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  1. News - Asia

    Thai military caught between rock and hard place as unrest continues

    Posted Jan 17th 2014, 11:15pm by David Eimer

    ... David Eimer in Bangkok The kingdom's armed forces are reluctant to intervene to end the current unrest, because the generals themselves appear to be divided Thai military between a rock and hard place The one constant in Thai politics is the military. While the country's political parties mutate on a regular basis- the ruling Puea Thai party has changed its name ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1407957/thai-military-caught-between-rock-and-hard-place-unrest-continues
  2. News - China

    Uygur militancy on the rise over Beijing's 'terrorist colonisation', warns dissident

    Posted Apr 08th 2014, 09:24am by AFP

    ... AFP in Taipei Beijing is responsible for unrest in Xinjiang, says Uygur dissident Wu'er Kaixi Militancy is on the rise in China among Uygurs driven to despair over Beijing's ... Xinjiang, the vast, nominally autonomous western region that is home to the Muslim ethnic minority-- pointed the finger of blame for the unrest squarely at Beijing. "If you call Uygur people ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1468648/uygur-militancy-rise-over-beijings-terrorist-colonisation-warns-dissident
  3. Comment - Letters

    Letters to the Editor, April 13, 2014

    Posted Apr 13th 2014, 03:57am by LETTERS

    ... retirement is permitted, but typically not before the age of 65. Peretz B. Berk, New York   Civil servants have been seen to smile- really I read Jake van der Kamp's article "Time civil servants worked on being happy- not miserable" (April 6) while in hospital, surrounded by civil servants, who as well as being professionally efficient were- despite trying conditions- ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/letters/article/1479171/letters-editor-april-13-2014
  4. News - Asia - INDIA

    Narendra Modi's closest aide, Amit Shah, banned for inciting Muslims

    Posted Apr 13th 2014, 05:41am by Reuters

    ... campaign issue, with critics accusing Modi of not doing enough to protect Muslims in unrest in Gujarat in 2002 that left at least 1,000 dead in revenge attacks. About 13 per cent of Indians ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1479360/narendra-modis-closest-aide-amit-shah-banned-inciting-muslims
  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Raising the retirement age can work for the whole of Hong Kong

    Posted Apr 09th 2014, 06:22pm by Paul Yip

    ... In an effort to respond effectively to Hong Kong's ageing population and the problems brought about by a shortage of labour, the government is proposing to raise the retirement age for new civil ... and physical tests. Meanwhile, existing civil servants could continue up to the age of 65, subject to approval from their department heads. After 2000, the government stopped recruitment of civil ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/article/1471251/raising-retirement-age-can-work-whole-hong-kong
  6. News - Hong Kong - TRANSPORT

    Lawmakers blast MTR Corp officials over express rail line's delay

    Posted Apr 16th 2014, 05:45am by Ada Lee, NG KANG-CHUNG

    ... Professor Charles Ng Wang-wai, of Hong Kong University of Science and Technology's department of civil and environmental engineering, was more sympathetic, calling the project ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1483345/lawmakers-blast-mtr-corp-officials-over-express-rail-lines-delay
  7. News - World - UKRAINE

    Ukraine crackdown on pro-Moscow separatists gets off to slow start

    Posted Apr 15th 2014, 06:52pm by Reuters in Kiev

    ... Reuters in Kiev Operation underway in eastern Donetsk region, says president Russia declared Ukraine on the brink of civil war on Tuesday as Kiev said an “anti-terrorist operation” against ... in Ukraine. The country is on the brink of civil war,” he said in a statement posted on his Facebook page. Ukraine has accused Russia of stirring up the separatists following its annexation of Crimea, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1482981/ukraine-crackdown-pro-moscow-separatists-gets-slow-start
  8. News - Asia - Flight MH370

    Ocean floor search for missing Flight MH370 cut short again by technical problems

    Posted Apr 16th 2014, 09:54am by Associated Press in Perth

    ... aircraft, three civil aircraft and 11 ships would help in Wednesday’s search, covering a total area of about 55,151 square kilometres in rainy conditions. Authorities have targeted the remote ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1483616/robot-sub-returns-search-flight-mh370-after-first-try-cut-short
  9. News - World - UIkraine

    Ukraine tightens grip on Kramatorsk ahead of four-power talks on crisis

    Posted Apr 16th 2014, 04:52pm by Reuters in Kramatorsk

    ... prompting Russian President Vladimir Putin to warn of the risk of civil war. Seven armoured personnel carriers bearing the Ukrainian flag rumbled into the mainly Russian-speaking town in a show ... by using the army against the rebels. “The sharp escalation of the conflict puts the country, in effect, on the brink of civil war,” a Kremlin statement quoted him as saying. Russian Foreign ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1484084/ukraine-tightens-grip-kramatorsk-four-power-talks-conflict-commence
  10. News - Asia - MYANMAR

    Myanmar newspapers print black covers in protest against the sentencing of reporters

    Posted Apr 11th 2014, 12:50pm by Associated Press in Yangon

    ... for Democratic Voice of Burma was sentenced one year’s imprisonment for trespassing and obstructing a civil servant while doing a story on education. “We are publishing the black front page in protest ... of Burma, was sentenced to one year in prison for trespassing and disturbing a civil servant while doing a story on a Japanese-funded scholarship programme. In December, a reporter for the Daily ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1475816/myanmar-newspapers-print-black-covers-protest-against-sentencing-reporters

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