Oliver Stone’s Mao Zedong comments touch a nerve at Beijing film fest

By Kyle Mullin | @mulkyle Oliver Stone has never been one to shy away from......

Vice principal saved from Korea ferry found hanged

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Police say a high school vice principal who had been......

29 dead, hundreds still missing in South Korea ferry tragedy

A passenger ferry capsized and sank of the coast of South Korea today with more......

Thailand fails to curtail Songkran road carnage

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Thailand’s Blue Diamond affair and the PDRC connection

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Recipe for disaster: China diet or China crisis?

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Avalanche sweeps Everest; 6 killed, 9 missing

By Fri, Apr 18, 2014 12:16PM UTC

KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Officials say about five climbers are feared missing after an avalanche swept the slopes of Mount Everest and hit a route used to assent the world's highest peak. Nepal Tourism Ministry official Madhu Sudan Burlakoti says the avalanche hit the area just below Camp 2 around 6:30 a.m. Friday. ...

China: One-fifth of country’s farmland polluted

By Fri, Apr 18, 2014 11:37AM UTC

BEIJING (AP) — China's government says in a report that nearly one-fifth of the country's farmland is polluted, mostly from yearslong accumulations of toxins from factories, mining and agriculture. The report raises sharp concerns about the country's food safety after years of unbridled industrialization....

India struggles with Maoist rebel threat as voting continues

By Thu, Apr 17, 2014 1:45PM UTC

RAJNANDGAON, India (AP) — Voters are casting ballots in India's general election despite threats of violence in some areas by extreme leftist insurgents, who say the country's democracy has failed its marginalized and its poor. The central state of Chhattisgarh, which is now the epicenter of India's four-decade Maoist insurgency, was among the areas voting Thursday in the multi-phase election. Authorities say there are signs that the rebels have waning support — including the lines of voters shuffling into polling booths in the Chhattisgarh town of Rajnandgaon....

Philippines: Pacquiao ally, 6 others face murder charges

By Thu, Apr 17, 2014 1:09PM UTC

Murder and multiple frustrated murder charges were filed last week against a Sarangani provincial board member for the ambush slaying of Maitum Mayor George McPerson ‘Mac’ Perrett. Charged was Alexander Bryan Reganit of Maitum town. Reganit is a provincial board member and an ally of Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao....

NKorea complains over barber’s Kim Jong Un poster

By Thu, Apr 17, 2014 7:00AM UTC

LONDON (AP) — North Korean diplomats have asked the British government to take action against a London hair salon's poster poking fun at distinctively coiffured leader Kim Jong Un. The Foreign Office said Wednesday it had received a letter from the country's embassy objecting to the poster, and was considering its response....

Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox headed for bankruptcy, not rehabilitation

By Wed, Apr 16, 2014 7:02PM UTC

TOKYO (AP) — The Mt. Gox bitcoin exchange in Tokyo is headed for dissolution after a court rejected its bankruptcy protection application. Mt. Gox said Wednesday the Tokyo District Court decided the company would not be able to resurrect itself under a business rehabilitation process filed for in February....

Oliver Stone’s Mao Zedong comments touch a nerve at Beijing film fest

By Fri, Apr 18, 2014 6:20PM UTC View Comments

By Kyle Mullin | @mulkyle Oliver Stone has never been one to shy away from controversy, but the American director may have attained new heights of provocation at this year’s Beijing International Film Festival (BJIFF) where he touched on one if China’s biggest taboos.  The outspoken auteur (who has helmed polarizing classics like Natural Born...

Journalists in Thai Navy defamation case ‘disappointed’ in Reuters’ response

By Thu, Apr 17, 2014 4:08PM UTC View Comments

Two Phuketwan journalists were charged today with defaming the Thai Navy, and face seven years in prison and a $3,000 fine if convicted. A Thai Navy captain brought charges against Alan Morison and Chutima Sidasathian after they republished a paragraph from a Reuters story accusing Thai officials of being involved in a human trafficking operation that exploits Rohingya refugees from Burma. ...

Phuketwan journalists charged with defaming Thailand’s navy

By Thu, Apr 17, 2014 3:21PM UTC View Comments

PHUKET, Thailand (AP) — Thai authorities have charged two journalists with defaming Thailand's navy in an online news report about the trafficking of refugees from Burma. The Australian editor of the Phuketwan website Alan Morison and his Thai colleague Chutima Sidasathian appeared at a court Thursday on the southern island of Phuket to hear charges of defamation and violation of the computer crime act. ...

In pictures: Search continues for Korea ferry survivors

By Thu, Apr 17, 2014 12:11PM UTC View Comments

A massive search and rescue operation is under way of the Korean coast after a passenger ferry with more than 470 passengers capsized yesterday. At least 9 people have died and almost 300 people are still missing. Here are some of the latest pictures from the incident....

China cracks down on Internet porn… again

By Thu, Apr 17, 2014 8:17AM UTC View Comments

If some of those who were looking for adult entertainment in Dongguan – where a massive crackdown on prostitution took place in February - thought they could escape the government by fleeing to the virtual world, they were mistaken. After closing bars and arresting sex workers in the southern town, authorities are now turning an unforgiving eye to sex on the Internet....

SKorea ferry passengers’ loved ones face agonizing wait for news

By Wed, Apr 16, 2014 9:42PM UTC View Comments

In the government’s latest tally, South Korea says 280 people from the ferry that capsized in the Yellow Sea south of Seoul are still missing and 5 people have died....

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