Asia

Race against time

Mary Ann Benitez The Standard 21.09.2009
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Up to 30 percent of Asia's population is predicted to be sickened by human swine flu (H1N1) amid a global vaccine shortage, but World Health Organization and Hong Kong health leaders were yesterday guarded on the safety of the mainland-made Sinova...

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A police spokesman says four suspected terrorists were killed and three captured in an overnight raid in central Indonesia.


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Indonesia's Disaster Management Agency says more than 40 people have died from yesterday's Magnitude 7 earthquake in Java.

Chen's wife jailed for perjury

The Standard 02.09.2009
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A Taiwan court yesterday sentenced Wu Shu-chen, the wife of ex-president Chen Shui-bian, to a year in jail for perjury as it passed the first convictions in an unprecedented case against the former first family.


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Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou says his government has agreed to a visit by the Dalai Lama to comfort survivors of Typhoon Morakot.

I won't bow out

Bonnie Chen and agencies The Standard 19.08.2009
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Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou dug in yesterday against scathing criticism about his administration's slow response to the carnage wrought by Typhoon Morakot and declared he would not step down.


Voices and $50m raised for typhoon victims

Diana Lee The Standard 18.08.2009
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Hong Kong's Cantopop superstars and other celebrities were on song at a telethon last night as generous Hongkongers pledged donations to the tune of HK$50 million to help victims of Taiwan's devastating typhoon.

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Taiwan's military has launched a helicopter rescue of more than 700 people who were found alive in three villages flattened by landslides, a senior military officer said.


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Helicopters dropped rescuers into a village in southern Taiwan this morning to search for victims of a massive mudslide that is believed to have buried hundreds of people, officials said.

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At least 12 people have been confirmed dead and 52 others are missing in Taiwan after Typhoon Morakot caused the island's worst flooding in half a century, the emergency services said.


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The Burmese court scheduled to deliver a verdict in the trial of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has postponed its ruling until August 11. The 64-year-old Nobel Peace Prize laureate is charged with violating the terms of her house arrest by har...

Sure bet wins top slot

Bonnie Chen The Standard 27.07.2009
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Sole candidate Fernando Chui Sai-on, 52, is to be Macau's next chief executive. He won the job with 282 votes from the 300-strong election committee after a two-hour voting exercise yesterday.


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Japanese cabinet members approved Prime Minister Taro Aso's plan to dissolve parliament's lower house on Tuesday for an election expected on August 30.

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South Korean media reports say North Korea could test-fire a long-range missile this month designed to strike US territory.


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Washington has stressed its resolve to defend its Asian allies, warning North Korea that "sabre-rattling and bluster" in the wake of its nuclear test will only deepen the country's isolation.

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North Korea has threatened to attack South Korea after Seoul joined a US-led initiative to check vessels suspected of carrying equipment for weapons of mass destruction.


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North Korea has staged a "successful" underground nuclear test, the state-run KCNA agency reports.

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Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou says his government has turned many of the island's challenges into opportunities over the past year. Speaking at a news conference in Taipei 12 months after taking office, he said Taiwan is "on the right track."


Suu Kyi faces trial

RTHK 18.05.2009
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Burma's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is due to go on trial today on charges related to a visit to her home by an American, who swam across a lake to reach it.

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Taiwan's top negotiator with the mainland has resigned. Chiang Pin-kung, who heads the Straits Exchange Foundation, said he had tendered his resignation to President Ma Ying-jeou because of his age - 77 - and health.



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