China: Uighur scholar Ilham Tohti indicted for separatism

BEIJING (AP) — An outspoken Chinese minority scholar has been indicted on separatism charges amid......

Malaysia: Crisis looms for Anwar’s coalition

Malaysia’s unwieldy Pakatan Rakyat opposition coalition, born in 2008 and led by Anwar Ibrahim, is......

KFC owner says China scandal hurting sales

BEIJING (AP) — The owner of the KFC and Pizza Hut restaurant chains says a......

How much power will Prayuth have in Thailand’s new government?

On July 10, Suthichai Yoon had an op-ed in The Nation entitled “General Prayuth’s dilemma: A......

Philippines President Aquino makes an emotional appeal

Many have conceded that Monday’s State of the Nation Address of President Benigno Aquino III......

Filipino hostages’ release raises hope for talks

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Philippine official says a communist guerrillas' move to free four......

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Thai junta approves $23bn plan for high-speed rail links to China

By Wed, Jul 30, 2014 6:27PM UTC

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s military government approved a massive budget to upgrade the country’s railways including high-speed rail that would eventually link with China. Transport Ministry permanent secretary Soithip Traisuth says the junta approved 741.46 billion baht ($23.3 billion) to build two high-speed train routes. Similar plans by the government ousted in a May 22...

Microsoft brings Cortana to China and India on Windows Phone

By Wed, Jul 30, 2014 4:39PM UTC

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Microsoft is spreading its Cortana digital assistant abroad, starting with China and the UK....

NKorea upgrading rocket launch site, says US-Korea Institute

By Wed, Jul 30, 2014 11:07AM UTC

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. research institute says North Korea is upgrading its main rocket launch site and has conducted a series of engine tests as it develops a mobile, intercontinental missile that could threaten the U.S....

Burma information and health ministers step down

By Wed, Jul 30, 2014 10:36AM UTC

YANGON, Burma (AP) — Burma's ministers for information and health have been allowed to retire, in the country's second Cabinet reshuffle in two months....

Teen survivors still haunted by Sewol ferry sinking

By Tue, Jul 29, 2014 5:07PM UTC

ANSAN, South Korea (AP) — South Korean teenagers who survived April’s ferry sinking say they are still haunted by the disaster that killed dozens of their friends. Students from Danwon High School near Seoul testified Tuesday for a second day at the trial of the ferry’s 15 crew members, who face charges of negligence and...

US voices concerns on media rights in Sri Lanka

By Tue, Jul 29, 2014 11:15AM UTC

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The United States has urged the Sri Lankan government to protect the rights of journalists after a government-backed protest forced the cancelation of a training program for journalists. ...

Malaysia: Crisis looms for Anwar’s coalition

By Thu, Jul 31, 2014 2:43PM UTC View Comments

Malaysia’s unwieldy Pakatan Rakyat opposition coalition, born in 2008 and led by Anwar Ibrahim, is facing the biggest crisis of its existence and could come apart, costing it the leadership of Selangor, the country’s richest state, and potentially costing Malaysia its only alternative to the scandal-ridden Barisan Nasional led by the United Malays National Organization, whose popularity with voters continues to flag....

Philippines President Aquino makes an emotional appeal

By Thu, Jul 31, 2014 7:33AM UTC View Comments

Many have conceded that Monday’s State of the Nation Address of President Benigno Aquino III was by far his best since he was elected president of the Philippines....

Sex workers battle authorities in Indonesia’s Dolly red light district

By Tue, Jul 29, 2014 1:08PM UTC View Comments

At the end of last week families across Indonesia were getting ready to celebrate Hari Raya Idul Fitri - the breaking of the fast which marks the end of Islam's holiest month. Over in Surabaya's infamous 'Dolly' red light district, however, the holiday spirit was conspicuously lacking, as local residents, pimps and sex workers found themselves battling with law enforcement....

Scientists explore link between climate change and human health

By Tue, Jul 29, 2014 6:00AM UTC View Comments

The Australian Academy of Science has gathered 60 researchers in order to raise concerns about climate change as it relates to public health. ...

Thailand visa crackdown likely to impact English education

By Mon, Jul 28, 2014 5:59PM UTC View Comments

Thailand's crackdown on people living and working on tourist visas will have far-reaching effects in several sectors, not the least of which is education. English teachers who have not been able to secure work permits may soon face unemployment or an uphill battle to get the documents needed to work there legally....

‘Losing is not an option’: How far will Prabowo go after election defeat?

By Fri, Jul 25, 2014 8:50PM UTC View Comments

On Tuesday this week, just hours before the official winner of Indonesia's presidential election was scheduled to be announced, former military strongman Prabowo Subianto seemingly "withdrew" from the competition, leaving rival Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo to celebrate his victory amidst an atmosphere of widespread uncertainty and confusion, particularly among Prabowo's own supporters....