Least Developed Countries

Photo-book gives powerful testimony to plight of Myanmar's Rohingya minority

Photo-book gives powerful testimony to plight of Myanmar's Rohingya minority

In documenting the plight of Myanmar's stateless Rohingya minority, roving photographer Greg Constantine has produced an important work at a crucial time: Exiled to Nowhere - Burma's Rohingya comes as the troubles of the ethnic Muslims are again seeping into the re

Sunday, 30 September, 2012, 4:02pm

Suspect in Mekong killings handed over

An alleged drug lord accused of ordering the deaths of 13 Chinese sailors on the Mekong River last year was extradited from Laos to China yesterday.

Xinhua reported that Naw Kham, who authorities said was in charge of an armed drug-trafficking syndicate, was flown to Beijing on a specially chartered flight from Vientiane, the capital of Laos.

11 May 2012 - 12:00am

China in Africa, no worse than others

Do Chinese companies violate labour rights on the African continent? Damage the environment? Bribe local officials? Perhaps, says Global Witness, a British-based watchdog - but if so, they do no more than companies from elsewhere.

25 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Talking points

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How happy is Hong Kong? Survey to say

2 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

A ballet dancer, an emperor, 'Prince Charming', and a god


Bhutan's fourth king is Jigme Khesar Namgyle Wangchuck. He is 31. When he was crowned king on November 6, 2008, he was the youngest ruling monarch in the world. The Wangchuk dynasty has ruled Bhutan since 1907. His official title is the Dragon King of Bhutan.

20 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

China's uphill battle to invest in Myanmar

China is pouring investment dollars into Myanmar in a bid to build bridges with its neighbour, but faces an uphill battle to overcome a deep sense of distrust among the hardline military leadership in the country, analysts say.

3 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Jason Dasey

After the terror attack in Angola, why don't we just go ahead and cancel the soccer World Cup in South Africa? And, with the Mumbai massacres in mind, maybe it's advisable to skip New Delhi's Commonwealth Games. And to avoid any potential clashes with pro-Tibet activists, perhaps it's best that we also don't attend the Asian Games in Guangzhou.

17 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Bangladesh first country to offer Rohingya a home

Bangladesh has become the first nation to agree to accept Rohingya boatpeople who were abandoned at sea by the Thai military, with 49 boatpeople due to arrive soon after being deported from India's Andaman and Nicobar islands.

Indian authorities are hoping that Bangladesh will accept hundreds more.

19 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

Dream of a better life spurs trip ending in hell

Bangladeshis have a deserved international reputation as champion migrants. But the trauma and tragedy experienced by the boatpeople in the Andaman Sea in recent weeks has focused world attention on a small but equally resourceful community of Muslims who have faced extreme persecution at home in western Myanmar.

19 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Trust key to burying regional suspicions and building success

The need for mutual trust surfaced repeatedly during the summit of Mekong region leaders that ended in Laos on Monday - and its future importance cannot be underestimated, according to diplomats involved.

2 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

The Mekong connection in illegal log trade

An exercise in parallel realities will begin next week in Vientiane.

Senior ministers from countries in the Greater Mekong Subregion will gather in the Lao capital's five-star hotels to discuss progress on a range of transport and technology 'corridors'.

23 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

The rush for hydropower

The Mekong's days of flowing freely look numbered, threatening food security for millions of people and friction between states along the river. Since March, officials in Vientiane have given Chinese, Thai and Vietnamese investors approval to study four large hydroelectric dam projects on the Mekong in Laos.

1 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

The mantra of trade, not revolution

Rulers in Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia must have been looking over their shoulders when their neighbours in Thailand overthrew a strongman who, like them, had tried to dominate the instruments of government.

9 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Using local wisdom

What do the political leaders on both sides of the Himalayas have in common? Many of them are calling for new, innovative and local solutions for global problems in the form of a new regional consensus.

10 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

How much for your allegiance?

The South Pacific has emerged as an important battleground in the 'chequebook diplomacy' contest between the mainland and Taiwan. Both sides spend considerable time and money courting small Pacific island states in the hope of retaining, or poaching, their diplomatic recognition.

21 Jul 2005 - 12:00am