Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and UN Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura (L-R) attend a news conference after the International Syria Support Group (ISSG) meeting in Munich, Germany, on Feb. 12

Major powers agree to plan for ‘cessation of hostilities’ in Syria

(From Reuters) Major powers agreed on Friday to a cessation of hostilities in Syria set to begin in a week and to provide rapid humanitarian access to besieged Syrian towns, but failed to secure a complete ceasefire or an end to Russian bombing. Following a marathon meeting in Munich aimed at resurrecting peace talks that collapsed last week, the powers, including the ...
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Fed’s Yellen sticks to her guns as global market rout worsens

(From Reuters) Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen returned to Congress with a brave face on Thursday amid a worsening meltdown in global markets and growing skepticism the U.S. central bank can carry out its long-planned pivot to "normal" monetary policy. Testifying for ...
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Japanese yen rises to level just before monetary easing

How did it go to bad so quickly? All that effort to devalue the Japanese currency is now for naught at the yen's recent strength has pushed it up to just 3% below the level it was trading at in October ...
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China investors help drive up gold prices

It appears Chinese investors are driving up the price of gold. China was one of the world's biggest consumers of gold last year, as the Chinese sought protection from their weakening currency, and the trend is expected to continue this year, ...
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President Joko Widodo

Joko’s big-bang reform push is what Indonesia urgently needs

Asia Unhedged detects more than a glimmer of hope in Indonesia. Southeast Asia's largest economy, is going in for a “big bang” liberalization of rules on foreign funds in about 50 sectors like e-commerce, retail, healthcare and movie. The plans unveiled by ...
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Protesters throw bricks during a clash with riot police at Mong Kok district Feb.  9

Beijing backs Hong Kong after riots, warns law-breakers of punishment

(From Reuters) China's central government firmly supports Hong Kong authorities and police in safeguarding public order and punishing those who break the law, the foreign ministry ...
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A pro-democracy demonstrator burns a letter next to pictures of missing staff members of a publishing house and a bookstore in Hong Kong

Missing HK bookseller likely taken to China against his will: UK

(From Reuters) Britain said on Friday that a missing Hong Kong seller of gossipy books on China's leaders had likely been "involuntarily removed" to China from ...
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South Korean vehicles transporting employees working at the Kaesong Industrial Complex (KIC) wait to pass the gateway at the South's Customs, Immigration and Quarantine

South Korea, US to discuss missile defense; Seoul cuts power to Kaesong park

(From Reuters) South Korea will begin talks with Washington as early as next week on deploying an advanced U.S. missile defense system following North Korea's rocket ...
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DF-21D missile

This video of China lethal aircraft carrier missile should scare US Navy

(From the National Interest) By Harry J. Kazianis While the world ponders the latest North Korean long-range rocket launch, another recent missile firing in Asia, this time ...
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Metal objects believed to be a part of North Korean long range rocket launched on February 7 2016 are seen at a naval base in Pyeongtaek South Korea

North Korea rocket fragments salvaged underwater, Seoul says

(From UPI) The rocket debris resulted from the detonation of a preinstalled self-destructive device, according to South Korean media Various parts of the North Korea rocket that ...
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A file photo of a patient at a psychiatric hospital in Fuzhou receiving a blood transfusion with bound feet

China continues to use psychiatric ‘treatment’ on its critics: Report

(From Radio Free Asia) Despite protections promised by a Mental Health Law passed by China in 2013, the country's medical profession has continued to collude with ...
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(From Tokyofashion.com) Blog site Tokyofashion.com writes: "Nukonuko easily caught our eye on the street in Harajuku with her pastel fashion and very vivid pink-purple hairstyle. You might remember when she had blue hair. Nukonuko is wearing a manga-print Papillon Rose anime t-shirt dress from ... Read More
Performers in monkey costumes celebrate the arrival of the Chinese New Year in Times Square on Manhattan, New York, Feb 6
(From China Daily) Fourteen-year-old Chen Yiyue, who is half-Chinese, half-French, has always relished the atmosphere of a Chinese Spring Festival celebration. When her mother invites friends to dine with them during that festival, the table is full of delicious food, ladies all ... Read More
ISTANBUL--China is by far the biggest spender in the January transfer window of world soccer. Chinese Super League clubs have outspent the European (and Latin American) clubs by signing some of the crème-de-la-crème players. The manager of the English club Arsenal, ... Read More
(From Japan Today) If you loved the scenery in Chihiro’s train journey in Spirited Away, you’ll love this unique location just one hour away from Tokyo. Japan has some spectacular places for tourists to visit. From cultural world heritage sites like Mt ... Read More