Hong Kong authorities to clear more protest barricades

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong authorities say they will remove some barricades from part......

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Cambodia: Massive blaze guts Phnom Penh’s ‘Old Market’

An early morning fire broke out in Phnom Penh’s Phsar Chas market early Monday, destroying......

Thailand: 2 senior police detained on lèse majesté charges

Two high-ranking police officers were detained over the weekend after a warrant was issued for......

British banker ruled fit to enter plea in HK double murder case

HONG KONG (AP) — A Hong Kong judge has deemed a British banker charged with......

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Hong Kong authorities to clear more protest barricades

By Mon, Nov 24, 2014 9:46PM UTC

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong authorities say they will remove some barricades from part of a pro-democracy protest site in Mong Kok district, scene of previous violent confrontations with police and angry mobs....

Thai web editor jailed for defaming king

By Mon, Nov 24, 2014 9:26PM UTC

BANGKOK (AP) — A military court in junta-ruled Thailand has sentenced a web editor to 4 1/2 years in jail for publishing an article five years ago that it said defamed the nation's king....

China discloses earlier doping ban on Sun Yang

By Mon, Nov 24, 2014 3:45PM UTC

BEIJING (AP) — China's anti-doping agency has disclosed that Olympic and world champion swimmer Sun Yang served a three-month ban earlier this year after testing positive for a banned stimulant....

Dozens take refuge from Japan quake aftershocks

By Mon, Nov 24, 2014 2:02PM UTC

TOKYO (AP) — Dozens of villagers are staying in shelters as aftershocks rattle a region in central Japan jolted by a weekend earthquake that injured at least 41 people and destroyed more than 50 homes. The damage in a mountainous area that hosted the 1998 winter Olympics was worse than initially thought, though many were...

UNFC condemns Burma army shelling of KIA cadets

By Sun, Nov 23, 2014 1:06PM UTC

The Burmese army has been condemned by the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) for killing 23 Kachin Independence Army (KIA) officer cadets and wounding 20 more by firing an artillery shell into their parade ground near Laiza on November 19....

Magnitude-6.8 quake strikes central Japan’s Nagano city

By Sun, Nov 23, 2014 12:48PM UTC

TOKYO (AP) — A strong earthquake has hit central Japan, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. The Japan Meteorological Agency says the magnitude-6.8 earthquake hit parts of Nagano city and surrounding areas the hardest. The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake’s magnitude was 6.2. The earthquake struck at 10.08pm. Japan time...

Cambodia: Massive blaze guts Phnom Penh’s ‘Old Market’

By Mon, Nov 24, 2014 6:27PM UTC View Comments

An early morning fire broke out in Phnom Penh’s Phsar Chas market early Monday, destroying an estimated 70 percent of its 900 stalls....

Thailand: Burmese ethnic armed groups ordered to inform junta of meetings

By Fri, Nov 21, 2014 12:54PM UTC View Comments

Lt-Gen Sathit Pittrat, commander of the Thai Third Regional Army, has directed that Burmese ethnic armed organisations (EAOs) must give advance notice to and seek permission from the army for any meetings they intend to hold in Thailand....

28 weeks later: Thailand tourism down, but not out

By Thu, Nov 20, 2014 4:53PM UTC View Comments

Earlier this month Thailand’s Tourism Minister Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul said that about 25 million foreign visitors are expected to visit the country this year, down from 26.7 million in 2013. This seems optimistic, considering that Thailand has suffered a tumultuous year marred by months of violent political protests and a military coup on May 22....

How the Burmese military perpetuates its own myth

By Wed, Nov 19, 2014 7:34PM UTC View Comments

A heated debate broke out in Burma’s lower house Monday over efforts by the opposition to overhaul the constitution prior to the 2015 elections. As per previous debates, the military contingent – which takes up a quarter of seats and thereby wields effective veto over such matters – resisted the idea that charter reform, and allowing Aung San Suu Kyi to run for president, might benefit the country. "I would like you all to remember that the constitution is not written for just a person but for the future of everyone," Colonel Htay Naing, one of the uniformed MPs, told...

28 weeks later: Thailand’s junta and the war on corruption

By Wed, Nov 19, 2014 5:52PM UTC View Comments

The premise for the junta taking control of Thailand in May 2014 was to avoid civil conflict and to once and for all rid the country of corruption. The promise to clean up the country isn’t exactly new, it’s been used by successive governments and it’s generally welcomed because this is one problem which most Thais would like to see solved. As the junta came to power those people who supported the coup had high hopes Prayuth and the generals would be able to deliver on this promise....

28 weeks later: Are Thai people really happy after the coup?

By Wed, Nov 19, 2014 11:55AM UTC View Comments

Earlier this year in Thailand, protest mobs took over the streets, violence mounted, and politics hit a deadlock. That was before the military, led by General Prayuth Chan-ocha, seized power on May 22, giving a rather abstract promise to bring back happiness to Thai people. ...