Singapore ‘close down STOMP’ campaign about more than freedom of speech

People have had enough. After years of “citizen journalism” platform STOMP indulging in public shaming,......

Japan minister visits shrine honoring war criminals

TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese Cabinet minister has visited a Tokyo shrine that honors the......

56 dead, hundreds still missing in South Korea ferry tragedy

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

10 more bodies found inside South Korean ferry

MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — Divers have recovered 10 more bodies from inside the ferry......

Ferry captain arrested in South Korea ferry disaster

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A prosecutor says the captain of the South Korean ferry......

Oliver Stone’s Mao Zedong comments touch a nerve at Beijing film fest

By Kyle Mullin | @mulkyle Oliver Stone has never been one to shy away from......

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Transcript reveals confusion over ferry evacuation

By Sun, Apr 20, 2014 5:23PM UTC

JINDO, South Korea (AP) — A transcript released Sunday of communications with the South Korean ferry that sank details crippling confusion and indecision, with a crew member questioning whether an evacuation was the right move well after the ship began listing dangerously....

Famous Pakistan TV host Hamid Mir shot by gunmen

By Sun, Apr 20, 2014 12:45PM UTC

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Police in Pakistan say gunmen have shot a famous television talk show host amid a wave of attacks on journalists in the country. Police say Hamid Mir, a host on the private television broadcaster Geo, was wounded in the attack Saturday near Karachi's airport....

7 killed in shooting on China-Vietnam border

By Fri, Apr 18, 2014 6:57PM UTC

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — The Vietnamese government says seven people have been killed in a shootout between Chinese migrants and Vietnamese border guards at a crossing in the north of the country. The government in the province of Quang Ninh says Vietnamese authorities early Friday detained a group of 16 Chinese including 10 men, four...

Avalanche sweeps Everest; 6 killed, 9 missing

By Fri, Apr 18, 2014 12:16PM UTC

KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Officials say about five climbers are feared missing after an avalanche swept the slopes of Mount Everest and hit a route used to assent the world's highest peak. Nepal Tourism Ministry official Madhu Sudan Burlakoti says the avalanche hit the area just below Camp 2 around 6:30 a.m. Friday. ...

China: One-fifth of country’s farmland polluted

By Fri, Apr 18, 2014 11:37AM UTC

BEIJING (AP) — China's government says in a report that nearly one-fifth of the country's farmland is polluted, mostly from yearslong accumulations of toxins from factories, mining and agriculture. The report raises sharp concerns about the country's food safety after years of unbridled industrialization....

India struggles with Maoist rebel threat as voting continues

By Thu, Apr 17, 2014 1:45PM UTC

RAJNANDGAON, India (AP) — Voters are casting ballots in India's general election despite threats of violence in some areas by extreme leftist insurgents, who say the country's democracy has failed its marginalized and its poor. The central state of Chhattisgarh, which is now the epicenter of India's four-decade Maoist insurgency, was among the areas voting Thursday in the multi-phase election. Authorities say there are signs that the rebels have waning support — including the lines of voters shuffling into polling booths in the Chhattisgarh town of Rajnandgaon....

Singapore ‘close down STOMP’ campaign about more than freedom of speech

By Sun, Apr 20, 2014 2:20PM UTC View Comments

People have had enough. After years of “citizen journalism” platform STOMP indulging in public shaming, a petition has popped up on Change.org asking Singapore Press Holdings – the owner and publisher of the website – to shut it down. Started by Robin Li, the petition now has over 22,000 signatures. ...

Oliver Stone’s Mao Zedong comments touch a nerve at Beijing film fest

By Fri, Apr 18, 2014 6:20PM UTC View Comments

By Kyle Mullin | @mulkyle Oliver Stone has never been one to shy away from controversy, but the American director may have attained new heights of provocation at this year’s Beijing International Film Festival (BJIFF) where he touched on one if China’s biggest taboos.  The outspoken auteur (who has helmed polarizing classics like Natural Born...

Journalists in Thai Navy defamation case ‘disappointed’ in Reuters’ response

By Thu, Apr 17, 2014 4:08PM UTC View Comments

Two Phuketwan journalists were charged today with defaming the Thai Navy, and face seven years in prison and a $3,000 fine if convicted. A Thai Navy captain brought charges against Alan Morison and Chutima Sidasathian after they republished a paragraph from a Reuters story accusing Thai officials of being involved in a human trafficking operation that exploits Rohingya refugees from Burma. ...

Phuketwan journalists charged with defaming Thailand’s navy

By Thu, Apr 17, 2014 3:21PM UTC View Comments

PHUKET, Thailand (AP) — Thai authorities have charged two journalists with defaming Thailand's navy in an online news report about the trafficking of refugees from Burma. The Australian editor of the Phuketwan website Alan Morison and his Thai colleague Chutima Sidasathian appeared at a court Thursday on the southern island of Phuket to hear charges of defamation and violation of the computer crime act. ...

In pictures: Search continues for Korea ferry survivors

By Thu, Apr 17, 2014 12:11PM UTC View Comments

A massive search and rescue operation is under way of the Korean coast after a passenger ferry with more than 470 passengers capsized yesterday. At least 9 people have died and almost 300 people are still missing. Here are some of the latest pictures from the incident....

China cracks down on Internet porn… again

By Thu, Apr 17, 2014 8:17AM UTC View Comments

If some of those who were looking for adult entertainment in Dongguan – where a massive crackdown on prostitution took place in February - thought they could escape the government by fleeing to the virtual world, they were mistaken. After closing bars and arresting sex workers in the southern town, authorities are now turning an unforgiving eye to sex on the Internet....

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