Thai junta leader Prayuth moves to lift martial law, impose absolute power

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's prime minister and junta leader has asked the king for formal......

Burma government, rebel groups sign draft cease-fire deal

YANGON, Burma (AP) — Burma's government and 16 ethnic armed groups have agreed on the......

Death toll in Kashmir floods rises to 15

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Police say at least 15 people have died in flood waters......

Beijing orders funeral parlors to tackle air pollution

Officials in the notoriously polluted Chinese capital have ordered the city's 12 funeral parlors to......

Thai junta chief may force safety reforms in aviation sector

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's transport minister says the country's junta leader may exercise extraordinary constitutional......

17-year-old faces charges for offensive video: Where Amos Yee went wrong

“Lee Kuan Yew is dead! Finally!” blared the 17-year-old teenager, Amos Yee, in his nasal......

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Same sex marriage wins recognition in Tokyo’s Shibuya ward

By Tue, Mar 31, 2015 3:44PM UTC

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo's Shibuya ward has become the first locale in Japan to recognize same sex partnerships as the "equivalent of a marriage," guaranteeing the identical rights of married couples, including hospital visitations and apartment rentals....

Malaysian to hang for killing 2 British students

By Tue, Mar 31, 2015 1:45PM UTC

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A Malaysian court has sentenced a fishmonger to death for killing two British medical students last year on Borneo island....

Singapore teen Amos Yee charged for YouTube video attacking Lee, Christianity

By Tue, Mar 31, 2015 12:23PM UTC

Singapore teen Amos Yee has been charged with three offences for a video uploaded to YouTube in which he made remarks about Christianity and former leader Lee Kuan Yew, who died on March 21 at the age of 91....

New Maldives law strips ex-president Mohamed Nasheed of party membership

By Tue, Mar 31, 2015 10:23AM UTC

MALE, Maldives (AP) — The Maldives' Parliament has passed a law that strips people serving prison sentences of their political party memberships, a rule critics say is designed to oust jailed former President Mohamed Nasheed from politics....

Solar-powered plane lands in China on round-the-world flight

By Tue, Mar 31, 2015 10:17AM UTC

BEIJING (AP) — A groundbreaking solar-powered plane has successfully flown from Myanmar to central China as part of an historic round-the-world journey....

Book Review: Money Logging: On the Trail of the Asian Timber Mafia

By Tue, Mar 31, 2015 8:26AM UTC

'Money Logging: On the Trail of the Asian Timber Mafia' by Lukas Straumann is a controversial book that uncovers the modus operandi of a multi-billion timber industry accused of wiping out the ancient rainforests of Sarawak, home of the last nomadic tribes of Southeast Asia in the heart of Borneo, Malaysia....

17-year-old faces charges for offensive video: Where Amos Yee went wrong

By Tue, Mar 31, 2015 5:00AM UTC View Comments

“Lee Kuan Yew is dead! Finally!” blared the 17-year-old teenager, Amos Yee, in his nasal voice. Dressed in a faded yellow T-shirt, the teen continues in his pseudo-American accent: Why hasn't anyone said f**k yeah, the guy is dead. Lee Kuan Yew was a horrible person....

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With LKY laid to rest, now we can examine the man behind the legend

By Mon, Mar 30, 2015 12:16PM UTC View Comments

A eulogy has strange powers. It brings the dead back to life as we listen, enthralled by captivating stories about what he did, who he was, and what he aspired towards. For as long as we listened, Mr Lee Kuan Yew lived; time was suspended and we re-lived his life as the founder of a nation, as a statesman, and as a father and husband. But just as surely as all eulogies must end, so must our moment of fantasy....

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3 dead as rebels attack government convoy in northeast India

By Sun, Mar 29, 2015 11:52AM UTC View Comments

GAUHATI, India (AP) — Officials say 3 policemen were killed and six others injured when militants attacked a convoy of lawmakers in India's remote northeast....

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Flood in shale mine in central China leaves at least 5 dead

By Sun, Mar 29, 2015 11:49AM UTC View Comments

BEIJING (AP) — A flood in a shale mine in central China has left at least five miners dead and one missing....

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Australia signs up to negotiations on Chinese-led bank

By Sun, Mar 29, 2015 11:45AM UTC View Comments

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia has announced that it will join negotiations to establish a new a Chinese-led Asian regional bank....

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Caught in the middle: An interview with blogger Jeraldine Phneah

By Sat, Mar 28, 2015 5:05PM UTC View Comments

Two days before Mr Lee Kuan Yew passed away, on March 21, Jeraldine Phneah published a post titled, “A Middle Ground Perspective on Lee Kuan Yew’s death”. In her article, Ms Phneah, a 24-year-old lifestyle blogger, wrote that she would feel sad, “but not extremely so” about Mr Lee’s death. She explained that Mr Lee did not deserve all the credit for Singapore's success, that Mr Lee had lived a good life for 91 years, and that he did not exactly "sacrifice a lot" for Singapore....

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