NZ man accused of insulting Buddhism goes on trial in Burma

YANGON, Burma (AP) — A New Zealand bar manager and two Burma men have pleaded......

Philippines rebels say they will attack govt forces despite truce

Communist rebels in the Philippines say they will attack government forces conducting peace and development......

Asian nations lose out as Australia slashes foreign aid

To cope with poor mid-year economic predictions Australia is slashing its foreign aid by another......

Making Mathematics relevant in Southeast Asia

In Europe and North America there is a commonly held belief that Asian students are......

US probe links NKorea to Sony hacking

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. official says federal investigators have now connected the Sony Pictures......

Opinion: Post-coup oppression teaches Thais a lesson in human rights

In the past several weeks Thailand has witnessed a series of incidents that altogether signal......

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India’s Sonia Gandhi in hospital

By Fri, Dec 19, 2014 11:49AM UTC

NEW DELHI (AP) — An official says India's opposition Congress party leader Sonia Gandhi has been hospitalized for treatment of lower respiratory tract infection....

Pakistan grants bail to main Mumbai attack suspect

By Fri, Dec 19, 2014 11:36AM UTC

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A defense lawyer says a Pakistani anti-terrorism court has granted bail to the chief suspect in the Mumbai attack trial. Rizwan Abbasi says judge Kausar Abbas in Thursday’s hearing held in the garrison city of Rawalpindi found that there was not enough evidence to keep Zaki-ur-Rahman Lakhvi in custody anymore. The court...

How to study law and avoid becoming a lawyer

By Thu, Dec 18, 2014 11:39PM UTC

So, you want to study law? Great news! You’re about to buy yourself a one-way ticket to a long, long life as Atticus Finch. Or Elle Woods- whichever you’d prefer. Law is a great choice; it has such a stress-free career trajectory that you don’t even have to think about. Law students can only go on to...

Burma: Rights groups call for charges against father of slain schoolgirl to be dropped

By Thu, Dec 18, 2014 1:03PM UTC

Rights groups have called for the Burmese government to drop charges ethnic-Kachin man Brang Shawng, 49, whose 14-year-old daughter was killed in disputed circumstances in September 2012....

Avon settles China bribery charges for $135 million

By Thu, Dec 18, 2014 12:00PM UTC

NEW YORK (AP) — Avon cosmetics will pay $135 million to settle criminal and civil charges after its China unit pleaded guilty to conspiring to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act by bribing officials there. Avon Products Inc. is the world’s largest direct seller of cosmetics. Its Avon China unit entered the plea Wednesday in...

Obama offers support after Pakistan terror attack

By Thu, Dec 18, 2014 9:59AM UTC

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is offering the U.S.'s continued support to Pakistan in its fight against extremism after a terrorist attack that killed scores of schoolchildren....

Asian nations lose out as Australia slashes foreign aid

By Thu, Dec 18, 2014 3:27PM UTC View Comments

To cope with poor mid-year economic predictions Australia is slashing its foreign aid by another AUS$3.7 billion after May cuts of AUS$7.6 billion. ...

Thailand police: Foreigners not required to carry passports at all times

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A police spokesman has said that foreigners in Thailand are not required to carry their passports with them at all times, according to reports....

The aftermath: Australian public reaction to the Sydney siege

By Tue, Dec 16, 2014 2:10PM UTC View Comments

"It's over. Thank God." These were my thoughts on waking in Brisbane this morning to news that the Sydney siege had ended at 2am last night, sadly with the loss of two hostages. The gunman responsible for the 16-hour siege at the Lindt cafe in the city's CBD was also killed....

Australia searches for answers after Sydney hostage tragedy

By Tue, Dec 16, 2014 12:24PM UTC View Comments

At 2am Sydney time police raided the Lindt cafe in the city’s central Martin Place to free hostages taken early Monday. Two hostages of the 17 are dead, as is the single gunman who held them, Man Haron Monis. Five of those 17 had previously escaped. ...

Analysis: What now for Hong Kong’s Occupy movement?

By Tue, Dec 16, 2014 11:55AM UTC View Comments

And so the protest in Hong Kong ends, not with a bang but with a whimper. Yesterday, the last protest site in Causeway Bay was cleared, effectively terminating the occupation of public spaces by protesters belonging to the 'Umbrella Movement'. ...

Two years on: Still no answers in disappearance of Sombath Somphone

By Mon, Dec 15, 2014 1:16PM UTC View Comments

Two years have passed since the enforced disappearance of Sombath Somphone, a celebrated civil rights worker in Laos. Sombath was last seen being driven away in an unknown vehicle in Vientiane on Dec. 15, 2012. He has not been heard from since. Sombath's family, friends, and colleagues continue to demand answers about his whereabouts and accountability from a government notorious for strong-arming activists and others seen as "troublemakers"....

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Oil slick line the banks of the Shela River after an oil tanker sank in one of the world's largest mangrove forests, threatening wildlife in the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Sundarbans in Bangladesh, Friday, Dec. 12, 2014. The oil tanker carrying more than 350,000 liters (92,500 gallons) of bunker oil sank Tuesday on the major river flowing through the Sundarbans after being hit by a cargo vessel. The slick had spread over up to 70 kilometers (45 miles) of the Shela river, threatening several types of animals including rare Irrawaddy dolphins, a senior official of the Bangladesh Forest Department said. (AP Photo/ Khairul Alam)