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The Philippine government says it cannot cope with massive flooding that has displaced nearly half a million people, amid fears the death toll could soar well past the official tally of 86. Reaching people still stranded after Saturday's disaster ...

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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