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From colas to cigarettes, North Korea’s Air Koryo diversifies to stay airborne amid sanctions
Apr21

From colas to cigarettes, North Korea’s Air Koryo diversifies to stay airborne amid sanctions

EVEN after disembarking from North Korea’s Air Koryo plane at Pyongyang airport, it’s difficult to miss the airline’s brand. The Air Koryo conglomerate makes cigarettes and fizzy drinks, besides owning a taxi fleet and petrol stations – and all have the same flying crane logo as the carrier. The military-controlled airline...

Vietnam’s Pham Thanh Nghien Named Finalist for Rights Defenders at Risk Award
Mar31

Vietnam’s Pham Thanh Nghien Named Finalist for Rights Defenders at Risk Award

Vietnamese blogger and former political prisoner Pham Thanh Nghien has been named a finalist for the Front Line Defenders Award for Human Rights Defenders at Risk, honoring activists who jeopardize their own safety to benefit their communities.Nghien, who is known for her work publicizing violations against and defending the rights of relatives...

Indonesia favours “pragmatic” Trump in doing business – minister
Jan19

Indonesia favours “pragmatic” Trump in doing business – minister

INDONESIA, the country with the world’s biggest Muslim population, can do business with a “pragmatic” U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, a senior minister close to President Joko Widodo said on Wednesday. Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut Pandjaitan said outgoing President Barack Obama’s “ideological” foreign policy had...

China Hits Out at Tillerson Threats, Warns of ‘Major War’
Jan13

China Hits Out at Tillerson Threats, Warns of ‘Major War’

Chinese state media hit out on Friday at comments made by secretary of state nominee Rex Tillerson, who said the U.S. could move to block Chinese access to artificial islands it made in disputed areas of the South China Sea.In comments to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee during his confirmation hearing on Wednesday, Tillerson said...

Move over Washington, Moscow is coming to the Philippines
Jan10

Move over Washington, Moscow is coming to the Philippines

THE election of President Rodrigo Duterte has brought a geopolitical shift to the Philippines. No longer is the United States influencing the region as it once did, leaving space for Russia and China to fill the void. The Philippines has endured a long relationship with the U.S., but Duterte changed the outlook of his country with a series of...

Asian Risks Respond to Energy Shifts
Jan09

Asian Risks Respond to Energy Shifts

The prolonged slump in world energy prices has produced a mix of benefits and looming risks for China, according to recent reports. The relative abundance of energy that followed the development of shale oil and gas in the United States has helped to ease energy security concerns in China and other Asian nations, according to studies published...

Nothing irrational about North Korea’s nuclear ambitions
Jan04

Nothing irrational about North Korea’s nuclear ambitions

DURING a New Year’s Day televised address, North Korean president Kim Jong-Un said the country had “reached the final stages” on preparations for an intercontinental ballistic missile, after first discussing the past year’s military achievements. In typical fashion, the United States responded with heavy criticism by labelling...

Trump calls out China on Twitter after breaking protocol with Taiwan call
Dec05

Trump calls out China on Twitter after breaking protocol with Taiwan call

AFTER irking China and sparking a media frenzy with his historic call with Taiwan last Friday, U.S. President-elect Donald Trump had yet another go at the rising Asian powerhouse two days later, this time critiquing the country’s economic and military policy on Twitter. In two back-to-back postings, Trump, who is just weeks away from...

Thai cops nab Russian drug fugitive after Interpol alert
Nov21

Thai cops nab Russian drug fugitive after Interpol alert

THAI police have arrested a Russian national who had been hiding for over three years in the kingdom’s Bang Lamung district after receiving an Interpol notice that he was wanted on a drug charge in his homeland. Bangkok Post quoted deputy chief of Chon Buri immigration police Pol Lt Col Tawatchai Nongbua as saying that a manhunt for the...

After Russia, Duterte moots Philippines’ withdrawal from ‘useless’ international court
Nov17

After Russia, Duterte moots Philippines’ withdrawal from ‘useless’ international court

PHILIPPINE President Rodrigo Duterte has suggested walking in Russia’s footsteps by staging a pullout from the International Criminal Court (ICC), saying the tribunal has not done enough to help smaller nations like his that are wracked by injustices. The Filipino leader known for making controversial remarks against international groupings...

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