North Koreans get tech-savvy with contraband media players

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Super Typhoon Maysak expected to weaken before reaching Philippines

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Critics miss the point, problem lies with hate speech law in Amos Yee case

Headlines in the international media typically associate the charges Amos Yee faces with the fact......

Thailand lifts martial law 10 months after coup

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Japan gives Thai-registered airlines a temporary reprieve

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Changing Burma: Preserving the old, embracing the new

When I first came to Myanmar in 2009 it felt like a country frozen in......

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Indonesia: Bali murder prosecutors seek up to 18-year term for US couple

By Wed, Apr 01, 2015 10:32AM UTC

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US admiral says China ‘creating great wall of sand’ in South China Sea

By Wed, Apr 01, 2015 10:21AM UTC

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Thailand: Businessman jailed for 25 years for defaming monarchy

By Wed, Apr 01, 2015 9:45AM UTC

BANGKOK (AP) — A lawyer says a Thai military court has sentenced a businessman to 25 years in prison on charges of defaming the country's monarchy, believed to be the longest sentence handed down in recent years for the crime of lese majeste....

Thai junta leader Prayuth moves to lift martial law, impose absolute power

By Tue, Mar 31, 2015 5:44PM UTC

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's prime minister and junta leader has asked the king for formal approval to lift martial law, which the military imposed ahead of a coup last May that overturned an elected government. The monarch's approval is considered a formality....

Same sex marriage wins recognition in Tokyo’s Shibuya ward

By Tue, Mar 31, 2015 3:44PM UTC

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Malaysian to hang for killing 2 British students

By Tue, Mar 31, 2015 1:45PM UTC

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Critics miss the point, problem lies with hate speech law in Amos Yee case

By Thu, Apr 02, 2015 5:33AM UTC View Comments

Headlines in the international media typically associate the charges Amos Yee faces with the fact that his video was critical of the late Lee Kuan Yew. For instance, the BBC’s headline goes “Singapore charges teen over anti-Lee Kuan Yew rant” while The Guardian’s goes “Singapore teenager charged over critical Lee Kuan Yew video”. But that is misleading....

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Changing Burma: Preserving the old, embracing the new

By Wed, Apr 01, 2015 12:38PM UTC View Comments

When I first came to Myanmar in 2009 it felt like a country frozen in time thanks to its years of isolation and stagnation. Indeed I recall penning an article for Jet Star something along the lines of it being one of the few places left you could glimpse the Asia of old, one that existed some 50 years ago. And at that time, within the glittering modernity of much of Asia's new sky rise cities, that was oddly appealing but also a rather simplistic perception....

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Burma’s new ceasefire agreement: The devil is in the detail

By Wed, Apr 01, 2015 11:35AM UTC View Comments

The first ever draft Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) was signed between the government and ethnic armed leaders on Tuesday, March 31, but will it really bring peace to Burma?...

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Assuming absolute control: Thai military junta revokes martial law, but…

By Wed, Apr 01, 2015 7:04AM UTC View Comments

The good news: the Thai military junta may soon lift martial law, which has been in place for nearly a year. The bad news: it will be replaced by something worse that could give junta leader and Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan-ocha much more power....

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16-year-old faces charges for offensive video: Where Amos Yee went wrong

By Tue, Mar 31, 2015 5:00AM UTC View Comments

“Lee Kuan Yew is dead! Finally!” blared the 17-year-old teenager, Amos Yee, in his nasal voice. Dressed in a faded yellow T-shirt, the teen continues in his pseudo-American accent: Why hasn't anyone said f**k yeah, the guy is dead. Lee Kuan Yew was a horrible person....

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With LKY laid to rest, now we can examine the man behind the legend

By Mon, Mar 30, 2015 12:16PM UTC View Comments

A eulogy has strange powers. It brings the dead back to life as we listen, enthralled by captivating stories about what he did, who he was, and what he aspired towards. For as long as we listened, Mr Lee Kuan Yew lived; time was suspended and we re-lived his life as the founder of a nation, as a statesman, and as a father and husband. But just as surely as all eulogies must end, so must our moment of fantasy....

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