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Xi bolsters Latin America ties with string of lucrative deals

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Should Asia-Pacific countries ban the plastic bag?

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Burma: Troubled Rakhine state invites aid groups to return

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South Korea lab fails to determine how Sewol tragedy ferry owner died

By Fri, Jul 25, 2014 1:47PM UTC

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's state-run forensic lab says it has failed to find out how a fugitive billionaire blamed for April's ferry disaster died....

Cambodia defamation ruling raises media freedom concerns

By Fri, Jul 25, 2014 11:47AM UTC

Media watchdogs have voiced concern after a Cambodia-based journalist and blogger was ordered to pay 100 million riel (US$25,000) to a French property developer after he was convicted of defamation charges by Phnom Penh Municipal Court Wednesday....

Australia readies 50 police to send to Ukraine for MH17 investigation

By Thu, Jul 24, 2014 5:43PM UTC

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia has sent 50 police to London in anticipation of deploying them to the Ukraine to secure the Malaysian plane crash site as part of a United Nations team....

Thailand to re-launch women-only train carriages after horrific rape-murder

By Thu, Jul 24, 2014 5:31PM UTC

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's railway authority is planning to re-launch women-only carriages after a 13-year-old girl was raped and killed in her berth on an overnight train....

China city lifts quarantine after man dies of bubonic plague

By Thu, Jul 24, 2014 4:39PM UTC

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities have lifted a nine-day quarantine in parts of a northern city that was imposed after a man died of bubonic plague. A total of 151 people were under observation in the city of Yumen in Gansu province. Authorities determined they had come in contact with a man who died of...

Philippines deports Australian Islamic preacher

By Thu, Jul 24, 2014 4:33PM UTC

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine immigration authorities say they have deported an Australian Islamic preacher on suspicion of links to terrorists....

Bereaved families clash with police at Sewol tragedy remembrance event

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SEOUL - Several people were injured, including two who were rushed to the hospital in ambulances, Thursday night as family members of the victims of the Sewol disaster and their supporters clashed with police during their march to demand legislation of a special law to determine the cause of the ferry sinking....

Best colleges in the UK for international students

By Thu, Jul 24, 2014 6:45PM UTC View Comments

Every year, students all over the world research colleges and universities abroad where they can continue their education and gain a rich experience away from home. Around 110,000 people from outside the UK apply each year to join the cohort of international students who recognise the value a qualification from the UK will have around...

Thai interim constitution gives absolute power to the junta

By Wed, Jul 23, 2014 2:45PM UTC View Comments

Last night, the 2014 interim constitution was gazetted (the original in Thai is available from here).* The interim constitution comprises 48 clauses that will be in use until the new constitution is drafted. See Saksith’s post here for his take on the interim constitution. If anyone spots any mistakes, please e-mail bangkokpundit@gmail.com or point out on...

Cambodian parties break deadlock, CNRP to take seats in Parliament

By Tue, Jul 22, 2014 3:51PM UTC View Comments

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Leaders of Cambodia's ruling and opposition parties say they have reached an agreement to end a political deadlock since last year's contentious election....

Media and Malaysian tragedy: A look at coverage of MH17 and MH370

By Tue, Jul 22, 2014 1:44PM UTC View Comments

Malaysia Airlines and the Malaysian people suffered two shocking tragedies this year. The disappearance of flight MH370 continues to be a painful mystery, and the shooting down of flight MH17 over Ukraine came as a another brutal shock, leaving many in Malaysia to ask "Why is this happening again?"...

Thailand introduces tough new overstay rules

By Tue, Jul 22, 2014 12:27PM UTC View Comments

Thailand’s immigration crackdown continued today with authorities confirming that tough new rules on foreigners overstaying their visa or entry permit have now been put in place. ...

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