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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Malaysian NGO groups launch unifying 'people's movement'

Updated 14 July 2014, 11:48 AEST

A new movement has been launched in Malaysia to counter misinformation and racial division.

Afghan election audit under way

Updated 14 July 2014, 11:49 AEST

An audit of all eight million votes in Afghanistan's disputed election has started.

Myanmar cracks down on media

14 July 2014, 11:06 AEST

Five journalists have each been sentenced to 10 years hard labour in Myanmar for revealing state secrets.

WWF warns Southern Bluefin catch unsustainable

Updated 14 July 2014, 11:52 AEST

The World Wildlife Fund is urging Pacific fisheries to halve their catch to preserve Bluefin tuna stocks for the long term.

Thorpe begins new life after putting sexuality question behind him

Updated 14 July 2014, 11:53 AEST

There has been an outpouring of public support for champion Australian swimmer Ian Thorpe after he silenced the rumour mill, by announcing that he is gay.

Germany triumphant, but Brazil's hangover is just beginning

Updated 14 July 2014, 11:53 AEST

While Germany celebrates its World Cup victory, Brazil is counting its losses on and off the field.

Asia Review 12th July 2014

Updated 11 July 2014, 18:31 AEST

This week on Asia Review - A Jokowi victory in Indonesia likely to be challenged by Prabowo; India's ambitious budget under new PM Modi; Shinzo Abe addresses both houses of the Australian parliament; And protecting the Pacific's unique fauna.

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Indonesia's Constitutional Court may have to decide leadership

Updated 11 July 2014, 16:44 AEST

Indonesia's likely new president, Joko Widodo has warned against tampering with ballots, ahead of a final count of votes from Wednesday's disputed election.

Outcome of Afghanistan's second round presidential poll still in doubt

Updated 11 July 2014, 11:34 AEST

In Afghanistan, the outcome of last month's second-round presidential poll is still being challenged.

PM with ambition - Modi's first budget to revitalise economy

Updated 11 July 2014, 11:35 AEST

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi has faced his first major test in government with the delivery of an ambitious budget.

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Last Dance - Tokyo clubbers resist an archaic law

Updated 11 July 2014, 17:36 AEST

Dancing may seem an innocent enough pastime, but in Japan it is technically illegal under some circumstances.

Dust of Uruzgan - musical tribute to Australian diggers in Afghanistan

Updated 11 July 2014, 11:40 AEST

Fred Smith is an Australian who's dealt closely with troops serving in Afghanistan.

Indonesian election 2014: Call for calm

Updated 10 July 2014, 11:21 AEST

Indonesia is today in a state of confusion over who its next President will be.

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Figures favour Joko Widodo as Indonesia's next President

Updated 10 July 2014, 13:41 AEST

Indonesia's presidential poll is unlikely to be declared until the Electoral Commission formally announces a winner on July 22nd.

Australia looks forward to strong ties with new Indonesian leader

Updated 10 July 2014, 11:27 AEST

Australia's foreign minister Julie Bishop says whoever becomes Indonesia's next president, the bilateral relationship will remain strong.

Sri Lanka's Tamil groups upset by Australian minister's omission

Updated 10 July 2014, 11:19 AEST

In Sri Lanka, Australia's Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has upset Tamil groups after he failed to meet with them during a brief visit to the northern region of Jaffna.

Thailand urged to tighten law to stop wild elephant trade

Updated 10 July 2014, 12:32 AEST

Conservationists are calling on the Thai government to change its laws and elephant registration procedures, to halt the trafficking of wild elephants for the tourism industry.

Scientists meet in Fiji, with focus on Pacific's species extinction

Updated 10 July 2014, 11:23 AEST

Hundreds of scientists from around the world are gathering in Fiji to find a solution to the pacific's notorious record for species extinction.

PM Abe's visit marks a turning point in Japan-PNG relations

Updated 10 July 2014, 11:38 AEST

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrives in Papua New Guinea tonight for a two-day visit.

Frosty reception for Indian PM Modi in Kashmir

Updated 10 July 2014, 11:27 AEST

In India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi faced a hostile welcome during his maiden visit to India's Muslim-majority region of Kashmir.

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