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Liam Cochrane

Connect Asia

Connect Asia brings you news, business reports and analysis on the stories that matter in Asia.

Join Liam Cochrane and the team each morning across Asia on Radio Australia through FM, online stream and shortwave.


Japan, US review defence cooperation guidelines

Updated 18 July 2013, 16:45 AEST

For the first time in 15 years, the United States and Japan are reviewing their defence cooperation guidelines.

China expands probe into foreign pharmaceutical firms

Updated 18 July 2013, 16:46 AEST

Chinese authorities are widening their investigation into bribery allegations involving pharmaceutical companies.

Taliban's letter to Pakistani schoolgirl Malala

Updated 18 July 2013, 16:47 AEST

A senior member of the Taleban has written an extraordinary letter to the Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousufzai who was shot by the Taleban on her way home from school.

Indian parents demand action over school lunch poisoning

Updated 18 July 2013, 16:48 AEST

Angry parents have protested in India after 22 children died of suspected poisoning after eating a free meal provided by their school in the eastern state of Bihar.

Hunger 'solutions' found in better animal welfare, production

Updated 18 July 2013, 16:49 AEST

Australian veterinary scientists say they have come up with new solutions to feeding a hungry world.

World Bank will no longer fund coal-fired power stations

Updated 18 July 2013, 16:51 AEST

In a big policy shift, the World Bank says it will no longer fund coal-fired power stations in poor countries.

Clarke says Australian cricket team is unified

Updated 18 July 2013, 16:51 AEST

Australia's cricket captain Michael Clarke insists his team is unified and focused on winning the second Ashes Test at Lord's.

Authorities end search for asylum boat survivors

Updated 17 July 2013, 15:39 AEST

Australian maritime authorities have suspended a search for any more survivors from a boat which capsized off Christmas Island.

Asylum seeker boat capsizes off Christmas Island

Updated 17 July 2013, 15:34 AEST

Another boat carrying asylum seekers has capsized in rough seas off Australia's Indian Ocean territory of Christmas Island.

Australian PM details asylum policy plans in Community Cabinet

Updated 17 July 2013, 15:35 AEST

Just hours before news of the boat capsize was made public, Australia's Prime Minister was at a community cabinet meeting in Rockhampton.

Asylum policy: a political imperative for Australian PM

Updated 17 July 2013, 15:32 AEST

The asylum seeker issue is one of the last policy areas the Australia's Prime Minister Kevin Rudd needs to resolve before revealing when Australians will go to the polls.

US commander in Asia-Pacific upbeat about engaging China

Updated 17 July 2013, 15:31 AEST

The commander of the dominant naval force in the Asia Pacific says he's comfortable with US China maritime relations.

More than deterrence needed to avoid conflict in maritime Asia

Updated 17 July 2013, 18:15 AEST

Someone who has made a study of the norms and laws of the sea is Rory Medcalf, the director of the International Security Program at the Lowy Institute.

Japan threatens to leave whaling commission

Updated 17 July 2013, 15:29 AEST

Japan has suggested it will quit the International Whaling Commission if a court case brought by Australia does not go in its favour.

Myanmar's president vows to release all political prisoners

Updated 17 July 2013, 15:28 AEST

Myanmar's president Thein Sein has vowed that all political prisoners will be released by the end of the year.

Vietnamese government cracks down on critics

Updated 17 July 2013, 15:27 AEST

A major new report shows that political bloggers in Vietnam are routinely subjected to detention and harassment.

South Korea says North to blame for cyber attacks

Updated 17 July 2013, 15:27 AEST

South Korea has blamed the North for last month's cyber attacks on its websites.

Global access to education likely to take 'decades'

Updated 17 July 2013, 15:26 AEST

Many around the globe were deeply impressed when the Pakistani teenager shot by the Taliban addressed the United Nations on her 16th birthday, and vowed NOT to be silenced by terrorists.

Bangladesh's labour law has 'glaring loopholes': HRW

Updated 17 July 2013, 15:26 AEST

Bangladesh has approved a new labour law to boost worker rights, including the freedom to form trade unions.

Malaysian opposition's launches court action against EC

Updated 17 July 2013, 15:25 AEST

Malaysia's Opposition coalition has filed a civil suit in the High Court, demanding the sacking of the Election Commission and an annulment of the results of all 222 parliamentary seats in the May 5 polls.

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