Asia Pacific Topics

Feb 11, 2015

Australia failing to tackle Aboriginal disadvantage: Abbott

Australia is failing to meet most of its targets to end the entrenched disadvantage of Aboriginal people, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Wednesday, as he delivered what he described as a “profoundly disappointing” annual assessment. In his yearly report on “Closing the Gap” between ...

Feb 3, 2015

Number of tigers falls on demand by Chinese

Soaring demand for tiger parts in China has emptied Asia’s forests, frustrating efforts to protect the big cats, wildlife experts said as an anti-poaching conference opened in Katmandu on Monday. Around 100 experts, government and law enforcement officials from 13 nations are attending the ...

Social media pressure Cambodian leaders

Jan 22, 2015

Social media pressure Cambodian leaders

The CCTV footage is blurry but graphic. A gunman stands over a cringing victim, firing bullet after bullet into his body until the Phnom Penh street is spattered with blood. The brazen killing of Cambodian businessman Ung Meng Cheu by an unknown assassin on ...

China orders its universities to champion socialism, tradition

Jan 20, 2015

China orders its universities to champion socialism, tradition

China’s leadership has issued guidelines requiring universities to strengthen ideological controls in classrooms and telling professors they must champion Marxism, traditional culture and socialist core values. The orders come as President Xi Jinping tightens his grip on political power and cracks down on the ...

Jan 20, 2015

Transgender sex workers face tide of abuse in China

Xiao Tong was selling sex on the streets of Beijing when a man lured her into his car, flashed his police badge and took her to the station. Once there, police pulled at Xiao’s wig and punched her, before removing her bra and groping ...

Pope puts dignity, poverty at the fore in Philippines trip

Jan 16, 2015

Pope puts dignity, poverty at the fore in Philippines trip

Pope Francis began his visit to Asia’s largest Catholic nation Thursday with a provocative statement about one of Europe’s largest Catholic nations: Referring to the Paris attacks, Francis said there are limits to freedom of expression, especially when it insults or ridicules someone’s faith. ...