6,000 jobs to go in Malaysia Airlines overhaul

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia Airlines will shed 6,000 workers as part of an......

Beijing ramps up pressure on Hong Kong

China is the global champion of fakery in consumer products. Now the idea of democracy......

Thai court dismisses murder charges against Abhisit and Suthep

Thailand's Criminal Court has dismissed murder charges against former Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and his......

Hong Kong graft police raid media boss Jimmy Lai’s home

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong anti-corruption police have searched the home of a media......

How Asia has outpaced Latin America on education reform

While Asia may have its detractors when it comes to issues like human rights and......

China, Vietnam say they’re committed to resolving sea dispute

BEIJING (AP) — China and Vietnam say they're committed to negotiating maritime disputes to avoid......

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Actor arrested with Jackie Chan’s son released

By Fri, Aug 29, 2014 3:47PM UTC

BEIJING (AP) — A Taiwanese actor arrested along with the son of Hong Kong film star Jackie Chan on drug charges has been released after two weeks in detention. ...

Thai army sues human rights activist over torture claim

By Fri, Aug 29, 2014 10:05AM UTC

The Association for the Prevention of Torture has the following blurb on Pornpen Khongkachonkiet: Despite growing intimidation from authorities, Pornpen Khongkachonkiet, Director of the Cross Cultural Foundation, continues to assist marginalised communities, especially torture victims and their families in Southern Thailand, to access justice. She also supports the communities’ efforts to address the widespread culture of...

Thai court drops murder case against Abhisit and Suthep

By Thu, Aug 28, 2014 5:23PM UTC

BANGKOK (AP) — A Thai court has dismissed a murder case against former premier Abhisit Vejjajiva and his deputy, who were indicted for their role in ordering a deadly crackdown on anti-government protesters in 2010....

China swimming champ Ye Shiwen enrols in top Beijing university

By Thu, Aug 28, 2014 3:17PM UTC

BEIJING (AP) — China's two-time Olympic gold medalist swimmer Ye Shiwen has a new title: College freshman. The 2012 London Games champion in the women's 200- and 400-meter medleys registered this week at Beijing's prestigious Tsinghua University under a government program waiving the grueling entrance exam for outstanding athletes....

Australia, Malaysia reach cost-sharing deal in search for flight MH370

By Thu, Aug 28, 2014 3:06PM UTC

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Malaysia's transport minister says an investigation into how a Malaysian airliner came to crash into the Indian Ocean far off course cannot go further until wreckage and its black boxes are found....

Indonesia, Australia disagree on name of new accord

By Wed, Aug 27, 2014 6:17PM UTC

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia and Indonesia have settled their disagreement over what to call their latest agreement. A rift between the countries was sparked last November by accusations that Australians tapped the cellphones of the Indonesian president, his wife and eight Indonesian ministers and officials in 2009....

Beijing ramps up pressure on Hong Kong

By Fri, Aug 29, 2014 1:22PM UTC View Comments

China is the global champion of fakery in consumer products. Now the idea of democracy can be added to its list of creative fakes. Beijing evaded its Basic Law promise to the Hong Kong people for direct elections to the legislature and for its Chief Executive for 20 years from 1997 to 2017. ...

Technology brings modern twist to social sciences studies

By Thu, Aug 28, 2014 9:08PM UTC View Comments

Whether or not you approve experiments such as Facebook’s study of its own users back in 2012, it cannot be denied that current technology has the capacity to further our understanding and knowledge of society.  Facebook’s controversial campaign, which came to light in June, tested whether emotional contagion could occur online, with no direct interaction...

How Asia has outpaced Latin America on education reform

By Thu, Aug 28, 2014 1:02PM UTC View Comments

While Asia may have its detractors when it comes to issues like human rights and democratic freedoms, one area where it excels is education. Asian – and especially east Asian – universities are increasingly appearing at the top of the major rankings and Asian students swept the boards in the most recent round of PISA tests, all while keeping education spending at sustainable levels....

Transparency and democracy must decide Japan’s nuclear future

By Wed, Aug 27, 2014 6:00AM UTC View Comments

The story of nuclear power in Japan is one fraught with complexity. The country’s introduction to the power of the atom came in the shape of wholesale death and destruction, the likes of which had never been seen before. ...

Thai Studies, Harvard University and the problem with political lobbyists

By Tue, Aug 26, 2014 9:05AM UTC View Comments

It is an unfortunate reality that many areas of study at universities across the world will never have the same draw than others. Very often, the more exotic the area, the less attractive it is for most prospective students. ...

Siding with Sachin Tendulkar

By Mon, Aug 25, 2014 1:32PM UTC View Comments

There has been some talk about former cricketer Sachin Tendulkar not attending India's Parliament as nominated member of the Rajya Sabha. In my view, the right place for Sachin is back in the India T20 side masquerading as a Test team in the recently concluded series in England. Despite his age Sachin would have scored more than Kohli, Pujara, Gambhir, Vijay, Rahane, Dhawan put together....

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