Report says China building airstrip on reclaimed island

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Lewis Hamilton defends Chinese GP champagne celebration

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Rape in Thailand: Stop blaming the victims

The Thai New Year Festival has come to en end, the streets are eerily quiet,......

Apple invests in China solar project, US forest conservation

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Beijing International Film Festival opens with big names

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Thailand’s roads suffer deadliest Songkran in 6 years; 364 dead

Thailand’s roads claimed 364 lives over the 7-day Songkran holiday, with a further 3,559 people......

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Development for all: Protecting workers as economic integration sweeps Southeast Asia

By Fri, Apr 17, 2015 12:44PM UTC

As corporate executives and political leaders prepare to gather in Jakarta for the World Economic Forum on East Asia focused on 'Anchoring Trust in East Asia’s New Regionalism', both governments and companies need to show they can be trusted to safeguard human rights....

Gunmen shoot and wound US woman in southern Pakistan

By Fri, Apr 17, 2015 12:09PM UTC

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Police say gunmen have shot and wounded a U.S. citizen in the Pakistani port city of Karachi. Police officer Pir Muhammad Shah says four men shot at Debra Lobo, a physician, as she drove to work at a medical college on Thursday. He says Lobo is married to a Pakistani and...

Veteran Chinese journalist Gao Yu sentenced to 7 years in prison

By Fri, Apr 17, 2015 11:32AM UTC

BEIJING (AP) — A court in Beijing has sentenced veteran Chinese journalist Gao Yu to seven years in prison for leaking a top Communist Party policy document....

US: Growing China, Russia military activity in Asia-Pacific

By Thu, Apr 16, 2015 9:20AM UTC

WASHINGTON (AP) — The commander of U.S. forces in the Pacific says major land reclamation by China at outposts in the South China Sea could allow it to exert more influence over the contested area and deploy military assets including advanced missile systems....

China says Tibet self-immolations ‘instigated’ by Dalai Lama

By Wed, Apr 15, 2015 4:29PM UTC

BEIJING (AP) — China has accused Tibet's exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama of inciting a wave of self-immolations among Tibetans as desperate protests against Chinese rule....

Lawyers seek lenience for US couple in Bali murder trials

By Wed, Apr 15, 2015 10:53AM UTC

BALI, Indonesia (AP) — Lawyers for an American couple on trial in Indonesia have argued that prosecutors improperly charged them with premeditated murder in the death of the woman's mother....

Rape in Thailand: Stop blaming the victims

By Fri, Apr 17, 2015 10:21AM UTC View Comments

The Thai New Year Festival has come to en end, the streets are eerily quiet, and online news media is mopping up the aftermath of the festival’s more negative impact on society. This year, arguably, was a stand-out out year for official extremism concerning safety initiatives, with Thai people being exposed to a very long list of crackdowns relating to: water-squirting weapons, alcohol consumption, dangerous driving, and “improper dances or performances that do not reflect Thai culture”....

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Thailand’s roads suffer deadliest Songkran in 6 years; 364 dead

By Thu, Apr 16, 2015 3:29PM UTC View Comments

Thailand’s roads claimed 364 lives over the 7-day Songkran holiday, with a further 3,559 people injured, the Road Safety Centre said Thursday. There were 42 more deaths this year than in 2014, making it the highest Songkran death toll since 373 people were killed in 2009....

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Singapore’s government-linked media misrepresents Amos Yee’s mother

By Thu, Apr 16, 2015 10:12AM UTC View Comments

According to The Online Citizen, Amos Yee's mother did not file a police report to have her son arrested, contrary to a report in the Straits Times which suggested that she did. She also did not have her son declared to be beyond her control, as the Straits Times suggests; she merely said that she was unable to get through to him on some issues (and she also said that he behaved normally in other areas). This is probably one of the worst examples of misrepresentation by the Straits Times and a sad case of its failure to uphold journalistic...

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The Real Singapore’s owners charged with sedition

By Wed, Apr 15, 2015 6:59AM UTC View Comments

The couple behind one of Singapore’s most popular alternative news websites, The Real Singapore (TRS), was charged in court yesterday (April 14) with seven counts of sedition. The prosecution alleges that the duo published content that has the "tendency to promote feelings of ill-will and hostility between different groups of people in Singapore, namely, between ethnic Indians in Singapore and Philippine nationals in Singapore"....

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Why we need more absurd math questions in Singapore, not less

By Tue, Apr 14, 2015 6:15PM UTC View Comments

We complain about rote learning in our education system but when students are given an opportunity to solve creative problems, we balk at the idea and call it an unnecessary stress inducer. The latest subject of this contradictory reaction is the P5 math question which asked students to find Cheryl’s birthday....

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One last wish: What Lee Kuan Yew wants, Lee Kuan Yew gets

By Tue, Apr 14, 2015 1:14PM UTC View Comments

True to his character, the late Lee Kuan Yew was firmly opposed to the preservation of his Oxley Road house after his death. He insisted on it when he was still alive, and reiterated his wishes many times in interviews and to his children....

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