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Liam Cochrane

Connect Asia

Connect Asia brings you news, business reports and analysis on the stories that matter in Asia.

Join Liam Cochrane and the team each morning across Asia on Radio Australia through FM, online stream and shortwave.


Cambodia's opposition leader Sam Rainsy returns from exile

Updated 19 July 2013, 15:39 AEST

Cambodia's self-exiled opposition leader Sam Rainsy is scheduled to arrive in Phnom Penh on Friday after he leaving four years ago to avoid a lengthy jail term.

Supporters welcome newly-pardoned Cambodian opposition leader

Updated 19 July 2013, 15:39 AEST

Thousands of opposition supporters have gathered outside Phnom Penh's airport to greet Sam Rainsy as he returns from self-imposed exile.

Australia to unveil new asylum seeker strategy

Updated 19 July 2013, 15:38 AEST

The Australian Government is preparing to unveil its revamped asylum policy.

Ramos-Horta looking forward to quiet life after Africa peace mission

Updated 19 July 2013, 15:36 AEST

In 2006, the United Nations was heading for transition and the search was on to find a replacement for Kofi Annan as Secretary-General.

North Korea 'on the margins' of globalisation

Updated 19 July 2013, 15:36 AEST

Kim Jong-il was still in charge of North Korea in 2006 when we spoke to Brad Glosserman at the Pacific Forum Center for Strategic and International Studies about which of the leader's three sons might rule after his death.

Radio Australia aiming to reach, engage digital audience: editor

Updated 19 July 2013, 15:44 AEST

A new on-air schedule will be introduced by Radio Australia on Monday 22, in a bid to go where the audiences are in Asia and the Pacific.

Changing media landscape in the digital age

Updated 19 July 2013, 15:32 AEST

Connect Asia's regular commentators Tom Switzer, from the US Studies Centre, University of Sydney and Spectator Australia, and senior Fairfax journalist Dan Flitton discuss the future for journalism in the digital age.

Indonesia changes visa rules to stem Iranian arrivals

Updated 19 July 2013, 15:46 AEST

Australia's Prime Minister Kevin Rudd is expected to announce a significant shift in the Australian Government's asylum seeker policies on Friday.

Myanmar arrests continue amid prisoner pledge

Updated 20 July 2013, 17:51 AEST

Human rights activists have called into doubt the Myanmar President's promise that all political prisoners will be freed by the end of this year.

Veteran health worker discusses China's progress in AIDS treatment

Updated 19 July 2013, 15:41 AEST

In 2006, China had announced new regulations to control and prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS.

Nepal's political direction still uncertain after 'revolution'

Updated 19 July 2013, 15:27 AEST

Nepal was a country in the throes of political and constitutional turmoil in 2006.

Australia, China collaborate on climate change

Updated 19 July 2013, 15:27 AEST

Six universities in Australia and China are joining research efforts to come up with some answers to the many challenges climate change presents.

Conditions for garment workers getting worse in Cambodia: ILO

Updated 19 July 2013, 15:26 AEST

Conditions for garment factory workers in Cambodia are declining according to the latest report from the International labour Organisation, the ILO.

GSK executive barred from leaving China

Updated 19 July 2013, 15:44 AEST

Chinese authorities have banned the head of finance of one of world's biggest pharmaceutical companies GlaxoSmithKline from leaving the country.

Rohingya asylum seekers get brush off from East Timor

Updated 18 July 2013, 16:52 AEST

A group of around 100 Rohingya asylum seekers, including women and children, has been turned away by East Timor.

UN Refugee Convention questioned

Updated 18 July 2013, 16:52 AEST

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd is expected to announce changes to Australia's asylum seeker policy within days.

Asylum seeker recounts 'very dangerous' boat journey

Updated 18 July 2013, 16:55 AEST

The latest boat sinking off Christmas Island has once again highlighted the risks asylum seekers are prepared to take to come to Australia.

Coalition has reservations about refugee convention

Updated 18 July 2013, 16:39 AEST

Australia's Opposition's Immigration spokesman Scott Morrison says he has strong reservations about the United Nations Refugee Convention, but he won't say yet whether any Coalition government would remain a signatory.

Opposition leader Rainsy poised to re-enter Cambodian politics

Updated 18 July 2013, 16:55 AEST

Cambodia's opposition leader Sam Rainsy is seeking legal advice about registering as a last-minute candidate for the July 28 elections.

Philippines allows boosted US presence in South China Sea

Updated 18 July 2013, 16:57 AEST

Moves by the Philippines to allow the US greater access to its naval bases could have a significant impact on the territorial dispute between the Philippines and China in the South China Sea.

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