Indonesian rescuers fail again to lift fuselage of AirAsia plane

PANGKALAN BUN, Indonesia (AP) — The second attempt to lift the fuselage of the crashed......

Philippines: Dozens killed as police try to nab top terror suspect

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Philippines - At least 27 members of the elite police special force......

Abe ‘speechless’ after video claims IS hostage dead

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's prime minister says he's "speechless" after an online video purported to......

Coal production drops in China for 1st time in 14 years

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese state media report that the country has recorded its first drop......

Australian PM: Turning away asylum seekers’ boats a success

Australia's Operation Sovereign Borders, the policy of turning back the boats carrying asylum seekers has......

Vietnam fails to deliver on its education promise

Despite its Confucian tradition and a young, tech-savvy population, Vietnam has abjectly failed to reform......

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30 Filipino police commandos killed in clash with rebels

By Mon, Jan 26, 2015 10:53AM UTC

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Philippine town mayor says more than 30 police commandos have been killed in a clash with Muslim rebels while hunting a top terror suspect in the south. It was the biggest single-day combat loss for Philippine forces in many years. Mayor Tahirudin Benzar Ampatuan of Mamasapano town told The Associated...

Brewery to rename Gandhi-Bot beer following complaints

By Sat, Jan 24, 2015 5:01PM UTC

HARTFORD, Connecticut (AP) — A U.S. brewery says it will no longer use the name and likeness of Mohandas Gandhi on one of its beers following complaints that the marketing was offensive. New England Brewing Co.’s India pale ale is called Gandhi-Bot. It has a label with a cartoon image depicting a robot version of...

Blast in southern Philippine city kills 1, wounds 37

By Sat, Jan 24, 2015 12:23PM UTC

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Authorities say an explosion has killed at least one person and wounded 37 others in a southern Philippine port city that has been hit by similar blasts blamed on Muslim militants....

Indonesian police arrest deputy of anti-graft body

By Fri, Jan 23, 2015 3:53PM UTC

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Police say they have arrested a deputy head from Indonesia’s top corruption-fighting body, days after the official said a national police chief hopeful was a graft suspect. Police spokesman Ronny Franky Sompie said Friday that Bambang Widjojanto, 55, one of the Corruption Eradication Commission deputies, was arrested for alleged false testimony...

China blocks VPN services

By Fri, Jan 23, 2015 3:46PM UTC

BEIJING (AP) — Tech specialists and companies are reporting that China is blocking VPN services that let users skirt online censorship of popular websites such as Google and Facebook....

10 missing after boat collision off South Korean island

By Fri, Jan 23, 2015 1:36PM UTC

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Ten people are missing after a Chinese fishing boat sank in international waters near the South Korean resort island of Jeju....

Australian PM: Turning away asylum seekers’ boats a success

By Sat, Jan 24, 2015 1:51PM UTC View Comments

Australia's Operation Sovereign Borders, the policy of turning back the boats carrying asylum seekers has proven to be effective against people smuggling, at least from the point of view of Australia's right-wing Coalition Government....

Vietnam fails to deliver on its education promise

By Fri, Jan 23, 2015 4:29PM UTC View Comments

Despite its Confucian tradition and a young, tech-savvy population, Vietnam has abjectly failed to reform its education system....

The impeachment of Yingluck Shinawatra: Worth the trouble for a show-trial?

By Fri, Jan 23, 2015 10:00AM UTC View Comments

When the so-called National Legislative Assembly (NLA) votes in secret today whether or not to impeach former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, former House speaker Somsak Kiatsuranont and former Senate speaker Nikhom Wairatpanich, the question will not so much be about their fates, but more about the implications of the verdicts that go beyond a possible ban from politics for five years....

India census finds more tigers in the wild

By Wed, Jan 21, 2015 11:16AM UTC View Comments

NEW DELHI (AP) — India's latest tiger census shows a sharp increase in the number of endangered cats in the wild, raising hopes that conservation efforts are working....

China’s most polluted province sends its industry overseas

By Wed, Jan 21, 2015 11:01AM UTC View Comments

Hebei province in North China is the PRC’s steel belt, with a production capacity that exceeds all of Japan. But Hebei’s steel industry has a high price. The province is home to 7 of China’s 10 most polluted cities, including the industrial centers of Qian’an and Handan, where toxic smog, contaminated soil and poisoned groundwater are commonplace. The pollution in Hebei has made the province a focal point for government efforts to improve China’s air quality....

Vietnam government turns to social media to ‘guide opinion’

By Tue, Jan 20, 2015 1:10PM UTC View Comments

If there were two certainties to life in America - death and taxes - then there is one in foreign news coverage of Vietnam: censorship. Whether it is the locking up of many dissidents or the occasional release of one, the blocking or unblocking of social media sites or a brief release upon never-quite-stated strictures, it is as inevitable as typhoons are during Autumn on the country’s central coast....

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