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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.


Scepticism greets Chinese entrepreneur's dream of Nicaraguan canal

Updated 5 July 2013, 12:47 AEST

A little known Chinese businessman has been given approval to cut a shipping canal through the central American nation of Nicaragua.

Scientists optimistic HIV drug cost can be cut

Updated 5 July 2013, 16:16 AEST

American doctors have revealed that two patients appear to have become HIV free after having bone marrow stem cell transplants to treat cancer.

Fawad Ahmed: from refugee to potential baggy green

Updated 5 July 2013, 12:50 AEST

With less than a week to go before Australia locks horns with England in an Ashes series, the Australian selectors have the option of calling up a new bowler.

Australia, South Korea in first high-level security talks

Updated 5 July 2013, 16:14 AEST

Australia's Foreign Minister Bob Carr and Defence Minister Stephen Smith are in South Korea for talks on regional security issues.

Kmart committed to improving Bangladesh standards: Russo

Updated 4 July 2013, 16:28 AEST

The head of the Australian retail giant Kmart has spoken out about his company's continuing commitment to the garment industry in Bangladesh.

US sanctions Myanmar general over North Korea ties

Updated 3 July 2013, 17:09 AEST

The United States has sanctioned a top military officer in Myanmar for making arms deals with North Korea in defiance of UN resolutions.

Popular opinion turns against Chinese 're-education'

Updated 3 July 2013, 17:13 AEST

A Chinese mother sent to a labour camp after demanding the men who kidnapped and raped her daughter be punished has returned to court.

Call for new HIV drug pricing policy

Updated 3 July 2013, 17:16 AEST

New treatments for HIV/AIDS remain beyond the reach of many patients because of their high cost.

New Australian trade minister pushes for free trade talks

Updated 3 July 2013, 17:55 AEST

Australia's new Trade Minister says one of his key priorities is ensuring Australia is 'Asia ready', and that includes finalising free trade agreements with China, South Korea and Japan.

West Papua advocacy a thorny issue for new minister

Updated 3 July 2013, 17:17 AEST

Australia's new Minister for International Development Melissa Parke has refused to comment on how her appointment would be viewed in Indonesia.

Hazardous smog engulfs Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore

Updated 3 July 2013, 17:49 AEST

The illegal clearance of land by burning of land to make way for new pulp timber and palm oil plantations is a regular occurrence on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, where many of those lucrative crops are grown.

Japan lays out whaling case at UN's top court

Updated 3 July 2013, 17:18 AEST

Japan has laid out its case for its scientific whaling program in the International Court of Justice, saying Australia is imposing foreign cultural values on another nation.

New Zealand called on to protect Maui's dolphin from extinction

Updated 3 July 2013, 17:18 AEST

New Zealand's record on cetacean protection is being called into question by the International Whaling Commission - just as the country goes into battle alongside Australia against Japan's whaling program.

Australia to export customs dogs to Japan

Updated 3 July 2013, 17:19 AEST

Australia has struck a deal to send locally-bred customs dogs to Japan.

AusAID shelves Indonesia forest project

Updated 3 July 2013, 17:53 AEST

The Australian government's aid agency, AusAID, has quietly ended an ambitious project to reforest and rehabilitate peatlands in Indonesia, which was aimed at reducing carbon emissions.

Indonesia's mass organisation law threatens democratic progress: HRW

Updated 3 July 2013, 17:27 AEST

A controversial bill regulating the activities of civic and religious organisations in Indonesia is one step closer to becoming law after it was passed by Parliament.

Huge turnout for Hong Kong pro-democracy rally

Updated 2 July 2013, 17:09 AEST

Tens of thousands of people have marched in Hong Kong calling for their Beijing-appointed chief executive Leung Chun-ying to resign and to press for promised democratic reforms.

Thai PM takes key defence post in cabinet reshuffle

Updated 2 July 2013, 17:37 AEST

Thailand's Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has become the first woman to head the defence ministry after the latest Cabinet reshuffle.

China agrees to maritime dispute talks

Updated 2 July 2013, 16:18 AEST

The Association of South East Asian Nations is claiming progress in defusing tensions over conflicting claims to territory by its members and China.

Reports Snowden seeking political asylum in Russia

Updated 2 July 2013, 17:33 AEST

The fugitive American spy agency worker Edward Snowden has applied for political asylum in Russia.

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