The buzz around India’s e-retailers: well-earned, or a lot of empty noise?

There is no bigger MBA lesson than negotiating with a hard-bargaining-to-the-last-lemon or -onion housewife. ......

Not saving Thailand’s face: the backlash of police corruption in tourist murders

The Koh Tao murders, and the resulting international scrutiny, have left Thailand in an uncomfortable......

Thilafushi: An island of trash in the Maldives

The Republic of the Maldives is the smallest country in Asia, both by landmass and......

Hong Kong leader says “external forces” involved in protests

Hong Kong's chief executive says "external forces" are involved in pro-democracy protests that have occupied......

Burma’s failed promise

Burma’s path to democracy, born in considerable hope when the generals’ junta agreed to political......

Voicing concerns: Thai artists take on the coup and the junta

As Thailand enters a time when the wrong opinion can send people to prison, some......

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Royals’ biggest Korean fan is headed back to Kansas City

By Tue, Oct 21, 2014 12:55PM UTC

A die-hard long-time Kansas City Royals fan from Seoul who was superstitiously credited with sparking the team's playoff run is headed for Missouri to watch the Royals appear in their first World Series since 1985....

September sets new global heat record

By Tue, Oct 21, 2014 9:37AM UTC

September brought more record heat globally, and U.S. meteorologists say Earth is now on pace to tie for the hottest year ever recorded....

China’s economic growth expected to slow

By Tue, Oct 21, 2014 9:20AM UTC

A research group says it expects China's economy to slow over the next decade....

South Korea to send doctors to Ebola-stricken West Africa

By Mon, Oct 20, 2014 6:35PM UTC

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's foreign ministry says the country plans to send doctors, nurses and military officers to the Ebola-hit region in West Africa next month amid growing concerns over the outbreak. South Korea pledges to spend $5.6 million to help curb the virus....

Kerry urges Asia to boost anti-Islamic State push

By Mon, Oct 20, 2014 6:15PM UTC

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is asking Asian nations to step up their efforts to combat Islamic State extremists and the deadly Ebola virus. In Jakarta for the inauguration of Indonesia's new reformist president, Kerry took the opportunity to meet separately with the prime ministers of Malaysia and Australia. Later Monday, he'll meet with leaders of other Asian nations....

China donates $6 million to WFP in support of Ebola victims

By Mon, Oct 20, 2014 5:40PM UTC

BEIJING (AP) — China has contributed $6 million to the World Food Program to help stave off food shortages in countries worst affected by the Ebola virus. The WFP announced Monday that the money will go to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, where the Ebola outbreak has led to widespread transport disruptions and higher food prices and caused some farmers to abandon their crops and livestock....

The buzz around India’s e-retailers: well-earned, or a lot of empty noise?

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There is no bigger MBA lesson than negotiating with a hard-bargaining-to-the-last-lemon or -onion housewife. ...

Not saving Thailand’s face: the backlash of police corruption in tourist murders

By Tue, Oct 21, 2014 11:16AM UTC View Comments

The Koh Tao murders, and the resulting international scrutiny, have left Thailand in an uncomfortable position and forced the country to confront its troubled history with law enforcement and justice. ...

Human rights institutions in Southeast Asia: Are the “paper tigers” coming to life?

By Tue, Oct 21, 2014 11:15AM UTC View Comments

National human rights institutions in Southeast Asia have often been described as “paper tigers” or “toothless agencies” -- accused of sitting idle in the face of serious human rights concerns -- but there is some cause to believe that may be changing...

Thilafushi: An island of trash in the Maldives

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The Republic of the Maldives is the smallest country in Asia, both by landmass and population. It is also the country with the lowest elevation on Earth, rising to only 1.5 meters above sea level. Due to climate change, the Maldive Islands are under threat of rising sea levels. In 2012 President Mohamed Nasheed called...

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Voicing concerns: Thai artists take on the coup and the junta

By Mon, Oct 20, 2014 11:06AM UTC View Comments

As Thailand enters a time when the wrong opinion can send people to prison, some artists and other creative minds are finding alternative ways to express their concerns and critiques of the government and Thai society....

Human rights still a concern in Burma, despite big-name investment

By Mon, Oct 20, 2014 10:24AM UTC View Comments

As Burma is celebrated for growing investment and diplomatic opportunities, there are concerns among local activists and the international community that the country's ongoing human rights abuses will be forgotten....

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