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U.S. plans first cabinet visit to Taiwan in 14 years

Washington - The top U.S. environmental official will visit Taiwan in the first trip by a cabinet-level leader from Washington to the Chinese-claimed island in 14 years, officials aid Saturday.
In the Media by AFP

Web satire fosters change in communist Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City - A critical blog post could land you in jail in communist Vietnam, but a satirical image of Cinderella which mocks the ruling elite? Likely to slip past the censors.
In the Media by Cat Barton (AFP) - 1 comment

Breaking bad: Vietnam's female rap stars

- In a land of simpering karaoke stars, Vietnam's first female rappers are foul-mouthed queens of the lyrical underground -- battling government censorship and rampant piracy to spit flow and make dough.Hip-hop is a new import to the communist country of...
In the Media by Cat Barton (AFP)

Vietnam jails second blogger in a fortnight

Hanoi - Vietnam jailed a prominent blogger for 15 months on Wednesday on a charge of anti-state activity, the second such sentencing in a fortnight in a nation where perceived dissent is severely punished.Pham Viet Dao, 61, a Communist Party member and a forme...
In the Media by AFP

MH370's pilots an engineering buff, and a 'good boy'

Kuala Lumpur - The captain of a missing Malaysian jet is an engineering buff who assembled his own home flight simulator, while friends of the co-pilot have defended his reputation after one report portrayed him as a cockpit Casanova.
In the Media by Shannon Teoh (AFP)

Malaysia plane pilots, passengers back under scrutiny

Kuala Lumpur - Confirmation that a missing Malaysian airliner was deliberately diverted suggests several scenarios that have sharpened scrutiny of the passengers and cockpit crew, with police reportedly searching the pilot's home.Prime Minister Najib Razak announced ...
In the Media by Giles Hewitt (AFP)

Scenarios: What could have happened to flight MH370?

Kuala Lumpur - The week-long search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 took a major new turn Saturday as evidence indicated that its communication systems were manually switched off and the airliner was deliberately diverted.The first concrete, verified lead as to th...
In the Media by AFP - 1 comment

'Deliberate' diversion of Malaysia jet fuels Chinese families' fears

Beijing - Relatives of the passengers aboard Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 voiced fear and concern Saturday after reports that the jet's diversion may have been intentional, demanding answers one week after the plane's disappearance.
In the Media by AFP

Disappearance of Malaysian jet appears 'deliberate'

Kuala Lumpur - A missing Malaysian aircraft was flown for hours in a fashion "consistent with deliberate action" after dropping off primary radar, but hijacking could not be confirmed, the country's prime minister said Saturday.
In the Media by AFP - 2 comments

Radar data suggests 'skilled' flyer turned Malaysian aircraft

Kuala Lumpur - A Malaysian jet that vanished a week ago appears to have changed course and continued flying for hours, a senior Malaysian military official said on Saturday, citing radar data indicating a "skilled, competent" pilot was at the controls.
In the Media by M Jegathesan (AFP) - 1 comment
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