Malaysia’s sultans regain power

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British labor activist remains optimistic about Thailand trials

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South China Sea spat deflects attention from Vietnam’s real issues

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Thailand’s junta extends censorship with mass online surveillance

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Thai PM after Koh Tao murders: ‘Can tourists be safe in bikinis?’

The murder of two British tourists on the southern Thai island of Koh Tao has......

Police brutality pervasive in Vietnam, says HRW

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NKorean reporters use fax to file stories from Asian Games

By Thu, Sep 18, 2014 5:04PM UTC

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean officials say North Korean reporters are using fax and American email services to file stories from the Asian Games in Incheon because the northerners' websites are blocked in the South....

North Korean team officially welcomed to Asian Games village

By Thu, Sep 18, 2014 2:53PM UTC

INCHEON, South Korea (AP) — The proper flag was raised, there were smiles for the South Korean break dancers on stage and gifts were warmly exchanged as North Korea's team was officially welcomed into the athlete's village at the Asian Games after a series of controversies that nearly scuttled their trip....

UN report: Disasters to displace more people

By Thu, Sep 18, 2014 2:37PM UTC

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — International aid officials say that more people are being displaced because of climate change-driven natural disasters and growth in the world's poorest cities....

No sign of a rebound: Thailand tourist arrivals down more than 10% in August

By Thu, Sep 18, 2014 10:59AM UTC

Exports and tourism have long been key reasons for Thailand’s good economic performance over the last two decades. Exports are down .42% in the first 7 months of the year, but bad tourism numbers are also a worry. TTR Weekly: International tourist arrivals to Thailand posted a decline of 10.66%, January to August, this year, according...

Indonesia steps up fight against forest fires

By Thu, Sep 18, 2014 10:46AM UTC

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian is intensifying fighting against forest and plantation fires by adding more helicopters to drop water in South Sumatra where the haze have affected daily life. ...

Japan seeks backing for whaling despite UN ruling

By Thu, Sep 18, 2014 8:57AM UTC

PORTOROZ, Slovenia (AP) — Japan is seeking international backing for plans to resume whale hunting in the Antarctic despite a ruling by the top U.N. court. ...

US man detained for trying to swim to North Korea

By Wed, Sep 17, 2014 4:39PM UTC View Comments

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — An official says South Korean border guards have arrested an American man who they believe was attempting to swim across the border into rival North Korea. ...

Down the memory hole: Thaksin’s name removed from Thai textbook

By Tue, Sep 16, 2014 9:59AM UTC View Comments

In a move that would make the Ministry of Truth proud, Thomas Fuller of the NYT reports: His legacy is inseparable from the past decade of political tumult in Thailand, but high school students will not find the name Thaksin Shinawatra in the history textbooks that the country’s military junta recently ordered schools to use. Mr....

Thai media’s early naming of Koh Tao murder victims a serious breach of ethics

By Mon, Sep 15, 2014 10:15PM UTC View Comments

Two British tourists were found dead on the southern Thai island of Koh Tao on Monday morning. Local police say that their bodies were naked, with severe wounds to their heads and a blood-stained hoe was found next to them on a rocky beach. The victims are believed to be a 24-year-old man and a 23-year-old woman. The UK Foreign Service is "urgently" investigating and there were unconfirmed reports that the island was temporarily put on a 'lockdown'....

Cambodia’s Preah Vihear Temple: After the conflict

By Mon, Sep 15, 2014 1:24PM UTC View Comments

Pictures of ancient Preah Vihear Temple are heavenly. When talking about the temple, many Cambodians become just as mystical. Though not too many have made the trek yet, they do have opinions. “I hear it is so beautiful,” said a tourism worker in Siem Reap....

Thailand steps up its dubious war on drugs

By Mon, Sep 15, 2014 11:21AM UTC View Comments

Last week, in the early hours of Tuesday morning, a joint task force of 250 army and police personnel descended on 18 neighbourhoods throughout Bangkok, as part of a door-to-door operation designed to round up the Thai capital's drug users....

Signs that the Thai military is in for the long haul

By Sun, Sep 14, 2014 11:15AM UTC View Comments

The Bangkok Post in late August: ACM Prajin said Wednesday the next general election would occur in early 2016. Wassana in the Bangkok Post last week entitled “Prayuth’s tactical transfers pave way for long tenure”. Key excerpts: With a hint delivered during his weekly address last Friday, National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) and...

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