BEIJING, Jul 19 (IPS) - Responding to criticism that it cruelly and arbitrarily executes a large number of its citizens each year, Chinese officials now are gradually moving toward what they say is a more discreet way of killing its prisoners: Mobile vans..
By Thalif Deen
UNITED NATIONS (IPS) - India's formal announcement in june of its candidate for the next U.N. secretary-general has threatened to trigger a nomination from neighbouring Pakistan -- possibly turning the race into an all-too-familiar Indo-Pakistan political battle in the world body.
By Lin Zixin
BANGKOK - A colourful extravaganza of performances, exhibitions, art and games has the lobby of Chulalongkorn University's College of Public Health here in the Thai capital buzzing with activity, each clamouring for one's attention. Oh yes, being young sure is tough.
By Lin Zixin
BANGKOK - A nine-fold increase in school dropouts over the past five years, coupled with the high incidence of child labour, highlight the vulnerabilities and instability that comes with life on Cambodia's border with Thailand.
By Katherine Stapp
NEW YORK, Jul 7 (IPS) - When IPS contributor Alaa Hassan was ambushed and shot six times as he drove to work in Baghdad on Jun. 28, it brought to 75 the number of reporters killed while working in the country since the U.S.-led invasion in March 2003.
Just professionalism -- that is the secret of the hard-hitting Chinese news magazine 'Caijing', its editor Hu Shuli tells Rong Jiaojaio in this report done for the Asia Media Report 2006, to be published soon by the Asia Media Forum.
By Richel Dursin
FLORES, Indonesia (Asia Water Wire) - None of Satar Lenda's 5,000 residents know who initiated the practice and when, but they say they have always gone to the Wae Aweng and Wae Ntijo rivers, which flow through the subdistrict, to catch shrimps and eels for their consumption.
By Lynette Lee Corporal
LUANG PRABANG, Laos (Imaging Our Mekong) - The sound of a siren cuts through the woods of Pha Tiung village outside as a member of the roving team of National Unexploded Ordnance Lao (UXO Lao) programme used a bullhorn to warn villagers living nearby to stay clear.
By Marwaan Macan-Markar
BANGKOK, Jul 12 (IPS) - Among the popular T-shirts that a tourist can buy on a visit to Singapore is one that, tongue-in-cheek, describes that affluent city state as a 'Fine City'.
WASHINGTON, Jul 12 (IPS) - A senior U.S. official has vehemently defended a recently uncovered U.S. programme that tracks suspected terrorist financing and which sparked controversy over privacy rights and freedom of the press, saying that the disclosure was harmful to his country's anti-terror efforts.