The Four Books review – Yan Lianke holds China to account for Maoist atrocities
Four fictional texts are bravely interwoven to tell the tale of the Great Leap Forward in this banned novel By Isabel Hilton June 1966: Chinese Red Guards and students wave copies of Chairman Mao's Little Red Book in Beijing, at the beginning of the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution. The remarkable Chinese novelist Yan Lianke has explained what he calls “amnesia with Chinese characteristics” as a state-administered loss of memory that the regime sees as essential to its survival.  Th...

Knife attack kills Bangladesh blogger
A blogger has been hacked to death in the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, weeks after a prominent atheist writer was killed in a similar attack.

Holcim sells stake in Thailand's Siam City Cement for $681 million - Reuters
Reuters Holcim sells stake in Thailand's Siam City Cement for $681 million Reuters VX) said on Monday it had sold its 27.5 percent stake in Thailand's second-largest cement company Siam City Cement (SCCC.BK), in deals worth 655 million Swiss francs ($681 million). Zurich-based Holcim, which plans to merge with France's Lafarge (LAFP ... Holcim says sells 27.5 percent stake in Thailand's Siam City Cement for $681 ... Yahoo7 News Thailand : Holcim sells stake in Siam City C...

Tainted booze kills nine in Indonesia - The Australian (blog)
Bangkok Post Tainted booze kills nine in Indonesia The Australian (blog) NINE Indonesian men have died after consuming alcohol mixed with mosquito repellent, police say, the latest deaths in the country linked to tainted drinks. THE men bought the drinks on the street in the city of Prabumulih on Sumatra island on Thursday ... Tainted booze kills seven in Indonesia Bangkok Post all 6 news articles »

USGS: Strong Quakes Strike Off South Pacific Islands
A series of strong earthquakes struck off the neighboring South Pacific Ocean states of Samoa and Tonga on Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said, just hours after a major tremor rattled Papua New Guinea to the west. A number of 6.8 magnitude quakes struck southwest of the Samoan capital Apia, in waters between the two island states of Tonga and Samoa. Residents in Samoa told Reuters there were no reports of damage and the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said there was no tsunami threa...

Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong among world's greatest leaders: Fortune
His nonviolent protest message and energetic idealism galvanised crowds that, over months, numbered in the hundreds of thousands AFP Hong Kong student leader Joshua Wong (centre) surrounded by supporters as he arrives at the police headquarters in Hong Kong on Jan 16, 2015.  Joshua Wong , the teenage face of Hong Kong’s mass pro-democracy movement, once again challenged Xi Jinping when he was named one of the world’s 10 greatest leaders by Fortune magazine – just a few spots behind the c...

Leadership: Corruption In The American Military - Strategy Page
Leadership: Corruption In The American Military Strategy Page The last time around corruption peaked during the late 1960s in Vietnam and in the 1970s the army made a real, and effective, effort to clean it up. But once more, during a war, the corruption has returned. During Vietnam the corruption crept back in part ...

US Cites Growing North Korea ICBM Threat and Missile Defense Needs
President Obama’s National Intelligence Director recently told the U.S. Congress that North Korea has made advancements toward developing a long-range ballistic missile that could reach the U.S. At the same time, a possible deployment of a U.S. missile defense system in South Korea is being debated, but for officials in Seoul, these two issues are not necessarily related. In written testimony to Congress, James Clapper, the U.S. National Intelligence Director, last week said that North Korea ...

Swiss Watches Latest Weapon in Vietnam-China Sea Conflict
By Lien Hoang Watches made by Switzerland's Candino proclaim that the Paracel and Spratly islands belong to Vietnam, though China claims them, too. HO CHI MINH CITY—  Nguyen Van Liem has bought a few Swiss watches over the years, but his latest acquisition stands out from the rest of the collection.  On the face of Liem’s new watch are the words, “Hoang Sa & Truong Sa belong to Vietnam,” and on the back is a map of his motherland. The words refer, respectively, to the Paracels a...

Hollins University displays Vietnam combat art for war's 50th anniversary - WDBJ7
Hollins University displays Vietnam combat art for war's 50th anniversary WDBJ7 Combat intensified in Vietnam , 1965. The Chief of Military History created a new Army Art Program to document their activities. This program, also used in World War II, was set up to use talent of both military and civilian professional artists. During ...

Russia looks to its history in search for a new ideology - Financial Times
RT Russia looks to its history in search for a new ideology Financial Times To the casual observer, it might seem otherwise. Listen to the country's politicians speak, and you still hear echoes of the last century's great battles of ideas. Russian propagandists are not shy about calling their adversaries “fascists” — the term ... ​Ex-Chancellor Schroeder criticizes Merkel's Russia policy RT Latvia says Russia's military rhetoric is 'alarming' Reuters PAULA DOBRIANSKY, ...

Ferrari F1 chief says his calming influence was key to Malaysia GP win - The Guardian
The Guardian Ferrari F1 chief says his calming influence was key to Malaysia GP win The Guardian The Ferrari team principal, Maurizio Arrivabene, believes his calm, cool persona has had a galvanising effect on his organisation in the wake of a shock Malaysian Grand Prix victory. Arrivabene was handed the reins in November – the day after the final ... and more »

Born to Betray
Henry Kissinger paid $5m for guiding Rio Tinto to wash its hands of its jailed China chief, Australian citizen Stern Hu By John Garnaut Australia Stern Hu: In jail for five years. Henry Kissinger pocketed close to US$5 million ($6.4 million) for guiding mining giant Rio Tinto to wash its hands of its jailed China chief, Australian citizen Stern Hu . Fairfax can reveal that the 92-year-old former US secretary of state made clear that he would not use his ties with Chinese leaders to "interfere...

Floods Hit Kashmir
Heavy rains have caused floods in several areas of Kashmir. Authorities have issued alerts and have advised people to move to higher ground.  Rescue workers evacuated hundreds of people in Srinagar, the main city of Indian-controlled Kashmir, as the Jhelum River swelled to dangerously high levels. At least two houses in the region have been buried in mud. Hundreds of people died in floods in Kashmir last year and thousands were left homeless. "Since yesterday we have been requesting the gover...

GitHub may have been targeted by Chinese hackers in DDoS attack - The Next Web
Wall Street Journal GitHub may have been targeted by Chinese hackers in DDoS attack The Next Web Code management platform GitHub has been fending off a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack since last Thursday. Security experts say the attack may have originated in China , reports The Wall Street Journal. Over the past few days, San ... US Coding Website GitHub Hit With Cyberattack Wall Street Journal China pursues cyberpolitics by other means again with Github attack Fortune Someo...

Philippines Concludes ‘All-Out Offensive’ Against Rebels
The Philippine military said Monday it is ending a month-long offensive to pursue a Muslim rebel faction in the country's restive south.  However, troops will continue to pursue scattered faction members. The Armed Forces of the Philippines said its forces killed 151 rebels and injured 65 members of the breakaway Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters over a four and a half week period. It also arrested 12 fighters as part of the offensive in Maguindanao province on Mindanao island. A skirmish d...

Fuel free Solar Impulse plane prepares for mammoth ocean crossing
MANDALAY, Myanmar - Solar Impulse, the first fuel-free aeroplane to attempt to fly around the world, has taken off from Mandalay, Myanmar on the fifth leg of its round-the-world flight. Pilot ...

US CDC want to cut superbug infections in hospitals in half within this decade
ATLANTA, Georgia - A group of Chicago hospitals has managed to cut by half the number of infections caused by an especially deadly type of superbug under a trial CDC program which officials now want ...

Swiss travel retail giant Dufry planning to acquire World Duty Free
BASEL, Switzerland - Swiss travel retailer Dufry has announced plans to raise around 3.6-billion euros (US $4-billion) through a mix of debt and equity for its takeover of the Italian airport duty ...

BRIEF-Taiwan's Quanta says Q4 net profit T$5.41 bln - Reuters
BRIEF- Taiwan's Quanta says Q4 net profit T$5.41 bln Reuters BRIEF- Taiwan's Quanta says Q4 net profit T$5.41 bln. Taiwan's Quanta Computer Inc. * Says FY14 net profit T$18.88 billion (market consensus T$18.79 billion). * Says Q4 net profit T$5.41 billion (market consensus T$5.67 billion) Further company coverage:.

Sina Delenda Est: Mearsheimer’s War With China
The political scientist foresees tense relations between the U.S. and China. By Amitai Etzioni In the new edition of his 2001 book, The Tragedy of Great Power Politics , John J. Mearsheimer lives up to his reputation as a no–nonsense political scientist. In a substantial new chapter on China, Mearsheimer extends his previous argument that the United States and China are about to engage in a “security competition” that is likely to end in war. Mearsheimer believes that China’s “best way to sur...

Illegal Myanmar migrants arrested on train to Malaysia - Bangkok Post
Bangkok Post Illegal Myanmar migrants arrested on train to Malaysia Bangkok Post Police arrested 76 illegal Myanmar immigrants, many of them Rohingya Muslims, heading for Malaysia on a Bangkok-Sungai Kolok train in Nakhon Si Thammarat province on Monday. Acting on a tip-off, Nakhon Si Thammarat and railway police boarded the ...

Myanmar aid worker dies from convoy attack wounds - Business Standard
Chinadaily USA Myanmar aid worker dies from convoy attack wounds Business Standard A Myanmar aid worker injured in an attack last month on a convoy in Shan state has died of his wounds, state media reported today, as clashes continue between the army and rebels. The unrest in the mountainous Kokang area has caused tens of thousands ... Heavy fighting between Myanmar gov't forces, ethnic army occurs near border ... Global Times Myanmar ethnic joint group calls for ceasefire amid peace...

Some Thailand Flights Grounded Over Safety Concerns - Voice of America
Voice of America Some Thailand Flights Grounded Over Safety Concerns Voice of America BANGKOK—. Thailand's government on Monday moved to address a "significant safety concern" by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) that has the kingdom's airlines facing bans on international flights. The ICAO negative review, issued ... Airlines in Thailand Face Bans Over Safety Concerns New York Times Flight fear at place Aussies love NEWS.com.au Thai airlines face ban on n...

Seaplane Could Advance Chinese SCS Claims
By Wendell Minnick TAIPEI — A new Chinese-built seaplane could help seal Beijing's control over its claims in the South China Sea (SCS), say military specialists on China. The Jiaolong (Water Dragon) AG600 , under construction by China Aviation Industry General Aircraft (CAIGA), will be China's largest operational seaplane.  CAIGA did not respond to inquiries after the company's announcement on March 17 that it had completed the front fuselage assembly for the prototype. According to bro...

Some Thailand Flights Grounded Over Safety Concerns
Thailand's government on Monday moved to address a "significant safety concern" by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) that has the kingdom's airlines facing bans on international flights. The ICAO negative review, issued ten days ago, quickly led Japan and South Korea to block new flights from Thailand. There is concern other countries, including the United States, will also take such action. A U.S. government source -- who is not authorized to speak on the record -- explain...

Special Report: Inside Hungary's $10.8 billion nuclear deal with Russia - Reuters
Reuters Special Report: Inside Hungary's $10.8 billion nuclear deal with Russia Reuters BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Its currency is wounded and its economy besieged by sanctions, yet Russia still has money to spare for potential allies overseas. Even as it scrabbles for foreign funds, Moscow is poised to make a 10 billion euro ($10.8 billion ... and more »

Japan awards Cambodia $230m in infrastructure aid - Bangkok Post
Bangkok Post Japan awards Cambodia $230m in infrastructure aid Bangkok Post The Japanese government on Monday awarded nearly US$230 million in grant aid and loans to Cambodia . The agreement was signed by Japanese ambassador to Cambodia Yuji Kumamaru and Cambodian Foreign Minister Hor Namhong. The assistance ... Lawmakers to sit down with UK rep The Phnom Penh Post all 4 news articles »

With Lee's passing, Malaysia's Mahathir is last of Southeast Asia's old guards - Fox News
Fox News With Lee's passing, Malaysia's Mahathir is last of Southeast Asia's old guards Fox News Two of Asia's best-known strongmen, Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew and Malaysia's Mahathir Mohamad, had much in common - a streak of authoritarianism, little tolerance for dissent and vision that changed the face of their countries. But friends they were not ... War of words follows Astro's live coverage of Lee's funeral Free Malaysia Today Malaysians join Singaporeans to...

Japan overrules Okinawa head on base
Japan's fisheries minister overrules an order by the Okinawa governor suspending work on a new US military base, amid a deepening stand-off.

Blogger Hacked to Death in Bangladesh
A blogger was brutally hacked to death by three men in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, on Monday.    Police apprehended two of the three suspects, whom police say are students at religious schools.  A police official said the suspects had targeted Washiqur Rahman for his anti-Islamic writings.  There has been a string of attacks on independent writers who have supported freethinking values in predominately Muslim Bangladesh in recent years. Avijit Roy, a prominent Bangladeshi-American blogg...

Kejriwal invited to attend science meet in Japan
A Japanese delegation led by the country's former Finance Minister Koji Omi, which met Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal earlier this week, invited him to attend as a speaker a scientific ...

Chinese shares hit new highs; Sydney lags on soft commodity prices - CNBC
Chinese shares hit new highs; Sydney lags on soft commodity prices CNBC Japan's Nikkei 225 index closed up in choppy trade late Monday, recovering from initial losses induced by disappointing factory output data released before the market open. Industrial production dropped 3.4 percent in February from the previous month, ... and more »

Big data reveals genetic clues in humans
After analysing big data about a key protein, computer scientists at Washington University in St. Louis have discovered its connection in human history as well as clues about its role in complex ...

Flood warning issued in Kashmir
A flood alert is issued in Indian-administered Kashmir following torrential rain and a surge in the water level of the Jhelum river.

The Economist explains - The Economist (blog)
The Economist (blog) The Economist explains The Economist (blog) But civil strife has grown since then, based on religious differences and local concerns, such as the division of land and government corruption . Things unravelled in 2013 when the Houthis pushed out from their northern redoubts. After they seized Sana ... Yemen on edge of civil war as president reportedly flees country by boat Telegraph.co.uk all 11,843 news articles »

Q&A: Japan Envoy Sees Opportunities for SMEs in Vietnam - Wall Street Journal (blog)
Wall Street Journal (blog) Q&A: Japan Envoy Sees Opportunities for SMEs in Vietnam Wall Street Journal (blog) Vietnam has been the biggest recipient of Japanese overseas development assistance in recent years, reflecting Japan's high expectations for the country as a market, production base, and also as a counterweight to China. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ... Vietnam Caught In The Middle Of Aid Battle Between China And Japan Chinatopix all 3 news articles »

Study reveals 80000 Pakistanis killed in US-led war on terror from 2004 to 2013
A study conducted by a group of international physicians' organization has revealed that at least 80,000 Pakistanis have been killed as a result of the US-led war on terror from 2004 to 2013. In all, ...

Civil Aviation Authority assures air travel as safe as ever despite 4 crashes in 13 months
Despite four high-profile air crashes in a span of 13 months, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has assured passengers around the world that commercial air travel is as "safe as it has ever ...

Sledger Brad Haddin slammed on social media for disgraceful send off of Kiwis batsmen
Australia wicketkeeper-batsman Brad Haddin has been slammed on social media for sledging a couple of New Zealand batsmen while sending them back to the pavilion during their World Cup win over ...

Party-freak Warne urged Oz to celebrate properly with booze post winning 2015 WC
Australian spin legend Shane Warne undoubtedly knows how to party after winning a major tournament and urged the current squad to do the same, asking them to 'celebrate properly' and enjoy a booze ...

Philippine Military Ends Campaign Against Islamist Rebel Group - Wall Street Journal
Wall Street Journal Philippine Military Ends Campaign Against Islamist Rebel Group Wall Street Journal MANILA—The Philippine military on Monday halted a five-week offensive against a militant Islamist rebel group that has displaced more than 120,000 people on the southern island of Mindanao. Armed forces chief Gen. Gregorio Catapang declared victory ... Philippines Concludes 'All-Out Offensive' Against Rebels Voice of America Philippines Ends Major Offensive It Says Killed 139 Re...

'First time in 30 years': Japan whaling ships return from Antarctic trip EMPTY - RT
RT 'First time in 30 years': Japan whaling ships return from Antarctic trip EMPTY RT The news comes after a UN court ordered an halt to Japan's annual “scientific” whale hunt. The 724-ton Yushinmaru and the 747-ton Daini (No 2) Yushinmaru returned to port in Shimonoseki, western Japan , which is considered to be one of the major whaling ... Japanese whaling ships return home from Antarctic with no catch The Japan Times Japan whaling ships return home from Antarctic with no ca...

Gogoro Will Sell Smartscooters For The First Time In Taiwan This Summer - TechCrunch
Tech in Asia Gogoro Will Sell Smartscooters For The First Time In Taiwan This Summer TechCrunch Gogoro, the startup whose battery-powered scooters were one of the highlights of CES in January, announced today that the bikes will go on sale for the first time this summer starting in Taiwan , where it is based. The company, which generated buzz by ... Smart scooter company Gogoro to ride into Taiwan this summer Tech in Asia Taiwan's electric scooter to hit Taipei City this summer Custo...

Lotus Bazaar offers the best of South Asia’s traditional skills
The Lilly Pool Lawn at The Ashok has been converted into a hub of activity with the Asian Heritage Foundation (AHF) organising a Lotus Bazaar and a food festival to showcase the time honoured skills ...

Goodman Chongqing Airport Logistics Park Opened by the Governor General of Australia
SHANGHAI, CHINA--(Marketwired - Mar 30, 2015) - Goodman Group (Goodman or Group), the global integrated property group which owns, develops and manages industrial space, held an official ceremony ...

VIDEO: Australia introduces cockpit rules
Australia has introduced a new rule to ensure two people are in the cockpit at all times, following the Germanwings air crash last week.

As Vietnam struggles to attract foreign tourists, more Vietnamese take ... - Tuoitrenews
Tuoitrenews As Vietnam struggles to attract foreign tourists, more Vietnamese take ... Tuoitrenews Around five million Vietnamese people spent their holidays outside the country last year, a healthy growth rate of up to 20 percent, according to the Vietnam Travel Association. The figure is expected to continue rising this year and Vietnam has ... Painter brushes up memories VietNamNet Bridge all 19 news articles »

Japan's Topix Index Advances Following Worst Week Since January - Bloomberg
Bloomberg Japan's Topix Index Advances Following Worst Week Since January Bloomberg (Bloomberg) -- Japan's Topix index rose, after its first weekly decline in more than two months, as gains in non-bank lenders countered a decline in oil stocks. Century Tokyo Leasing Corp. jumped 5.9 percent after Nomura Holdings Inc. raised its target ... and more »

BRIEF-Taiwan's TSMC orders equipment for T$2.5 bln - Reuters
BRIEF- Taiwan's TSMC orders equipment for T$2.5 bln Reuters March 30 (Reuters) - Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd. * Says orders equipment from KLA-Tencor Corporation and Applied Materials South East Asia Pte. Ltd for T$2.5 billion ($79.92 million). Source text in Chinese: bit.ly/1HewESv.

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