Illustrations show just why Hong Kongers don’t want to be part of China

As pro-democracy protesters took to Hong Kong's streets to mark the anniversary of Hong Kong’s......

Indian civil servant sues Outlook magazine for calling her ‘eye candy’

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Japan police seek motive for self-immolation on bullet train

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North Korea’s new airport opens to much fanfare… and controversy

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Customs officials recover idol looted from Indian temple

By Thu, Jul 02, 2015 12:42PM UTC

NEW YORK (AP) — Customs officials in New York have recovered a bronze religious statue from the 11th or 12th century that they say was looted from a temple in India....

Toyota’s top female exec resigns after Japan drug arrest

By Wed, Jul 01, 2015 5:44PM UTC

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota says Julie Hamp, who was arrested in Japan last month on suspicion of drug law violations, has resigned as managing officer. She was the most senior female executive ever at the Japanese automaker....

Thailand arrests 2 key human trafficking suspects

By Wed, Jul 01, 2015 3:54PM UTC

BANGKOK (AP) — Police in Thailand have arrested two men they say are key figures in a human trafficking ring that lures people to work on fishing boats in Indonesia and sells them to boat owners....

Japan: Toshiba ‘scorpion’ robot to help with Fukushima clean-up

By Wed, Jul 01, 2015 8:59AM UTC

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WATCH: This is the best dancing Thai policemen video we’ve seen in quite a while

By Tue, Jun 30, 2015 6:21PM UTC

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Malaysia spares Filipina drugs convict from execution

By Tue, Jun 30, 2015 1:00PM UTC

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Officials say Malaysia's pardons board has commuted to life imprisonment the death sentence on a Filipino woman convicted of smuggling 5 kilograms (11 pounds) of cocaine at Kuala Lumpur's airport....

Illustrations show just why Hong Kongers don’t want to be part of China

By Thu, Jul 02, 2015 1:19PM UTC

As pro-democracy protesters took to Hong Kong's streets to mark the anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover from British to Chinese rule, this collection of illustrations from Local Studio HK was making its mark online. The collection of 24 images, some of which we've published below, depicts just some of the reasons so many Hong Kongers oppose being ruled by Beijing. ...

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The growing gender imbalance in higher ed: Where have all the boys gone?

By Tue, Jun 30, 2015 10:02AM UTC

Higher education institutes have traditionally been dominated by men over the centuries. However since the 1970s there has been a big shift in the gender balance, reaching a tipping point in the 1990s when women began to outnumber men in university enrollments. ...

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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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Chinese people power gains ground against pollution and politics

By Wed, Jun 24, 2015 10:35AM UTC

Images of people wearing masks on the streets of China in a desperate attempt to prevent breathing harmful smog can inspire a variety of reactions: pity that individuals should suffer for the wealth of a few; frustration with an unfair global system; incredulity that no one — whether in government or a private citizen — seems to be doing anything that will put a stop to this madness....

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