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Japan officials hold emergency meeting after renewed hostage threat

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese officials have held emergency meetings after the release of an online......

Prayuth blasts US envoy’s remarks, calls himself ‘democratic soldier’

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Indonesian military halts recovery efforts for AirAsia plane

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Philippines fires police commander over botched attack

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Facebook, Instagram outages affect users worldwide

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Communist cadres in Tibet punished for helping Dalai Lama

By Wed, Jan 28, 2015 3:58PM UTC

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese Communist Party agency says investigators have found that 15 officials in Tibet joined underground Tibetan independence organizations, provided intelligence to the Dalai Lama and his supporters or participated in activities harmful to China's security....

China criticizes Alibaba in post-IPO report

By Wed, Jan 28, 2015 3:51PM UTC

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese regulators have accused e-commerce giant Alibaba of allowing sales of fake and shoddy goods and other mismanagement in a report that was withheld until now to avoid disrupting its U.S. stock market debut....

Mother makes emotional appeal to Japanese leader to save son

By Wed, Jan 28, 2015 3:43PM UTC

TOKYO (AP) — The mother of a Japanese hostage held by Islamic State extremists has appealed publicly to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to save her son after his captors issued what they said was a final death threat....

Social sciences and STEM: a partnership we can’t ignore

By Wed, Jan 28, 2015 12:28AM UTC

Governments across the world point, year after year, to the value of sciences, technology and mathematics- popularly known as STEM subjects- to societal development and economic success. Innovation and progress are the aim; STEM subjects are the key players in the game. Undoubtedly, science and technology have long been fundamental to economic success across the...

China says ‘harmful info’ must be managed after VPNs blocked

By Tue, Jan 27, 2015 7:41PM UTC

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese official says that "harmful information" must be managed following reports that China is blocking VPN services that let users access censored online content....

Philippines rejects US Marine’s appeal to drop murder case

By Tue, Jan 27, 2015 6:00PM UTC

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines has rejected an appeal by a U.S. Marine that it drop a murder case against him in the death of a transgender Filipino woman last year....

Prayuth blasts US envoy’s remarks, calls himself ‘democratic soldier’

By Wed, Jan 28, 2015 11:00AM UTC View Comments

Thai junta Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan-ocha has rebutted a top US diplomat's calls for a more "inclusive" political reform process and the lifting of martial law. The general's response yet again shows the impossible task to convince the world outside of Thailand that everything under the authoritarian rule is normal. ...

High demand drives massive growth of international education in Asia

By Tue, Jan 27, 2015 2:21PM UTC View Comments

The rapid expansion of international schooling is a 21st century phenomenon which has had huge implications for education in Asia. During the 20th century international schools were the preserve of children of expat families, diplomats, politicians and society’s elite. ...

Philippine tuna in 2015: Facing the new threat

By Tue, Jan 27, 2015 1:49PM UTC View Comments

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Philippines - Tuesday, January 27, was a lucky day for 40-year-old Wilson Manlunas. His fishing crew of five just landed 10 pieces of yellowfin tuna which, if the quality is good enough, could gross them P100,000 (US$2,250) after a 10-day fishing venture....

Australian PM: Turning away asylum seekers’ boats a success

By Sat, Jan 24, 2015 1:51PM UTC View Comments

Australia's Operation Sovereign Borders, the policy of turning back the boats carrying asylum seekers has proven to be effective against people smuggling, at least from the point of view of Australia's right-wing Coalition Government....

Vietnam fails to deliver on its education promise

By Fri, Jan 23, 2015 4:29PM UTC View Comments

Despite its Confucian tradition and a young, tech-savvy population, Vietnam has abjectly failed to reform its education system....

The impeachment of Yingluck Shinawatra: Worth the trouble for a show-trial?

By Fri, Jan 23, 2015 10:00AM UTC View Comments

When the so-called National Legislative Assembly (NLA) votes in secret today whether or not to impeach former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, former House speaker Somsak Kiatsuranont and former Senate speaker Nikhom Wairatpanich, the question will not so much be about their fates, but more about the implications of the verdicts that go beyond a possible ban from politics for five years....

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