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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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.

India moves to treat serious juvenile offenders as adults

Updated 29 July 2014, 11:55 AEST

The Indian government is proposing to change the law to allow 16 year-olds accused of crimes such as rape and murder to be tried as adults.

Thailand introduces female only carriages in safety campaign

Updated 29 July 2014, 11:55 AEST

In Thailand, the ruling military is about to introduce female-only carriages on the nation's long haul trains.

Cambodia emerges as new centre for illegal ivory trade

Updated 29 July 2014, 11:56 AEST

Thai customs have seized 18 elephant tusks and hundreds of ivory products worth an estimated 300,000 dollars at Bangkok's International airport.

Myanmar faces more dam problems

Updated 29 July 2014, 11:56 AEST

Opposition to the development of six dams in Myanmar is posing a problem for the reform efforts of the government of Thein Sein.

PNG in 'visionary' move to sustainable development

Updated 29 July 2014, 11:56 AEST

The Papua New Guinea government says it's working to refocus its economic and development efforts - including mining and logging - around an overiding goal of sustainable development.

Vietnamese journalists form independent union

Updated 29 July 2014, 11:56 AEST

Vietnam ranks as one of the worst countries for media freedom, due to censorship, surveillance and imprisonments.

Australia says new asylum seeker arrivals face possible return to India

Updated 28 July 2014, 12:21 AEST

The first group of asylum seekers to make the Australian mainland since December has arrived at the remote Curtin detention centre in Western Australia.

Vietnam, Australia to compare notes on human rights

Updated 28 July 2014, 12:22 AEST

Over the next three days in Hanoi, Australian and Vietnamese officials will be sitting down to discuss human rights.

Thai military imposes interim constitution

Updated 28 July 2014, 12:22 AEST

The Thai military has released a draft constitution which entrenches its power and enshrines amnesty for all past and future military actions.

Fiji's Forum membership to be decided after September poll

Updated 28 July 2014, 12:16 AEST

Fiji's membership of the Pacific Islands Forum will be discussed at this week's summit meeting in Palau.

Asia, Europe gathering sidelined by MH17 events

Updated 28 July 2014, 12:15 AEST

When foreign ministers and officials from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations paid a flying visit to Brussels last week, the timing could not have been worse.

Green sea Turtle (Credit: R.D Kirkby & B.S Kirkby)

Green sea turtles set marine animal migration record

Updated 28 July 2014, 12:27 AEST

Green sea turtles have swum the longest distance in marine animal migration, according to a new study.

Tee from the Service Workers In Group Foundation at AIDS 2014

Asia Review 26th July 2014

Updated 25 July 2014, 15:24 AEST

This week on Asia Review: Radio Australia was a prominent part of the 1,000 strong media contingent at AIDS 2014. Of 36 million people affected by HIV worldwide, almost five million are in the Asia Pacific region.  

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