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Liam Cochrane

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


Sacked Cricket Australia coach seeks compensation

Updated 17 July 2013, 15:24 AEST

Australian cricket is facing another crisis on the eve of the second Ashes test at Lords Former coach Mickey Arthur has launched a $4 million compensation claim against Cricket Australia for unfair dismissal.

Cricket to help migrant communities in Britain

Updated 17 July 2013, 15:21 AEST

Among the most ardent cricket fans in Britain are those from the country's south Asian migrant community.

Indonesia rules out accepting asylum seeker towbacks

Updated 16 July 2013, 14:49 AEST

Indonesia's Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa says his government will not accept asylum seeker boats towed back from Australia.

Australian opposition vows 'no surprises' on asylum policy

Updated 16 July 2013, 15:09 AEST

Australia's Opposition's immigration spokesman Scott Morrison says a Coalition government would seek to maintain 'clear communication' with Indonesia on the issue of asylum seekers.

Teenage asylum seeker describes life in Australian detention

Updated 16 July 2013, 15:06 AEST

The case of an 11-year-old Sri Lankan asylum seeker detained in the Australian state of Tasmania at the Pontville centre has raised questions about what conditions are like inside the facility.

Afghan boys: silent victims of human trafficking

Updated 16 July 2013, 17:57 AEST

A recent United States report on human trafficking identifies Afghanistan as a source country, where children are trafficked internally and across the borders into Pakistan and Iran for labour and sexual exploitation.

Australia supports Indonesia's push for a regional treaty to maintain

Updated 16 July 2013, 14:58 AEST

Indonesia's Foreign Minister has pressed his country's case for an Indo-Pacific wide treaty during a visit to Australia.

Japan considers nationalising remote unclaimed islands

Updated 16 July 2013, 14:57 AEST

Japan is reportedly considering the prospect of nationalising any unclaimed remote islands in its waters.

Philippines, MILF reach wealth-sharing agreement

Updated 16 July 2013, 17:59 AEST

The Philippine Government is confident that a final agreement with the country's largest Muslim rebel group can be achieved within weeks after a breakthrough at the latest round of talks in Kuala Lumpur.

Calls for Indonesia to lift foreign media ban in Papua

Updated 16 July 2013, 14:56 AEST

Indonesia's Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa says he believes foreign journalists should be allowed to report from the country's troubled Papua provinces.

Hong Kong expected to lift baby formula restrictions

Updated 16 July 2013, 14:55 AEST

Authorities in Hong Kong are considering lifting their ban on the export of baby milk formula to China.

Japan wraps up defence of whaling program

Updated 16 July 2013, 14:54 AEST

Japan says Australia will stop at nothing in its efforts to stop whaling, and that its claims are affront to the nation's dignity.

Islamist leader jailed for 90 years in Bangladesh

Updated 16 July 2013, 14:53 AEST

Bangladesh's war crimes tribunal has sentenced the spiritual leader of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, Ghulam Azam, to 90 years in jail for crimes against humanity during the country's 1971 war of independence.

Australian Muslims encouraged to 'open homes' during Ramadan

Updated 16 July 2013, 14:52 AEST

Muslims observing Ramadan are abstaining from food and drink during daylight hours and only breaking the fast after the sun has gone down.

India's crackdown on criminal politicians

Updated 16 July 2013, 14:51 AEST

A recent ruling by India's Supreme Court prevents politicians from contesting in elections if they are convicted of a serious crime.

ASEAN offering tourists '10 tastes of Southeast Asia'

Updated 16 July 2013, 14:50 AEST

ASEAN has begun promoting what are described as six experiential and creative themes for tourists to encourage multi-country trips across the 10-member states in Southeast Asia.

Chinese sculptor brings 'Chubby women' exhibition to Australia

Updated 16 July 2013, 14:48 AEST

Asian art forms are becoming more and more visible in Australia, with works worth hundreds of millions of dollars held in public and private collections.

US politician slams 'counterproductive' threat to Cambodian aid

Updated 15 July 2013, 17:00 AEST

US Republicans are calling on Washington to cut off aid to Cambodia if Prime Minister Hun Sen is returned to power at this month's election.

Call for Cambodia reform to ensure 'free and fair' polls

Updated 15 July 2013, 17:02 AEST

Cambodia's opposition leader, Sam Rainsy, says he will return to Cambodia this week to campaign for his party ahead of national polls.

Myanmar signs peace pact with Wa rebels

Updated 15 July 2013, 17:06 AEST

Myanmar President has embarked on a four-day trip to Britain and France, the first such visit by a Myanmar head of state to the two countries in more than two decades.

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