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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 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.

190 million Indonesians pick a president today

Updated 9 July 2014, 12:12 AEST

Nearly 190 million Indonesian voters choose their next president today.

Tight race, as Indonesians choose between Jokowi and Prabowo

Updated 9 July 2014, 12:17 AEST

Rising bright and early to witness the exercise is our correspondent Helen Brown in Jakarta.

Sri Lankan asylum seekers may face more weeks at sea

Updated 9 July 2014, 12:13 AEST

More than 150 Sri Lankan asylum seekers face the prospect of weeks in limbo on the high seas, while the Australian High Court decides their fate.

Japan and Australia declare an era of closer relations

Updated 9 July 2014, 12:14 AEST

For the first time in a friendship spanning over fifty years, the Prime Minister of Japan has addressed a joint sitting of the Australian Parliament.

Philippine government and MILF iron out differences over Bangsamoro document

Updated 9 July 2014, 12:15 AEST

The Philippines government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front are again meeting in Malaysia for talks to resolve differences over the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law.

ANZ Bank dumps Cambodia customer PP Sugar

Updated 9 July 2014, 12:17 AEST

The ANZ Bank has ended its relationship with the Cambodian company, Phnom Penh Sugar, in a case which observers say demonstrates the challenges of operating in some developing countries.

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