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Wayne Hay

"Wayne Hay has been covering the Asia/Pacific region since 2001, first with Television New Zealand before joining Al Jazeera English in 2006.

In his role at Al Jazeera, he has travelled the region extensively, reporting on everything from elections and natural disasters to surfing in Bali. More recently he covered the flooding caused by Typhoons in the Philippines and the earthquake in Padang, Indonesia in 2009. He was also given the rare opportunity to report from North Korea."

Asia Pacific

Japan-EU agree to massive free-trade deal

The European Union and Japan have agreed in principle to one of the largest free-trade deals to date. The so-called Economic Partnership Agreement is likely to give Japan's auto industry better access to European markets.

Asia Pacific

Japanese radio programme beamed into North Korea

A shortwave radio station in Japan is broadcasting messages to its citizens in North Korea, updating them about Pyongyang's missile launches and what to do in the event of US retaliation.

Asia Pacific

Thailand cracks down on criticism of the royal family

Thailand's military government is ramping up a crackdown against people insulting or criticising the royal family. Over the past three years, more than 100 people have been charged or convicted under strict lese-majeste laws.

Asia Pacific

New law allows Japan’s Emperor Akihito to abdicate

Japan's parliament has cleared the way for Emperor Akihito to abdicate. The 88-year-old Emperor, the ceremonial head of state, signaled his desire to step down last year. The move will mark the first imperial abdication in two centuries.

Asia Pacific

China's Muslim Uighurs look to cash in on 'New Silk Road'

Chinese officials say the country’s "One Belt, One Road" initiative will start a new wave of globalisation, bringing prosperity to all those involved.

Asia Pacific

N Korea tension dominates Pence’s Japan visit

US Vice President Mike Pence says there has to be a new approach to dealing with North Korea. He is in Tokyo where trade was supposed to be the focus of his meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Asia Pacific

Thailand: Karen refugees return home amid ceasefire deal

Around 70,000 mainly ethnic Karen refugees live in camps after fleeing civil war and persecution in Myanmar. The Thai government says it will ask them all to go back, but won’t force them. Many have already returned home.

Asia Pacific

Thai king endorses military-backed constitution

Thailand's monarch has endorsed a new constitution in the first step back towards democracy after a 2014 military coup.

Asia Pacific

Myanmar fighting takes toll on Shan State civilians

More rebel groups in Myanmar have signalled they will sign a ceasefire deal with the government. But the groups that are fighting in Shan State are not included in the talks. The violence is continuing to take a toll on the community.

Asia

Myanmar's democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi has lost her voice

Many people say they are beginning to lose faith in Aung San Suu Kyi's leadership.

Asia Pacific

Myanmar's child soldiers reunite after 16 years

Two former rebels in Myanmar have been reunited in their homeland for the first time since giving up their armed struggle 16 years ago.

Asia Pacific

Vietnam rethinks contentious two-child policy

Law restricting most families to two children faces criticism for putting pressure on nation's ageing population.