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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.


Central Bank lifts interest rates again

23 August 2007, 9:57 AEST

China's Central Bank has raised interest rates for the fourth time this year.

Farmers to benefit from pest control project

23 August 2007, 9:57 AEST

A team of Australian researchers is going to East Timor to help farmers improve pest and disease control.

Tsunami museum announced

23 August 2007, 9:57 AEST

The winning design has been announced for a museum to commerorate the Aceh victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004.

Curfew introduced after protests

23 August 2007, 9:57 AEST

Bangladesh's army-backed interim government has ordered an indefinite curfew in the capital Dhaka and five other cities.

Referendum tipped to extend Gayoom's rule

22 August 2007, 11:06 AEST

The president of the Maldives, Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, has claimed victory in a referendum on how the Indian Ocean atoll nation should be governed, saying it was a mandate for his reform proposals.

Golf course to be built on Vietnamese border

22 August 2007, 9:58 AEST

Golfers will soon be able to tee off in Cambodia and finish their round in Vietnam following the start of the construction on a cross border resort, that officials say will be the first of its kind in Asia.

Gas bonanza moves onshore

22 August 2007, 9:50 AEST

Western Australia is experiencing a resources boom.

War of words with NZ over Iraq

22 August 2007, 9:50 AEST

A war of words has erupted between Australia and New Zealand over their involvement in the Iraq war.

Authorities address aviation safety concerns

22 August 2007, 9:50 AEST

China's civil aviation authority, the CAAC, has decided to scale back flights at Beijing airport for safety reasons and to suspend applications for new airlines until 2010.

Business celebrates Japanese visit

22 August 2007, 9:50 AEST

Indonesia's business community is celebrating this week's visit by Japan's Prime Minister and a big-spending business delegation.

Military offensive continues

22 August 2007, 9:50 AEST

In the southern Philippine city of Zamboanga, 14 people have been injured in a bomb blast.

Defence forces on show

22 August 2007, 9:50 AEST

Russia has staged a big defence show - the likes of which haven't been seen since Soviet times.

UNHCR details plight of Hmong refugees

22 August 2007, 9:50 AEST

The UN refugee agency has drawn attention to the plight of almost 150 Hmong refugees - most of them children - detained for months by Thai authorities.

Push to boost study of nuclear science

22 August 2007, 9:50 AEST

The University of Sydney has announced that it's setting up an Institute of Nuclear Science and is signing a deal with the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, or ANSTO.

Concern over horse flu outbreak

22 August 2007, 9:50 AEST

The owner of the Japanese horses that ran first and second in last year's Melbourne Cup says he's not sure if he will send them back for this year's race.

Miners clash with security guards

21 August 2007, 13:54 AEST

A human rights group in Hong Kong says more than 2,000 miners took part in a strike earlier this month in Hunan province.

Referendum highlights national divisions

21 August 2007, 13:54 AEST

There have been calls for a swift return to democracy in Thailand after the approval of a new consitution in the country's first referendum.

Colombo hosts major AIDS conference

21 August 2007, 13:54 AEST

The eighth International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific is underway in the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo.

Loan scheme for small businesses

21 August 2007, 13:54 AEST

The Australian arm of the international microcredit agency Opportunity International has announced an ambitious plan to help five million entrepreneurs in India.

Government under pressure over nuclear deal

21 August 2007, 13:54 AEST

The Australian government's controversial announcement last week that it was ready to lift its ban on selling uranium to India, may have been premature.

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