China, Hong Kong stocks in freefall; more companies suspend trading

Stocks in China and Hong Kong and China continued to plummet Wednesday with China’s markets......

Koh Tao murders: World watches as Burmese migrants go on trial

At 8am Wednesday the two Burmese migrants accused of murdering British backpackers Hannah Witheridge and......

Malaysia freezes bank accounts linked to PM amid corruption allegations

Malaysian authorities have frozen six bank accounts as part of an investigation into allegations that......

Thai military court orders release of 14 student activists pending trial

BANGKOK (AP) — Fourteen detained student activists have been brought before a military court in......

Why business schools in Southeast Asia are ‘second class’

Business education has increased exponentially all around the world over the last two decades. The......

Facebook and Thai politics: Press ‘Like’, and hope for the best

On the night of June 26 in Bangkok, the Thai police arrested 14 student activists......

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World’s oldest man dies in Japan at the age of 112

By Tue, Jul 07, 2015 2:27PM UTC

TOKYO (AP) — The world's oldest man, a retired educator from Japan, has died at the age of 112....

Vietnam Communist Party chief to visit Obama at White House

By Tue, Jul 07, 2015 1:16PM UTC

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of Vietnam's Communist Party is heading to the White House on Tuesday for meetings with President Barack Obama and other top officials....

Samsung forecasts 4 percent drop in 2Q profit

By Tue, Jul 07, 2015 10:22AM UTC

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung Electronics Co. forecasts its second-quarter profit has dropped 4 percent from a year earlier....

China to snub arbitration hearing on feud with Philippines

By Mon, Jul 06, 2015 6:10PM UTC

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Chinese ambassador says Beijing has stood pat in its decision to reject international arbitration to resolve a disagreement with the Philippines over the South China Sea....

Thai market kitty becomes overnight star after video goes viral

By Mon, Jun 29, 2015 8:00PM UTC

Meet 'Sprite', the shopkeeping cat who has won the hearts of market goers, and now Facebook users, across Thailand. This commercially minded kitty has become quite a draw in markets around Bangkok, helping his owner to sell cosmetics at local markets. ...

Indian police probe mob killing of school director in Bihar state

By Mon, Jun 29, 2015 6:29PM UTC

PATNA, India (AP) — Police say they are investigating the mob killing of a school director after two students were discovered dead in northern India....

Thai military court orders release of 14 student activists pending trial

By Tue, Jul 07, 2015 12:49PM UTC

BANGKOK (AP) — Fourteen detained student activists have been brought before a military court in a case that has attracted international calls for their release and criticism of the military junta's strict controls on freedom of speech and assembly....

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Why business schools in Southeast Asia are ‘second class’

By Tue, Jul 07, 2015 11:46AM UTC

Business education has increased exponentially all around the world over the last two decades. The Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) is one of the university's newest innovations, as is the MBA, and DBA. This has led to the growth of business schools around the world, with this phenomena also very quickly catching on within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region....

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Facebook and Thai politics: Press ‘Like’, and hope for the best

By Tue, Jul 07, 2015 10:54AM UTC

On the night of June 26 in Bangkok, the Thai police arrested 14 student activists for staging a non-violent demonstration against the junta. They were then charged with sedition and are now being...

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Homophobic war crimes boast betrays the arrogance of Burma’s junta leaders

By Mon, Jun 29, 2015 10:17AM UTC

On the same day the US Supreme Court voted in favour of same sex marriage, a different story emerged from Burma. Ruling party MP and infamous bigmouth Hla Swe took to Facebook to launch a homophobic tirade, casually bragging about using gay men as porters during junta rule....

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In the wrong skin: Thailand needs to come to terms with ‘white power’

By Fri, Jun 26, 2015 10:22AM UTC

The whitening phenomenon in Thailand, i.e. the use of cosmetic products to whiten the skin – and now we can include beauty apps that might obviate the use of whitening products, for the online face at least – often seems to beguile the visitor from the West, or at least cause them to smirk at outlandish items such as underarm whitening deodorant. But before we smirk, we might look at our own seemingly strange habits....

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HRW decries state abuses of Moken people by Burma and Thailand

By Fri, Jun 26, 2015 9:04AM UTC

The persecuted Rohingya Muslims of Burma's Rakhine state have drawn international attention recently, rightly inspiring demands for an end to the discrimination and violence that drives thousands of Rohingya to risk their lives seeking refuge via dangerous sea voyages....

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