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Baby joy for couple who lost kids in MH17

Baby joy for couple who lost kids in MH17

Image copyright DFAT Image caption Violet May Maslin was born in Perth on Tuesday An Australian couple whose three children died when Flight MH17 was shot down have a new daughter. Anthony Maslin and Marite Norris lost their children Mo, Evie and Otis, along with Ms Norris’s father Nick Morris, when the flight came down […]

India Hindu group prays for Trump win

India Hindu group prays for Trump win

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Around a dozen members of Hindu Sena lit a ritual fire and prayers in a park in Delhi Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has gained some unlikely fans – including a right-wing Hindu group in India. Members of the Hindu Sena held a prayer in support of Mr Trump winning […]

PNG asylum seekers ‘no longer locked up’

PNG asylum seekers ‘no longer locked up’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A file shot shows the Manus Island camp in October 2012 Asylum seekers held on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea (PNG) are no longer being held in detention, reports say. Around 900 men are now allowed to leave the Manus Island detention centre during the day. Australia sends […]

Japan, China Expand Aid to Asia in Fight for Influence – Bloomberg Business – Bloomberg

One of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s foreign policy goals is to team up with other Asian countries threatened by the rise of China. He’s expanding Japan’s aid for big infrastructure projects in Asian nations. In some cases the Japanese government finances these ventures through grants and loans; in others the Asian Development Bank, which […]

Asia shares supported by rising China stocks, dollar edges higher – Reuters

LONDON The dollar headed for its biggest weekly rise since May on Friday as economic data reinforced expectations of a U.S. interest rate hike this year. European shares steadied on the view that Greece will secure a bailout. The dollar hovered near a seven-week high against a basket of major currencies .DXY, boosted by lower […]

Drone Startups Take Flight in Asia – WSJ – Wall Street Journal

SINGAPORE—Half a dozen men gathered around a workbench in a government building one morning as Tack Wai Wong, an engineering expert clad in a crisp white shirt and gray trousers, took his place at the front of the table. “Once upon a time all of this was military technology,” said Mr. Wong, 50 years old, […]

Fears Grow Over Islamic State’s Influence in Southeast Asia – WSJ – Wall Street Journal

JAKARTA, Indonesia—Support for Islamic State is quickly growing among Muslim extremists in Southeast Asia, and authorities worry they don’t have enough legal tools to keep them from spreading fundamentalist beliefs at home—or staging terror attacks. Experts say the risk is highest in Indonesia. This nation of 255 million has the world’s largest Muslim population and […]

Netanyahu pivots to Asia | The Economist – The Economist

Netanyahu pivots to Asia | The Economist – The Economist

THE outcome of a vote on July 3rd at the United Nations Human Rights Council was never in doubt. In all, 41 nations voted for a report criticising Israel for its conduct in the Gaza conflict. Only America voted against it. The surprise, however, was that among the five nations abstaining was India. “For the […]

India In The SCO — Safeguarding Its Interest In Central Asia – Forbes

By Jan Zalewski DELHI – Since coming to office in May 2014, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has placed a fresh emphasis on the country’s foreign relations. In a flurry of foreign trips over the past year, he and senior Indian officials have sought to increase India’s role on the international parquet, with this visiting […]

Janet Yellen Gives Asia the Jitters – Bloomberg View

Janet Yellen probably doesn’t think about Bangkok, Jakarta or Manila very often — the Federal Reserve chair has enough to worry about in Washington. But as she continues to ponder hiking interest rates, the frenetic selloffs in stock markets on the other side of the world should give her pause. Stock exchanges in emerging markets […]