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Swiss tourist ‘gang-raped’ in India – Aljazeera.com

At least seven men have raped a 39-year-old Swiss woman camping with her husband in an Indian forest, police say, the latest victim of sexual violence against women in the South Asian nation. The Swiss woman and her husband were touring the state by bicycle and were camping overnight in the forest in impoverished […]

Lust list: Asia major – Houston Chronicle

Monochromatic black and white is trending this spring, but the Far East also is having a seasonal moment. Call it the coming of Asia: Kimono-inspired shapes, muted prints with Asian flowers and obi-wrap belts are among the influences appearing in several designer collections. The intoxicating, nature-savvy appeal of the continent is nothing new, of course […]

Goldman southeast Asia co-head in US move – Financial Times

March 15, 2013 4:39 pm By Paul J Davies in Hong Kong Goldman southeast Asia co-head in US move – Financial Times}

Asia’s Week: The Bluster Blows From the North – Forbes

Asia’s Week: The Bluster Blows From the North – Forbes

North Korea: A Paper Tiger Threatens the Peace Doug Bandow Contributor It’s Time To End Japan’s Defense Dependence On The United States Doug Bandow Contributor Calling in for orders from Gen. Kim? (Getty Images via @daylife) The action switched back to North Asia this week, and it wasn’t centered on the release of the Samsung […]

Japan seeks to join Asia-Pacific trade pact – Los Angeles Times

WASHINGTON — Japan intends to join the talks for an ambitious free-trade pact with the U.S. and 10 other countries, raising the economic stakes of the negotiations but also potentially delaying agreement as American and Japanese interests tangle over protecting their respective car and farm markets. The decision, announced Friday by Japanese Prime Minister […]

US Treasury Official Traveling to Asia for Iran, North Korea Sanctions – Wall Street Journal (blog)

A senior U.S. Treasury official will travel to Asia next week to drum up support for sanctions against Iran and North Korea. US Treasury Official Traveling to Asia for Iran, North Korea Sanctions – Wall Street Journal (blog)}

Ex-Asia Head of Facebook Mobile Joins Jungle Ventures As Entrepreneur-In … – TechCrunch

Ex-Asia Head of Facebook Mobile Joins Jungle Ventures As Entrepreneur-In … – TechCrunch

Jungle Ventures, a VC in Singapore, has added Alon Sobol as an entrepreneur-in-residence (EIR). Sobol was up till last year head of mobile partnerships for Facebook in Asia, and has been an advisor for Asian startups, Mobikon and Viki, in the past year. In Jungle Ventures, he will mentor the VC’s existing portfolio companies in […]

‘Accidental wars’ feared as Asia engages in new arms race – RT

Asian nations are racing to bolster their militaries amid rising regional tensions. While their defense budgets are still nowhere near that of the US, a lack of conflict-prevention mechanisms could cause unintended conflicts, a think tank has said. East Asian militaries do not appear to be affected by the global economic slowdown, which goes against […]

Asia Week New York Art Shows Take Over Upper East Side – New York Times

What’s below is just a sampling, based on works that could be seen early this week; a more comprehensive list is at asiaweekny.com and jada-ny.org and in free guides that can be picked up along the way. China Ceramics of the Song dynasty (960-1279) are a theme of this year’s Asia Week offerings. J. J. […]

New Pope Raises Profile of Jesuits in Asia – Voice of America

— As Pope Francis begins his papacy as the Roman Catholic Church’s first Jesuit leader, he is raising the profile of a religious order that has long been involved in missionary work in Asia. The Society of Jesus – or the Jesuits as they are commonly known – is a Catholic order whose members […]