US ‘troubled’ by Thai junta leader’s threat to execute journalists

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. says it hopes that Thailand's leader, who took power in......

Singapore’s opposition leader draws flak for tribute to Lee Kuan Yew

Workers' Party secretary-general, Low Thia Khiang, was criticized for his speech in a special session......

Cambodia inaugurates memorial at Khmer Rouge genocide museum

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodian officials have inaugurated a memorial at the Toul Sleng......

Bali Nine: Envoy says Indonesia leader Joko Widodo too busy to take Australia call

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Indonesian envoy says that Indonesian President Joko Widodo has been......

Thai junta stalls motor show’s souped-up sex appeal

The cars haven't been the only ones with hot paint jobs at this year's Bangkok......

ASEAN rights activists demand change ahead of People’s Forum

The missing Laotian civil society leader Sombath Somphone will be at the forefront of the......

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Sri Lanka returns military-held lands in former war zone

By Thu, Mar 26, 2015 10:23AM UTC

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka has started releasing private land occupied by the military during the country's 26-year civil war, in a major step at reconciliation with minority ethnic Tamils....

Maldives ex-president will not appeal 13-year jail sentence

By Wed, Mar 25, 2015 6:07PM UTC

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A lawyer says Maldives' jailed ex-president will not appeal his 13-year sentence because the court has not released all documents from the first hearing to prepare a case....

Thailand: 3 Chinese tourists killed, 16 injured in Phuket bus crash

By Wed, Mar 25, 2015 5:49PM UTC

BANGKOK (AP) — A tour bus carrying Chinese tourists has plunged off a road on the Thai island of Phuket, killing three and injuring 16....

Smutty meets sacred: Funeral strippers make a comeback in China

By Wed, Mar 25, 2015 3:40PM UTC

The sacred and the smutty are converging at funeral services in rural China. According to a recent 'Shanghaiist' article, many urban Chinese residents hailing from the northeastern province of Hebei were shocked to learn, upon returning to their hometowns for Spring Festival, that strippers were being hired to perform for many mourners....

Train hits truck during heavy rain in northern Thailand; 7 killed

By Wed, Mar 25, 2015 9:21AM UTC

BANGKOK (AP) — Police say a train collided with a pickup truck during heavy rains in northern Thailand, killing seven construction workers in the truck and seriously injuring another....

Maldives invites UN to observe ex-president’s court appeal

By Wed, Mar 25, 2015 9:12AM UTC

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The Maldives government has invited the United Nations and other international organizations to observe the former president's appeal of his 13-year jail sentence....

ASEAN rights activists demand change ahead of People’s Forum

By Thu, Mar 26, 2015 12:16PM UTC View Comments

The missing Laotian civil society leader Sombath Somphone will be at the forefront of the conversation at the ASEAN Civil Society Conference/ASEAN People's Forum meets in Kuala Lumpur next month. Sombath is a victim of enforced disappearance, and was kidnapped in Vientiane, Laos, in 2013. The Laos government has consistently denied involvement or refused to provide real information about the missing civil society leader, and his case has come to represent one of the most egregious human rights offenses still committed in the ASEAN countries....

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Philippine fisheries director defends Indonesian crackdown on illegal fishing

By Wed, Mar 25, 2015 11:11AM UTC View Comments

GENERAL SANTOS CITY - Philippine fisheries director Asis Perez finds nothing wrong with the renewed crackdown on illegal fishing by Indonesian authorities....

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Thailand doesn’t have a Chinese tourist problem: the problem is resentment, and racism

By Wed, Mar 25, 2015 10:13AM UTC View Comments

Hardly a week goes by in Thailand when Chinese tourists are not in the press for an array apparent misdemeanors, most of which are petty cultural crimes relating to the breaching of Thailand’s many taboos. Social media has maintained a steady flow of viral photographs and videos of the Chinese parvenu in Thailand, purportedly shocking the nation – and the world – by defecating in streets, opening emergency doors on airplanes, drying laundry in public, and performing high-kicks on temple bells, all of which have led to an online dis-like campaign towards Thailand’s most lucrative tourist demographic....

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Singapore 2.0: Making our own hard choices

By Mon, Mar 23, 2015 9:34AM UTC View Comments

It is over. The 91-year-old former Prime Minister, Lee Kuan Yew, passed away peacefully on March 23, 2015 at 3.18am....

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Attorney-General says PAP flyers on AHPETC not illegal, but offers no explanation

By Fri, Mar 20, 2015 6:06AM UTC View Comments

It’s puzzling. With so many Singaporeans questioning the legality of the People’s Action Party (PAP) activists’ distribution of flyers criticising AHPETC's accounting lapses, the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) and the Singapore Police Force (SPF) should have done more than simply state that their actions were not illegal....

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Lee Kuan Yew’s health still a secret: What we do and don’t know, and why we deserve to know

By Wed, Mar 18, 2015 4:02PM UTC View Comments

Secrecy is Singapore's ruling party's first-resort in matters it considers sensitive. Take Singapore’s powerful sovereign wealth funds for example. These massive state-run investment agencies, Temasek Holdings and Investment Corporation of Singapore, only disclose select parts of their key financials and investment performance. Lee Kuan Yew’s explanation for this is revealing of the state’s penchant for secrecy....

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