Murder on Vietnam-China border highlights Uighur plight

Violence erupted on Vietnam’s border with China last week when five Chinese civilians and two......

Anti-Obama protesters clash with police in Manila

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine police armed with truncheon, shields and water hose have clashed......

Is Modi capable of governing India?

Set aside the debate about Narendra Modi and his accountability for the 2002 Godhra riots......

UPDATED: Lèse majesté vigilantism and Thailand’s political crisis

As Thailand's political crisis lingers on, the country's draconian lèse majesté law is still being......

Death toll rises to 150 in South Korea ferry tragedy

A passenger ferry capsized and sank of the coast of South Korea today with more......

Accelerated Anwar case seen as insult to US

Malaysian prosecutors are expected to ask the country’s highest court this Friday to increase the......

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Thai red shirt activist shot dead in Bangkok

By Wed, Apr 23, 2014 6:26PM UTC

BANGKOK (AP) — Police in Thailand’s capital say a pro-government activist who opposed a law punishing critics of the monarchy has been shot dead. Police Col. Thanawat Watthanakul says Kamol Duangphasuk was shot by unidentified gunmen Wednesday in a restaurant parking lot in northern Bangkok. The victim, a poet also known as Mainueng Kor Khuntee,...

HK, Philippines compromise over Manila tourist deaths

By Wed, Apr 23, 2014 5:50PM UTC

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong and the Philippines have reached a compromise over Hong Kong's demand for an apology for the deaths of eight tourists in a bungled rescue attempt during a 2010 hostage-taking in Manila that soured relations....

Poll: Indians view rape as big problem, say laws too lax

By Wed, Apr 23, 2014 3:54PM UTC

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new poll shows that Indians view rape as a big problem in their country and the criminal justice system as inadequate to deal with it. The national survey was conducted by the Pew Research Center one year after the December 2012 gang rape and murder of a 23-year-old student in New Delhi unleashed a wave of public anger about sexual violence in India....

Manila Mayor flying to Hong Kong to offer bus tragedy apology

By Tue, Apr 22, 2014 12:39PM UTC

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The mayor of the Philippine capital says he is flying to Hong Kong to apologize to the family of eight Hong Kong tourists who died in a 2010 bus hostage tragedy in Manila and to offer them compensation....

Burma: Kachin rebel leader urges US role in peace talks

By Tue, Apr 22, 2014 9:55AM UTC

WASHINGTON (AP) — A leader of ethnic Kachin rebels fighting Burma government forces is urging U.S. involvement in peace talks to quell decades of conflict in the country's lawless border regions. Renewed clashes this month come despite efforts to forge a nationwide cease-fire agreement between the government and all armed ethnic groups....

Prosecutor says 4 Sewol ferry crewmembers detained

By Mon, Apr 21, 2014 11:54AM UTC

MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean prosecutor says four more crewmembers from a sunken ferry have been detained on allegations of failing to protect passengers. Senior prosecutor Ahn Sang-don told reporters Monday that two first mates, one second mate and a chief engineer are also accused of abandoning the ship....

Murder on Vietnam-China border highlights Uighur plight

By Wed, Apr 23, 2014 5:16PM UTC View Comments

Violence erupted on Vietnam’s border with China last week when five Chinese civilians and two Vietnamese border guards were killed....

Is Modi capable of governing India?

By Wed, Apr 23, 2014 3:05PM UTC View Comments

Set aside the debate about Narendra Modi and his accountability for the 2002 Godhra riots and focus on the more immediate issue of whether he is capable of being a competent prime minister....

UPDATED: Lèse majesté vigilantism and Thailand’s political crisis

By Wed, Apr 23, 2014 11:00AM UTC View Comments

As Thailand's political crisis lingers on, the country's draconian lèse majesté law is still being applied, as two related cases show. Moreover, a new online vigilante group is making sure it stays that way....

Accelerated Anwar case seen as insult to US

By Tue, Apr 22, 2014 5:00PM UTC View Comments

Malaysian prosecutors are expected to ask the country’s highest court this Friday to increase the prison sentence meted out to opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, who was judged guilty by an appellate court last month on sodomy charges....

India elections 2014: Why I voted for Narendra Modi

By Tue, Apr 22, 2014 11:15AM UTC View Comments

Living in Gurgaon, Haryana, I voted for Narendra Modi a couple of weeks back. I am no diehard BJP supporter or Modi fan, ideologue, Hindutva advocate or Pracharak. But, I do weigh my vote carefully every five years. I usually look at two aspects — one nationalistic, the other selfish...

Census or election? What is the better way out of Thailand’s stalemate?

By Mon, Apr 21, 2014 10:00AM UTC View Comments

Chaiwat Satha-Anand is professor of political science, Thammasat University, and chairperson of the Strategic Nonviolence Commission, Thailand Research Fund has an op-ed in the Bangkok Post stating “Census holds key to defusing stalemate”. He states: Elections, admittedly with all their imperfections, are one of the most significant innovations in conflict resolution because “we the people”...

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