China bans amateur weather forecasters

On May 1, a new regulation restricting the use of unofficial weather reports came into......

Pressing questions after human trafficking grave found in southern Thailand

Thailand’s military government is facing new pressure following the discovery of a mass grave in......

Burma: Ethnic rebel groups discuss nationwide ceasefire as hostilities continue

Burma's Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) may not proceed beyond the draft stage because some of......

Thailand arrests 3, vows crackdown on human traffickers

HAT YAI, Thailand (AP) — Thai authorities have arrested three local officials they allege were......

Taiwan ruling party leader meets Chinese president

BEIJING (AP) — The head of Taiwan's ruling party has met with Chinese President Xi......

Elephant survival is a global problem that needs global and local solutions

In 2012 and 2013, poachers killed 10% of the global population of forest elephants. 100,000......

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UN official praises China’s assistance to Nepal after quake

By Tue, May 05, 2015 9:46AM UTC

BEIJING (AP) — The leader of the United Nations Development Program has praised China's relief efforts in Nepal and said the country's importance to global development will only grow....

Burma: Ethnic rebel groups discuss nationwide ceasefire as hostilities continue

By Mon, May 04, 2015 5:10PM UTC

Burma's Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) may not proceed beyond the draft stage because some of the ethnic armed organisations (EAOs) involved in the latest rounds of fighting are being excluded from the agreement....

Retiring Hong Kong police chief slams radical protesters

By Mon, May 04, 2015 4:44PM UTC

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong's outgoing top cop has taken a parting shot at pro-democracy protesters who occupied busy streets in parts of the southern Chinese financial city for nearly three months last year....

North Korea’s nominal head of state to visit Russia this month

By Mon, May 04, 2015 4:29PM UTC

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea's nominal head of state, not its absolute leader Kim Jong Un, is to visit Russia this month to attend celebrations marking the 70th anniversary of the Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany....

Philippines confirms death of fugitive militant Basit Usman

By Mon, May 04, 2015 11:35AM UTC

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine military chief has confirmed that wanted Filipino bomb-maker Basit Usman, who has links to the Indonesian-based Jemaah Islamiyah terrorist network and a suspect in deadly bomb attacks in the south, has been killed....

China factory index shows fastest deterioration in a year

By Mon, May 04, 2015 11:14AM UTC

HONG KONG (AP) — A report says Chinese manufacturing suffered its sharpest contraction in a year in April in a further sign of the weakness in the world's No. 2 economy....

Pressing questions after human trafficking grave found in southern Thailand

By Tue, May 05, 2015 6:30AM UTC View Comments

Thailand’s military government is facing new pressure following the discovery of a mass grave in the country’s south, where dozens of bodies, presumably victims of human trafficking, were buried. Police have made several arrests linked to the crime and the Thai junta has vowed to take action. The shallow graves containing 26 bodies were discovered by Thai authorities on...

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Pakistan military says strikes kill 44 suspected militants

By Sun, May 03, 2015 2:58PM UTC View Comments

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's military says airstrikes have killed 44 suspected militants in the tribal region near the Afghan border....

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Pacquiao Watch: The longest night

By Sat, May 02, 2015 8:41PM UTC View Comments

Until they have gone through the first three or four rounds, nobody really knows which versions of Floyd Mayweather Jr. or Manny Pacquiao will show up for the biggest fight tomorrow, Sunday in the Philippines....

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Kerry travels to Sri Lanka to cheer on democratic reforms

By Sat, May 02, 2015 4:04PM UTC View Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — John Kerry is making the first visit to Sri Lanka by a U.S. secretary of state in a decade. It's a rare opportunity to champion democratic reform and to tighten ties at a strategic crossroads in the vast Indian Ocean....

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Shanghai supermodels dress like beggars after banned from auto show

By Sat, May 02, 2015 3:12PM UTC View Comments

Who says modelling is all about the glamor? After being banned from Shanghai’s auto show last week, several tall, gorgeous fashionistas rubbed muck on their faces, donned tattered rags and gathered up picket signs to stage a protest as fake beggars outside the event. A video of their demonstration can be seen here....

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Pacquiao Watch: Arum is right (he is lying)

By Sat, May 02, 2015 11:09AM UTC View Comments

Top Rank’s Bob Arum is famous for saying “I lied yesterday. Today, I am telling the truth.” And he is right on target when he said the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight tomorrow is not the biggest fight ever in professional boxing....

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