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Presidential Hopefuls Lay Out Economic Visions for Growth

A woman walks near a banner of Indonesian presidential candidate Joko Widodo in Jakarta on June 3, 2014. Indonesia’s main presidential hopefuls, Widodo and Prabowo Subianto are set for a tight race in July to become leader of the world’s third largest democracy. Millions of Indonesians will head to the polls on July 9 to choose their new president who will take office in October. (Reuters Photo/Beawiharta)

Jakarta. Presidential contenders Prabowo Subianto and Joko Widodo know that future economic well-being is at the forefront of voters’ thoughts as they prepare for the polls on July 9. As the date nears, more details of their respective economic agendas are coming to the fore.


Thai Junta Claims Support From China, Vietnam Amid Western Unease

China and Vietnam have expressed support for Thailand’s new military government, an army spokesman said on Wednesday, as pro-army supporters held a small gathering at the Australian Embassy in protest against downgrading of relations after last month’s coup.


38 companies of police, troops to deal with protests Sunday

The junta will deploy 38 companies of police and troops to prevent protests at eight locations around Bangkok on Sunday as well as closing the Ratchaprasong Intersection, Deputy Police Commissioner-General Pol Col Somyos Pumphanmuang said Saturday.

The eight spots are the Ratchaprasong Intersection, King Taksin Monument, the Thepharak Intersection, the Victory Monument, the Democracy Monument, the Laksi Monument, Central Bangna, and Seacon Square on Srinakharind Road.

Somyos said the troops and police would guard the eight spots and fast deployment units will be also standby.


Traffic on four roads leading to the Victory Monument will be also closed from 4pm on Saturday and Sunday until the rally there ends, the traffic police announced.


Presidential Hopefuls Shy Away From Global Affairs

Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa. (AFP Photo/Adek Berry)

From “Asian tiger” to “middle power diplomacy,” Indonesia’s presidential hopefuls have offered glimpses on how they envision the country’s upcoming role on the global political stage. However, foreign policy observers agree the nation’s future looks bleak no matter who secures the presidency, as neither candidate seems to possess enough ambition to rival that of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono when it comes to international politics.


North Korea Sentences South Korean ‘Spy’ to Hard Labor for Life

South Korean soldiers face the North Korean side of the truce village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea on May 14, 2014. (AFP Photo/Ed Jones)

Seoul. North Korea sentenced a South Korean missionary to hard labor for life after accusing him of espionage and setting up an underground church, state media said Saturday, the latest Christian preacher to run into trouble in the secretive state.


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