trickle of people is returning to what's left of their homes in the capital Honiara, and outlying districts.

Australian Tamil Congress denies terrorism links

Updated 17 April 2014, 12:16 AEST

It is now nearly five years since the end of the civil war in Sri Lanka, but the fallout is far from over.

Transgender groups celebrate after Indian supreme court ruling

Updated 17 April 2014, 12:15 AEST

India's transgender community is celebrating after a landmark Supreme Court ruling creating a 'third gender' status.

East Timor and China move closer

Updated 16 April 2014, 12:40 AEST

China and East Timor have strengthened their relationship during a week long visit to China by Xanana Gusmao.

South Korea's spy agency faces major overhaul

Updated 16 April 2014, 12:41 AEST

South Korea's President Park Geun-hye says the nation's intelligence agency will be overhauled, after three officials were charged with fabricating evidence in a spying case.

Depth defeats mini-sub search for MH370

Updated 16 April 2014, 11:34 AEST

The search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 using a mini-sub hit a snag when the ocean depth was confirmed as being deeper than expected.

Calls for action on 'dire' drug resistant TB threat in Asia and the Pacific

Updated 16 April 2014, 11:36 AEST

Medical experts are warning that drug resistant tuberculosis is now such a problem in the Asia Pacific region that it could overwhelm health systems.

Tonga battles first chikungunya outbreak

Updated 16 April 2014, 11:36 AEST

Health authorities in Tonga are hopeful that a major epidemic of the mosquito-borne chikungunya virus may have peaked.

Vietnam frees dissidents as it eyes US & regional trade deals

Updated 16 April 2014, 12:43 AEST

Vietnam has released two more high-profile dissidents, making a total of four political prisoners freed over the past three weeks.

Myanmar military renews anti-rebel offensive

Updated 15 April 2014, 12:34 AEST

Ethnic Shan and Kachin minorities in Myanmar have been forced to flee their homes in the face of a renewed military offensive against various rebel groups in the border area.

Land rights defenders face growing danger: Global Witness

Updated 15 April 2014, 12:33 AEST

There's been a sharp rise in violence related to the environment and land grabs in the Asia Pacific region, according to a new report.

Samoan PM says debt levels manageable

Updated 15 April 2014, 12:33 AEST

The International Monetary Fund has issued a caution to Samoa saying its debt levels are getting too high.

Oxfam urges Australian retailers to sign up to Bangladesh Accord

Updated 15 April 2014, 12:32 AEST

It was a fire that horrified the world.

Programmers at the Startup Village

Indian tech firm incubator nurses big ambitions

Updated 15 April 2014, 12:31 AEST

A new Indian initiative know as the 'Startup Village' has ambitious plans to create 1,000 technology firms in 10 years.

Artist Wang Xu in front of his artwork, Credit: Red Dose

China art exhibition in Sydney explores influence of time and place

Updated 16 April 2014, 10:43 AEST

As Prime Minister Tony Abbott made a point of saying during his trip to China last week, Australia is interested in more than trade with our large neighbour.

Philippine military, MILF forces combine to combat Abu Sayyaf

Updated 14 April 2014, 11:37 AEST

An offensive is under way in the southern Philippine island of Basilan against the rebel Abu Sayyaf group.

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