Malaysia tightens the sedition screws again

Malaysia is continuing its drastic crackdown on dissent, sentencing student activist Adam Adli Halim to......

A new enemy within? Surabaya sex workers go underground

On the morning of June 18 this year, at least 1,449 sex workers were evicted......

Thai students required to recite Prayuth’s 12 core values daily

BP has already blogged the the junta’s 12 core values. BP has outlined them below......

China, US and India named chief culprits as carbon emissions rise

WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists estimate that the world spewed far more carbon pollution into the......

On media boundaries and the Deepika Padukone cleavage controversy

Playing up Deepika Padukone’s breasts and cleavage by a leading media house was in bad......

Hong Kong students spearhead struggle for democracy

The Hong Kong Federation of Students (FSU) held a press conference Thursday to announce their......

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Salmonella found in athletes’ lunches at Asian Games

By Tue, Sep 23, 2014 10:11AM UTC

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Asian Games organizers discarded 76 packaged lunches prepared for athletes after inspectors found salmonella in meat samples. ...

Hong Kong students strike in democracy battle

By Mon, Sep 22, 2014 3:37PM UTC

HONG KONG (AP) — Thousands of Hong Kong students are gearing up to boycott classes over Beijing's decision to restrict electoral reforms in the former British colony....

Aquino: Philippine troops unlikely to return to Golan Heights soon

By Mon, Sep 22, 2014 11:06AM UTC

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Benigno Aquino III says he's been told security threats on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights are not expected to ease soon, dimming hopes that U.N. peacekeepers can be deployed back to the region in the near future....

German families to sue Ukraine over flight MH17 crash

By Mon, Sep 22, 2014 10:56AM UTC

BERLIN (AP) — A German lawyer says he plans to sue Ukraine for negligence in the downing of Malaysia Airline Flight 17....

Quakes destroy homes in southern Philippines

By Sun, Sep 21, 2014 3:34PM UTC

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A series of earthquakes have destroyed 17 houses and damaged 66 others in a southern Philippine town, slightly injuring three people. Eduardo Buenacosa, disaster officer of Makilala municipality in North Cotabato province, says a magnitude-5 quake, the strongest of the tremors that shook the area Saturday, caused most of the damage...

Dalai Lama says India a model of religious harmony

By Sun, Sep 21, 2014 3:27PM UTC

NEW DELHI (AP) — The Dalai Lama says the enduring harmony between India's many religions is proof to the world that different communities can live peacefully and solve problems together....

Malaysia tightens the sedition screws again

By Tue, Sep 23, 2014 11:36AM UTC View Comments

Malaysia is continuing its drastic crackdown on dissent, sentencing student activist Adam Adli Halim to a year in jail for statements he made at a forum in Kuala Lumpur in May last year accusing the government of voter fraud....

A new enemy within? Surabaya sex workers go underground

By Tue, Sep 23, 2014 10:45AM UTC View Comments

On the morning of June 18 this year, at least 1,449 sex workers were evicted from the adjacent neighbourhoods of Gang Dolly and Jalan Jarak in Surabaya, Indonesia - once home to the largest red light district in Southeast Asia....

Hong Kong students spearhead struggle for democracy

By Mon, Sep 22, 2014 10:21AM UTC View Comments

The Hong Kong Federation of Students (FSU) held a press conference Thursday to announce their plans for the week-long boycott of classes starting today, September 22. Thousands of students from 26 higher education institutions of Hong Kong are expected to take part in the strike, which is being held in protest against Beijing's recent refusal to grant Hong Kong universal suffrage....

Martial law in the Philippines: The horrors of the past

By Mon, Sep 22, 2014 8:43AM UTC View Comments

Forty two years on, people who tasted firsthand the horrors of martial law can still recall in detail the agony they went through. Their stories have been told and retold countless times. Yet, they still feel their accounts have not been told enough. For the 3,000 or so others, their stories are unfinished, like the brothers...

Trouble brews as Vietnam considers banning sidewalk beer sales

By Fri, Sep 19, 2014 6:45PM UTC View Comments

In dispiriting news for many outdoor drinking enthusiasts, Vietnam’s Ministry of Industry and Trade has admitted that it is mulling draft regulation that would outlaw the sidewalk sale of beer throughout Vietnam....

Beijing introduces tougher rules for foreign teachers

By Fri, Sep 19, 2014 3:59PM UTC View Comments

On Sunday, a handful of Beijing institutions – among them, the Beijing Human Resources and Social Security Bureau, the Foreign affairs office of Beijing and the Beijing Municipal Commission of Education – released a decree reiterating the rules for hiring foreign workers and announcing that new, stricter regulations will be enforced starting on October 31. The new policy, while affecting all jobs, seems to target teachers in particular....

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Activist Adam Adli, left, smiles before being released on bail at a court house in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, last year. Pic: AP.