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China puts former security chief under investigation

Jul 30, 2014

China puts former security chief under investigation

China’s ruling Communist Party announced an investigation into a feared ex-security chief on Tuesday, demonstrating President Xi Jinping’s firm grip on power and breaking a long-standing taboo against publicly targeting the country’s topmost leaders. If he goes to trial, Zhou Yongkang would be the ...

Jul 18, 2014

Criminal charge recommended against Yingluck

An anti-corruption body on Thursday recommended criminal charges against Thailand’s ousted prime minister over her government’s rice subsidy program, which cost the country billions of dollars. National Anti-Corruption Commissioner Vicha Mahakun said the commission voted unanimously that former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra committed dereliction ...

China friendless in anti-U.S. drive

| Jul 12, 2014

China friendless in anti-U.S. drive

Nearly three decades after Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping famously instructed his diplomats to “be good at maintaining a low profile and never claim leadership,” a new generation of rulers has made it clear that they are ready to shed humility and show off their ...

N. Korean ex-spy shunned stuck in the cold

| Jul 12, 2014

N. Korean ex-spy shunned stuck in the cold

Once their espionage cases are resolved, some former North Korean spies find that life in the South can be pretty good. They write books, land TV gigs, work for think tanks and in general benefit from their new home’s fascination with their old homeland. ...

Jul 11, 2014

Beijing hits back at Macau democracy vote

Beijing has slammed an unofficial referendum on electoral reform to be held in the gambling mecca of Macau, local media said Thursday, after almost 800,000 turned out for a similar poll in Hong Kong. The former Portuguese colony returned to Chinese rule in 1999 ...

India's Modi faces first test of reform pledges

Jul 10, 2014

India's Modi faces first test of reform pledges

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi faced the first major test of his reform credentials on Thursday, when his fresh-faced government presented its maiden budget amid early doubts about his willingness to make unpopular decisions. The budget promised a new era of fiscal prudence and ...

Both candidates in Indonesia election claim victory

Jul 9, 2014

Both candidates in Indonesia election claim victory

Both candidates claimed victory in Indonesia’s presidential election on Wednesday, suggesting there could be a drawn-out constitutional battle to decide who will next lead the world’s third-largest democracy. Just a few hours after voting closed, Jakarta Gov. Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said he had won, ...

Indonesia's Widodo declares victory in presidential race

Jul 9, 2014

Indonesia's Widodo declares victory in presidential race

Jakarta Gov. Joko Widodo declared victory Wednesday in Indonesia’s tightest and most divisive presidential race since the downfall of dictator Suharto, which has pitted him against former Gen. Prabowo Subianto. It came after unofficial tallies from polling agencies showed him leading with around 53 ...