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Ethnic groups in Myanmar getting heated

May 12, 2009

A new constitution in Myanmar is not enough to calm ethnic tensions. The Kachin tribesmen, who live near the Chinese border, are beginning to prepare themselves for battle, reports Thomas Fuller.

Shady Burmese conglomerates, party donations and zero harm policy

May 12, 2009

One of Australia's largest engineering companies is abruptly pulling out of Burma after an investigation by Asia Sentinel revealed that a subsidiary was working on the construction of a lavish new airport for the repressive junta in Naypyidaw, the generals' reclusive capital.

Portrait of Japan’s ATM con men

May 9, 2009

By assessing people arrested over ATM scams between January 2007 and April 2008, the National Police Agency built up a useful criminal profile.

China ready to deal on climate change

May 7, 2009

Beijing are finally ready to come to the table on carbon emissions -- at least according to the British government.

The anti-corruption czar and the caddy

May 6, 2009

The chief of Indonesia's anti-corruption body has been accused of ordering the murder of a business executive who was caught up with him in a love-triangle.

Thai PM may not see out the year

May 6, 2009

Thailand PM Abhisit Vejjajiva is a "novice among the tigers" and may not even last in power beyond August, writes Thanong Khanthong.

Pakistan will give no quarter

May 6, 2009

With a showdown between the Taliban and Pakistan looming in Swat Valley, residents are fleeing: they know Pakistan's army will use maximum firepower and overwhelming force.

Nepal on the brink as PM resigns

May 5, 2009

The resignation of Nepalese PM and former Maoist rebel leader Pushpa Kamal Dahal has thrown the country into renewed turmoil, with tensions rising between former Maoist guerrillas and army chief Rookmangud Katawa.

Australia still looks to America as Asia’s sheriff

May 1, 2009

Australia may be big beneficiaries from China's industrial revolution, but our security in the region still hangs on the US, says the Economist.

Tamil Tigers’ ceasefire a “cry of desperation”

April 27, 2009

With no government reciprocation, there can be no immediate improvement in the dire situation of the civilians trapped in the Tamil Tigers' area.