Asia Pacific Topics

Dec 10, 2014

Thai junta propaganda film stuns with Hitler scene

An officially sanctioned propaganda film commissioned by Thailand’s junta has caused outrage and bafflement after viewers noticed it used imagery of Nazi leader Adolf Hitler. The short film — one of a series commissioned by Thai generals to promote “Twelve Values” it wants the ...

Abbott's 'shirtfront' is Australia's word of the year

Dec 10, 2014

Abbott's 'shirtfront' is Australia's word of the year

“Shirtfront,” an aggressive Australian sports term used by Prime Minister Tony Abbott to challenge Russia’s Vladimir Putin, was picked Wednesday as the National Dictionary Centre’s word of the year, beating “man-bun.” Abbott vowed in October to “shirtfront” the Russian president — an Australian Rules ...

Shutdown of Hong Kong protest camp looms

Dec 9, 2014

Shutdown of Hong Kong protest camp looms

Hong Kong pro-democracy activists have until Thursday morning to leave a sprawling protest camp that has blocked traffic in the Chinese financial hub for more than two months before authorities clear it out, a lawyer said Tuesday. Authorities are set to move in after ...

Dec 4, 2014

Army kills six rebels near Indian Kashmir border

The army has killed six rebels in Indian Kashmir during a two-day gun battle that was believed to be an attempt by militants to disrupt elections in the region, a spokesman said Wednesday. An Indian soldier was also killed in the fighting, which started ...

India woos neighbors as China makes inroads

Dec 4, 2014

India woos neighbors as China makes inroads

India pledged a slew of regional investments at a South Asian summit last week, seeking to counter China’s growing economic inroads into its backyard as it remains embroiled in bitter rivalry with Pakistan. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said South Asia’s largest economy would ...