Main news of the last weeks

MAIN NEWS OF THE LAST WEEKS IN ASIA

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25 SEPTEMBER 2017

Pakistan-Russia joint military exercise begins

A two-week long joint counterterrorism exercise between the special forces of Pakistan and Russia began in Minralney Vody, Russia
http://eurasiadiary.com/en/news/politics/192485-pakistan-russia-joint-military-exercise-begins
https://www.voanews.com/a/pakistan-russia-friendship-joint-anti-terror-drill/4043265.html

Japan’s Abe announces snap election amid worries over North Korea

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he would dissolve parliament’s lower house on Thursday for a snap election, seeking a mandate to stick to his tough stance towards a volatile North Korea and rebalance the social security system
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/japan-s-abe-triggers-snap-election-amid-north-korea-crisis-9247120
http://ippreview.com/index.php/Home/Blog/single/id/558.html

23 SEPTEMBER 2017

China follows UN sanctions with bans, limits on fuel products to North Korea

China said on Saturday (Sep 23) it will ban exports of some petroleum products to North Korea, as well as imports of textiles from the isolated North, in line with a United Nations Security Council resolution passed after Pyongyang’s latest nuclear test
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-follows-un-sanctions-with-bans–limits-on-fuel-products-to-north-korea-9244112
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/76/231/163/1506145418516.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/sep/23/china-to-enforce-un-sanctions-against-north-korea

22 SEPTEMBER 2017

Singapore and China to deepen defence ties with more bilateral exercises

Singapore and China will further deepen military ties, such as through stepping up bilateral exercises between the two countries’ navies and armies
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/singapore-and-china-reaffirm-commitment-to-deepen-defence-ties

Hong Kong-Macao office gets new director

The State Council, China’s Cabinet, appointed on Friday Zhang Xiaoming as director of the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/191/48/177/1506093517280.html
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2017/09/22/chinas-top-official-hong-kong-zhang-xiaoming-leaves-beijing-post/

21 SEPTEMBER 2017

Korea approves $8m in aid to N. Korea via UN agencies

South Korea on Thursday approved a plan to provide $8 million in aid to North Korea via UN agencies as it seeks to handle humanitarian issues separately from political situations
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20170921000273
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170921_26/
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3038739

20 SEPTEMBER 2017

Pakistan, US agree to ‘stay engaged’ after Trump’s tough talk

Breaking the ice in their ties, Pakistan and the US have agreed to “stay engaged” and carry forward the relationship that has been under strain after President Donald Trump warned Islamabad against providing safe havens to terrorists
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/pakistan/pakistan-us-agree-to-stay-engaged-after-trump-s-tough-talk-1.2093516
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1511338/pakistan-us-agree-stay-engaged-pm-abbasi-meets-mike-pence/
https://www.dawn.com/news/1358882/pakistan-us-agree-to-remain-engaged-as-abbasi-meets-vice-president-mike-pence

19 SEPTEMBER 2017

Taiwan suspends oil exports to North Korea, imports of clothing

Taiwan has suspended refined oil and LNG exports to North Korea, as well as clothing and textile imports, to comply with United Nations resolutions, a largely symbolic move by the island to show it is a responsible member of the international community
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-missiles-taiwan/taiwan-suspends-oil-exports-to-north-korea-imports-of-clothing-idUSKCN1BU18I

Donald Trump threatens to ‘totally destroy’ North Korea in UN speech

Donald Trump has threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea in a bellicose first address to the UN general assembly, in which he lashed out at a litany of US adversaries, calling on “righteous” nations to confront them
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/sep/19/donald-trump-threatens-totally-destroy-north-korea-un-speech
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2111918/trump-addresses-shared-menace-north-korea-and-iran

Aung San Suu Kyi says Burma does not fear scrutiny, but refuses to blame army for abuse of Rohingya

In refusing to acknowledge what is happening in Rakhine state and using her position to promote the idea that abuses against the Rohingya are not being perpetrated or will not be punished, the Myanmar leader is belying the claim she made during the televised address that, ‘Our government has emerged as a body committed to human rights’
http://edition.cnn.com/2017/09/18/asia/aung-san-suu-kyi-speech-rohingya/index.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/09/aung-san-suu-kyi-condemns-human-rights-violations-170919034711821.html
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/aung-san-suu-kyi-speech-those-looking-for-rohingya-intervention-may-now-want-to-give-up-1.629930

Singapore to promote stronger Asean-China cooperation: PM Lee Hsien Loong

Singapore will promote stronger Asean-China cooperation during its chairmanship of the regional grouping next year, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said at a meeting with Premier Li Keqiang on Tuesday (Sept 19), the first day of his visit to China
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/singapore-to-promote-stronger-asean-china-cooperation-pm-lee-hsien-loong
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/pm-lee-arrives-in-beijing-for-three-day-official-visit-to-china

18 SEPTEMBER 2017

Nawaz Sharif’s party clinches local election victory in Pakistan

The wife of ousted Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has captured his parliamentary seat with a reduced majority in a by-election
http://www.euronews.com/2017/09/18/nawaz-sharifs-party-clinches-local-election-victory-in-pakistan
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/pakistan/pakistan-s-ruling-party-wins-close-parliamentary-race-1.2092021
https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/230749-Nawaz-defeats-Imran

China, Russia begin joint drills near North Korea

China and Russia have started joint naval drills near North Korea, amid continuing tensions chiefly between Pyongyang and Washington that risk turning into a military conflict
http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/09/18/535556/China-Russia-joint-drills-North-Korea
https://en.tempo.co/read/news/2017/09/18/074910162/China-Russia-Begin-Naval-Drills-Near-North-Korea

Dozens arrested after anti-communist mob attacks Indonesia meeting on 1965 massacre

A mob opposed to public discussion of Indonesia’s 1965 massacre of communists tried to force its way into a Jakarta building where they believed communists were meeting, injuring five police officers
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2111725/dozens-arrested-after-anti-communist-mob-attacks-indonesia
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2017/09/18/lawmakers-want-discussion-on-1965-purge-banned.html

17 SEPTEMBER 2017

Macao votes in legislative election

The election of the sixth Legislative Assembly of China’s Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR) kicked off on Sunday morning, with more than 300,000 registered voters expected to cast their ballots in polling stations
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/177/242/169/1505643725216.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2111580/macau-set-record-turnout-legislative-assembly-polls

India mourns death of hero Marshal Arjan Singh

Marshal of Indian Air Force (IAF) Arjan Singh died in New Delhi on Sunday. The 98-year-old war veteran, who died in a hospital after a heart attack, will be given a state funeral on Monday morning
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/india/nation-mourns-death-of-hero-marshal-arjan-singh-1.2091509
http://indianexpress.com/article/india/his-life-was-dedicated-to-mother-india-pm-modi-pays-rich-tribute-to-marshal-of-iaf-arjan-singh-4848155/
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/videos/news/state-funeral-for-marshal-arjan-singh-tomorrow/videoshow/60718537.cms?utm_source=Colombia&utm_medium=OrganicNative&utm_campaign=CTNCPV&utm_ctn=16582151-297447

16 SEPTEMBER 2017

Why Najib’s Washington visit was a success

I never intended to write this piece but the nonsense that I have been reading on social media in the past three days has compelled me to put to writing to separate fact from fiction
http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/why-najibs-washingtoon-visit-was-a-success#fvjLidkQTBOiWGM2.97
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/trump-called-me-friend-gave-a-personal-send-off-malaysias-prime-minister-najib
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpSZRsL1Lks

15 SEPTEMBER 2017

North Korea provokes again, fires another missile over Japan

In yet another provocation to the world, North Korea fired another missile that flew over Japan, deepening the regional tensions that have intensified over the last few months
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/news/254722988/north-korea-provokes-again-fires-another-missile-over-japan
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/09/north-korea-fires-missile-japan-170914221944101.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-41281050

Cambodia PM calls on US to withdraw Peace Corps volunteers

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen called on the United States on Friday to withdraw Peace Corps volunteers in an escalating row over accusations that U.S. agents conspired with an opposition leader to plot treason
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/cambodia-pm-calls-on-us-to-withdraw-peace-corps-volunteers-9219602
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/breaking-hun-sen-suggests-us-embassy-pull-out-peace-corps-volunteers

14 SEPTEMBER 2017

UN urges Myanmar to end Rohingya violence

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the UN Security Council called on Myanmar’s government to end its military campaign against the Rohingya
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/09/urges-rohingya-violence-170913174112622.html
http://www.euronews.com/2017/09/13/un-urges-end-to-rohingya-violence-in-myanmar

Abe, Modi launch India’s first bullet train project

India on Thursday inched closer to its dream of getting a bullet train when Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi, laid the foundation stone for the country’s first high-speed rail link based on Japan’s famed shinkansen technologygy
https://asia.nikkei.com/Politics-Economy/International-Relations/PM-Modi-and-Japan-s-Abe-launch-Indian-shinkansen-project?page=1
http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-narendra-modi-and-shinzo-abe-launch-bullet-train-project-10-important-statements-made-by-pm-2545514

East Timor President says to swear in Mari Alkatiri as PM

« Today I announce to all the people that the president of the republic … has nominated Dr. Mari Alkatiri to become the prime minister, » President Francisco « Lu Olo » Guterres told a news conference
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/179/203/224/1505384911173.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2111149/mari-alkatiri-gets-second-shot-east-timors-prime-minister

China backs UN Security Council’s first Myanmar statement in nine years as ethnic bloodshed forces 380,000 Rohingya to flee

Myanmar said last week it was negotiating with Russia and China to ensure they blocked any censure by the Security Council over the violence in Rakhine state
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/2111097/un-chief-and-security-council-call-myanmar-end-violence-against

13 SEPTEMBER 2017

South Korea tests new ‘stealth’ cruise missile in show against Kim Jong-un regime

The country’s military said the air-to-surface Taurus missile, fired from an F-15 fighter jet, travelled through obstacles at low altitudes before hitting a target off its western coast
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/north-korea-nuclear-crisis-latest-south-test-cruise-missile-kim-jong-un-regime-taurus-war-military-a7944691.html
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=208628
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-14/south-korea-conducts-advanced-missile-test-amid-north-threats/8943290?section=world

Singapore names first woman president amid concerns over election process

Halimah Yacob, a former speaker of parliament from the Muslim Malay minority, was ‘elected’ to the largely ceremonial post. But critics expressed dismay that other candidates were disqualified and the election went uncontested
http://www.trtworld.com/asia/singapore-names-first-woman-president-amid-concerns-over-election-process-10456
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/halimah-yacob-declared-president-elect-9211392

12 SEPTEMBER 2017

North Korea: UN Security Council unanimously adopts new sanctions over nuclear test

The United Nations Security Council has unanimously voted to impose new sanctions on North Korea over its sixth and most powerful nuclear test
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-12/north-korea-un-unanimously-adopts-new-sanctions/8894362?section=world
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/09/security-council-slaps-sanctions-north-korea-170911221328811.html
http://www.trtworld.com/asia/north-korea-slams-un-sanctions-10420

Radio Free Asia closes Phnom Penh bureau amid crackdown by Hun Sen

Radio Free Asia has decided to close its nearly 20-year old bureau in Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh amid a relentless crackdown by Prime Minister Hun Sen’s authoritarian regime on independent media ahead of critical polls next year, RFA President Libby Liu announced Tuesday
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/cambodia/crackdown-raf-09122017084157.html
http://www.rfa.org/about/releases/statement-on-cambodia-09122017092506.html

11 SEPTEMBER 2017

Malay woman set to be Singapore president

Singapore is likely to have its first female president, with only one candidate qualifying Monday for an election limited to members of the minority Malay community
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AS_SINGAPORE_PRESIDENT?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2017-09-11-09-22-06
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/i-promise-to-do-the-best-that-i-can-to-serve-the-people-of-9205824

Maldives suspends a third of its lawyers

Officials in the Maldives have suspended at least 54 lawyers and have charged them with contempt of court for filing a petition demanding the rule of law in the South Asian archipelago
https://www.voanews.com/a/maldives-suspends-a-third-of-its-lawyers/4023492.html

Lam accused of undermining freedom of expression in Hong Kong by 13 universities, academic institutions as pro-independence posters appearing on Hong Kong campuses

Thirteen Hong Kong universities and academic institutions accused the Chinese-ruled city’s leader of undermining freedom of expression amid a row over pro-independence banners appearing on campuses
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/pro-independence-posters-appearing-on-hong-kong-campuses-stoke-9206188#cxrecs_s
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/lam-accused-of-undermining-freedom-of-expression-in-hong-kong-by-13-universities

Taiwanese activist Lee Ming-cheh ‘confesses’ to subversion charges in China

A Taiwanese democracy activist confessed Monday to charges of attempting to subvert Chinese government power during a trial in China that has been slammed by rights activists and further soured cross-strait relations
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2017/09/11/taiwanese-activist-lee-ming-cheh-confesses-subversion-charges-china/
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/acs/201709110022.aspx
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2017/09/12/2003678278

10 SEPTEMBER 2017

Rodrigo Duterte defends his decision to declare a special non-working holiday in Ilocos Norte on dictator Ferdinand Marcos’ 100th birth anniversary

The outspoken Duterte, who has previously hailed Marcos as the country’s best-ever president, has declared the anniversary a holiday in Marcos’ home province of Ilocos Norte where they still wield political power
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/929402/ferdinand-marcos-100th-birth-anniversary-rodrigo-duterte-marcos-family
http://www.manilatimes.net/ilocanos-marcos-hero-duterte/349959/

9 SEPTEMBER 2017

Hong Kong, ASEAN conclude Free Trade Agreement negotiations

Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) announced on Saturday the conclusion of the negotiations on a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and a related Investment Agreement
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/141/47/68/1504950886173.html

Rohingya exodus to Bangladesh nears 300,000: UN

Nearly 300,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar’s Rakhine state into Bangladesh in the 15 days since new violence erupted, the United Nations said Saturday (Sep 9)
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/rohingya-exodus-to-bangladesh-nears-300-000-un-9200758
http://www.euronews.com/2017/09/09/red-cross-says-a-humanitarian-crisis-is-looming-for-the-rohingya

8 SEPTEMBER 2017

Mexico expels North Korean ambassador over weapons test

Mexico has expelled North Korea’s ambassador in strong protest at Pyongyang’s recent missile and nuclear tests
http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/09/08/534431/Mexico-North-Korea-ambassador-Kim-Hyong-Gil-persona-non-grata

7 SEPTEMBER 2017

Two handed death sentence for 1993 Mumbai blasts

An Indian court has sentenced to death two men convicted of involvement in a series of bombings that killed 257 people in Mumbai in 1993
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/09/handed-death-sentence-1993-mumbai-blasts-170907105826622.html
http://indianexpress.com/article/india/1993-mumbai-serial-blasts-death-for-taher-merchant-feroz-abdul-rashid-khan-abu-salem-sentenced-to-life-4832705/

6 SEPTEMBER 2917

Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi denounces ‘terrorists’, silent on Rohingya exodus

Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi has blamed « terrorists » for « a huge iceberg of misinformation » on the violence in Rakhine state, but made no mention of the nearly 125,000 Rohingya Muslims who have recently fled over the border to Bangladesh
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-06/myanmar-suu-kyi-denounces-terrorists-silent-on-rohingya/8878652?section=world
http://www.kansas.com/news/nation-world/article171421672.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/video/news/2017/09/suu-kyis-silence-rohingya-crisis-explained-170906150029941.html
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/revoke-nobel-peace-prize-of-myanmar-leader-petition-1.2086138

5 SEPTEMBER 2017

Gauri Lankesh: Indian journalist shot dead in Bangalore

A prominent Indian journalist critical of Hindu nationalist politics has been shot dead in the southern state of Karnataka, police say
https://globalvoices.org/2017/09/06/gauri-lankesh-a-journalist-who-was-critical-of-indias-right-wing-is-gunned-down-outside-her-home/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-41172115
http://www.dailyo.in/politics/gauri-lankesh-assassination-hindutva-journalist-killed-journalism-bjp-amit-malviya/story/1/19361.html

Tsai names Tainan Mayor Lai Ching-te as premier

President Tsai Ing-wen named Tainan City Mayor Lai Ching-te as replacement for outgoing Premier Lin Chuan during a news conference at the Presidential Office Sept. 5 in Taipei City
http://www.taiwantoday.tw/news.php?unit=2&post=120984
https://asia.nikkei.com/Politics-Economy/Policy-Politics/Taiwan-s-next-premier-thought-to-be-China-moderate?page=2

4 SEPTEMBER 2017

Hong Kong drops BBC World Service to be replaced with Chinese state broadcaster

The BBC World Service’s 24-hour broadcast has officially been stopped and replaced with China’s state radio in Hong Kong
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/hong-kong-bbc-world-service-china-state-broadcaster-china-national-radio-a7928746.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-41152231

Taiwanese premier resigns amid rising public discontent, but says he completed his major missions

Taiwan will appoint a new premier and form a new cabinet later this week following the resignation of incumbent Lin Chuan amid growing criticism of the government’s performance
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2109632/taiwanese-premier-set-resign-amid-rising-public
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201709040026.aspx
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2017/09/05/2003677820/1

Sri Lanka president defends ex-general accused of war crimes

Sri Lanka’s president on Sunday vowed to protect his former ambassador to six South American nations, an ex-army chief accused of crimes in the bloody final phase of the country’s civil war
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2109712/sri-lanka-president-defends-ex-general-accused-war-crimes
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/09/sri-lanka-leader-shield-general-war-crimes-case-170903193335527.html
http://asiantribune.com/node/90929

3 SEPTEMBER 2017

North Korea claims it has successfully detonated a hydrogen bomb meant for an intercontinental ballistic missile

North Korea aid it successfully detonated a nuclear weapon meant for an intercontinental ballistic missile, hours after saying it had developed an advanced hydrogen bomb of « great destructive power »
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/kim-jong-un-nuclear-war-atomic-bomb-south-korea-tension-a7926631.html
http://foreignpolicy.com/2017/09/03/north-korean-nuclear-test-spites-both-washington-and-beijing/
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2017/09/03/n-korea-bomb-prompts-global-condemnation

Narendra Modi appoints India’s first female defence minister

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi named a female legislator as the country’s new defence minister on Sunday (Sept 3), the first time a woman has been appointed to the key portfolio overseeing border tensions with China and Pakistan
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/narendra-modi-appoints-indias-first-female-defence-minister
https://www.voanews.com/a/indian-prime-minister-modi-drops-ministers-as-economy-slips/4013252.html

Cambodian opposition leader Kem Sokha, leader arrested for ‘treason’

Cambodian opposition leader Kem Sokha was arrested early Sunday on an espionage charge, accused of conspiring with a foreign power to harm the country, according to a government statement
http://www.smh.com.au/world/cambodian-opposition-leader-kem-sokha-arrested-over-alleged-plot-with-us-20170902-gy9n71.html
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/developing-cnrp-leader-kem-sokha-arrested-treason
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/5081076/cnrp-president-kem-sokha-arrested-claims-regime-change/

Cambodian government closes Cambodia Daily newspaper after tax row

One of Cambodia’s last independent newspapers, the Cambodia Daily, has announced it will close after the government ordered it to pay a huge tax bill
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-41141473

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/cambodia-daily-confirms-it-will-close-monday
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/5081102/cambodia-daily-close/

China firmly opposes and strongly condemns DPRK nuclear test

China’s Foreign Ministry issued a statement on Sunday, expressing firm opposition to and strong condemnation of a nuclear test undertaken by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
http://chinaplus.cri.cn/news/politics/11/20170903/23003.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2109533/china-condemns-north-korean-nuclear-test
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/sep/03/xi-jinping-dark-shadow-north-korea-nuclear-test-chinese-brics

2 SEPTEMBER 2017

Australia and East Timor strike historic deal to end maritime dispute

Australia and East Timor have struck a deal to end a contentious dispute over maritime borders that cut through lucrative oil and gas fields
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/australasia/article/2109465/australia-and-east-timor-strike-deal-end-maritime-dispute

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2017/09/02/timor-sea-dispute-australia-and-timor-leste-achieve-historic-deal

Over 2,600 homes burned in Rohingya-majority Rakhine: Myanmar

The Myanmar government says over 2,600 houses have been burned down over the past week in the Rohingya-majority areas of the country’s northwest, which have been the scene of one of the deadliest outbreaks of violence against the persecuted Muslim community in decades
http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/09/02/533772/Myanmar-Rakhine-Rohingya-Muslims-Arakan-Rohingya-Salvation-Army-ARSA-Bangladesh-UNHCR

1st SEPTEMBER 2017

Japan’s main opposition party, the Democratic Party, selects former foreign minister Seiji Maehara as its new leader

Japan’s main opposition Democratic Party selected former foreign minister Seiji Maehara as its new leader on Friday amid its struggle to become a viable alternative to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party (LDP)
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2109305/japans-main-opposition-party-selects-former-foreign-minister
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/09/01/national/politics-diplomacy/maeharas-election-democratic-party-president-may-put-pressure-abe-coalition/#.Wam0uchJY2w

31 AUGUST 2017

Thailand Former PM Abhisit, Suthep cleared for 2010 crackdown on red-shirt

The Supreme Court has upheld the decisions of two lower courts to dismiss the case against former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and his deputy Suthep Thaugsuban for the 2010 deadly military crackdown on Red Shirts
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/1316327/abhisit-suthep-cleared-for-2010-crackdown-on-red-shirts
http://www.khaosodenglish.com/politics/2017/08/31/supreme-court-turns-murder-case-abhisit-suthep/
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/politics/30325450

A Pakistan’s  anti-terrorism court (ATC) verdict in the Benazir Bhutto murder case acquits five Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) suspects and 17-year imprisonment for two police officials

A special anti-terrorism court has sentenced two senior police officers to 17 years in prison in the Benazir Bhutto murder case, nine years, eight months and three days after the assassination
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1495869/benazir-murder-case-five-accused-acquitted-two-police-officers-sentenced-17-years-prison/
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/pakistan/musharraf-declared-fugitive-in-benazir-murder-case-party-shocked-1.2083246
https://www.dawn.com/news/1355153/benazir-murder-case-atc-acquits-5-accused-declares-musharraf-an-absconder

Missiles, radar, glide bombs: Japan wants record US$48b weapons budget as North Korea threat grows

If approved by parliament, it would be the sixth annual increase under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who ended decade-long defence budget cuts
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2109126/missiles-radar-glide-bombs-japan-wants-record-us48b-weapons
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/08/31/national/politics-diplomacy/record-high-budget-request-defense-ministry-seeks-new-anti-missile-measures/#.Wah-cshJY2w
https://japantoday.com/category/politics/japan-defense-ministry-seeks-record-high-budget-amid-n.-korea-threat

US defence secretary orders new troops to Afghanistan

The Pentagon has ordered new troops to Afghanistan, Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said on Thursday (Aug 31), 10 days after President Donald Trump announced a surge in US forces to battle advances by the Taliban
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/us-defence-secretary-orders-new-troops-to-afghanistan-9176362
http://ariananews.af/pentagon-reveals-real-number-of-troops-in-afghanistan/

30 AUGUST 2017

What stopped Japan from intercepting North Korean missile?

The altitude and speed of Hwasong-12 would have made it very difficult to destroy missile in flight, while failure would have been embarrassing for Japan and encouraging to N Korea. Julian Ryall reports from Tokyo
http://www.dw.com/en/what-stopped-japan-from-intercepting-north-korean-missile/a-40293016

Pakistan’s parliament unanimously adopts resolution rejecting US allegations

The National Assembly on Wednesday unanimously adopted a resolution rejecting the US’s new Afghan policy and allegations against Pakistan
https://www.thenews.com.pk/latest/227074-Pakistan-parliamentarians-forge-unity-against-new-US-policy
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1495029/unanimous-resolution-na-condemns-trumps-anti-pakistan-remarks/
http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/08/27/533154/Pakistan-Karachi-rally-Trump-police

29 AUGUST 2017

Islamic State: Australia offers to send Special Forces to help fight IS in Philippines city of Marawi

Australian Special Forces soldiers could soon be deployed to the Southern Philippines to help local forces fight Islamic State (IS) militants in the country’s south
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-08-29/australia-offers-troops-to-help-philippines-fight-is/8851750?section=world
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/08/australia-offers-additional-military-help-philippines-fight-islamic-state/#FqGpkVMQvMqmRWrl.97

North Korea fires missile over Japan, sharply escalating tensions

North Korea fired a missile that flew over Japan and landed in waters off the northern region of Hokkaido early on Tuesday, South Korean and Japanese officials said, marking a sharp escalation of tensions on the Korean peninsula
http://www.atimes.com/article/north-korea-fires-missile-japan-sharply-escalating-tensions/
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=208062
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170829_81/

Kim Jong-un’s latest provocation may strengthen Shinzo Abe’s hand at home because ‘it looks like he’s doing something’

In a break with a long-running cautious defence stance, members of Abe’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party have called for Japan to arm itself with long-range offensive weapons
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2108852/it-looks-hes-doing-something-kim-jong-uns-latest-provocation-may
http://www.dw.com/en/japanese-react-furiously-to-north-korean-missile-launch/a-40279925

28 AUGUST 2017

Tsutomu Hata, known for brief stint as prime minister, dies at 82

Former Prime Minister Tsutomu Hata, who served 14 terms in the Lower House, died Monday morning at the age of 82
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/08/28/national/politics-diplomacy/former-prime-minister-tsutomu-hata-dies-82/#.WaRYNChJY2w
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170828_19/

India and China agree to end border standoff

India and China have agreed to an « expeditious disengagement » of troops in a disputed border area where their soldiers have been locked in a stand-off for more than two months, India’s foreign ministry said on Monday
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/india-china-agree-to-disengagement-along-disputed-frontier-new-9163802
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/doklam-row-china-removes-road-building-equipment-from-face-off-site/articleshow/60262735.cms
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/155/229/170/1503918000706.html
http://www.ibtimes.com/china-india-border-face-ends-what-made-china-step-back-2583363

26 AUGUST 2017

Myanmar troops open fire on civilians fleeing attacks

Myanmar soldiers opened fire on fleeing Rohingya civilians – mostly women and children – as they attempted to cross the border into Bangladesh and escape surging violence
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/08/myanmar-violence-traps-rohingya-bangladesh-border-170826101215439.html
http://www.dw.com/en/myanmar-troops-open-fire-on-rohingya-villagers/a-40248799
http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/08/26/533025/Myanmar-violence-Rohingya

Pakistan’s population tops 207 million, census shows

Pakistan’s government says results from a recently conducted national census show the country’s population has risen to 207.7 million
http://eurasiadiary.com/en/news/society/181473-pakistans-population-tops-207-million-census-shows
http://nation.com.pk/national/26-Aug-2017/pakistan-population-soars-to-208-million

North Korea launches three missiles amid US-South Korea military drills

Two of the North’s missiles flew about 250km (155 miles) off the country’s east coast, the US military said, while one appeared to explode almost immediately
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/north-korea-missiles-short-range-donald-trump-kim-jong-un-military-drill-a7913806.html
http://www.euronews.com/2017/08/26/north-korea-fires-several-missiles-into-sea

No Rohingya to be allowed to enter Bangladesh: Government

The government has directed the local administration in the district to employ its best efforts to restrict the entry of fresh Rohingyas into the country saying not a single person will be allowed in the name of ‘humanity
http://www.unb.com.bd/Bangladesh-news/No-Rohingya-to-be-allowed-to-enter-BD-Govt%C2%A0/49679
http://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2017/08/25/thousands-of-rohingyas-stranded-at-bangladesh-border-after-myanmar-attacks
http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/08/26/533025/Myanmar-violence-Rohingya

25 AUGUST 2017

Arrest warrant for Thailand’s ex-PM Yingluck Shinawatra after court no-show

Thailand’s Supreme Court has issued an arrest warrant after ex-PM Yingluck Shinawatra failed to appear for the verdict in the case regarding her rice subsidy scheme. Hundreds of her supporters had gathered outside
http://www.dw.com/en/hunt-for-thailands-ex-pm-yingluck-shinawatra-after-court-no-show/a-40231366
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30324907
http://www.euronews.com/2017/08/25/former-thai-pm-yingluck-shinawatra-misses-court-appearance

Rohingya insurgent attack leaves 71 dead

Ethnic Rohingya militants in western Myanmar launched overnight attacks on more than two dozen police and border outposts, leaving 71 people dead, the government said Friday, in a significant escalation of their armed struggle
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AS_MYANMAR_ATTACKS?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2017-08-25-09-14-16

24 AUGUST 2017

Myanmar’s Rakhine a human rights crisis: Kofi Annan

The Rakhine Advisory Commission, led by its chairman, the former UN Chief Kofi Annan, gave this assessment, without identifying the Rohingyas by name, in its final report released on Thursday
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/myanmar-s-rakhine-a-human-rights-crisis-kofi-annan-9153350

Vietnam calls for greater Asean unity over South China Sea

Nguyen Phu Trong is on a visit to Indonesia – the first by a Vietnamese Communist Party chief since Ho Chi Minh’s visit in 1959. In a speech televised at his home country on Wednesday, he said Asean needed to be unified in resolving territorial disputes
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/08/vietnam-calls-greater-asean-unity-south-china-sea/#TFR10t64WfW1ewKc.97

23 AUGUST 2017

Cambodia signs deal to develop first offshore oil field

A Singaporean firm has signed an agreement to run Cambodia’s first-ever oil field. The impoverished Southeast Asian nation has long desired to strike oil, and it is now one step closer to making that a reality
http://www.dw.com/en/cambodia-signs-deal-to-develop-first-offshore-oil-field/a-40203848
http://en.freshnewsasia.com/index.php/5244-cambodia-to-produce-oil-in-2019.html

Kim Jong-un’s orders for more ICBMs raise alarms

Concerns are rising that North Korea may be planning more missile provocations over reports Pyongyang has ordered the production of intercontinental ballistic missile components to be increased
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20170823000705
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170823_20/
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2107962/north-koreas-leader-kim-jong-un-orders-production-more-rocket
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3037528

22 AUGUST 2017

US president unveils new Afghanistan, South Asia strategy

President Donald J. Trump tonight unveiled an expansive new strategy for South Asia aimed at bolstering American security.The new strategy encompasses Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, the Central Asian nations and extends into Southeast Asia. He stressed the strategy will not have artificial timelines built into it
https://www.defense.gov/News/Article/Article/1284964/president-unveils-new-afghanistan-south-asia-strategy/
https://www.defense.gov/Videos/videoid/544991/
https://www.voanews.com/a/world-reacts-to-trumps-speech-on-new-afghanistan-strategy-/3995547.html

China warns US ahead of Taiwan Defence Minister’s brief visit

China warned the United States on Tuesday (Aug 22) against any military contacts with Taiwan ahead of brief visits by the self-ruled island’s Defence Minister to the US on his way to and from Central American allies
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/china-warns-us-ahead-of-taiwan-defence-ministers-brief-visit
https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3237056
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201708220014.aspx

India’s Supreme Court rules ‘triple talaq’ Muslim divorce law ‘unconstitutional’

India’s Supreme Court has ruled a controversial Muslim instant divorce law unconstitutional, a landmark victory for Muslim women who had long argued that it violated their right to equality
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-08-23/indias-supreme-court-rules-muslim-divorrce-law-unconstitutional/8832692?section=world
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-41008802

Maldives to reintroduce death penalty after six decades

Despite international pressure the Maldives will reintroduce the death penalty after a 60-year moratorium to try and reduce the rising number of murders and stop drug-trafficking, a senior advisor to President Abdulla Yameen said on Tuesday
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/2107828/maldives-reintroduce-death-penalty-after-six-decades

21 AUGUST 2017

Thousands demand end to killings in Duterte’s drug war

Thousands of demonstrators have taken to the streets of the Philippine capital of Manila to denounce President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs, as they marked the death anniversary of one of the country’s pro-democracy heroes
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/08/thousands-demand-killings-duterte-drug-war-170821124440845.html
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/924450/protests-against-war-on-drugs-rodrigo-duterte-kian-loyd-delos-santos
http://www.manilatimes.net/outrage-fires-coalition-drug-war-du30-face-isolation/346005/

UN: Cambodia ‘Approaching a Precipice’ Amid Threats, Fear

The U.N.’s human rights envoy to Cambodia condemned the government’s recent violent rhetoric, court action against politicians and attacks against NGOs that have ramped up ahead of a key national election next year, arguing that the country appeared to be “approaching a precipice.”
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/un-cambodia-approaching-a-precipice-amid-threats-fear-133853/

US-South Korea hold military drills amid tension

The United States and South Korea have kicked off their annual military exercise, known as Ulchi Freedom Guardian
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-40957725
http://www.euronews.com/2017/08/21/us-south-korea-begin-wargames
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=207751

Cambodia Daily given till Sept 4 to pay taxes

The Tax Department said English-language newspaper the Cambodia Daily faced shuttering and the seizure of its assets if it failed to pay back taxes it allegedly owes by September 4 – a seeming escalation in the government’s recent targeting of NGOs and independent media outlets for tax-related scrutiny
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/tax-head-threatens-daily-with-september-4-closure-133851/
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/cambodia-daily-given-till-sept-4-pay-taxes
http://en.freshnewsasia.com/index.php/5222-taxes-trouble-the-cambodia-daily.html

20 AUGUST 2017

Thousands march in Hong Kong for release of pro-democracy leaders

Thousands of demonstrators have taken to the streets of Hong Kong – some clad in prison uniforms – to demand the release of three of the former British colony’s best-known pro-democracy leaders
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/aug/20/hong-kong-pro-democracy-march-alex-chow-nathan-law-joshua-wong
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/08/thousands-protest-jailing-umbrella-movement-leaders-170820130648345.html
http://www.dw.com/en/thousands-protest-jailing-of-activists-in-hong-kong/a-40165026

Bangladesh sentences 10 to death for plot to kill PM Hasina

A Bangladesh court sentenced ten Islamist militants to death on Sunday (Aug 20) over a failed plot to assassinate Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina by detonating a huge bomb at one of her rallies
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/bangladesh-sentences-10-to-death-for-plot-to-kill-pm-hasina
http://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2017/08/20/ten-sentenced-to-death-over-assassination-plot-against-sheikh-hasina
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/bangladesh/10-get-death-penalty-over-plot-to-assassinate-hasina-1.2077095

US warship Indianapolis sunk by Japan during WWII on July 30, 1945, found in Pacific Ocean

Researchers have found the wreckage of the US warship Indianapolis, which was sunk by a Japanese torpedo in the final days of World War Two, more than 5.5 kilometers below the surface of the Pacific Ocean, the Navy said on Saturday
http://edition.cnn.com/2017/08/19/us/uss-indianapolis-wreckage-found/index.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/20/world/asia/uss-indianapolis-paul-allen.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fasia&action=click&contentCollection=asia&region=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=4&pgtype=sectionfront
http://www.aljazeera.com/video/news/2017/08/wreckage-uss-indianapolis-72-years-170820140644525.html

18 AUGUST 2017

US, Japan step up defense cooperation

The United States and Japan will step up their defense cooperation to deal with the threat from nuclear-armed Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) as tensions in East Asia remain high, officials from the two allies said on Thursday
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/24/183/80/1503051560742.html
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170818_11/
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0003888528

Cambridge University Press pulls scholarly articles from China website at Beijing’s request

Cambridge University Press (CUP), one of Britain’s most respected academic publishers, has blocked online access in China to hundreds of scholarly articles and book reviews on Chinese affairs after coming under pressure from Beijing
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/cambridge-university-press-pulls-scholarly-articles-from-china-website-at-beijings
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2107419/cambridge-university-press-pulls-sensitive-journal

17 AUGUST 2017

Joshua Wong and two other Hong Kong Umbrella Movement leaders jailed for six months

Hong Kong’s most prominent democracy activist Joshua Wong has been sentenced to six months in jail over a 2014 protest
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/08/hong-kong-jails-umbrella-movement-leaders-170817083036528.html
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-08-17/the-young-face-of-hong-kongs-democracy-movement-jailed/8817996?section=world
http://edition.cnn.com/2017/08/17/asia/hong-kong-umbrella-joshua-wong/index.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2107216/occupy-activists-joshua-wong-and-nathan-law-jailed-hong-kong

15 AUGUST 2017

Thai activist jailed for more than two years after posting anti-royal BBC article on Facebook

A Thai student activist has been jailed for more than two years for posting a BBC article deemed offensive to Thailand’s King on Facebook, his lawyer said
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-08-15/thai-activist-jailed-for-posting-anti-royal-bbc-article/8810724?section=world
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-40938914
http://www.asiantribune.com/node/90848

Minister resigns over massive Taiwan blackout

Taiwan’s Economic Affairs Minister Lee Chih-kung resigned after a malfunction at the island’s largest natural gas plant on Tuesday (Aug 15) caused a massive blackout that affected millions of households amid a heatwave
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/minister-resigns-over-massive-taiwan-blackout-reports-9125906

Maldive president Abdulla Yameen ‘admits receiving bags of stolen cash’

Apparent admission follows Al Jazeera investigation exposing how Yameen and aides embezzled millions from state coffers
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/08/abdulla-yameen-admits-receiving-bags-stolen-cash-170815091334393.html

Sri Lanka names senior lawyer Tilak Marapana as new foreign minister

Sri Lanka named a veteran government lawyer as foreign minister on Tuesday (Aug 15) after the island’s top diplomat stood down amid a corruption scandal
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/sri-lanka-names-senior-lawyer-tilak-marapana-as-new-foreign-minister

Independence Day speech: Narendra Modi outlines vision for India

PM Narendra Modi, in his Independence Day speech, set a deadline of 2022 for building a New India free of caste differences, corruption and terrorism
http://www.livemint.com/Politics/WYdg9vJ2ULdjh0LULDp8nM/Independence-Day-2017-Narendra-Modi-calls-for-building-new.html
http://www.dnaindia.com/india/photo-gallery-in-pics-at-70-years-young-india-celebrates-independence-day-2530647

14 AUGUST 2017

China issues order to implement UN sanctions on North Korea

China will halt iron, iron ore and seafood imports from North Korea starting Tuesday (Aug 15), following through on new UN sanctions after US pressure for Beijing to strongarm Pyongyang over its ally’s nuclear programme
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/china-issues-order-to-implement-un-sanctions-on-north-korea

Japanese economy posts longest expansion in more than a decade

Japan’s economy expanded at the fastest pace for more than two years in the three months to June, with domestic spending accelerating as the country prepares for the 2020 Toyko Olympics and low levels of unemployment encouraged businesses to invest
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/aug/14/japanese-economy-posts-longest-expansion-in-more-than-a-decade
https://asia.nikkei.com/Politics-Economy/Economy/Japan-logs-4.0-GDP-growth-for-April-June-quarter
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201708140012.html

Pakistan marks 70 years of independence with fireworks, huge flag, air show

Pakistan on Monday celebrated 70 years of independence from British India with a patriotic display including a giant flag and a show of air power, as the military’s top brass vowed to wipe out terrorists days after a deadly blast
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/pakistan/pakistan-marks-independence-with-fireworks-huge-flag-air-show-1.2074067
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1480831/nation-celebrates-71st-independence-day/
https://www.dawn.com/news/1351502/flag-hoisting-ceremony-in-capital-marks-pakistans-independence-day

South Korea’s president urges calm on North Korea, says war unthinkable

South Korean President Moon Jae-In called for calm on Monday in the standoff with North Korea, saying there should never be another war on the peninsula
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2017/08/14/south-koreas-president-urges-calm-north-korea-says-war-unthinkable
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-40923284
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=207499

13 AUGUST 2017

More Chinese military aircraft spotted near eastern Taiwan

Two Chinese military surveillance aircraft were seen flying east of Taiwan on Sunday, the third time in August that Chinese military planes were seen near Taiwan, according to Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/acs/201708130007.aspx
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2017/08/14/2003676483

12 AUGUST 2017

Laos, Cambodia to pull back troops after PM meet

The leaders of Cambodia and Laos vowed on Saturday to recall troops from a disputed border area where tensions have been flaring for months, after the prime ministers held an emergency meeting
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2106566/laos-cambodia-withdraw-troops-disputed-border-area
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/55/188/11/1502522224623.html
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/5077785/hun-sen-threatens-evict-lao-troops/

Singapore committed to long-term relationship with Indonesia: DPM Teo

Singapore is committed to a long-term relationship with Indonesia and has worked on a good agenda for the upcoming Leaders’ Retreat next month, Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean said on Saturday (Aug 12) as he wrapped up a two-day working visit to Jakarta
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-committed-to-long-term-relationship-with-indonesia-dpm-9117690

Xi urges restraint on nuclear issue in phone talks with Trump

Chinese President Xi Jinping urged concerned parties to practice restraint regarding the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue in a phone conversation with his US counterpart Donald Trump on Saturday
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/146/4/92/1502530446344.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/world/united-states-canada/article/2106518/trump-call-xi-jinping-urgent-talks-north-korea

Japan deploys missile defence over North Korea threat to Guam: Reports

Japan deployed its Patriot missile defence system on Saturday (Aug 12), after North Korea threatened to fire ballistic missiles over the country towards the US Pacific territory of Guam, local officials and reports said
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/japan-deploys-missile-defence-over-north-korea-threat-to-guam-reports
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0003877500
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170812_14/

11 AUGUST 2017

Cambodian PM accuses Laos of border violation, mobilising troops

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on Friday (Aug 11) accused neighbouring Laos o sending troops into Cambodian territory in April and set an Aug 17 deadline for their departure, warning that he was mobilising soldiers to the border area
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/cambodian-pm-accuses-laos-of-border-violation-mobilising-troops-9114246
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/5077785/hun-sen-threatens-evict-lao-troops/

 10 AUGUST 2017

Ruth Pfau: Pakistan’s ‘Mother Teresa’ dies aged 87

Ruth Pfau, a German doctor and nun who dedicated her life to eradicating leprosy in Pakistan and has been described as the country’s Mother Teresa, has died in Karachi aged 87
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-40886234
https://www.dawn.com/news/1338320
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1477955/pakistani-lepers-messiah-dr-ruth-pfau-passes-away/

Sri Lanka foreign minister resigns over corruption charges

Ravi Karunanayake has been accused of owning a luxury apartment paid for by a bond dealer under investigation – a charge he denies. President Sirisena has pledged to end the corruption which marked the previous regime
http://www.dw.com/en/sri-lanka-foreign-minister-resigns-over-corruption-charges/a-40038447
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/2106281/sri-lanka-foreign-minister-quits-amid-insider-trading-scandal

Cambodian court sends analyst to prison for defaming premier

A court in Cambodia has sentenced a political analyst to 18 months in prison on the basis of a criminal complaint by Prime Minister Hun Sen that he had defamed him in a radio interview
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AS_CAMBODIA_DEFAMATION?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2017-08-10-06-53-32
http://en.freshnewsasia.com/index.php/5145-kim-sok-sentenced-to-18-months-imprisonment.html

9 AUGUST 2017

Thailand sentences man to 18 years in prison for insulting monarchy

A Thai man was jailed for 18 years for posting six video clips deemed insulting to the monarchy, the latest conviction in junta-ruled Thailand where authorities have cracked down on critics of the monarchy and military
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/08/09/asia-pacific/crime-legal-asia-pacific/thailand-sentences-man-18-years-prison-insulting-monarchy/#.WYsmErpuI2w

Vietnam, US agree to strengthen military ties amid Chinese dispute

Vietnam and the United States have agreed to forge deeper military ties, and an American aircraft carrier has been scheduled to visit the southeast Asian country amid a territorial dispute between Vietnam and China
http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/08/09/531167/Vietnam-US-military-ties-Ngo-Xuan-James-Mattis-China

Former Pakistan PM Sharif launches defiant procession

Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif led a defiant procession Wednesday (Aug 9) to his party’s stronghold in the eastern city of Lahore as thousands rallied along the route, weeks after he was deposed by the Supreme Court
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/former-pakistan-pm-sharif-launches-defiant-procession-9109042
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1477320/live-nawaz-leaves-camp-office-islamabad-kicks-off-homegoing-rally/
https://www.dawn.com/news/1350536/homecoming-nawaz-motorcade-enters-rawalpindi

8 AUGUST 2017

 Haruo Nakajima, actor who played the original Godzilla, dies aged 88

 Haruo Nakajima, the actor who stomped in a rubber suit to portray the original 1954 Godzilla, helping to make the Japanese monster an iconic symbol of the nuclear era, has died. He was 88
http://www.scmp.com/article/2105925/haruo-nakajima-actor-who-played-original-godzilla-rubber-suit-dies-88
https://www.theguardian.com/film/2017/aug/08/haruo-nakajima-actor-who-played-the-original-godzilla-dies-aged-88
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170808_34/

 ASEAN celebrates 50th anniversary

 Representatives of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations gathered in Manila on Tuesday to celebrate the organization’s 50th anniversary
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170808_30/
http://jakartaglobe.id/eyewitness/asean50/
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/time-for-an-asian-asean-century

Thai journalist charged over Facebook criticism of juntaA prominent

Thai columnist who has chronicled the erosion of human rights under junta rule was charged with sedition on Tuesday over Facebook posts that criticised the regime
http://zeenews.india.com/world/thai-journalist-charged-over-facebook-criticism-of-junta-2031231.html
http://www.khaosodenglish.com/politics/2017/08/08/khaosod-english-reporter-charged-sedition-reports-police/

7 AUGUST 2017

North Korea refuses to stop nuclear weapon development, threatens US over sanctions

 North Korea has vowed that « under no circumstances » will it put its nuclear weapons on the negotiating table. Earlier, the North threatened to make the US pay « thousands of times » for drafting the latest sanctions
http://www.dw.com/en/north-korea-refuses-to-stop-nuclear-weapon-development-threatens-us-over-sanctions/a-39999002
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/7/68/63/1502119087630.html

China-Vietnam maritime tensions flare as foreign ministers meeting called off

Strife between Beijing and Hanoi over the South China Sea boiled over on Monday when a scheduled one-on-one meeting of the two countries’ foreign ministers was called off
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2105828/china-vietnam-maritime-tensions-flare-foreign-ministers

6 AUGUST 2917

Indonesia, Russia sign MoU to trade palm, coffee for Sukhoi jets

 Indonesian state trading company PT Perusahaan Perdagangan Indonesia and Russian state conglomerate Rostec have signed a preliminary deal to trade Sukhoi SU-35 jets for commodities like palm oil and coffee, the Indonesian trade ministry said
http://eurasiadiary.com/en/news/politics/173635-indonesia-russia-sign-mou-to-trade-palm-coffee-for-sukhoi-jets
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2017/08/04/indonesia-to-barter-coffee-cpo-for-russian-jet-fighters.html

China sacks senior Xinjiang official for not fighting extremism

A Communist Party official who oversaw a portion of China’s restive northwestern Muslim region of Xinjiang has been dismissed on charges including that he failed to do enough to fight extremism
http://www.beijingbulletin.com/news/254252017/chinese-official-fired-for-not-fighting-extremism
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/china/china-sacks-senior-xinjiang-official-for-not-fighting-extremism-1.2069696

China says N. Korea sanctions ‘necessary’ but urges dialogue

China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Sunday that the latest sanctions passed by the United Nations Security Council were « necessary » after North Korea’s missile tests in July, but he noted that they were « not the ultimate purpose. »
http://www.dw.com/en/china-says-n-korea-sanctions-necessary-but-urges-dialogue/a-39980868
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/31/83/67/1502002876198.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2105591/un-sanctions-north-korea-necessary-not-ultimate-goal

5 AUGUST 2017

United Nations bans key North Korea exports over missile tests

The U.S.-drafted resolution bans North Korean exports of coal, iron, iron ore, lead, lead ore and seafood. It also prohibits countries from increasing the current numbers of North Korean labourers working abroad, bans new joint ventures with North Korea and any new investment in current joint ventures
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/08/security-council-vote-north-korea-sanctions-170805153043100.html
https://www.un.org/sc/suborg/en/sanctions/1718/resolutions
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-40838582

ASEAN communique stalls amid disagreement on South China Sea stance

Southeast Asian foreign ministers failed to release a customary communique at the end of a high-level meeting on Saturday after what diplomats said was a lack of consensus about how to refer to disputes in the South China Sea
https://www.yahoo.com/news/southeast-asian-states-korea-standoff-threatens-global-peace-084048567.html
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/south-china-sea-north-korea-tensions-at-asean-security-forum-9095496
http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/08/05/530764/Vietnam-China-South-China-Sea-North-Korea

Venkaiah Naidu elected 13th Vice-President of India, defeats Gopalkrishna Gandhi

India’s ruling party candidate M. Venkaiah Naidu was elected vice president in a parliamentary vote on Saturday (Aug 5), enabling the party to boost its political standing in his southern home region where it lacks a broad support base
http://indianexpress.com/article/india/vice-presidential-election-results-venkaiah-naidu-gopalkrishna-gandhi-nda-opposition/
http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-never-believed-someone-from-agricultural-background-would-be-here-venkaiah-naidu-after-winning-vp-poll-2521194
http://zeenews.india.com/india/venkaiah-naidu-becomes-13th-vice-president-of-india-a-look-into-his-incredible-journey-from-nellore-to-new-delhi-2030548.html

4 AUGUST 2017

Pope ‘loves China’, Vatican official says on trip there

Pope Francis “loves China” and the Vatican hopes the country has a great future, a Chinese state-run newspaper on Friday cited a visiting Vatican official as saying, in an expression of goodwill despite strained relations between the two
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2105462/pope-loves-china-vatican-official-says-trip-beijing

 East Timor’s Gusmao quits as party leader

 Independence leader Xanana Gusmao has resigned as president of his party following their recent election loss, reportedly saying the East Timorese people had lost faith in them
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2017/08/05/east-timors-gusmao-quits-party-leader

Rahul Gandhi’s car attacked in Gujarat’s Banasakantha, Congress calls for statewide protests

Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi’s car was on Friday stoned and windows broken by hostile black-flag waving crowds shouting slogans in favour of Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his tour of flood-hit Dhanera town in north Gujarat’s Banaskantha district
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/india/rahul-s-car-attacked-in-gujarat-says-not-scared-of-cowards-1.2068956
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/rahul-gandhis-car-pelted-with-stones-on-visit-to-flood-hit-gujarat/article19428634.ece?homepage=true
http://indianexpress.com/article/india/rahul-gandhi-shown-black-flags-stone-thrown-at-his-car-in-gujarats-flood-hit-banasakantha-4782221/

3 AUGUST 2017

Japan’s new top diplomat Taro Kono is son of official who wrote landmark 1993 apology to ‘comfort women’

Newly appointed Foreign Minister Taro Kono is known as an outspoken, reform-minded politician unafraid of questioning the party line
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2105245/japans-new-top-diplomat-taro-kono-son-official-who-wrote
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/08/03/national/politics-diplomacy/new-foreign-minister-kono-reform-minded-challenger-party-lines/#.WYOGhbpuI2w
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201708030024.html

 2 AUGUST 2017

 Cambodia Social Affairs Minister Demands Civil Servants Back Ruling Party

Cambodia’s social affairs minister has ordered all civil servants to support the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) in next year’s general election or resign, and threatened anyone who protests the ballot’s results with violence, prompting a rights group on Wednesday to demand that he be sacked
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/cambodia/minister-08022017154849.html
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/minister-demands-loyalty-cpp-civil-servants-warns-protesters-they-will-be-hit-bamboo

Case thrown out against former Thai PM Somchai in rare win for anti-junta camp

A Thai court dismissed a case against former prime minister Somchai Wongsawat, a brother-in-law of deposed former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, in a rare victory for the pro-Thaksin, anti-junta movement
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/case-thrown-out-against-former-thai-pm-somchai-rare-win-anti-junta-camp

http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2105107/two-former-thai-prime-ministers-acquitted-abusing-power
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/13/137/138/1501661314184.html

1st AUGUST 2017

Pakistan elects Shahid Khaqan Abbasi as interim prime minister

Former petroleum minister, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, has been elected as Pakistan’s interim prime minister. Ousted PM Nawaz Sharif’s brother Shahbaz is expected to take over in September and continue until the 2018 election
http://www.dw.com/en/pakistan-elects-shahid-khaqan-abbasi-as-interim-prime-minister/a-39916323
https://www.dawn.com/news/1348953/shahid-khaqan-abbasi-sworn-in-as-prime-minister-of-pakistan
http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/08/01/530385/Pakistan-premier-election-Abbasi

Indian Forces kill senior commander of Lashkar-e-Taiba militant group Abu Dujuna in Kashmir

Indian forces killed a top militant commander in Kashmir on Tuesday, triggering clashes in which one protester was killed and dozens injured
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/india/indian-forces-kill-elusive-let-s-kashmir-commander-1.2067518
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/encounter-breaks-out-in-pulwama/article19400523.ece?homepage=true
http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-after-neutralising-abu-dujana-security-forces-to-target-six-high-profile-terrorists-in-jammu-and-kashmir-2520043

Michael Yeung named new Hong Kong Catholic leader as John Tong retires

Coadjutor bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung will become the new head of the Catholic diocese in Hong Kong after Pope Francis approved the retirement of Cardinal John Tong Hon a day after he turned 78
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/From-today,-Msgr.-Michael-Yeung-is-bishop-of-Hong-Kong:-he-is-a-friend-of-Zen-and-Tong-41432.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/education-community/article/2104856/leadership-change-works-catholic-churchs-hong
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2017/08/01/controversial-senior-bishop-michael-yeung-head-hong-kongs-catholic-church/

 



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