Murder complaints filed over capsized Philippine ferry

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Police in a central Philippine city have filed multiple murder complaints......

Solar-powered plane lands in Hawaii after flight from Japan

KAPOLEI, Hawaii (AP) — A plane powered by the sun's rays has landed in Hawaii......

Malaysian fund denies it funneled $700 million to prime minister

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's state investment fund 1MDB says it has never provided......

Thailand could abolish college uniforms in crackdown on gang warfare

Thailand’s Education Ministry is considering changing or even abolishing polytechnic college uniforms in a bid......

Prostitution: Thailand’s worst kept secret

You could be forgiven for thinking if you were new to Thailand that prostitution was......

Is Asia’s growth creating a generation of sick people?

Recent scientific research on air quality and human health has only underscored how much —......

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China to create $19bn fund to support plunging stock market

By Sun, Jul 05, 2015 3:14PM UTC

NEW YORK (AP) — China has reportedly decided to bar new public offerings of stock and will create a fund to stabilize its stock market, which has been roiled by a wave of selloffs....

Top Chinese universities clash in student recruitment war of words

By Fri, Jul 03, 2015 1:14PM UTC

The Chinese higher education system has been rocked this week by accusations of underhand tactics employed by universities to recruit students. Peking University and Tsinghua University have been at the centre of attention as their methods used in student recruitment have come under scrutiny....

Southeast Asian nations to set up fund to help Rohingya migrants

By Thu, Jul 02, 2015 6:05PM UTC

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A Malaysian minister says Southeast Asian countries will establish a humanitarian fund to help boatloads of Rohingya Muslim and Bangladeshi immigrants who have recently landed in Indonesia, Malaysia, Burma (Myanmar) and Thailand....

Afghan court cancels death sentences in mob killing of Farkhunda Malikzada

By Thu, Jul 02, 2015 5:51PM UTC

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan judge says a court has overturned the death sentences for four men convicted of taking part in the mob killing of a woman outside a Kabul shrine....

Cambodia: 2 former Khmer Rouge leaders appeal convictions

By Thu, Jul 02, 2015 5:27PM UTC

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Two leaders of Cambodia's former Khmer Rouge regime have appealed their convictions by a U.N.-backed tribunal that sentenced them to life in prison for their roles during the group's brutal rule in the 1970s....

WATCH: Thai woman puts up a helluva fight against handbag thieves

By Thu, Jul 02, 2015 4:23PM UTC

We have to hand it to this feisty Thai lady, who is taking no **** from these two would-be handbag thieves. The footage, caught on CCTV camera last month, show the opportunistic crooks strike on a quiet street. ...

Prostitution: Thailand’s worst kept secret

By Fri, Jul 03, 2015 11:08AM UTC

You could be forgiven for thinking if you were new to Thailand that prostitution was a market aimed solely at foreign tourists and fund-dumping expatriates. The garish lights, garish hook-ups, and garish whispers in the night have become iconic, a thing of holiday myths, books, films, and for many who don’t live here deceitfully representative of an entire culture. But Thailand’s lusty epithet of a land of salacious, often mendacious smiles, is a foreign concoction, and within these borders most citizens I think don’t taint themselves with that brush....

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Is Asia’s growth creating a generation of sick people?

By Fri, Jul 03, 2015 9:52AM UTC

Recent scientific research on air quality and human health has only underscored how much — and in how many ways — pollution can cause harm and even death. High concentrations of particulate matter in the air result in higher instances of diseases of the heart and lungs, asthma and other respiratory problems....

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Illustrations show why Hong Kongers don’t want to be part of China

By Thu, Jul 02, 2015 1:19PM UTC

As pro-democracy protesters took to Hong Kong's streets to mark the anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover from British to Chinese rule, this collection of illustrations from Local Studio HK was making its mark online. The collection of 24 images, some of which we've published below, depicts just some of the reasons so many Hong Kongers oppose being ruled by Beijing. ...

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The growing gender imbalance in higher ed: Where have all the boys gone?

By Tue, Jun 30, 2015 10:02AM UTC

Higher education institutes have traditionally been dominated by men over the centuries. However since the 1970s there has been a big shift in the gender balance, reaching a tipping point in the 1990s when women began to outnumber men in university enrollments. ...

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Homophobic war crimes boast betrays the arrogance of Burma’s junta leaders

By Mon, Jun 29, 2015 10:17AM UTC

On the same day the US Supreme Court voted in favour of same sex marriage, a different story emerged from Burma. Ruling party MP and infamous bigmouth Hla Swe took to Facebook to launch a homophobic tirade, casually bragging about using gay men as porters during junta rule....

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In the wrong skin: Thailand needs to come to terms with ‘white power’

By Fri, Jun 26, 2015 10:22AM UTC

The whitening phenomenon in Thailand, i.e. the use of cosmetic products to whiten the skin – and now we can include beauty apps that might obviate the use of whitening products, for the online face at least – often seems to beguile the visitor from the West, or at least cause them to smirk at outlandish items such as underarm whitening deodorant. But before we smirk, we might look at our own seemingly strange habits....

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