Asia

El Niño blamed for unprecedented drought in Vietnam

by IRIN News March 30, 2010

Vietnam is bracing for further forest fires because of the continuing drought.“The increase in forest fires is one of the most severe and visible impacts of the drought,” Pham Manh Cuong, a senior forest and environmental officer with the Vietnamese Forestry Directorate, told IRIN in Hanoi on 30...

Tom Albanese, Rio Tinto’s chief executive, after meeting Monday with Prime Minister Wen Jiabao at the Great Hall of the People. Pool Photo: Feng Li/Pool photograph

Rio Tinto executives in China admit taking bribes

by David Barboza New York Times March 22, 2010

SHANGHAI — China’s high-profile prosecution of executives of the British-Australian mining giant Rio Tinto took a bizarre turn on Monday, as the executives, once accused of spying, confessed instead to accepting bribes from Chinese steel makers....

Workers loaded sugar for delivery last month at Hacienda Luisita, a Philippine plantation that is owned by the family of former President Corazon C. Aquino. Photo: Jes Aznar/New York Times

One sugar plantation–owned by the family of ex-President Aquino–illustrates the contentious path of land reform in the Philippines

by Norimitsu Onishi New York Times March 14, 2010

HACIENDA LUISITA, the Philippines — Like his father before him, Buenaventura Calaquian worked the sugar cane fields at Hacienda Luisita, a plantation owned by the family of former President Corazon C. Aquino. In the long-running, sometimes bloody battle over control of the land here, Mr. Calaquian...

Almost eight out of 10 people without access to both clean water and safe toilets live in rural areas; most are in Southern Asia. Photo: UNICEF Cambodia

The World Bank and other donors must do more to combat growing water shortages and poor sanitation in developing countries

by World Bank Independent Evaluation Group March 7, 2010

(April 7. 2009) Faced with mounting shortages of water, a worsening trend in water pollution and growing damages from climate change, the international community must find additional ways to support countries in managing their water resources, the World Bank’s Independent Evaluation Group said tod...

Thai court seizes $1.4 billion from ex-premier

by Seth Mydans and Thomas Fuller New York Times February 26, 2010

BANGKOK — Thailand’s Supreme Court on Friday confiscated $1.4 billion in frozen assets from the nation’s fugitive former prime minister, Thaksin Shinawatra, after finding him guilty of illegally concealing his ownership of a family company and abusing his power to benefit the companies he owne...

Amid starvation, runaway inflation, and food shortages in the Army, North Korea fires top economic officials, South Korean press reports

by Blaine Hardin Washington Post February 5, 2010

SEOUL -- Amid accounts of starvation, food shortages in the army and runaway inflation, senior economic officials in North Korea have been fired in recent days, according to reports in the South Korean media....

The two men were also convicted of leaking details of a network of tunnels reportedly being built in Burma. It is thought the tunnels were built to house communications systems, possible weapons factories and troops in the event of an invasion. Photo: BBC

Burmese officials sentenced to death for revealing government visits to Russia and North Korea and information about military tunnels

by BBC News January 27, 2010

Two Burmese officials have been sentenced to death for leaking details of secret government visits to North Korea and Russia, the BBC has learned.The officials were also found guilty of leaking information about military tunnels allegedly built in Burma by North Korea, a source in Burma said....

Indonesia: Internet facilitates illegal kidney trade–Thomas sells kidney through internet website to pay for mother’s hospitalization

by IRIN News January 8, 2010

Thomas, 30, said mounting debt forced him to take the desperate step of selling a kidney on the internet for 300 million rupiah (US$32,400). "I have to take my chances because that's the only way I can get the money to pay off my debt," Thomas, who declined to give his surname, told IRIN by teleph...

North Korean currency crackdown fuels food shortages; government’s aim is to decrease reliance on markets, which now provide about half of North...

by Blaine Hardin Washington Post January 8, 2010

TOKYO -- Strong-armed currency reform in North Korea, which has confiscated the savings of small businesses and forbidden the use of foreign money, is now causing runaway inflation and contributing to food shortages, according to several reports from inside the closed state...

In audit, China finds large ($35 billion) and widespread corruption by government officials

by David Barboza New York Times December 29, 2009

SHANGHAI — Chinese officials misused or embezzled about $35 billion in government money in the first 11 months of the year, according to a national audit released this week....

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