Malaysia PM cuts short holiday to deal with floods

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak is cutting short his U.S.......

Bar manager goes on trial in Burma amid rising Buddhist extremism

The prosecution of Rangoon bar manager Philip Blackwood for insulting Buddhism will come as no......

Asia marks 10 years since Indian Ocean tsunami

KHAO LAK, Thailand (AP) — Beachside memorials and religious services were planned across Asia to......

In pictures: Remembering the Asian tsunami

On the morning of December 26, 2004 the third-largest earthquake ever recorded struck in the......

Japan’s McDonald’s to put big fries back on menu

TOKYO (AP) — Big fries are going back on the menu in Japan.......

Remembering Aceh: 10 years since the Indian Ocean tsunami

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Russia: Pyongyang anger over ‘The Interview’ movie ‘quite understandable’

By Fri, Dec 26, 2014 5:31PM UTC

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia has offered sympathy to North Korea amid the Sony hacking scandal, saying the movie that sparked the dispute was so scandalous that Pyongyang's anger was "quite understandable"....

VIDEO: Hero monkey brings electrocuted friend back to life in India

By Fri, Dec 26, 2014 5:15PM UTC

Onlookers at a train station in northern India watched in awe a monkey using all his powers to bring back to life another monkey who was electrocuted and fell unconscious on the rail tracks....

Death toll in violence in India’s northeast rises to 72

By Fri, Dec 26, 2014 4:45PM UTC

SHAMUKJULI, India (AP) — Police says the death toll from rebel violence in remote northeastern India has risen to 72 with the recovery of more bodies from abandoned villages....

Man drives into crowd of pedestrians in Beijing

By Fri, Dec 26, 2014 3:46PM UTC

BEIJING (AP) — Police say an elderly Chinese man has driven his car through a crowd of pedestrians outside a popular Beijing sports stadium, injuring eight people....

2 men throw acid on woman in Indian capital

By Wed, Dec 24, 2014 6:24PM UTC

NEW DELHI (AP) — Police in India say two men riding a motorcycle have thrown acid on a woman in a crowded neighborhood in New Delhi. Police officer Suresh Chand said Wednesday the attack was captured on closed-circuit TV and is being investigated. It took place on Tuesday when the two masked men rode past...

Japan prepares to reappoint Shinzo Abe as prime minister

By Wed, Dec 24, 2014 10:15AM UTC

TOKYO (AP) — Japan is preparing to name Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to his next term in office following his party's victory in a Dec. 14 snap election....

Bar manager goes on trial in Burma amid rising Buddhist extremism

By Fri, Dec 26, 2014 5:02PM UTC View Comments

The prosecution of Rangoon bar manager Philip Blackwood for insulting Buddhism will come as no surprise to Burma watchers who have witnessed the steady rise of Buddhist fundamentalism and intolerance in Burma over the last few years....

In pictures: Remembering the Asian tsunami

By Fri, Dec 26, 2014 4:06PM UTC View Comments

On the morning of December 26, 2004 the third-largest earthquake ever recorded struck in the Indian Ocean west of Indonesia. The estimated magnitude 9.2 quake unleashed tsunamis that devastated coastlines across 14 countries and killed an estimated 230,000 people. Of those, a little over 184,000 are confirmed. To this date more than 45,000 people are unaccounted for....

Japan’s McDonald’s to put big fries back on menu

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TOKYO (AP) — Big fries are going back on the menu in Japan....

Senior Chinese official to visit Hanoi after tumultuous year

By Thu, Dec 25, 2014 12:06PM UTC View Comments

It has been a choppy year for Chinese-Vietnamese relations since the oil rig standoff in May when China moved a drilling rig into a part of the South China Sea claimed by Vietnam. The immediate fallout was severe and it seemed like it could have been one of the biggest setbacks to Sino-Vietnamese relations in decades. However the two nations have been trying to repair relations for several months. ...

LINE denies Thai junta’s claim it is monitoring popular chat app

By Tue, Dec 23, 2014 5:12PM UTC View Comments

Claims by the Thai military junta that it is monitoring the popular chat app LINE for content deemed insulting towards the monarchy have been refuted by South Korea-based parent company Naver....

Decision time for Thailand’s high school students

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When schools in Thailand reopen after the New Year holidays, high school students from Grade 12 will have just a matter of weeks until their time at school is behind them....

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A poster advertises the movie 'The Interview' outside a cinema in Houston, Texas. Pic: AP.