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On 20 April in Asian history

ON 20 APRIL IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on April 20, 2017

1521: Death of Chinese emperor Zhengde (1505-1521), born on 26 October 1491
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zhengde

1633: Birth of Go-Komyo, 110th emperor of Japan, from 14 November 1643 to 30 October 1654, who died on 30 October 1654
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Go-K%C5%8Dmy%C5%8D

1752: Start of Konbaung–Hanthawaddy War, a new phase in the Burmese Civil War (1740–57)
https://www.onwar.com/aced/chrono/c1700s/yr50/konbaunghanthawaddy.htm
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Konbaung%E2%80%93Hanthawaddy_War

1870: Birth of Maulvi Abdul Haq, Pakistani scholar, father of Urdu, who died on 16 August 1961
http://www.imamreza.net/eng/imamreza.php?id=10717

1872: Birth of Zhang Lan Founder of the Chinese Democratic Ligue,in 1941, who died on February 9, 1955
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zhang_Lan

Zhang Lan

1895: Birth of Ghulam Mohammad, Governor General of Pakistan, who died on 12 September 1956
http://www.storyofpakistan.com/person.asp?perid=P012

1927: Japan’s Wakatsuki government falls. Baron Tanaka becomes premier
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wakatsuki_Reijiro
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tanaka_Giichi

1938: Birth of -famous Taiwanese writer Chiung Yao (Qiong Yao)
http://chinesefemalewriters.blogspot.fr/2011/12/chiung-yao.html
http://www.chinawhisper.com/top-10-most-popular-tv-series-of-qiong-yao/
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/4068.html

1948: Chiang Kai-shek is elected President of the Republic of China by the National Assembly in Nanjing http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republic_of_China_presidential_election,_1948

1949: During an communist offensive in the Yanzijiang valley, British ships are hit. 44 are killed and 60 wounded
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/18112432

1950: Birth of Chandra Babu Naidu, Indian politician, Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chandra_Babu_Naidu
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/20-april-1950-chandrababu-naidu-andhra-pradesh-chief-minister-was-born

1953: UN and Korea begin prisoners exchange
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/april/20/newsid_2850000/2850307.stm

1959: Birth in Hong Kong of American producer James Wong
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Wong_(producer)
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0939128/

1965: People’s Republic of China offers military aid to North Vietnam

1967: Us planes bomb North Vietnam port Haiphong for the first time during Vietnam War
http://www.historycentral.com/Vietnam/FirstHaiphong.html

1970: US President Nixon announces that 150,000 soldiers will come back from Vietnam before the end of the year
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/nixon-announces-more-troop-withdrawals

1970: Death of Shakeel Badayuni, Urdu poet, lyricist and songwriter, born on August 3, 1916
http://www.hindilyrics.net/profiles/shakeel-badayuni.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shakeel_Badayuni


1972: In Burma, General San Yu is appointed commander in chief of Tatmadaw or Armed forces of Burma
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Yu

1978: Korean Air Flight 902 is shot down by Soviets
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/korean-air-lines-jet-forced-down-over-soviet-union
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Korean_Air_Flight_902

1979: Birth of Quinn Weng, Taiwanese singer (Seraphim)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quinn_Weng
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x91lja_seraphim-vanishing-destruction_music

1980: Birth of Arin Paul, Indian Film Director
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arin_Paul

1986: Death of Sibte Hassan, Pakistani activist, journalist and writer, born on 31 July 1916
http://pwa.sapfonline.org/gpage3.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sibte_Hassan

1996: Death of Tran Van Tra, communist Vietnamese general and politician, born in 1918
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/obituary-general-tran-van-tra-1306863.html
http://www.nytimes.com/1996/04/25/world/tran-van-tra-of-vietnam-77-commander-in-tet-offensive.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tran_Van_Tra

Tran Van Tra

2001: China removes homosexuality from its list of mental illnesses

2002: In Taiwan, Chen Shui-bian renounces to be a president over the parties and is reelected chairman of th Democratic Progressive Party

2003: In Thailand, by 323 votes vs 16, Banyat Bantadtan, 61, succeeds Chuan Leekpai as president of the Democratic Party, the only one opposition force in the parliament
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banyat_Bantadtan

2005: Death of Fumio Niwa, Japanese novelist, born on 22 November 1904
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/obituaries/fumio-niwa-526422.html
http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=9,1068,0,0,1,0

2006: Han Myeong-sook is the first woman to become prime minister in South Korea, till March 7, 2007
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Han-Myung-Sook,-a-Christian-woman-now-prime-minister-5965.html
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2006-04/19/content_4448236.htm

2007: Death of Michael Fu Tieshan, head of the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Church, born on 3 November 1931
http://www.asianews.it/index.php?l=en&art=9060

2011: The government of Sri Lanka firmly rejects a United Nations report that blames it for war crimes committed during the final phase of the 30-year-old interethnic conflict, which ended in 2009
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Authorities-reject-UN-war-crime-accusations-21360.html

2012: In Sri Lanka, about 2,000 Buddhists, including monks, march to a mosque and hold a demonstration demanding its demolition, along with a Hindu temple being built in an area designated as a Buddhist sacred zone
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/04/2012420105329861814.html

2012: Despite U.N. Security Council condemnations, North Korea said it will continue launching satellites under its space program that outsiders see as a pretext to test long-range missiles

2013: The European Union will drop most sanctions against Burma to reward the country’s progress toward democracy, two EU diplomats said
http://asiancorrespondent.com/105934/diplomats-eu-to-drop-sanctions-against-burma/
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/burmamyanmar/10006542/EU-to-lift-sanctions-against-Burma-permanently.html

2014: Famous Pakistan TV host Hamid Mir shot by gunmen amid a wave of attacks on journalists in the country
http://asiancorrespondent.com/121852/famous-pakistan-tv-host-hamid-mir-shot-by-gunmen/ http://www.dawn.com/news/1100972/journalist-hamid-mir-injured-in-gun-attack-in-karachi

2015: Shots are fired at a car carrying Bangladeshi opposition leader Khaleda Zia when it stopped at a market in Dhaka, with television footage showing scores of people attacking her convoy
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/shots-fired-bangladesh-opposition-leaders-car-203112061.html
http://www.thedailystar.net/frontpage/khaledas-motorcade-comes-under-attack-78383

2015: Pakistan and China sign 51 Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) relating to diverse aspects of bilateral relations, including the Pakistan China Economic Corridor
http://www.dawn.com/news/1177109/economic-corridor-in-focus-as-pakistan-china-sign-51-mous
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-32377088

Pakistan home affairs & society

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20 APRIL 2017

Pakistan’s top court rejects call to disqualify Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif

Pakistan’s Supreme Court on Thursday (April 20)  ruled there was insufficient evidence to order Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s removal from office over corruption allegations levelled by the opposition and it ordered further investigations
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/pakistan-supreme-court-rules-insufficient-evidence-to-remove-prime-minister-nawaz
http://www.dw.com/en/pakistans-panama-papers-ruling-is-a-win-for-everyone/a-38513759
https://www.thenews.com.pk/latest/199752-Full-text-of-Panama-case-verdict

11 APRIL 2017

Malala to become youngest UN Messenger of Peace

Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai has been named the youngest ever UN Messenger of Peace, with a special focus on girls’ education
http://www.antaranews.com/en/news/110359/malala-to-become-youngest-un-messenger-of-peace
http://edition.cnn.com/2017/04/11/asia/malala-un-messenger-of-peace/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/new-un-peace-messenger-malala-will-promote-girls-education/2017/04/10/cae6c176-1e32-11e7-bb59-a74ccaf1d02f_story.html

3 MARCH 2017

Pakistan will conduct its first census in 19 years in March

ast-growing Pakistan will conduct its first census in 19 years in March, the statistics bureau said on Thursday, hoping to end years of wrangling by politicians concerned about how a survey would affect the make-up of their local electorates
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/pakistan/with-rocketing-population-pakistan-to-conduct-first-census-in-19-years-1.1987677

16 FEBRUARY 2017

Islamic State suicide bombing at Pakistan shrine kills 83

An Islamic State suicide bomber struck inside a famed shrine in southern Pakistan on Thursday, killing at least 83 people in the deadliest attack in the country in more than two years
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/2071708/islamic-state-suicide-bombing-pakistan-shrine-kills-75
http://www.euronews.com/2017/02/17/pakistan-suicide-bombing-in-religious-shrine-kills-at-least-72-including
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1329815/attack-sehwans-heart/

31 JANUARY 2017

Pakistan cracks down on group linked to 2008 Mumbai attacks

Pakistani authorities have put Hafiz Saeed, a firebrand cleric linked to the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks, under house arrest. Experts say this might be due to the pressure from the new US administration on Islamabad
http://www.dw.com/en/pakistan-cracks-down-on-group-linked-to-2008-mumbai-attacks/a-37343092
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38803746
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1312687/india-urges-credible-crackdown-following-hafiz-saeeds-detention/

12 JANUARY 2017

Pakistan’s Missing Human Rights Activists

Five activists have disappeared in recent weeks, including poet Salman Haider
http://thediplomat.com/2017/01/pakistans-missing-human-rights-activists/

7 JANUARY 2017

Pakistan’s military courts: What did they achieve?

A Pakistani law allowing military courts to try civilians on terror charges has expired. It’s unclear if the government will extend the law, after criticism of the courts’ legality and of their failure to curb terrorism
http://www.dw.com/en/pakistans-military-courts-what-did-they-achieve/a-37049690

3 JANUARY 2017

Pakistan muddles along

Pakistan has endured over a decade of political discord, security crises and prolonged military rule. In 2016, the fragile civilian-led government experienced both setbacks and successes following this legacy of instability
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/01/03/pakistan-muddles-along/

26 DECEMBER 2016

Pakistan has moved beyond Benazir Bhutto

Benazir Bhutto’s murder – nine years ago on December 27 – has remained a mystery. But it is clear that her Pakistan People’s Party is no longer a big force in the country’s politic
http://www.dw.com/en/pakistan-has-moved-beyond-benazir-bhutto/a-18943893

23 DECEMBER 2016

Former president and Co-Chairman of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Asif Ali Zardari returns to Pakistan after 18 months of self-exile

Former president of Pakistan and the co-chairman of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) on Friday reiterated his unflinching belief in democracy in the country and vowed to resume his political struggle through parliament
http://www.dawn.com/news/1304052/touchdown-zardari-lands-in-pakistan-after-18-months-in-self-imposed-exile
http://nation.com.pk/national/23-Dec-2016/no-compromise-on-national-interests-zardari

26 NOVEMBER 2016

Pakistan: Lt Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa named new army chief

Pakistan’s prime minister on Saturday picked Lieutenant-General Qamar Javed Bajwa to replace outgoing army chief Raheel Sharif, the popular military leader credited with improving security and driving back militant groups
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/pakistan/pakistan-pm-sharif-names-general-bajwa-as-new-army-chief-1.1935712
http://tribune.com.pk/story/1245263/editorial-new-army-chief/

12  NOVEMBER 2016

At least 43 dead, 100 injured at Pakistan’s shrine blast

At least 43 people died and scores of others were injured when a bomb exploded at a remote Sufi shrine in southern Pakistan’s restive Balochistan province on Saturday (Nov 12), officials said
http://www.dawn.com/news/1295928/at-least-43-killed-100-injured-in-blast-at-khuzdar-shrine
http://nation.com.pk/national/12-Nov-2016/at-least-30-dead-100-injured-in-hub-shrine-blast

28 OCTOBER 2016

Pakistan opposition leader Imran Khan says under virtual house arrest

Pakistani opposition leader Imran Khan accused the government of placing him under virtual house arrest in Islamabad on Friday as his supporters in nearby Rawalpindi fought running battles with the police
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/pakistan-opposition-leader-imran-khan-says-under-virtual-house-a/3244732.html
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/pakistan-police-fire-tear-gas-at-stone-throwing-supporters-of-op/3244080.html
http://www.dw.com/en/pakistan-police-raid-opposition-party-ptis-rally-in-islamabad/a-36179571

11 OCTOBER 2016

Pakistani journalist Cyril Almeida ‘barred from leaving country’

Pakistan’s government has imposed a travel ban on a leading journalist after he sparked an uproar by reporting that civilian officials had clashed with the military over its covert support for militants
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37615467
http://www.dawn.com/news/1289496/human-rights-journalist-organisations-protest-travel-ban-on-dawn-staffer

6 OCTOBER 2016

Pakistan parliament passes legislation against ‘honour killings’

A joint session of the lower and upper houses of parliament, broadcast live on television, approved the new anti-honour killing law, removing a loophole in existing law that allows killers to walk free after being pardoned by family members
http://www.dawn.com/news/1288177/pakistan-passes-anti-honour-killings-and-anti-rape-bills
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/pakistan-parliament-passes-legislation-against-honour-killings

27 SEPTEMBER 2016

Pakistan assembly passes Hindu Marriage Bill

Pakistan’s lower house of parliament has passed a landmark bill giving its small Hindu minority the right to register marriages, the last major hurdle on the way to enacting a law aimed at protecting women’s rights.
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2016-09/27/content_15501954.html

17 SEPTEMBER 2016

Pakistan court orders confiscation of Musharraf’s property

 A Pakistani court trying former military ruler Pervez Musharraf over a deadly raid on Islamabad’s radical Red Mosque passed an order Saturday (Sep 17) confiscating his property, a lawyer said
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/pakistan-court-orders-confiscation-of-musharraf-s-property/3135154.html
http://tribune.com.pk/story/1183308/ghazi-murder-case-islamabad-court-orders-confiscation-musharrafs-property/

1 SEPTEMBER 2016

Pakistan military admits IS presence in country

Pakistan’s military on Thursday (Sep 1) admitted for the first time that the Islamic State group had a presence in the country but said it had apprehended hundreds of its militants and prevented them from carrying out major attacks
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/pakistan-military-admits-is-presence-in-country/3093360.html

23 AUGUST 2016

Pakistan seals MQM office after attack on television media

Pakistan’s paramilitary forces sealed Karachi’s Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s (MQM) office and detained five of its leaders after a riot turned deadly in the country’s financial hub
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/246988083

17 AUGUST 2016

Pakistan’s Islamization – before and after dictator Zia-ul Haq

Many people in Pakistan blame former dictator General Zia-ul Haq for the rise of extremism in their country. But was he really the architect of the Islamization drive in the South Asian nation?
http://www.dw.com/en/pakistans-islamization-before-and-after-dictator-zia-ul-haq/a-19480315

8 AUGUST 2016

Taliban suicide bombing at hospital in Pakistan city of Quetta kills at least 70

A suicide bomber killed at least 70 people and wounded some 200 others in an attack that struck a gathering of Pakistani lawyers on the grounds of a government-run hospital in the southwestern city of Quetta on Monday
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/2000884/bombing-hospital-pakistani-city-quetta-kills-least-42
http://www.dawn.com/news/1276183/70-dead-as-blast-hits-quetta-civil-hospital-after-lawyers-killing
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37015640

31 JULY 2016

Farooq Haider Khan is elected PM of Pakistan-administered Kashmir

 The new legislative assembly in Pakistan-administered Kashmir on Sunday elected Farooq Haider Khan of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) premier of the state
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/pakistan/farooq-haider-khan-is-pm-of-pakistan-administered-kashmir-1.1871287

28 JULY 2016

Welcome to Pakistan’s Wild West, where guns are cheaper than smartphones

Sub-machine guns and Kalashnikovs can be bought as little as US$67 and US$125, respectively, in tribal town known as a hub for criminal activity
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/1996001/welcome-pakistans-wild-west-where-guns-are-cheaper-smartphones

19 JULY 2016

Pakistani court orders confiscation of Musharraf’s bank accounts

A special court hearing treason charges against former president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf on Tuesday ordered authorities to freeze his bank accounts and confiscate his property
http://tribune.com.pk/story/1144838/musharrafs-bank-accounts-frozen-property-confiscated-rules-special-court/
http://nation.com.pk/national/19-Jul-2016/court-orders-confiscation-of-musharraf-s-bank-accounts

8 JULY 2016

Death of humanitarian Abdul Sattar Edhi, the Mother Teresa of Pakistan

Pakistan’s humanitarian worker Edhi has died in the port city of Karachi due to a protracted illness. Known as the ‘Mother Teresa’ of Pakistan, the activist worked altruistically, rising above religious prejudices
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/07/pakistan-humanitarian-abdul-sattar-edhi-dies-160708184523940.html
http://tribune.com.pk/story/1137773/abdul-sattar-edhi-put-ventilator-condition-deteriorates-faisal-edhi/
http://www.dw.com/en/abdul-sattar-edhi-a-life-bigger-than-accolades/a-19243405

22 JUNE 2016

Popular Pakistani Sufi singer Amjad Sabri shot dead in ‘act of terror’

One of Pakistan’s best known Sufi musicians has been shot dead by unknown assailants riding a motorcycle in Karachi, triggering an outpouring of grief over what police described as an « act of terror »
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36597498
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-06-23/popular-pakistani-sufi-singer-amjad-sabri-shot-dead-in-act-of-terror-police-say/1592790
http://tribune.com.pk/story/1128233/amjad-sabri-killed/

23 APRIL 2016

Pakistan PM says to resign if found guilty in Panama Papers probe

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday pledged to resign if a probe related to the Panama Papers tax scandal found his family had committed any wrongdoing
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/pakistan-pm-says-resign-if-found-guilty-panama-papers-probe#sthash.WLTYYS24.dpuf

21 APRIL 2016

Pakistan army sacks six senior officers amid corruption claims

At least six high-ranking Pakistani army officers, including a lieutenant-general and major-general, have been sacked amid corruption allégations.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36099794
http://www.dawn.com/news/1253497/gen-raheel-dismisses-6-army-officers-from-service-over-corruption

 

1 MARCH 2016

Will Qadri’s hanging lead to blasphemy law reforms in Pakistan?

Mumtaz Qadri, the murderer of former Governor Salman Taseer, has been hanged in a prison in Rawalpindi. Is Qadri’s death a victory for anti-blasphemy law campaigners or will it fuel more religious violence in the nation?
http://www.dw.com/en/will-qadris-hanging-lead-to-blasphemy-law-reforms-in-pakistan/a-19082554
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/02/hanging-revives-pakistan-capital-punishment-debate-160229164410577.html

29 FEBRUARY 2016

Pakistan hangs Mumtaz Qadri for murder of Salman Taseer

Pakistan has hanged the assassin of a governor who sought to reform the country’s controversial blasphemy laws, officials and supporters said
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/02/pakistan-hangs-anti-blasphemy-law-governor-assassin-160229022556488.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35693767

26 FEBRUARY 2016

Pakistan has 24 million children out of school: Government

Of the 50.8 million children aged five to 16 in the country, 47 per cent do not receive an education, according to the annual Pakistan Education Statistics report for 2014-2015.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/pakistan-has-24-million/2552540.html

18 FEBRUARY 2016

Pakistan ranks third on global executions list with 324 hangings in 2015

Pakistan hanged 324 people last year to rank third worldwide in terms of executions, but the vast majority of those put to death had no links to militant groups or attacks, rights groups said in a report
http://www.dawn.com/news/1240370/pakistan-ranks-third-on-global-executions-list-with-324-hangings-in-2015

10 FEBRUARY 2016

Renowned Urdu novelist and playwright Fatima Surayya Bajia passes away

Renowned Urdu novelist and playwright Fatima Surayya Bajia passed away on Wednesday in Karachi after prolonged illness, DawnNews reported.
http://www.dawn.com/news/1238621/renowned-urdu-playwright-fatima-surayya-bajia-passes-away-at-85

3 FEBRUARY 2016

With 115 killed, Pakistan is fourth on the list of the deadliest countries in the world for journalists

Pakistan is fourth on the list of the deadliest countries in the world for journalists, and comes behind Mexico, Philippines and Iraq according to an International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) report released on Wednesday.
http://www.dawn.com/news/1237386/115-killings-make-pakistan-fourth-deadliest-country-for-journalists

2 FEBRUARY 2016

Pakistani short story writer, novelist, journalist and poet Intizar Husain passed away

Veteran short story writer, novelist, journalist and poet Intizar Husain passed away at a hospital in Lahore. The 92-year-old was undergoing treatment at a local hospital
http://www.dawn.com/news/1236988/intizar-hussain-passes-away

26 JANUARY 2016

Pakistan inches towards stability

After a dramatic end to 2014, Pakistan has gradually moved towards greater political and economic stability. This has been largely due to its successes in reducing terrorism, which injected new hopes about the country’s ability to handle crises. http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/01/26/pakistan-inches-towards-stability/

25 JANUARY 2016

Pakistan’s army chief Raheel Sharif says he will step down when term ends

Pakistan’s influential army chief will step down at the end of his three-year term in November, the military’s public relations wing says.
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-01-25/pakistans-army-chief-raheel-sharif-says-he-will-step-down-when-term-ends/1539769
http://www.dawn.com/news/1058941

22 JANUARY 2016

Pakistan Taliban vow more school attacks in video

A senior Pakistani Taliban commander released video footage on Friday of four fighters he said carried out Wednesday’s deadly assault on a university in Pakistan’s northwest that killed 20 people and vowed more attacks on schools in future.
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2016-01/22/content_15376922.html

20 JANUARY 2016

Pakistan attack: Gunmen kill 19 at Bacha Khan University

Security forces have ended a gun and bomb attack on a university in north-west Pakistan in which 19 people were killed and 17 injured.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35359072
http://www.dawn.com/news/1234231/breakthroughs-made-in-identifying-bacha-khan-university-attackers-dg-ispr

18 JANUARY 2016

Pakistani court acquits former president Pervez Musharraf of rebel leader’s murder

A Pakistani court has acquitted former military ruler Pervez Musharraf over the 2006 killing of a Baloch rebel leader, one of three legal cases he faced after returning from exile
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-01-18/pakistani-court-acquits-former-president-pervez-musharraf-of-rebel-leaders-murder/1537121
http://www.dawn.com/news/1233775/atc-acquits-pervez-musharraf-in-akbar-bugti-murder-case
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35341255

14 JANUARY 2016

Pakistan arrests militant group head suspected of attack on Indian air base

Pakistan has arrested the head of the Jaish-e-Mohammad militant group on suspicion his outfit masterminded an attack this month on an air base in India, two officials said on Wednesday.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/12097851/Pakistan-arrests-militant-group-head-suspected-of-attack-on-Indian-air-base.html

29 DECEMBER 2015

Pakistan suicide bombing kills ‘at least 22’ in Mardan

A Pakistani Taliban faction has claimed responsibility for the attack in the city of Mardan in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. The blast took place as people queued outside the government office
http://www.dw.com/en/deadly-suicide-blast-at-government-office-in-pakistan/a-18949395
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35192375

 

12 SEPTEMBRE 2015

Uncommon tongue: Pakistan’s confusing move to Urdu

While many nations are adopting English, Pakistan is going the opposite way, with the Supreme Court ruling for it to be replaced with Urdu as the official language
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-34215293

9 SEPTEMBER 2015

Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal ‘not against anyone’ : PM Nawaz

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday said that Pakistan would continue to maintain minimum nuclear deterrence for security purposes, but that these weapons are ‘not against any one »
http://www.dawn.com/news/1205878/pakistans-nuclear-arsenal-not-against-anyone-pm-nawaz

28 AUGUST 2015

Border Firing Kills 9 on India-Pakistan War Anniversary

Cross-border firing between India and Pakistan killed at least nine people on Friday, the day India marked the 50th anniversary of a war between the two South Asian nations
http://jakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/international/border-firing-kills-9-india-pakistan-war-anniversary/
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/08/civilians-killed-india-pakistan-exchange-fire-kashmir-150828074204835.html

27 AUGUST 2015

Arrest warrant issued for former Pakistani PM Gilani

A Pakistani anti-corruption court on Thursday issued arrest warrants for former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani as well as one of his senior ministers in a dozen graft cases against them
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/arrest-warrant-issued-former-pakistani-pm http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/671440/arrest-warrant-issued-for-former-pakistani-pm

 16 AUGUST 2015

Punjab minister Shuja Khanzada killed in Pakistan blast

Mr Khanzada was seen as the man in charge of the anti-terror campaign in Pakistan’s biggest province
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33952413
http://www.dawn.com/news/1200807/punjab-home-minister-shuja-khanzada-killed-in-terror-attack

22 JULY 2015

Asia Bibi death sentence suspended by Pakistan court

Christian woman who became first female to be sentenced to death under Pakistan’s blasphemy law granted full hearing by supreme court
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/11756143/Asia-Bibi-death-sentence-suspended-by-Pakistan-court.html
http://nation.com.pk/national/23-Jul-2015/supreme-court-stays-asia-bibi-s-execution

16 JUNE 2015

Pakistan hangs seven prisoners for murder

Pakistan reportedly hanged seven prisoners on Tuesday, bringing the total number put to death since executions resumed last December to 160, officials have said
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/06/pakistan-hangs-prisoners-murder-150616122934188.html

12 JUNE 2015

Pakistan shuts down offices of NGO Save the Children

Pakistani authorities have sealed off the offices of the international aid group Save the Children, saying the charity was « working against the country », police and government officials say http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/11670128/Pakistan-shuts-down-offices-of-Save-the-Children.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/590745/pakistan-warns-aid-groups-after-save-the-children-expelled

5 APRIL 2015

Ten men jailed in Pakistan over Malala attack

A Pakistani court jails 10 men for life for their involvement in the 2012 shooting of teenage activist Malala Yousafzai, who was targeted for her campaign against the Taliban denying girls education
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/04/ten-men-jailed-pakistan-malala-attack-150430101505917.html
http://www.euronews.com/2015/04/30/malala-yousafzai-s-attackers-jailed-for-25-years/

24 APRIL 2015

Pakistani human rights activist Sabeen Mehmud shot dead in Karachi

A leading Pakistani human rights activist has been killed in a drive-by shooting in Karachi after hosting a talk on allegations of torture in the province of Balochistan
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-32452760
http://tribune.com.pk/story/875375/t2f-director-shot-dead-in-karachi/

21 APRIL 2015

Pakistan hangs 15, highest number since executions resumed

Pakistan hanged 15 people on Tuesday, officials said, the largest number of people executed on the same day since an unofficial moratorium on capital punishment was lifted in December
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/pakistan-hangs-15-highes/1798890.html

 16 APRIL 2015

Pakistan Supreme Court halts executions given by military courts

Pakistan’s Supreme Court has suspended death sentences handed down by the country’s new military courts, set up in the wake of a Taliban massacre at a school in December last year
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/04/pakistan-halts-executions-handed-military-courts-150416091421734.html

17 MARCH 2015

Pakistan hangs 12 in largest execution since moratorium lifted

Pakistan hanged 12 male convicts on Tuesday, an Interior Ministry spokesman said, the largest number of people executed on the same day since an unofficial moratorium on capital punishment was lifted in December
http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/03/17/uk-pakistan-executions-idUKKBN0MD0E120150317
http://tribune.com.pk/story/854551/pakistan-hangs-12-men-in-largest-execution-since-moratorium-lifted/

10 MARCH 2015

Pakistan ends death penalty suspension after seven years

Pakistan is to resume executions for all death penalty offences, months after a moratorium was partially lifted to allow executions of terror convicts
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-31812177
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/493457/pakistan-lifts-death-penalty-moratorium

9 MARCH 2015

Death sentence over ‘blasphemy’ killing of Pakistan governor

A Pakistani court Monday upheld the death sentence for the killer of a politician who sought blasphemy law reform, but struck out a terrorism conviction, making it unlikely he will be executed soon
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/492484/death-sentence-over-blasphemy-killing-of-pakistan-governor
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/03/pakistan-court-upholds-conviction-governor-killer-150309125004005.html

7 FEBRUARY 2015

YouTube to remain blocked in Pakistan ‘indefinitely’: officials

YouTube will remain blocked in Pakistan ‘indefinitely’, an official said Saturday, as experts have failed to find a way to filter content deemed offensive and blasphemous in the Muslim majority country
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/youtube-remain-blocked-pakistan-indefinitely-officials

28 JANUARY 2015

‘More journalists killed in Pakistan than any other democracy’

For a democratic country, Pakistan ranks worryingly high when it comes to the number of attacks on journalists. http://www.asianewsnet.net/‘More-journalists-killed-in-Pakistan-than-any-ot-71075.html

16 JANUARY 2015

In Karachi, Charlie Hebdo protesters clash with police at French consulate

About 200 protesters clashed on Friday with Pakistani police outside the French consulate in the southern city of Karachi after a demonstration against the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo turned violent.
http://www.france24.com/en/20150116-charlie-hebdo-protests-turn-violent-near-french-karachi-consulate/
http://www.euronews.com/2015/01/16/pakistan-violence-flares-in-protest-over-charlie-hebdo-cartoon/
http://www.dawn.com/news/1157420/agence-france-presse-photographer-shot-by-anti-charlie-hebdo-protesters-police

6 JANUARY 2015

Pakistan legislators approve military courts for terrorism

Pakistan’s parliament Tuesday approved the setting up of military courts to hear terrorism-related cases, after a Taliban massacre at a military-run school in the northwest shocked the nation
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/454740/pakistan-legislators-approve-military-courts-for-terrorism
http://www.dawn.com/news/1155271/parliament-passes-21st-constitutional-amendment-army-act-amendment

5 JANUARY 2015

Pakistani cleric calls Taliban freedom fighters

A prominent Pakistani cleric and leader of the political party Jammat-e-Islami Pakistan,  Sirajul Haq, has sought to legitimize the insurgency in Afghanistan and in a recent interview with Geo TV he told his followers, who are primarily Pakistani, that fighting foreign troops in Afghanistan is a fight for freedom
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/17727-pakistani-cleric-calls-taliban-freedom-fighters

26 DECEMBER 2014

Pakistan judge issues arrest warrant for Abdul Aziz

A judge in Pakistan has issued an arrest warrant for a cleric at a radical mosque in Islamabad who has refused to condemn the massacre of children at an army-run school.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30607078

22 DECEMBER 2014

Pakistan to execute 500 Islamist terrorists after Taliban school attack

Pakistan announced on Monday that it planned to execute an estimated 500 Islamist terrorists in the coming days as part of a « decisive war » against the Taliban in response to the massacre of 133 children at a school last week.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/11308548/Pakistan-to-execute-500-Islamist-terrorists-after-Taliban-school-attack.html

19 DECEMBER 2014

Pakistan kills 50 militants

Pakistani security forces killed 50 suspected militants on Friday, bringing the two-day death total to 77 as operations against insurgents intensified in the wake of a Taliban school massacre that killed 149 people.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/450915/pakistan-kills-50-militants

Pakistan resumes executions after Peshawar school attack

Pakistan has carried out two executions, the first since a death penalty moratorium since 2008 was lifted after a deadly attack on a Peshawar school.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30556260
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/12/pakistan-executes-two-after-school-massacre-20141219171340982284.html

16 DECEMBER 2014

Pakistan’s indigenous defence production reaches $1.5 billion

The country’s indigenous defence production has reached $1.5 billion per annum, according to a report published in the Jane’s Defence Weekly. The journal quoted an unnamed Pakistani official as saying: “We have substituted imported defence equipment worth $1.5 billion (per year), which for us is a huge bonus.”
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Pakistan’s-indigenous-defence-production-reaches-69108.html

Pakistan Taliban: Peshawar school attack leaves 141 dead

At least 142 people, including 132 children, have been killed in a horrific attack by Pakistani Taliban fighters (TTP) on a military-run school in Peshawar in Pakistan’s northwest
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30491435
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/12/fighters-attack-army-run-school-pakistan-20141216742794184.html

10 DECEMBER 2014

Malala and Kailash Satyarthi receive joint Nobel award

Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai and Indian child rights campaigner Kailash Satyarthi have received the Nobel Peace Prize awards.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30411049
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/12/malala-satyarthi-receive-peace-prize-20141210125127564166.html

9 DECEMBER 2014

Leading Pakistan communist Sobho Gianchandani dies

Sobho Gianchandani, one of Pakistan’s last leaders from its first generation of Marxists, has died at the age of 94
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30397351

28 NOVEMBER 2014

Pakistani actress Veena Malik faces 26-year prison sentence for ‘blasphemy’

Bollywood actress Veena Malik and her husband are sentenced to 26 years for roles in television programme based on marriage of Prophet Mohamed’s daughter
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/11261473/Watch-Pakistani-actress-Veena-Malik-faces-26-year-prison-sentence-for-blasphemy.html

27 NOVEMBER 2014

EU urges Pakistan to overhaul blasphemy laws

The European parliament on Thursday called on Pakistan to overhaul its blasphemy laws with a view to repealing them, saying they were “increasingly used to target” Christians and other minorities.
http://www.dawn.com/news/1147298/eu-urges-pakistan-to-overhaul-blasphemy-laws

25 NOVEMBER 2014

Pakistan defense minister says US policies in region have failed

Pakistan Defense Minister Khawaja Asif said Tuesday that the American policies have failed in the region, calling for solution to problems in the region by regional countries. The minister told reporters in Islamabad that the region is suffering from the US policies
http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/893557.shtml

24 NOVEMBER 2014

Pakistan has the world’s fastest growing nuclear programme in the world, a US-based think tank says

“Pakistan.is believed to have enough fissile material to produce between 110 and 120 nuclear warheads,” says the report Strategic Stability in the Second Nuclear Age Council released by the influential Council on Foreign Relations.
http://www.dawn.com/news/1146584/pakistan-has-worlds-fastest-growing-nuclear-programme-us-think-tank
http://tribune.com.pk/story/796359/pakistan-has-fastest-growing-nuclear-weapons-programme-in-world-report/

15 NOVEMBER 2014

Afghan, Pakistan leaders pledge to end turbulent ties

Pakistan and Afghanistan pledged to begin a new era of economic cooperation Saturday, with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani saying three days of talks had ended 13 years of differences
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/afghan-pakistan-leaders-pledge-end-turbulent-ties
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/afghan-pakistan-leaders/1474638.html

13 NOVEMBER 2014

Pakistan successfully test fires Hatf-VI missile

Pakistan on Thursday conducted a successful training launch of intermediate range Shaheen-II (Hatf-VI) ballistic missile, according to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).
http://tribune.com.pk/story/790505/pakistan-successfully-test-fires-hatf-vi-missile/

8 NOVEMBER 2014

Pakistan says will help China fight Xinjiang-militants

Pakistan will help China with its fight against extremists that Beijing says are active in its unruly far western region of Xinjiang, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said on Saturday during a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
http://www.dawn.com/news/1143134/pakistan-says-will-help-china-fight-xinjiang-militants
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1635051/china-says-pakistan-will-help-fight-against-xinjiang-militants

2 NOVEMBER 2014

Pakistan bomb kills 50 at Wagah border with India

More than 50 people have been killed and at least 100 injured in a suicide bombing close to Pakistan’s only border crossing with India.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-29871077
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/11/pakistan-india-border-blast-2014112141227182769.html

22 OCTOBER 2014

Pakistan cleric Qadri ends Islamabad protest

An anti-government cleric who has been campaigning in Islamabad, calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, has ended his 65-day-long protest. Tahirul Qadri, who has been calling for resignation of PM, says he will now tour cities in a « revolution of the poor ».
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/10/pakistan-cleric-qadri-ends-islamabad-protest-20141022637683600.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2014/10/tahir-ul-qadri-political-enigma-pakistan-2014102271530973245.html

17 OCTOBER 2014

Pakistani Christian woman sentenced to hanging for row over sharing water glass

Ruling against Asia Bibi, a 50-year-old mother of five, upheld after blasphemy conviction over row in which Muslim women objected to Bibi using their drinking glass because of her religion
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/11169304/Pakistani-Christian-woman-sentenced-to-hanging-for-row-over-sharing-water-glass.html

8 OCTOBER 2014

Tens of thousands flee Kashmir clashes

Indian and Pakistani troops have fired bullets and mortar shells across the border between India- and Pakistan-administered Kashmir for the second day, forcing tens of thousands of villagers from their homes, officials have said.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/india-and-pakistan-intensify-kashmir-border-conflict
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/10/tens-thousands-flee-amid-kashmir-exchanges-201410851956111951.html

6 OCTOBER 2014

India, Pakistan skirmish at Line of Control kills 9 civilians

Nine civilians were killed and at least 25 wounded on Monday in fighting along a stretch of the disputed border between India and Pakistan in the Kashmir region.
http://www.dawn.com/news/1136563/india-pakistan-skirmish-at-loc-kills-9-civilians
http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/jk-seven-killed-in-pakistan-shelling-firing-spreads-to-loc/

5 OCTOBER 2014

Pakistani Taliban only loyal to Mullah Omar, says TTP spokesperson

Pakistani Taliban said on Sunday that they have declared allegiance only to Mullah Mohammad Omar, the Afghan Taliban supremo, rejecting the media reports that the group has declared allegiance to the Islamic State.
http://tribune.com.pk/story/772040/pakistani-taliban-only-loyal-to-mullah-omar-says-ttp-spokesperson/

4 OCTOBER 2014

Pakistan Taliban pledges support to ISIL

The Pakistan Taliban has declared allegiance to Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and ordered fighters across the region to help the group in its campaign to set up a global Islamic caliphate.
http://www.dawn.com/news/1136205/pakistani-taliban-declare-allegiance-to-is-militants
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Pakistani-Taliban-declare-allegiance-to-Islamic-State-and-global-jihad/articleshow/44345966.cms?

15 SEPTEMBER 2014

Pakistani Court sends 100 activists to jail

A court in Pakistan has ordered 100 opposition activists to be sent to jail for staging illegal protests and committing several other violations, causing chaos and anger among activists.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/09/pakistani-court-sends-100-activists-jail-201491315950198907.html

12 SEPTEMBER 2014

Taliban gunmen who shot schoolgirl Malala finally arrested

Militants boarded the teenage activist’s school bus and shot her in the head in October 2012 for her outspoken views on girls’ education, in an attack that also wounded two of her friends
http://www.9news.com.au/world/2014/09/13/00/24/taliban-shooters-who-attacked-malala-arrested
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/09/malala-attackers-arrested-pakistan-201491212302111196.html

4 SEPTEMBER 2014

Islamic State claims Pakistan and Afghanistan for its ‘caliphate’

The Islamic State is challenging the Taliban and al-Qaeda in its Afghanistan and Pakistan heartlands and claiming both countries as part of its ‘caliphate’.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/11075390/Islamic-State-claims-Pakistan-and-Afghanistan-for-its-caliphate.html

2 SEPTEMBER 2014

Pakistan Parliament Reaffirms Support for Embattled PM

Pakistan’s parliament opened an emergency session Tuesday to rally political support for embattled Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif as thousands of protesters continued their agitation just outside the building.
http://www.voanews.com/content/pakistan-parliament-backs-prime-minister-as-crisis-deepens/2435856.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/09/pakistan-nawaz-sharif-backed-parliament-201492131048231666.html

31 AUGUST 2014

Pakistani protests turn deadly as prime minister refuses to resign

Clashes between police and anti-government protesters have continued outside Pakistan’s parliament, resulting in the deaths of at least three people, and injuries to 494 more, witnesses and hospital officials have told Al Jazeera.
http://edition.cnn.com/2014/08/31/world/asia/pakistan-protests/index.html?hpt=ias_c1
http://www.euronews.com/2014/08/31/at-least-two-dead-after-pakistan-anti-government-protests-turn-violent/
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/08/pakistan-anti-government-protests-turn-deadly-2014831145733222260.html

29 AUGUST 2014

Pakistan military to mediate amid protest stand-off

Pakistan’s powerful army chief has stepped in to the political deadlock between the PM and two opposition figures leading huge anti-government rallies in the capital, Islamabad
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-28978048
http://www.nation.com.pk/national/29-Aug-2014/third-empire-called-for-final-decision

28 AUGUST 2014

Pakistan police launch PM murder probe to defuse crisis

Political crisis in Pakistan took a new turn today with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif agreeing to face a murder case relating to the killing of 14 followers of cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri, as Imran Khan kept up pressure insisting on the embattled premier’s resignation
http://www.sify.com/news/sharif-to-face-murder-case-imran-insists-on-pms-resignation-news-national-oi2ua3fedgjbe.html
http://freepressjournal.in/sharif-offers-to-face-murder-case-qadri-rejects/

23 AUGUST 2014

India and Pakistan trade gunfire in Kashmir leaving four dead

India and Pakistan traded gunfire in the disputed Kashmir region earlier, killing two villagers on each side and wounding several others, officials said.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/11052670/India-and-Pakistan-trade-gunfire-in-Kashmir-leaving-four-dead.html
http://www.voanews.com/content/india-and-pakistan-trade-heavy-gunfire-in-kashmir/2425607.html

20 AUGUST 2014

Pakistan army pushes for talks amid protests

Pakistan’s powerful military has called for talks to resolve a week-long political drama as tens of thousands of protesters marched on parliament in a bid to depose the prime minister.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/08/pakistan-army-pushes-talks-amid-protests-20148207445493362.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/427623/pakistan-army-urges-talks-as-protesters-march-on-parliament

18 AUGUST 2014

India calls off Pakistan talks in Kashmir row

India has called off high-level talks with its neighbour Pakistan after the latter’s envoy to New Delhi held a meeting with Kashmiri pro-independence leaders, India’s foreign ministry has said
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/08/india-calls-off-pakistan-talks-kashmir-row-201481812504921915.html
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/c71f37a4-26e0-11e4-bc19-00144feabdc0.html?siteedition=intl#axzz3Am01X0N0
http://www.dawn.com/news/1126123/india-calls-off-foreign-secretary-level-talks-with-pakistan

Pakistan’s third largest party to quit parliament to force PM resignation

Lawmakers from Pakistan’s third largest party will resign from Parliament to try to force Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to step down, a party official said Monday
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/pakistans-third-largest-party-quit-parliament-force-pm-resignation
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/08/pakistan-khan-pulls-party-out-parliament-2014818141856398979.html

17 AUGUST 2014

Pakistan’s Khan calls for ‘civil disobedience’ movement

Pakistan’s Imran Khan on Sunday called on thousands of protesters rallying in Islamabad to launch a civil disobedience movement against the government, as a leading cleric declared that only a « revolution » would bring about change
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/427237/pakistan-khan-calls-for-civil-disobedience-movement
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/08/pakistan-protest-leaders-insist-pm-should-go-201481615334557188.html

15 AUGUST 2014

Imran Khan convoy reaches Pakistan capital

Tens of thousands of anti-government protesters have gathered in Pakistan’s capital Islamabad following the arrival of convoys led by a cricket star-turned-politician and a fiery anti-Taliban cleric
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/08/pakistan-imran-khan-201481582750798942.html
http://www.euronews.com/2014/08/15/imran-khan-s-anti-government-convoy-attacked-on-the-road-to-islamabad/

14 AUGUST 2014

Pakistan: Imran Khan, Tahirul Qadri lead protest march

Two convoys are taking thousands of anti-government protesters from the Pakistani city of Lahore to Islamabad, the capital, amid tight security
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-28770311
http://indianexpress.com/article/world/asia/pakistan-braces-for-anti-nawaz-sharif-protest-in-islamabad-on-independence-day/

9 AUGUST 2014

Qadri supporters clash with Pakistan police

Supporters of a Pakistani anti-government cleric have clashed with police in the country’s second largest city resulting in at least four deaths, 500 arrests and six police officers missing, officials said
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/08/pakistan-police-clash-with-tahrir-qadri-supporters-20148975449318173.html

31 JULY 2014

Russia’s Strategic Pakistan Play

Russia’s decision to go ahead with the sale of Mi-35 attack helicopters to Pakistan, even in the face of official Indian concerns, is being seen by some quarters as evidence of a “major” regional re-alignment in the wake of the American drawdown in Afghanistan
http://thediplomat.com/2014/07/russias-strategic-pakistan-play/

15 JULY 2014

Pakistan captures key Taliban commander

The Pakistani military has captured a high-ranking Taliban commander who once tried to assassinate former president Pervez Musharraf and later escaped jail with hundreds of other prisoners, security officials have said
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/07/pakistan-captures-key-taliban-commander-201471518504419357.html

23 JUNE 2014

Clashes erupt as Qadri returns to Pakistan

Anti-government Pakistani leader Tahir-ul-Qadri has arrived in Lahore after his plane was diverted from the capital Islamabad, as hundreds of his supporters clashed with police outside an airport
http://www.dawn.com/news/1114429/qadri-threatens-to-topple-govt-vows-to-lead-revolution
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/06/clashes-as-cleric-qadri-returns-pakistan-201462354125765536.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/10919761/Clashes-in-Pakistan-as-leading-cleric-flies-in-to-lead-revolution.html

20 JUNE 2014

Pakistan helicopters pound rebels as 200,000 civilians flee

Pakistani helicopter gunships pounded militant targets in the country’s northwest Friday, killing up to 20 rebels, as the number of civilians fleeing an expected ground offensive passed 200,000
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/416482/pakistan-helicopters-pound-rebels-as-200000-civilians-flee

15 JUNE 2014

Pakistan army launches assault in tribal area

Pakistan says it has launched a « comprehensive operation » against armed groups northwestern tribal region bordering Afghanistan, after killing scores of fighters in air raids.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/06/pakistan-air-raids-20146152339256306.html
http://www.france24.com/en/20140615-pakistan-launches-comprehensive-offensive-against-militants-taliban-north-waziristan/

12 JUNE 2014

US resumes drone strikes in Pakistan

The US has resumed its drones programme in Pakistan, with two strikes on militant strongholds in the North Waziristan tribal region overnight
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27807123
http://www.dawn.com/news/1112253/drone-targeted-haqqani-network-commander-afghan-taliban-sources
http://www.voanews.com/content/suspected-us-drone-strikes-kill-12/1935103.html

Pakistan court backs Musharraf request to leave country

The Sindh High Court removed Mr Musharraf’s name from an exit control list on Thursday. The former leader is currently barred from leaving Pakistan
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27808940
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/06/court-allows-musharraf-leave-pakistan-2014612865356671.html

4 JUNE 2014

Pakistan’s Karachi on knife-edge after arrest of Altaf Hussain

The 60-year-old is revered by his fiercely loyal supporters — mainly ethnic Mohajirs who migrated from India at the time of partition, while critics accuse him of running his party as a violent mafia-like organisation
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/413584/pakistan-karachi-on-knife-edge-after-arrest-of-altaf-hussain
http://www.dawn.com/news/1110529/protest-to-continue-until-altafs-safety-assured-sattar

3 JUNE 2014

Pakistan MQM leader Altaf Hussain arrested in London

Police in London have arrested the leader of Pakistan’s powerful MQM party, Altaf Hussain, on suspicion of money-laundering
http://www.dawn.com/news/1110316/altaf-hussain-arrested-in-london-for-money-laundering
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-27680038

29 MAY 2014

Police in Pakistan accuse murdered woman of illegal marriage

Lahore’s police chief has hit back at allegations his officers failed to prevent the murder of a pregnant woman in broad daylight, accusing the victim of an illegal marriage and her husband of killing his first wife

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/10863054/Police-in-Pakistan-accuse-murdered-woman-of-illegal-marriage.html

27 MAY 2014

Let’s turn back the clock for peace, Nawaz Sharif urges Narendra Modi

Reviving a 1999 agreement for nuclear disarmament and talks on Kashmir could be the key to peace between India and Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif tells Narendra Modi http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/10858512/Lets-turn-back-the-clock-for-peace-Nawaz-Sharif-urges-Narendra-Modi.html

24 MAY 2014

Pakistan’s Sharif to attend Modi inauguration

Pakistan has accepted an invitation to Nawaz Sharif, prime minister, to attend the inauguration of Narendra Modi, India’s prime minister-designate, officials say
http://www.euronews.com/2014/05/24/pakistan-s-prime-minister-to-attend-indian-prime-minister-s-swearing-in/
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/05/pakistan-sharif-attend-modi-inauguration-201452454611476370.html

13 MAY 2014

Pakistan police charge 68 Pakistani lawyers with blasphemy

Pakistani police have charged 68 lawyers with blasphemy in what is thought to be the biggest ever case of its kind in the country.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27391334

8 MAY 2914

Human rights lawyer Rashid Rehman shot dead

Notable human rights lawyer Rashid Rehman Advocate was shot dead at his office in Multan Wednesday (7)  evening
http://tribune.com.pk/story/705659/human-rights-lawyer-rashid-rehman-shot-dead/
http://www.dawn.com/news/1104788/rights-advocate-rashid-rehman-khan-gunned-down-in-multan

1 MAY 2014

Violence against women in politics rising in Pakistan

A recent study by the Centre for Social Research and UN Women shows that violence against women in politics is on the rise in three South Asian countries namely Pakistan, India and Nepal

http://www.dawn.com/news/1103511/violence-against-women-in-politics-rising-in-pakistan-india-study

30 APRIL 2014

Pakistan under fire for media attacks

Pakistani authorities should investigate the country’s powerful military and intelligence agency for human rights abuses against journalists following attacks on leading reporters, Amnesty International has said

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/04/pakistan-under-fire-media-attacks-2014429231948149441.html

http://www.humanrights.asia/news/ahrc-news/AHRC-STM-079-2014

25 APRIL 2014

Pakistan journalist Hamid Mir issues defiant statement

The Pakistani journalist shot last week has issued his first statement, once again blaming the country’s intelligence agency for the attack

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27153234

21 APRIL 2014

Pakistan mulls tighter controls on madrassas

The Pakistani government is proposing reform of the nation’s madrassas, which are accused of fostering terrorism

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2014/04/pakistan-tighter-controls-madrassas-islamabad-201442064231355458.html

20 APRIL 2014

Famous Pakistan TV host Hamid Mir shot by gunmen

Police in Pakistan say gunmen have shot a famous television talk show host amid a wave of attacks on journalists in the country.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/121852/famous-pakistan-tv-host-hamid-mir-shot-by-gunmen/
http://www.dawn.com/news/1100972/journalist-hamid-mir-injured-in-gun-attack-in-karachi

16 APRIL 2014

Pakistani Taliban declares end to ceasefire

The Pakistani Taliban has formally ended a 40-day ceasefire but is still open to talks with the government, according to a spokesman for the group
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/04/pakistani-taliban-declares-end-ceasefire-2014416144743830975.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/405248/pakistani-taliban-refuse-to-extend-ceasefire-will-continue-talks

5 APRIL 2014

Pakistani couple get death sentences for blasphemy

A Pakistani Christian couple have been sentenced to death for blasphemy after allegedly sending a text message insulting the Prophet Muhammad
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-26901433

3 APRIL 2014

Pakistan’s Musharraf survives new assassination attempt

Pakistan’s former military ruler Pervez Musharraf, who is currently on trial for treason, narrowly escaped an assassination attempt as a bomb went off along a route on which his convoy was due to pass early on Thursday
http://www.france24.com/en/20140403-pakistan-musharraf-survives-assassination-attempt/

31 MARCH 2014

Pervez Musharraf indicted for treason by Pakistani court

A Pakistani court on Monday indicted former military ruler Pervez Musharraf for treason, a landmark move in a case seen as a test of civilian authority in a country long dominated by the military
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/10733886/Pervez-Musharraf-indicted-for-treason-by-Pakistani-court.html
http://www.voanews.com/content/treason-indictment-for-musharraf/1882742.html

26 MARCH  2014

Pakistan officials open first ever direct talks with the Taliban

A first day of peace talks between the Pakistani government and the Pakistani Taliban has concluded in the tribal region of North Waziristan
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/10724533/Pakistan-officials-open-first-ever-direct-talks-with-the-Taliban.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-26731838

14 MARCH 2014

Pakistan rape victim sets herself on fire

The victim of a gang-rape in Pakistan has died after setting herself on fire in protest against a police report that led to the release of a key suspect, a doctor and her brother said

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/03/pakistan-rape-victim-sets-herself-fire-2014314111240556157.html

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/399917/raped-pakistan-teen-dies-after-setting-self-on-fire

11 MARCH 2014

Pakistan laws prohibiting underage marriage un-islamic: CII

The Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) concluded its 191th meeting, here Tuesday with the ruling that the laws related to minimum age of marriage were un-Islamic and that children of any age could get married if they attain puberty.

http://www.dawn.com/news/1092468/pakistani-laws-prohibiting-underage-marriage-un-islamic-cii

2 MARCH 2014

Pakistan’s madrassas reined in by government

Pakistan plans to bring all of its madrassas, or religious schools, under its national education system in a landmark security policy aimed at combating extremism.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/03/pakistan-madrassas-reined-government-201432124518842809.html

Pakistan halts air strikes against Taliban

Pakistan on Sunday said it was halting air strikes against Taliban militants in response to a month-long ceasefire announced by the insurgents a day earlier, paving the way for the resumption of peace talks
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/397832/pakistan-halts-air-strikes-against-taliban
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-26408489

1 MARCH 2014

Pakistan Taliban announce one month truce

The Pakistani Taliban have announced a month-long ceasefire aimed at reviving stalled peace talks with government
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-26398758
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/pakistani-taliban-announce-month-long-ceasefire

Polio vaccination teams attacked by Pakistani militants

Militants ambush convoy of health workers with roadside bomb, killing 12 of their security team and wounding dozens more

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/10669840/Polio-vaccination-teams-attacked-by-Pakistani-militants.html

25 FEBRUARY 2014

Pakistan court orders end to blockade on NATO supply route

In a boost to U.S.-led forces in Afghanistan, a provincial court on Tuesday ordered that protesters end their blockade of the main NATO supply route through Pakistan

http://www.latimes.com/world/worldnow/la-fg-wn-pakistan-blockade-nato-afghanistan-supply-route-20140225,0,559298.story?track=rss&utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=%2AAfPak%20Daily%20Brief&utm_campaign=South%20Asia%20Daily%20Brief%202-27-14#axzz2uWLoEJkw

24 FEBRUARY 2014

Top Pakistan Taliban commander Asmatullah Shaheen ‘shot dead’

Asmatullah Shaheen was ambushed as he drove through a village near Miranshah in North Waziristan, reports said. Three aides in the vehicle also died.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-26323200

http://www.voanews.com/content/key-pakistan-talibancommandershotdead/1858037.html

20 FEBRUARY 2014

Pakistan halts talks with Taliban

The announcement comes after Pakistani jets bombed Taliban hideouts in the country’s northwest, killing at least 15
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/02/pakistani-forces-bomb-taliban-hideouts-201422061750182372.html
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/pakistan-airstrikes-taliban-hideouts-kill-15

17 FEBRUARY

Taliban Execution of Pakistani Security Forces Stalls Talks

A Pakistan Taliban faction announced the execution of 23 soldiers on Monday, dealing a fresh blow to already dwindling hopes that peace talks might end years of violence
http://www.voanews.com/content/pakistan-peace-talks-stalled-by-soldier-deaths/1852733.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/10643505/Peace-talks-collapse-as-Taliban-execute-23-Pakistani-soldiers.html

10 FEBRUARY 2014

Pakistan Taliban sets tough terms for peace

Tehreek-e-Taliban says government has to free all jailed fighters if peace negotiations are to make headway
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/02/pakistan-taliban-sets-tough-terms-talks-20142108485710749.html

6 FEBRUARY 2014

Pakistan enters peace talks with Taliban

The first formal meeting between Pakistan’s government and a Taliban-nominated team has been held in Islamabad, officials say.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-26065385
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/393587/pakistan-holds-landmark-talks-with-taliban

5 FEBRUARY 2014

No peace until Pakistan embraces Islamic law: Taleban negotiators

Negotiators representing Taleban insurgents said on Wednesday there was no chance of peace in Pakistan until the government embraces Islamic sharia law and US-led forces withdraw completely from neighbouring Afghanistan.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/no-peace-until-pakistan-embraces-islamic-law-taleban-negotiators
http://tribune.com.pk/story/667873/govt-ttp-committees-may-meet-tomorrow-irfan-siddiqui/

31 JANUARY 2014

Musharraf barred from leaving country

A court in Pakistan trying former military ruler Pervez Musharraf for treason has refused to allow him to go abroad for medical treatment, saying it did not have the authority to lift his travel ban
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/01/musharraf-barred-from-leaving-country-2014131125925507720.html

18 JANUARY 2014

Pakistan-India agree to expedite process of trade liberalization

In a bid to strengthen bilateral relations, Pakistan and India Saturday decided to allow greater trade through land route, signalling a thaw in relations after a year’s standoff over military tensions on the border http://www.nation.com.pk/business/18-Jan-2014/pak-india-agree-to-expedite-process-of-trade-liberalization http://www.dawn.com/news/1081131/pakistan-india-agree-over-greater-trade-through-land-route

17 JANUARY 2014

Former Pakistani PM Ashrad indicted in rental power case

An accountability court in Islamabad indicted former prime minister Raja Pervez Ashraf and six others in the rental power case on Friday, DawnNews reported.
http://www.dawn.com/news/1080908/former-pm-ashraf-indicted-in-rental-power-case

9 JANUARY 2014

The economic role of women in Pakistan

Women constitute half of the Pakistan’s 190 million population and represent a big part of the labor force. However their vitality and potential has never been fully realized in the past 66 years after independence despite having surpassed their male counterpart in every field of life.

http://www.sharnoffsglobalviews.com/economic-role-women-273/

2 JANUARY 2014

Pakistan’s Musharraf ‘rushed to hospital’

Pakistan’s former military ruler Pervez Musharraf was rushed to hospital after suffering a « heart problem » on his way to court for a hearing in his treason case.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/01/pakistan-musharraf-rushed-hospital-20141263249563879.html
http://www.euronews.com/2014/01/02/pakistan-s-musharraf-rushed-to-hospital-ahead-of-treason-trial/

1 JANUARY 2013

Musharraf’s Treason Trial Begins Without his Presence

Pakistan’s former military ruler Pervez Musharraf went on trial for treason Wednesday but defense lawyers told the court security threats prevented him from attending the proceedings
http://www.voanews.com/content/explosives-prevent-musharrafs-court-appearance/1821226.html

30 DECEMBER 2013

Pakistan appoints first female judge to sharia court

Pakistan’s national sharia court, which hears cases under the country’s Islamic legislation, on Monday appointed a female judge for the first time in its 33-year history.

http://www.dawn.com/news/1077328/pakistan-appoints-first-female-judge-to-sharia-court

24 DECEMBER 2013

Musharraf’s Pakistan treason trial delayed after explosives found

The trial of Pakistan’s former military ruler Pervez Musharraf has been postponed after explosives were found on his route to court in Islamabad.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25498375
http://www.euronews.com/2013/12/24/musharraf-treason-trial-postponed-after-bomb-scare/
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/10536538/Bomb-scare-turns-start-of-Musharraf-treason-trial-into-pantomime.html

Pakistan, Indian army commanders meet on Kashmir

Leading army commanders from Pakistan and India met on Tuesday in a bid to reduce tensions in the disputed region of Kashmir after a year of intermittent clashes on the de facto border.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/pakistan-indian-army-commanders-meet-kashmir

12 DECEMBER 2013

Lawyer For Doctor Who Helped CIA Flees Pakistan

Samiullah Afridi, the lawyer for the doctor who collected DNA samples for the CIA to help find Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, has fled Pakistan after receiving death threats

http://www.rferl.org/content/lawyer-for-doctor-who/25198560.html?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=%2AAfPak%20Daily%20Brief&utm_campaign=South%20Asia%20Daily%20Brief%2012-13-13

27 NOVEMBER 2013

Pakistan names new army chief

Pakistan named a new army chief on Wednesday, promoting a veteran infantry commander to the most powerful position in the troubled nuclear-armed nation battling a homegrown Taliban insurgency. General Raheel Sharif will take over as head of the 600,000-strong army from General Ashfaq Kayani, who is retiring after six years at the helm.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/381996/pakistan-names-new-army-chief

Malala Yousafzai tops list of most powerful Asians in the UK

Malala Yousafzai has topped a list of the 101 most powerful British Asians and Asians resident in the UK, knocking Labour MP Keith Vaz off the number one spot he held last year
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/10478618/Malala-Yousafzai-tops-list-of-most-powerful-Asians-in-the-UK.html

23 NOVEMBER 2013

US Drone Protesters in Pakistan Block NATO Supply Route

Thousands of right-wing Pakistani activists led by cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan on Saturday staged a protest against US drone strikes, threatening to block NATO supply routes if strikes continue.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/thousands-rally-against-us-drone-strikes-pakistan
http://www.voanews.com/content/us-drone-protesters-in-pakistan-block-nato-supply-route/1796359.html

22 NOVEMBER 2013

Doctor who helped find Osama bin Laden faces charges in child’s death

A Pakistani doctor accused of helping the United States find Osama bin Laden has been charged with murder over a surgery that authorities claim he was not authorized to perform, authorities said Friday.
http://edition.cnn.com/2013/11/22/world/asia/pakistan-bin-laden-doctor/index.html?hpt=ias_c2
http://www.euronews.com/2013/11/22/pakistani-who-helped-cia-find-al-qaeda-boss-osama-bin-laden-on-murder-charge/

20 NOVEMBER 2013

Malala Yousafzai gets EU’s Sakharov human rights prize

Pakistani schoolgirl and campaigner Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head by the Taliban, has received the EU’s Sakharov human rights prize at a ceremony in Strasbourg.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-25014916
http://asiancorrespondent.com/116175/malala-makes-impassioned-plea-for-child-education/

17 NOVEMBER 2013

Pakistan to try ex-military ruler Musharraf for treason

Pakistan announced Sunday it would put former military ruler General Pervez Musharraf on trial for treason, punishable by death or life imprisonment, for imposing emergency rule in 2007
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/380313/pakistan-to-try-ex-military-ruler-musharraf-for-treason
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24977818

10 NOVEMBER 2013

Pakistan private schools ban Malala book

Private schools association say Taliban victim’s work is « tool of the West » and does not represent Pakistan.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/11/pakistan-private-schools-ban-malala-book-2013111012321445293.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/379195/schools-ban-malala-yousafzai-anti-pakistan-book

4 NOVEMBER 2013

Musharraf granted bail in last legal case

Ruling means former Pakistan president is on bail in all the cases brought against him since his return from exile.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/11/musharraf-granted-bail-last-legal-case-201311492237145994.html

3 NOVEMBER 2013

Pakistan to review US ties after ‘attack on peace’, says interior minister

Calling the drone strike that killed Pakistani Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud on Friday “an attack on regional peace by America,” Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan Saturday said bilateral ties with the US will now be reviewed
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Pakistan-to-review-US-ties-after-attack-on-peace-s-53549.html

Pakistani legendory folk singer Reshma dies

According to the hospital sources, Reshma had been in coma for a month after being diagnosed with throat cancer years ago.
http://dawn.com/news/1053832/legendary-folk-singer-reshma-dies

2 NOVEMBER 2013

Pakistan Criticizes US Killing of Pakistani Taliban Leader

The Pakistan government has criticized the United States for the drone-strike death of Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud, saying his killing jeopardizes peace talks with the militant group.
http://www.voanews.com/content/pakistani-taliban-leader-dead-in-us-drone-strike/1782006.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/11/pakistan-summons-us-envoy-over-mehsud-killing-201311215125815104.html

Khan Said named as new Pakistani Taliban leader

Senior members of the Pakistani Taliban on Saturday picked the group’s No. 2 commander, Khan Said, to be their new leader following the death of their former chief in a US drone attack the day before.
http://dawn.com/news/1053612/pakistani-taliban-meeting-chooses-khan-said-sajna-as-new-chief
http://www.france24.com/en/20131102-pakistan-taliban-chief-Mehsud-drone-USA-islamist%20militants

1 NOVEMBER 2013

Pakistan Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud killed in US drone strike

Hakimullah Mehsud, head of the Taliban in Pakistan, was killed by a US drone strike in the country’s restive North Waziristan region on Friday, security sources and a senior Taliban commander have said.
http://www.france24.com/en/20131101-pakistan-taliban-leader-mehsud-killed-usa-drone-strike
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/11/pakistan-taliban-chief-killed-drone-strike-2013111163646666844.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/10421817/Profile-Hakimullah-Mehsud-the-boyish-looking-militant-with-a-5-million-bounty-on-his-head.html

31 OCTOBER 2013

Three per cent of drone deaths civilian: Pakistan

The number, which was provided by Pakistan’s Ministry of Defence to the Senate, is much lower than past government calculations and estimates by independent organisations that have gone as high as 300. The ministry said 317 drone strikes have killed 2,160 Islamic militants and 67 civilians since 2008.
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1344514/three-cent-drone-deaths-civilian-pakistanhttp://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/10/pakistan-lashed-low-drone-victim-numbers-201310316713239576.html

29 OCTOBER 2013

India, Pakistan agree to maintain ceasefire at working boundary

India and Pakistan Tuesday agreed to observe calm along the Sialkot-Jammu working boundary after days of skirmishes which have been the worst in a decade
http://dawn.com/news/1052702/india-pakistan-agree-to-maintain-ceasefire-at-working-boundary

24 OCTOBER 2013

Pakistan’s PM Sharif urges Obama to stop drone strikes

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif (photo) pressed US President Barack Obama on Wednesday to stop drone strikes in his country, as the two leaders sought to strengthen ties after years of strained relations.
http://www.france24.com/en/20131024-pakistan-sharif-urges-obama-usa-stop-drone-strikes
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/americas/2013/10/pakistani-pm-urges-obama-end-drone-strikes-2013102322503172689.html

19 OCTOBER 2013

Pakistan playback singer Zubaida Khanum passes away

One of the best playback singers in the Pakistani film industry, Zubaida Khanum breathed her last on Saturday night after suffering a fatal heart attack.
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/music/news-and-interviews/Pakistan-playback-singer-Zubaida-Khanum-passes-away/articleshow/24433866.cms?
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-24601883

U.S. releases $1.6 billion in aid to Pakistan

The Obama administration has decided to release more than $1.6 billion in aid to Pakistan, a senior administration official said.
http://edition.cnn.com/2013/10/19/politics/u-s-pakistan-aid/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

11 OCTOBER 2013

The bravest girl in the world

Christiane Amanpour’s interview with Malala Yousafzai, The Bravest Girl in the World, will air Sunday, October 13 at 7 pm ET, and reair during Amanpour’s normal Monday timeslot.
http://amanpour.blogs.cnn.com/2013/10/11/the-bravest-girl-in-the-world/

Pakistani Taliban gloat after Malala misses Nobel

The Taliban was « delighted » that Malala Yousafzai, the teenager it tried to assassinate last year for supporting girls’ education, had not won the Nobel Peace Prize, a spokesman in Pakistan said on Friday.
http://www.france24.com/en/20131011-taliban-gloat-after-malala-misses-nobel-pakistan
http://www.bangkokpost.com/breakingnews/374252/malala-didn-t-deserve-nobel-says-taliban

10 OCTOBER 2013

Malala Yousafzai wins EU’s Sakharov human rights prize

Pakistani schoolgirl and campaigner Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head by the Taliban, has won the EU’s Sakharov human rights prize.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-24475305
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Malala-Yousafzai-awarded-the-2013-Sakharov-Prize-29246.html
http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/314311-eu-awards-top-human-rights-award-to-malala/

Malala Yousafzai leaves Jon Stewart speechless on Daily Show

Malala Yousafzai, who was shot by the Taliban in Pakistan for standing up for women’s education, received a standing ovation on a US chat show for her message to the man who had tried to kill her.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/10368740/Malala-Yousafzai-leaves-Jon-Stewart-speechless-on-Daily-Show.html

Musharraf arrested in Pakistan over Red Mosque case

Pakistani ex-President Pervez Musharraf has been arrested over a 2007 mosque raid a day after the country’s supreme court granted him bail in another case.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24481955
http://dawn.com/news/1048796/musharraf-rearrested-over-lal-masjid-operation

9 OCTOBER 2013

Former Pakistan ruler Musharraf granted bail

Pakistan’s former military ruler, Pervez Musharraf, has been granted bail by country’s top court, his lawyers have said, bringing closer his possible release after nearly six months of house arrest. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/10/former-pakistan-ruler-musharraf-granted-bail-2013109131449534224.html

7 OCTOBER 2013

Taliban says it would again target Malala Yousafzai, who pushed girls’ education

The Pakistani Taliban would again target 16-year-old Malala Yousafzai an advocate of education for girls who survived an assassination attempt last year, a spokesman for the militant group told CNN on Monday.
http://edition.cnn.com/2013/10/07/world/asia/taliban-malala/index.html?hpt=ias_c1
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/10360502/Pakistan-Taliban-issues-fresh-threat-to-kill-Malala-Yousafzai.html

4 OCTOBER 2013

Pakistan: Malala Yousafzai , the Girl Shot by Taliban Wins a Rights Award

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl who survived a Taliban assassination attempt last October is in London declared the winner of the Anna Politkovskaya award given annually by the group Reach All Women in War to a woman who defends human rights. The group said Ms. Yousafzai, 16, had been chosen “for her courage to speak out when nobody else dared,” for giving a voice to many women and girls and for promoting education for girls.
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/05/world/asia/pakistan-girl-shot-by-taliban-wins-a-rights-award.html?ref=asia&_r=0

30 SEPTEMBER 2013

Pakistan forced to rethink India policy

As Pakistan increasingly realizes that terrorism and militancy are by-products of its strategic depth maneuvers in the 2000s, instinctive mistrust of India is fading. The benefits of peace will also soon become clear, with high hope invested in the success of bilateral dialogue that such as that between the countries’ prime ministers on Sunday
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/SOU-01-300913.html

29 SEPTEMBER 2013

Indian, Pakistani PMs meet in shadow of violence

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Sunday held his first talks with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who has demanded the neighbor must crack down on Islamic extremists for any improvement in ties. Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who has advocated an end to historic tensions with India since he swept to power in May elections, met Singh at a New York hotel on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/international/29-Sep-2013/indian-pakistani-pms-meet-in-shadow-of-violence

26 SEPTEMBER 2013

Pakistan’s dismal education prospects

The Society for the Protection of the Rights of the Child recently published a report noting that Pakistan has the world’s second-largest number of children out of school, while in April 2012 UNICEF indicated that some 20 million Pakistani children, including an estimated 7.3 million of primary school age, are not in school.
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/09/26/pakistans-dismal-education-prospects/

23 SEPTEMBER 2013

Pakistani Christians protest church attack

Pakistani Christians have protested across the country to demand better protection for their community after a pair of suicide bombers blew themselves up outside a historic church in Peshawar, killing more than 80 people and wounding at least 140 others.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/09/201392391826858810.html
http://www.euronews.com/2013/09/23/pakistan-christians-demand-better-protection-after-peshawar-bomb-attacks/

22 SEPTEMBER 2013

Pakistan Church Bombing Kills 81

At least 75 people have died and more than 120 wounded in a suicide attack against a church in northwestern Pakistan.  A number of women and children are among the victims of Sunday’s violence, being described as the deadliest ever assault on the country’s Christian minority.
http://www.voanews.com/content/suicide-bombers-kill-50-at-pakistan-church/1754638.html
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Peshawar-,-two-suicide-bombers-attack-Protestant-church-:-over-one-hundred-dead-and-130-injured-29076.html

21 SEPTEMBER 2013

Pakistan Frees Afghan Taliban Deputy Commander

Pakistan has freed Afghan Taliban deputy commander Abdul Ghani Baradar in a attempt to jumpstart a tumultuous peace process in neighboring Afghanistan as most NATO troops prepare to leave the war-torn country by the end of 2014.
http://www.voanews.com/content/pakistan-releases-senior-taliban-commander/1754282.html http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/12003-update-mullah-baradar-released-from-pakistani-prison-hpc-welcomes-move
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/09/2013921243903471.html

17 SEPTEMBER 2013

Malala nominated for EU’s Sakharov prize

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teen shot by the Taliban for championing girls’ education, and US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden have been nominated for the European Parliament’s prestigious Sakharov human rights prize.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/370169/malala-snowden-nominated-for-eu-sakharov-prize
http://asiancorrespondent.com/113501/pakistans-malala-snowden-nominated-for-eu-human-rights-prize/

14 SEPTEMBER 2013

Can Nawaz rescue Pakistan?

Over 46 million people exercised their right to vote in Pakistan in May earlier this year — close to 55 per cent of the population and a record turnout since 1988. Pakistan’s first transition from one civilian government to another is an incredible achievement for a country that has been under military rule for a large part of its history.
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/09/14/can-nawaz-rescue-pakistan/

Pakistan’s nuclear father dissolves political party

The father of Pakistan’s nuclear bomb, Abdul Qadeer Khan, has dissolved his political party after it failed to win a single seat in the May 11 elections.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/pakistan%E2%80%99s-nuclear-father-dissolves-political-party

9 SEPTEMBER 2013

Pakistan’s new President Hussain takes office

Pakistan’s new President Mamnoon Hussain took office on Monday, presiding over a government battling to overcome a Taliban insurgency, resolve an energy crisis and repair the economy.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/pakistans-new-president-hussain-takes-office
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-23456284

8 SEPTEMBER 2013

Pakistan’s president Zardari steps down as term ends

Benazir Bhutto’s widower stepped down as president of Pakistan on Sunday, winning praise for completing a full five-year term but attracting criticism for leaving a country mired in economic and security strife.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/10294303/Pakistans-president-steps-down-after-completing-historic-full-term.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/09/20139814311627401.html
http://dawn.com/news/1041441/zardari-ends-tenure-treated-to-honour-guard

7 SEPTEMBER 2013

Pakistan releases Taliban in peace move

Pakistan has announced the release of seven senior Taliban figures to facilitate a peace process aimed at reaching a political resolution to the war in neighbouring Afghanistan, the country’s foreign ministry has said.
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/11829-pakistan-releases-seven-taliban-prisoners
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/09/2013975411597807.html

6 SEPTEMBER 2013

Pakistan: Drones kill senior militant commander who appeared in video with kidnapped US soldier

The American State Department accused Mullah Sangeen Zadran of orchestrating kidnappings, bombings and co-ordinating the movement of hundreds of fighters across the border into Afghanistan to engage international forces.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/10291144/Pakistan-Drones-kill-senior-militant-commander-who-appeared-in-video-with-kidnapped-US-soldier.html

4 SEPTEMBER 2013

IMF extends $6.7 bn lifeline to Pakistan

The International Monetary Fund threw Pakistan a $6.7 billion lifeline Wednesday to help the struggling nuclear-armed country achieve economic reforms, particularly in its troubled energy sector.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/368026/imf-extends-6-7-bn-lifeline-to-ailing-pakistan

2 SEPTEMBER 2013

Police to investigate Pervez Musharraf’s role in Red Mosque operation

Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan’s former military ruler, could face a fresh murder charge dating back to his role in clearing the Red Mosque of armed radicals in 2007 which ended with the deaths of more than 100.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/10281236/Police-to-investigate-Pervez-Musharrafs-role-in-Red-Mosque-operation.html

29 AUGUST 2013

Pakistan orders retrial of Bin Laden doctor

A Pakistani judicial official has overturned the 33-year jail sentence passed on Shakil Afridi, the doctor who helped CIA agents hunting for al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, who was killed in 2011.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2013/08/2013829115812490129.html
http://www.euronews.com/2013/08/29/pakistan-overturns-sentence-of-doctor-who-helped-find-bin-laden/

26 AUGUST 2013

Karzai arrives in Islamabad for first official visit in more than 18 months

Hamid Karzai, the Afghan president, has urged Pakistan to help his country defeat fighters who he says are bent on destabilising both countries.

http://afpak.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2013/08/26/karzai_arrives_in_islamabad_for_first_official_visit_in_more_than_a_year_and_a_half http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/2013/2013/08/201382652340485340.html http://www.euronews.com/2013/08/26/pakistan-to-help-afghan-reconciliation-efforts-with-talaban/ http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/11693-analysts-doubt-positive-outcome-from-karzais-pak-visit

25 AUGUST 2013

Pakistan realease over 300 fishermen in “goodwill gesture”

Following clashes this month along the Kashmir border Pakistan has freed 362 Indian fishermen detained over the past two years as a goodwill gesture. They were detained, says Pakistan, after straying into their territorial waters. The newly-elected Pakistani government is seeking to ease its often-troubled relations with India.
http://www.euronews.com/2013/08/25/pakistan-releases-over-300-indian-fishermen-in-goodwill-gesture/

19 AUGUST 2013

Pakistan PM invites extremists for talks

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Monday called for dialogue with extremists to end bloodshed that has left thousands dead in the country in more than a decade of violence.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/365416/pakistan-pm-invites-extremists-for-talks
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-23759951

18 AUGUST 2013

Pakistan: Don’t Resume Executions, Says HRW

Pakistan’s government should revoke its decision to resume executions and renew its moratorium on the death penalty, Human Rights Watch and the International Commission of Jurists said in a joint letter to the Pakistani government today.
http://www.eurasiareview.com/18082013-pakistan-dont-resume-executions-says-hrw/
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/365210/pakistan-orders-temporary-stay-of-executions

17 AUGUST 2013

Pakistan drops charges in Rimsha ‘blasphemy’ cleric case

A Pakistani court has dismissed charges against a Muslim cleric who had been arrested on suspicion of framing a Christian girl accused of blasphemy.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-23739778

13 AUGUST 2013

Pakistani prime minister calls for better ties with India

Nawaz Sharif, the prime minister of Pakistan, has called for a « new beginning » in relations with India, amid high tension over the disputed region of Kashmir.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/10239396/Pakistani-prime-minister-calls-for-better-ties-with-India.html

11 AUGUST 2013

Pakistan says India fired on border posts

Pakistan has accused Indian forces of firing on its border posts close to eastern city of Sialkot in Punjab province, prompting an « intermittent exchange of fire » between the two sides.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/08/20138118293667922.html

6 AUGUST 2013

Pakistan Rebels Target Bus Convoy

A local official in southwest Pakistan says rebel separatists have kidnapped and killed at least 13 people after stopping their convoy of buses as it headed to Punjab province.
http://www.voanews.com/content/rebels-attack-buses-kill-13/1724150.html
http://www.euronews.com/2013/08/06/india-says-five-soldiers-killed-in-attack-in-kashmir-on-pakistan-border/

Indian says soldiers killed along Kashmir border. Pakistan denies

Five Indian soldiers have been killed in an attack on their post along the disputed border with Pakistan in northern Kashmir province just as the two nuclear rivals were readying to resume long-stalled peace talks. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/10224886/Indian-soldiers-killed-along-Kashmir-border.html http://www.france24.com/en/20130806-pakistani-soldiers-kill-five-indian-troops-kashmir-srinagar http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/pakistan-denies-killing-indian-soldiers-kashmir

2 AUGUST 2013

John Kerry pledges early end to Pakistan drone strikes

US Secretary of State John Kerry has concluded a visit to Pakistan by pledging to end drone strikes against militants « very, very soon ».
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-23545221

1 AUGUST 2013

US and Pakistan agree to restart security talks

America and Pakistan have announced a new chapter in their turbulent alliance, agreeing to upgrade ties dominated in recent years by rows over drone strikes and Islamic terrorists.
http://dawn.com/news/1033392/us-pakistan-to-resume-high-level-negotiations
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/10216467/US-and-Pakistan-agree-to-restart-security-talks.html

30 JULY 2013

Mamnoon Hussain is elected 12th president of Pakistan

Ruling party candidate Mamnoon Hussain was elected as the 12th President of Pakistan on Tuesday, replacing Asif Ali Zardari whose five-year term expires in September.
http://dawn.com/news/1032958/mamnoon-hussain-elected-12th-president-of-pakistan

About 200 inmates escape in Pakistan Taliban attack on prison

Taliban gunmen wearing police uniforms attacked the largest jail in a northern Pakistani province early Tuesday, allowing about 200 inmates to escape, authorities said.
http://edition.cnn.com/2013/07/29/world/asia/pakistan-prison-attack/index.html?hpt=ias_c1
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-23493323
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/10210231/More-than-240-prisoners-escape-in-Pakistan-jailbreak.html

26 JULY 2013

Pakistan Opposition Boycotts Presidential Vote

Pakistan’s main opposition party says it will boycott the upcoming presidential election to protest the change in the date of the poll without being consulted.
http://www.voanews.com/content/pakistan-opposition-boycotts-presidential-vote/1710422.html

20 JULY 2013

Women ‘banned from shopping alone’ in northern Pakistan

Islamic clerics and tribal elders in Pakistan’s north-west Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province have barred women from shopping without a male relative.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-23388205

14 JULY 2013

First Pakistani women paratroopers make history

Pakistan’s first group of female paratroopers completed their training on Sunday, the military announced, hailing it as a « landmark achievement » for the deeply conservative Muslim country.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/359829/first-pakistani-women-paratroopers-make-history

12 JULY 2013

Malala’s forgotten sisters

Girls as young as 5 are still being sold into marriage in Pakistan. And no one will stop it. http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2013/07/12/malalas_forgotten_sisters_girls_marriage_pakistan

Shot Pakistan schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai addresses UN

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl shot by the Taliban, has told the UN that books and pens scare extremists, as she urged education for all.                                                              http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-23282662                      http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/10175821/The-Taliban-have-failed-brave-schoolgirl-Malala-Yousafzai-tells-UN.html                                                        http://www.voanews.com/content/reu-pakistans-malala-celebrates-sixteenth-birthday-with-un-education-appeal/1700490.html

10 JULY 2013

Pakistan bomb kills Zardari security chief

The chief security officer of Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari has been killed in a bomb attack in the port city of Karachi, police say.                                                                                             http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-23259860               http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/07/2013710143218541754.html

5 JULY 2013

China, Pakistan ink transport pact

China and Pakistan signed an agreement on Friday on the blueprint for a huge transport project linking northwestern China to the Arabian Sea.                                                      http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2013-07/06/content_16739853.htm                http://asiancorrespondent.com/110307/pakistan-china-set-sights-on-arabian-sea-link/

5 JULY 2013

Death penalty back in Pakistan

Pakistan’s new government has allowed a ban on the death penalty to expire, in a move condemned as « shocking and retrograde » by London-based rights group Amnesty International.  http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/07/2013758546675143.html

3 JULY 2013

Pakistan condemns US drone attack

Pakistan has strongly condemned a US drone strike that killed at least 17 people and wounded many others in North Waziristan’s Miranshah bordering Afghanistan. In a press release on Wednesday, the Pakistan foreign ministry said the strikes were a  violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.  http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/07/201373145444176859.html  http://asiancorrespondent.com/110159/us-drone-kills-16-suspected-militants-in-pakistan/

24 JUNE 2013

Pakistan: Sharif says Musharraf should face treason charges

Pakistan’s government says it’s planning to put former President Pervez Musharraf on trial on treason charges. Newly-elected Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif made the announcement in parliament on June 24.                                          http://www.euronews.com/2013/06/24/pakistan-sharif-says-musharraf-should-face-treason-charges/

23 JUNE 2013

Pakistan Taliban claims responsibility for killing nine foreign tourists

Nine foreign tourists and their local guide were murdered when Taliban gunmen dressed as policemen forced their way into a climbing camp during the night in a remote northern region of Pakistan.             http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/10137506/Pakistan-Taliban-claims-responsibility-for-killing-nine-foreign-tourists.html                                                                        http://www.euronews.com/2013/06/23/tourists-killed-in-pakistan/

15 JUNE 2013

Gunmen in Pakistan bomb female students’ bus then attack hospital

At least 23 people were killed in the twin attacks – including 12 women on the bus, travelling to a university in Quetta, capital of the troubled Baluchistan province. Eleven others died when a bomb exploded in the emergency ward of the city’s Bolan Medical Complex where the wounded were taken. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/10122549/Gunmen-in-Pakistan-bomb-female-students-bus-then-attack-hospital.html                                                       http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/06/201361510251151772.html

12 JUNE 2013

Pakistan Female Fighter Pilot Wins Battle of Sexes

With an olive green head scarf poking out from her helmet, Ayesha Farooq flashes a cheeky grin when asked if it is lonely being the only war-ready female fighter pilot in the Islamic republic of Pakistan. Farooq, from Punjab province’s historic city of Bahawalpur, is one of 19 women who have become pilots in the Pakistan Air Force over the last decade – there are five other female fighter pilots, but they have yet to take the final tests to qualify for combat. http://www.voanews.com/content/pakistan-female-fighter-pilot-wins-battle-of-sexes/1680672.html

5 JUNE 2013

Nawaz Sharif formally elected Pakistan Prime Minister for historic third time

After securing 244 votes in the 342-member parliament on Wednesday, Nawaz Sharif was formally elected as Pakistan’s 18th prime minister returning to power after surviving a military coup, a seven-year exile in Saudi Arabia, and a government dismissal http://afpak.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2013/06/05/nawaz_sharif_formally_elected_pakistan_prime_minister_for_historic_third_time

Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif urges end to US drone strikes

Pakistan’s new Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has called for an end to US drone strikes in his first address since being re-elected to the post.                                                                                                                                          http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22779669                                                                                          http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22788570

1 JUNE 2013

New Pakistan parliament sworn-in

Pakistan’s new parliament was sworn-in on Saturday, completing the country’s first-ever democratic transition of power in a country ruled for half its history by the military.                                                   http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/new-pakistan-parliament-sworn-in/694660.html                                                              http://www.voanews.com/content/pakistan-marks-first-peaceful-democratic-transition/1673338.html

30 MAY 2013

Pakistani Taliban withdraw talks offer after leader killed

The Pakistani Taliban have withdrawn their offer of peace talks with the government following the death of their second in command in a US drone strike.                                     http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/10089719/Pakistani-Taliban-withdraw-talks-offer-after-leader-killed.html                                                                               http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/05/20135301492770448.html

29 MAY 2013

Top Pakistan Taliban leader ‘killed by drone’

A US drone strike has killed the number two of the Pakistani Taliban, Wali-ur-Rehman, in North Waziristan region, according to three security officials in Pakistan.               http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/05/201352955158237275.html                                      http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22698363

27 MAY 2013

Imran Khan’s party won second most votes in Pakistan election

Imran Khan’s party won the second largest number of votes in Pakistan’s general election, according to newly released data, despite finishing third in terms of seats.                       http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/10082600/Imran-Khans-party-won-second-most-votes-in-Pakistan-election.html

22 MAY 2013

Chinese premier begins Pakistan visit

Chinese premier Li Keqiang has arrived in Pakistan for a two-day visit where he will meet prime minister-elect Nawaz Sharif, as the long-time allies look to boost trade ties.                                                                                                                                                              http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/05/20135224581824859.html

20 MAY 2013

Pakistan election results in full

Here are the results of the 11 May general elections in Pakistan, which were won by Nawaz Sharif and his Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party. Polling was postponed in some areas, with the results of re-runs still to come in                                                 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22558474

19 MAY 2013

Senior Pakistani politician killed in Karachi

Zahra Shahid Hussain, central vice-president of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) party and one of its founding members, was killed late on Saturday, just hours before re-elections took place on Sunday. The motives behind the attack remained unclear.  http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/05/2013518193629150615.html                                             http://www.euronews.com/2013/05/19/pakistan-senior-female-politician-in-khan-s-pti-party-shot/                                                                                                                       http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/10066786/Imran-Khan-blames-London-based-rival-for-Zahra-Shahid-Hussain-killing.html

14 MAY 2013

Video shows ‘vote rigging’ in Pakistan

Amateur mobile phone footage allegedly showing vote rigging at a polling station during Pakistan’s general elections has surfaced amid growing complaints from various political parties over vote fraud in Saturday’s election. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/10056503/Video-shows-vote-rigging-in-Pakistan.html

12 MAY 2013

Nawaz Sharif poised to return as Pakistan PM

Nawaz Sharif, winner of the Pakistani elections, is holding talks to form a new government, with fixing the economy and tackling the armed insurgency likely to be his two biggest challenges.                                              http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/05/201351215947745266.html                                                  http://www.euronews.com/2013/05/12/former-pakistan-prime-minister-makes-triumphant-return/

11 MAY 2013

Nawaz Sharif claims victory in Pakistan presidential election

The frontrunner to become Pakistan’s next prime minister on Sunday night promised to stand together with the West in taking on the forces of terrorism, hours after voting finished in the country’s historic general election. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/10051440/Nawaz-Sharif-claims-victory-in-Pakistan-presidential-election.html                                                                                                                                                 http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/nawaz-sharif-imran-khan-elected-to-parli/671718.html

10 MAY 2013

Record number of women fight to be heard in Pakistani election

Saturday’s general election in Pakistan will see a 129.8 per cent rise in the number of women candidates compared to the previous elections in 2008. But about 10 million women are not registered to vote, and even the activists face serious obstacles.                          http://www.english.rfi.fr/asia-pacific/20130510-record-number-women-fight-be-heard-pakistani-election

9 MAY 2013

Gunmen abduct Pakistan ex-PM Gilani’s son at election rally

The son of former Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has been kidnapped by unidentified gunmen during an election rally.                                http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22462410                                              http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/05/20135985715497546.html

9 MAY 2013

Infographic: How the Pakistan elections work

Explaining polling process in the May 11 vote for national and provincial assemblies across the nation of 182 million.            http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/interactive/2013/05/20135815269941163.html

6 MAY 2013

Second Afghan-Pakistan border clash in a week

Afghan and Pakistani troops have clashed across the border between the two countries for the second time in a week. http://afpak.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2013/05/06/skirmishes_erupt_again_on_afghan_pakistan_border          http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22427641

29 APRIL 2013

Pre-election violence continues in Pakistan

At least eight people, including the son of an influential Afghan cleric, have been killed and 45 others wounded after a suicide bomber rammed his motorcycle into a bus in Peshawar, police have said.                                     http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/04/2013429144211458515.html

23 APRIL 2013

Pakistan’s Musharraf Appears Before Anti-Terrorism Court

An anti-terrorism court in Pakistan has ordered the country’s former military ruler, Pervez Musharraf, to be made part of an ongoing investigation into assassination of Benazir Bhutto five years ago. Also on Tuesday police say they found a vehicle packed with explosives near the Musharraf residence.                                                                                                                                  http://www.voanews.com/content/article/1647276.html                                http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/04/201342352843862374.html

22 APRIL 2013

Pakistan Government Declines Treason Charges Against Musharraf

Pakistan’s caretaker government will not file treason charges against former president Pervez Musharraf, saying the move would be beyond its limited mandate.                                                                                                                                                                http://www.voanews.com/content/pakistani-government-declines-treason-charges-against-musharraf/1646208.html                                http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/10010152/Pakistans-government-refuses-to-try-Pervez-Musharraf.html                                                                                                                               http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22253247

20 APRIL 2013

Pakistan’s Pervez Musharraf in custody for two weeks

Pakistan’s former leader Pervez Musharraf has been remanded in judicial custody for two weeks over claims he illegally detained judges in 2007.                                                                                                                                    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22229320                                                                                         http://www.euronews.com/2013/04/20/pakistan-s-ex-president-in-custody-for-two-weeks/                                                                                             http://www.voanews.com/content/musharraf-to-remain-in-custody/1645465.html

19 APRIL 2013

Pakistani police arrest Pervez Musharraf in Islamabad

He was initially placed under house arrest at his home in Islamabad but later transferred to the police headquarters in the city.                                                                         http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22211766                                                                                                             http://dawn.com/2013/04/19/musharraf-surrenders-to-authorities-appears-in-court/  http://edition.cnn.com/2013/04/19/world/asia/pakistan-politics/index.html?hpt=ias_c1

18 APRIL 2013

Musharraf placed under house arrest

Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has been placed under house arrest, his spokeswoman said Thursday. http://edition.cnn.com/2013/04/18/world/asia/pakistan-politics/index.html?hpt=ias_c1             http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/04/20134185552874909.html                                                                        http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22196101

17 APRIL 2013

Deadly blast hits Pakistan election rally

At least 16 people killed and dozens wounded after bomb strikes campaign rally of secularist politician in Peshawar http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/04/201341616343565646.html

16 APRIL 2013

Pakistan court bars Musharraf from elections

Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan’s former military ruler, has been barred from running for parliament in the only seat he had been approved to contest                                                                                                                        http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/04/2013416103441625181.html                                            http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/SOU-01-180413.html

13 APRIL 2013

Pakistan’s democracy is yet to be substantive

When Pakistan holds elections on 11 May 2013 it will be the first time in Pakistan’s history that an elected government hands over power to another elected government. Though this is a positive development, most Pakistani and international observers are not optimistic that the elections form part of a broader transition from procedural to substantive democracy http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/04/13/pakistans-democracy-is-yet-to-be-substantive/

11 APRIL 2013

Pakistan: Dynamics of Failing State Theory

“Pakistan speaks of America’s continual betrayal. America finds Pakistan duplicitous wants it to focus on global threats, be it communalism or Jihadist. Pakistan wants to concentrate on the threat next door –India.                                                           http://southasianidea.com/geopolitics/pakistan-dynamics-of-failing-state-theory/

8 APRIL 2013

30 Pakistani soldiers killed in northwest valley

Four days of fierce fighting in northwestern Pakistan left 30 soldiers and nearly 100 militants dead as the army attempted to wrestle control of a remote, mountainous valley from the Taliban and their allies, military officials said http://asiancorrespondent.com/104721/30-pakistani-soldiers-killed-in-northwest-valley/

8 APRIL 2013

Pervez Musharraf ordered to answer treason allegations

Pakistan’s former leader Pervez Musharraf has been ordered to appear in court over treason allegations and has barred him from leaving the country.                                                                           http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/9978894/Pervez-Musharraf-ordered-to-answer-treason-allegations.html                                                                                                                                                                 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22062324

6 APRIL 2013

Malala charity to fund education of girls in Pakistan

Malala Yousafzai – the Pakistani schoolgirl shot in the head by the Taliban last October – has started a fund to educate other girls in Pakistan.                                                                                                                                                 http://www.euronews.com/2013/04/05/pakistani-schoolgirl-shot-by-taliban-launches-malala-fund-charity/                                                                                                          http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22045269

4 APRIL 2013

How my brother tried to kill me in ‘honor attack’

This Pakistani girl’s life of misery and suffering began at the tender age of 12, when instead of going to school she was married to a man old enough to be her grandfather. She says: « My family married me off when I was 12 years old. My husband was 60. Every day he would beat me. I would cry and beg him stop. But he just kept on beating me. » http://edition.cnn.com/2013/04/04/world/asia/afghanistan-honor-killing-survivor/index.html?hpt=ias_t2

30 MARCH 2013

Pakistan gunmen attack primary school in Karachi

Gunmen on Saturday hurled a firecracker and opened fire at a primary school in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi, killing its principal and wounding eight children, police said.              http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/9962446/Pakistan-gunmen-attack-primary-school-in-Karachi.html      http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/03/2013330132359756777.html

29 MARCH 2013

Pakistan’s Musharraf granted bail to run in election

Pakistan’s former President Pervez Musharraf has won a legal victory in a Karachi court which means he cannot be immediately arrested on charges of conspiracy to murder and illegally removing from office a number of judges, including the Supreme Court chief justice.                                                                                                                                                       http://www.euronews.com/2013/03/29/pakistan-s-musharraf-granted-bail-to-run-in-election/

28 MARCH 2013

Teacher’s murder sparks calls for school protection for Pakistan’s girls

The murder of a teacher has prompted a petition calling for Pakistan’s government to take a greater role in protecting girls and teachers attending school                                                                                                                                           http://edition.cnn.com/2013/03/27/world/asia/pakistan-teacher-death-petition/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

20 MARCH 2013

UN denounces US drone use in Pakistan

The United States has violated Pakistan’s sovereignty and destroyed tribal structures with unmanned aerial drone strikes in its counterterrorism near the Afghan border, a UN human rights investigator has said.                  http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/03/201331523115707202.html

19 MARCH 2013

Pakistani Taliban suspend peace talks with government

The Pakistani Taliban have suspended peace talks with the Pakistani government, claiming the stakeholders are “not serious” with the peace initiative, a spokesman for the banned outfit said in a video released Monday                                                                      http://dawn.com/2013/03/18/ttp-suspends-talks-with-government/

16 MARCH 2013

Pakistan’s Ashraf government makes history

Pakistan’s PM has hailed as « a victory » for democracy the completion of a full term by an elected government for the first time in the country’s history.                                                                                                                                                                                                    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21817492

15 MARCH 2013

Balochistan govt to be dissolved on March 19

The disgruntled chief minister of Balochistan, Nawab Aslam Raisani on Friday agreed to end the ongoing constitutional crisis in the province after a meeting with President Asif Ali Zardari.                                                                                                               http://dawn.com/2013/03/15/balochistan-govt-to-be-dissolved-on-march-19/

11 MARCH 2013

Pakistan defies US with gas pipeline to Iran

Iranian and Pakistani leaders have inaugurated the construction of a much-delayed section of a $7.5bn gas pipeline linking the two neighbours, defying the threat of US sanctions.                                                             http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2013/03/201331110555932441.html                                     http://www.euronews.com/2013/03/11/pakistan-iran-gas-pipeline-inaugurated-defying-us-opposition/                                                                             http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/MID-01-130313.html?goback=%2Egde_3681308_member_222310431

10 MARCH 2013

Police Arrest Dozens in Pakistan Christian Attack

Police in central Pakistan have arrested dozens of men a day after a mob burned a Christian area in Punjab province over alleged blasphemy. The incident has outraged Christians and civil society activists, who took to the streets on Sunday to demand effective protection of minorities and reforms in the controversial blasphemy laws of majority-Muslim Pakistan                                                                                                                                          http://www.voanews.com/content/christian-homes-set-ablaze-in-pakistan/1618681.html                http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1259092/1/.html

9 MARCH 2013

Dozens of Christian homes set on fire by Muslim mob, Pakistani authorities say

More than 100 homes of Christians were set on fire by outraged Muslims in the Badami Bagh community in Lahore on Saturday after police arrested Sawan Masih, a Christian in his mid-20s accused of speaking against the Muslim prophet Muhammad, officials said. http://edition.cnn.com/2013/03/09/world/asia/pakisan-unrest/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

9 MARCH 2013

Pakistan PM arrives in India to ‘open arm’ welcome

Pakistan’s premier Raja Pervez Ashraf arrived in India Saturday for a pilgrimage to a revered Muslim shrine, with Indian Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid welcoming him with « open arms ».                                                                                                    http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130309-407463.html

5 MARCH 2013

Benazir Bhutto’s friends attempt to seize party from her husband

Benazir Bhutto loyalists are launching an attempt to wrest control of her party back from President Asif Ali Zardari, her widower, hurling accusations that he is destroying her legacy.                                                 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/9909851/Benazir-Bhuttos-friends-attempt-to-seize-party-from-her-husband.html

3 MARCH 2013

Deadly bombings hit Shia district in Karachi

A bomb attack in Pakistan’s largest city Karachi killed at least 35 people, including women and children, and wounded 70 others, police said. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/03/20133315617954671.html                                                                                   http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21649412

23 FEBRUARY 2013

Pakistan’s nuclear weapons safety and security

http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/columns/23-Feb-2013/pakistan-s-nuclear-weapons-safety-and-security

22 FEBRUARY 2013

Pakistan ‘militant leader’ Malik Ishaq arrested

Pakistani police have detained Malik Ishaq, founder and former head of militant group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), at his home in Punjab province. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21553492

19 FEBRUARY 2013

Pakistan Shiites call off protest, agree to bury dead

Thousands of Pakistani Shiite Muslims called off nationwide protests Tuesday and agreed to bury the dead from a bombing that killed 89 people, after the government promised to arrest those responsible                 http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1255192/1/.html                        http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2013-02-20/hundreds-arrested-over-quetta-bomb-attack/1090936

Afghan forces arrest Pakistan Taliban commander

Prominent Pakistani Taliban commander Maulvi Faqir Mohammad has been arrested in eastern Afghanistan.                                                                   http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21504250

Gwadar: a potential base for Chinese expansion?

After inheriting the Pakistani port of Gwadar from Singapore on Feb. 18, China now has a promising base to project its influence over the Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea, reports the Global Times, a nationalistic tabloid produced under the auspices of the party mouthpiece People’s Daily. http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20130219000016&cid=1101

18 FEBRUARY 2013

Quetta: Shia Hazaras refuse to bury Pakistan bomb dead

Ethnic Hazara women in the Pakistani city of Quetta are refusing to bury the bodies of scores of people killed by a huge bomb in a Shia commercial area.                                                                                                                                                                                    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21495975

16 FEBRUARY 2013

Bomb rips through Shiite enclave in Pakistan

A blast targeting Shiites in a busy Pakistani marketplace killed at least 67 people on Saturday. The strike occurred the southwestern Pakistan city of Quetta.                                                                                                                                                http://edition.cnn.com/2013/02/16/world/asia/pakistan-blast/index.html?hpt=ias_c1             http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1254678/1/.html

15 FEBRUARY 2013

Kashmir border: India kills Pakistani soldier

A Pakistani soldier who strayed over the border in the disputed territory of Kashmir has been killed.                                                                                                  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-21469446

26 JANUARY 2013

Pakistan’s battle for democracy

Democratic forces in Pakistan continue to fight an uphill battle despite a multitude of national challenges. http://thediplomat.com/2013/01/26/pakistan-democracy/

17 JANUARY 2013

Derailing Democracy in Islamabad

http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/137764/aqil-shah/derailing-democracy-in-islamabad?page=show

Official refuses court order to arrest Pakistan PM

Pakistan’s anti-corruption chief refused a Supreme Court order to arrest the prime minister in a graft case Thursday, citing a lack of evidence, in the latest clash between the government and the country’s top court.                                                        http://asiancorrespondent.com/95630/official-refuses-court-order-to-arrest-pakistan-pm/

Pakistan cleric signals end to Islamabad sit-in

Tahir-ul Qadri made the announcement as the country’s corruption watchdog told the Supreme Court it did not yet have enough evidence to arrest Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf on graft allegations, as the top judge had ordered.                     http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130117-396264.html                                                                                                      http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21055900

15 JANUARY 2013

Pakistan top court orders PM arrest

The Pakistani Supreme Court has ordered the arrest of Raja Pervez Ashraf, the country’s prime minister, in connection with a corruption case, officials say. The court ordered the arrest of Ashraf on Tuesday morning, in case relating to contracts for the purchase of rental power plants by the federal government when Ashraf was the federal minister for water and power. ttp://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/01/201311592859175153.html                                                                           http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21022855

12 JANUARY 2013

Talks fail to quell Pakistan Shia protests

Talks between Pakistani officials and Shia leaders have failed to quell a protest that brought thousands of people out onto cold, wet streets for a second night to watch over the bodies of 96 people killed in Quetta in one of the country’s worst sectarian  ttacks. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/01/2013112182336231791.html

11 JANUARY 2013

More than 100 dead in bombings across Pakistan

At least 115 people have been killed in a series of bombing across Pakistan, including 81 who died after two successive bombs exploded minutes apart in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta late Thursday, police sources said.                                             http://www.france24.com/en/20130110-quetta-pakistan-50-dead-twin-explosions                                                                                          http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20989329

10 JANUARY 2013

Another Pakistani soldier dies as Kashmir border crisis continues

A Pakistani soldier has died after coming under fire from Indian troops in Kashmir, according to Pakistan’s military, in the latest tit-for-tat death even as politicians tried to take the heat out of a developing border crisis. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/9793692/Another-Pakistani-soldier-dies-as-Kashmir-border-crisis-continues.html                                                                                                                                                         http://www.euronews.com/2013/01/10/pakistan-soldier-in-kashmir-killed-by-india-troops/

8 JANUARY 2013

India claims two troops killed by Pakistan over Kashmir border

Two Indian troops have been killed, one of whom was ‘mutilated’, in a gunfight with Pakistan forces on Indian-controlled territory close to the line of control which marks the unofficial border between the two states. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/9788051/India-claims-two-troops-killed-by-Pakistan-over-Kashmir-border.html  http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/01/201318131527741342.html

6 JANUARY 2013

Pakistani soldier killed in border clashes with Indian troops

A Pakistani soldier has been killed and another injured in clashes with Indian troops along the disputed border in divided Kashmir, in a serious test of the recent improved relations between the two nuclear-armed rivals. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/9783738/Pakistani-soldier-killed-in-border-clashes-with-Indian-troops.html                                                                                                                                                                      http://asiancorrespondent.com/94840/pakistan-says-1-dead-in-border-clash-with-india/

4 JANUARY 2013

Bahawal Khan to succeed Pakistan militant leader Mullah Nazir

A successor to Pakistani militant leader Mullah Nazir, who was killed in a US drone strike, has been announced. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20909841

Malala Yousafzai leaves Queen Elizabeth Hospital

The Pakistani schoolgirl activist shot in the head by the Taliban has been discharged from a Birmingham hospital as an inpatient. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-20908439                                                    http://edition.cnn.com/2013/01/04/world/europe/uk-pakistan-malala-discharged/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

3 JANUARY 2013

US drone kills senior Pakistan tribal leader

Commander Mullah Nazir, known to have ties to Afghan Taliban, among at least nine fighters killed in separate strikes. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/9778161/Mullah-Nazir-very-much-an-American-target.html   http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/01/2013135203260995.html

Shot schoolgirl given peace award

A 15-year-old schoolgirl shot in the head by the Taliban will be honoured for her courage and determination.  http://www.leinsterexpress.ie/news/national/shot-schoolgirl-given-peace-award-1-4633462

2 JANUARY 2013

Pakistan’s tactical nukes

Pakistan is developing a new generation of smaller « tactical » nuclear weapons. The dangers and challenges such arms present are very real. http://thediplomat.com/2013/01/02/pakistans-new-nuclear-problem/

30 DECEMBER 2012

Pakistan’s bleak outlook lightened by the game-changer with India

With a general parliamentary election likely to be held early in the year, and changes to the leadership of the army and judiciary due by the end of the year,Pakistan faces some daunting challenges as it enters 2013.                                              http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2012/12/30/pakistans-bleak-outlook-lightened-by-the-game-changer-with-india/

Pakistani Taliban execute captured policemen

Government officials say 21 out of 23 tribal policemen believed to have been kidnapped by the Taliban have been executed by their captors in northwest Pakistan. Naveed Akbar Khan, a local government official, told the AFP news agency on Sunday: « We found 21 bullet riddled bodies of security personnel a short while ago in an uninhabited area. »            http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/12/20121229214853934265.html

20 DECEMBER 2012

Clerics call for protests over polio worker killings

In Pakistan hundreds of mourners gathered for the funeral of another victim of the attacks on UN-backed polio eradication teams. The total number of deaths has now risen to nine.
http://www.euronews.com/2012/12/20/clerics-call-for-protests-over-polio-worker-killings/

4 NOVEMBER 2012

Pakistan court orders action against Taliban, armed groups in Karachi

In an interim order issued Saturday, the Supreme Court’s bench five-member hearing a case for the implementation of the apex court’s earlier order in a suo motu case related to the law and order situation in Karachi directed the provincial government to arrest all prisoners released on parole and present them before it. http://dawn.com/2012/11/03/sc-orders-action-against-taliban-armed-groups-in-karachi/

3 NOVEMBER 2012

Pakistani Taliban target female students with acid attack

It’s the latest cruel tactic in the Pakistani Taliban’s battle to stop girls and women from getting an education: acid thrown in their faces to scar them for life and deter others from following in their footsteps.
http://edition.cnn.com/2012/11/03/world/asia/pakistan-acid-attack/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

19 OCTOBER 2012

Pakistan court rules army must stop interfering in politics

In a rare challenge to Pakistan’s powerful generals, the country’s Supreme Court ruled on Friday that the military should stop interfering in politics
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20121019-378696.html

15 OCTOBER 2012

Fourteen-year-old Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl shot in the head by Taliban gunmen in Swat, has arrived in the UK for medical treatment.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19954043
http://asiancorrespondent.com/90712/thousands-rally-for-pakistani-girl-shot-by-taliban/
http://www.france24.com/en/20121009-pakistan-girl-malala-yousufzai-shot-taliban-school-bus-swat-valley

9 OCTOBER 2012

Shot down because demanding the right for girls to go to school

Leaders from around the world have condemned the shooting of 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai, an education and rights activist in the northwestern Pakistani region of Swat. Yousafzai was shot by Taliban gunmen on Tuesday in her hometown of Mingora while on her way home from school.

 

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/10/2012101018922566669.html

6 OCTOBER 2012

Pakistani politician, Imran Khan, is leading a “peace march” in protest against US drone strikes

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/9591518/Imran-Khan-sets-off-on-peace-march-to-campaign-against-drones.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19854297

1 OCTOBRE 2012

Setback for Pakistani teen facing blasphemy charges

Three witnesses whose testimony could absolve a 14-year-old Pakistani girl facing life in prison have changed their statements.
http://edition.cnn.com/2012/10/01/world/asia/pakistan-blasphemy-girl/index.html?hpt=ias_c1

22 SEPTEMBER 2012

Anti-Islam film: Pakistan minister offers bounty

A Pakistani government minister has offered a $100,000 (£61,616) reward for the death of the maker of an anti-Islam film produced in the US
http://www.euronews.com/2012/09/23/pakistani-minister-offers-bounty-for-death-of-film-maker/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19687386

21 SEPTEMBER 2012

Insults to Islam stir mass Pakistan protests

Reports say more than 17 people have died as demonstrations against an anti-Islam video erupted across Pakistan, a day after protesters tried to storm the US embassy in the capital, Islamabad
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/09/20129219618263113.html
http://www.euronews.com/2012/09/21/pakistan-deadly-protests-against-anti-islam-film/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19678412

19 SEPTEMBER 2012

Pakistan’s government has declared Friday a national holiday to allow protests against the anti-Islam film.

The announcement came hours after hundreds of lawyers surrounded the Islamabad compound that houses the US Embassy on Wednesda
http://www.euronews.com/2012/09/19/pakistan-declares-national-holiday-for-film-protests

18 SEPTEMBER 2012

Pakistan to ‘reopen Zardari fraud cases’

Pakistan Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf says he will obey Tuesday’s Supreme Court order to reopen a corruption case against the country’s president
http://www.euronews.com/2012/09/18/pakistan-pm-vows-to-probe-zardari-corruption-allegations/ http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/09/20129181154102792.html

17 SEPTEMBER 2012

Reports: Pakistan test-fires nuclear-capable missile

Pakistan on Monday conducted a successful test fire of the indigenously developed multi tube Cruise Missile Hatf-VII (Babur), having a range of 700 kilometers
http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/national/17-Sep-2012/pakistan-tests-nuclear-capable-missile
http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/09/17/13913915-reports-pakistan-test-fires-nuclear-capable-missile

Protestors go on rampage in Karachi

One person was killed and nine others were injured after protestors led violent protests in front of the US consulate in Karachi
http://dawn.com/2012/09/16/one-person-killed-in-karachi-protests/

Pakistan’s blasphemy law ‘vaguely formulated and arbitrarily enforced’

With Muslim leaders in many countries calling for a global law barring what they call insults to Islam, the main non-Catholic world Christian grouping on Monday said just such a law in Pakistan is used to persecute other religions
http://dawn.com/2012/09/17/pakistans-blasphemy-law-vaguely-formulated-and-arbitrarily-enforced/

12 SEPTEMBER 2012

Hundreds killed in Karachi factory inferno

Factory fires in two major cities in Pakistan have killed more than 300 people and injured dozens more, including some who had to leap from windows to escape the flames, officials and survivors have said. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/09/20129124543681430.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19566851

8 SEPTEMBER 2012

India and Pakistan Sign Visa Agreement, Easing Travel

Pakistan and India signed a new visa agreement on Saturday, easing restrictions for travelers in a move seen as a tentative step between the rival South Asian countries to normalize their troubled relations http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/09/world/asia/india-and-pakistan-sign-visa-agreement-easing-travel.html?ref=asia
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-19530819

Pakistan frees Christian girl jailed in blasphemy case

A young, mentally-challenged Christian girl who was accused of blasphemy after she was found to be in possession of burned pages of the Koran has been released from jail, Pakistani officials said Saturday, a day after a court granted her bail http://www.france24.com/en/20120908-pakistan-frees-christian-girl-accused-blasphemy-case-rawalpindi-rimsha-koran-burning

6 SEPTEMBER 2012

Save the Children foreign staff ordered out of Pakistan

Save the Children’s foreign staff have been ordered to leave Pakistan within two weeks, the aid agency confirms http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19500103 http://www.france24.com/en/20120906-save-children-foreign-staff-expelled-deported-pakistan-afridi-osama-bin-laden-usa

3 SEPTEMBER 2012

Asif Ali Zardari ‘extending Pakistan political dynasty’ with son

Pakistan’s ruling political dynasty has been accused of abusing its power after it emerged that President Asif Ali Zardari’s 23-year-old son met several world leaders during a recent summit in Tehran.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/9517712/Asif-Ali-Zardari-extending-Pakistan-political-dynasty-with-son.html

2 SEPTEMBER 2012

Palistani cleric arrested for falsifying evidence in blasphemy case

A Pakistani cleric has been arrested on suspicion of tampering with evidence after he submitted burned pages of the Koran as proof against a 14-year-old Christian girl accused of blasphemy, police said on Sunday. http://www.france24.com/en/20120902-cleric-imam-arrested-tampering-evidence-blasphemy-case-rimsha-khalid-chishti-pakistan
http://edition.cnn.com/2012/09/02/world/asia/pakistan-girl-blasphemy/index.html?hpt=ias_c2 http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/09/20129252559111935.html

15 AUGUST 2012

Pakistan frees 55 Indians for independence day

Pakistan on Wednesday released 55 Indian fishermen, 15 of them teenagers, as a « goodwill gesture » to mark independence day in India
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120815-365550.html

3 AUGUST 2012

Pakistan jails Brig Ali Khan and four other top officers

A Pakistani military court has convicted five senior officers of links with a banned organisation.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-19116499

Pakistan court strikes down contempt law Pakistan’s top court on Friday struck down a new law exempting members of the government from being tried for contempt, clearing the way for legal proceedings against the prime minister
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1217793/1/.html

2 AUGUST 2012

India overturns ban on Pakistan investments

India has reversed its ban on foreign investment from Pakistan in a move designed to build goodwill amid a renewed push for a peace settlement between the nuclear-armed South Asian neighbours. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/08/20128264238428195.html http://www.thestatesman.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=418737&catid=35

1 AUGUST 2012

Report blasts Myanmar treatment of Rohingya

Myanmar security forces have killed, raped or carried out mass arrests of Rohingya Muslims after deadly sectarian riots in the northeast in June, a rights group has said, adding the authorities had done little to prevent the initial unrest. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/08/20128154245751775. htmlhttp://asiancorrespondent.com/86908/human-rights-group-cites-atrocities-in-western-burma/

Top Bangladesh opposition leaders indicted

Forty-six opposition leaders, including BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, will go on trial this week in a case filed for torching a bus. http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=244348

31 JULY 2012

World’s biggest ever blackout as India is brought to a standstill

The world’s biggest ever blackout brought half of India to a standstill, as a catastrophic power outage left 670 million people without electricity. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/9441940/Worlds-biggest-ever-blackout-as-India-is-brought-to-a-standstill.html

30 JULY 012

Vietnam blogger’s mother ‘dies in self-immolation’

The mother of a prominent Vietnamese blogger has died after setting herself on fire ahead of her daughter’s trial for propaganda against the Communist state, sources close to the family said Monday. http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120730-362340.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19053910 http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Catholic-dissident’s-mother-sets-herself-on-fire.-Anger-and-bewilderment-of-Vietnamese-25431.html

29 JULY 2012

Anna Hazare begins fifth hunger strike in 16 months

Anna Hazare, the Indian activist, began his fifth hunger strike in 16 months on Sunday as he pushes for strong anti-graft legislation. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/9436316/Anna-Hazare-begins-fifth-hunger-strike-in-16-months.html http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1216398/1/.html

2 AUGUST 2012

India overturns ban on Pakistan investments

India has reversed its ban on foreign investment from Pakistan in a move designed to build goodwill amid a renewed push for a peace settlement between the nuclear-armed South Asian neighbours. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/08/20128264238428195.html http://www.thestatesman.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=418737&catid=35

27 JULY 2012

British ambassador says Pakistan is ‘world leader’ in visa application fraud

During a news conference to publicise the London Olympics, Adam Thomson said UK visa officials had sifted out thousands of forged documents submitted by Pakistanis trying to obtain travel documents for Britain during the past year.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/9432649/British-ambassador-says-Pakistan-is-world-leader-in-visa-application-fraud.html

24 JULY 2012

Pakistani Taliban chief warns Islamabad

Mualana Wali-u-Rehman, known in militant circles as « Molvi Sahib », carries a Turkish-made Zigana-K pistol and a Russian AKS-74U assault rifle. Rehman, a former activist from Pakistan’s largest religious-political party, Jamiat-ul-Ulema Islam, was one of the founding members of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (Pakistani Taliban, or TTP) in South Waziristan, when it emerged in late 2007.
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/NG25Df03.html

19 JULY 2012

Pakistan’s courts take on the ISI

Pakistan’s Supreme Court has ordered the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) spy agency to close a notorious cell that focused on monitoring internal politics, in a direct challenge to the ISI’s ability to operate as a « state within a state ».
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/NG19Df02.html

10 JULY 2012

Protests in Islamabad against the government’s decision to re-open NATO supply routes to Afghanistan.

There have been protests in the Pakistani capital Islamabad against the government’s decision to re-open NATO supply routes to Afghanistan.
http://www.euronews.com/2012/07/10/pakistani-protests-over-nato-s-re-opened-afghan-supply-lines/ http://www.france24.com/en/20120709-pakistan-islamists-rally-against-reopening-nato-supply-routes-afghanistan

8 JULY 2012

Ex Pak IB chief hid bin Laden in Abbotabad with Musharraf’s approval: ex ISI chief

A retired Pakistani military officer, Brigadier Ijaz Shah is alleged to have harboured Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan for years, former head of Pakistan’s spy agency, the directorate of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), General Ziauddin Butt, has claimed.
http://www.sify.com/news/ex-pak-ib-chief-hid-bin-laden-in-abbotabad-with-musharraf-s-approval-ex-isi-chief-news-international-mhilajfadbd.html?scategory=international

4 JULY 2012

Pakistan mob burns man to death for ‘blasphemy’

A Pakistani mob has taken a man accused of blasphemy from a police station and burnt him to death, police say.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18713545

3 JULY 2012

Pakistan ends blockade of Nato supply routes

Pakistan has announced it will end its blockade of Nato supply routes into Afghanistan, after the US finally apologised for a mistaken attack that killed 24 of its troops. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/9373772/Pakistan-ends-blockade-of-Nato-supply-routes.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18691691

22 JUNE 2012

Pakistan elects Raja Pervez Ashraf as prime minister

Pakistan’s parliament on Friday elected a former water and power minister and ruling party member Raja Pervez Ashraf as the country’s new prime minister. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/06/201262244252924620.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/9349742/Pakistan-elects-Raja-Pervez-Ashraf-as-prime-minister.html

21 JUNE 2012

Pakistan courts order arrest of new prime minister nominee

Having already ousted one prime minister this week, Pakistan’s courts on Thursday sabotaged the appointment of a replacement by ordering the arrest of the man nominated to take up the job.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/06/20126209109434788.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/9346965/Pakistan-courts-order-arrest-of-new-prime-minister-nominee.html

19 JUNE 2012

Pakistan Supreme Court bars PM Gilani from office

Pakistan’s top court has disqualified Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani from holding office, two months after convicting him of contempt of court. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18506728 http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/06/2012619104352956999.html
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/NF21Df02.html#

18 JUNE 2012

Taliban to U.S.: End drone strikes in Pakistan, or no more polio vaccines

A Taliban commander in northwest Pakistan has announced a ban on polio vaccines for children as long as the United States continues its campaign of drone strikes in the region, according to a statement by the Taliban.
http://edition.cnn.com/2012/06/18/world/asia/pakistan-taliban-polio/index.html?hpt=ias_c1

13 JUNE 2012

Pakistani singer Mehdi Hassan dies

Ustad Mehdi Hassan, Pakistan’s legendary classical singer who captivated millions of music fans across South Asia, has died. He was 84. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/06/2012613105952254143.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18421080

11 JUNE 2012

US withdraws supply route negotiators from Pakistan

US negotiators who have been trying to reach a deal with Pakistan over a supply route to Nato troops in Afghanistan have quit the talks. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18401465

India and Pakistan in talks over Siachen Glacier

Indian and Pakistani defence officials held a fresh round of talks on Monday seeking to end decades of dispute over the Siachen Glacier, dubbed the world’s highest battlefield.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/9323679/India-and-Pakistan-in-talks-over-Siachen-Glacier.html

5 JUNE 2012

US Drone Strike in Pakistan Kills Al-Qaida No. 2

U.S. official says a drone strike in northwestern Pakistan has killed al-Qaida’s second in command, Abu Yahya al-Libi, dealing what is said to be a major blow to the terror group. Tuesday’s 5 confirmation of al-Libi’s death came a day after missiles from a U.S. drone hit a vehicle and compound in the North Waziristan tribal region, killing at least 15 people, including foreigners
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/06/201265174418788725.
html
http://www.voanews.com/content/us-officials-say-drone-attack-targeted-al-qaidas-no-2/1147332.html

23 MAY 2012

Pakistan jails doctor who helped CIA find Bin Laden

A Pakistani doctor who helped the CIA find Osama Bin Laden has been jailed for at least 30 years, officials say http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/05/2012523111832779910.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18175964

18 MAY 2012

No-confidence vote only way to unseat me, Gilani tells opposition

Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani challenged the opposition Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz on Friday, daring the Sharifs to bring a vote of no-confidence against him
http://dawn.com/2012/05/18/no-confidence-vote-only-way-to-unseat-me-gilani-tells-opposition/

27 APRIL 2012

Defiant PM vows not to cede office

Armed with the support of his party, allies, and some argument, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani took his turn on Friday 27 to hit back hard at his political foes, telling the National Assembly he would not cede office owing to his conviction by the Supreme Court for contempt unless the house disqualified him
http://dawn.com/2012/04/28/defiant-pm-vows-not-to-cede-office/

United States Talks Fail as Pakistanis Seek Apology

The latest high-level talks on ending a diplomatic deadlock between the United States and Pakistan ended in failure on Friday 27 over Pakistani demands for an unconditional apology from the Obama administration for an airstrike http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/28/world/asia/talks-between-us-and-pakistan-fail-over-airstrike-apology.html?_r=1&ref=asia#

26 APRIL 2012

Pakistani PM Gilani guilty of contempt but spared jail

Pakistan’s Supreme Court has found Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani guilty in a contempt of court case. However, the court gave Mr Gilani only a symbolic sentence and he will not have to serve any time in jail.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17848796

25 APRIL 2012

Pakistan conducts ballistic missile test

Pakistan has successfully conducted a test of an intermediate range ballistic missile, the country’s military has said. The Hatf-IV Shaheen-1A missile is capable of carrying both nuclear and conventional warheads, a statement from the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) department said on Wednesday http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/04/201242545255746331.html http://edition.cnn.com/2012/04/25/world/asia/pakistan-missile-test/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

18 APRIL 2012

Pakistan’s Army Chief Calls for Glacier Demilitarization

Pakistan’s army chief, General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, has called for the demilitarization of the disputed high-altitude Siachen Glacier where thousands of Pakistani and Indian troops have been stationed for decades
http://www.voanews.com/english/news/asia/Pakistans-Army-Chief-Calls-for-Demilitarization-of-World-Highest-Battleground-147974215.html

30 MARCH 2012

More than 100,000 flee clashes between Pakistani troops, Islamists

More than 100,000 people have fled the north-west Khyber tribal region since government troops launched a January offensive against Taliban and al Qaeda-linked militants, the UN refugee agency said on Friday
http://www.france24.com/en/20120331-unhcr-100000-flee-clashes-pakistan-troops-taliban-qaeda-khyber-tribal-northwest

25 MARCH 2012

Taliban threaten Pakistani lawmakers who support resumption of NATO supplies to Afghanistan

The Taliban on Sunday 25 threatened to attack Pakistani lawmakers and their families if they support allowing NATO to resume shipping supplies through the country to troops in neighboring Afghanistan http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/taliban-threaten-pakistani-lawmakers-who-support-resumption-of-nato-supplies-to-afghanistan/2012/03/25/gIQA3B3aZS_story.html

9 MARCH 2012

Pakistan bans Ahle Sunnah Wal Jamaat Islamist group

Pakistan’s government has issued orders banning the country’s largest Islamic extremist group. Activists from the pro-al-Qaeda group formerly known as the Sipah-e-Sahaba (SSP), or Soldiers of the Companions of the Prophet, have been convicted of killing hundreds of Shia Muslims
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17322095

21 FEBRUARY 2012

Pakistan appeals to Interpol over Musharraf arrest

Pakistan is in the final stages of asking Interpol to help arrest former military ruler Pervez Musharraf over the murder of ex-premier Benazir Bhutto, Interior Minister Rehman Malik said Tuesday
http://www.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/World/Story/A1Story20120221-329332.html
http://edition.cnn.com/2012/02/21/world/asia/pakistan-musharraf/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

13 FEBRUARY 2012

Pakistani Court Indicts Prime Minister for Contempt

Yousuf Raza Gilani, Pakistan’s prime minister, has been charged with contempt of court by the country’s supreme court, after he disobeyed a court order to open corruption cases against President Asif Ali Zardari http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/14/world/asia/pakistani-court-indicts-prime-minister-for-contempt.html?_r=1&ref=asia http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/02/201221344753846407.html http://edition.cnn.com/2012/02/12/world/asia/pakistan-gilani-court/index.html?hpt=ias_c1

11 FEBRUARY 2011

Crowds swarm Suu Kyi as campaign begins

9 FEBRUARY 2012

US drone in Pakistan kills ‘al-Qaeda ally’

The second US drone attack in two days in Pakistan’s North Waziristan region killed has killed four people, including a senior militant commander with links to al-Qaeda, Pakistani intelligence officials and Taliban sources said
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/02/201229111725286336.html

1 FEBRUARY 2012

Profile: Pakistan’s ISI

The charge that Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence is supporting Taliban fighters in Afghanistan is just the latest of many charges directed at Pakistan’s shadowy intelligence service, which for decades has been accused of plotting assassinations, backing armed groups, and organising attacks against neighbouring countries
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/02/2012218213493884.html

27 JANUARY 2012

Pervez Musharraf postpones Pakistan return, aide says

Mr Musharraf had previously vowed to end his self-imposed exile and fly back to Pakistan by the end of this month to revive his political career
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16766967

16 JANUARY 2012

Amid tensions, Pakistani lawmakers vote to support ‘democracy’

Pakistani lawmakers on Monday passed a resolution supporting the country’s democratic system, a vote that came after weeks of public speculation and political intrigue about the possibility of a coup in the volatile nation http://edition.cnn.com/2012/01/16/world/asia/pakistan-politics/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

11 JANUARY 2012

Firing of Pakistan’s Defense Secretary Raises Tension With Army

Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani fired his defense secretary, a retired general and confidant of Pakistan’s army chief, on Wednesday 11 as the civilian government appeared headed for a collision with the country’s powerful military leadership
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/12/world/asia/firing-of-pakistans-defense-secretary-raises-tension-with-army.html?_r=1&ref=asia
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16511826

10 JANUARY 2012

Pakistani Judges Press Prime Minister to Defy President

The political and legal crisis in Pakistan took a new turn on Tuesday when the Supreme Court threatened to dismiss Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani for failing to comply with court orders to reopen corruption cases against his political boss: President Asif Ali Zardari
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/11/world/asia/car-bomb-kills-dozens-in-pakistan.html?ref=asia
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16494070

8 JUANURY 2012

Former Pakistan President Announces Plans to Return Home

Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has announced plans to return to the country later this month. Musharraf told supporters in Karachi via telephone Sunday that he would arrive between January 27 and January 30 http://www.voanews.com/english/news/asia/Former-Pakistan-President-Announces-Plans-to-Return-Home-136906133.html

29 DECEMBER 2011

Pakistan murder testimony doctor Baqir Shah shot dead

A doctor who testified that Pakistani security forces had killed a group of unarmed foreigners has, himself, been shot dead. Dr Baqir Shah was gunned down in the city of Quetta after he contradicted police reports from earlier this year
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16360476
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16359639

25 DECEMBER 2011

Thousands rally for Pakistan’s Imran Khan

More than 100,000 people have rallied in support of Pakistani cricket legend and opposition politician Imran Khan in the southern city of Karachi. Sunday’s rally further cemented Khan’s status as a rising force in Pakistani politics, ahead of parliamentary elections scheduled to be held in 2013
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2011/12/2011122514241338231.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16329906

23 DECEMBER 2011

Pakistan Military Denies Conspiracy to Seize Power

Pakistan lurched between crises on Friday with its military chief, Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, dismissing talk of a coup and canceling a visit from a top American general, a sign that Pakistani fury at the United States over air strikes that killed 26 soldiers is far from abating
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/24/world/asia/pakistan-military-seeking-to-quash-rumors-denies-conspiracy-to-seize-power.html?_r=1&ref=asia

22 DECEMBER 2011

Tumultuous Year Strains US Pakistani Relations

Pakistan and the United States have maintained a critical strategic partnership for the past 10 years despite tense relations over the war in Afghanistan and U.S. suspicions that Islamabad maintains ties to militant groups
http://www.voanews.com/english/news/usa/Tumultuous-Year-Strains-US-Pakistani-Relations-136067983.html

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20 APRIL 2017

Donald Trump accused of ‘shocking ignorance’ as he repeats Chinese claim that Korea was part of China

Donald Trump, the US president, has been accused of « shocking ignorance » after asserting that Korea « used to be a part of China » shortly after a meeting with Xi Jinping, the Chinese president
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/04/20/donald-trump-accused-shocking-ignorance-falls-chinese-claim/
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2089161/trump-claims-korea-actually-used-be-part-china-does-claim-stack
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3032502

17 APRIL 2017

Park Geun-hye: ex-South Korean president formally charged in corruption probe

South Korean prosecutors on Monday formally charged ex-President Park Geun-hye over a high profile corruption and influence-peddling scandal that has paralysed the country’s government for months
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/04/17/park-geun-hye-ex-south-korean-president-formally-charged-corruption/
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=203021

6 APRIL 2017

South Korea test fires 800km-range ballistic missile that can hit any part of North Korea

South Korea has successfully test-fired a home-developed ballistic missile with a range long enough to hit any part of North Korea, Yonhap news agency reported on Thursday (April 6)
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/south-korea-test-fires-800km-range-ballistic-missile-can-hit-any-part-north-korea
https://sputniknews.com/asia/201704061052339179-south-korea-launches-missile/
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2017/04/205_227066.html

5 APRIL 2017

Supporters of former South Korean president establish new political party

Supporters of former South Korean President Park Geun-hye have established a new political party with the aim of founding a conservative movement to exonerate the imprisoned former leader, local media reported on Wednesday
https://sputniknews.com/asia/201704051052309889-south-korea-park-supporters/
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20170405000920

3 APRIL 2017

The Democratic Party of Korea selects Moon Jae-in as its official presidential candidate

South Korean human rights lawyer Moon Jae-in won the liberal Democratic Party primary vote on Monday, setting him on course to become the next president and perhaps take a softer line on North Korea
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=202486
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2017-04/03/content_15595491.html
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170403_26/

31 MARCH 2017

South Korean ex-president Park Geun-hye arrested and jailed over corruption allégations

Park Geun-hye, the former South Korean president, has been arrested and jailed over a high profile corruption scandal that has already seen her ousted from office and prompted early élections
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/03/30/south-korean-ex-president-park-geun-hye-arrested-jailed-corruption/
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=202379
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2083625/court-approves-request-arrest-former-south-korean-president-park

30 MARCH 2017

South Korea, Vietnam aim for more muscular ties

Vietnam asks South Korea for backing in the South China Sea against China; Seoul wants more coordination with Hanoi on North Korea’s mounting threat. So are the two strong trade and investment partners set to upgrade their strategic ties into a more comprehensive bilateral Relationship?
http://www.atimes.com/article/south-korea-vietnam-aim-muscular-ties/

20 MARCH 2017

South Korea complains to WTO over China’s response to anti-missile system

South Korea has complained to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) about Chinese retaliation against South Korean companies over the deployment of a US anti-missile defence system in the South, the trade minister said on Monday
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/2080542/south-korea-complains-wto-over-chinas-response-anti-missile
http://www.bbc.com/news/business-39324536
http://www.dw.com/en/east-timor-holds-first-presidential-election-since-un-peacekeepers-left/a-38017195

14 MARCH 2017

US to deploy missile-capable drones on border with North Korea

The US has declared it will permanently station missile-capable drones in South Korea in the latest round of military escalation in north-eastern Asia
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/mar/14/us-to-deploy-missile-capable-drones-across-border-from-north-korea
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=201770
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170314_11/

11 MARCH 2017

South Korea election to be held by May 9 at latest

A South Korean presidential election to choose a successor to ousted leader Park Geun-hye will be free and fair and held by May 9 at the latest, the election commission chairman said on Saturday
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2017-03/11/content_15584329.html
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20170310000283

10 MARCH 2017

Park Geun-hye: South Korean court removes president over scandal

Park Geun-hye has become the first democratically elected South Korean president to be forced from office, after the country’s constitutional court upheld a parliamentary vote to impeach her over a corruption and cronyism scandal that could see her face criminal charges
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/10/south-korea-president-park-geun-hye-constitutional-court-impeachment
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39202936

http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2077737/princess-park-fulfilled-her-destiny-become-president-now-she-has

http://graphics.straitstimes.com/STI/STIMEDIA/Interactives/2017/03/south-korea-scandal/park-geun-hye.html

7 MARCH 2017

US starts deploying advanced anti-missile system THAAD in South Korea after defiant North’s latest test

The United States started to deploy the first elements of its advanced anti-missile defence system in South Korea on Tuesday after North Korea’s test of four ballistic missiles, US Pacific Command said, despite angry opposition from China
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/03/07/us-starts-deploying-anti-missile-system-thaad-south-korea-defiant/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39188826
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170307_80/

13 FEBRUARY 2017

S.Korea’s Saenuri Party adopts new name

South Korea’s ruling Saenuri Party has decided to take on a new name in the wake of a scandal involving President Park Geun-hye
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170213_27/

11 FEBRUARY 2017

China expels 32 South Korea missionaries amid missile defence tension

China has expelled 32 South Korean Christian missionaries, a Seoul official has said, amid diplomatic tens between the two countries over the planned deployment of a US missile defence system
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/feb/11/china-expels-south-korean-missionaries-amid-missile-defence-tensions

2 FEBRUARY 2017

In Seoul, US defence chief Mattis says South Korea alliance is ‘strong’

US Defence Secretary James Mattis has reassured the leader of South Korea that the alliance between the two nations remains strong
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38824008
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/south-korea-us-agree-to-push-missile-defence-system/3488708.html
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=200467

1 FEBRUARY 2017

Ban Ki-moon says he won’t run for South Korea’s presidency in surprise announcement

Former United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has declared that he won’t run for South Korea’s presidency. He had been expected to seek the position after a corruption scandal saw President Park Geun-hye impeached
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/02/01/ban-ki-moon-says-wont-run-south-koreas-presidency-surprise-announcement/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/former-un-chief-ban-ki-moon-will-not-run-for-president-of-south-korea/2017/02/01/b05c816d-9ce5-4c3a-84be-0e5b78890a17_story.html?utm_term=.3dc4f83cea74
ttps://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170201_28/

30 JANURY 2017

 In South Korea, the People’s Party refuses to accept Ban Ki-moon

 People’s Party Chairman Park Jie-won said Sunday his party cannot accept former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, a leading presidential hopeful, for now
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2017/01/356_222953.html

16 JANUARY 2017

Contentious US-Korea missile defense system delayed

The deployment of a controversial US missile defense system in South Korea designed to protect against North Korean aggression could be delayed, Seoul’s defense ministry said on Monday
http://www.dw.com/en/contentious-us-korea-missile-defense-system-delayed/a-37142121
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/biz/2017/01/123_222144.html
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20170116000839

8 JANUARY 2017

Beijing freezes military ties with Seoul

At least seven joint military events between Korea and China have been cancelled since Seoul agreed to deploy a U.S. antimissile defense system on the peninsula, according to a government insider
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3028404

South Korean monk self-immolates over ‘comfort women’ deal

 A South Korean monk set himself on fire to protest the government’s deal with Japan on compensation for wartime sex slaves. Japan’s PM Abe has also called on Seoul to remove a « comfort woman » statue as part of the deal
http://www.dw.com/en/south-korean-monk-self-immolates-over-comfort-women-deal/a-37053930
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2060309/south-korean-self-immolates-over-comfort-women-deal-japan-pm-abe

5 JANUARY 2017

President Park Geun-hye accused of ‘broadly and gravely’ violating South Korean constitution as impeachment trial begins

The Constitutional Court in South Korea has pushed ahead with the start of an impeachment trial against the country’s president, despite her refusal to attend.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38515236
http://www.euronews.com/2017/01/05/impeachment-trial-against-skorean-leader-goes-ahead-without-her
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/s-korea-presidents-lawyers-say-no-evidence-impeachment

27 DECEMBER 2016

Split in Saenuri Party is biggest in Korean history

The launch of the new conservative party, tentatively called the New Conservative Party for Reform (NCPR), is scheduled for Jan. 24, and it is guaranteed to upend the conservative’s strategy for the 2017 presidential race
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20161227000740
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/12/south-korea-29-lawmakers-leave-ruling-party-park-scandal/
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3027948

22 DECEMBER 2016

South Korean ruling party on the verge of splitting as fallout from presidential scandal intensifies

A split would complicate any presidential bid by outgoing UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who had been widely expected to compete as a centre-right candidate
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2056271/south-korean-ruling-party-verge-splitting-fallout-presidential
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=199036

9 DECEMBER 2016

Park Geun-hye: South Korean MPs vote to impeach president

South Korea’s parliament has passed a motion to impeach President Park Geun-hye over a scandal involving her and close aides. Park is to be suspended from her duties
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20161209_27/
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/dec/09/south-koreas-parliament-votes-to-impeach-president-park-geun-hye
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20161209000159

5 DECEMBER 2016

Korea raises 2017 defense budget to US$34 bil.

According to South Korea’s defense ministry on Monday, the defense budget for 2017 has been set at 34 billion U.S. dollars
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=198439

29 NOVEMBER 2016

South Korea’s embattled president offers to relinquish power

South Korean President Park Geun-hye on Tuesday (Nov 29) asked parliament to find a way for her to give up power and decide when she should step down amid an influence-peddling scandal, but the opposition said she was just trying to avoid impeachment
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/south-korea-s-embattled-president-offers-to-relinquish-power/3327044.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2050073/south-korean-president-park-geun-hye-offers-quit-if-parliament

23 NOVEMBER 2016

South Korea, Japan sign intelligence-sharing deal on North Korea

South Korea and Japan have signed a controversial agreement to pool military intelligence on Pyongyang’s nuclear program. The deal lets both countries bypass the United States when sharing information about North Korea
http://www.dw.com/en/south-korea-japan-sign-intelligence-sharing-deal-on-north-korea/a-36487953
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/s-korea-japan-sign-controversial-intelligence-deal

20 NOVEMBER 2016

South Korea prosecutors say President Park was accomplice in corruption scandal

South Korean prosecutors said on Sunday that they believed President Park Geun-hye was an accomplice in a corruption scandal that has rocked her administration, in a heavy blow to her fight for political survival
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/south-korea-prosecutors-say-president-park-was-accomplice-in/3303908.html
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20161120_17/

14 NOVEMBER 2016

Japan, South Korea ink controversial intelligence deal

South Korea and Japan reached a controversial deal on Monday (Nov 14) to share defence intelligence, Japanese officials said, despite protests from opposition parties and activists in Seoul
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/japan-south-korea-ink-controversial-intelligence-deal/3287968.html
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2016/11/116_218205.html

12 NOVEMBER 2016

Anti-government rally in Seoul largest in nearly 30 years

The biggest street protest in nearly three decades was held in the heart of Seoul with up to 1 million people calling for President Park Geun-hye to resign
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/massive-protest-heaps-pressure-on-south-korea-president/3283058.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37958037

8 NOVEMBER 2016

South Korea President Park willing to relinquish some power, asks parliament to nominate new PM

South Korean President Park Geun Hye said on Tuesday (Nov 8) that she will withdraw her nominee for prime minister if parliament recommends a candidate and is willing to let the new premier control the cabinet, seeking to defuse a crisis rocking her presidency
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/south-korea-president-park-says-willing-to-accept-parliaments-choice-for-pm-report
http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/2182893-south-korean-presidents-concession-could-spell-end-of-power/

4 NOVEMBER 2016

« My heart is breaking », says South Korean President Park Geun-hye in tearful apology

South Korean president Park Geun-hye’s has made a tearful apology for her role in a “heartbreaking” political scandal that has engulfed her administration – but it has failed to mollify opposition parties
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/my-heart-breaking-says-south-korean-president-park-geun-hye-tearful-apology
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/nov/04/tearful-south-korean-president-says-scandal-of-friends-influence-is-all-my-fault

2 NOVEMBER 2016

President Park appoints Kim Byong-joon as new prime minister

President Park’s designation of a liberal prime minister could mark the beginning of a politically neutral cabinet, one where the new prime minister would have greater power over domestic affairs, while the head of state would focus on external affairs, including diplomacy and defense. »
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=197177
http://edition.cnn.com/2016/11/02/asia/south-korea-park-guen-hye-choi-soon-sil/index.html

29 OCTOBER 2016

Mass protest in Seoul against South Korean President

Thousands of protesters held a candlelight rally in the South Korean capital on Saturday (Oct 29), calling on President Park Geun-hye to step down over allegations that allowed a close personal friend to meddle in state affairs
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/mass-protest-in-seoul-against-south-korean-president/3245888.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37809594
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/south-korea/the-female-rasputin-at-centre-of-s-korean-political-scandal-1.1920392

24 OCTOBER 2016

South Korea’s President Park Geun-hye calls for two-term, longer presidencies

The constitution should allow the president a second term in office and the terms themselves should be longer, according to President Park Geun-hye. Presidents are currently limited to a single five-year term
http://www.dw.com/en/south-koreas-president-park-geun-hye-calls-for-two-term-longer-presidencies/a-36137945
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/korean-president-proposes-constitutional-revision
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=196779

7 OCTOBER 2016

Is South Korea a ‘nation in trouble’?

The headlines in South Korea’s newspapers have been largely negative in recent months, dominated by scandal, political impasse and social unrest. But some say it shows the nation is evolving into a mature society
http://www.dw.com/en/is-south-korea-a-nation-in-trouble/a-35986516

30 SEPTEMBER 2016

South Korea announces new site for US missile shield as ties with Beijing worsen over Chinese fishermen’s deaths

 South Korea’s announcement on Friday of the final site of a US-built antiballistic missile system drew firm opposition in Beijing and a vow to take “necessary measures” to counter the shield
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2023956/south-korea-announces-new-site-us-missile-shield-ties
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-09/30/content_15504092.html
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3024381

14 SEPTEMBER 2016

U.S. doesn’t want to bring back its nukes to South Korea

A U.S. official Tuesday opposed growing calls for a reintroduction of American tactical nuclear weapons to South Korea in the wake of Pyongyang’s fifth nuclear test
http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/content/us-official-opposed-growing-calls-reintroduction-nukes-south-korea

11 AUGUST 2016

What would a Trump presidency mean for the US–South Korea alliance?

 Donald Trump has repeatedly questioned the value of forward deployment in US security strategy and has threatened to pull back from the alliance if South Korea, among other treaty allies of the United States, does not ‘reimburse us much more substantially. As a result, some analysts in the region are concerned about the effect of a Trump presidency
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/08/04/what-would-a-trump-presidency-mean-for-the-us-south-korea-alliance/

10  AUGUST 2016

South Korea’s ruling party elects new leader

South Korea’s ruling Saenuri Party has elected a new leader, Lee Jung-hyun. The lawmaker has close ties with President Park Geun-hye
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160809_33/
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20160810000846

8 JULY 2016

US and South Korea agree THAAD missile defence deployment

 The U.S. and South Korea have agreed to deploy an advanced military defense system that could intercept North Korean missiles following continued weapons testing by Pyongyang in defiance of U.N. résolutions
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3021051
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36742751
http://edition.cnn.com/2016/07/08/asia/north-korea-thaad-missile-deploy/index.html
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160708_27/

3 JUNE 2016

Korea and U.S. differ over Thaad parley

South Korea and the United States appeared to be at loggerheads on Friday over the deployment of an advanced missile defense system on the peninsula, particularly over whether the two would discuss the issue at an upcoming talk between their defense chiefs.
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3019592

1 MAY 2016

South Korean president visits Iran

South Korea’s president has arrived in Tehran in the first such high-level visit since the two nations established diplomatic ties in 1962
http://eurasiadiary.com/news/diplomacy/26378-south-korean-president-visits-iran
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3018209

13 APRIL 2016

After 16 years, South Korea ruling party loses parliamentary majority

South Korea’s conservative ruling party said it had « disappointed » voters after it suffered a serious setback in Wednesday’s general election, losing its 16 years of parliamentary majority
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/south-korea-ruling-party/2693618.html
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160414_05/
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2016/04/116_202544.html

6 MARCH 2016

South Korea, U.S. to kick off largest-ever joint exercise

South Korea and the United States will launch their largest-ever joint exercise this week to warn North Korea against further provocations, a South Korean military official said Sunday
http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/national/2016/03/06/17/0301000000AEN20160306000951315F.html
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3015869

04 MARCH 2016

Seoul and Washington postponed talks on Thaad finally get off the ground

Seoul and Washington officially launched talks Friday on the deployment of the U.S.-led Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (Thaad) system in South Korea, a bolstering of their joint missile defense posture that has been fiercely protested by some neighboring countries
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=188842
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3015830

22 FEBRUARY 2016

S Korea urges Japan to stop islets provocations

South Korea on Monday urged Japan to stop provocations over disputed islets lying halfway between the two countries as Japan sent a senior government official to attend the controversial « Takeshima Day » event.

http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2016-02/22/content_15388451.html
http://www.japantoday.com/category/politics/view/s-korea-protests-over-japan-sending-official-to-disputed-isle-event

13 FEBRUARY 2016

U.S. deploys more Patriot missiles in South Korea

The United States temporarily deployed an additional Patriot missile battery in South Korea in response to North Korea’s nuclear test and a long-range rocket launch, ahead of talks next week to set up an even more sophisticated U.S. missile defense in a move that has worried China and Russia.
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/asia/korean_peninsula/AJ201602130027
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=188207

27 JANUARY 2016

South Korean defense chief says Thaad must be considered

Minister of National Defense Han Min-koo said Monday that Seoul needs to seriously consider the deployment of a U.S.-led Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (Thaad) anti-ballistic missile system on the Korean Peninsula
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/defense-minister-south-korea-must-consider-thaad-anti-ballistic-missile-system

10 JANUARY 2016

U.S. B-52 bomber flies over S. Korea in solidarity after N. Korean nuclear claim

A B-52 bomber jet from Andersen Air Force Base in Guam flew over Osan, South Korea, on Sunday « in response to a recent nuclear test by North Korea, » United States Pacific Command said
http://edition.cnn.com/2016/01/10/us/b-52-south-korea/index.html
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=187136
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3013752

7 JANUARY 2016

Indonesia, South Korea sign $1.87 billion fighter jet development deal

Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) signed two separate contracts with the Indonesian defense ministry and the country’s state-run defense firm PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) in Jakarta, Thursday, to jointly develop Korea’s indigenous fighter jets
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2016/01/116_194922.html
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20160107000973

28 DECEMBER 2015

Korea and Japan reach historic agreement on sex slave issue

South Korea and Japan have reached a landmark agreement on the thorny issue of wartime sex slaves, known as comfort women, that has long strained relations
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=186676
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20151228_24.html
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/foreign-ministers-japan-and-republic-korea-comfort-women

20 DECEMBER 2015

Korea’s trade pacts with China, Vietnam, New Zealand go into effect

Korea’s free trade agreement with China took effect on Sunday, along with separate trade pacts with Vietnam and New Zealand
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=186402

5 DECEMBER 2015

Tens of thousands rally against South Korea president

Tens of thousands of protesters marched in the South Korean capital on Saturday accusing President Park Geun-hye of pushing pro-business labour laws and attacking personal and political freedoms.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/12/30000-hit-streets-skorea-anti-government-rally-151205111903538.html
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-12-05/south-korea-activists-protest-labour-policies-call-for-president-park-guenhyes-resignation/1522646
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35014582

30 NOVEMBER 2015

South Korea’s Assembly ratifies FTA with China

The National Assembly ratified a free trade agreement (FTA) with China, Monday, after weeks of tug-of-war negotiations over how to protect farming and other industries that will suffer from the deal
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/south-koreas-national-assembly-ratifies-free-trade-agreement-china
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=185755
http://koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/opinon/2015/12/202_192204.html

26 NOVEMBER 2015

S Korea holds state funeral for ex-president Kim Young-Sam

South Korea on Thursday buried former president Kim Young-Sam, following a snow-swept state funeral for the man whose 1992 election victory brought a formal end to more than 30 years of military rule
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=185648
http://koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2015/11/116_191878.html
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3012085
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/13eb5632-913c-11e5-94e6-c5413829caa5.html#axzz3sG4IhCUU

25 NOVEMBER 2015

New South Korea-U.S nuclear treaty goes into effect

A new nuclear treaty between South Korea and the United States came into effect replacing the one that had been in place for the last 42 years
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=185613
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/s-korea-us-ratify-new-civilian-nuclear-pact

21 NOVEMBER 2015

Former South Korean president Kim Young-sam dies at 87

Former South Korean President Kim Young-Sam, who became the country’s first civilian ruler after more than 30 years of military rule, died on Sunday, hospital officials said. He was 87
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/former-south-korean/2282504.html?cx_tag=undefined&cid=tg:recos:undefined:standard#cxrecs_s
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20151122000004

1 NOVEMBER 2015

South Korea, China, Japan put hostility aside at rare summit

South Korean President Park Geun-Hye and Chinese and Japanese premiers Li Keqiang and Shinzo Abe discussed a wide range of topics, from free trade to the threat of North Korea’s nuclear weapons programme
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/south-korea-china-japan/2232370.html
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20151101_23.html
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0002534535
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/11/01/national/politics-diplomacy/east-asia-leaders-agree-revive-annual-trilateral-summit/#.VjaVWzgQVjp

21 OCTOBER 2015

South Korean Seong-Jin Cho wins Chopin piano competition

South Korea’s Seong-Jin Cho, 21, has won the prestigious 17th international Frederic Chopin piano competition in the Polish capital, Warsaw
http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-34589558

16 OCTOBER 2015

Obama asks Park to speak out against China

US President Barack Obama has asked South Korean President Park Geun-hye to speak out against China when it fails to abide by international norms and rules
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20151017_12.html

South Korean Professors declare boycott against government-issued history text

Dozens of history professors from the country’s most prestigious universities, including Korea and Yonsei University, have issued statements against the government’s decision to publish a single history textbook starting in 2017
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=184276

13 OCTOBER 2015

South Korea to issue ‘correct history textbook’ to students

The South Korean government has said it will replace the country’s school history books with a single text, which will be called the « correct history textbook »
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/10/south-korea-write-correct-history-textbook-151012165855598.html
http://www.voanews.com/content/south-korea-accurate-history-textbook-mandate-stirs-controversy/3005216.html

22 SEPTEMBER 2015

U.S. denying Seoul key fighter jet technologies

Washington has rejected the transfer to Korea of four core technologies in F-35 stealth fighter jets that are needed to develop indigenous KF-X aircraft, the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) confirmed Tuesday
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3009537

Japan, US, S.Korea FM talks to be held on Sep. 29

The foreign ministers of Japan, the United States and South Korea will meet in New York next week to discuss the possibility of North Korea launching a long-range missile. A South Korean Foreign Ministry spokesperson on Tuesday announced that the meeting will be held on September 29th on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20150922_19.html

11 SEPTEMBER 2015

South Korea’s generation of discontent

In South Korea 410,000 young people in their 20s are looking for work and unemployed. This is up from 330,000 in 2013 and is a 15-year high. But this deepening societal crisis should come as little surprise
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2015/09/11/south-koreas-generation-of-discontent/

2 SEPTEMBER 2015

If China had to choose, it would be South Korea

South Korea is a liberal democracy, but China is still its largest trade partner. In recent years, South Korea’s trade with China has exceeded its combined trade with Japan and the US, which are its second and third largest trade partners.
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2015/09/china-choose-south-korea-150902073117753.html

26 AUGUST 2015

President Park to attend China’s war victory military parade

According to the Presidential office the decision to attend the September 3rd event at the Tiananmen Square, was made after considering Seoul’s friendly cooperative relations with Beijing, and hopes for Beijing’s future role in bringing peace and unification on the Korean Peninsula
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=182724
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/south-korean-president-geun-hye-attend-military-parade-Beijing

16 AUGUST 2015

After 70 years of turbulent transition, South Korea’s democracy faces new challenges

In the chaotic decades that followed the 1945 liberation from Japan’s colonial rule, South Koreans had limited rights to pick their own leaders, express political beliefs, and participate in any form of policymaking
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20150816000378

7 AUGUST 2015

Korean traditional dance master Lee Mae-bong dies at 88

Korean dance guru Yi Mae-bang died of a sudden illness stemming from old age at a hospital in Gangnam, southern Seoul, Friday morning. He was 88
http://koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/culture/2015/08/317_184412.html

17 JUNE 2015

South Korean defense budget plan is largest ever

The Ministry of National Defense has created its largest-ever budget proposal, mainly aimed at building deterrence infrastructure against North Korea’s nuclear and missile threats, which it submitted to the Ministry of Strategy and Finance
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3005528

3 JUNE 2015

South Korea test-fires missile that can strike all of the North

South Korea on Wednesday test-fired two ballistic missiles capable of hitting any part of North Korea, in an apparent response to recent bellicose boasts from Pyongyang about its nuclear and missile capabilities
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/southkorea/11649705/South-Korea-tests-missile-capable-of-reaching-deep-into-North-Korea.html
http://www.thanhniennews.com/world/south-korea-testfires-missile-that-can-strike-all-of-the-north-46196.html

1 JUNE 2015

China, S. Korea sign free-trade pact

China and South Korea on Monday formally signed a free-trade agreement that would remove most tariffs between Asia’s largest and fourth-largest economies, whose trade is already worth more than US$200 billion.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/579055/china-s-korea-sign-free-trade-pact
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/after-three-years-negotiations-south-korea-and-china-sign-free-trade-agreement
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?cid=1102&MainCatID=11&id=20150601000115

21 MAY 2015

Justice chief Hwang Kyo-ahn named new Korean P.M.

President Park Geun-hye on Thursday nominated Justice Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn as the new prime minister, calling him “the right man” to achieve political reforms proposed in the wake of a high-profile graft scandal involving her close confidants.
http://koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2015/05/116_179359.html
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20150521000952

18 MAY 2015

Korea, India to upgrade partnership

South Korean President Park Geun-hye and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi on Monday agreed to elevate the level of bilateral ties to a “special strategic partnership” and start negotiations to revise a comprehensive economic partnership agreement, which is equivalent to a free trade deal, by June next year
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20150518001199
http://koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2015/05/120_179172.html

27 APRIL 2015

South Korea’s prime minister Lee Wan Koo steps down over bribery scandal

Prime Minster Lee Wan Koo offered to quit last week, two months after taking the country’s No. 2 post. He was at the heart of a corruption scandal involving a dead businessman and other high-profile figures.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/132448/south-koreas-prime-minister-steps-down-over-bribery-scandal/
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20150427001263

16 APRIL 2015

Korea, U.S. form joint defense committee to counter N. Korean threats

Seoul and Washington have agreed to form a ‘Deterrence Strategic Committee.’The deal was signed by deputy-level defense ministers from South Korea and the U.S. in Washington on Wednesday, local time
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=178672
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20150416000945

14 APRIL 2015

Korea, Japan hold first security talks for 5 years

 South Korea and Japan on Tuesday held their first high-level security talks in more than five years despite simmering tensions over territorial and historical disputes
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/korea-japan-hold-first-security-talks-5-years-135959997.html

6 APRIL 2015

South Korea condemns Japanese books as bid to repeat ‘past mistakes’

South Korea condemned on Monday (Apr 6) Japan’s approval of textbooks that it said distorted history by claiming disputed islands, summoning Japan’s ambassador and warning that the approval was a sign Japan was prepared to repeat its colonial wartime past.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/south-korea-condemns/1769134.html
http://www.euronews.com/2015/04/06/school-text-books-fuel-south-korea-japan-island-dispute/

21 MARCH 2015

China, Japan, South Korea hold first FM talks for three years

The foreign ministers of South Korea, China and Japan gathered in Seoul on Saturday for their first meeting in nearly three years, aimed at calming regional tensions rooted in territorial and other diplomatic disputes
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/03/asian-powers-hold-talks-year-hiatus-150321065405173.html
http://www.euronews.com/2015/03/21/china-japan-and-south-korea-meet-to-improve-frosty-relations/
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/s-korea-china-japan-vow-bring-about-leadership-summit

5 MARCH 2015

U.S. ambassador in Seoul injured in slash attack by activist

The US ambassador to South Korea has been attacked by a knife-wielding man shouting anti-war slogans during a public event at an arts centre in Seoul
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-31743055
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3001573
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/southasia/2015/03/ambassador-attacked-south-korea-150304232100655.html

26 FEBRUARY 2015

South Korean court strikes down adultery law

South Korea’s Constitutional Court has struck down a 60-year-old statute outlawing adultery under which violators faced up to two years in prison.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/02/south-korean-court-legalises-adultery-150226054724879.html
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/asia/korea/2015/02/27/429767/South-Korean.htm

22 FEBRUARY 2015

Japan calls for return of isles from S Korea

Japan urged South Korea again Sunday to return disputed islets, one of the issues which have soured ties between the two US allies. Seoul controls the islands which it calls Dokdo. They are known in Japan as Takeshima.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/japan-calls-return-isles-s-korea

16 FEBRUARY 2015

Lee Wan-koo confirmed as South Korea prime minister

The National Assembly confirmed Lee Wan-koo as prime minister Monday by a vote of 148 to 128. Five votes were counted as invalid
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3001007

15 FEBRUARY 2015

Seoul ranks No. 10 in defense spending

South Korea ranked 10th in defense spending in 2014, according to an annual report. The report on the world’s top 15 defense-spending countries by Britain’s International Institute for Strategic Studies showed that Seoul’s defense expenditures amounted to $34.4 billion.
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20150215000084

6 FEBRUARY 2015

President calls for proactive measures to boost fertility rate

President Park Geun-hye on Friday called for measures to tackle the country’s critically low fertility rate and aging population, which are considered some of the biggest threats to the economy.
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20150206000801

22 JANUARY 2015

Top South Korea court confirms jail term for pro-North MP

South Korea’s Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a nine-year prison sentence for a former leftist lawmaker convicted of inciting an armed revolt in the event of war breaking out with North Korea
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/top-s-korea-court-confirms-jail-term-pro-north-mp
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20150122001171

5 JANUARY 2015

South Korea party UPP vows to fight dissolution

A minority leftist political party that was constitutionally dissolved last month has said it will fight in court to maintain its parliamentary seats, and accused the conservative government of authoritarian tendencies.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2015/01/dissolved-s-korean-party-vows-fight-back-20151594616644986.html

19 DECEMBER 2014

S. Korea’s constitutional court orders dissolution of leftist Unified Progressive Party

South Korea’s constitutional court on Dec. 19 ordered the dissolution of a small leftist political party hounded by claims of pro-North Korea views, a move critics say exposes limits of freedom of expression in a country once ruled by military dictators.
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/asia/korean_peninsula/AJ201412190026
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20141219000813
http://koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2014/12/116_170256.html

21 NOVEMBER 2014

South Korea’s Press: The Illusion of Freedom

Intricate web of connections, a frowning government, keep a tight leash on reporting
http://www.asiasentinel.com/society/south-korea-press-freedom-illusion/

7 NOVEMBER 2014

Pentagon OKs sale of PAC-3 missiles to Korea

The U.S. government has approved a possible sale to South Korea of PAC-3 interceptor missiles and related equipment for an estimated cost of $1.405 billion, a U.S. defense agency said
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20141107000783

6 NOVEMBER 2014

South Korea suspends $2.1 billion deal to upgrade fighter jets

South Korea has suspended a $1.61 billion (S$2.1 billion) deal to upgrade its fleet of F-16 fighter jets because of delayed work and cost over-runs, a government agency said Thursday
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/s-korea-suspends-21-billion-deal-upgrade-fighter-jets
http://www.defensenews.com/article/20141105/DEFREG03/311050037/South-Korea-Pentagon-Kill-BAE-F-16-Upgrade-Contract

26 OCTOBER 2014

No easy retirement in South Korea

Out of work and out of pocket, South Korean retirees are struggling to force their way back into an unwelcoming job market in an effort to supplement meagre or non-existent pensions.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/439685/no-easy-retirement-in-south-korea

23 OCTOBER 2014

US, South Korea delay Seoul’s wartime control of forces

US and South Korean officials agreed Thursday to delay transfer of the Pentagon’s control of Korean troops in the event of war with the North, with no new transfer date set.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/439359/us-skorea-delay-seoul-wartime-control-of-forces

21 OCTOBER 2014

Amnesty slams ‘abuse’ of migrants in S. Korea

Migrant farm workers in South Korea face rampant abuse under a “shameful” government work permit system that encourages exploitation, Amnesty International said in a report published Monday.
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/asia/korea/2014/10/21/419933/Amnesty-slams.htm

13 OCTOBER 2014

Seoul mayor endorses same-sex marriage

Seoul mayor Park Won-soon told a US newspaper that he personally supports same-sex marriage and would like to see South Korea being the first country in Asia to legalise it, during his recent visit to San Francisco
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Seoul-mayor-endorses-same-sex-marriage-65803.html

6 OCTOBER 2014

UN cites ‘serious’ S. Korean racism

The UN’s top expert on racism outlined Monday « serious problems » faced by migrant workers and foreign marriage partners in South Korea, ranging from discriminatory exploitation and maltreatment to racist verbal abuse.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/436218/un-cites-erious-s-korean-racism

25 SEPTEMBER 2014

S. Korea aims to strengthen air defence

South Korea is stepping up efforts to strengthen its air defence with its final approval this week of a deal to purchase 40 F-35 radar-evading warplanes for deployment from 2018 through 2021 at a cost of 7.3 trillion won (US$7 billion)
http://www.asianewsnet.net/S-Korea-aims-to-strengthen-air-defence-65019.html

19 SEPTEMBER 2014

Ex-Japan PM Hoshiro Mori visits South Korea in hope of easing troubled ties

Former Japanese premier Hoshiro Mori brings a letter from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe when he meets South Korean President Park Geun-hye during a visit to Seoul from Friday, a government spokesman, as Tokyo seeks a thaw in frosty ties
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20140919000872
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/ex-japan-pm-visit-south-korea-hope-easing-troubled-ties

Asian Games begin in Incheon

South Korean President Park Geun-Hye opened the Incheon Asian Games at a glittering, K-Pop inspired ceremony Friday as North Korean athletes received an unexpectedly warm welcome.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/433128/asian-games-begin-in-incheon
http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2014/09/19/2014091901713.html

17 SEPTEMBER 2014

South Koreans more unhappy and unhealthy than other Asians

South Koreans are unhappier and unhealthier than other less wealthy Asian neighbors, a public opinion poll showed Tuesday, reflecting depressing levels of sentiments on people’s lives in Asia’s fourth-largest economy nation.
http://www.theasian.asia/archives/89763

4 SEPTEMBER 2014

US, S. Korea ‘create army unit to destroy North’s nukes’

South Korea said Thursday it would create a joint military unit with the United States, as a report suggested the contingent would target North Korea’s weapons of mass destruction if a full-scale conflict broke out.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/430495/us-s-korea-create-army-unit-to-destroy-north-nukes

29 AUGUST 2014

Sex abuse against teens rising: report

The number of teenage victims of sex crimes went from 7,893 in 2011 to 8,808 in 2012 and 9,721 in 2013, according to police data revealed by Rep. Lee Cheol-woo of the Saenuri Party. Most victims were female, but the number of male victims was 506, marking a 75 percent increase from two years earlier
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20140829000532

27 AUGUST 2014

President Park’s Measures To Deal With Economic Challenges – Analysis

The economic virus that hit Japan leading to the prolonged period of stagflation until the arrival of Abenomics with promise of revival, hit its neighbouring country, South Korea, as well affected by the same virus. While exports remained strong, if not bullish, sluggish consumer spending did not help revive growth.
http://www.eurasiareview.com/27082014-president-parks-measures-deal-economic-challenges-analysis/

25 AUGUST 2014

South Koreans ‘will be extinct by 2750’

South Koreans will be ‘extinct’ by 2750 if nothing is done to halt the nation’s falling fertility rate, according to a study by The National Assembly Research Service in Seoul.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/southkorea/11054817/South-Koreans-will-be-extinct-by-2750.html

16 AUGUST 2014

Pope Francis beatifies 124 South Korean Catholic martyrs

Pope Francis has celebrated a large open-air Mass to beatify 124 of South Korea’s first Catholics at a ceremony in the capital Seoul.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-28814553
http://www.euronews.com/2014/08/16/pope-warns-wealthy-koreans-about-plight-of-poor/
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Pope-beatifies-Korean-martyrs-who-encourage-us-to-ask-ourselves-if-we-are-ready-to-die-for-the-faith-31906.html

14 AUGUST 2014

Under threat of a possible fourth North Korean nuclear test, should South Korea develop its own nuclear weapon?

Nuclear tensions are again ratcheting up on the Korean Peninsula, with Pyongyang threatening a fourth nuclear weapons test in what one U.S. analyst described as its new “allergic reaction” to routine military exercises by South Korea and United States scheduled to start on August 18
http://thediplomat.com/2014/08/nuclear-weapons-for-south-korea/

Pope in S. Korea on first Asia visit for 15 years

Pope Francis on Thursday kicked off a five-day visit to South Korea fuelled by the Vatican’s desire to expand the Church in Asia despite challenges posed by governments like atheist China
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/pope-s-korea-first-asia-visit-15-years
http://www.euronews.com/2014/08/14/pope-arrives-in-seoul-for-asian-youth-day-catholic-festival/
http://koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2014/08/632_162941.html

6 AUGUST 2014

Popes’ special ties with Korea

As the nation eagerly awaits the Aug. 14-18 visit of Pope Francis, The Korea Times looks back on the special ties the country has had with the Vatican
http://koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/culture/2014/08/293_162473.html

2 AUGUST 2014

Uncertainties linger over future Korea-China relations

Uncertainty lingers over how the relationship between the former Cold War foes will evolve amid shifts in the regional security landscape that were triggered mainly by China’s reemergence as a major power in the Asia-Pacific

http://www.asianewsnet.net/Uncertainties-linger-over-future-Korea-China-relat-62989.html

31 JULY 2014

S. Korea ruling party boosts majority with key poll wins

President Park Geun-Hye’s Saenuri Party won 11 of an unprecedented 15 by-elections contested on Wednesday, leaving it with 158 legislators in the 300-seat National Assembly
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/423381/s-korea-ruling-party-boosts-majority-with-key-poll-wins
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20140731000761

25 JULY 2014

China, South Korea Establish Military Hotline

High-level defense officials met in Beijing to establish a hotline and discuss Japan’s collective self-defense
http://thediplomat.com/2014/07/china-south-korea-establish-military-hotline/

3 JULY 2014

China, S. Korea summit pushes North over nuclear weapons

In a joint statement after their talks, the Chinese and South Korean presidents, Xi Jinping and Park Geun-Hye, reaffirmed their « firm opposition » to the development of nuclear weapons on the peninsula, but seemed divided on how best to persuade the North to give up its bombs.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/418663/china-s-korea-summit-pushes-north-over-nuclear-weapons
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-28139972
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-28144980

China and South Korea poised for bilateral trade deal

Chinese and South Korean leaders have pledged to sign a bilateral trade agreement by the end of this year and introduce direct trading of their currencies to spur cross-border renminbi transactions and deepen economic ties in two of Asia’s largest economies.
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/4ec9ab36-02aa-11e4-8c28-00144feab7de.html?siteedition=intl#axzz36RMH21kY
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2014-07/03/c_133458634.htm
http://www.voanews.com/content/chinas-xi-arrives-seoul-talks-park/1949839.html

26 JUNE 2014

South Korean PM keeps job after nominees pull out

South Korea’s president has decided to retain the country’s current prime minister after two possible replacements for the job both abandoned their nominations because of questions over past behavior
http://asiancorrespondent.com/124174/south-korean-pm-keeps-job-after-nominees-pull-out/

24 JUNE 2014

South Korea president takes hit as second PM nominee falls

South Korean President Park Geun-Hye’s dwindling political fortunes took another hit on Tuesday as her second nominee for prime minister was forced to withdraw over past remarks about Japanese colonial rule
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/417047/south-korea-president-takes-hit-as-second-pm-nominee-falls
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/25/world/asia/nominee-for-south-korean-premier-exits-over-colonization-remarks.html?ref=asia&_r=0

13 JUNE 2014

President tightens grip with reshuffle

President Park Geun-hye replaced seven ministers on Friday, completing several weeks of personnel shake-ups to salvage public trust in the government and move on from the ferry disaster
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20140613001050

7 JUNE 2014

S. Korea donates warship to Manila

South Korea will donate a corvette warship to the poorly-equipped Philippine navy amid growing tensions — particularly with China — over maritime territorial disputes in the region, the government said
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/414039/s-korea-donates-warship-to-manila

5 JUNE 2014

S Korean president Park pledges to speed up reform after elections

President Park Geun-hye said Thursday she humbly accepts the results of the nationwide local elections and will push forward with her reform agenda in a speedier manner
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/s-korean-president-park-pledges-speed-reform-after-elections

22 MAY 2014

South Korea’s Park names Ahn Dai-hee as new prime minister

Ahn’s appointment comes in the wake of former premier Chung Hon-won announcing his resignation at the end of April. Chung stood down because of perceived mistakes in the way that the government responded to the Sewol ferry disaster
http://www.dw.de/south-koreas-park-names-ahn-dai-hee-as-new-prime-minister/a-17653121

10 MAY 2014

South Korea’s poverty-stricken elderly

Nearly half of South Korea’s elderly (65 or older) live below the poverty-line. In response to economic vulnerability and social isolation, the suicide rate among the elderly has tripled since 2000

http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2014/05/10/south-koreas-poverty-stricken-elderly/

29 APRIL 2014

South Korea president apologises over ferry disaster

South Korea’s president has apologised for her government’s failure to prevent a ferry disaster that left up to 300 people dead or missing and for the inadequate emergency response
http://www.euronews.com/2014/04/29/south-korea-president-in-personal-apology-over-ferry-disaster/
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/04/s-korea-leader-apologises-over-ferry-disaster-20144294350390862.html

27 APRIL 2014

The South Korean prime minister resigns over the government’s handling of the ferry which sunk with more than 300 people on board.

South Korean Prime Minister Chung Hong-won offered to resign Sunday, taking responsibility for “a slew of problems” that both enabled and worsened the severity of a ferry sinking that has left more than 300 dead or missing
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/south-korea-premier-tenders-resignation-over-ferry-response/2014/04/26/71dca9be-cdaf-11e3-a75e-463587891b57_story.html
http://www.euronews.com/2014/04/27/south-korean-prime-minister-resigns-over-ferry-disaster/

25 APRIL 2014

Allies to review command transfer timing

The leaders of South Korea and the U.S. agreed Friday to reconsider the timing of Washington’s transfer of its wartime operational control of Korean troops, scheduled for 2015, in the face of persistent North Korean nuclear threat

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20140425001207

16 APRIL 2014

More than 270 missing as ferry sinks off the coast of South Korea

Officials said six of the ship’s 462 passengers had died, at least 55 are injured and 179 have been rescued. Many passengers – of which 300 are children – may have been trapped inside the vessel as it listed and sank
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/16/rescuers-battle-to-save-476-passengers-after-ferry-sinks-off-south-korea
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27056653
http://www.france24.com/en/20140416-south-korea-ferry-carrying-450-people-sinking/

28 MARCH 2014

Soldiers’ remains returned to China decades after they died in Korean war

The remains of 437 Chinese soldiers killed in the Korean war returned home on Friday, more than 60 years after an armistice ended the fighting.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/28/soldiers-bodies-china-korean-war

23 MARCH 2014

Korean and Chinese presidents reaffirm opposition to North Korean nukes

The leaders of South Korea and China on Sunday reaffirmed their opposition to North Korea’s possession of nuclear weapons, pledging to work closely together for peninsular denuclearization

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20140324000014

17 MARCH 2014

Seoul urges Tokyo to show sincerity toward summit

Cheong Wa Dae on Monday renewed its calls for Japan to show “sincerity” in its efforts to improve bilateral relations, stressing the need to set an appropriate mood for a summit between their leaders
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20140317000964

12 MARCH 2014

Japan, South Korea Hold High-level Talks Amid Strained Ties

South Korea and Japan held vice ministerial-level talks Wednesday in Seoul to discuss improving strained relations http://www.voanews.com/content/japan-skorea-hold-highlevel-talks-amid-strained-ties/1869376.html

S. Korea spy chief takes heat in forged spy case

South Korea’s spy agency chief came under growing pressure to step down Wednesday over a scandal with political ramifications involving the fabrication of evidence in an espionage case
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/s-korea-spy-chief-takes-heat-forged-spy-case
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/399546/nine-arrested-over-attack-on-hong-kong-journalist

1 MARCH 2014

South Korea warns Japan over comfort women review

South Korean President Park Geun-hye has warned Japan it will only bring isolation on itself if it reviews a statement acknowledging its wartime use of sex slaves http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-26394850

24 FEBRUARY 2014

South Korea begins military drills with US despite North Korean opposition

South Korea has kicked off its annual joint military exercises with the US despite vocal opposition from North Korea. The drills will test a recent improvement in cross-border ties.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/feb/24/south-korea-military-drills-us-north-korea

17 FEBRUARY 2014

South Korean MP sentenced to 12 years for treason

A South Korean court on Monday sentenced an opposition legislator to 12 years in prison after a rare treason trial saw him convicted of plotting an armed revolt in support of North Korea.

http://koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2014/02/116_151787.html

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/395502/south-korean-mp-sentenced-to-12-years-for-treason

8 FEBRUARY 2014

S. Korean Conscientious Objectors Seek Alternative to Military Service

http://www.voanews.com/content/south-korean-conscientious-objectors-seek-alternatives-to-military-service/1847516.html

Korean martyrs beatified

Pope Francis has beatified 124 Korean martyrs from the late 18th and 19th centuries, the Vatican said
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/393969/pope-beatifies-korean-martyrs

4 FEBRUARY 2014

Seoul to expand support for working moms

The government on Tuesday unveiled a package of comprehensive measures to support working mothers so they can better balance work and life, create a family-friendly culture at workplaces and encourage fathers to engage in child rearing at home

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20140204001136

3 FEBRUARY 2014

S. Korea prosecutors seek 20 years in MP sedition trial

South Korean prosecutors on Monday demanded a 20-year jail term for a leftist lawmaker on trial for allegedly plotting an armed revolt in support of North Korea.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/392987/s-korea-prosecutors-seek-20-years-in-mp-sedition-trial

24 JANUARY 2014

South Korea’s rapid economic rise leaves many of its elderly facing poverty

In a fast-paced nation famous for its high achievers and its big spending on private tutors and luxury goods, half of South Korea’s elderly are poor, the highest rate in the industrialised world.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jan/24/south-korea-elderly-older-poverty

22 JANUARY 2014

Korea-Japan tension rises over memorial

Tension is intensifying further in Northeast Asia after Japan protested the launch of new facilities devoted to a Korean independence fighter in China, triggering strong condemnation from Seoul

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20140121000770

16 JANUARY 2014

Korea, India agree to upgrade trade pact, diplomatic relations

The leaders of South Korea and India agreed to upgrade their economic, diplomatic and security cooperation on Thursday, paving the way for a strategic partnership between the two countries in the future

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20140116001003

14 JANUARY 2014

U.S. military reinforcements target North Korea, China

The U.S. is reinforcing its military strength on the Korean Peninsula in an apparent move to better cope with potential security threats from an unpredictable North Korea and a more militarily assertive China.

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20140114000854

12 JANUARY 2014

South Korea agrees to pay 5.8% more to host U.S. troops

South Korea on Saturday agreed to pay 920 billion won ($867 million) this year for the upkeep of 28,500 U.S. troops here, an increase of 5.8 percent from last year’s contributions, Seoul’s Foreign Ministry said Sunday 12

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20140112000267

12 DECEMBER 2013

Korea to sell 24 F-50s to Iraq

South Korea scored a $1.1 billion contract with Iraq on Thursday to sell 24 light attack fighters in the country’s largest aircraft export deal, Seoul officials said. Korea Aerospace Industries, the country’s sole aircraft maker, is also to strike an additional $1 billion deal soon for logistical support over the next 25 years

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20131212000941

 

8 DECEMBER 2013

South Korea Declares New Air Defense Zone, Overlapping China’s

South Korea’s Defense Ministry said on Sunday that the new zone, which will take effect on December 15, will include Ieodo, a submerged reef in waters off the south coast, which China calls Suyan
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25288268
http://www.euronews.com/2013/12/08/south-korea-expands-air-defence-zone-into-china-s/
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/08/south-korea-air-defence-zone-overlap-chinas

5 DECEMBER 2013

South Korea’s Free Speech Problem

Criminal indictments for defamation have more than doubled in South Korea, chilling free speech and giving pause to critics of President Park Geun-hye and her party.

http://fpif.org/south-koreas-free-speech-problem/

4 DECEMBER 2013

Korea’s Domestic Cold War

South Korea’s conservative government is rolling back free speech protections and going after progressive activists and political parties.

http://fpif.org/koreas-domestic-cold-war/

28 NOVEMBER 2013

Japan and S Korea defy China defence zone

Japan and South Korea said they have defied China’s newly-declared air defence zone with military overflights, showing Beijing a united front after US B-52 bombers did the same.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/11/japan-skorea-defy-china-defence-zone-20131128131156925437.html

13 NOVEMBER 2013

Park, Putin agree to restore trans-Siberian vision

Presidents Park Geun-hye of South Korea and Vladimir Putin of Russia held summit talks on Wednesday in Seoul and agreed to broaden economic cooperation including a Russian-led project to develop a North Korean border port that will set the basis for an envisioned railway link from Korea to Siberia.In a joint statement, the two leaders agreed to seek wider cooperation on short and long-term projects in such fields as shipbuilding, financial infrastructure, logistics, energy, science, space and knowledge sharing.

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20131113001048

5 NOVEMBER 2013

Royal welcome for President of South Korea

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh formally welcome The President of the Republic of South Korea to the UK on a state visit, at Horse Guards Parade.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/queen-elizabeth-II/10427646/Royal-welcome-for-President-of-South-Korea.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/378347/britain-lays-on-the-pomp-for-s-korean-president

4 NOVEMBER 2013

Korean president says talks with Japan would ‘serve no purpose’

South Korea president Park Geun-Hye says suggested summit would be of no value if Japanese continue to see « no need to acknowledge their past wrongdoings »
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/asia/regional-news/2013/11/04/392848/S-Koreas.htm
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/southkorea/10424217/Korean-president-says-talks-with-Japan-would-serve-no-purpose.html

25 OCTOBER 2013

S. Korea conducts military drill on disputed islets

The four-hour exercise involving five warships, jet fighters and helicopters, demonstrated « the military’s will to defend » the Dokdo islets, a defence ministry spokesman said.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/376421/s-korea-conducts-military-drill-on-disputed-islets

24 OCTOBER 2013

South Korean foreign aid: Contributing to international security

South Korea’s economic rise is an amazing story. From a country devastated by the Korean War with a per capita gross national income (GNI) of $67, the Republic of Korea (ROK) has grown to the world’s 12th largest economy. Over the past 25 years, South Korea has become an important contributor to international development assistance.

http://www.aspistrategist.org.au/south-korean-foreign-aid-contributing-to-international-security/

18 OCTOBER 2013

S. Korea slams Japanese minister, lawmakers’ war shrine visit

Seoul on Friday condemned the visit by a Japanese cabinet minister and some 150 lawmakers to the country’s controversial war shrine that it claims glorifies Tokyo’s history of aggression.
http://www.asianewsnet.net/S-Korea-slams-Japanese-minister-lawmakers’-war-s-52997.html

12 OCTOBER 2013

S. Korea inks deals worth $10b with Indonesia

Looking to capitalize on Indonesia’s rising number of middle class consumers, South Korea signed seven memorandums of understanding (MoUs) on investments worth over US$10 billion The sectors involved comprised transportation, infrastructure, manufacturing, information technology, automotive, energy, agriculture and the creative economy

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2013/10/12/s-korea-inks-deals-worth-10b.html

http://koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2013/10/116_144242.html

8 OCTOBER 2013

South Korea wants US to keep control over combined wartime defence forces

Sixty years after the end of the Korean war, the United States and South Korea still can’t agree on who should take charge if another war breaks out with the communist neighbour to the north.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/08/korea-south-north-us-military-chuck-hagel

2 OCTOBER 2013

US, South Korea Announce ‘Tailored Deterrence’ Strategy

The United States and South Korea today agreed to establish “a bilateral strategy for tailored deterrence against … North Korean nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction,” Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said during a press conference
http://www.eurasiareview.com/02102013-us-south-korea-announce-tailored-deterrence-strategy/
http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/10/02/20782403-us-s-korea-sign-tailored-deterrence-pact-against-threat-of-kim-jong-uns-wmds?lite

1st OCTOBER 2013

South Korea stages huge military parade

South Korea marked its army’s 65th anniversary by holding its largest military parade to date, displaying long-range missiles described as a deterrent to the threat posed by North Korea.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/10/south-korea-stages-huge-military-parade-201310173257340937.html
http://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2013/oct/01/south-korea-military-display-video

30 SEPTEMBER 2013

Korean Democracy at a Crossroads

By targeting public officials who scrutinize the country’s notorious internal intelligence service, South Korean President Park Geun-Hye is rolling back hard-won democratic gains in South Korea.

http://fpif.org/korean-democracy-crossroads/

24 SEPTEMBER 2013

South Korea reopens tender for $8bn fighter jet programme

South Korea has decided against selecting Boeing’s F-15 Silent Eagle Fighter Jet as the winner of its FX-III competition, according to local media reports.
http://thediplomat.com/flashpoints-blog/2013/09/24/south-korea-rejects-boeings-f-15se-fighter-will-restart-fx-iii/
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/4cf2af98-24e2-11e3-bcf7-00144feab7de.html?siteedition=intl#axzz2fq9cmbrB
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/371254/s-korea-rejects-boeing-bid-for-7-7-bn-fighter-deal

18 SEPTEMBER 2013

S. Korea’s ex-PM defiant after bribery conviction

Han Myeong-sook, former prime minister and ex-leader of South Korea’s main opposition party, faces another long legal battle over bribery accusations which have dealt blow to her political career and reputation as an pro-democracy activist against the military-backed governments in the 1970s and ’80s.

http://www.asianewsnet.net/S-Koreas-ex-PM-defiant-after-bribery-conviction-51790.html

10 SEPTEMBER 2013

South Korean ex-dictator’s family to settle $154m in fines

The family of a former South Korean president convicted of corruption vows to pay back an estimated $154m of corruptly-obtained assets.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24028798

9 SEPTEMBER 2013

Boeing Looks Set to Win South Korea fighter Deal

Boeing is set to inch closer to clinching a multibillion-dollar deal to sell 60 F-15 Silent Eagle jets to South Korea, as its competitors have effectively been priced out of the contest.
http://www.defencereviewasia.com/articles/237/Boeing-Looks-Set-to-Win-South-Korea-fighter-Deal

8 SEPTEMBER 2013

S Korea, US map out plan to deter N. Korea nuclear

South Korea and the United States have mapped out a joint operational plan which outlines concrete measures to deter and respond to North Korea’s nuclear threats, a report said Sunday.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/s-korea-us-map-out-plan-deter-n-korea-nuclear

7 SEPTEMBER 2013

Gay couple seeks recognition

Movie director and producer Kim-Jho Gwang-soo, left, speaks before his wedding ceremony with his partner Kim Seung-hwan at Cheonggye Stream in downtown Seoul, Saturday, the first public wedding ceremony for a same-sex couple in a country that does not recognize gay marriage. / Yonhap

http://koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2013/09/116_142422.html

4 SEPTEMBER 2013

South Korean Lawmakers Back Arrest of Colleague for Treason

The South Korean National Assembly on Wednesday voted to allow the arrest of an opposition lawmaker on charges of plotting treason in a case that rekindled fears of a pro-North Korean rebellion and concern about the actions of a powerful intelligence agency that has been long accused of meddling in domestic politics under the pretext of hunting Communists.
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/05/world/asia/south-korean-lawmakers-back-arrest-of-colleague-for-treason.html?ref=asia&_r=0

27 AUGUST 2013

South Korean Fighter Order: AF Backs F-35

Boeing’s F-15SE Silent Eagle has been selected as the only qualified bidder in South Korea’s F-X Phase 3 competition for 60 fighters—but the country’s air force is lobbying to overturn the decision in favor of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

http://www.defencereviewasia.com/articles/232/South-Korean-Fighter-Order-AF-Backs-F-35

25 AUGUST 2013

Chemical castration requests jump on revised law

The prosecution’s requests for chemical castration for sex offenders rose sharply this year as a revised law allows the hormonal treatment for even those who commit sexual violence against adults, the top prosecution office said

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20130825000057

9 AUGUST 2013

Forced laborers seeking justice 70 years on

Nearly seven decades after the Korean Peninsula was liberated from Japan’s colonial rule, the matter of Tokyo’s compensation for Koreans conscripted into forced labor and military service remains unresolved.

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20130809000689

5 AUGUST 2013

Park replaces chief of staff

President Park Geun-hye replaced her chief of staff and four senior secretaries on Monday to reinvigorate her administrative drive as she enters the second half of her first year in office.

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20130805000452

25 JULY 2013

Korea, U.S. fail to agree on sharing troop upkeep

South Korea and the United States failed Thursday to narrow differences over the sharing of the cost for stationing American troops here as Seoul rebutted Washington’s call for additional financial backing, a government source said
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20130725001023

23 JULY 2013

Can South Korea and China become equal partners?

South Korean President Park Geun-hye’s recent visit to China represents a fresh start to ROK–China relations. After North Korea’s sinking of the South Korean warship Cheonan in 2010, ROK-China relations became strained, with Beijing supporting the North. The two countries had enjoyed a rapid 20-year development in their relations since they first opened diplomatic ties in 1992, but the sudden strain demonstrated that their much-envied partnership was limited to economic interdependence. There was little mutual trust in important areas such as politics and security. Now, this might be changing.
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/07/23/can-south-korea-and-china-become-equal-partners/

11 JULY 2013

Korea, Buddhist monks in turmoil: Gambling and alcohol are ruining us

The venerable Jangju – one of the most important members of the Jogye Order, the largest and most important Buddhist denomination in the country – sounds the alarm: « Some monks are even go to Macau and Las Vegas to gamble. One of us has sold temple land to pay off debts. A cleanout is needed ».                                                                                                                                    http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Korea,-Buddhist-monks-in-turmoil:-Gambling-and-alcohol-are-ruining-us-28442.html

South Korean court orders Japan steel firm to compensate wartime workers

A court in South Korea has ordered a Japanese steelmaker to pay more than £230,000 in compensation to four Korean citizens who said the firm used them as forced labour during the second world war. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jul/11/south-korea-court-japan

9 JULY 2013

Seoul slams Tokyo claims over disputed islets

The annual Japanese defence white paper adopted by the cabinet said that the disputed three islands, known as Dokdo in South Korea and Takeshim in Japan, are historically Tokyo’s land under international law.                                                                                                                               http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/07/20137954039674879.html

27 JUNE 2013

Seoul, Beijing Agree on Denuclearized Korean Peninsula

South Korean President Park Geun-hye and her Chinese counterpart, President Xi Jinping, agreed at a summit in Beijing Thursday to push for denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.                                                                                                                  http://www.voanews.com/content/seoul-beijing-agree-on-denuclearized-korean-peninsula/1690379.html                                                                                                                 http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130627-432972.html

19 JUNE 2013

South Korea to Buy European Long-Range Missiles

South Korea has decided to upgrade its long-range missile arsenal with European-made weapons, after the Pentagon did not approve the sale of similar U.S. technology.                                                                                    http://www.voanews.com/content/skorea-to-buy-european-longrange-missiles/1684646.html

14 JUNE 2013

SKorea’s ex-spy chief indicted in election scandal

South Korea’s former spy chief was indicted on charges of meddling in last year’s presidential elections by ordering an online smear campaign against opposition candidates, prosecutors said Friday.                                                                                                           http://asiancorrespondent.com/109213/skoreas-ex-spy-chief-indicted-in-election-scandal/

29 MAY 2013

South Korean Catholics increase in numbers

Church releases its annual figures. Bishops’ Conference reports more than 5 million Catholics, almost 85,000 more than in 2011.                                                                                                                                                                           http://www.asianews.it/news-en/South-Korean-Catholics-increase-in-numbers-28057.html

23 MAY 2013

President Park 11th on Forbes list of most powerful women

President Park Geun-hye placed 11th on Forbes’ list of the world’s 100 most powerful women this year.  It is the first time Park has made it onto the annual list by the U.S. economic magazine. She is also the only Korean on the roster  http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20130523000542

7 MAY 2013

Obama meets S Korean president in White House

The US and South Korea are marking the 60th anniversary of forging their bilateral alliance, and are fresh from the most strident round of North Korean threats against them for many years.                                              http://www.aljazeera.com/video/americas/2013/05/201357155049678486.html                                       http://www.voanews.com/content/obama-skorean-president-to-show-unity-on-nkorea/1656198.html                                                                                         http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/05/07/18089314-south-koreas-iron-lady-park-geun-hye-comes-to-washington?lite

4 MAY 2013

South Korea’s role in Asia, partnership with Australia

South Korea, the seventh country to join the 20-50 club (GDP per capita over US$20,000 and a population of 50 million), lies at the geopolitical centre of Northeast Asia, acting as a bridge which mediates the interests of advanced economies with those of developing ones. http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/05/04/south-koreas-role-in-asia-partnership-with-australia/

20 MARCH 2013

South Korea on alert for cyber-attacks after major network goes down

South Korea is investigating a suspected cyber-attack that paralysed systems at major media and banks on Wednesday, amid speculation that the North could be responsible.                                                                                                                        http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/mar/20/south-korea-under-cyber-attack                                                                                                                             http://www.euronews.com/2013/03/20/south-korean-tv-networks-and-banks-paralysed-by-cyber-attack/

15 MARCH 2013

Civil service, military under scrutiny as Park tightens reins

Civil servants and state-run organizations are coming under close scrutiny as President Park Geun-hye seeks to tighten discipline and stamp out inappropriate conduct. Three separate audits into the military, civil service and state-run companies will be in full swing by next week. The results are expected to affect possible reshuffles of top posts in the organizations                                                                                                                              http://nwww.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20130314000791

28 FEBRUARY 2013

In S Korea, one newborn boy in five will not marry

Low birthrate and economic competition are undermining South Korea’s social structures. The national statistical institute projects that one boy in five will not marry with a devastating impact on the country’s development. The Church sounds the alarm and offers pro-life support to counter the trend                                                                                                                                                                                       http://www.asianews.it/news-en/In-S-Korea,-one-newborn-boy-in-five-will-not-marry-27268.html

25 FEBRUARY 2013

Park Geun-hye becomes South Korea’s first female president

Park Geun-hye made history Monday by becoming South Korea’s first female president, pledging to secure South Korea against the threat of an increasingly hostile North Korea at the same time as mending bridges with Pyongyang.                 http://edition.cnn.com/2013/02/24/world/asia/south-korea-female-president/index.html?hpt=ias_c2                                                                                 http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/02/201322505739252717.html

21 FEBRUARY 2013

Corruption mars Lee’s achievements

One of the slogans of President Lee Myung-bak’s government stated its aim of establishing a “fair society,” but his administration has been severely tarnished by a string of corruption scandals involving members of his family and top aides.                                                                                     http://koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2013/02/116_130871.html

29 JANUARY 2013

South Korea’s Unsustainable Military Build-Up

South Korea takes immense pride in its powerful military. According to Globalfirepower.com South Korea (or the ROK) ranked 8th overall in military strength. Indeed, Scott Snyder’s recent CSIS report argues that one noteworthy trend of late “is South Korea’s emergence as a producer rather than a consumer of international security goods despite an ongoing threat from North Korea (or DPRK). http://journal.georgetown.edu/2013/01/28/south-koreas-unsustainable-military-build-up-by-jeong-lee/comment-page-1/#comment-121846

8 JANUARY 2013

South Korea to speed up development of new missiles

South Korea’s new government is to hasten the development and deployment of missiles capable of striking targets anywhere in North Korea. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/southkorea/9786877/South-Korea-to-speed-up-development-of-new-missiles.html

19 DECEMBER 2012

Park Geun-hye becomes South Korea’s first female president

South Korea has its first ever woman in the top job. The electoral commission has confirmed that the conservative Park Geun-hye has won the presidential election.
http://www.euronews.com/2012/12/19/s-korea-puts-a-woman-in-the-blue-house-exit-polls
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/12/20121219145148235453.html

27 NOVEMBER 2012

South Korea poll campaign kicks off

Park Geun-hye of the ruling conservative Saenuri party faces Moon Jae-in of the liberal Democratic United Party in the 19 December polls.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20506399 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20491418

23 NOVEMBER 2012

S Korea marks anniversary of island clashes

South Korea has held a commemoration ceremony to mark the second anniversary of North Korea’s artillery attack on Yeonpyeong island that killed two South Korean troops and two civilians.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/11/201211238116923946.html

18 NOVEMBER 2012

S. Korea’s main opposition party chief quits

The chairman of South Korea’s main opposition party resigned on Sunday in an effort to pave the way for the nation’s liberals to select a single candidate ahead of the December presidential poll. http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20121118-384220.html

27 OCTOBER 2012

South Korea’s presidential showdown: The forgotten issue

While the economy dominates the election, South Korea’s next president will have important foreign policy choices to make.
http://thediplomat.com/2012/10/27/s-korea-elections-what-are-candidates-foreign-policy/

23 OCTOBER 2012

South Korean MPs trigger Japan protest with island visit

A group of South Korean lawmakers on Tuesday 23 visited an isolated set of islands at the centre of a territorial dispute with Japan — prompting an immediate protest from Tokyo http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1232999/1/.html

22 OCTOBER 2012

South Korea blocks leaflet launch after North ‘strike’ threat

South Korean police have blocked activists from sending propaganda leaflets over the border, after threats of military action from North Korea
http://www.euronews.com/2012/10/22/south-korea-heeds-warning-from-the-north/ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20024606

19 OCTOBER 2012

UNSC seat to give Korea bigger say

South Korea’s entry into the U.N. Security Council will boost the country’s say in global security issues and help facilitate cooperation in addressing North Korea’s nuclear threat, officials and experts said Friday
http://nwww.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20121019000764&cpv=0

11 OCTOBER 2012

South Korea Searches its Soul

South Korea, long largely free of street crime, has recently been shocked by a rash of brutal sex crimes and violent attacks, causing soul-searching on why such crimes have increased.
http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4891&Itemid=194

7 OCTOBER 2012

US and S Korea announce new missile deal

South Korea has reached a landmark agreement with the United States to extend the reach of Seoul’s ballistic missiles by more than twice the current limit to counter the threat from North Korea, the government said. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/10/20121076301997225.html http://www.euronews.com/2012/10/07/south-korea-increases-ballistic-missile-capability/

4 OCTOBER 2012

Fight Over Rocky Islets Opens Old Wounds Between South Korea and Japan

As they do on any fine-weather day, ferries on Thursday  4 disgorged hundreds of South Korean tourists at these desolate islets. Some charged onto a wharf, waving the national flag and shouting “Daehanminguk manse!” — “Long live the Republic of Korea!” Others unfurled a “Dokdo is our territory” banner and snapped group photographs.
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/05/world/asia/south-korea-and-japan-fight-over-rocky-islets.html?ref=asia

24 SEPTEMBER 2012

S Korean candidate apologises for father

The ruling party candidate in South Korea’s presidential election offered her « sincere apologies » to victims of the repressive rule of her late father, military strongman Park Chung-Hee.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/09/2012924821369510.html

15 SEPTEMBER 2012

Funeral held for ‘Moonie’ Church founder Sun Myung Moon

Tens of thousands of people have attended the funeral in South Korea of religious leader Sun Myung Moon.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19608783

11 SEPTEMBER 2012

S. Korea to increase budget for missiles

South Korea will spend US$2.3 billion dollars over the next five years to secure tactical weapons targeting North Korea’s nuclear weapons facilities and missile bases, a state agency says
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120911-370992.html

2 SEPTEMBER 2012

Unification Church founder  Moon Sun Myung dies at 92

Self-styled messiah Sun Myung Moon, whose Unification Church became famous for marrying thousands of people in a single ceremony, has died, aged 92
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19459604 http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1223614/1/.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19459920

21 AUGUST 2012

South Korea rejects Japan’s court proposal in island row

South Korea rejected Japan’s formal proposal on Tuesday that the two countries ask the International Court of Justice to settle a long-running island dispute, officials said http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1221296/1/.html

15 AUGUST 2012

South Korea’s Lee says history ‘harming Japan ties’

South Korea’s President Lee Myung-bak says ties with Japan are being hampered by its stance on historical issue
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19264432

13 AUGUST 2012

South Koreans swim to disputed islands amid Japan row

More than 40 South Koreans have begun a relay swim of more than 200km (124 miles) to islands also claimed by Japan amid a serious diplomatic row between the two neighbours.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19240600 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19207086

11 AUGUST 2012

Japan to take islands row to world court

Japan says it will take a long-running territorial dispute with South Korea to the Hague-based International Court of Justice, after Lee Myung-bak, South Korea’s president, made a surprise visit to a group of disputed islands this week.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/08/2012811121058944233.html

10 AUGUST 2012

South Korean leader’s islands visit angers Japan

President Lee Myung-Bak of South Korea paid an unprecedented visit to remote islands disputed with Japan, sparking anger in Tokyo which recalled its ambassador from Seoul in protest. http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Korea/NH11Dg02.html http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/08/201281081820614896.html http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/11/world/asia/south-koreans-visit-to-disputed-islets-angers-japan.html?_r=1&ref=asia

8 AUGUST 2012

Spats mar 20 years of China ties with South Korea

China’s release of a Korean activist late last month was supposed to remove a sharp thorn in relations between the neighbors set to celebrate their 20th anniversary of diplomatic ties. But it was only the start of a new diplomatic spat as the former detainee, Kim Young-hwan, revealed torture and inhumane treatment by Chinese investigators.
http://view.koreaherald.com/kh/view.php?ud=20120808001121&cpv=0

11 JULY 2012

South Korea: A president’s brother is held over graft

President Lee’s family has chalked up a first. His 77-year-old elder brother, Lee Sang-deuk, is the first of a sitting president to be jailed. A court ruled that he should be held in custody while allegations against him are investigated, to prevent him from destroying evidence.
http://blogs.aljazeera.com/blog/asia/presidents-brother-held-over-graft

5 JULY 2012

Defiant South Korea vows ‘scientific’ whaling

South Korea says it will start whaling under a loophole in a global moratorium that allows scientific research, outraging conservationist nations by using the same tactic as Japan.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/07/20127511341235201.html

2 JULY 2012

South Korea opens ‘mini capital’ in Sejong City

South Korea has inaugurated a « mini capital » designed to act as a new government hub south of the main capital, Seoul.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18670195

22 JUNE 2012

South Korea’s population passes 50 million

South Korea’s population will exceed 50 million on Saturday, making it the 26th country to reach the mark, according to a report from Statistics Korea. http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2012/06/22/south-korea-s-population-passes-50-million.html

17 JUNE 2012

Human rights lawyer Moon Jae-in sets S.Korean presidential bid

A man who was once imprisoned by South Korea’s former military dictator, Park Chung-hee, said on Sunday he would seek the centre-left’s nomination to run for president, likely setting up a contest with the daughter of the man who jailed him.
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120617-353428.html

4 JUNE 2012

S. Korea, U.S. struggle over missile pact revision

South Korea and the United States are still struggling to narrow their differences over a proposed revision of a bilateral pact to allow Seoul to develop longer-range ballistic missiles, officials here said Monday 4
http://view.koreaherald.com/kh/view.php?ud=20120604000969

28 MAY 2012

Korea seeks to acquire U.S. missiles, choppers

The U.S. Department of Defense is considering selling Harpoon Block II Missiles and Seahawk Helicopters to South Korea. The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency said in press releases last week that it had notified the U.S. Congress of the possible sale of 18 of the missiles, eight of the helicopters and their associated parts, equipment, logistical support and training. The estimated costs are $1.84 billion
http://view.koreaherald.com/kh/view.php?ud=20120527000251&cpv=0

25 MAY 2012

S. Korea’s maritime security challenged

With its military prioritizing deterring North Korea and lack of public understanding of maritime security, the country is lagging behind China and Japan despite them repeatedly challenging Korean sovereignty, experts pointed out
http://view.koreaherald.com/kh/view.php?ud=20120524001090&cpv=0

14 MAY 2012

South Korean President Lee Myung-bak in Burma visit

South Korean President Lee Myung-bak is to visit Burma, the first time a South Korean leader has visited the country since a deadly bomb attack 29 years ago
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18055319

13 APRIL 2012

S. Korean opposition party chief quits over poll

« I’m stepping down as the party head to take responsibility, » Democratic United Party (DUP) head Han Myeong-Sook said after the ruling conservative New Frontier Party (NFP) retained its majority in Wednesday’s polls http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120413-339577.html

11 APRIL 2012

South Korea’s ruling party wins elections

The conservative New Frontier Party (NFP) on Wednesday won 152 seats in the 300-seat National Assembly, 25 more than the opposition Democratic United Party (DUP), which was tipped to score an easy victory in earlier opinion polls. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/04/201241123555633872.html http://english.ntdtv.com/ntdtv_en/news_asia/2012-04-12/Saenuri-Party-Claims-Victory-in-South-Korean-Elections.html#video_section

20 MARCH 2012

Women’s rise reshaping Korean society

In a Korea Institute of Child Care & Education survey of 1,000 couples that had a child in April-August 2010, four in 10 fathers said they had wanted a daughter and only a quarter of them replied they had desired a son, with the others having no preference. Among mothers, a daughter had been preferred by 39.5 percent and a son by 30.3 percent
http://www.koreaherald.com/national/Detail.jsp?newsMLId=20120320000935

19 MARCH 2012

‘Lee failed to capture people’s hearts’

President Lee Myung-bak, with his CEO-style of leadership, is failing to connect with the people, a major shortcoming for a national leader and one of the reasons why he is not getting much of the credit he deserves from the public, said an expert on presidential leadership
http://www.koreaherald.com/national/Detail.jsp?newsMLId=20120319001131

9 FEBRUARY 2012

South Korea’s Assembly Speaker Resigns Over Bribery Scandal

The speaker of South Korea’s National Assembly resigned on Thursday as prosecutors investigated a lawmaker’s accusation that he had tried to obtain the top leadership post in President Lee Myung-bak’s governing party through bribery
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/10/world/asia/south-koreas-assembly-speaker-resigns-over-bribery-scandal.html?_r=1&ref=asia

29 JANUARY 2012

Lee’s clique falls in disgrace

President Lee Myung-bak’s last year in office could be somewhat lonesome with most of his closest confidants being forced to leave his side due to corruption. The departures of Lee’s confidants are also likely to push him further into lame-duck status, political analysts said.  The conservative leader has already faced isolation, with his ruling Grand National Party trying to distance itself from him ahead of major election
http://www.koreaherald.com/national/Detail.jsp?newsMLId=20120129000378

26 January 2012

S Korea grows at slowest in two years

South Korea’s economy is cooling more sharply than expected as weak domestic consumption compounds a slowdown in demand for goods from the world’s seventh biggest exporter. High quality global journalism requires investment. Gross domestic product grew at only 0.4 per cent in the final quarter of 2011, the slowest rate in two years according to data released on Thursday. In the previous three months GDP grew 0.8 per cent
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/20547b72-47e1-11e1-a4e5-00144feabdc0.html#axzz1kay0qXqn

21 JANUARY 2012

Korea to double fines against illegal fishing by Chinese

The government will submit a bill next month for a law revision that would double fines against illegal fishing, in its latest effort to counteract Chinese fishing boats poaching in South Korean waters in the Yellow Sea, an official said Saturday 21
http://www.koreaherald.com/national/Detail.jsp?newsMLId=20120121000102

8 JANUARY 2012

Ruling party considers shortening working hours

http://www.koreaherald.com/national/Detail.jsp?newsMLId=20120108000128

13 DECEMBER 2011

China-South Korea tension builds over coast guard murder

Chinese and South Korean media have entered into an exchange of opinions over an incident on Monday 12 in which a South Korean coast guard officer was allegedly stabbed to death and another injured by a Chinese sailor whose boat was stopped for « suspected illegal fishing in South Korean waters”
http://en.radio86.com/news/china-south-korea-tension-builds-over-coast-guard-murder
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16154118

7 DECEMBER 2011

GNP chief says will ‘recreate’ party

South Korea: Grand National Party chairman Hong Joon-pyo said Wednesday he would lead efforts to rebuild the embattled party if party members allow him as pressure mounted on him to step down and allow former chairwoman Park Geun-hye to take charge
http://www.koreaherald.com/national/Detail.jsp?newsMLId=20111207000911

6 DECEMBER 2011

Looted Korean royal texts return home

South Korea celebrated the return of nearly 1,200 ancient documents looted by the Japanese during its 1910-1945 colonial rule, with welcoming ceremonies at Incheon International Airport on Tuesday
http://www.koreaherald.com/pop/NewsFlashRight.jsp?newsMLId=20111206000810

22 NOVEMBER 2011

South Korea ratifies long-delayed US trade deal

South Korea’s parliament has ratified a free-trade deal with the US, after years of wrangling over the issue. Members of the ruling Grand National Party, which has a majority, convened to force the bill through in a 151-7 vote. Members of the ruling Grand National Party, which has a majority, convened to force the bill through in a 151-7 vote
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-15832451
http://photoblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/11/22/8947915-south-korean-lawmaker-fires-tear-gas-in-parliament-amid-anger-at-us-trade-pact

21 NOVEMBER 2011

Philippines considers South Korean military equipment

The Philippines on Monday expressed its interest in acquiring military helicopters, boats and aircraft from South Korea as part of efforts to
boost its military capabilities amid growing tensions with China in the disputed South China Sea.
http://www.monstersandcritics.com/news/asiapacific/news/article_1676425.php/Philippines-considers-South-Korean-military-equipment

17 NOVEMBER 2011

S. Korea, Indonesia to deepen defense industry cooperation

Indonesia — South Korea and Indonesia agreed Thursday to strengthen defense industry cooperation and work closely together to carry out Indonesia’s major economic development blueprint, South Korea’s presidential office said.
http://www.koreaherald.com/national/Detail.jsp?newsMLId=20111117000893

 13 JANUARY 2011

Legal adult  age reduced to 19

The age of legal adulthood is to be lowered from the  current 20 to 19 under a revised civil law bill, officials said Wednesday. The  bill, which was passed by the parliamentary Legislation and Judiciary Committee  last month, is expected to be approved at a plenary session of the National
Assembly next month, they said.
http://www.koreaherald.com/national/Detail.jsp?newsMLId=20110112000713

 

 

China home affairs

20 APRIL 2017

First cargo spacecraft boosts China’s space dream

 China on Thursday launched its first cargo spacecraft, Tianzhou-1, into space, a crucial step for the country in building a space station by approximately 2022
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2017-04/20/content_15602807.html
http://www.euronews.com/2017/04/20/one-small-step-china-launches-first-cargo-spacecraft

10 APRIL 2017

Beijing offers chinese spy-hunters cash rewards for amateur counter-espionage

China’s Ministry of State Security pledged to pay Chinese citizens 500,000 yuan (about 72,000 dollars) for providing the authorities with any information on espionage activities in the country
https://sputniknews.com/asia/201704101052495103-china-security-intelligence-foreign-spies-reward/
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2086308/whistle-blowers-wanted-beijingers-urged-report-foreign

3 APRIL 2017

New Party chiefs named in 4 Chinese provinces

The central leadership has named new Party chiefs in four provinces in the latest reshuffle of provincial leadership ahead of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China later this year
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2017-04/03/content_15595120.html

2 MARCH 2017

Is Xi Jinping’s political ambition bad for China?

It is an important year for Chinese President Xi Jinping, who is consolidating his influence for long-term control of the Communist Party. But China expert Willy Lam explains why Xi’s ambition may be bad for the country
http://www.dw.com/en/is-xi-jinpings-political-ambition-bad-for-china/a-37785583

18 NOVEMBER 2016

Touchdown for Chinese astronauts after record space mission

Two mainland astronauts touched down safely on the grasslands of Ulanqab, in Inner Mongolia, on Friday, ending a month-long mission in China’s bigger quest to establish a permanent space station
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2047229/two-chinese-astronauts-safely-back-earth-after-nations
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-11/18/content_15528179.html

7 NOVEMBER 2016

China’s finance minister Lou Jiwei steps down, former tax chief to take role

Finance Minister Lou Jiwei, who has been struggling in recent years to tackle the country’s huge debt problems, is stepping down as he approaches retirement age
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/economy/article/2043588/chinas-finance-minister-lou-jiwei-steps-down-former-tax-chief
http://www.atimes.com/article/finance-minister-lou-jiwei-among-three-replaced-reshuffle/

3 NOVEMBER 2016

Long March 5 rocket makes maiden flight

The arrival of the CZ-5 means the gap between China and the US in space has narrowed from decades to years and the game will change profoundly from now on, according to several space analysts
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2042760/chinas-most-powerful-rocket-lifts-island-launch-centre
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/news/2016-11/03/content_15520812.html

2 NOVEMBER 2016

China’s Xi condemns ‘cliques’ and ‘conspiracies’ within party

China’s President Xi Jinping condemned « cliques », « conspiracies » and « fraud » within upper echelons of the Communist Party and said there were urgent problems to be addressed, state media reported on Wednesday
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-s-xi-condemns-cliques-and-conspiracies-within-party/3256568.html

27 OCTOBER 2016

President Xi Jinping named as Chinese Communist Party’s ‘core’ leader

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has formally named President Xi Jinping as the “core” of the party leadership, a title that carries deep political meaning and is set to shape the power play in the run-up to a leadership reshuffle next year
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2040675/chinese-communist-party-expands-xi-jinpings-political
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-10/27/content_15517241.html
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20161027_36/

17 OCTOBER 2016

China successfully launches manned spacecraft Shenzhou-11 to orbiting laboratory

China has launched two astronauts into space on a mission to dock with an experimental space station. The launch marks the latest stage in the country’s developing space program
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-37670842
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2028653/china-launches-manned-mission-orbiting-space-laboratory
http://www.dw.com/en/china-launches-shenzhou-11-two-man-space-mission/a-36056920

4 OCTOBER 2016

Xi Jinping may delay picking China’s next leader, stoking speculation

The Chinese president, Xi Jinping, appears prepared to defy the Communist Party’s established script for transferring power and delay the designation of his successor until after a party congress next year, unsettling the party elite and stirring speculation that he wants to prolong his tenure
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/05/world/asia/china-president-xi-jinping-successor.html?smid=li-share

15 SEPTEMBER 2016

China launches second trial space station

China has moved a step forward in its ambitious pursuit of building a permanent space station, with the successful launch of its Tiangong 2 experimental space lab into orbit on Thursday night
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-37370278
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160916_02/

24 JULY 2016

China unveils world’s largest amphibious Aircraft

China has completed production of the world’s largest amphibian aircraft, AG600, that it plans to use to fight forest fires and perform marine rescue operations
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/246105739
http://english.chinamil.com.cn/news-channels/today-headlines/2016-07/24/content_7171059.htm

30 JUNE 2016

CPC has nearly 89 million members

The Communist Party of China (CPC) had 88.758 million members at the end of 2015, according to figures revealed by the Organization Department of the CPC Central Committee on Thursday
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-06/30/content_15456545.html

25 JUNE 2016

China inaugurates new spaceport as it continues aggressive quest for the stars

China blasted off its Long March-7 new generation carrier rocket on a successful inaugural voyage on Saturday from a new launch centre, state media reported, as the country races ahead with an ambitious space programme
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/06/25/china-inaugurates-new-spaceport-as-it-continues-aggressive-quest/
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1981496/sleepy-longlou-countdown-becoming-cape-kennedy-hainan
http://www.ecns.cn/2016/06-25/215688.shtml

18 JUNE 2016

‘Rebel’ China village chief arrested for corruption

The chief of a village that became a symbol of resistance against corruption has been arrested for allegedly accepting bribes, Chinese authorities said Saturday, as a large police operation moved in to head off dissent
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/rebel-china-village-chief-arrested-corruption#sthash.7CMUpKsE.dpuf
http://www.dw.com/en/chinese-police-block-wukan-village-ahead-of-anti-corruption-protests/a-19340037
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160618_24/

16 MAY 2016

Beijing carefully ignores anniversary of violent Cultural Revolution

It has been 50 years since the spark that touched off China’s volatile period of mass collectives and student uprising. Beijing did not mark the occasion, and clamped down on social media discussions of the event
http://www.dw.com/en/beijing-carefully-ignores-anniversary-of-violent-cultural-revolution/a-19260230
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-36299692
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/05/china-cultural-revolution-50-media-blackout-160516050538313.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-36284297

22 APRIL 2016

China approves Mars probe program

China’s Mars exploration program has been formally approved by the central authorities, Xu Dazhe, director of China National Space Administration, announced on Friday
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-04/22/content_15421324.html

21 APRIL 2016

 China’s Xi moves to take more direct command over military

Chinese President Xi Jinping has assumed a more direct role over the country’s powerful armed forces as head of its increasingly important joint operations, displaying both his strong personal authority and China’s determination to defend its interests.
https://www.yahoo.com/news/chinas-xi-moves-more-direct-command-over-military-034110933.html?nhp=1
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/chinas-xi-jinping-takes-commander-chief-military-title

25 MARCH 2016

20 arrested over letter asking for resignation of « Comrade Xi Jinping »

Chinese authorities have arrested 19 other people on charges of having participated in the publication of the open letter calling on President Xi Jinping to resign. The total number of detentions now stands at 20: Jia Jia the reporter, the first to be detained, appears less and less involved in the matter and his release is expected
http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-china-blog-35897905
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Open-letter-to-Xi-Jinping-reveals-divided-Party:-Resign,-for-your-own-good-and-the-good-of-the-nation-37011.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/03/china-widens-crackdown-xi-resignation-letter-160325182008794.html

14 DECEMBER 2015

China rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang’s trial ends amid scuffles

One of China’s most prominent human rights lawyers, Pu Zhiqiang, goes on trial over online comments critical of the ruling Communist Party, as police scuffled with supporters gathered outside the courthouse
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-35089858
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/1891126/chinese-rights-lawyer-pu-zhiqiang-rejects-charges

20 NOVEMBER 2015

Communist Party of China holds event to commemorate Hu Yaobang

The Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee held a symposium to commemorate what would have been the 100th birthday of its former general secretary Hu Yaobang on Friday at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing
http://atimes.com/2015/11/communist-party-of-china-holds-event-to-commemorate-hu-yaobang/
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/china-issues-book-commemorating-reformist-leader-hu-yaobang-062837877.html

26 OCTOBER 2015

Xi Jinping on What’s Wrong with Contemporary Chinese Culture

At the Beijing Forum on Literature and Art, President Xi Jinping spoke to a high-level audience of arts professionals about the role of arts and culture in China. The speech was given in Beijing and titled “Talks at the Forum on Literature and Art Work,”
http://www.chinafile.com/reporting-opinion/culture/xi-jinping-whats-wrong-contemporary-chinese-culture

23 OCTOBER 2015

Xi relies on ‘second red generation’ generals to maintain grip

Generals belonging to the so-called second red generation are increasingly dominant in the Chinese military, riding their parents’ coattails to power, following the purge of two top uniformed officers in President Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption campaign
http://asia.nikkei.com/Features/China-up-close/Xi-relies-on-second-red-generation-generals-to-maintain-grip

20 SEPTEMBER 2015

China launches new workhorse ‘Long March’ rocket with 20 ‘micro satellites’ aboard

China on Sunday launched a new, smaller type of rocket from its « Long March » family which will be primarily used for carrying satellites aloft, state media reported, as the country races ahead with an ambitious space programme
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/1859957/china-launches-new-workhorse-long-march-rocket-20-micro
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/photo/2015-09/20/c_134641510.htm

3 SEPTEMBER 2015

China military parade commemorates WW2 victory over Japan

With swarms of fighter jets and helicopters flying overhead, some 12,000 troops marched through the center of Beijing as China marked the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II with its biggest ever display of military might
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/09/02/asia/china-world-war-ii-military-parade/index.html
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/chinas-xi-jinpings-speech-commemoration-70th-anniversary-japanese-wwii-surrender
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-34125418

3 JULY 2015

Why the Communist Party’s new security law is bad news for China

From « social contradictions » to food safety, from environmental crisis to foreign religions, from the Internet to outer space, there is hardly any realm of the country’s activity that doesn’t fall under the rubric of national security risk in the new law
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/07/02/opinions/china-security-law-nicholas-bequelin/index.html

1 JULY 2015

China adopts new law on national security

China’s top legislature on Wednesday adopted a new national security law highlighting cyber security and demanding the establishment of a coordinated, efficient crisis management system.
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2015-07/01/c_134372812.htm

11 JUNE 2015

China jails former security chief Zhou Yongkang for life for bribery, corruption

China’s ex-security chief Zhou Yongkang has been jailed for life – the most senior politician to face corruption charges under Communist rule
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-s-ex-security-chief/1908474.html
http://www.euronews.com/2015/06/11/china-s-crackdown-on-corruption-ex-security-chief-handed-life-sentence/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-33095453

5 APRIL 2015

Late Chinese leader Zhao Ziyang can be laid to rest – a decade after death

The family of late liberal Communist Party chief Zhao Ziyang said on Sunday they had finally received approval for the burial of his ashes, a decade after his death
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1757115/late-chinese-leader-zhao-ziyang-can-be-laid-rest-decade-after-death

6 MARCH 2015

A Modern Cult of Personality? Xi Jinping Aspires To Be The Equal of Mao and Deng

Having been in office for just over two years, President Xi Jinping has already laid claim to being the third most powerful politician of post-liberation China, just after Chairman Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping
http://www.jamestown.org/single/?tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=43626&tx_ttnews%5BbackPid%5D=7&cHash=943c3fb1d23aefca0021f99432e34917#.VQH5Iu9_nmS

10 FEBRUARY 2015

Former Chinese propaganda chief Deng Liqun dies at 100

Former Chinese propaganda chief and communist hardliner Deng Liqun, a fierce critic of the economic reforms championed by late leader Deng Xiaoping, died Tuesday at the age of 100, state media reported.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/471418/former-chinese-propaganda-chief-deng-liqun-dies-at-100

30 JANUARY 2015

Chinese government attacks textbooks that promote Western values

For Education Minister Yuan Guiren, high schools and universities should shun or ban textbooks that promote « non-Chinese » values. Previously, President Xi Jinping had also attacked freedom of thought. Teachers who speak out are hounded, fired and even jailed
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Chinese-government-attacks-textbooks-that-promote-Western-values-33337.html
http://sinosphere.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/01/30/china-warns-against-western-values-in-imported-textbooks/?ref=asia&_r=0

26 JANUARY 2015

China: The Eclipse of the Politburo

Evidence suggests the Politburo Standing Committee is in decline, while the central party bureaucracy gains more clout.
http://thediplomat.com/2015/01/china-the-eclipse-of-the-politburo/

17 DECEMBER 2014

Mourners mark China leader Zhao Ziyang’s 10th death anniversary

Mourners have gathered to mark the 10th anniversary of the death of China’s purged former leader, Zhao Ziyang
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-30863571

29 DECEMBER 2014

China’s Xi calls for tighter ideological control in universities

Chinese President Xi Jinping has called for greater « ideological guidance » in China’s universities and urged the study of Marxism, state media reported on Monday, as the country tightens control on Western ideology
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/chinas-xi-calls-tighter-ideological-control-universities

8 DECEMBER 2014

Xi Jinping: the growing cult of China’s ‘Big Daddy Xi’

Xi Jinping completes two years as president in January and as he enters his third year in office a growing cult of personality is being built around the 61-year-old as he fights to stamp his authority onto the Chinese Communist Party.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/11279204/Xi-Jinping-the-growing-cult-of-Chinas-Big-Daddy-Xi.html

Zhou’s arrest affirms Xi’s grip on power: Experts

The arrest of former public security czar Zhou Yongkang and his expulsion from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) underscore President Xi Jinping’s tightening grip on power. It is also the Chinese leader’s biggest and boldest move yet in his two-year campaign to root out corruption across all ranks, experts said.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/zhous-arrest-affirms-xis-grip-power-experts

5 DECEMBER 2014

China arrests ex-security chief Zhou Yongkang

Ex-security chief Zhou Yongkang, the most senior Chinese official to be investigated for corruption, has been arrested and expelled from the Communist Party, state media report.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-30352458
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/11276723/China-arrests-former-security-chief-Zhou-Yongkang.html

3 NOVEMBER 2014

China stresses Communist party’s control over military

Anyone calling for China’s People’s Liberation Army to be loyal to the state rather than the Communist party has a « very black heart », military media said Monday, after President Xi Jinping stressed: « The party commands the gun »
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/441148/china-stresses-communist-party-control-over-military
http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2014/11/xi-emphasizes-partys-command-army/

24 OCTOBER 2014

China launches orbiter for lunar mission

China launched an unmanned spacecraft early Friday to test technologies to be used in the Chang’e-5, a future probe that will conduct the country’s first moon mission with a return to Earth.
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2014-10/24/content_15182263.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/439382/china-launches-first-mission-to-moon-and-back

23 OCTOBER 2014

Beijing embraces ‘rule of law with Chinese characteristics’

China’s Communist rulers declared Thursday that the country would embrace the « rule of law with Chinese characteristics », official media reported after a key party meeting touted as heralding legal reform.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/439164/beijing-embraces-rule-of-law-with-chinese-characteristics
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2014-10/23/content_15181985.html
http://english.people.com.cn/n/2014/1023/c90785-8799088.html

10 SEPTEMBER 2014

China to launch second space lab in 2016, official says

China will launch its second orbiting space laboratory in two years’ time, a top official said Wednesday, the latest step in an ambitious space programme Beijing says will one day land a Chinese man on the moon.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/431538/china-to-launch-second-space-lab-in-2016-official-says
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-eyes-first-space-station-around-2022

9 SEPTEMBER 2014

China’s ex-president drops down rankings: paper

Former Chinese leader Hu Jintao has slipped further down the Communist Party rankings, state-run media said Tuesday, as his successor Xi Jinping consolidates his authority in the one-party state
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/chinas-ex-president-drops-down-rankings-paper

25 AUGUST 2014

The Red Beatification of Xi Jinping

He is not yet one of the “saints” of the Chinese Communist Party along with Mao and Deng. But already, after less than two years in office, Xi Jinping is, to borrow a phrase from the Catholic Church, being “beatified” – given pre-sainthood status.
http://www.asiasentinel.com/politics/red-beatification-xi-jinping/

1 AUGUST 2014

Xi Jinping wants to be Mao but will not learn from the latter’s mistakes

Concentrating power in top leader of party, state and army has unleashed a flood of flattery and brought back the cult of personality that had been « abolished » after the death of the Great Helmsman. However, the new leader’s style and way of exercising power fails to heed the fact that when one rises above all others, one feels free to make blunders
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Xi-Jinping-wants-to-be-Mao-but-will-not-learn-from-the-latter’s-mistakes-31787.html

28 JULY 2014

Probes and propaganda: Xi’s double strategy to consolidate power

Under Xi Jinping, China’s government formed after the Communist Party’s 18th National Congress at the end of 2012 has adopted a double strategy to bring its control to the country’s 31 province-level governments. On the one hand, Beijing plays tough through the party’s inspection system; on the other hand, it exerts soft power softly through propaganda
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20140728000004&cid=1101

1 JULY 2014

Xu Caihou’s Family Arrested: Was He Involved in Military Coup?

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) finally announced on June 30th that Xu caihou was expelled from the Communist Party for alleged corruption and his case handed to prosecutors for investigation. Following is earlier report on his case by http://www.ntd.tv/en/programs/news-politics/china-forbidden-news/20140630/117427-xu-caihous-family-arrested-was-he-involved-in-military-coup.html

30 JUNE 2014

Top China military official Gen Xu Caihou accused

One of China’s most senior military officials has been accused of accepting bribes and expelled from the Communist Party, state media report.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-28084886
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/418185/china-communist-party-expels-four-top-officials-over-graft

14 JUNE 2014

China official probed for ‘disciplinary violations’

Su Rong, vice-chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), is the highest-ranking official to come under investigation under President Xi Jinping, who has vowed to fight corruption
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/06/china-probes-top-politician-graft-2014614142225515823.html
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-official-probed-disciplinary-violations-media

4 JUNE 2014

China’s Tiananmen Square locked down by security forces on 25th anniversary

Authorities blanketed central Beijing with heavy security today on the 25th anniversary of the bloody military suppression of pro-democracy protests centred on Tiananmen Square, pre-empting any attempts to publicly commemorate one of the darkest chapters in recent Chinese history
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10873978/Chinas-Tiananmen-Square-locked-down-by-security-forces-on-25th-anniversary.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/413526/beijing-tightens-security-for-25th-anniversary-of-tiananmen-crackdown

3 JUNE 2014

China Defends Crackdown Ahead of Tiananmen Anniversary

China on Tuesday defended as « lawful » its detention of government critics ahead of this week’s 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown
http://www.voanews.com/content/china-cracks-down-on-critics-ahead-of-tiananmen-anniversary/1928154.html

6 MAY 2014

China detains series of dissidents ahead of 25th anniversary of Tiananmen massacre

Several dissidents disappear in Beijing and Guangzhou and a well-known lawyer is arrested on charges of « causing unrest » ahead of the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen protests
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10809825/China-detains-series-of-dissidents-ahead-of-25th-anniversary-of-Tiananmen-massacre.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/05/china-detains-prominent-human-rights-lawyer-2014569270309666.html

Six injured in knife attack at Chinese train station

At least six people have been injured in a knife attack at a station in Guangzhou, Chinese officials say
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-27289398
http://www.euronews.com/2014/05/06/china-knife-attack-wounds-six-in-guangzhou/

17 APRIL 2014

Xi Jinping ‘using purge of Chinese officials to fill key positions with allies’

Chinese President Xi Jinping plans to use a purge of senior officials suspected of corruption to put his own men and reform-minded bureaucrats into key positions across the Communist Party, the government and the military, sources said

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10772555/Xi-Jinping-using-purge-of-Chinese-officials-to-fill-key-positions-with-allies.html

14 APRIL 2014

Beijing: two more Zhou Yongkang cronies arrested

For experts and analysts, the government is trying to rid itself of former powerful « national security czar. » Zhao Miao and Yan Cunzhang, two of his associates, are the latest victims, both accused of corruption. For one observer, a « power struggle » is underway

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Beijing:-two-more-Zhou-Yongkang-cronies-arrested-30830.html

3 MARCH 2014

China Captures Remaining Suspects in Train Station Attack

China says it has captured the final three suspects in the stabbing rampage at a train station that killed 29 people and injured 143 others. Citing the Ministry for Public Security Monday, the official Xinhua news agency says the suspects who carried out the attack are part of a terrorist gang led by Abdurehim Kurban.
http://www.voanews.com/content/china-captures-remaining-suspects-in-train-station-attack/1862890.html
http://www.euronews.com/2014/03/03/china-ethnic-uighurs-say-they-are-being-harassed-after-train-station-knife-/

2 MARCH 2014

Xinjiang separatists behind deadly China rail attack: Xinhua

More than 10 assailants slashed scores of people with knives at a train station in southern China, drawing police fire, in what authorities called a terrorist assault by ethnic separatists based in the far west, state media said Sunday. Thirty-three people were killed and 130 wounded
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/china/national-news/2014/03/02/401858/China-blames.htm
http://edition.cnn.com/2014/03/02/world/asia/china-railway-attack/index.html?hpt=ias_c1

2 JANUARY 2014

Communist leaders battle to regain ‘street cred’

China’s normally reclusive leaders have been flocking onto the streets to court the masses after Xi Jinping, their commander-in-chief, scored a major propaganda coup by popping out for a bun lunch at a working man’s diner.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10546660/Communist-leaders-battle-to-regain-street-cred.html

28 DECEMBER 2013

In China, One-child policy eased as laojiao centres close

The Standing Committee of the National People’s Assembly today adopted a resolution loosening the country’s one-child policy. It also formally abolished Re-education through labour camps, also known as laojiao centres.
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/One-child-policy-eased-as-laojiao-centres-close-29912.html

26 DECEMBER 2013

China marks Mao Zedong’s 120th birthday anniversary

Chairman Mao should not be worshipped as a god, but was a man who made “mistakes”, says Xi Jinping, the Chinese president, on the 120th anniversary of the Great Helmsman’s birth
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-25518017
http://www.euronews.com/2013/12/26/muted-celebrations-as-china-remembers-chairman-mao/
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2013-12/26/c_132998764.htm

19 DECEMBER 2013

Chinese journalists face Marxist ideology exam

Chinese journalists will have to pass a new ideology exam early next year to keep their press cards, in what reporters say is another example of the ruling Communist party’s increasing control over the media under President Xi Jinping http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/19/chinese-journalists-ideology-exam-media

14 DECEMBER 2013

Chinese lunar rover lands on moon

A spacecraft carrying China’s first lunar  rover landed has on the moon, state television showed, a major step for the emerging superpower’s ambitious space programme.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/12/china-first-lunar-rover-set-touchdown-2013121454636469941.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-25356603

11 DECEMBER 2013

China puts former security chief under house arrest-sources

China has put Zhou Yongkang, one of the most powerful politicians of the last decade, under virtual house arrest while the ruling Communist Party investigates accusations of corruption against him, several sources said on Wednesday.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-puts-former-security-chief-under-house-arrest-sources
http://www.voanews.com/content/reu-china-puts-former-security-chief-under-house-arrest/1807918.html

2 DECEMBER 2013

China launches its first unmanned moon probe

China launched its first rover mission to the moon Monday, sending a robotic craft named Jade Rabbit to trundle across the lunar landscape, examine its geology and beam images back to Earth.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10487670/China-launches-its-first-unmanned-moon-probe.html

12 NOVEMBER 2013

Chinese Party Meeting Calls for Establishing ‘National Security Council’

The leaders of the Chinese Communist Party have resolved to establish a national security council (guojia anquan weiyuanhui) in order to “perfect the national security system and strategy, and guarantee national security” http://www.jamestown.org/regions/chinaasiapacific/single/?tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=41616&tx_ttnews%5BbackPid%5D=52&cHash=effae2bbb02addd05e33b2cfed2bc216#.UoQBP8vLTIU

9 NOVEMBER 2013

Pivotal CPC Third Plenary Session opens in Beijing

The four-day Third Plenary Session of the 18th CPC Central Committee will deliberate on a draft decision of the CPC Central Committee on « major issues concerning comprehensively deepening reforms. »
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20131109000103&cid=1101
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/09/china-leaders-meeting-economy-beijing-reforms
http://behindthewall.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/11/09/21366218-chinas-communist-party-promises-unprecedented-reform-but-will-it-deliver?lite

Supporters of China’s disgraced Bo Xilai set up political party

Supporters of China’s disgraced senior politician Bo Xilai, who has been jailed for corruption, have set up a political party, two separate sources said, in defiance of a decades-old de facto ban on new political parties.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/supporters-chinas-disgraced-bo-xilai-set-political-party

8 NOVEMBER 2013

China party says no to political reform on eve of key meet

China’s Communist Party gave an emphatic no to any political reform that may threaten its rule in a lengthy document published on Friday, the day before it starts a key meeting to set the economic agenda for the next decade.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-party-says-no-political-reform-eve-key-meet?page=0%2C0

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10435245/Communist-Party-rejects-hostile-calls-for-political-opening.html

6 NOVEMBER 2013

Explosions Near Communist Party Building in China

A series of small blasts have killed at least one person outside a provincial office of the ruling Communist Party. The blasts in Taiyuan in Shanxi province appeared to have been caused by home-made bombs
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/06/explosions-china-communit-party-office
http://www.euronews.com/2013/11/06/china-blasts-in-taiyuan-kill-at-least-one-person-close-to-communist-party-/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-24830724

1 NOVEMBER 2013

Chinese vote no on democracy

A rising proportion of China’s middle class believes the country does not need to become a democracy or introduce elections, despite its increasingly important role in the world. http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/chinese-vote-no-on-democracy/story-e6frg6so-1226750801937?goback=%2Egde_2387236_member_5803285263811633152#sthash.f35iZhCm.dpuf

25 OCTOBER 2013

China court upholds Bo Xilai’s life sentence

A Chinese court has dismissed ousted politician Bo Xilai’s appeal against his conviction and life sentence for corruption and abuse of power in one of China’s most politically charged trials in decades.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/10/china-court-upholds-bo-xilai-life-sentence-2013102551029229115.html
http://www.euronews.com/2013/10/25/china-bo-xilai-s-appeal-rejected-as-court-upholds-life-sentence/

11 OCTOBER 2013

Beijing ‘Strikes Hard’ Prior to Major Political Meeting

Before a major political meeting to be held in Beijing next month, the Chinese Communist Party has launched a new campaign aimed at striking hard against those who might protest its rule, according to internal documents obtained by Epoch Times. The campaign, which is likely to be instituted in various ways across the country, will involve police mobilization, household visits, arrest quotas, ramped up surveillance measures, and strict adherence to Party ideology.

http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/314917-beijing-strikes-hard-prior-to-major-political-meeting/

1st OCTOBER 2013

Modern China celebrates 64th birthday

It is the People’s republic of China’s 64th birthday, and the middle kingdom has been celebrating its rebirth and rise under the Communist party’s rule.

http://www.euronews.com/2013/10/01/modern-china-celebrates-64th-birthday/

23 SEPTEMBER 2013

Bo Xilai: Chinese ex-politician to appeal against life term

China’s disgraced former politician Bo Xilai is appealing against his sentence, reports say.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-24203465

22 SEPTEMBER 2013

China’s disgraced Bo Xilai given life term for corruption

A Chinese court has found disgraced former top politician Bo Xilai guilty of bribery, embezzlement and abuse of power.

http://www.euronews.com/2013/09/22/bo-xilai-speaks-in-chinese-court-after-being-given-life-sentence/

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/09/201392215851545302.html

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/hotel-style-prison-awaits-chinas-bo-xilai-inmates

21 SEPTEMBER 2013

Blog crackdown chills China’s political debate

A government-backed campaign to assert greater control over social media has lead to increased self-censorship by some of China’s most influential bloggers, chilling political discourse in the country.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/370867/blog-crackdown-chills-china-political-debate

24 AUGUST 2013

Chinese police arrest anti-corruption campaigner Xu Zhiyong

Police have arrested one of China’s most prominent rights activists who has called for officials to disclose their wealth, his lawyer said on Friday.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/112419/chinese-citizens-movement-leader-arrested/
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10262461/Chinese-police-arrest-anti-corruption-campaigner-Xu-Zhiyong.html

23 AUGUST 2913

Chinese court releases video of Bo Xilai’s wife testifying against him

Video footage released by a court in east China shows Gu Kailai testifying against her husband, disgraced Chinese leader Bo Xilai, who is currently on the second day of his trial on Friday. The 64-year-old former Communist party chief of the southwestern city of Chongqing has been charged with illegally taking almost 27 million yuan (£2.8m), corruption and abuse of power

http://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2013/aug/23/chinese-court-bo-xilai-wife-testifying-video

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/08/201382314854147169.html

22 AUGUST 2013

Bo Xilai: Disgraced politician goes on trial in China

The trial of Bo Xilai, the disgraced Chinese politician once tipped for the highest levels of power, has begun.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-23776348
http://www.voanews.com/content/china-bo-xilai-denies-taking-bribes/1734705.html

3 AUGUST 2013

Xi consolidates control over the military

With the promotion of a number of PLA officer to general, Xi Jinping appears to be seeking to consolidate his control over the military.

http://thediplomat.com/china-power/xi-consolidates-control-over-the-military/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+the-diplomat+%28The+Diplomat+RSS%29

1 JULY 2013

China’s Communist Party membership exceeds 85 million

The number of Communist Party of China members has surpassed 85 million, according to latest figures from the Organization Department of the CPC Central Committee.

http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20130701000090&cid=1101

18 JUNE 2013

Religion is out for Communist Party members: official

Zhu Weiqun, director of the national ethnic and religion commission of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Committee, the nation’s political advisory body, recently declared that the party needs to maintain the principle that its members cannot practice religion, or else it will « tear the party apart » and cause religious activities to « fundamentally collapse. » If party members want to practice a religion, they should first leave the party, he added. http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20130618000127&cid=1101

14 JUNE 2013

Government for the people in China ?

An apparent contradiction exists at the heart of political commentary on China. On the one hand, some foreign China watchers frequently discuss how ordinary Chinese citizens are growing increasingly dissatisfied with their government and communist party rule. On the other hand, public opinion polls have shown a high level of popular support for the ruling Chinese Communist Party.                                                                                                      http://thediplomat.com/2013/06/14/government-for-the-people-in-china/

11 JUNE 2013

China Launches 15-day Manned Space Mission

China launched a manned space mission Tuesday, continuing its ambitious goal of building its own space station. Among the many tasks to be undertaken during the 15-day flight, the astronauts will lead lectures from space to educate Chinese students. China launched the manned Shenzhou-10 spacecraft from a satellite launch center in the Gobi desert. The space craft is carrying two men and one woman and will travel through space for 15 days.           http://www.voanews.com/content/china-launches-15day-manned-space-mission/1679276.html                                                                   http://www.euronews.com/2013/06/11/china-launches-sacred-space-mission/          http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/video/2013-06/11/c_132447869.htm

8 JUNE 2013

China’s Xi Jinping appears more Maoist than reformer so far

The president and Communist Party leader looks the part of an American politician, but in his first months in power he has proved to be more hard-line than his recent predecessors.                                                                                                                                    http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-china-xi-20130608,0,2308743.story?page=1

6 JUNE 2013

Xi Jinping’s schizophrenia: no political reform some (minimal) economic reform

The « dream » of reforms seems gone, and Xi is increasingly using Maoists tones: gagging the press, eliminating dissidents, rewriting the Party’s history to clear the slate of its errors, and God. Minimum changes made to economy to avoid damaging the interests of princes and senior cadres of the Party. Six months after the takeover of Xi, the analysis of an expert. http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Xi-Jinping’s-schizophrenia:-no-political-reform-some-(minimal)-economic-reform-28132.html

31 MAY 2013

Tiananmen Mothers condemn China’s President Xi Jinping

More than 100 people whose relatives were killed during China’s 1989 crackdown on protestors in Tiananmen Square have lashed out at Xi Jinping, accusing the country’s new president of taking “giant steps backwards”. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10091067/Tiananmen-Mothers-condemn-Chinas-President-Xi-Jinping.html                                                                                                                                                         http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-22727940

24 MAY 2013

China’s reform hands fail to clap

On the one hand, the preserving stability (weiwen) apparatus has pulled out all the stops to shackle dissidents and stymie other « destabilizing elements » in society. With the same strong-armed efficacy with which he has consolidated his hold over the military and police forces, supremo Xi is imposing a quasi-Maoist straitjacket on the ideological arena. On the other hand, more signs have appeared that the Xi-Li leadership is mapping out a package of economic and financial http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/CHIN-02-240513.html

26 APRIL 2013

Chinese People Lack Faith in Communist Party, Survey Finds

Close to 80 percent of respondents in a state online survey said they have no confidence in the Chinese regime’s leadership or reform policies. The survey was deleted within one day.                                                                                                                                http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/26365-chinese-people-lack-faith-in-ruling-party-survey-finds/

17 APRIL 2013

The Rise of China’s Reformers?

With China’s political transition now complete, the country — and the world economy — is left with a pressing question: Does the new team in Beijing have the vision and the political will to revive stalled yet crucial economic reforms? Few observers are optimistic about the answer. http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/139295/evan-a-feigenbaum-and-damien-ma/the-rise-of-chinas-reformers?page=show

16 MARCH 2013

China People’s Congress approves new cabinet

China’s parliament has approved a new cabinet, completing the leadership transition that saw Xi Jinping confirmed as president on Thursday.                                                                          http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-21812057                                                                              http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2013-03/16/c_132238467.htm                                                   http://asiancorrespondent.com/102318/china-installs-cabinet-of-party-vets-technocrats/  http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/att/2013npc/site1/20130317/002170196e1c12af4a8810.pdf

15 MARCH 2013

Li Keqiang named as China’s prime minister

He replaces Wen Jiabao, and for the next 10 years will be responsible for the day-to-day guiding of government policy, and overseeing the economy                                                                                                                                                                                  http://www.euronews.com/2013/03/15/li-keqiang-becomes-china-s-prime-minister/                                                                                                              http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/03/20133152423533287.html                                                          http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-21796641

14 MARCH 2013

Xi Jinping named as China’s president

China’s parliament formally elected Xi Jinping as the country’s new president, completing the country’s second orderly political succession since the Communist Party took power in 1949                                                                                                                                    http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/03/2013314590447477.html                                                                 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-21766622

China’s parliament elects new state leadership

Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, was elected president of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and chairman of the PRC Central Military Commission (CMC) on Thursday.                           http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2013-03/14/c_132233769.htm

Li Yuanchao elected Chinese vice president                                                                                           http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2013-03/14/c_132233077.htm

10 MARCH 2013

China unveils cabinet reshuffle plan

The number of ministries under the State Council will reduce from 27 to 25 while several departments and agencies are reorganized, according to a plan of institutional restructuring and functional transformation of the State Council, submitted to the national legislative session Sunday. http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/766982.shtml

27 FEBRUARY 2013

China: 100+ leading intellectuals sign human rights petition

More than a hundred leading intellectuals have signed an open letter calling for China’s national legislature to ratify a major human rights treaty as lawmakers are preparing to convene in Beijing next week to attend the inaugural session of the 12th National People’s Congress.                                                                                                                                                                           http://asiancorrespondent.com/99497/china-100-leading-intellectuals-sign-human-rights-petition/                http://cmp.hku.hk/2013/02/26/31531/                                                                                                                                        http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-21597752

19 FEBRUARY 2013

Xi Jinping’s imperfect inner circle

Barely three months after assuming the posts of Chinese Communist Party (CCP) general secretary and Central Military Commission (CMC) chairman, Xi Jinping has done well in buttressing his authority within the party’s upper echelons. Xi’s remarkable consolidation comes in spite of the fact that he is not associated with any comparably powerful clique within the party apparatus – unlike predecessors Jiang Zemin and Hu Jintao, who are heads of the Shanghai Faction and the Communist Youth League (CYL) Faction, respectively http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/CHIN-01-190213.html

13 FEBRUARY 2013

5 ways China could become a democracy

Few have seriously thought about the probability and the various plausible scenarios of a regime transition in China — until now. http://thediplomat.com/2013/02/13/5-ways-china-could-become-a-democracy/

7 FEBRUARY 2013

Chinese Communist Party must tolerate ‘sharp criticism’, says Xi Jinping

Xi Jinping, who will formally assume China’s presidency at next month’s National People’s Congress, made the comments on Wednesday during an event commemorating the Lunar New Year although state media only reported the speech on Thursday evening. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/9855279/Chinese-Communist-Party-must-tolerate-sharp-criticism-says-Xi-Jinping.html

14 JANUARY 2013

Is Xi Jinping a Reformer? It’s Much Too Early to Tell (A Response to Nicholas Kristof)                                                                                              http://asiasociety.org/blog/asia/xi-jinping-reformer-its-much-too-early-tell-response-nicholas-kristof                                                                 http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/06/opinion/sunday/kristof-looking-for-a-jump-start-in-china.html?_r=0

7 JANUARY 2013

Beijing prizes loyalty over skill in reshuffle

China has reshuffled the party and administrative leaderships of a dozen-odd provinces and directly-administered cities in the wake of the 18th Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Congress. The traits and political orientations of the new regional chiefs reflect the authorities’ priorities about seeking gradual change while guaranteeing stability. At the same time, ample opportunities have been afforded to a handful of sixth-generation leaders – a reference to rising stars born in the 1960s – to build up their national stature and reformist credentials http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/OA08Ad02.html

18 DECEMBER 2012

Xi Jinping reignites reform promise

General Secretary Xi Jinping has lost no time in reassuring the world that his Chinese Communist Party (CCP) administration will not only persevere with reforms championed by late patriarch Deng Xiaoping but also « initiate new paths ». Shenzhen, the special economic zone (SEZ) that is synonymous with the country’s 34-year-old era of reform and the « open door » policy, was the first city that Xi inspected after becoming party chief and chairman of the Central Military Commission on November 15
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/NL18Ad02.html

26 NOVEMBER 2012

China’s Leadership Change Puts Pair Ahead of Their Peers for 2017

When American diplomats in China scanned the political landscape this year for officials on a fast track to the Communist Party’s top ranks, one name jumped out: Hu Chunhua.
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/27/world/asia/new-generation-of-communist-party-leaders-prepare-for-next-round.html?_r=0&adxnnl=1&smid=li-share&pagewanted=1&adxnnlx=1354114824-tB3pCofuglWy49JzROhv6A

24 NOVEMBER 2012

Wen Jiabao’s legacy and Chinese politics today

Wen Jiabao stepped down from the powerful Communist Party of China (CPC) Standing Politburo at the 18th Congress of the CPC last week. But he will not hand over the premiership to his successor until the National Congress elections next year. After ten years in power, Mr Wen will be remembered by the Chinese people for three things: as a people’s prime minister, as a political reformist, and as a corruption fighter.
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2012/11/24/wen-jiabaos-legacy-and-chinese-politics-today/

20 NOVEMBER 2012

China names new Communist Party chief in Chongqing

Sun Zhengcai, 49, will take over from outgoing chief Zhang Dejiang, who was promoted to the Politburo Standing Committee, Xinhua news agency said.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-20405494

18 NOVEMBER 2012

China 2022 leadership clues already on show

Analysts say the front runners for 2022 are Hu Chunhua, a literature graduate who cracked down on protestors in Tibet, and Sun Zhengcai, who spent time as an agricultural researcher in the British countryside.
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20121118-384150.html

16 NOVEMBER

Jiang Zemin faction wins in China’s game of thrones

Former president outmanoeuvred his successor Hu Jintao, who only got one man from his faction into the Politburo Standing Committee
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1083371/jiang-zemin-faction-wins-chinas-game-thrones

15 NOVEMBER 2012

Xi Jinping elected general secretary of CPC Central Committee

Xi Jinping was elected general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee at the first plenary session of the 18th CPC Central Committee on Thursday morning.
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/NK16Ad02.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-20322288
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/9681336/Communist-Party-Congress-leadership-change-a-disappointment-for-liberals.html

Who’s Who in the new Politburo Standing Committee

http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20121115-383560.html
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/The-new-members-of-the-CPC-politburo-(An-overview)-26366.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-20321603
http://edition.cnn.com/interactive/2012/11/world/china-new-leadership/
http://thediplomat.com/2012/11/16/chinas-new-leadership-unveiled/?all=true

List of Political Bureau members of 18th CPC Central Committee

The following is the list of the Political Bureau members of the 18th Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee (listed in the order of the number of strokes in their surnames)
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/special/18cpcnc/2012-11/15/c_131976432.htm

List of members of the 18th CPC Central Committee

The following is a list of the 205 members of the 18th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) elected at the 18th CPC National Congress here Wednesday (listed in the order of the number of strokes in their surnames): http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/special/18cpcnc/2012-11/14/c_131974817.htm

8 NOVEMBER 2012

China’s ruling Communist Party has launched its national congress, a pivotal event that ushers in a new set of top leaders for the next decade.

Chinese President Hu Jintao has opened a Communist Party congress that begins a once-in-a-decade power transfer with a stark warning on corruption
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-20233101 http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/11/2012118175880705.html
http://edition.cnn.com/2012/11/07/world/asia/china-party-congress/index.html?hpt=ias_c1

6 NOVEMBER 2012

Battle for China’s Top Party Posts Intensifies

The showdown between rival factions in the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has become fiercer as the 18th Party Congress draws near, when a new leadership will be sworn in for another decade. Members loyal to former Party head Jiang Zemin are said to be fighting a desperate battle with the incumbent leaders and their plan for a measure of democracy inside the Party, in order to save themselves from being eliminated.
http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/china-news/battle-for-china-s-top-party-posts-intensifies-311265.html

5 NOVEMBER 2012

Wen Jiabao counterattacks, calls for inquiry into leak about his family

The prime minister is caught up in a political scandal that has tarnished his image following a report by the New York Times that reveals his family’s huge fortune. However, a fierce power struggle before the upcoming party congress appears to be the reason for the leak. Party elders, who have always disliked Wen, want his « explanations » (and perhaps his head
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Wen-Jiabao-counterattacks,-calls-for-inquiry-into-leak-about-his-family-26264.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/9655112/Wen-Jiabao-requests-probe-into-family-fortune.html

4 NOVEMBER 2012

China puts controversial reformists’ pic on display

A picture showing Hu Yaobang and Zhao Ziyang, the late Chinese leaders who fell from power after their reformist drive in the 1980s, is on display in the press center for the upcoming Communist Party of China Congress.
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/world/T121103002210.htm

China’s Bo Xilai expelled from Communist Party

Disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai has been formally expelled from the ruling Communist party, state media said Sunday, in a decision made at a meeting of top party officials that ended just days ahead of a broader once- a-decade power handover
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20121104-381358.html http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1235218/1/.html

2 NOVEMBER 2012

Speculation mounts over China’s new leaders

Hong Kong-based Mirror Books website, which has accurately predicted China’s incoming leaders in the past, said it believed the new line-up would be dominated by party conservatives unlikely to make major reforms. The South China Morning Post newspaper made the same prediction on Friday, citing sources close to the inner workings of the power transition.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1234959/1/.html

Hu Jintao : still commander in chief

The sun may be setting on Hu Jintao’s reign as the leader of Communist Party, but his career as commander-in-chief still has legs.
http://thediplomat.com/flashpoints-blog/2012/11/02/hu-jintao-still-commander-in-chief/?goback=%2Egde_3681308_member_181638567

1 NOVEMBER 2012

China’s New Leaders Face Economic Challenges

It remains unclear what plans China’s new leaders have for the state-owned enterprises, but the stakes are high. Maintaining a stable economy is a key reason why Chinese remain willing to accept the party’s continued monopoly on political power.
http://www.voanews.com/content/chinas-new-leaders-face-economic-challenges/1537322.html

26 OCTOBER 2012

Bo Xilai formally placed under investigation

Bo Xilai, the disgraced Chinese politician, has been formally placed under investigation « for alleged criminal offences », after he was stripped of his legal immunity and expelled from the country’s parliament. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/9637320/Bo-Xilai-formally-placed-under-investigation.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/10/201210264539475684.html

NYT report: China leader Wen Jiabao’s family has amassed billions in assets since ’98

The family of Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, a leader known for his humble roots and compassion for ordinary Chinese, has accumulated massive wealth during his time in power, the New York Times reported on Friday.
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/26/business/global/family-of-wen-jiabao-holds-a-hidden-fortune-in-china.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1
http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/10/26/14713898-nyt-report-china-leader-wen-jiabaos-family-has-amassed-billions-in-assets-since-98?lite#__utma=238145375.1358836827.1333475157.1351196354.1351290085.194&__utmb=238145375.1.10.1351290085&__utmc=238145375&__utmx=-&__utmz=238145375.1350751488.187.6.utmcsr=asiaobserver.org|utmccn=(referral)|utmcmd=referral|utmcct=/category/china-hongkong-taiwan/china/china-territorial-claims&__utmv=238145375.|8=Earned%20By=msnbc%7Cworld%20news%7Casia-pacific=1^12=Landing%20Content=Mixed=1^13=Landing%20Hostname=www.msnbc.msn.com=1^30=Visit%20Type%20to%20Content=Earned%20to%20Mixed=1&__utmk=266488141

25 OCTOBER 2012

China names new military chief of staff

China has appointed a new army chief of staff and other top officers in the run-up to next month’s national leadership transition, amid efforts to further professionalize the world’s largest standing military and ensure its loyalty to the ruling Communist Part
http://asiancorrespondent.com/91187/china-names-new-military-chief-of-staff-officers/

23 OCTOBER 2012

China announces major reshuffle of People’s Liberation Army

China reshuffled its top military ranks on Tuesday, weeks before a once-in-a-decade generational leadership change which sources said would see the outgoing air force commander promoted to vice-chairman of the military’s top decision-making body
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20121023-379341.html http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/9627671/China-announces-major-reshuffle-of-Peoples-Liberation-Army.html

22 OCTOBER 2012

China open letter opposes Bo Xilai parliament expulsion

A group of Chinese leftists have written an open letter asking parliament not to expel disgraced Communist party official Bo Xilai.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-20024880

20 OCTOBER 2012

How to get to the top of China’s Communist Party

China’s Communist Party is about to unveil the country’s next generation of leaders. Almost all will be career politicians who have risen through the ranks. But what are the secrets of success in one of the world’s most rigid authoritarian systems?
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-19876372

28 SEPTEMBER 2012

Bo Xilai case: sex, bribes and murder – China throws the book at former hero

China’s ruling Communist Party accused disgraced politician Bo Xilai of abusing power, taking huge bribes and other crimes on Friday, sealing the fate of controversial leader whose fall shook a leadership succession due at a congress from Nov. 8
http://www.euronews.com/2012/09/28/top-chinese-politician-faces-corruption-trial/ http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120928-374380.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19755035

24 SEPTEMBER 2012

Police chief at heart of Bo Xilai, Wang Lijun, scandal jailed for 15 years

The former Chinese police chief who attempted to defect to the U.S. triggering one of China’s biggest political scandals has been jailed for 15 years.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/9562219/Neil-Heywood-murder-police-chief-was-collaborator-and-whistleblower.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/9562219/Neil-Heywood-murder-police-chief-was-collaborator-and-whistleblower.html

20 AUGUST 2012

The next Politburo – top future leaders to watch

Right now the Chinese political elite are jockeying for positions in anticipation of the once a decade leadership transition within the highest ranks of the Communist Party of China (CPC)
http://gbtimes.com/focus/politics/next-politburo-top-future-leaders-watch-0

18 SEPTEMBER 2012

Beijing faces protests dilemma

Large anti-Japanese street protests took place in dozens of Chinese cities over the weekend after Tokyo’s purchase of the disputed Diaoyu Islands (called Senkaku Islands in Japan) from their private Japanese owners in order to nationalize them. Japanese media described these as the largest scale anti-Japanese demonstrations since the two countries normalized their relations four decades ago http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/NI19Ad02.html

18 SEPTEMBER 2012

Court: Ex-police chief at center of China scandal admits he tried to defect to US

A former police chief at the center of China’s biggest political scandal in decades admitted attempting to defect to the United States, and did not contest charges of bribery and illegal surveillance at his trial on Tuesday, a court official said http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/09/18/13936147-court-ex-police-chief-at-center-of-china-scandal-admits-he-tried-to-defect-to-us?lite#__utma=238145375.1358836827.1333475157.1347900312.1347983763.162&__utmb=238145375.1.10.1347983763&__utmc=238145375&__utmx=-&__utmz=238145375.1343667468.113.5.utmcsr=google|utmccn=(organic)|utmcmd=organic|utmctr=(not%20provided)&__utmv=238145375.|8=Earned%20By=msnbc%7Cworld%20news%7Casia-pacific=1^12=Landing%20Content=Mixed=1^13=Landing%20Hostname=www.msnbc.msn.com=1^30=Visit%20Type%20to%20Content=Earned%20to%20Mixed=1&__utmk=256467272

15 SEPTEMBER 2012

China’s leader-in-waiting resurfaces after two week absence

China’s leader-in-waiting Xi Jinping has appeared in public for the first time in more than two weeks, visiting a Beijing university in an apparent effort to dispel rumours of serious illness and a troubled succession
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/9545180/Chinas-leader-in-waiting-resurfaces-after-two-week-absence.html

12 SEPTEMBER 2012

Personnel changes in China’s Politics and Law Committees

Recent personnel shifts in local- and provincial-level Politics and Law Committees (PLCs), the entities responsible for administering China’s legal system, have been attracting attention http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2012/09/12/personnel-changes-in-chinas-politics-and-law-committees/

10 SEPTEMBER 2012

Mystery over whereabouts of China’s leader-in-waiting Xi Jinping

Xi Jinping, 59, has not been seen in public since September 1, setting off rumours that he may be seriously ill or worse ahead of his unveiling at the Communist party’s 18th Congress
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/9533556/Mystery-over-whereabouts-of-Chinas-leader-in-waiting-Xi-Jinping.html
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/rumors-09102012103441.html

5 SEPTEMBER 2012

Wang Lijun, key figure in Bo Xilai scandal, charged in China

Chinese state media say a former police chief who revealed details of a major Communist Party scandal has been charged with attempted defection, abuse of power, and taking bribes http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/wang-lijun-key-figure-in-bo-xilai-scandal-charged-in-china/2012/09/05/73c3767e-f75d-11e1-8398-0327ab83ab91_story.html http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/9523208/Neil-Heywood-murder-Bo-Xilai-police-chief-charged-with-defection.
html
http://www.france24.com/en/20120905-police-chief-charged-bribery-defecting-bo-xilai-wang-lijun-chongqing-chengdu-china-gu-scandal-heywood http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/wang-lijun-09052012152659.html

3 SEPTEMBER 2012

Top China official Ling Jihua in surprise demotion

A close ally of China’s president has been demoted, according to state media, in what is seen as a surprise move.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-19467312
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/09/20129423749192486.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/04/world/asia/after-ling-jihuas-demotion-news-of-sons-crash-in-ferrari.html?_r=1&ref=asia

2 SEPTEMBER 2012

China starts reshuffle ahead of leadership change

China’s ruling Communist Party has announced a reshuffle to a key post, state press said Sunday, a move widely seen as ushering in a once-a-decade leadership transition later this year.
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120902-369119.html

28 AUGUST 2012

Beijing lines up new leaders

Recent signs strongly indicate that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is ready to convene the national congress that will select the country’s top leaders for the next decade
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/NH29Ad01.html

21 AUGUST 2012

Politicking could get Bo Xilai off the hook

Backroom deals for much-desired positions in the fifth generation leadership could ease the punishment for suspended Politburo member Bo Xilai
http://gbtimes.com/focus/politics/politicking-could-get-bo-xilai-hook

20 AUGUST 2012

Bo Xilai scandal: Gu Kailai jailed over Heywood murder

The wife of disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai has been given a suspended death sentence for the murder of British businessman Neil Heywood
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-19312232

With wife’s conviction, what is next for China’s Bo Xilai?

Murder conviction for the wife of Bo Xilai, once one of China’s most powerful men, may have brought to an end the investigation into the death of British businessman Neil Heywood but it left in question the fate of her husband, who is being pursued for party « disciplinary violations. »
http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/08/20/13371562-with-wifes-conviction-what-is-next-for-chinas-bo-xilai?lite

25 JULY 2012

Beijing installs acting mayor as city recovers from floods

Wang Anshun was appointed vice mayor and acting mayor of Beijing on Wednesday following a decision by the standing committee of Beijing’s Municipal People’s Congress. The local legislative body also accepted the resignation of Guo Jinlong as mayor of Beijing. Guo had only been named as head of Beijing’s Communist Party branch on July 3.
http://gbtimes.com/news/beijing-installs-acting-mayor-city-recovers-floods
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/9426121/Beijing-mayor-promoted-in-midst-of-flood-chaos.html

22 JULY 2012

Former Chinese propaganda chief Ding Guangen dies

Ding Guangen, a former chief of propaganda for the ruling Communist Party who oversaw party control of media and the arts in the 1990s, has died at age 83.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/86309/former-chinese-propaganda-chief-ding-guangen-dies/

4 JULY 2012

China’s top official urges resistance against Western forces

China’s top security official has urged the ruling Communist Party to resist Western « attacks » on the country’s political and legal systems, in comments timed ahead of a 10-yearly leadership change. Zhou Yongkang, who is ranked ninth in the party hierarchy and reputedly one of the most hardline, said the Communist Party must repel the « mistaken views » of Western political theorists http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1211705/1/.html

 

Hu Jintao’s ally promoted to key Beijing party secretary post

The Chinese capital has a new Communist Party boss, Guo Jinlong, whose appointment makes him one of the first to be assured of a seat in the powerful Politburo at the party’s major leadership transition later this year. http://www.asianewsnet.net/home/news.php?id=32868&sec=1

29 JUNE 2012

China’s incoming president Xi Jinping’s family ‘has wealth of hundreds of millions’

The family of China’s next president has amassed a fortune running into hundreds of millions of pounds, according to a hugely damaging new report.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/9365099/Chinas-incoming-president-Xi-Jinpings-family-has-wealth-of-hundreds-of-millions.
html
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Xi-Jinping’s-family-is-into-rare-earths,-real-estate-and-public-contracts-for-a-billion-dollars-25173.html

18 JUNE 2012

Top chief says Bo Xilai scandal ‘damaged’ China’s image

The new leader of China’s city of Chongqing has said that the Bo Xilai scandal « gravely damaged » the image of the country and the Communist Party. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-18483210

16 JUNE 2012

China sends its first woman into space

China has launched its first female space traveller aboard a rocket that blasted off from the Gobi Desert on one of the country’s most ambitious space missions yet.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/06/2012616104437633910.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-18458544

25 MAY 2012

Wang Yang: The Future Torchbearer of Reform?

With the 18th Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Congress a mere six months or so away, the identity of senior cadres who will make the Politburo Standing Committee (PBSC) has pretty much been settled. Apart from Vice President Xi Jinping and Executive Vice Premier Li Keqiang—who are deemed shoo-ins for the posts of general secretary and premier, respectively—seven of the following eight current ordinary Politburo members are tipped for elevation to the inner sanctum of power: Vice Premiers Wang Qishan and Zhang Dejiang; Director of the Organization Department Li Yuanchao; the Guangdong, Tianjin and Shanghai Party Secretaries, respectively, Wang Yang, Zhang Gaoli and Yu Zhengsheng; Director of the Propaganda Department Liu Yushan; and State Councilor Liu Yandong Of these ten cadres, Wang Yang, age 57, is the only one who the past few years has consistently spoken out in favor of reform—including some degree of political liberalization
http://www.jamestown.org/single/?no_cache=1&tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=39421&tx_ttnews%5BbackPid%5D=381&cHash=29f969b80549d96e4ef6ced4e9e3d2a5

16 MAY 2012

16 Retired Chinese Aides Call for 2 Top Officials to Quit

In a rare sign of open opposition against two of China’s most powerful leaders, a group of retired Communist Party members have called for the resignation of the country’s security boss, Zhou Yongkang, and a top propaganda official, Liu Yunshan
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/17/world/asia/retired-communist-party-members-call-for-2-top-chinese-officials-to-resign.html?_r=1&ref=asia http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-18091298

14 MAY 2012

Chen Guangcheng and Beijing’s failure to reform

Individuals activists are not China’s real challenge, social stability and keeping the Communist Party in power are. Chinese leaders run the risk however of losing control of the huge, expensive and ever-expanding security apparatus they are building. As illustrated by the Bo Xilai case, this could lead to unexpected and disastrous consequences. Here is the analysis of one of the foremost experts of modern China
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Chen-Guangcheng-and-Beijing’s-failure-to-reform-24747.html

5 MAY 2012

Hu’s sixth-generation proteges play it safe

Apart from pulling out all the stops to ensure that more of his Communist Youth League (CYL) faction affiliates from the Fifth Generation – a reference to cadres born in the 1950s – will be inducted into the Politburo Standing Committee (PBSC) at the 18th Party Congress this autumn, the supremo is boosting the political standing of a few key members of the Sixth Generation leadership
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/NE05Ad02.html

20 APRIL 2012

Bo fallout threatens China’s security chief

Mr Zhou Yongkang, one of the nine members of the Communist party Politburo standing committee that rules over the world’s most populous nation, was Mr Bo’s closest ally and argued strongly against excising him from the party, according to people familiar with the matter
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/f978ce9c-8ae6-11e1-b855-00144feab49a.html#axzz1shMqhIxe

12 APRIL 2012

Zhou Yongkang Next « Target » in Bo Xilai Saga: Report

Was China’s security chief Zhou Yongkang planning a conspiracy to overthrow Chinese leader-to-be Xi Jinping, and install disgraced Party official Bo Xilai in his place? That is what a new report is claiming
http://english.ntdtv.com/ntdtv_en/news_china/2012-04-12/zhou-yongkang-next-target-in-bo-xilai-saga-report-.html#video_section

10 APRIL 2012

Bo Xilai suspended from Communist Party politburo

Chinese politician Bo Xilai, once a rising star, has been stripped of his elite Communist Party post while his wife is being investigated for the murder of a British national, state media said.  Xinhua first issued a short dispatch announcing Bo had been suspended from the party’s powerful 25-member Politburo and from the wider Central Committee, which consists of more than 300 top officials
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1194324/1/.
html
http://behindthewall.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/04/11/11141788-hollywood-style-drama-in-chinese-political-murder-mystery

Wife of Bo Xilai suspect over ‘murder’ of Briton

The wife of a disgraced Chinese politician once tipped as a future leader has been detained over the suspected murder of a British national
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17668376

6 APRIL 2012

Beijing Daily Rebukes Hu Jintao, as CCP Media Betrays Evidence of Power Struggle

It is now widely acknowledged among Chinese and Western observers that a struggle is raging over the future of the Chinese Communist Party. Ever since the high profile expulsion of leading Party figure Bo Xilai on March 15th, it’s been clear that at least two factions have been vying for prominence. The latest example of this rift comes in Beijing, where the Party’s official Beijing Daily newspaper posted an outright attack on Party Chairman Hu Jintao this week
http://english.ntdtv.com/ntdtv_en/news_china/2012-04-06/Beijing-Daily-Rebukes-Hu-Jintao-as-CCP-Media-Betrays-Evidence-of-Power-Struggle.html#video_section

27 MARCH 2012

Crisis closes in on China’s inner circle

Zhou Yongkang, a member of China’s ruling Politburo Standing Committee (PSC) and head of the country’s 1.5 million-strong police force, is the latest and most senior leader to fall in the battle for control of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) if rumors of his downfall have any substance. It was certainly a fall foretold
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/NC27Ad04.html
http://english.ntdtv.com/ntdtv_en/news_china/2012-03-22/china-s-state-media-report-hints-at-trouble-for-zhou-yongkang.html#video_section
http://english.ntdtv.com/ntdtv_en/news_china/2012-03-23/china-says-will-end-organ-harvesting-of-prison-inmates.html#video_section

21 MARCH 2012

Bo Xilai’s downfall a blow for China’s leftists

Their spiritual godfather Bo Xilai has fallen from favour, their websites blocked and some microblog accounts have even been unplugged
http://www.asianewsnet.net/home/news.php?id=28819&sec=1
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-china-maoists-20120320,0,7022815.story

15 MARCH 2012

Bo Xilai removed by China from Chongqing leader post

Bo Xilai, once seen as one of the rising stars of Chinese politics, has been removed from his prominent provincial post after a scandal involving one of his key deputies
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/03/201231575116285496.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-17377445

14 MARCH 2012

China’s Wen Jiabao says ‘reforms urgent’

China’s Premier Wen Jiabao has delivered a strong warning about the  »urgent » need for reforms, without which, he said, tragedies such as the Cultural Revolution could still happen http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-17362644 http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/03/20123145268387804.html

2 MARCH 2012

Bo Xilai and the rumors surrounding the Wang Lijun scandal

The Wang Lijun-Bo Xilai incident has been interpreted as one of the rare occasions that outsiders get a glimpse of the struggle for position and influence within the Communist Party of China (CPC)
http://radio86.com/focus/bo-xilai-and-rumors-surrounding-wang-lijun-scandal

17 FEBRUARY 2012

Manned mission to test docking of spacecraft

China plans to send three astronauts into space sometime between June and August this year to further test technology to be used in rendezvous and docking missions, a spokesman for China’s manned space program said on Friday
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2012-02/18/content_14637546.htm

15 FEBRUARY 2012

China launches propaganda drive against « extremism » in far west

China launched a propaganda campaign against illegal religious activities and ‘religious extremism’ in the restive far western region of Xinjiang on Wednesday, state media said http://news.monstersandcritics.com/asiapacific/news/article_1691268.php/China-launches-propaganda-drive-against-extremism-in-far-west

9 FEBRUARY 2012

China’s liberals keep the flame alive

China seems to have entered deep winter as far as political reform and human rights are concerned. While the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leadership seems to have pulled out all the stops to stifle dissent, intellectuals both inside and outside the party still are pushing the ideal of liberalization http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/NB10Ad01.html

4 JANUARY 2012

China pushes minimum wage rises

Two of China’s leading cities are raising their minimum wages despite the prospect of slower economic growth this year, a move that owners of smaller businesses warn could result in widespread closures given the sharp fall in demand from western economies
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/847b0990-36a2-11e1-9ca3-00144feabdc0.html#axzz1iWVTrgSL

30 DECEMBER 2011

Two Chinese bishop martyrs recognised as ‘Illustrious Unknown’ for 2011

Mgr James Su Zhimin, 80, has done 40 years in prison; Mgr Cosma Shi Enxiang, 90, has spent 50 years. No one talks about them whilst the Chinese government says it “does not know where they are”. Many fear they might die under torture as other bishops have done before. The Vatican should demand their release as a condition for dialogue. A campaign is launched on their behalf in 2012
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Two-Chinese-bishop-martyrs-recognised-as-‘Illustrious-Unknown’-for-2011-23568.html

Former Insider Indicted in Chinese Corruption Scandal

A former fugitive accused by the Chinese authorities of being responsible for one of the nation’s biggest corruption scandals was indicted on Friday after he was said to confess to bribery and smuggling, according to state news organization
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/31/world/asia/lai-changxing-indicted-in-china.html?_r=1&ref=asia
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/45825335/ns/world_news-asia_pacific/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-16366774

29 DECEMBER 2011

China push to put astronaut on the moon

While Chinese scientists have previously discussed the possibility of a manned lunar mission, a government white paper published on Thursday is the first public government document to enshrine it as a policy goal
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/313ff212-321b-11e1-9be2-00144feabdc0.html#axzz1hxkKsKJP

26 DECEMBER 2011

Bio-data proposal for foreign visitors

Foreign visitors may be fingerprinted under draft legislative proposals being considered by the top legislature on Monday 26. The draft law on entry and exit procedures, for the first time, allows the Ministry of Public Security and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to put in place a system to gather biological identification data, such as fingerprints, on foreign visitors
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2011-12/27/content_14331942.htm

20 DECEMBER 2011

Minister of (smaller) foreign affairs

China’s influence in international politics is increasing, but who is actually in charge of Chinese Foreign Policy. Here’s a hint: it’s not the foreign minister.
http://en.radio86.com/china-past-and-present/government-and-country/minister-smaller-foreign-affairs

5 NOVEMBER 2011

Elections in China: Authorities cite non-existent laws to exclude « uncomfortable » candidates

There are lots of independent candidates. The circumvent censorship by campaigning on the Internet. The authorities « invent » non-existent
laws to exclude them from election. But some people make it through
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Elections-in-China:-Authorities-cite-non-existent-laws-to-exclude-uncomfortable-candidates-23098.html

1 JULY 2011

The Chinese Communist Party’s 90th Birthday

http://behindthewall.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/07/01/6990753-communist-party-embraces-90th-birthday-but-not-all-chinese-do
http://photoblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/07/01/6990568-chinas-communist-party-adaptation-survival

23 AUGUST 2010

China reviews law on death penalty

A draft amendment to the country’s criminal code proposes cutting 13 « economy-related, non-violent offenses » from the list of 68 crimes punishable by the death penalty.
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2010/08/20108236424976275.html

22 AUGUST 2010

Who are members of the Communist Party of China

The CPC has 78 million members. Who are they ?
http://english.cpc.people.com.cn/66102/7045277.html

5 JULY 2010

China’s population set to reach 1.4 billion by 2015

China’s population is projected to reach 1.4 billion by the end of 2015, when the urban population will become the majority for the first time, officials said. Li Bin, director of the National Population and Family Planning Commission, said the population on the mainland will reach 1.39
billion by the end of 2015, among which as many as 700 million people will be living in urban areas .
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2010census/2010-07/05/content_11178513.htm

31 MAY, 2010

China bans evidence from torture

Evidence obtained under torture cannot be used in China’s courts, the government has said, weeks after a convicted murderer was
set free because his victim turned out to be alive.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/world/asia_pacific/10198592.stm

25 FEBRUARY 2010

Charter 08 and China’s troubled liberalism

By Feng Chongyi

The publication of Charter 08 in China at the end of 2008 was a major event generating headlines all over the world. It was widely recognized as the Chinese human-rights manifesto and a landmark document in China’s quest for democracy. However, if Charter 08 was a clarion call for the
new march to democracy in China, its political impact has been disappointing. Its primary drafter Liu Xiaobo, after being kept in police custody over one year, was sentenced on Christmas Day of 2009 to 11 years in prison for the « the crime of inciting subversion of state power », nor has the
Chinese communist party-state taken a single step toward democratization or improving human rights during the year. This article offers a preliminary assessment of Charter 08, with special attention to its connection with liberal forces in China.
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/LB26Ad01.html

10 FEBRUARY 2010

China courts ‘to limit executions’

China’s top court has urged judges across the country to limit the use of the death penalty against convicted individuals. According to the official Xinhua news agency, guidelines have been sent out to courts across the country saying the penalty should only be handed to a « tiny minority »
of the most serious cases with sufficient evidence
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2010/02/2010210959496675.html

1 OCTOBER 2009

China Celebrates 60 Years of Communism

China’s leaders marked the 60th anniversary of Communist Party rule on Thursday with a precision display of military bravado and a confident prediction by President Hu Jintao that “infinitely bright prospects” lie ahead for the world’s most populous nation
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/02/world/asia/02china.html?_r=1&ref=global-home
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-10/01/content_12160199.htm
http://www.france24.com/en/20091001-china-gala-military-parade-spectacle-marks-60-anniversary-celebrations-communist
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8284087.stm

19 MARCH 2009

Charter 08, a plea for human rights in China

In last December, a group of 303 Chinese citizens signed ‘Charter 08’, a declaration to mark the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In it they call on the government of China to transform the country’s authoritarian and corrupt regime along democratic lines, respectful of human rights, including religious freedom

Below is the full text of the charter
http://www.asianews.it/index.php?l=en&art=14313&dos=126&size=A

Below are more articles on this topic
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Thailand home affairs and society

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20 APRIL 2017

Two killed in bomb blast in Thailand’s restive South

More than a dozen grenade and bomb attacks in southern Thailand killed two suspected insurgents whose explosives detonated unexpectedly, officials said Thursday
http://www.khaosodenglish.com/politics/2017/04/20/police-attacks-kill-2-suspected-insurgents-south/
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/04/killed-bomb-blast-thailand-restive-south-170420044946161.html

11 APRIL 2017

Thai junta rejects conditional peace talks with Muslim insurgents

Thailand’s military junta on Tuesday rejected a conditional offer from the main Muslim separatist group fighting in southern Thailand to enter into formal peace talks
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2086773/thai-junta-rejects-conditional-peace-talks-muslim
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/news/national/30312077

7 APRIL 2017

Wave of attacks strike southern Thailand

Bomb blasts were among 23 coordinated attacks that rocked Muslim-majority southern Thailand early on Friday, a security officer said, just hours after King Maha Vajiralongkorn signed a new constitution as a step towards ending military rule
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2017-04/07/content_15597311.html

6 APRIL 2017

Thai king signs new constitution, giving more powers to the junta

Thailand’s king signed a new military-backed constitution on Thursday that strengthens the army’s hand in government and puts the country on the path to polls after three years of junta rule
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2085435/thai-king-signs-new-constitution-giving-more-powers-junta
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/04/thai-king-endorses-constitution-20th-1932-170406114524734.html
http://www.khaosodenglish.com/politics/2017/04/06/first-look-major-changes-new-thai-constitution/
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/apr/06/thailand-king-signs-constitution-path-polls-election
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/news/national/30311501

1st APRIL 2017

Former Thailand PM Thaksin shuns Junta’s reconciliation effort

Ousted former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra on Friday accused the junta of bullying him over a US$500 million tax bill and said it should count him out of reconciliation efforts
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/04/thailand-former-pm-thaksin-shuns-juntas-reconciliation-effort/#bepXLppCTPysojBX.97
http://www.elevenmyanmar.com/asean/8605

19 MARCH 2017

Thai police say they have found plot to assassinate PM

Thai police said on Sunday (Mar 19) they had uncovered a plot to assassinate the country’s prime minister after seizing a weapons cache belonging to a fugitive anti-junta activist
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/thai-police-say-they-have-found-plot-to-assassinate-pm/3608634.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/1217649/red-shirt-weapons-plot-aimed-to-kill-pm

22 FEBRUARY 2017

Thai army claims pact with separatists

Thailand’s army has reached a breakthrough pact with a Muslim separatist group to create a safety zone in restive southern provinces, the lead negotiator said on Wednesday, but analysts queried if it could succeed without support from other groups
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2017-02/22/content_15575765.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/security/1203013/army-claims-breakthrough-safe-zone-deal

14 FEBRUARY 2017

Thailand’s new king shows his strength

From requiring constitutional changes to pushing for unity in the divided country and reshaping the royal household, Thailand’s new king is putting an assertive stamp on his rule
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2070740/thailands-new-king-shows-his-strength

4 FEBRUARY 2017

Thailand’s New King Is Making a Power Grab

Seeking more power, Thailand’s King Vajiralongkorn is moving the country away from being a constitutional monarchy
http://thediplomat.com/2017/02/thailands-new-king-is-making-a-power-grab/

18 JANUARY 2017

Thai south Muslims mourn death of rebel ‘spiritual leader’

Muslims across Thailand’s restive « Deep South » are mourning the death of Sapae-ing Basor, the spiritual leader of a near 13-year rebellion against Bangkok’s rule that has claimed more than 6,800 lives
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/thai-south-muslims-mourn-death-of-rebel-spiritual-leader
http://www.khaosodenglish.com/politics/2017/01/16/death-separatist-leader-prompts-hope-fear-peace-prospects/

13 JANUARY 2017

Thai parliament approves king’s constitutional changes request, likely delaying élections

Thailand’s military-backed parliament voted overwhelmingly on Friday to make amendments to the constitution as suggested by the new king’s office, a move likely to delay a general election scheduled for the end of the year
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/thai-parliament-approves-king-s-constitutional-changes-request/3435906.html

10 JANUARY 2017

New Thai King requests constitutional changes to ‘ensure his royal powers’

Thailand’s PM says the new King is requesting changes to the draft constitution to ensure his royal powers but they have « nothing to do with the rights and freedoms of the people »
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2017-01-10/new-thai-king-requests-constitutional-changes-to-ensure-his-royal-powers-prime-minister/1643520
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/thai-kings-office-seeks-changes-draft-constitution
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170110_35/

2 JANUARY 2017

Thai army chief vows no more coups as fresh doubt cast on 2017 election pledge

They may have successfully seized power 12 times in the last eight decades but Thailand’s army chief has said military coups are officially a thing of the past
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2058708/thai-army-chief-vows-no-more-coups-fresh-doubt-cast-2017

1 JANUARY 2017

Thai King urges unity in first New Year speech

King Maha Vajiralongkorn called for unity in his first New Year address since taking over from his late father, who was widely seen as a unifying force during decades of turbulence
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/01/thai-king-urges-unity-first-new-year-speech/

1 DECEMBER 2016

New era for Thai monarchy as crown prince proclaimed King Rama X

Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn was proclaimed king of Thailand late Thursday, in a statement read on all television channels, ascending the throne 50 days after his father’s death
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38168912
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20161202_04/
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2050883/new-era-thai-monarchy-crown-prince-set-be-proclaimed-king

31 OCTOBER 2016

Thailand ‘making preparations’ for Dec 1 succession

Thailand is making preparations for Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn to ascend the throne on Dec 1, two senior military sources with knowledge of the matter said
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/thailand-making-preparations-dec-1-succession

21 OCTOBER 2016

Ex Thai PM Yingluck Shinawatra told to pay $997 million over subsidy scheme

Former Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has confirmed that she has been ordered by the ruling junta to pay 35 billion-baht ($997 million) in damages for a rice subsidy plan, but has pledged to fight the charge
http://aa.com.tr/en/asia-pacific/ex-thai-pm-told-to-pay-997-million-over-subsidy-scheme/669333

15 OCTOBER 2016

Thailand picks ex-PM Prem as caretaker after king’s death

There was no official statement on Saturday about the appointment of Prem Tinsulanonda, but as head of the advisory council to the king, he automatically becomes the caretaker until a new monarch is crowned, according to the country’s constitution
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/10/thailand-picks-pm-caretaker-king-death-161015130301947.html
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hULd_Vl9t6Q

13 OCTOBER 2016

Thai king Bhumibol Adulyadej dies after 70-year reign

Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej has died aged 88, ending seven decades on the throne during which he became a unifying father figure and rare source of stability in a country that has weathered more than a dozen coups since he came to power in 1946 aged just 18
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/oct/13/thai-king-bhumibol-adulyadej-dies-after-70-year-reign
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/politics/article/2027797/thailands-king-dead-nation-plunges-mourning-and-uncertainty
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/king-bhumibol-adulyadej-1927-2016/2921452.html

11 OCTOBER 2016

Thai ‘Red Shirt’ leader Jatuporn Prompan back behind bars after TV show appearance

Court rules that Jatuporn Prompan breached bail conditions by being sarcastic about the work of the country’s military junta during a TV show
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2027018/thai-red-shirt-leader-back-behind-bars-after-tv-show

6 OCTOBER 2016

Thai university commemorates 40th anniversary of massacre

A group of mourners comprising Buddhist monks, activists and others gathered Thursday to mark the 40th anniversary of one of the darkest days in Thailand’s history, when police killed scores of university students at a peaceful protest, and ghoulish vigilantes defiled the dead
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/10/thai-uni-40th-anniversary-massacre/
http://www.khaosodenglish.com/life/arts/2016/10/06/thammasat-massacre-relived-40-years-arts-culture/

2 OCTOBER 2016

Thailand introduces new anti-corruption court

Thailand is set to open a specialised corruption court after Prayauth Chan-ocha, prime minister, promised to eradicate corruption in the country within 20 years
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/10/thailand-introduces-anti-corruption-court-161002162235702.html

28 SEPTEMBER 2016

Thailand authorities shut down Amnesty International torture talk with threats of arrest

Human rights group Amnesty International has cancelled the official launch of a report on torture in Thailand after the military Government threatened to arrest one of its speakers
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-09-28/thailand-shuts-down-amnesty-torture-event-with-arrest-threats/7885664?section=world
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/sep/28/amnesty-thailand-torture-report-launch-cancelled-police-warning

17 SEPTEMBER 2016

Thai government a failure: Analysts

Analysts yesterday slammed the post-coup junta-backed government over its two-year performance report card, giving it a « fail » grade as it did not address some key issues and lacked concrete achievements and vision
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/thai-govt-failure-analysts

1  SEPTEMBER 2016

Thailand’s government to resume peace talks with Muslim insurgents

Thailand’s military government said on Thursday (Sept 1) that peace talks with Muslim separatists operating in the far south of the country would resume in Malaysia, but no agreement would be signed unless the insurgents observed a ceasefire
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/thailands-government-resume-peace-talks-muslim-insurgents
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/security/1075789/southern-peace-talks-to-resume-on-friday

12 AUGUST 2016

Bombs in Thai resort towns kill four, injure 19, including foreigners

A string of bomb attacks hit popular tourist towns across Thailand, leaving four dead and many wounded, with authorities on Friday (Aug 12) ruling out terrorism despite suspicions insurgents in the kingdom’s deep south are responsible
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/four-dead-as-blasts-hit/3036348.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2002682/bombs-thai-resort-town-hua-hin-kill-one-injure-19-including
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37059508

7 AUGUST 2016

Voters in Thailand Endorse Military’s Proposed Constitution

In its first test at the polls, Thailand’s military government won overwhelming approval Sunday of a new constitution that aims to reduce the power of political parties and extend the influence of the military
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/08/world/asia/thailand-constitution-referendum.html?ribbon-ad-idx=3&rref=world/asia&module=Ribbon&version=context&region=Header&action=click&contentCollection=Asia%20Pacific&pgtype=article
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36972396
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/1055413/yes-camp-overwhelms-charter-referendum

27 JULY 2016

Former PM Abhisit says ‘no’ to draft charter

Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva says he will not accept the draft constitution, revealing for the first time his personal stand on the issue.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/1045905/abhisit-says-no-to-draft-charter
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/ex-premier-abhisit-turns-thai-juntas-draft-charter

21 JULY 2016

As constitutional referendum nears thailand intensifies censorship

Thailand’s military-backed government has authorized the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) to shut down TV and radio stations which are found guilty of broadcasting programs that threaten national security. Furthermore, the junta gave NBTC officials immunity from legal accountability
https://globalvoices.org/2016/07/21/as-constitutional-referendum-nears-thailand-intensifies-censorship/

29 JUNE 2016

US to remove Thailand from list of worst human trafficking offenders in 2016 report

The United States has decided to remove Thailand from its list of worst human trafficking offenders, officials said, a move that could help smooth relations with Bangkok’s military-run Government
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-06-29/us-to-upgrade-thailand-in-annual-human-trafficking-report/7555004?section=world
http://www.straitstimes.com/world/united-states/us-to-remove-thailand-from-list-of-worst-human-trafficking-offenders-sources

16 JUNE 2016

The King is (nearly) dead: long live the King?

In The New Mandala, Llewellyn McCann explores what the royal succession will mean for Thai elite politics.
http://www.newmandala.org/the-king-is-nearly-dead-will-it-be-long-live-the-king/

9 JUNE 2016

Thais celebrate 70 years of revered King Bhumibol’s reign but ongoing health concerns add to anxiety about succession

After seven decades on the throne, King Bhumibol is seen by many Thais as a pillar of stability, and accorded semi-divine status. But the kingdom marks his platinum jubilee on Thursday amid anxiety over his health and at a critical political juncture
http://www.euronews.com/2016/06/09/celebrations-in-bangkok-for-70-years-of-thai-king-bhumibol-s-reign/
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160609_27/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36486536

22 MAY 2016

Largest anti-coup rally as Thais mark 2 years of army takeover

Hundreds of protesters on Sunday marked the second anniversary of Thailand’s latest coup with song, dance, speeches and pro-democracy banners, in the largest show of dissent since the military toppled an elected government
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/largest-anti-coup-rally-thais-mark-2-years-army-takeover
http://www.khaosodenglish.com/detail.php?newsid=1463919585&section=11

31 MARCH 2016

Thai junta grants police powers to Military

On the order of junta chief Prayuth Chan-ocha, a wide range of powers usually reserved for civilian police were bestowed to members of the military Tuesday night, ostensibly to carry out the junta’s policy of rooting out underworld influences and unduly “influential people” in the economy and society
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/03/thai-soldiers-police-like-powers/
http://www.khaosodenglish.com/detail.php?newsid=1459332070&section=11

Thailand bans journalist Pravit Rojanaphruk from travelling to UN event

Thailand’s Government has banned an outspoken journalist from travelling to Finland to celebrate World Press Freedom Day in May
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-03-31/thailand-bans-journalist-pravit-rojanaphruk-from-travelling-to-un-event/1564576

28 FEBRUARY 2016

Thaksin Shinawatra: Let Thailand return to democracy (A long TV interview)

In this episode of Talk to Al Jazeera, Thaksin Shinawatra, who has largely remained silent since the coup forced him from office, talks to Wayne Hay about the challenges facing the country and what lies ahead.
http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/talktojazeera/2016/02/thaksin-shinawatra-thailand-return-democracy-160227132654355.html

14 FEBRUARY 2016

Junta Threatens to Summon Critics of Charter Draft

Anyone who criticizes the new constitution drafted recently by a junta-appointed body risks being summoned for a “discussion” with the military junta, a spokesman warned yesterday.
http://www.khaosodenglish.com/detail.php?newsid=1455080816&section=11

12 FEBRUARY 2016

Thai deputy PM sets July 31 date for constitution referendum, promises 2017 election

The deputy prime minister of Thailand’s military government says a referendum on a new constitution will be held on July 31 and will be followed by a general election before the end of next year, whether or not the new charter is approved.
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/02/thai-deputy-pm-sets-july-31-date-for-constitution-referendum-promises-2017-election/

10 FEBRUARY 2016

The effects of Thailand’s proposed electoral system

The post(s) are designed to explain the proposed electoral system and its implementation. The posts do not endorse any electoral system or represent the views of anyone else.
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/02/the-effects-of-thailands-proposed-electoral-system/

2 FEBRUARY 2016

Longtime Political Cartoonist ‘Stephff’ Loses Work Permit & Visa in Thailand

A longtime political cartoonist for a major English-language newspaper said today he has been denied his media visa, working permit and press card, effectively making it illegal for him to work in Thailand as a journalist.
http://www.khaosodenglish.com/detail.php?newsid=1454405787
http://www.khaosodenglish.com/detail.php?newsid=1454474948&section=11

29 JANUARY 2016

Thailand’s draft constitution unveiled, elections pushed back

Thailand has published a draft constitution, but the official in charge of drawing it up said he feared it would not resolve long-running troubles and critics said it would produce weak civilian government under the sway of the military
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-01-29/thailands-draft-constitution-unveiled-elections-pushed-back/1541564
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/845072/devil-in-the-charter-details
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/politics/Thumbs-down-for-charter-30278120.html

26 JANUARY 2016

Thai junta chief vows 2017 elections even if charter rejected

Thailand’s junta chief on Tuesday vowed to hold a general election in the summer of 2017 even if a new constitution penned by regime appointees is rejected in a public referendum
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/thai-junta-chief-vows-2017-elections-even-if-charter-rejected
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/839968/election-on-course-regardless-of-referendum-outcome

9 JANUARY 2016

Thailand adopts tough penalties for child pornography

Thailand has brought in tougher new measures to deal with the spread of child pornography in the country, a move it hopes will protect vulnerable children
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/01/thailand-adopts-tough-penalties-child-pornography-160109141825392.html

3 JANUARY 2016

Drawing and crossing the line in ThaIland

Thailand’s political cartoonists are in the business of cutting very close to the bone, but now more than ever they must watch their step
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/special-reports/814008/drawing-and-crossing-the-line

14 DECEMBER 2015

Ailing Thai King makes rare public appearance

Thailand’s revered but ailing King Bhumibol Adulyadej made a rare public appearance Monday, his first since September, amid growing concern about his health
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/ailing-thai-king-makes-rare-public-appearance-153746159.html
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/thailand-s-88-year-old-ki/2346710.html

13 NOVEMBER 2015

Reporters Without Borders’ Bashes Junta on Press Freedom

“Media Hounded by Junta Since 2014 Coup,” a special report released Thursday by Paris-based Reporters Without Borders, describes junta chairman Prayuth Chan-ocha as a “predator of press freedom” who has systematically rolled back rights and expressionhttp://www.khaosodenglish.com/detail.php?newsid=1447415140&section=11

10 NOVEMBER 2015

When’s the next coup? Thailand’s zero civilian control over the military

“I WANT this to be the last coup. However, the power of the army would not be reduced. This is because the army has always taken care of this country,” Thailand’s latest coup maker General Prayut Chan-ocha told Channel News Asia earlier this year. His happy, democratic dream, however, seems unlikely, as Thailand’s coup-laden history suggests
http://asiancorrespondent.com/2015/11/whens-the-next-coup-thailands-zero-civilian-control-over-military/

21 OCTOBER 2015

The Islamization of Thailand – Analysis

The perceived relative homogeneity of Thai culture and society is being challenged on multiple fronts today. So much has been said about the socio-economic division within Thai society. However very little is said, publicly anyway, about the growing influence upon Thai society, that Thailand’s Muslim population is now projecting at many levels
http://www.eurasiareview.com/21102015-the-islamization-of-thailand-analysis/

28 SEPTEMBER 2015

Bangkok blast: Thailand’s police say they consider case solved, receive cash awards again

Thailand’s police have said they consider the Erawan Shrine blast case solved, as they awarded themselves with cash, but will continue to investigate a potential domestic political angle to the bomb blast that killed 20 people on Aug 17 at the popular shrine in Bangkok
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/thailand-police-consider-bombing-case-solved-receive-cash-rewards

20 SEPTEMBER 2015

Thai activists plan to defy junta ban with more marches

A group of pro-democracy activists says they plan more marches after staging the largest political demonstration in Thailand’s capital since a military government took power in May 2014
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/thai-activists-plan-to/2139496.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/1859885/fugitive-thaksin-tells-thailands-red-shirt-opposition-play

14 SEPTEMBER 2015

Thai journalist detained for ‘attitude adjustment’

A prominent Thai journalist has been detained by the junta for so-called « attitude adjustment », a military official said Monday, the latest deployment of the controversial tool used to stamp down on dissent
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/thai-journalist-detained-attitude-adjustment-175022230.html
http://asiancorrespondent.com/135563/reporter-detained-in-thailand-for-criticizing-junta/
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/breakingnews/Sansern-claims-Pravit-summoned-as-individual-not-j-30268785.html

12 SEPTEMBER 2015

‘Uighur’ suspect wanted over Bangkok blast: Thai police

Thai police on Saturday said an arrest warrant had been issued for an ethnic « Uighur » man over last month’s deadly Bangkok blast, for the first time identifying a suspect as a member of the Chinese minority group
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/uighur-suspect-wanted-over-bangkok-blast-thai-police

10 SEPTEMBER 2015

In Thailand, Pheu Thai Party urges NCPO to release critics of the junta

Key members of the Pheu Thai Party have called for the immediate release of former energy minister Pichai Naripthapan, who was detained for « attitude adjustment » at an undisclosed location on Wednesday
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/politics/Pheu-Thai-urges-NCPO-to-release-critics-of-the-jun-30268558.html

6 SEPTEMBER 2015

Thailand constitution: Junta-appointed council rejects controversial charter; elections likely to be delayed

A council appointed by Thailand’s military rulers rejects a controversial new constitution drafted after last year’s coup, a move likely to extend the military’s time in power and delay elections
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-09-06/thailand-constitution-juntaappointed-council-rejects-controversial-charter-elections-likely-to-be-de/1489956
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-34149523

5 SEPTEMBER 2015

Prayut uses S44 to strip Thaksin of rank

Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha has invoked Section 44 of the 2014 interim charter to strip Thaksin Shinawatra of his police rank, effective on Sunday
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/681896/prayut-uses-s44-to-strip-thaksin-of-rank

25 AUGUST 2015

Thai army, Muslim rebels hold closed-door peace talks in Malaysia

A Thai Army delegation was in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday (Aug 25) to conduct the third covert peace talks with representatives of insurgent groups in southern Thailand
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/thai-army-muslim-rebels/2075844.html

17 AUGUST 2015

Deadly bomb blast rocks Thailand’s capital

A bomb has exploded close to a shrine in the centre of Thailand’s capital, Bangkok, killing at least 19 people and injuring more than 100.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33963280
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/security/658688/19-killed-123-hurt-as-bomb-blast-rocks-bangkok-tourist-attraction
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/08/17/asia/thailand-bangkok-bomb/index.html

30 JUNE 2015

OHCHR urges Thailand to release 14 students

The United Nations Human Rights Office for South East Asia Tuesday urged the Thai government to immediately drop criminal charges against students who have been arrested in Bangkok for peacefully demonstrating in public and release them from custody
http://www.asianewsnet.net/OHCHR-urges-Thailand-to-release-14-students-77350.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/605884/government-condemned-over-arrests
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/politics/The-law-is-the-law-PM-30263485.html

28 MAY 2015

Thai court jails 6 ‘yellow shirt’ leaders over 2008 protests

Six prominent Thai anti-government protest leaders were sentenced to two years in jail on Thursday for storming the prime minister’s office during a 2008 rally – and then released on bail to allow for appeals
http://asiancorrespondent.com/133205/thai-court-jails-6-yellow-shirt-leaders-over-2008-protests/
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/thai-protest-leaders-handed-prison-terms-and-freed-bail

22 MAY 2015

Arrests mark first anniversary of Thailand coup as protesters rally against junta

Police arrested several anti-junta activists yesterday for small protests marking a year since Thailand’s generals seized power from the elected government, as the coup’s leader said the country « may have collapsed » without his intervention
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1807434/arrests-mark-first-anniversary-thailand-coup-protesters-rally-against
http://www.khaosodenglish.com/detail.php?newsid=1432296651&section=00

19 MAY 2015

 Thai cabinet agrees to hold referendum on new constitution

The Thai cabinet agreed on Tuesday (May 19) that a referendum should be held on the new constitution and the military’s blueprint for restoring democracy, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha said, a move likely to delay any return to democratic rule
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/thai-cabinet-agrees-to/1856772.html

15 MAY 2015

Migrant boat re-enters Malaysian waters after refusing offer to land: Thai officials

The Royal Thai Navy airdropped food and water to hundreds of desperate Rohingya migrants stranded on a stricken boat off southern Thailand — then fixed the vessel’s engine so it could continue on to Malaysian waters
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/05/15/asia/thailand-malaysia-rohingya-refugees/index.html
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/rohingya-migrant-boat-leaves-thai-waters-governor

12 MAY 2015

Thai govt restarting peace talks in restive South

PM Prayut Chan-o-cha’s government has confirmed it is in the process of restarting peace talks with separatists in the deep South
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/politics/Govt-restarting-peace-talks-in-the-far-South-30259957.html

5 MAY 2015

Thailand’s king makes rare appearance

Thailand’s revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej made a rare public appearance Tuesday to mark the 65th anniversary of his coronation
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2015-05/05/content_15259521.html
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/ailing-thai-king-makes-rare-public-appearance-0

4 MAY 2015

In Thailand, Red shirts petition UN over Peace TV ban

Red shirt leader Weng Tojirakarn and news anchors from the now-defunct Peace TV submitted a petition to the United Nations on Monday to protest the revocation of its broadcasting licence
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/551231/red-shirts-petition-un-over-peace-tv-ban

3 MAY 2015

Thai Junta Urged to End Press Censorship on 2015 World Media Day

Four media organizations in Thailand have released a joint statement calling on the ruling military junta to cease restricting freedom of the press on the occasion of World Media Freedom Day
http://www.khaosodenglish.com/detail.php?newsid=1430648233&section=11

3 APRIL 2015

Thai junta chief threatens to shut down critical media

Thailand’s junta chief Friday vowed to shut down critical media outlets as he faced a growing international backlash against his decision to replace martial law with new powers retaining his absolute authority
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/thai-junta-chief-threatens-shut-down-critical-media

1 APRIL 2015

Thai junta lifts martial law, but retains broad powers

Thailand’s ruling junta said on Wednesday it had lifted martial law imposed just before a coup 10 months ago, but it invoked a security clause in the country’s interim constitution that will mean the military will retain broad powers
http://www.france24.com/en/20150402-thailand-junta-replaces-martial-law-with-absolute-power/
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/thai-junta-lifts-martial/1761978.html
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/human-rights-groups/1761314.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/515247/martial-law-is-over

25 MARCH 2015

Thai prime minister threatens to ‘execute’ journalists

Thailand’s military leader has lashed out at journalists saying he would « probably just execute » those who did « not report the truth », in the latest outburst aimed at Thailand’s media
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/03/thai-prime-minister-threatens-journalists-150325153930665.html
http://www.irrawaddy.org/asia/thai-pm-warns-media-says-has-power-to-execute-reporters.html

11 MARCH 2015

New Thai Constitution Enacted By 4 Sept: Govt

Thailand’s 20th constitution will be inaugurated by His Majesty the King on 4 September 2015, government officials announced on Wednesday
http://www.khaosodenglish.com/detail.php?newsid=1426141101&section=11

24 FEBRUARY 2015

Thai anti-graft body indicts 250 former MPs over charter change

Thailand’s anti-graft agency indicted 250 former lawmakers on Tuesday, a member of the body said, in a ruling that will further erode the influence of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/thai-anti-graft-body-indicts-250-former-mps-over-charter-change
http://www2.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/482705/nacc-votes-to-impeach-abhisit-suthep

19 FEBRUARY 2015

Thai ex-PM Yingluck indicted over rice subsidy scheme

Former Thai premier Yingluck Shinawatra was formally indicted over a bungled rice subsidy scheme Thursday in the latest legal move against her polarising family that could see her jailed for up to a decade
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/thai-ex-pm-yingluck-indicted-over-rice-subsidy-scheme
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-31529663

28 JANUARY 2015

Thai Red Shirt leader sentenced to two years in jail

Leader of the opposition Red Shirt movement Jatuporn Prompan imprisonment for defaming ex-prime minister.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/01/thai-red-shirt-leader-sentenced-years-jail-150128083158482.html
http://www.nst.com.my/node/71149

23 JANUARY 2015

Impeachment and trial for former Thai Premier Yingluck Shinawatra

190 MPs out of 219vote in favor of impeachment. The prosecutor orders indictment for corruption and negligence. Former Prime Minister charged with subsidies for rice production, leaving a billion dollar deficit in state coffers. For supporters the move aims to eliminate her from political life
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30928835
http://www.euronews.com/2015/01/23/thailand-army-calls-on-people-to-respect-shinawatra-impeachment/

23 JANUARY 2015

Impeachment and trial for former Thai Premier Yingluck Shinawatra

190 MPs out of 219vote in favor of impeachment. The prosecutor orders indictment for corruption and negligence. Former Prime Minister charged with subsidies for rice production, leaving a billion dollar deficit in state coffers. For supporters the move aims to eliminate her from political life
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30928835
http://www.euronews.com/2015/01/23/thailand-army-calls-on-people-to-respect-shinawatra-impeachment/

9 JANUARY 2015

Thai ex-PM Yingluck Shinawatra’s impeachment hearing begins

Thailand’s ousted Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is facing an impeachment hearing, proceedings that could see her banned from politics for five years and reignite the country’s bitter divisions
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2015/01/thai-pm-impeachment-hearing-begin-201518222314755235.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/455691/yingluck-denies-all-charges
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/ousted-thai-pms-impeachment-poses-dilemma-junta

6 JANUARY 2015

Thai navy eyes procuring submarines following shelved bid

Thailand’s commanding naval admirals are once again reviving stalled efforts to procure submarines and have resolved recently to bring their efforts to fruition
http://english.chinamil.com.cn/news-channels/international-military-news/2015-01/06/content_6299697.htm

2 JANUARY 2015

Thai PM puts hurry up on defence budgets

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is pushing the military to more quickly draft its spending plans for the 2016 fiscal year and submit them within the month.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/general/453695/pm-puts-hurry-up-on-defence-budgets

26 DECEMBER 2014

Thai Constitution Drafters Pave Way For Unelected PM

Thailand’s junta-appointed Constitutional Drafting Committee (CDC) has announced that the new charter will not require the Prime Minister to be an elected member of parliament.
http://www.khaosodenglish.com/detail.php?newsid=1419578744&section=11
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/politics/CDC-allays-fears-on-outsider-PM-30250807.html

16 DECEMBER 2014

The making of pseudo-democracy

The further the constitution drafting goes, the uglier the expected outcome becomes. Under the guidance of the military government, the drafting is far from being democratic or fair
http://asiapacific.anu.edu.au/newmandala/2014/12/16/thailands-2015-constitution-the-making-of-pseudo-democracy/

12 DECEMBER 2014

Thailand crown prince’s wife resigns from royalty

The wife of Thailand’s Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn, Srirasmi, has resigned her royal position, the palace has announced.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30458296
http://www.asiasentinel.com/politics/succession-tug-of-war-over-ousted-thai-princess/

2 DECEMBER 2014

The Thai government recognises Malaysia’s role as the facilitator for peace efforts in southern Thailand, said Najib Razak
http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2014/12/02/Thai-PM-gives-assurance/
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asean/446530/thailand-malaysia-set-peace-talks-conditions

1 DECEMBER 2014

Thailand’s junta unlikely to relax grip yet

As an ailing King Bhumibol Adulyadej approaches his 87th birthday this Friday, Thailand’s military regime is giving more indications that it intends to stay in power longer than previously stated. As the inevitable royal succession looms for a country that venerates the King, the army has to all intents and purposes ruled out lifting martial law any time soon http://www.asianewsnet.net/Thailands-junta-unlikely-to-relax-grip-yet-68335.html

20 NOVEMBER 2014

More held in military-led Thailand after flashing ‘Hunger Games’ salute

The central figure in « The Hunger Games, » the hit sci-fi series about an oppressed people’s struggle against a totalitarian regime, is being evoked for real, now, in Thailand among university students expressing their opposition to that southeast Asian nation’s military rulers.
http://edition.cnn.com/2014/11/20/world/asia/thailand-hunger-games-salute/index.html?hpt=ias_c1 http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/21/world/asia/thailand-protesters-hunger-games-salute.html?ref=asia&_r=0

5 NOVEMBER 2014

Thai junta appoints charter drafting committee

Thailand’s military-installed government has appointed a committee to draft the country’s new constitution amid speculation that it will seek to bar former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and his allies from politics.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/127998/thai-junta-appoints-charter-drafting-committee/

3 NOVEMBER 2014

Thai PM orders media to stop ‘presenting news’ on Thaksin

Thailand’s junta leader on Monday threatened to tighten controls of the media unless they stop « presenting news » about former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, after photographs of the billionaire cuddling a panda went viral
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/thai-pm-orders-media-stop-presenting-news-thaksin

9 OCTOBER 2014

Thailand’s Coup and the Threat of the King’s Death

The Thai Army’s claim that it is politically neutral, is seeking to find a peaceful solution to the country’s crisis and that it genuinely wishes to broker reconciliation between different political factions is simply fraudulent.
http://www.asiasentinel.com/politics/thailand-coup-threat-kings-death/

6 OCTOBER 2014

Thailand’s coup government forms reform council

A committee appointed by Thailand’s military has selected a 250-member advisory group to help write a new national constitution.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/127245/thailands-coup-government-forms-reform-council/

25 SEPTEMBER 2014

Thai Assembly Votes Itself the Power to Impeach Politicians, Sideline Critics

Thailand’s military-dominated legislature gave itself the power to impeach political office holders on Thursday, edging a step closer to rooting out the influence of controversial former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.
http://www.voanews.com/content/reu-thai-assembly-votes-itself-the-powe-to-impeach-politicains-sideline-critics/2462002.html

15 SEPTEMBER 2014

Thai king discharged after more than month in hospital

Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world’s longest-reigning monarch, was discharged on Monday in what the palace said was a healthy condition after nearly five weeks of treatment at a Bangkok hospital for stomach inflammation
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/thai-king-discharged-after-more-month-hospital

3 SEPTEMBER 2014

UN voices ‘serious concern’ on human rights in Thailand

The United Nations said Wednesday it was « seriously concerned » about growing restrictions on human rights activists in Thailand after a string of curbs on freedom of expression in the junta-ruled nation.
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/politics/UN-voices-serious-concern-on-human-rights-in-Thail-30242420.html

2 SEPTEMBER 2014

Thai junta blocks rights meeting in Bangkok

Three independent agencies cancelled their scheduled forum on « Access to Justice in Thailand: Currently Unavailable » on Tuesday under pressure from the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/430103/ncpo-forces-rights-groups-to-cancel-forum
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/thai-junta-blocks-rights-meeting-bangkok

28 AUGUST 2014

Criminal Court declines to hear murder case against Abhisit and Suthep

The Criminal Court yesterday 28 rejected the murder lawsuit against former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and his former deputy Suthep Thaugsuban on the grounds that it did not have jurisdiction in the case
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/politics/Criminal-Court-declines-to-hear-murder-case-agains-30242017.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/429172/criminal-court-rules-it-has-no-jurisdiction-in-abhisit-suthep-murder-case

25 AUGUST 2014

Thailand coup leader Prayuth sworn in as PM

Prayuth, 60, was officially sworn in during a ceremony in Bangkok after being endorsed by King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
http://www.euronews.com/2014/08/25/thailand-coup-leader-prayuth-sworn-in-as-pm/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-28923989

21 AUGUST 2014

Thailand army chief, General Prayut Chan-O-Cha, appointed prime minister

Thailand’s junta-picked national assembly has chosen coup leader, General Prayut Chan-O-Cha, as prime minister in a one-horse race that entrenches the military’s hold on power
http://www.news.com.au/world/thailand-army-chief-general-prayut-chanocha-appointed-prime-minister/story-fndir2ev-1227032107221
http://www.euronews.com/2014/08/21/thailand-s-army-chief-named-as-country-s-pm/

8 AUGUST 2014

Thai junta-led assembly in debut meet as army extends grip

Thailand’s new military-stacked National Legislative Assembly convened for the first time on Friday, electing a president in a key step towards crafting a new constitution likely to embed the army’s political influence
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/thai-junta-led-assembly-debut-meet-army-extends-grip

Thailand ‘key to growing China-Asean cooperation’

China sees the upcoming Asean Economic Community (AEC) as an opportunity for further cooperation with the region, and says Thailand can play a leading role in the strengthening of these ties.
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/business/Thailand-key-to-growing-China-Asean-cooperation-30240582.html

NCPO to seek extradition of lese majeste suspects

The ruling junta will seek the extradition of Thais living overseas for allegedly offending the monarchy, General Prayuth Chan-ocha said
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/politics/NCPO-to-seek-extradition-of-lese-majeste-suspects-30240608.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/425727/prayuth-warns-lese-majeste-targets

1 AUGUST 2014

Thai king appoints 200 National Legislative Assembly members

The King has issued a royal command to appoint 200 members of the National Legislative Assembly. More than half of them are either former or active military officers as expected
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/politics/His-Majesty-appoints-200-National-Legislative-Asse-30239991.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-28598995
http://asiancorrespondent.com/125281/infographic-thailands-junta-appointed-national-legislative-assembly/

23 JULY 2014

A first look at Thailand’s new interim constitution who gives absolute power to the junta

Two months after Thailand’s military has staged a coup on May 22, 2014, the country has now adopted a new interim constitution. Army chief and junta leader General Prayuth Chan-Ocha got His Majesty’s endorsement of the country’s 19th constitution.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/125027/a-first-look-at-thailands-new-interim-constitution/
http://asiancorrespondent.com/125032/thai-interim-constitution-gives-absolute-power-to-the-junta/

22 JULY 2014

Thai King has endorsed interim charter

Gen Prayuth informed the meeting of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) on Tuesday of the royal endorsement of the temporary constitution.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/421777/king-has-endorsed-interim-constitution-says-coup-leader-prayuth
http://lawdrafter.blogspot.com.au/2014/07/translation-of-constitution-of-kingdom.html?m=1

20 JULY 2014

Thai journalists concerned about junta’s move to clamp down

The Thai Journalists Association (TJA) expressed concern yesterday at the ruling junta’s order issued on Friday night barring all media from criticising its work
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/politics/Journalists-concerned-about-juntas-move-to-clamp-d-30238973.html
http://asiancorrespondent.com/124926/thai-junta-to-media-criticize-us-and-we-will-shut-you-down/

17 JULY 2014

Thai junta allows ex-PM Yingluck Shinawatra to leave country

Deposed premier permitted to leave Thailand for first time since 22 May coup because she has stayed out of politics, junta says
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/17/thai-junta-allows-deposed-prime-minister-leave-country

28 JUNE 2014

Thailand’s military rulers plan elections for October 2015

Thailand’s military junta will install an interim constitution next month, and elections will be held around October 2015, its leader announced yesterday
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/thailand/10932302/Thailands-military-rulers-plan-elections-for-October-2015.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-28069578

27 JUNE 2014

Wealthy Thais vent anger over sanction with EU goods boycott

Wealthy Thais who have welcomed military rule are now calling for what may prove a more wrenching change: a boycott of their beloved European cars, wines and boutiques
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/0f6e80b8-fdde-11e3-bd0e-00144feab7de.html?siteedition=intl#axzz35rreYz6u

24 JUNE 2014

Ex-minister forms Thai opposition group from exile

Former Interior Minister Charupong Reuangsuwan said Tuesday in an open letter read on YouTube and posted on Facebook that the Organization of Free Thais for Human Rights and Democracy rejects the junta’s legitimacy
http://asiancorrespondent.com/124104/ex-minister-forms-thai-opposition-group-from-exile/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27991023

23 JUNE 2014

EU suspends cooperation with Thailand over military coup

The European Union on Monday condemned the military takeover in Thailand, saying it was suspending all official visits to the country and shelving important agreements to back up calls for an urgent return to democratic rule.
http://www.france24.com/en/20140623-eu-suspends-cooperation-with-thailand-over-military-coup/
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/416929/eu-cuts-back-thailand-ties

20 JUNE 2014

Thai government condemned in annual US human trafficking report

US downgrades Thailand to lowest ranking in human trafficking index for ‘systematic failure’ to prosecute slavers
http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2014/jun/20/thai-government-us-human-trafficking-report
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/416486/washington-downgrades-thailand-over-human-trafficking

18 JUNE 2014

Thailand launches 24-hour hotline over misbehaving Buddhist monks

Misbehaving monks face censure after Thai religious authorities said they had launched a 24-hour hotline for the public to report unruly acts by Buddhist monks
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/thailand-launches-24-hour-hotline-over-misbehaving-buddhist-monks
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/thailand/10908910/Thailand-launches-monk-bad-behaviour-hotline.html

17 JUNE 2014

Cambodia slams Thailand over post-coup worker exodus

Some 188,000 Cambodians — who help keep major Thai industries afloat but often lack official work permits — have streamed across the border since the junta warned last week that illegal foreign workers face arrest and deportation
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/415941/cambodia-slams-thailand-over-post-coup-worker-exodus
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27888009

15 JUNE 2014

More than 110,000 Cambodian migrants flee Thailand after coup

On Wednesday Thailand’s military regime, which seized power in a coup on May 22, had threatened to arrest and deport all illegal foreign workers.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/more-110000-cambodian-migrants-flee-thailand-after-coup

13 JUNE 2014

Thailand Curfew lifted nationwide

The junta on Friday announced the end of a curfew in other parts of the country minutes after coup leader Prayuth Chan-ocha pledged for a quick end of the nighttime ban
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/415205/curfew-lifted-across-thailand

11 JUNE 2014

Thailand votes against international forced labour protocol

Perpetrators of forced labour, which is estimated to affect 21 million people globally, will be punished in most countries under a UN treaty agreed on Wednesday, though Thailand voted against the treaty and nearly all Gulf countries – including Qatar – abstained
http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2014/jun/13/thailand-votes-against-forced-labour-protocol

6 JUNE 2014

Thai junta arrests anti-coup activist Sombat

Sombat Boonngamanong, who spearheaded an online campaign to stage illegal flashmob rallies against the military takeover, was arrested late on Thursday in eastern Chonburi province
http://asiancorrespondent.com/123554/thai-junta-arrests-anti-coup-activist-sombat/
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/06/thai-anti-coup-leader-captured-army-20146624958782826.html

1 JUNE 2014

Thousands of police deployed as ‘Red Shirts’ protest in Bangkok

Thailand’s ruling junta deployed thousands of security forces on the streets of Bangkok on Sunday to thwart a round of small-scale protests planned by the country’s “Red Shirts” denouncing the May 22 military coup
http://www.france24.com/en/20140601-thousands-police-deployed-red-shirts-protest-bangkok-thailand/
http://www.euronews.com/2014/06/01/thailand-anti-coup-protesters-scuffle-with-troops/

30 MAY 2014

Thai coup leader rules out polls for a year

The head of Thailand’s military regime has ruled out elections for at least a year and promised that soldiers would head back to their barracks once the country’s unresolved political issues have been addressed
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/05/thai-coup-leader-rules-out-polls-year-201453016932350430.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/thailand/10866048/Thailand-junta-chief-says-elections-may-not-be-for-another-year.html

27 MAY 2014

Thai minister arrested for condemning military coup

Armed troops detained a Thai Cabinet minister who emerged from hiding on Tuesday to condemn last week’s military coup and urge a return to civilian rule.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/thailand/10858097/Thai-minister-arrested-for-condemning-military-coup.html

http://www.voanews.com/content/reu-thai-military-rulers-get-to-work/1923239.html

26 MAY 2014

Thai king endorses army chief as new leader

General Prayuth Chan-ocha told journalists on Monday morning that the much revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej, 86, had officially backed him as the leader of the military council now running the country.
http://www.euronews.com/2014/05/26/thailand-king-endorses-leader-of-military-coup/25 MAY 2014
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/05/thai-military-ruler-receives-royal-backing-201452642650311570.html
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/26/thai-king-endorses-army-chief-leader-military-coup

25 MAY 2014

Thai Junta dissolves Senate, set to form legislative assembly

Junta chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha, who is also the acting prime minister, has dissolved the Senate, the only remaining legislative body, and is set to assume legislative power, according to an order issued by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) last night
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/junta-dissolves-senate-set-form-legislative-assembly
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/thailand/10855398/Thailands-military-junta-warns-it-will-not-tolerate-any-further-dissent.html

Yingluck goes home from barracks

The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) released former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra from an army camp on Sunday night, an army source said

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/411741/yingluck-goes-home-from-barracks

24 MAY 2014

Thai Coup Leaders Tighten Grip, US Reacts

The U.S. military has canceled training and readiness exercises with Thailand, as well as a visit to the Asian nation by U.S. Pacific Fleet Commander originally scheduled for June, the Pentagon said
http://www.voanews.com/content/thais-march-against-coup/1921616.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/05/reports-army-detains-ex-thai-pm-2014523134254225975.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/thailand/10853546/Thai-leaders-detention-gives-them-time-to-think-army-claims.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/coup/411568/prayuth-takes-total-control

23 MAY 2014

Thai military detains politicians and activists

Thailand’s military has detained more than 150 politicians and activists and banned them from leaving the country, a day after the army chief seized power in a coup declared necessary to « restore order and normality » in the politically divided nation.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/23/thai-military-detains-politicians-activists
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/thailand/10852060/Thai-army-detains-former-PM-Yingluck-after-military-coup.html
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Bangkok,-Army-summons-ex-premier:-Travel-bans-and-threats-of-arrest-for-politicians-31155.html
http://www.france24.com/en/20140523-thai-junta-summons-deposed-leaders-coup/

 Timeline: Thailand’s coups

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/88970d60-e1b0-11e3-9999-00144feabdc0.html?siteedition=intl#axzz32YCqH4z5

22 MAY 2014

Thai military seizes power, suspends constitution

Thailand’s army chief announced a coup d’état on Thursday, declaring that it was “necessary” to restore stability and order after six months of political deadlock and turmoil
http://www.france24.com/en/thailand-military-coup-general-prayuth-political-deadlock-turmoil/
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/411226/prayuth-coup-is-necessary
http://www.euronews.com/2014/05/22/thai-army-seizes-power-and-imposes-curfew/

21 MAY 2014

Who Wins in Thailand’s Military Crackdown?

Thailand’s military gingerly but decisively declared martial law in the dawn hours of May 20, closing television stations and ordering Bangkok’s 10 million-odd citizens to stay calm. A military spokesman denied the crackdown was a coup as armed troops scattered throughout the city.

http://www.asiasentinel.com/politics/who-wins-thailand-military-crackdown/

20 MAY 2014

Thai Army Declares Martial Law, But Says It’s Not a Coup

Thailand’s military says martial law will stay in place until peace and order are restored, following months of sometimes deadly anti-government protests
http://www.voanews.com/content/thai-army-declares-martial-law-but-says-its-not-a-coup/1918780.html
http://www.france24.com/en/20140520-thailand-army-martial-law/
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/05/cloneofthailand-army-declares-martial-law-201451-201452017300819831.html

16 MAY 2014

Thai Senate ducks call to pick unelected PM

Thai opposition protesters suffered a setback Friday in their long-running battle to topple the government as the upper house of parliament shunned their call to pick an unelected premier
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/410167/thai-senate-ducks-call-to-pick-unelected-pm

15 MAY 2014

Thai election commission wants July 20 polls postponed

Thailand’s election commission has called for planned July 20 polls to be postponed, after anti-government protesters invaded a meeting between its officials and the caretaker government on Thursday morning

http://www.asianewsnet.net/Thai-election-commission-wants-July-20-polls-postp-60405.html

13 MAY 2014

Thai separatists’ launch series of attacks

Suspected Muslim separatists in southern Thailand have launched a wave of more than 30 attacks including shootings, bombings and arson, police said, killing one person and injuring more than 10.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/05/separatists-launch-series-attacks-201451291754228995.html

10 MAY 2014

Supporters of ousted Thai PM hold first big rally

Thousands of Thai government supporters are holding a large rally just outside Bangkok, their first since the prime minister was ousted earlier this week

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27354521

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/409107/reds-renew-civil-war-warning

http://www.asianewsnet.net/Final-fight-to-topple-Thai-govt-60166.html

9 MAY 2014

Thailand police fire tear gas at protesters in Bangkok

Thai police have fired water cannons and tear gas at protesters in Bangkok, two days after a court ousted Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27337006
http://www.euronews.com/2014/05/09/thailand-protests-over-interim-government-gather-force/

8 MAY 2014

Thailand: NACC decides to impeach Yingluck

The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) resolved on Thursday to bring impeachment proceedings against former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra over the rice-pledging scheme, with criminal charges
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/408766/nacc-decides-to-impeach-yingluck-in-the-senate
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27325898
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/thai-graft-agency-rules-against-ex-pm-red-shirts-head-bangkok

7 MAY 2014

Court Orders Thai Leader Removed From Office

The Constitutional Court ruled that Ms. Yingluck abused her power when she transferred a civil servant to another post more than three years ago. The court ordered her to step down immediately along with all members of her cabinet who were in office at the time of the transfer.
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/08/world/asia/court-orders-thai-leader-removed-from-office.html?hp&_r=0
http://www.euronews.com/2014/05/07/thai-prime-minister-yingluck-shinawatra-forced-to-quit-after-court-ruling/
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/408561/yingluck-removed-niwatthamrong-acting-pm

6 MAY 2014

Thai PM Yingluck Shinawatra in court over abuse of power claims

Thailand’s prime minister, Yingluck Shinawatra, has defended herself against abuse of power allegations in a crucial court case that is one of several legal challenges that could remove her from office
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/06/thai-prime-minister-yingluck-shinawatra-court-abuse-power
http://www.euronews.com/2014/05/06/thai-pm-in-court-over-abuse-of-power/
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/thailand/10811285/Thai-prime-minister-likely-to-be-removed-from-office.html

5 MAY 2014

Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej marks 64th anniversary of coronation

World’s longest-reigning monarch and father figure for Thais makes rare public appearance aged 86 in coastal town of Thailand’s coastal town of Hua Hin

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/thailand/10808819/Thailands-King-Bhumibol-Adulyadej-marks-64th-anniversary-of-coronation.html

http://www.euronews.com/2014/05/05/thailand-celebrates-coronation-of-king-bhumibol-crowned-64-years-ago/

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/408182/king-attends-coronation-day-ceremony

3 MAY 2014

Abhisit urges delay in July polls to allow time for reforms

Thai opposition leader Abhisit Vejjajiva on Saturday urged that a general election planned for July be delayed by up to six months to allow time for reforms aimed at ending a protracted political crisis that threatens to explode
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/abhisit-urges-delay-july-polls-allow-time-reforms
http://www.voanews.com/content/thai-opposition-leader-calls-again-for-pm-resignation/1906759.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27266426

30 APRIL 2014

Thailand to Hold General Election July 20

Thailand’s Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and her country’s Election Commission have agreed to hold a new vote July 20. It is unclear whether the country’s opposition, which is involved in a prolonged standoff with Ms. Yingluck, will participate in the general election
http://www.voanews.com/content/thailand-to-hold-general-election-july-20/1904233.html
http://www.euronews.com/2014/04/30/new-thai-general-election-to-take-place-on-july-20/

17 APRIL 2014

Two Journalists in Thailand Face Charges Due to Pulitzer Prize Report

An excerpt from a Pulitzer Prize report posted online by a website in Thailand has led to a criminal court case against two journalists in the country. They are accused of defaming the Thai navy for its alleged involvement in trafficking of some refugees from Burma.
http://www.voanews.com/content/thailand-charges-journalists-with-defamation-for-rohingya-story/1895237.html
http://asiancorrespondent.com/121777/phuket-journalists-on-trial-for-quoting-pulitzer-prize-winning-rohingya-trafficking-report/

15 APRIL 2014

Divorce rate up 27 per cent over past decade

While many Thai families continue to celebrate Songkran and enjoyed National Family Day yesterday, the Public Health Ministry highlighted the fragile state of some families after revealing the divorce rate had risen 27 per cent over the past nine years
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/national/Divorce-rate-up-27-per-cent-over-past-decade-30231495.html

30 MARCH 2014

Thailand Votes in Upper House Election

Thais voted Sunday to choose legislators for the upper house of parliament in a test for Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s beleaguered government

http://www.voanews.com/content/thailand-votes-in-upper-house-election/1882275.html

21 MARCH 2014

Thai court rules general election invalid

The vote was unconstitutional because it did not take place on the same day across the country, the court said
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-26677772
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/401087/election-commission-says-no-new-vote-for-months
http://www.voanews.com/content/thai-court-nullifies-election/1876018.html

18 MARCH 2014

Thai government lifts Bangkok emergency as tension eases

Thailand’s government lifted a state of emergency in Bangkok and surrounding provinces two months after imposing it to curb anti-government protests, as the security situation has improved due to the dwindling number of demonstrators
http://www.euronews.com/2014/03/18/thailand-bangkok-state-of-emergency-lifted/
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/thai-government-lift-bangkok-emergency-tension-eases

13 MARCH 2014

Economic Implications of Thailand’s Unrest

http://cogitasia.com/economic-implications-of-thailands-unrest/

2 MARCH 2014

Thai poll re-runs pass peacefully as Red Shirts gather

Thailand’s first poll re-runs passed peacefully Sunday following a widely disrupted general election, as pro-government « Red Shirts » stepped up rallies in support of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s battered administration.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/thai-poll-re-runs-pass-peacefully-red-shirts-gather
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/03/thailand-re-runs-polls-amid-shrinking-rallies-2014325323924990.html

1 MARCH 2014

Bangkok shutdown ends but not protests

At least four major intersections in downtown Bangkok will be returned to the public as Suthep Thaugsuban, leader of Thailand’s anti-government People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC), declared late last night that all his rally sites would be consolidated into just one site centred at Lumpini Park
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Bangkok-shutdown-ends-but-not-protests-57577.html
http://www.voanews.com/content/thai-protesters-scale-back-demonstrations/1861920.html

24 FEBRUARY 2014

Thai army chief rules out intervention

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra leaves Bangkok for unknown destination, as political unrest claims another life
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/02/thai-army-chief-rules-out-intervention-20142246282235291.html
http://www.france24.com/en/20140224-thai-army-chief-urges-dialogue-rare-tv-address-thaksin-prayuth-chan-ocha/
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/thai-army-chief-cautions-nation-may-collapse-violence-escalates

23 FEBRUARY 2014

Grenade kills two in Bangkok amid fears over political violence

Two people were killed — including a child — in a grenade attack Sunday in a main Bangkok shopping district, drawing the Thai prime minister’s denunciation of « terrorist acts » as fears over violence mount after a near four-month political crisis.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/396585/grenade-kills-two-in-bangkok-amid-fears-over-political-violence
http://www.france24.com/en/20140223-bomb-bangkok-anti-government-protests-yingluck-shinawatra/

22 FEBRURY 2014

Gunmen kill girl, wound dozens at Thai anti-govt rally

A five-year-old girl was killed and 30 other people were wounded after gunmen sprayed bullets on an anti-government rally in eastern Thailand
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/gunmen-kill-girl-wound-dozens-thai-anti-govt-rally
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-26311828

20 FEBRUARY 2014

Thai Prime Minister denies corruption allegations over rice program

Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has denied allegations that she failed to heed warnings of possible corruption in a rice subsidy program whose recent problems have stoked anger among farmers in the country’s rural heartland.

http://edition.cnn.com/2014/02/20/world/asia/thailand-protests/index.html?hpt=ias_c1

19 FEBRUARY 2014

Thai court bans use of force against peaceful protests

A Thai court ordered the government on Wednesday not to use force against peaceful protests, as demonstrators vowed to intensify efforts to unseat the premier a day after street clashes left five dead and dozens wounded

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/thai-court-bans-use-of/1005212.html

18 FEBRUARY 2014

Thailand: 4 dead, dozens injured in Bangkok clashes

One policeman and three civilians died and at least 57 people were injured when police and anti-government protesters clashed in Bangkok earlier today.
http://edition.cnn.com/2014/02/17/world/asia/thailand-protests/index.html?hpt=ias_c1
http://www.france24.com/en/20140218-thailand-violent-clashes-bangkok-police-protesters/
http://www.nbcnews.com/news/asia/thai-pm-corruption-charges-violence-rages-bangkok-n32516

17 FEBRUARY 2014

Protesters surround Thai Government House

Thousands of protesters seeking to oust Thai prime minister, Yingluck Shinawatra, surrounded the government’s headquarters in Bangkok on Monday, while hundreds of farmers have breached razor-wire barricades outside her temporary office in another part of the capital.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/02/protesters-surround-thai-government-house-201421751444165334.html

14 FEBRUARY 2014

Thai police retake protest camps in Bangkok

Hundreds of riot police have moved through parts of the Thai capital to retake areas occupied by protesters who have been demanding the resignation of the government for the past three months.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/02/thai-police-retake-protest-camps-bangkok-20142145210548224.html
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AS_THAILAND_POLITICS?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2014-02-14-07-09-50&utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=%2AMorning%20Brief&utm_campaign=MB%2002.14.14

12 FEBRUARY 2014

Thai court rejects bid to nullify election

Opposition party had petitioned to annul vote and disband Shinawatra’s party, after polls were disrupted by violence.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/02/thai-court-rejects-bid-nullify-election-201421294733345671.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/394664/court-rejects-petition-to-void-feb-2-election

10 FEBRUARY 2014

Thai police arrest senior protest leader

Sonthiyarn Cheunruethainaitham, former managing director of news company Tnews, arrested a hotel in northern Bangkok
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/feb/10/thai-police-arrest-senior-protest-leader-bangkok
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2014-02-10/thai-police-arrest-first-antigovernment-protest-leader/1262482

4 FEBRUARY 2014

Democrats ask to have Pheu Thai dissolved

The Democrat Party yesterday lodged a complaint with the Constitutional Court against Pheu Thai Party, calling for dissolution of the ruling party for pushing the February 2 election to be held despite an Election Commission recommendation to delay the poll.

http://www.nationmultimedia.com/politics/Democrats-ask-to-have-Pheu-Thai-dissolved-30226091.html

3 FEBRUARY 2014

Democrat Party to seek court annulment of Thailand election

The Democrat Party is collecting evidence to seek a Constitution Court ruling to invalidate snap election held yesterday, said party deputy leader Ong-art Klampaiboon.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/democrat-party-seek-court-annulment-thailand-election
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-26012474

2 FEBRUARY 2014

Thailand election disrupted by protests

Protests have disrupted Thailand’s general election, halting voting in parts of Bangkok and the south, but officials say that 89% of polling stations operated normally.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-26003995
http://www.euronews.com/2014/02/02/thailand-election-polling-disrupted-but-no-major-violence/
http://www.france24.com/en/20140202-thailand-vote-polls-general-elections-protests/

1 FEBRUARY 2014

Bangkok rocked by gunfire and bombs as protests grow on eve of poll

Gunfire and explosions rocked Bangkok following clashes between pro-government « red shirts » and protesters, leading to fears of further violence as Thais head to the polls.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/feb/01/bangkok-bombs-protests-grow-eve-poll
http://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2014/feb/01/thailand-unrest-violence-election-demonstrations-video

26 JANUARY 2014

Thai protest leader shot dead in Bangkok

Suthin Tharathin, a prominent protester, shot in head as he spoke at an anti-government demonstration in Thai capital.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/01/thai-protester-shot-dead-while-giving-speech-20141268467963102.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25900604

22 JANUARY 2014

Thai ‘red-shirt’ leader shot as emergency rule begins

Kwanchai Praipana, a local radio presenter who played a large role in Bangkok protests in 2010, was wounded at his home in Udon Thani in the north
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25827976
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/01/thai-pro-government-protest-leader-shot-2014122539123402.html

21 JANUARY 2014

State of emergency declared for Bangkok

The Thai government has imposed a 60-day state of emergency in the capital, Bangkok, and the surrounding provinces, from Wednesday, to cope with unrest
http://edition.cnn.com/2014/01/21/world/asia/thailand-emergency/index.html?hpt=ias_c1
http://www.euronews.com/2014/01/21/thai-government-impose-60-day-state-of-emergency-in-bangkok/

19 JANUARY 2014

28 hurt as explosions rock anti-government protest site in Thailand

Two explosions shook an anti-government demonstration site in Thailand’s capital on Sunday, wounding at least 28 people in the latest violence to hit Bangkok as the nation’s increasingly bloody political crisis drags on
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jan/19/thailand-bombings-political-violence-bangkok
http://www.euronews.com/2014/01/19/thailand-many-hurt-in-blasts-at-anti-government-protest-camp/

17 JANUARY 2014

Thailand crisis: Blast targets Bangkok protest rally

A blast at an anti-government rally in Thailand’s capital, Bangkok, has injured more than 30 people, amid an ongoing political crisis.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25772589
http://www.euronews.com/2014/01/17/thailand-blast-injures-anti-government-protesters/

16 JANUARY 2014

Yingluck to be probed, ex-ministers charged on rice scheme

The anti-graft agency will investigate caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s role in the rice pledging scheme after bringing formal charges of corruption against two of her cabinet ministers
http://www.bangkokpost.com/business/news/389909/yingluck-to-be-probed-ex-ministers-charged-on-rice-scheme
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/thai-anti-graft-panel-probe-pm-yingluck

13 JANUARY 2014

Protesters ‘shutdown’ Bangkok in bid to unseat PM

Anti-government protesters blockaded key intersections in Bangkok Monday, aiming to paralyse Thailand’s capital and increase mounting pressure on Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to resign.
http://www.france24.com/en/20140113-thailand-protest-bangkok-shinawatra/
http://www.euronews.com/2014/01/13/bangkok-shutdown-as-anti-government-protest-takes-hold/

Is Thailand ready for Asean Economic Community?

Much has been said about the AEC (Asean Economic Community) and its far-reaching implications for Thailand. During the past two years, the country has been the most active within Asean as far as the AEC campaign is concerned. As much as 8 billion baht (US242 million) in various forms were spent to « raise awareness and preparedness of Thailand and the Thai people for the AEC. »

http://www.asianewsnet.net/Is-Thailand-ready-for-Asean-Economic-Community-56056.html

11 JANUARY 2014

Thailand: Seven hurt as gunmen fire on Bangkok protest

At least seven people have been injured when unknown gunmen opened fire on anti-government demonstrators in the protest-hit Thai capital, Bangkok.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25694630
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jan/11/gunmen-open-fire-bangkok-protesters-thailand

6 JANUARY 2014

Army silence sparks coup panic

The military has emerged as the key player and is under tremendous pressure from all sides in the face of the fierce political conflict that many fear will escalate next week

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/388268/army-silence-sparks-coup-panic

4 JANUARY 2014

Thai ruling party launches election bid amid protests

Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s party on Saturday kicked off campaigning for February elections in the face of an opposition boycott and protester plans to « shut down » Bangkok in a bid to derail the vote.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/387921/thai-ruling-party-launches-election-bid-amid-protests
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/politics/Election-on-track-EC-30223479.html

28 DECEMBER 2013

Gunmen kill 1 protester, injure 3 in Thai anti-government protest

Gunmen opened fire on peaceful protesters in Thailand early Saturday, killing one and wounding three, national security chief Paradon Patthanathabut said.

http://edition.cnn.com/2013/12/28/world/asia/thailand-protests/index.html?hpt=ias_c1

27 DECEMBER 2013

Thai Army Chief Calls for Restraint, Does Not Rule Out Coup

Thailand Army Chief General Prayuth Chan-ocah called Friday for restraint from both sides, and did not explicitly rule out the possibility of a military coup.

http://www.voanews.com/content/thai-army-chief-calls-for-restraint-does-not-rule-out-coup/1818442.html

26 DECEMBER 2013

Thailand protests: Yingluck government rejects election delay

Thailand’s government has rejected calls to delay February’s election, amid increasingly violent protests in which a policeman has been shot dead.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25519328
http://www.theguardian.com/global/2013/dec/26/thailand-police-battle-protesters-disrupt-elections

25 DECEMBER 2013

Thai premier proposes reform council

Thailand’s prime minister has proposed the formation of a reform council to mollify a protest movement seeking to topple her government, but demonstrators immediately rejected the idea.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/12/thai-premier-proposes-reform-council-2013122594053492224.html
http://www.euronews.com/2013/12/25/thailand-clashes-as-government-compromise-is-rejected/

22 DECEMBER 2013

Thailand protesters call on government to step down

Tens of thousands of people take to the streets of the Thai capital Bangkok to step up efforts to oust the government and force political reforms
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/thailand/10533360/Thailand-protesters-call-on-government-to-step-down.html

21 DECEMBER 2013

Thai opposition to boycott 2 February elections

Thailand’s main opposition Democrat Party has announced it will boycott snap elections set for 2 February
http://www.euronews.com/2013/12/21/thai-opposition-party-to-boycott-election/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25475644

17 DECEMBER 2013

Thai ex-PM Abhisit re-elected as opposition party chief

Thailand’s opposition Democrat Party re-elected former Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva as its leader Tuesday ahead of a crucial decision over whether to boycott upcoming elections.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/117312/thai-ex-pm-abhisit-re-elected-as-opposition-party-chief/

14 DECEMBER 2013

Thai military chief rebuffs protesters’ intervention plea

Thailand’s military chief on Saturday shrugged off an opposition rally leader’s appeal to intervene in support of protester efforts to topple the government and install an unelected ‘people’s council’.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/thai-military-chief-rebuffs-protesters-intervention-plea
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/384843/military-refuses-to-pick-a-side

12 DECEMBER 2013

Ex-Thai PM Abhisit indicted for murder over rally crackdown

Former Thai prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has been indicted for murder in connection with a deadly military crackdown on mass opposition protests in Bangkok three years ago, prosecutors said.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/thailand/10512614/Former-Thai-PM-indicted-for-murder.html
http://www.euronews.com/2013/12/12/former-thai-prime-minister-charged-with-murder/

Officially neutral Thai military agrees to meet protest chief

The heads of Thailand’s powerful military agreed on Thursday to a weekend meeting with the leader of the movement seeking to overthrow Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, deepening uncertainty about the country’s immediate political future.

http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/12/12/21877722-officially-neutral-thai-military-agrees-to-meet-protest-chief?lite

10 DECEMBER 2013

Thai PM refuses to step down

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has said she will not resign ahead of national elections set for February 2, despite opposition demands she step down as the caretaker head of government.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/12/thai-pm-refuses-step-down-2013121061341347174.html
http://www.euronews.com/2013/12/10/thai-pm-refuses-to-go-protests-continue/

9 DECEMBER 2013

Thai PM Yingluck dissolves parliament and calls election

Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has dissolved parliament and called an election after sustained protests in the capital, Bangkok.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25252795
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/12/thai-prime-minister-calls-early-elections-20131299023402197.html
http://www.voanews.com/content/thai-pm-dissolves-parliament-calls-for-snap-elections/1806301.html

8 DECEMBER 2013

Thai crisis deepens as main opposition party quits Parliament

Thailand’s main opposition party resigned from Parliament on Sunday to protest what it called « the illegitimacy » of an elected government with which it can no longer work. The move deepens the country’s latest political crisis one day before new street demonstrations that many fear could turn violent.
http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/12/08/21818217-thai-crisis-deepens-as-main-opposition-party-quits-parliament?lite
http://www.euronews.com/2013/12/08/thai-pm-shinawatra-backs-down-on-bill-but-won-t-resign/
http://www.voanews.com/content/thai-pm-offers-referendum-on-resignation/1806008.html

7 DECEMBER 2013

Thai leader offers talks with protesters

Thailand’s prime minister vowed to resign and hold elections if it would help end the country’s most severe political crisis in years as Bangkok braced for a fresh outbreak of protests next week.
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/db1aefbc-5f5a-11e3-aec4-00144feabdc0.html?siteedition=intl#axzz2mpGsBpDe

5 DECEMBER 2013

Thailand King makes unity call in birthday message

King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand has urged people to support each other for the sake of the country, in his address to the nation on his birthday.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/383407/king-makes-unity-call-in-birthday-message
http://www.euronews.com/2013/12/05/thai-king-urges-people-to-do-their-duty-declines-comment-on-crisis/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25221607

3 DECEMBER 2013

Thai tensions ease as police lift barricades

Anti-government protesters in Thailand have crossed heavily fortified barriers and reached the gates of the prime minister’s office without resistance from the police.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/12/thai-tensions-eased-as-police-lift-barricades-201312343638888713.html

2 DECEMBER 2013

Thai protests: police fire rubber bullets as protests turn more violent

Thai police fired rubber bullets to quell violent demonstrations aimed at the overthrow of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Monday, as the government sought to arrest the leader of the protests for “insurrection”.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/thailand/10488334/Thai-protests-police-fire-rubber-bullets-as-protests-turn-more-violent.html
http://www.euronews.com/2013/12/02/thailand-clashes-continue-in-bangkok-as-protesters-try-to-storm-government-/
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/12/protests-rage-despite-thai-pm-peace-plea-2013122142637548430.html

1 DECEMBER 2013

Thailand clashes: PM forced to flee as violent demonstrations escalate

A Thai government supporter was shot and killed early on Sunday at protests in Bangkok, raising the death toll to two as protesters invaded a police compound and forced the evacuation of the prime minister, Yingluck Shinawatra, to a secret location.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/01/thailand-protest-yingluck-shinawatra-violence
http://www.voanews.com/content/thai-protests-intensify-in-bangkok/1801123.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25174822
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/12/thai-protests-escalate-amid-violence-201312143057996852.html

30 NOVEMBER 2013

Shots fired as Thai protesters clash

At least one person has been shot dead as Thai government supporters and foes clashed for the first time in a week of demonstrations against the government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/11/bangkok-protesters-besiege-telecoms-offices-2013113051823894499.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/382474/one-killed-as-v-day-eve-violence-erupts

29 NOVEMBER 2013

Thai Protesters Storm Army Headquarters

Thai protesters briefly stormed into army headquarters in Bangkok in a bid to get the military to join their efforts to topple the government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra
http://www.euronews.com/2013/11/29/thai-protesters-occupy-barracks-and-ask-the-army-to-choose-sides/
http://www.voanews.com/content/thai-protesters-storm-army-headquarters/1800045.html

28 NOVEMBER 2013

Thai PM appeals to protesters after surviving no-confidence vote

Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has urged anti-government demonstrators to end street protests, after surviving a no-confidence vote in parliament.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25118083
http://www.euronews.com/2013/11/28/thai-pm-wins-vote-of-confidence-amid-widespread-anti-government-protests/
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/11/thai-pm-calls-end-opposition-protests-2013112810656678221.html

25 NOVEMBER 2013

Thai prime minister invokes security law after protesters occupy ministries

The Thai prime minister, Yingluck Shinawatra, invoked an emergency security law across much of Bangkok on Monday, after protesters forced their way inside the finance ministry and through the gates of the foreign ministry compound.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/25/thai-prime-minister-evokes-security-law-protesters-occupy-ministries
http://www.euronews.com/2013/11/25/protesters-occupy-government-ministries-in-thailand/
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/thailand/10471914/Thailand-plunged-into-crisis-as-protesters-occupy-ministries.html

24 NOVEMBER 2013

Tens of thousands join anti-government rally

Anti-government protesters estimated in the hundreds of thousands have joined Sunday’s rally at the Democracy Monument with organisers still hoping the number will swell to one million.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/381488/tens-of-thousands-protest-in-bangkok-anti-government-rally
http://www.voanews.com/content/reu-thai-capital-hit-by-biggest-protests-since-deadly-2010-unrest/1796627.html

11 NOVEMBER 2013

UN rules for Cambodia in Thai border row

Thailand must withdraw all military and police forces from the area surrounding a 900-year-old Hindu temple on the far side of its border with Cambodia, UN judges have said in a ruling that could exacerbate tensions between the two countries.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/11/un-rule-thai-cambodian-border-row-201311116485209849.html
http://www.voanews.com/content/un-awards-disputed-temple-site-to-cambodia/1787655.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/379318/icj-delivers-win-win-ruling

Thailand senate rejects controversial amnesty bill

Thailand’s senate has rejected an amnesty bill which could have led to the return to the country of the former prime minister, Thaksin Shinawatra.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24903958
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/11/thai-senate-rejects-disputed-amnesty-bill-20131111163039304410.html

6 NOVEMBER 2013

Amnesty bill would kill 25,355 graft cases: NACC

The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) yesterday issued a statement opposing the amnesty bill on grounds that it would absolve thousands of graft violations, including hundreds against top politicians.

http://www.nationmultimedia.com/politics/Amnesty-bill-would-kill-25355-graft-cases-NACC-30218832.html

1 NOVEMBER 2013

Thai amnesty bill passes lower house

Thailand’s lower house of parliament has passed a political amnesty bill that critics say could allow the return of former PM Thaksin Shinawatra.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24768110
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/11/thai-mps-pass-political-amnesty-bill-201311142120256401.html
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/political-tension-flares-thailand-over-amnesty-bill

29 OCTOBER 2013

Myanmar workers in Thailand earning under minimum wage

Many Myanmar migrants working in Thailand are earning less than the minimum wage of BHT 300 a day (US$ 10), according to the Education and Development Foundation.
http://www.elevenmyanmar.com/national/3882-myanmar-workers-in-thailand-earning-under-minimum-wage

28 OCTOBER 2013

Ex-Thai PM Abhisit faces indictment over protest crackdown

Thailand’s attorney general has decided to prosecute former premier Abhisit Vejjajiva and his ex-deputy on murder charges related to a bloody crackdown on anti-government protests in 2010, officials said Monday
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/ex-thai-pm-abhisit-faces-indictment-over-protest-crackdown
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/376830/abhisit-and-suthep-indicted-on-rally-crackdowns

27 OCTOBER 2013

Thai parliament postpones amnesty bill readings

The House of Representatives is expected to deliberate the Amnesty Bill in the second and third readings in mid-November at the earliest, chief government whip Aumnuay Khlangpha said . Meanwhile, Aumnuay’s deputy Paijit Sreewarakan said the ruling Pheu Thai Party would order its members of parliament (MPs) to vote in support of the draft law instead of allowing them to vote freely
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Thai-parliament-postpones-amnesty-bill-readings–53276.html

24 OCTOBER 2013

Supreme Patriarch dies at 100



The nation and the entire Buddhist community are mourning the loss of His Holiness the Supreme Patriarch of Thailand, Somdet Phra Nyanasamvara Suvaddhana Mahathera, who passed away at Chulalongkorn Hospital

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/376239/supreme-patriarch-dies-at-100

19 OCTOBER 2013

Thailand extends ISA till Nov 30

The Thai government has decided to extend the enforcement of the Internal Security Act in three Bangkok districts until November 30, the day after the parliamentary session ends, National Security Council secretary-general Paradorn Pattanatabutr said.

http://www.asianewsnet.net/Thailand-extends-ISA-till-Nov-30-52993.html

16 OCTOBER 2013

Ruling on Thai-Cambodian Temple Row Expected Next Month

The United Nations’ top court is set to deliver its verdict on a long running dispute between Cambodia and Thailand over an ancient temple site. The International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague will decide on Nov. 11 which country should administer a 4.6-square kilometer (1.8-square mile) tract of land surrounding the 11th century Preah Vihear temple.
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/cambodia/verdict-10162013160957.html

11 OCTOBER 2013

With Li Visit, Thailand, China Move to Strengthen Ties

Thailand and China have moved to further strengthen bilateral economic ties during an official visit by China’s Premier Li Keqiang, who kicked off the trip by addressing parliament on Friday.
http://www.voanews.com/content/with-li-visit-thailand-china-move-to-strengthen-ties/1768013.html

27 AUGUST 2013

Reconciliation Talks in Thailand Will Be Litmus Test of Parties’ Sincerity

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is pushing forward a reconciliation forum on September 2 in an effort to address the political divisiveness in Thailand in recent years. The government has invited key figures from the ruling Pheu Thai party, the opposition Democrat Party, and foreign leaders to participate in the forum. While the Thai private sector and international community welcome the initiative, politicians will have to act beyond their own interests to make the reconciliation talks meaningful.

http://cogitasia.com/reconciliation-talks-in-thailand-will-be-litmus-test-of-parties-sincerity/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+cogitasia%2FZCwV+%28cogitASIA+Posts%29&goback=%2Egde_134242_member_268964409#%21

12 AUGUST 2013

Chavalit urges all parties to back reconciliation forum

Former prime minister Chavalit Yongchaiyudh on Monday revealed that Yingluck Shinawatra had personally called him to invite him to take part in her proposed reconciliation forum, and urged opposing groups to get involved with discussions on how to heal the political divide in Thailand.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/364267/chavalit-yongchaiyudh-backs-government-reconciliation-drive

7 AUGUST 2013

Protest in Thailand as parliament debates amnesty bill

Thousands of anti-government protesters gathered outside Thailand’s parliament on Wednesday as lawmakers began debating a political amnesty bill that it is speculated could help ousted and exiled premier Thaksin Shinawatra return home a free man.
http://www.france24.com/en/20130807-protest-thailand-parliament-debates-amnesty-bill-thaksin-shinawatra
http://www.voanews.com/content/thai-parliament-debates-controversial-amnesty-bill-despite-protests/1725098.html

5 AUGUST 2013

Key Muslim leader shot dead in Thailand

A Muslim leader seen as a major figure in efforts to end bloody fighting in Thailand’s south has been shot dead, raising concern about the future of peace talks. Imam Yacob Raimanee of the Pattani Central Mosque – the main house of Islamic worship in one of several violence-plagued southern provinces – was gunned down on Monday afternoon in the town of Pattani, police said.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/08/20138516387558762.html

1 AUGUST 2013

Thousands cheer Thai king as he leaves hospital after long stay

Thailand’s revered but frail king left the hospital where he has lived for almost four years on Thursday, as thousands of flag-waving well-wishers cheered him on his way to his coastal palace.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/362584/king-and-queen-leave-siriraj-hospital-for-klai-kangwon-palace-in-hua-hin
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/thousands-cheer-thai-king-he-leaves-hospital-after-long-stay

26 JULY 2013

Thaksin calls on Thais to unite

Ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra on Friday called on Thais to reconcile their differences for the sake of the country as he celebrated his 64th birthday in Beijing.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/361734/allies-flock-to-hk-to-give-ex-pm-birthday-wishes

12 JULY 2013

Thailand agrees Muslim rebel Ramadan ceasefire

The Thai government and Muslim separatists in the south of the country have announced they will stop fighting each other during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.                  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-23288378

3 JULY 2013

Monk had 10 bank accounts with daily transactions of Bt2m

The Anti-Money Laundering Office (AMLO) has found 10 bank accounts under the name of Luang Pu Nenkham, who calls himself the abbot of Si Sa Ket’s « Wat Pa Khanti Dhamma » monastery, as well as records of transactions totalling up to Bt20 million per day. http://www.nationmultimedia.com/national/Monk-had-10-bank-accounts-with-daily-transactions–30209598.html

30 JUNE 2013

Thailand’s latest Cabinet reshuffle: 3 initial observations

On Sunday June 30, Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej endorsed the changes to what is now the fifth Cabinet of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra at nearly the halfway point of her tenure ever since she took over office in 2011. Currently, the government is under alot of fire: http://asiancorrespondent.com/110057/thailands-latest-cabinet-reshuffle-three-initial-takeaways/

21 JUNE 2013

European diplomats urge tourist safety moves on Phuket

European ambassadors on Friday 21 urged authorities on a Thai resort island work to ensure foreign tourists are safe from crime, corruption and dangerous road and swimming conditions. http://asiancorrespondent.com/109700/european-diplomats-urge-tourist-safety-moves-on-phuket/

20 JUNE 2013

Suu Kyi Blasts Proposed Law on Marriage Restrictions

Myanmar’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has criticized a proposed law by a group of nationalist Buddhist monks restricting Muslim men and those of other faiths from marrying Buddhist women, saying it was discriminatory and violated human rights                                                                                                                                                     http://www.rfa.org/english/news/myanmar/marriage-06202013231513.html

17 JUNE 2013

Thailand cracks down on monks living it up with luxuries

Thailand’s national Buddhism body has announced it is monitoring monks for any inappropriate behavior following complaints prompted by a video showing Buddhist monks flying on a private jet                                                                                             http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/17/thailand-cracks-down-monks-luxuries           http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/thailand/10124885/Thai-Buddhist-monks-criticised-over-private-jet.html

White mask rallies spread in Thailand

Anti-government protesters gathered in many provinces yesterday despite opposition from red-shirt supporters of the government                                                                                                                                                http://www.asianewsnet.net/White-mask-rallies-spread-in-Thailand-48010.html

14 JUNE 013

Thai rebels say peace could be years away

Rebels from Thailand’s restive south Friday said securing lasting peace could take years, acknowledging some insurgents were trying to undermine ongoing talks through continued violence. http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/thai-rebels-say-peace/710578.html

6 JUNE 2013

The Search for a Solution in Thailand’s Deep South

With negotiations apparently stalled between the Thai Government and Barisan Revolusi Patani (BRN), one of the Muslim rebel groups operating in Thailand’s deep south, one must start considering how long before a solution to this lingering insurgency problem can be found                                                                                                               http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5477&Itemid=392

5 JUNE 2013

Thailand denies entry to Cambodia opposition leader Sam Rainsy

Thailand has denied entry to Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy over concerns he would engage in political campaigning in the neighboring Southeast Asian nation.                                                                                                                                                                   http://asiancorrespondent.com/108704/thailand-denies-entry-to-cambodia-opposition-leader-sam-rainsy/

29 APRIL 2013

Thai ‘Yellow Shirt’ activists trial postponed

A Thai court has postponed the trial of nearly 100 Thai royalist activists who were facing charges for their roles in 2008 rallies that paralysed Thailand’s main airports stranding thousands of tourists                                                                                                      http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/04/201342995251949888.html

28 MARCH 2013

Thailand opens peace talks with Muslim separatist rebels

Peace talks facilitated by Malaysia aim to end almost a decade of violence in Muslim-dominated provinces of southern Thailand http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/mar/28/thailand-peace-talks-muslim-rebels                                                                                                                       http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21963399

21 MARCH 2013

A step toward peace in southern Thailand

On 28 February in Kula Lumpur, Thailand’s government signed an agreement to initiate peace talks between the Thai National Security Council and Barisan Revolusi Nasional-Coordinate (BRN-C), one of the major separatist groups in southern Thailand. http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/03/21/a-step-toward-peace-in-southern-thailand/

3 MARCH 2013

Bangkok governor gets second term

Sukhumbhand Paribatra of the royalist pro-establishment Democrat party overcame a rival from the ruling Puea Thai party, which is backed by « Red Shirt » supporters of ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra. http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1257637/1/.html                                   http://asiancorrespondent.com/100111/against-expectations-sukhumbhand-wins-second-term-as-bangkok-governor/

28 FEBRUARY 2013

Thailand and Muslim separatists agree to peace talks

Senior Thai government officials signed the deal on Thursday with members of the Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN) in the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur, where they agreed to launch a « dialogue process » in the southern border provinces. They gave no date for future meetings.                                                                                                                                                        http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/feb/28/thailand-muslim-separatists-peace-talks                                                                                                                                       http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/02/201322822925178206.html            http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/thailand/9899300/Thailand-signs-breakthrough-deal-with-Muslim-rebels.html

27 FEBRUARY 2013

Murder of environmentalist ‘highlights Thailand’s failure to protect activists’

An international rights group is pressing Thailand to investigate the recent murder of an environmentalist who exposed the dumping of toxic waste, and condemned the government’s « fundamental failure » to protect activists fighting for social and environmental change in the kingdom. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/feb/27/murder-environmentalist-thailand-failure

19 FEBRUARY 2013

Thai GDP growth rises to 6.4% for 2012

Thailand’s economy grew a robust 3.6 percent in the fourth quarter from the previous three months, taking the 2012 pace to 6.4 percent…               http://asiancorrespondent.com/97956/thai-gdp-growth-rises-to-6-4-for-2012/

15 FEBRUARY 2013

In Thailand, 30,000 children are boxing to help their poor family

http://www.buffalogirlsthemovie.com/#!videos/ck0q

13 FEBRUARY 2013

Thai army repels mass attack in restive south

Scores of heavily armed gunmen stormed a military base in unrest-plagued southern Thailand, in a major assault that left at least 16 attackers dead, a military spokesman said.                                                                                                                                              http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/02/20132131188370718.html            http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/02/13/16946868-muslim-insurgents-launch-raid-on-thai-military-base-16-militants-slain?lite                                                                                                                                                                                                   http://www.voanews.com/content/thai-army-urges-curfew-after-insurgents-attack-base/1602719.html

18 JANUARY 2013

Justice or politics

Some say former PM Abhisit is rightfully being charged for supressing the red shirts; other see the case as business as usual. http://thediplomat.com/2013/01/19/justice-or-ruse-in-thailand/

13 JANUARY 2013

Stop the intimidation, media body tells Army

The Thai Journalists Association called on the military yesterday to stop intimidating the media, while urging media practitioners to abide by their code of conduct after dozens of uniformed officers protested twice at ASTV Manager’s offices. http://www.nationmultimedia.com/politics/Stop-the-intimidation-media-body-tells-Army-30197810.html

4 JANUARY 2013

3,380 killed in nine years of violence

A total of 3,380 people have been killed and 8,388 wounded in terror attacks since the resumption of insurgent violence in the deep South nine years ago today, according to figures released yesterday by the Southern Border Provinces Administrative Centre                                                                                                                                               http://www.nationmultimedia.com/national/3380-killed-in-nine-years-of-violence-30197241.html

13 DECEMBER 1012

Former Thai PM charged with murder

Abhisit Vejjajiva, the former prime minister of Thailand, has been charged with murder over the death of a civilian during a crackdown on anti-government rallies two years ago, his party says.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/12/2012121373047610790.html http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/thailand/9742326/Former-Thai-prime-minister-charged-with-murder.html

5 DECEMBER 2012

Thais celebrate 85th birthday of revered king

In a rare public appearance, Thailand’s king has called for unity and stability in the divided nation during a speech to mark his 85th birthday
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/12/20121258351621627.html http://asiancorrespondent.com/93031/thais-celebrate-85th-birthday-of-revered-king/

15 NOVEMBER 2012

Thailand Defence pact with US ‘only reaffirms ties’

The 2012 Joint Vision Statement for the Thai-US Defence Alliance, to be signed during the visit of US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta today, posed no legal difficulties in terms of the Constitution and would have no impact on strategic ties with China, Defence Minister Sukampol Suwannathat said
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/politics/Defence-pact-with-US-only-reaffirms-ties-30194375.html

14 NOVEMBER 2012

US defence pact ‘won’t affect’ Thai neutrality

Security experts said this week that Thailand would not lose its neutrality after the decision to sign a new defence agreement with the United States during the upcoming visit of President Barack Obama, but the country must be careful not to be seen as moving too close to the American orbit.
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/national/US-defence-pact-wont-affect-Thai-neutrality-30194293.html

14 NOVEMBER 2012

Expanding Military to Military Engagement: China and Thailand

As U.S. Defense Secretary Panetta turns north from Australia on his way to Thailand and Cambodia today, he should carefully consider the trends in China’s military to military relationship with Thailand. http://cogitasia.com/expanding-military-to-military-engagement-china-and-thailand/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+cogitasia%2FZCwV+%28cogitASIA+Posts%29

12 OCTOBER 2012

Thai military resists political pressure

Thailand recently released its autumn list of senior military officer promotions and reassignments, an annual exercise that determines the balance of power among competitive factions inside the armed forces. While many analysts expected self-exiled former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra to push for his known military allies to take key positions, Royal Thai Army (RTA) Commander-in-Chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha appears at first blush to have maintained the upper hand.
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/NJ13Ae01.html

12 SEPTEMBER 2012

Suspected insurgents surrender in Thailand’s south

Officials say about 100 suspected insurgents have surrendered to authorities in Thailand’s restive south, including the alleged leader of a 2004 attack that reignited longstanding violence in the region. http://asiancorrespondent.com/89109/suspected-insurgents-surrender-in-thailands-south/

18 JULY 2012

Cambodia, Thailand pull troops from temple flashpoint

Cambodia and Thailand pulled hundreds of soldiers out of a disputed border area on Wednesday, a year after a ruling by the UN’s highest court, replacing them with police and security guards.The International Court of Justice (ICJ) on July 18 last year ordered the neighbours to demilitarise a strip of land adjacent to the Preah Vihear temple which was the scene of deadly clashes in 2011 http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1214288/1/.html http://www.rfa.org/english/video?param=value&storyId=Cambodia-Preah-Vihear http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/07/201271845840265105.html

25 JUNE 2012

Thai Red Shirts stage mass protests

Tens of thousands of supporters of Thailand’s « Red Shirt » protest movement have staged a mass rally in Bangkok, police said, amid renewed political tensions in the troubled country.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/06/20126250407414477.html

31 MAY 2012

Thai parliament chaos over reconciliation debate

The Thai parliament was thrown into chaos for a second day Thursday, as lawmakers clashed over plans to push through a reconciliation debate that threatens to widen the country’s bitter divides
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120531-349734.html

25 MAY 2012

Return of the king

Dressed in a military uniform, His Majesty the King yesterday May 25 left Siriraj Hospital for his first personal short trip out of Bangkok in recent years, bringing much delight to the whole nation
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/national/Return-of-the-king-30182861.html

15 APRIL 2012

Hun Sen attacked for ‘excess generosity’

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has been criticised for being overly generous to red-shirt supporters of former Thai premier Thaksin Shinawatra, who is in Cambodia this weekend.
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/politics/Hun-Sen-attacked-for-excess-generosity-30179979.html

31 MARCH 2012

Bombs kill 10, injure more than 100 in southern Thailand

Pattani, Thailand – At least 10 people were killed and more than 100 wounded as three bombs detonated in Thailand’s strife-torn far south Saturday, the authorities said
http://news.monstersandcritics.com/asiapacific/news/article_1696036.php/Bombs-kill-10-injure-more-than-100-in-southern-Thailand
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/03/20123317429173143.html

25 FEBRUARY 2012

Thai parliament votes to amend military-backed constitution

Thailand’s parliament voted Saturday to pave the way for a rewrite of the military-backed 2007 constitution.  After a two-day debate, both houses voted to permit a redrafting of the charter written after the September 2006 coup toppled former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra http://news.monstersandcritics.com/asiapacific/news/article_1692783.php/Thai-parliament-votes-to-amend-military-backed-constitution

17 FEBRUARY 2012

Thailand’s Thaksin prepares for war

Newly appointed Thai Minister of Defense Air Chief Marshal Sukampon Suwannathat is quietly planning to activate a new « war room », or secretive unofficial command center, to direct mass pro-government « red-shirt » demonstrations planned for the coming months, according to senior Thai military sources familiar with the situation
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/NB18Ae03.html
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Korea/NB18Dg01.html

14 FEBRUARY 2012

Bangkok bomb attack fuels Israel-Iran tension

An Iranian man blew off his own leg and wounded four people when he lobbed a grenade in the Thai capital Tuesday, with Israel blaming the blasts on Iran. The attack comes just one day after attempted bomb attacks against Israeli diplomats
http://www.france24.com/en/20120214-bomber-wounded-attempt-attack-bangkok-police-iranian-thailand http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/15/world/asia/explosions-in-bangkok-injures-suspected-iranian-national.html?_r=1&ref=asia

12 JANUARY 2012

Better-armed, better-trained Thai insurgents

Long seen as locked in a low-intensity stalemate, the Malay Muslim separatist conflict in southern Thailand appears to be escalating towards a new and more violent phase
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/NA12Ae01.html

23 NOVEMBER 2011

Thailand lese majeste man jailed for 20 years

The court found Ampon Tangnoppakul, nicknamed ‘grandpa’ and ‘Uncle SMS’ by the local press, guilty of sending messages insulting the monarchy to the mobile phone of the secretary of former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva last year during anti-government protests
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-15850068
http://www.monstersandcritics.com/news/asiapacific/news/article_1676944.php/Thai-court-sentences-grandpa-to-20-years-for-insulting-monarchy

21 NOVEMBER 2011

Thai Justice minister rules out Thaksin pardon

Justice Minister Pracha Promnok insisted yesterday that former prime minister Thaksin Shina-watra would not benefit from the draft Royal Decree seeking pardons for inmates on the occasion of His Majesty the King’s birthday.
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/politics/Justice-minister-rules-out-Thaksin-pardon-30170289.html

16 NOVEMBER 2011

Thai cabinet ‘endorses Thaksin amnesty plan’

A controversial amnesty decree has been endorsed by Thailand’s cabinet that could pave the way for the return of Thaksin Shinawatra, the country’s fugitive former prime minister, according to local media reports.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2011/11/2011111672939589176.html
http://www.monstersandcritics.com/news/asiapacific/news/article_1675541.php/LEAD-Thai-cabinet-okays-amnesty-that-would-cover-fugitive-ex-premier

16 SEPTEMBER 2011

Clashes in southern Thailand claim 4,846 dead in last eight years

There have been 11,704 violent incidents documented in Narathiwat, Pattani and Yala provinces since January 2004, claiming 4,846 dead
and 7,995 injured, according to Deep South Watch, a network of academics and civil society groups that monitors the southern unrest.
http://www.monstersandcritics.com/news/asiapacific/news/article_1663347.php/Clashes-in-southern-Thailand-claim-4-846-dead-in-last-eight-years

10 AUGUST 2011

 Thailand’s New Yingluck Cabinet

The cabinet that Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra  unveiled appears to be a mixture of outsiders, people with intimate ties to her
brother, Thaksin Shinawatra, and old hands in Thai politics – and no members of  the Red Shirt faction that played a key role in bringing her Pheu Thai Party to  power
http://www.asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3376&Itemid=185

5 JULY 2011 Official balloting outcome[

The Election Commission on Tuesday announced the  official count of votes cast on Sunday. The voter turnout was 75 per cent and  Pheu Thai Party was declared victory grabbing 265 of 500 House seats,  comprising 61 party-list seats via proportionate vote and 204 constituency
seats via direct vote.
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/2011/07/05/national/Official-balloting-outcome-30159554.html

3 JULY 2011

Thai opposition party wins election by  landslide

Thailand’s prime minister has conceded defeat in the  country’s elections, paving the way for Yingluck Shinawatra, the leader of the
opposition and the sister of the ousted former prime minister Thaksin  Shinawatra, to form the next government. With almost all the votes counted,  Puea Thai had won a clear majority with 263 seats out of 500, well ahead of the  ruling Democrats with 161, according to the Election Commission, which  estimated turnout at 74 per cent
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-14004755
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2011/07/2011739048966149.html
http://www.france24.com/en/20110703-yingluck-shinawatra-profile-shadow-brother-thaksin-thailand
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/specials/nationvdo/showvdo.php?id=4381&cateid=13
http://www.asianewsnet.net/home/news.php?id=19733&sec=1
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/election

 

Wars, conflicts and strategy on 20 April in Asian history

WARS, CONFLICTS AND STRATEGY ON 20 APRIL IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on April 20, 2017

1752: Start of Konbaung–Hanthawaddy War, a new phase in the Burmese Civil War (1740–57)
https://www.onwar.com/aced/chrono/c1700s/yr50/konbaunghanthawaddy.htm
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Konbaung%E2%80%93Hanthawaddy_War

1949: During an communist offensive in the Yanzijiang valley, British ships are hit. 44 are killed and 60 wounded
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/18112432

1953: UN and Korea begin prisoners exchange
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/april/20/newsid_2850000/2850307.stm

1965: People’s Republic of China offers military aid to North Vietnam

1967: Us planes bomb North Vietnam port Haiphong for the first time during Vietnam War

http://www.historycentral.com/Vietnam/FirstHaiphong.html

1970: US President Nixon announces that 150,000 soldiers will come back from Vietnam before the end of the year
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/nixon-announces-more-troop-withdrawals

1978: Korean Air Flight 902 shot down by Soviets
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/korean-air-lines-jet-forced-down-over-soviet-union
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Korean_Air_Flight_902

2011: The government of Sri Lanka firmly rejects a United Nations report that blames it for war crimes committed during the final phase of the 30-year-old interethnic conflict, which ended in 2009
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Authorities-reject-UN-war-crime-accusations-21360.html

2012: Despite U.N. Security Council condemnations, North Korea said it will continue launching satellites under its space program that outsiders see as a pretext to test long-range missiles

On 20 April in South Asian history

ON 20 APRIL IN SOUTH ASIAN HISTORY

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1870: Birth of Maulvi Abdul Haq, Pakistani scholar, father of Urdu, who died on 16 August 1961
http://www.imamreza.net/eng/imamreza.php?id=10717

1895: Birth of Ghulam Mohammad, Governor General of Pakistan, who died on 12 September 1956
http://www.storyofpakistan.com/person.asp?perid=P012

1950: Birth of Chandra Babu Naidu, Indian politician, Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chandra_Babu_Naidu

1970: Death of Shakeel Badayuni, Urdu poet, lyricist and songwriter, born on August 3, 1916
http://www.hindilyrics.net/profiles/shakeel-badayuni.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shakeel_Badayuni


 
1986: Death of Sibte Hassan, Pakistani activist, journalist and writer, born on 31 July 1916
http://pwa.sapfonline.org/gpage3.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sibte_Hassan

2011: The government of Sri Lanka firmly rejects a United Nations report that blames it for war crimes committed during the final phase of the 30-year-old interethnic conflict, which ended in 2009
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Authorities-reject-UN-war-crime-accusations-21360.html

2012: In Sri Lanka, about 2,000 Buddhists, including monks, march to a mosque and hold a demonstration demanding its demolition, along with a Hindu temple being built in an area designated as a Buddhist sacred zone
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/04/2012420105329861814.html

2014: Famous Pakistan TV host Hamid Mir shot by gunmen amid a wave of attacks on journalists in the country
http://asiancorrespondent.com/121852/famous-pakistan-tv-host-hamid-mir-shot-by-gunmen/ http://www.dawn.com/news/1100972/journalist-hamid-mir-injured-in-gun-attack-in-karachi

2015: Shots are fired at a car carrying Bangladeshi opposition leader Khaleda Zia when it stopped at a market in Dhaka, with television footage showing scores of people attacking her convoy
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/shots-fired-bangladesh-opposition-leaders-car-203112061.html
http://www.thedailystar.net/frontpage/khaledas-motorcade-comes-under-attack-78383

2015: Pakistan and China sign 51 Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) relating to diverse aspects of bilateral relations, including the Pakistan China Economic Corridor
http://www.dawn.com/news/1177109/economic-corridor-in-focus-as-pakistan-china-sign-51-mous
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-32377088

On 20 April in Southeast Asian history

ON 20 APRIL IN SOUTHEAST ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on April 20, 2017

1752: Start of Konbaung–Hanthawaddy War, a new phase in the Burmese Civil War (1740–57)
https://www.onwar.com/aced/chrono/c1700s/yr50/konbaunghanthawaddy.htm
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Konbaung%E2%80%93Hanthawaddy_War

1967: Us planes bomb North Vietnam port Haiphong for the first time during Vietnam War
http://www.historycentral.com/Vietnam/FirstHaiphong.html

1970: US President Nixon announces that 150,000 soldiers will come back from Vietnam before the end of the year
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/nixon-announces-more-troop-withdrawals

1972: In Burma, General San Yu is appointed commander in chief of Tatmadaw or Armed forces of Burma
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Yu

1996: Death of Tran Van Tra, communist Vietnamese general and politician, born in 1918
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/obituary-general-tran-van-tra-1306863.html
http://www.nytimes.com/1996/04/25/world/tran-van-tra-of-vietnam-77-commander-in-tet-offensive.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tran_Van_Tra

Tran Van Tra

2003: In Thailand, by 323 votes vs 16, Banyat Bantadtan, 61, succeeds Chuan Leekpai as president of the Democratic Party, the only one opposition force in the parliament
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banyat_Bantadtan

2013: The European Union will drop most sanctions against Burma to reward the country’s progress toward democracy, two EU diplomats said
http://asiancorrespondent.com/105934/diplomats-eu-to-drop-sanctions-against-burma/
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/burmamyanmar/10006542/EU-to-lift-sanctions-against-Burma-permanently.html

On 20 April in Japan’s history

ON 20 APRIL IN JAPAN’S HISTORY

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1633: Birth of Go-Komyo, 110th emperor of Japan, from 14 November 1643 to 30 October 1654, who died on 30 October 1654
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Go-K%C5%8Dmy%C5%8D

1927: Japan’s Wakatsuki government falls. Baron Tanaka becomes premier
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wakatsuki_Reijiro
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tanaka_Giichi

2005: Death of Fumio Niwa, Japanese novelist, born on 22 November 1904
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/obituaries/fumio-niwa-526422.html
http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=9,1068,0,0,1,0

 

On 20 April in Chinese history, Hong Kong and Taiwan

ON 20 APRIL IN CHINESE HISTORY, HONG KONG AND TAIWAN

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Updated on April 20, 2017

1521: Death of Chinese emperor Zhengde (1505-1521), born on 26 October 1491
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zhengde

1872: Birth of Zhang Lan Founder of the Chinese Democratic Ligue,in 1941, who died on February 9, 1955
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zhang_Lan

Zhang Lan

1938: Birth of -famous Taiwanese writer Chiung Yao (Qiong Yao)
http://chinesefemalewriters.blogspot.fr/2011/12/chiung-yao.html
http://www.chinawhisper.com/top-10-most-popular-tv-series-of-qiong-yao/
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/4068.html

1948: Chiang Kai-shek is elected President of the Republic of China by the National Assembly in Nanjing http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republic_of_China_presidential_election,_1948

1949: During an communist offensive in the Yanzijiang valley, British ships are hit. 44 are killed and 60 wounded
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/18112432

1959: Birth in Hong Kong of American producer James Wong
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Wong_(producer)
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0939128/

1965: People’s Republic of China offers military aid to North Vietnam

1979: Birth of Quinn Weng, Taiwanese singer (Seraphim)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quinn_Weng
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x91lja_seraphim-vanishing-destruction_music

2001: China removes homosexuality from its list of mental illnesses

2002: In Taiwan, Chen Shui-bian renounces to be a president over the parties and is reelected chairman of th Democratic Progressive Party

2007: Death of Michael Fu Tieshan, head of the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Church, born on 3 November 1931
http://www.asianews.it/index.php?l=en&art=9060

2015: Pakistan and China sign 51 Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) relating to diverse aspects of bilateral relations, including the Pakistan China Economic Corridor
http://www.dawn.com/news/1177109/economic-corridor-in-focus-as-pakistan-china-sign-51-mous
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-32377088