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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.


Leaders to hold historic talks in Pyongyang

3 October 2007, 10:49 AEST

For the second time in 50 years, the leaders of North and South Korea are meeting for a historic summit in talks many hope will achieve more than just symbolism.

UN envoy meets military leaders

3 October 2007, 10:49 AEST

After a four-day wait, the United Nations special envoy to Burma, Ibrahim Gambari, has met Burma's senior military leader Than Shwe, and conveyed the UN's urgent concerns over the violent crackdown on pro-democracy supporters.

Gas stations serve up homecooked

3 October 2007, 10:17 AEST

Driving through countryside Australia, roadside service stations aren't the first place you might think of to get a home-cooked meal.

Australia rejects Burma's ambassdor nominee

3 October 2007, 9:57 AEST

Australia's Foreign minister says he has rejected Burma's nomination as ambassador to Australia because he was a general in the country's military regime.

Interim PM denies resignation plans

3 October 2007, 9:57 AEST

Thailand's Prime Minister, Surayud Chulanont, has given a televised address to the nation, denying he plans to resign before democratic elections set down for the end of December.

American security firm Blackwater grilled by Congress

3 October 2007, 9:54 AEST

The chairman of the American private security firm Blackwater, which provides security to US troops in Iraq, has been given a grilling by a Congressional committee.

New survey on attitudes towards the US

3 October 2007, 9:53 AEST

A survey of Australian attitudes towards the United States is being released today by the University of Sydney.

Big cities running out of water

3 October 2007, 9:52 AEST

The Chinese city of Shijiazhuang is typical of many of China's big cities in the north, boasting an economic growth of more than 11 percent per annum, and classy new housing developments going up along the city's lakes.

New comic book features Muslim superheroes

3 October 2007, 9:49 AEST

Move over Spiderman: a new comic book featuring Islamic superheroes has been launced in Indonesia.

Monks begin fleeing to Thailand

2 October 2007, 9:59 AEST

In Burma, where disturbing reports have emerged of thousands of monks being rounded up in preparation for being sent to prisons in the far north of the country.

Aid agencies say no signs of Burmese refugee exodus

2 October 2007, 9:58 AEST

Some of Burma's monks have begun leaving the country for Thailand to escape the junta's latest crackdown.

Australian mining firm criticised over mining operation

2 October 2007, 9:58 AEST

The international aid agency OXFAM is accusing an Australian mining company of going ahead with its operation in the Philippines in the face of strong community opposition.

Gandhi-style peace march for land rights

2 October 2007, 9:58 AEST

Up to 25,000 people will take part today in a peaceful, non-violent march in India today, calling for greater landrights for the country's millions of rural poor.

Grim forecast in latest climate predictions

2 October 2007, 9:58 AEST

Here in Australia, record-breaking droughts and rising temperatures already appear to be a part of life.

North and South prepare for historic summit

2 October 2007, 9:58 AEST

Later today North and South Korea will hold historic talks in the Northern capital, Pyongyang.

Firms seek slice of halal food market

2 October 2007, 9:58 AEST

Here in Australia, a group of producers and manufacturers in the southeastern state of Victoria look set be the first in Australia to take a slice of the lucrative halal food market.

Pro-democracy campaigners abroad step up pressure

2 October 2007, 9:58 AEST

With many monks now behind bars, demonstrations inside Burma are now understood to have died down.

Postal service to be privatised

2 October 2007, 9:58 AEST

This week the Japan Postal Service is going private, in an operation that's about much more than the delivery of mail.

International pressure on ruling junta intensifies

1 October 2007, 12:24 AEST

The United Nations' special envoy to Burma, Ibrahim Gambari, is in the country hoping to mediate between the military rulers and the opposition.

Communities still struggling with monsoon aftermath

1 October 2007, 12:00 AEST

Three months after one of the worst monsoon seasons in memory, millions of people across South Asia continue to struggle with the aftermath of flooding and landslides.

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