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Sky’s the limit? Southeast Asia budget airlines bet big on growth – Fox Business

SINGAPORE –  Lion Air’s record aircraft orders underline the ambitious plans the privately held Indonesian group is hatching to emerge as a pan-Asian low cost carrier, throwing a serious challenge to AirAsia Bhd, the region’s biggest budget airline. The rivalry intensified on Friday when Lion Air launched its first service in Malaysia, barging onto AirAsia’s […]

Asia’s gay rights activists plan UN strategy – GlobalPost

Asia’s gay rights activists plan UN strategy – GlobalPost

Asia’s gay rights activists plan UN strategy Follow us: <!– PRIMARY NAVIGATION –> Enlarge Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender activists from across Asia gathered in Nepal this weekend to plan strategies for overcoming problems in the region, including religion and culture. The gathering, organised in advance of the next UN Human Rights Council session this […]

Australian hostage released in Philippines – Aljazeera.com

Abu Sayyaf, an al-Qaeda-linked group in the southern Philippines, has released an Australian hostage near a coastal town where they kidnapped him for ransom 15 months ago. Warren Rodwell, 54, was brought to police by residents of Pagadian city who saw him walking before dawn near the fishing port, where his abductors dropped him off, said local police […]

Millions to switch off for ‘Earth Hour’ – Aljazeera.com

Hundreds of millions of people across the globe will turn off their lights for 60 minutes on Saturday night starting at 8:30pm local time in a symbolic show of support for “Earth Hour” campaign against climate change. Many of the world’s most iconic attractions, including Sydney Opera House, the Empire State Building and […]

Central & South Asia Taliban threatens to assassinate Musharraf – Aljazeera.com

The Pakistani Taliban have threatened to assassinate former President Pervez Musharraf when he returns to Pakistan from exile on Sunday to contest elections. The threat on Saturday came after Musharraf said he would return to Pakistan to contest historic elections in May and that he was prepared to risk any danger to his life. […]

Nomura’s Instinet Appoints Asia Head – Wall Street Journal (blog)

Nomura’s Instinet Appoints Asia Head – Wall Street Journal (blog)

By Isabella Steger European Pressphoto Agency Nomura Holdings Inc. has made new appointments at its electronic brokerage unit Instinet, as restructuring continues at the Japanese bank. The bank said in a statement Friday it has named Shaun Bramham as Instinet’s regional head, Asia-Pacific, replacing Glenn Lesko. Mr. Bramham is currently chief operating officer of Nomura’s […]

China, Russia mull interests in Central Asia – Deutsche Welle

The relationship between Russia and China is complicated by both cooperation and competition. That could make the first official visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping in Moscow a tense one. Bilateral political and economic issues are set to dominate the agenda when Xi meets Russian Putin Vladimir Putin for two days of talks, which started […]

Lebanon beats Thailand, China keeps pace in Asia – Philippine Star

Lebanon beats Thailand, China keeps pace in Asia – Philippine Star}

Central & South Asia China’s Xi bolsters Russia ties on first trip – Aljazeera.com

Chinese leader Xi Jinping emphasised the importance of relations with Russia as a counterweight to US influence by visiting Moscow on his first foreign trip as president, and secured more oil to fuel China’s growing economy. Xi highlighted improved relations between Beijing and Moscow, signing energy, trade and political deals on Friday to strengthen ties between them. […]

FASTPAC operates across Asia-Pacific region – Marine Corps Times

FASTPAC operates across Asia-Pacific region As the Marine Corps shifts its focus to the Pacific, two platoons of Marines continue to deploy on rotations to Japan, spending seven months operating with Fleet Anti-terrorism Security Team Company Pacific around the vast Asia-Pacific region. FASTPAC, as the company is known, keeps its anchor in Yokosuka, Japan, home […]