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Anti-Government Protesters Continue to Rock Bangkok

Thai police tightened security in Bangkok Saturday, as anti-government protesters moved on state-run telecommunications offices in their latest bid to topple the government.

Climate Change Linked to Typhoon Haiyan

As another tropical storm bears down on the Philippines just days after Typhoon Haiyan devastated parts of the region, the country’s climate change commissioner has issued a passionate plea for a global deal to cut greenhouse gas emissions. Climate scientists and policymakers offer differing opinions on whether the devastation in the Philippines is the latest evidence of global warming.   Scientists say Typhoon Haiyan is one of the strongest storms ever to make landfall….

US Significantly Boosts Military Funding for SE Asia

The United States has announced a major increase in U.S. funding for military education and training programs in Southeast Asia.

SKorea Expects North’s Missile Test by Monday

U.S. and South Korean forces remain on heightened alert for a North Korean missile test that officials say could take place at any time. Seoul’s defense ministry on Thursday said it is at a “full readiness posture” as it monitors the North for possible launches. A spokesperson said the South believes the test could take place on or before the Monday birthday of North Korea’s late founding leader, Kim Il Sung. But the defense ministry refused to comment on a report by …

Beijing Smog Puts China’s Anti-Pollution Policies Under Scrutiny

The Chinese government has announced several emergency steps to combat the worsening air pollution in the capital  Record levels of smog in Beijing in recent days have led China to acknowledge an urgent need for changes to its rapid economic growth model. 

As Sanctions Ease, US Companies are returning to Burma

With the easing of longstanding U.S. economic sanctions against Burma, major American companies are quickly starting to invest in the Southeast Asian nation.Competing soft drink giants Coca-Cola and Pepsi-Co. are returning to Burma for the first time in many years.

World Bank Approves $80Mn Aid in Burma, first in 25 Years

For the first time in 25 years the World Bank has approved a grant for Burma and developed a strategy for helping the government improve its economic management.

China Central Bank Says Priority is Keeping Prices Stable

China’s central bankers on Sunday allowed some public and direct insight into their thinking. A top official of the People’s Bank of China delivered remarks to those who had been attending a joint meeting of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank in Tokyo. The deputy governor of the People’s Bank of China, Yi Gang, says the priority for monetary authorities in Beijing is on stable prices and they want to pursue a sustainable path of economic development. …