Leaked China documents reveal 'no mercy' in Xinjiang: report

Asia Pacific Nov 17, 2019

Leaked China documents reveal 'no mercy' in Xinjiang: report

A rare and huge leak of Chinese government documents has shed new light on a security crackdown on Muslims in China's Xinjiang region, where President Xi Jinping ordered officials to act with "absolutely no mercy" against separatism and extremism, The New York Times reported ...

Malay Muslim militants kill 15 in southern Thailand, army says

Asia Pacific Nov 6, 2019

Malay Muslim militants kill 15 in southern Thailand, army says

At least fifteen people were killed in attacks by suspected Muslim militants in Thailand's violence-racked south, an army spokesman said on Wednesday, the latest incident in the 15-year bloody insurgency. Thailand's three southernmost provinces have been in the grip of a conflict that has killed ...

Pope declares the Vatican Secret Archive not secret

World Oct 29, 2019

Pope declares the Vatican Secret Archive not secret

Pope Francis has declared that the Vatican Secret Archive isn't so secret after all. Francis on Monday officially changed the name of the Holy See archive to remove what he said were the "negative" connotations of having "secret" in its name. From now on, the vast ...

Indian business sags as Diwali prospects dim

Asia Pacific Oct 25, 2019

Indian business sags as Diwali prospects dim

by Vishal Manve

For Indian executive Bibhas Chakraborty, Diwali used to mean shiny expensive gifts from business associates keen to use the auspicious — and spectacular — Hindu festival to deepen ties. Now he mostly gets sweets and nuts. As Asia's third-largest economy battles waning consumer demand, extravagant ...