Hard Rock Cafe removes ‘rock star’ orangutan ads in Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Hard Rock Cafe has withdrawn a promotional campaign in Malaysia......

EU threatens Thailand with import ban over illegal fishing

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union has given Thailand six months to drastically increase its......

Indonesia: US couple sentenced to prison in Bali suitcase killing

BALI, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesian court has found an American couple guilty of premeditated......

Japan’s maglev train breaks another speed record at 603kph

TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese maglev that is the fastest passenger train in the world......

Corruption and malpractice in Australia’s international student industry

Australian universities have come under increased pressure this week to review international student recruitment practices......

SKorean PM Lee Wan Koo offers to resign amid bribery scandal

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's prime minister has offered to resign amid a......

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Japan mulls 2018 moon landing, seeks to keep up with rivals

By Tue, Apr 21, 2015 3:40PM UTC

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's space agency says it is considering a mission to the moon by 2018 or early 2019, part of an effort to beef up aerospace technology and keep pace with China and other emerging powers....

Sri Lankan lawmakers protest bribery summons for ex-leader

By Tue, Apr 21, 2015 2:18PM UTC

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A protest staged by lawmakers backing former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa ran into a second day after the country's bribery commission summoned the ex-leader and his brothers to explain their actions while in power....

Japan PM Shinzo Abe sends offerings to controversial war shrine

By Tue, Apr 21, 2015 1:05PM UTC

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has sent religious offerings to a Tokyo shrine that honors convicted World War II leaders among its war dead....

UN refugee agency says Australia rejected Vietnamese at sea

By Tue, Apr 21, 2015 10:06AM UTC

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian Broadcasting Corp. reports that the United Nations refugee agency says a boat load of 46 Vietnamese asylum seekers had their refugee applications rejected at sea before the Australian navy secretly returned them to Vietnam....

Thailand seizes 4 tons of ivory at Bangkok port

By Tue, Apr 21, 2015 9:43AM UTC

BANGKOK (AP) — Customs officials in Thailand say they've seized 4 tons of ivory worth $6 million hidden in bean sacks in what they're calling the biggest bust in the country's history....

Advocate: 5 asylum seekers on Nauru set to go to Cambodia

By Mon, Apr 20, 2015 2:05PM UTC

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A refugee advocate says five asylum seekers from Sri Lanka, Burma (Myanmar) and Iran have agreed to be among the first to leave the Pacific island nation of Nauru for Cambodia under a deal that allows refugees rejected by Australia to be resettled in the Southeast Asian country....

Japan’s maglev train breaks another speed record at 603kph

By Tue, Apr 21, 2015 4:03PM UTC View Comments

TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese maglev that is the fastest passenger train in the world has broken its own speed record....

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Asia’s love affair with the rickshaw

By Mon, Apr 20, 2015 11:07AM UTC View Comments

MOST countries in Asia have a local version of a rickshaw, an affordable and efficient two or three wheeled form of transport for anything from tourists to goods. The word itself comes from the Japanese word jinrikisha, meaning human powered vehicle, although today they can be hand pulled, cycles or even automatically powered by electrics,...

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Rape in Thailand: Stop blaming the victims

By Fri, Apr 17, 2015 10:21AM UTC View Comments

The Thai New Year Festival has come to en end, the streets are eerily quiet, and online news media is mopping up the aftermath of the festival’s more negative impact on society. This year, arguably, was a stand-out out year for official extremism concerning safety initiatives, with Thai people being exposed to a very long list of crackdowns relating to: water-squirting weapons, alcohol consumption, dangerous driving, and “improper dances or performances that do not reflect Thai culture”....

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Thailand’s roads suffer deadliest Songkran in 6 years; 364 dead

By Thu, Apr 16, 2015 3:29PM UTC View Comments

Thailand’s roads claimed 364 lives over the 7-day Songkran holiday, with a further 3,559 people injured, the Road Safety Centre said Thursday. There were 42 more deaths this year than in 2014, making it the highest Songkran death toll since 373 people were killed in 2009....

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Singapore’s government-linked media misrepresents Amos Yee’s mother

By Thu, Apr 16, 2015 10:12AM UTC View Comments

According to The Online Citizen, Amos Yee's mother did not file a police report to have her son arrested, contrary to a report in the Straits Times which suggested that she did. She also did not have her son declared to be beyond her control, as the Straits Times suggests; she merely said that she was unable to get through to him on some issues (and she also said that he behaved normally in other areas). This is probably one of the worst examples of misrepresentation by the Straits Times and a sad case of its failure to uphold journalistic...

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The Real Singapore’s owners charged with sedition

By Wed, Apr 15, 2015 6:59AM UTC View Comments

The couple behind one of Singapore’s most popular alternative news websites, The Real Singapore (TRS), was charged in court yesterday (April 14) with seven counts of sedition. The prosecution alleges that the duo published content that has the "tendency to promote feelings of ill-will and hostility between different groups of people in Singapore, namely, between ethnic Indians in Singapore and Philippine nationals in Singapore"....

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