Connect Asia

Connect Asia

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.

Stories

24th World University Summer Games underway

13 August 2007, 11:25 AEST

The 24th World University Summer Games, which are held every second year, are underway in Bangkok.

UN targetted in unprecedented attack

13 August 2007, 11:25 AEST

The situation in East Timor has deteriorated, with an unprecedented attack on a United Nations convoy.

Musharraf attends landmark peace jirga

13 August 2007, 11:25 AEST

Afghanistan and Pakistan have promised to eliminate terrorist sanctuaries in their tribal regions and fight the opium trade financing Islamic militants.

Financial sector reacts sharply to US falls

13 August 2007, 11:25 AEST

Asia's financial sector has limited exposure to the US housing market, but that did not stop markets in the region reacting sharply to further big losses in Europe and the US last week.

Resource firms urged to 'publish what they pay'

13 August 2007, 11:25 AEST

Anti-corruption and civil society groups have been meeting in Bali to coordinate a global campaign aimed at pressuring oil, gas and mining firms to admit how much of their revenue goes into government coffers.

Papuans suspicious of repatriation process

13 August 2007, 11:25 AEST

For decades, independence activists and resistance fighters in the Indonesian province of Papua have fled their homeland, believing their lives were in danger and saying they fear retribution by the Indonesian military if they return.

Call for register of overseas trained doctors

13 August 2007, 11:25 AEST

There are calls for the Australian government to set up a national register system for overseas doctors.

Hardline muslim group holds mass rally

13 August 2007, 11:25 AEST

In Indonesia, at least 80,000 people have attended a mass rally organised by the hardline Muslim group, Hizb ut-Thahrir.

Khmer group demands return of defrocked monk

13 August 2007, 11:25 AEST

The Khmer Krom Federation, a minority group in the Mekong Delta region of Vietnam and Cambodia, is demanding the return to Cambodia of defrocked monk, Tim Sakhorn.

Canberra urged to pressure Indonesia over Papua

10 August 2007, 11:27 AEST

Australia's Prime Minister John Howard is being asked to speak up for the human rights of Papua when he meets Indonesia's President in Sydney next month.

Rare dolphin species likely extinct

10 August 2007, 11:18 AEST

An international team of scientists fears that a freshwater dolphin found only in China may well be extinct.

Concerns floods destroying crops

10 August 2007, 11:18 AEST

To South Asia, where there's growing concern that some regions are facing the loss of their entire season's crop because of recent widespread flooding described as the worst on record.

Fresh bout of post election violence

10 August 2007, 11:18 AEST

First to East Timor, where there's been a fresh upsurge in violent protests, with hundreds of houses being burnt down in the country's east.

Plan to bring Balinese workers to Australia

10 August 2007, 11:18 AEST

The Australia-Indonesia Business Council is calling on the Australian Government to change its temporary work visas to enable waiters from Bali to work in the nation's cities.

Untold story of Japanese in North Korea

10 August 2007, 11:18 AEST

Between 1959 and the early 1980s, 93,340 people migrated from Japan to North Korea in search of a new life - tempted by the images of a workers' paradise put forward by the regime of North Korea's late leader Kim Il-Sung.

Markets brace for more turmoil

10 August 2007, 11:18 AEST

Financial markets around Asia and here in Australia are bracing for another roller-coaster ride after another share plunge first in Europe, and then the United States.

New research says temperatures rising faster than thought

10 August 2007, 11:18 AEST

Climate researchers at Britain's Bureau of Meteorology have revealed forecasts showing significant temperature rises will begin to emerge after 2009.

Scientists rethink human evolution after fossil find

10 August 2007, 11:18 AEST

And finally, the discovery of two fossilised skulls in Kenya has raised questions about our understanding of the evolution of humans.

Xanana Gusmao sworn in as PM

9 August 2007, 11:28 AEST

East Timor's new Prime Minister was sworn in yesterday as violence continued in major centres.

Olympic organisers in funds drive for Beijing 2008

9 August 2007, 11:28 AEST

Some may say Olympic Gold is priceless.

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