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Archived Since:March 3, 2011

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Let history judge: saving Rangoon’s heritage for posterity?

Burma never enjoyed the economic boom that swept Asia - but that has saved its colonial heritage from being demolished. Now the capital has been moved from Rangoon, neglect and ruin lie in wait.

China’s body doubles doing time

Claims that look-a-likes are being used by the rich and powerful in Chinese court cases raise questions about the credibility of the country's legal system, as Asia Correspondent John Sparks reports.

The Chinese police turning to protest

Chinese police see themselves as enforcers of social stability - so when they start to fight back against corruption in the system it's big news.

Chemical weapons threat that hangs over Syria’s civil war

The battle for Damascus may have begun, but Syria has the biggest arsenal of chemical weapons in the Middle East – and what is to stop them being used if they fall into the wrong hands?

Obama comes up against ‘world leader weariness’ in Burma

World leaders have been beating a path to Burma for months now to meet Aung San Suu Kyi and President Thein Sein. So why is Barack Obama so late to the party?

General John Allen: a fine soldier unfairly besmirched?

Inclusive, diplomatic, a team player loved by his troops, soldiers testify that it would be ridiculous if General Allen lost his appointment as Nato's top soldier because of the Petraeus affair.

Israel launches ‘Operation Pillar of Cloud’ in Gaza

There have been plenty of sparks and there are warnings of "protracted days" of fighting in the wake of the Israeli assassination of Ahmed al-Jaabari, the military commander of Hamas in Gaza.

Rural China: Democratic local elections?

Channel 4 News China producer Bessie Du is not convinced village elections in China are as democratic as the state claims.

Ethnic cleansing in Burma’s Rakhine State?

There is growing evidence that the recent violence in Burma is turning into a broader religious conflict. John Sparks visits Kyaukpyu in Rankhine State where human rights groups fear episodes of ethnic cleansing are taking place.

Burma’s boat people

Asia Correspondent John Sparks blogs from the Rakhine state of Burma, where fierce fighting has broken out between ethnic Buddhists and the Muslim Rohingya minority, despite attempts to ease the tension.

Alarm in Alang: inside the world’s largest scrapyard

Channel 4 News manages to get inside the world's largest scrap yard in India - where a fatal incident earlier this month has exposed the tensions and troubles below the surface.

Inside the world’s largest scrap yard

Tension is growing in the Indian town of Alang - home to the world's largest scrap yard - after police charged yard owners with murder after an explosion killed six workers. John Sparks reports.

Rakhine/Rohingya violence escalates in Burma

2 years agoNews : World News Blog

Reports come in of an attack on a mosque in Sittwe, Burma, as the conflict between Rakhine Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims escalates.

Why is Aung San Suu Kyi not standing up for the Rohingya?

2 years agoNews : World News Blog

Whilst the ongoing reform in Burma is good, thousands are still being trapped within their villages. Why doesn't Aung San Suu Kyi stand up for the Rohingya?

The loneliness of a long distance Afghan powerlifter…

2 years agoNews : World News Blog

Fahim Rahimi got to fly his war-torn nation's flag at the Paralympics, but what happened next? Foreign Affairs Correspondent Jonathan Rugman finds out.

£3m more UK aid to Syria: a measure of our impotence

2 years agoNews : World News Blog

The UK claim to be the biggest bi-lateral aid donor to the Syrian people just underlines the lack of other practical options for intervention.

What is normal about drone warfare?

2 years agoNews : World News Blog

America’s so called “war on terror” did not end when George W Bush left office. Under Barack Obama, the covert war entered a new phase, one of increasing reliance on missile strikes from aerial drones, with these assassinations approved by the US president himself. Drone strikes tend to happen where journalists cannot safely verify the [...]

Senem and the long walk to freedom

2 years agoNews : World News Blog

Many had walked for two or three months, hiding in the bush, eating nothing but leaves and bark, having fled their homes in the Ingessena Mountains, where they had come under attack from Sudan forces.

Highs and Laos of being a bestselling author

2 years agoNews : World News Blog

I first heard about Colin Cotterill on a family holiday in the old royal capital of Laos, called Luang Prabang. It’s a small and atmospheric city of softly spoken residents and half-hidden architectural treasures.

Why Gu Kailai verdict protects the Communist party

2 years agoNews : World News Blog

So a Chinese court in an out-of-the-way city called Hurfei has sentenced Gu Kailai, the wife of a disgraced Communist party boss, to a prison term of “life”. No dramatic tension there, I am afraid.

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