The glaring contradictions of Hong Kong’s anti-Occupy movement

Three days ago a group calling itself the Alliance for Peace and Democracy staged a......

Jokowi’s Challenge – Part 2: High hopes and harsh realities

The rags to riches tale of Indonesia's Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo captivated millions of voters and......

Philippines businesses seek clear policies ahead of ASEAN economic integration

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Philippines - Businessmen from all over Mindanao are seeking clear cut government......

Dress rehearsal? Thai junta leader tries out the ‘civilian look’

BANGKOK (AP) — When Thailand's military ruler appears in public, he usually is seen in......

Japan rated Asia’s most peaceful country, China falters

Japan is the most peaceful country in Asia, according to the Institute for Economics and......

Former Malaysian PM Mahathir turns on Najib Razak

After months of behind-the-scenes criticism, Malaysian former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has publicly withdrawn his......

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American killed in Bali, daughter had troubled past

By Wed, Aug 20, 2014 10:02AM UTC

CHICAGO (AP) — Police reports point to a troubled relationship between a suburban Chicago woman and the daughter accused in her killing on the Indonesian resort island of Bali....

Remains of Malaysian MH17 victims to be flown home

By Tue, Aug 19, 2014 6:45PM UTC

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's defense minister says the remains of at least 16 people killed when a jetliner was shot down over Ukraine last month will be returned to Malaysia this week....

Shocking footage of ‘Fijian fishermen being shot’ posted on YouTube

By Tue, Aug 19, 2014 5:36PM UTC

A graphic video has emerged on YouTube showing what appears to be the murder of four fishermen at sea. The video was uploaded to YouTube on August 17, though it is unclear when the apparent incident took place....

China vows to rein in executive pay

By Tue, Aug 19, 2014 11:46AM UTC

BEIJING (AP) — China's president has promised to rein in "unreasonably high" pay for executives at government-owned companies in an apparent effort to mollify public frustration at the wealth of state industry....

Australia, Indonesia hope to heal phone tapping rift with new pact

By Tue, Aug 19, 2014 10:18AM UTC

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia and Indonesia have reached an agreement that will heal a bilateral rift sparked last November by accusations that Australia had tapped the cell phones of the Indonesian president, his wife and eight Indonesian ministers and officials in 2009....

Philippines protests Chinese ‘sovereignty patrols’

By Mon, Aug 18, 2014 6:46PM UTC

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines says it will file a new diplomatic protest for frequent patrols by Chinese ships in the South China Sea within the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone, which extends out 200 nautical miles. Department of Foreign Affairs spokesman Charles Jose said Monday that Chinese “illegitimate sovereignty patrols” in Philippine waters were...

Former Malaysian PM Mahathir turns on Najib Razak

By Tue, Aug 19, 2014 12:11PM UTC View Comments

After months of behind-the-scenes criticism, Malaysian former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has publicly withdrawn his support for the current premier, Najib Tun Razak, likening Najib to the fable of the emperor with no clothes....

The Thai junta’s 2015 draft budget, explained in 4 graphs

By Tue, Aug 19, 2014 10:00AM UTC View Comments

Thailand's National Legislative Assembly (NLA) approved the draft for the 2015 budget in its first reading on Monday. The body, whose members were all picked by the military junta and is thus dominated by active and retired military officers, rubber-stamped the budget bill with 183 votes and three abstentions (assumed to be the assembly president and his two deputies)....

Are we winning the war against shark fin soup?

By Tue, Aug 19, 2014 10:00AM UTC View Comments

The swelling tide of new money in Asia has resulted in some serious conservation concerns. Rapid economic growth in countries like China and Vietnam has equipped millions who were previously excluded from enjoying luxury goods with unprecedented buying power. ...

Study quality programs in undergraduate universities

By Fri, Aug 15, 2014 11:12PM UTC View Comments

Few universities are exclusively delivering programs at undergraduate level. Increasingly competing to attract students from all over the world, colleges and universities tend to broaden their offer in a bid to please as many applicants as possible. By deciding to focus on undergraduate programs, some institutions distinguish themselves and deliver fewer, but higher quality courses....

Sewol tragedy families seek Pope’s support in search for justice

By Fri, Aug 15, 2014 7:53PM UTC View Comments

DAEJEON, South Korea – Pope Francis said his first Mass in South Korea Friday in front of tens of thousands of people. Marking his first public appearance before Korean Catholics since his arrival Thursday, the pope celebrated Mass on the Feast of the Assumption of Mary, one of the most important religious holidays for the faith....

Will the US arm Vietnam?

By Fri, Aug 15, 2014 2:32PM UTC View Comments

In a recent bipartisan press conference in Hanoi, Vietnam, Republican US Sen. John McCain, joined by Sheldon Whitehouse, a Democrat, expressed it best when he remarked how a partnership built on shared values is “the closest, strongest, and most enduring friendship two nations can have.” ...

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Tens of thousands of people gather at Hong Kong's Victoria park to join a protest march to oppose a planned civil disobedience campaign by pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong, Sunday. Pic: AP.