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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.


Suspect says Xinjiang terror attack was planned

Updated 9 July 2013, 16:28 AEST

Chinese state television has been airing an interview with one of the men accused of being involved in last month's deadly clashes in Xinjiang.

Rescuers describe chaotic scene after San Francisco plane crash

Updated 9 July 2013, 16:29 AEST

The rescuers who were first on the scene after a South Korean airliner crash landed at San Francisco airport say they had to deal with chaotic scenes, including choking black smoke, gushing fuel and problems communicating with passengers.

Internet giants take aim at Singapore's 'regressive' new rules

Updated 9 July 2013, 16:30 AEST

Internet giants Google, Yahoo, Facebook and eBay have criticised Singapore's move to tighten regulation of news web sites.

India's election campaigning builds momentum

Updated 9 July 2013, 16:30 AEST

India's election next year is shaping up as a contest between the fourth generation of the Gandhi-Nehru dynasty and a state leader with a reputation for stoking sectarian tensions.

England riding high on patriotic fervour ahead of Ashes series

Updated 9 July 2013, 16:31 AEST

One day out from the first Ashes Test at Trent Bridge in Nottingham and both sides are itching to get onto the pitch.

Investigation into San Francisco plane crash seeks answers

Updated 8 July 2013, 15:11 AEST

Investigators are trying to establish why Asiana Airlines flight 214 crashed at San Francisco airport in fine weather conditions and with no obvious signs of mechanical failure.

San Francisco crash evidence points to pilot error: analyst

Updated 8 July 2013, 15:12 AEST

Air safety inspectors have recovered the flight data recorders from the wreckage of a South Korean plane that crashed at San Francisco airport over the weekend.

Death toll expected to rise in Canada rail disaster

Updated 8 July 2013, 15:13 AEST

The search for bodies continues in the still burning remains of a freight train which crashed and exploded in the Canadian province of Quebec.

Australian funding for an 'Asia ready' workforce

Updated 8 July 2013, 15:14 AEST

The Australian Government has announced funding for a major new initiative aimed at building an Asia-capable workforce, as the country continues to integrate further with the region.

Professional groups speak out against education tax cap

Updated 8 July 2013, 16:48 AEST

The Australian Government is facing a revolt from scores of professional bodies over moves, from next July, to clamp down on tax breaks for education expenses.

Japan moves closer to restarting nuclear power

Updated 8 July 2013, 15:15 AEST

Japan is poised to restart some of its nuclear reactors, more than two years after the Fukushima disaster.

Trial throws spotlight on Vietnam's treatment of political dissidents

Updated 8 July 2013, 15:16 AEST

The trial of Le Quoc Quan, a high profile human rights lawyer, will focus renewed attention on Vietnam's treatment of activists.

Former Taliban member appointed as key rights protector

Updated 8 July 2013, 15:19 AEST

International donors say they're concerned about corruption issues in Afghanistan, following the appointment of former Taliban member Abdul Rahman Hotak, as the new Human Rights Commissioner.

Pakistan to announce new energy strategy

Updated 8 July 2013, 17:31 AEST

The government of Pakistan has finalised a national energy policy aimed at putting an end to black-outs by increasing electricity generation dramatically over the next five years, and by reducing the cost of production.

Samsung shares punished on lower than expected profit forecast

Updated 8 July 2013, 15:22 AEST

Shares in the Korean electronics giant Samsung tumbled by nearly four per cent at the end of last week, despite a record profit forecast.

Rudd, Yudhoyono agree to regional asylum seeker approach

Updated 8 July 2013, 15:22 AEST

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has completed bilateral talks with Indonesia's President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono over the weekend.

Chinese children forced to visit parents under new law

Updated 8 July 2013, 15:23 AEST

Some family obligations and gatherings are unavoidable, but in China it seems it's now a criminal offence not to visit your parents.

Film to highlight plight of fishermen in election campaign

Updated 8 July 2013, 15:23 AEST

Professional fishermen are putting the finishing touches to what promises to be a controversial new film focusing on the families affected by the Australian Government's decision to turn large stretches of coastline into marine reserves.

Forced labour on the rise in Asia

Updated 8 July 2013, 16:47 AEST

The United States has released its annual Trafficked in Persons Report with China, Thailand and Malaysia condemned for their lack of action to eliminate human trafficking and slavery.

Well-being in rich countries on decline: study

Updated 8 July 2013, 15:26 AEST

A study led by Australian researchers has found that while the world has grown richer over the last three decades, it's not much happier.

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