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The Rise of the Far East Introduction:


The original birth of civilization began in the Middle East and migrated westward - to Greece, to Rome, and then to the nations of northern Europe. As Henry Luce so aptly quipped in 1941, ''The twentieth century was the American Century.'' And indeed it was. But the centroid of power continues to migrate westward: it is widely anticipated that the 21st century will be the ''Asian Century.''

With recent shifts in the economic centers of the world, most notably the decline of the U.S., the Far East is quickly rising to fill the void.


China Looks South January 14, 2014

Treading Water December 23, 2013

China is Building a New Silk Road December 17, 2013

China Establishes “Air-Defense Zone” Over East China Sea December 03, 2013

The Beat Goes On September 24, 2013


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Chinese Hackers Reportedly Crashed Federal Election Commission Website - Chinese hackers crashed the Federal Election Commission’s website Oct. 1, the first day of the partial government shutdown, in “what may be the worst act of sabotage in [the FEC’s] 38-year history,” a non-partisan investigative journalism group reported. David Levinthal, senior reporter at the Center for Public Integrity, told Fox News the hackers’ motivation was not yet clear, but taking down a website of the U.S. federal government is a “big deal to them.”
Inside China: Nuclear Submarines Capable of Widespread Attack on U.S. - Chinese state-run media revealed for the first time this week that Beijing’s nuclear submarines can attack American cities as a means to counterbalance U.S. nuclear deterrence in the Pacific.
China Snooping Around Pentagon Computers - China is using espionage to acquire technology to fuel its military modernization, the Pentagon said on Monday, for the first time accusing the Chinese of trying to break into U.S. defense computer networks and prompting a firm denial from Beijing. In its 83-page annual report to Congress on Chinese military developments, the Pentagon also cited progress in Beijing’s effort to develop advanced-technology stealth aircraft and build an aircraft carrier fleet to project power further offshore.
N. Korea Defiantly Conducts Nuke Tests - North Korea said Tuesday that it had conducted a new, more powerful underground nuclear test. Jerry Dykstra, a spokesman for Open Doors USA explains, "North Korea again defied world opinion and UN resolutions by conducting a third nuclear test. They threatened the United States directly, and they also are threatening to go even farther in the future." Throwing the sanctions back in the United Nations Security Council's face, North Korea not only refused to shut down nuclear development, but also ignored the warnings of its close ally China not to proceed with a nuclear test. Dykstra notes, "North Korea [Kim Jong-un] thinks that he is strong enough to go out on his own. I think maybe he's trying to consolidate power within his ranks. Unfortunately, how far does this go?" There's no longer the illusion that this is a Disney-loving, amusement park leader. "Kim Jong-un has been in power for just over a year. We thought perhaps he would be a little more flexible," Dykstra explains. However, "He's ratcheting up the dialogue. North Korea is a threat."
North Korea Declares Pro-Nuke Policy - The UN Security Council unanimously approved a resolution this week condemning North Korea for its rocket launch last month, widely viewed as a de facto ballistic missile test. The rogue state's Foreign Ministry issued a statement after the resolution passed condemning the US, reaffirming its military-first policy and declaring denuclearization off the table. "The present situation clearly proves that the DPRK should counter the US hostile policy with strength, not with words, and that the road of independence and Songun (military-first) chosen by the DPRK is entirely just," the statement said. "There can be talks for peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula and the region in the future, but no talks for the denuclearization of the peninsula."
North Korea Plans Rocket Launch - The United States is shifting warships into position to track and possibly defend against a planned North Korean rocket launch while urging Pyongyang to cancel its second such attempt this year, the head of the U.S. Pacific Command said on Thursday. Admiral Samuel Locklear, who commands U.S. forces in the Asia-Pacific region, said warships were being moved to the best locations to track the rocket during its launch and flight, which North Korea has set for sometime between December 10 and 22.








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China, ROK open new FTA talks

‎22 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎02:45:41 PMGo to full article
China and the Republic of Korea (ROK) kicked off the 13th round of negotiations for a bilateral free trade agreement (FTA) in Beijing on Monday.

Shanghai Husi sacks 340 workers over food scandal

‎22 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎12:00:58 PMGo to full article
OSI (China) Group's Shanghai facility will dismiss 340 employees as it does not expect to resume operations soon as the authorities continue their investigation into a food safety scandal that rocked the company and its clients during the summer.

Afghanistan declares Ghani as president-elect

‎22 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎11:05:56 AMGo to full article
Afghan Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Sunday declared Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai as the new president of Afghanistan.

G20 vows to boost global economic growth by 1.8%

‎22 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎08:35:36 AMGo to full article
The G20 finance summit ended Sunday in Cairns, Australia with a commitment to a 1.8 percent growth target designed to boost the world economy by 2 trillion U. S. dollars.

US spacecraft enters Mars orbit

‎22 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎08:35:36 AMGo to full article
NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution(MAVEN) spacecraft successfully entered Mars' orbit at 10:24 p.m. EDT Sunday, Sept. 21, where it now will prepare to study the Red Planet's upper atmosphere as never done before. MAVEN is the first spacecraft dedicated to exploring the tenuous upper atmosphere of Mars.

Ethiopia, China sign agreement for road project

‎22 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎08:17:25 AMGo to full article
The Ethiopian Roads Authority (ERA) and China Tiesiju Civil Engineering Group Co. Ltd on Saturday signed a contract which enables the Chinese company to carry out the Konso-Yabello road upgrade project.

2 teenagers dead after falling from dormitory

‎22 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎07:59:05 AMGo to full article
Two teenagers have been confirmed dead after falling from a dormitory building in a high school in central China's Hunan Province early Monday morning.

Kubuqi promotes ecologically responsible business

‎22 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎07:40:58 AMGo to full article
The 2014 Kubuqi Eco-Civilization Entrepreneurs Annual Conference, organized by the Elion Resources Group, brought together over 200 business leaders and researchers from Sept. 19-20 to promote business involvement in ecological protection and restoration.

Hagino upstages Sun, Park to take 200 free

‎22 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎07:40:58 AMGo to full article
Japanese swimmer Kosuke Hagino stole the spotlight from superstars Sun Yang and Park Tae-hwan when he outclassed the Olympic champion duo to win the men's 200m freestyle final at the Asian Games on Sunday.

88 nailed in manhunt for fugitive economic crime suspects

‎22 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎07:40:58 AMGo to full article
Chinese police have seized 88 suspects in an international manhunt since July which targets corrupt officials and suspects in economic crimes.

Chinese needs 98,000 new pilots in next 20 years

‎22 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎07:04:54 AMGo to full article
China will need 98,000 more pilots and 101,000 maintenance technicians in the next 20 years, according to latest estimates of Boeing.

US, Canadian jets intercept 8 Russian aircraft

‎22 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎07:04:54 AMGo to full article
Two F-22 fighter jets intercepted six Russian military airplanes that neared the western coast of Alaska, military officials said Friday.

Yuan Chunqing resigns as head of Shanxi provincial legislature

‎22 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎07:04:54 AMGo to full article
The standing committee of the Shanxi provincial People's Congress decided Saturday to accept Yuan Chunqing's resignation as its director.

Coal production, sales both decline in China

‎22 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎07:04:54 AMGo to full article
The production and sales of coal declined in the first eight months in China.

Students returning to China on the rise

‎22 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎07:04:54 AMGo to full article
More than 350,000 Chinese who studied abroad returned to their home country last year, with the growth in the number of students returning to China surpassing that of students going abroad.

Afghan presidential runners reach unity-gov't deal

‎22 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎05:51:18 AMGo to full article
Afghan presidential candidates Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai and Abdullah Abdullah on Saturday agreed to sign an deal on creation of national unity government, ending a weeks-long political deadlock, reported local media.

NATO to develop readiness force

‎22 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎05:51:18 AMGo to full article
Chairman of NATO Military Committee said here on Saturday that NATO will develop a readiness force which can be deployed at a very short notice.

Egypt to host Gaza cease-fire talks

‎22 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎05:51:18 AMGo to full article
Egypt will host Gaza cease-fire talks between Israel and the Palestinians on Wednesday in a bid to consolidate the truce reached in late August, state news agency MENA reported on Saturday.

Targeted murders kill 14 in Libya's Benghazi

‎22 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎05:51:18 AMGo to full article
A series of targeted murders have killed 14 people in Libya's eastern city of Benghazi, security sources said on Saturday.

Greater CPPCC efficiency sought

‎22 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎05:32:56 AMGo to full article
China's top leaders have vowed to encourage developing diversified channels to improve socialist consultative democracy to keep pace with social development.

China continues Diaoyu Islands patrol

‎22 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎05:32:56 AMGo to full article
Vessels of the China Coast Guard (CCG) conducted a patrol mission in China's territorial waters surrounding the Diaoyu Islands on Saturday, according to a statement by State Oceanic Administration.

Chinese, Indian presidents pledge cooperation

‎22 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎05:32:56 AMGo to full article
Visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping met Thursday here with his Indian counterpart Pranab Mukherjee, pledging to deepen cooperation and build strategic trust between the two Asian giants.
 • China, India should be partners for peace, development
  Full coverage: Xi visits India

Shanghai-HK stock link: Instant windfall?

‎22 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎05:14:48 AMGo to full article
Expectations are running high that Chinese mainland's sluggish stock market will get a big boost from a pilot program linking the Shanghai and Hong Kong exchanges.

Cause of Air Algerie plane crash still unknown

‎22 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎05:14:48 AMGo to full article
nvestigators probing the crash of an Air Algerie jet in July that killed all 116 people on board have found no solid leads on the cause of the accident.

DPRK media: Jailed US citizen seeks arrest deliberately

‎22 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎04:56:41 AMGo to full article
U.S. citizen Miller Matthew Todd, who was sentenced to six years of hard labor last week, had sought arrest deliberately in order to investigate human rights situation in prisons of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), state media reported Saturday.

2 killed as blasts hit Xinjiang

‎22 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎04:56:41 AMGo to full article
At least two people have been killed as multiple explosions are reported in Luntai County of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, reports, the official web portal of the regional government.
Xinjiang punishes officials after terror attack, murder
Document clarifies China's law on terror

China trio win 1st gold at Incheon Asian Games

‎22 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎04:38:37 AMGo to full article
Chinese markswomen won the women's 10m air pistol team event Saturday morning, the first gold medal at Incheon Asian Games.

White House briefly evacuated due to intrusion

‎22 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎04:38:37 AMGo to full article
The White House was briefly evacuated on Friday night because an intruder reportedly jumped over the fence and ran on the grounds of the complex shortly after President Barack Obama left the building.

1.8 m networking accounts closed in porn crackdown

‎22 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎04:38:37 AMGo to full article
China has closed nearly 1.8 million social networking and instant messaging accounts since April this year when it launched a campaign to purge the Internet of obscene contents.

Document clarifies China's law on terror

‎22 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎04:01:59 AMGo to full article
China published a judicial explanation on the application of criminal law in relation to terrorism on the Ministry of Public Security's website yesterday.

Outbreak of dengue fever 'most serious' in 10 years

‎22 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎04:01:59 AMGo to full article
At least 4,800 cases of dengue fever have been reported in Guangdong Province, including the capital Guangzhou, and two people who were suffering from the disease died, according to Xinhua news agency.

Central bank injects SLF into major banks

‎22 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎04:01:59 AMGo to full article
China's central bank has injected 500 billion yuan (81 billion U.S. dollars) into the nation's five major state-run commercial banks to bolster flagging economic growth, the head of one of the banks told Xinhua on Friday.

Taiwan destroys tainted lard products

‎22 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎04:01:59 AMGo to full article
Taiwan's Taipei and Tainan cities on Friday destroyed 52.89 tonnes of products made with tainted lard following the latest food scandal to rock the island.

Finance minister: China will not alter economic policy

‎22 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎03:06:24 AMGo to full article
China's macro policy will focus on delivering comprehensive growth targets such as stable employment and inflation, and will not be distracted by changes in certain economic indicators, finance minister Lou Jiwei has stressed.

Chinese charity donations rebound after scandal

‎22 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎03:06:24 AMGo to full article
After two years' falling, donations to Chinese charities rebounded to 98.9 billion yuan ($16.1 billion) in 2013, a 21.06 percent increase than 2012.

GSK fined US$489m in bribery case

‎22 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎03:06:24 AMGo to full article
The Chinese branch of British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline has been fined 3 billion yuan (US$489 million) for bribery, the biggest fine ever imposed by a Chinese court, and five officials given suspended prison terms.

Premier urges more Shanghai FTZ innovation

‎22 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎03:06:24 AMGo to full article
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has called for more reforms and innovations in the Shanghai Pilot Free Trade Zone (FTZ) to "breed new advantages for the Chinese economy."

Shanghai, Zhejiang to pilot <EM>gaokao </EM>reforms

‎22 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎03:06:24 AMGo to full article
Zhejiang province and Shanghai both announced new plans for the gaokao on Friday in the hope of improving the quality of education by allowing their high school students to learn a wider breadth of subjects.

Henan official under investigation

‎22 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎03:06:24 AMGo to full article
Qin Yuhai, deputy head of the standing committee of the provincial people's congress of central China's Henan Province, is under probe for suspected "serious law and discipline violations," the Communist Party of China (CPC)'s disciplinary watchdog said on Sunday.

Indonesian police arrest 4 Chinese on terror charges

‎22 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎02:48:09 AMGo to full article
Four Chinese men arrested by counterterrorism police have been formally named as suspects and detained for allegedly violating anti-terrorism and immigration laws, said Indonesia's National Police Chief General Sutarman.

Xinjiang punishes officials after terror attack, murder

‎22 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎02:48:09 AMGo to full article
Seventeen officials and police officers have received penalties for being accountable for a deadly terror attack and the murder of a renowned imam in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

Xi praises contributors to China-India friendship

‎22 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎02:48:09 AMGo to full article
Manorama Kotnis, the 93-year-old younger sister of an old friend of the Chinese people, the late Dr Dwarkanath Kotnis, traveled from Mumbai to New Delhi to meet visiting President Xi Jinping on Friday.
  Full coverage: Xi visits India

Alibaba shares surge 38% on first trading day

‎21 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎09:04:32 AMGo to full article
China's e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Limited Friday ended its first day of trading at 93. 89 U.S. dollars a piece, surging 38 percent following a record initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).
Alibaba IPO inspires Chinese e-commerce ambition
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Scottish leader resigns after referendum defeat

‎21 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎09:04:32 AMGo to full article
Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond on Friday announced his resignation after the Yes campaign's defeat in the independence referendum.

US says training Syrian rebels to take months

‎21 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎09:04:32 AMGo to full article
The Obama administration said on Friday that it would take months to vet and train Syrian rebels to make them ready for battle against the Islamic State (IS) fighters.

SCIO press conference on climate change

‎21 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎08:46:30 AMGo to full article
The State Council Information Office held a press conference on China’s National Plan on Climate Change (2014-2020) on Sept. 19. presents a full transcript of the conference.

Man kills daughter, 6 grandchildren in Florida shooting

‎21 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎08:46:30 AMGo to full article
A man shot dead his daughter and six grandchildren, aged from three months to 10 years old, at his home Thursday afternoon before committing suicide in a small town in Florida, the United States.

Alibaba debuts at NYSE

‎21 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎08:46:30 AMGo to full article
China's e-commerce giant Alibaba Group on Friday morning rang the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), marking its initial public offering (IPO) on Wall Street.
What will the future bring for Alibaba investors?

China to release more pandas to wild

‎21 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎08:09:39 AMGo to full article
China will release another two captive-bred giant pandas into the wild this year.

Scots vote 'No' to independence

‎21 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎08:09:39 AMGo to full article
Scots vote to stay in the United Kingdom with the "No" side having an unassailable lead of 1,877,252 votes after 30 out of the 32 council areas have declared.
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Salmond concedes defeat
British PM 'delighted'


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Climate change to trigger longer, fiercer 'megadroughts': study

‎22 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎06:04:02 PMGo to full article
By Chris Arsenault ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Climate change will unleash megadroughts in the coming decades worse than anything seen in the last 2,000 years, new research warns. In semi-arid regions such as the U.S. southwest, there is an 80 percent chance of a drought lasting more than a decade, according to a study published in the Journal of Climate. The paper from academics at Cornell University, the U.S. Geological Survey and the University of Arizona combines historical data on droughts with new climate models looking at changes to rainfall patterns caused by global warming. ...

Caroline Garcia upsets Radwanska at Wuhan Open

‎22 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎05:08:59 PMGo to full article
In this photo taken Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, Chinese tennis player Li Na wipes her tears during a press conference to announce her retirement in Beijing. The two-time Grand Slam champion from China who took tennis in Asia to a new level, has retired due to recurring knee injuries. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)WUHAN, China (AP) — Caroline Garcia followed up her first-round win over Venus Williams with a 3-6, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (7) upset win over fifth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska on Monday at the inaugural Wuhan Open.

Thousands of Hong Kong students on strike for democracy

‎22 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎03:26:49 PMGo to full article
Students gather during a strike at the Chinese University of Hong Kong on September 22, 2014Hong Kong (AFP) - Hong Kong students on Monday began a week-long boycott of classes, gathering in their thousands for what democracy activists say will be a wider campaign of civil disobedience against China's refusal to grant the city unfettered democracy.

Image of Asia: Kicking for Myanmar gold

‎22 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎03:03:08 PMGo to full article
Myanmar's Phyu Phyu Than, top, kicks a ball as Laos player Koy Xayavong, front, blocks during the women's doubles sepak takraw final match at the 17th Asian Games Monday, Sept. 22, 2014 in Incheon, South Korea. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)In this photo by Eugene Hoshiko, Myanmar's Phyu Phyu Than kicks the ball as Laos player Koy Xayavong blocks during the women's doubles sepak takraw final match at the Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea. Myanmar beat Laos 2-0 to win the gold medal. Sepak takraw is a centuries-old sport originating in Asia, and it resembles hands-off volleyball with kicking and martial arts moves. The sport is among several, including bowling, cricket and squash, that are part of the Asian Games competition but not the Olympics.

Hong Kong students on strike in democracy battle

‎22 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎12:28:44 PMGo to full article
Students stage a rally at the Chinese University of Hong Kong campus in Hong Kong, Monday, Sept. 22, 2014. Thousands of Hong Kong students boycotted classes Monday to protest Beijing’s decision to restrict electoral reforms in a weeklong strike marking the latest phase in the battle for democracy in the southern Chinese city. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)HONG KONG (AP) — Thousands of Hong Kong college and university students boycotted classes Monday to protest Beijing's decision to restrict voting reforms, the start of a weeklong strike that marks the latest phase in the battle for democracy in the southern Chinese city.

South Africa: Park staff arrested for poaching

‎22 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎11:36:57 AMGo to full article
World Rhino Day 2014: Facts to Celebrate the Five Surviving SpeciesJOHANNESBURG (AP) — A ranger and two other employees of South Africa's parks service were arrested on suspicion of rhino poaching in the country's flagship wildlife reserve, the agency said Monday.

Affluence eludes poor crowding into Asian cities

‎22 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎11:03:49 AMGo to full article
In this Aug. 14, 2014 photo, a woman walks along a city canal as office and apartment construction site is seen in the background at a slum in Jakarta, Indonesia. Across the developing world, migration from country to city has long been a potential path out of poverty. Less and less is that true for many in Asia, where the wealth gap is growing in many of the most densely populated cities in human history. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Down a concrete path, between rail tracks that buzz with each approaching train and a river choked by plastic and raw sewage, Asih Binti Arif cradles her baby and reflects on dreams gone dark.

Samsung may launch first Tizen phone in India

‎22 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎10:34:31 AMGo to full article
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung Electronics Co., which faces a slowdown in emerging market smartphone sales, will release its long-delayed Tizen-powered handset in India before the end of this year, a report said Monday.

Chinese militants get Islamic State 'terrorist training': media

‎22 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎10:00:16 AMGo to full article
BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese militants from the western region of Xinjiang have fled from the country to get "terrorist training" from Islamic State fighters for attacks at home, state media reported on Monday. The report was the first time state-run media had linked militants from Xinjiang, home to ethnic minority Uighur Muslims, to militants of the Islamic State (IS), a radical Sunni Muslim group which has seized large parts of Syria and Iraq. ...

Ferry disaster weighs on S. Korean president steeled by tragedy

‎22 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎09:45:09 AMGo to full article
South Korean President Park speaks to family members of missing passengers who were on South Korean ferry "Sewol", which sank at the sea off Jindo, during her visit to a gym where family members gathered, in JindoBy Jack Kim, Ju-min Park and Tony Munroe SEOUL, Sept 22 (Reuters) - South Korean President Park Geun-hye's voice trembled as she tried to comfort parents gathered near a makeshift morgue to identify the bodies of their children, among the hundreds drowned in a ferry disaster. Park is northeast Asia's first female head of state.

Affluence eludes poor crowding into Asian cities

‎22 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎09:44:33 AMGo to full article
In this July 23, 2014 photo, a group of people share a room as they eat a meal after a day’s hard work in Mumbai, India. In 1981, nearly 1.7 billion Asians were living on less than $1.25 a day. Today, the figure is about 700 million. But vast numbers cannot aspire to rise much further. About 80 percent of the 3.6 billion people in developing Asian countries still live on less than $5 a day, many relying on day labor, rag picking or other meager livelihoods. Even migrants who arrived in cities years ago feel trapped in a seemingly permanent underclass. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Down a concrete path, between rail tracks that buzz with each approaching train and a river choked by plastic and raw sewage, Asih Binti Arif cradles her baby and reflects on dreams gone dark.

AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Asia

‎22 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎09:35:59 AMGo to full article
In this photo taken on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, Om Yun Chol of North Korea reacts after making a good lift during the men's 56kg weightlifting competition at the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea. The Asian Games, an Olympic-style event for more than 10,000 athletes from 45 nations, kicked off Friday in South Korea, with a lavish opening ceremony. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)The Asian Games, a mini-Olympics for more than 10,000 athletes from 45 nations, kicked off Friday in Icheon, South Korea, with a lavish opening ceremony. Teams from the Far East to the Middle East are competing in 42 sports, including football and weightlifting, in which North Korea's Om Yun Chol beat his own world record to win gold in the men's 56-kilogram clean and jerk.

Asian shares slip on jitters over China growth

‎22 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎07:37:03 AMGo to full article
TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mostly lower Monday as investors awaited the release of a preliminary manufacturing survey from China this week that might show renewed weakness in the world's second-largest economy.

Blasts in China's Xinjiang kill two, injure 'many': govt

‎22 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎06:30:14 AMGo to full article
Chinese paramilitary police stand guard along a street in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang, on May 23, 2014Beijing (AFP) - Two people were killed and "many" injured by multiple explosions in China's Xinjiang, the local government said Monday.

Singapore billionaire buys 50% stake in Salford

‎22 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎02:47:56 AMGo to full article
Fans invade the pitch during a friendly between Salford City and Class of 92 and Friends at the AJ Bell Stadium in Salford on August 7, 2014Singapore (AFP) - Singaporean billionaire Peter Lim has bought a 50 percent stake in non-league English side Salford City, which is currently owned by five former Manchester United players.

Oceania nations to be allowed in Asian indoor meet

‎21 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎05:36:15 PMGo to full article
South Korea's Kim Jae-bum celebrates after winning gold against Lebanon's Nacif Elias in the men’s 81-kilogram Judo at the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. Southy Korea won the gold. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)INCHEON, South Korea (AP) — Oceania countries like Australia and New Zealand will be allowed to participate in the next Asian Indoor Games after a nod from the general assembly of the Olympic Council of Asia, its president Sheik Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah said on Sunday.

Hagino snatches swimming gold from Sun, Park

‎21 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎03:29:39 PMGo to full article
From left, medalist in the men's 100-meter backstroke final on the podium, silver China's Xu Jiayu, gold Japan's Ryosuke Irie and his compatriot and bronze medal winner Kosuke Hagino at the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014.(AP Photo/Rob Griffith)INCHEON, South Korea (AP) — The Asian Games saw its first major upset Sunday as Japan's Kosuke Hagino stole the thunder from one of swimming's biggest rivalries by winning the 200-meter freestyle final ahead of China's Olympic champion Sun Yang and South Korean star Park Tae-hwan.

At Asian Games, rivalries not always about sports

‎21 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎02:21:17 PMGo to full article
In this photo taken on Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, athletes from Syria march into the stadium during the opening ceremony for the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea. On the one hand, you have China and India, which account for about a quarter of the world’s population. On the other, the Maldives, population 345,000. There’s Bhutan, which has been described as the happiest place on Earth, and Syria, which certainly isn’t. And for good measure, why not throw in some of the most repressive regimes on the planet -North Korea, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan? Welcome to the Asian Games, where, as the organizers put it, "Diversity Shines." (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)INCHEON, South Korea (AP) — On the one hand, you have China and India, which account for about a quarter of the world's population. On the other, the Maldives, population 345,000. There's Bhutan, which has been described as the happiest place on Earth, and Syria, which certainly isn't. And for good measure, why not throw in some of the most repressive regimes on the planet — North Korea, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan?

India fined $10,000 for withdrawing athletes

‎21 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎02:00:19 PMGo to full article
INCHEON, South Korea (AP) — India has been slapped with a $10,000 fine for its late withdrawal of athletes from the Asian Games.

Czech zoo burns rhino horns to help save endangered species

‎21 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎01:31:49 PMGo to full article
DVUR KRALOVE Czech Republic (Reuters) - A Czech zoo burned around 60 kilograms (132 pounds) of rhino horns on Sunday, part of an international campaign designed to highlight the plight of a species being driven towards extinction by poachers. Demand for rhino horn is high in parts of Asia, where it is an ingredient in traditional medicine and is also used as an aphrodisiac and as a status symbol for growing numbers of the newly wealthy. The Czech Republic has become a major transit point for rhino horn trafficking in recent years. ...



World Watch List Countries


1.     North Korea  

2.     Somalia  

3.     Syria  

4.     Iraq  

5.     Afghanistan  

6.     Saudi Arabia  

7.     Maldives  

8.     Pakistan  

9.     Iran  

10.  Yemen  

11.  Sudan  

12.  Eritrea  

13.  Libya  

14.  Nigeria  

15.  Uzbekistan  

16.  Central African Republic  

17.  Ethiopia  

18.  Vietnam  

19.  Qatar  

20.  Turkmenistan  

21.  Laos  

22.  Egypt  

23.  Myanmar (Burma)  

24.  Brunei  

25.  Colombia  

26.  Jordan  

27.  Oman  

28.  India  

29.  Sri Lanka  

30.  Tunisia  

31.  Bhutan  

32.  Algeria  

33.  Mali  

34.  Palestinian Territories  

35.  United Arab Emirates  

36.  Mauritania  

37.  China  

38.  Kuwait  

39.  Kazakhstan  

40.  Malaysia  

41.  Bahrain  

42.  Comoros  

43.  Kenya  

44.  Morocco  

45.  Tajikistan  

46.  Djibouti  

47.  Indonesia  

48.  Bangladesh  

49.  Tanzania  

50.  Niger  



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