Jul 11, 2014

'Bamboo ceiling' hampering Asians in Australia

A “bamboo ceiling” exists in Australia for Asians entering positions of power in business, education and politics, the country’s race discrimination commissioner has suggested. Tim Soutphommasane said that while Australia’s cultural diversity was to be welcomed, equality of opportunity in the top echelons was ...

Stop 'politicizing rape,' Modi orders India politicans

Jun 12, 2014

Stop 'politicizing rape,' Modi orders India politicans

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday urged lawmakers to cease insensitive and ambiguous word play over rape and to work together to protect all women, in his first comments on the issue since the gang rape and murder of two girls shocked the ...

Deadly blasts rock China's restive Xinjiang

May 22, 2014

Deadly blasts rock China's restive Xinjiang

Several people were killed and injured when two vehicles plowed into a market and explosives were thrown in Xinjiang province, China’s official Xinhua news agency reported. Two off-road vehicles drove into crowds in the regional capital Urumqi. One of the vehicles exploded, Xinhua said. ...

Myanmar's first census in 30 years extended amid controversy

Apr 12, 2014

Myanmar's first census in 30 years extended amid controversy

A group of women dressed in green sarong-like longyis and simple white blouses stand around a table piled with census forms, entering neat notations on spreadsheets by hand. The women will have to go through 37,579 family census forms, according to officials, using calculators ...

Vote might tip Afghan tribes into new war

| Apr 4, 2014

Vote might tip Afghan tribes into new war

Growing violence in Afghanistan’s southern province of Kandahar ahead of the presidential election next week highlights a rift between Pashtun tribes that could tip the country back into civil war. The fate of Kandahar, birthplace of the Taliban insurgency, is crucial. Some Afghans fear ...

Fighting in South Sudan traps U.N. personnel inside base

Feb 20, 2014

Fighting in South Sudan traps U.N. personnel inside base

Fighting between South Sudan’s army and rebels in the capital of one of its oil-rich states is forcing U.N. personnel to remain inside a base where more than 20,000 frightened residents are seeking refuge, officials said Wednesday. U.N. personnel are unable to leave the ...

S. Sudan cease-fire in tatters as rebels attack key oil town

Feb 19, 2014

S. Sudan cease-fire in tatters as rebels attack key oil town

Rebel forces in South Sudan launched a major assault Tuesday against the key oil hub of Malakal, witnesses and officials said, as a cease-fire agreement with the government appeared to be in tatters. Aid sources said small arms fire could be heard inside the ...