Australia cancels flight scheduled to transport refugees to Cambodia

The $40 million Australia-Cambodia refugee deal hit a snag on Monday when the first charter......

Auto show in China bans skimpily clad female models

SHANGHAI (AP) — The Shanghai Auto Show banned female models and automakers responded with dancers......

South Korea ready to start work on salvaging Sewol ferry

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's oceans ministry says it's ready to start work......

Japan’s rapidly declining population is now back to 2000 levels

Japan’s population is now back to 2000 levels after a fourth straight year of decline.......

Japanese expat unleashes another Thai taxi tirade

The last time Koki Aki ranted against Thailand's taxi drivers and airport conditions online, some......

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un scales nation’s highest peak

North Korean-state media reported this weekend that Kim Jong-un has climbed the reclusive nation’s highest......

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Advocate: 5 asylum seekers on Nauru set to go to Cambodia

By Mon, Apr 20, 2015 2:05PM UTC

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A refugee advocate says five asylum seekers from Sri Lanka, Burma (Myanmar) and Iran have agreed to be among the first to leave the Pacific island nation of Nauru for Cambodia under a deal that allows refugees rejected by Australia to be resettled in the Southeast Asian country....

More than 100,000 officials reprimanded in China austerity drive

By Mon, Apr 20, 2015 10:41AM UTC

BEIJING (AP) — The top anti-graft body of China's Communist Party says more than 100,000 officials have been reprimanded since late 2012 for violating policies mandating more austere working practices....

Cambodian police arrest fugitive ex-general on murder charge

By Sat, Apr 18, 2015 2:09PM UTC

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Police in Cambodia say they have taken into custody a renegade general charged with murdering a tycoon over a business deal. National Police spokesman General Kirt Chantharith said Thong Sarath was sent to police headquarters in Phnom Penh on Friday after being taken into custody in the eastern province of...

Wounded US marine to attempt to scale Mount Everest

By Sat, Apr 18, 2015 1:39PM UTC

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A former U.S. Marine who lost his right leg after an explosion while serving in Afghanistan is attempting to scale Mount Everest to inspire others like him to take up challenges....

Development for all: Protecting workers as economic integration sweeps Southeast Asia

By Fri, Apr 17, 2015 12:44PM UTC

As corporate executives and political leaders prepare to gather in Jakarta for the World Economic Forum on East Asia focused on 'Anchoring Trust in East Asia’s New Regionalism', both governments and companies need to show they can be trusted to safeguard human rights....

Gunmen shoot and wound US woman in southern Pakistan

By Fri, Apr 17, 2015 12:09PM UTC

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Police say gunmen have shot and wounded a U.S. citizen in the Pakistani port city of Karachi. Police officer Pir Muhammad Shah says four men shot at Debra Lobo, a physician, as she drove to work at a medical college on Thursday. He says Lobo is married to a Pakistani and...

Asia’s love affair with the rickshaw

By Mon, Apr 20, 2015 11:07AM UTC View Comments

MOST countries in Asia have a local version of a rickshaw, an affordable and efficient two or three wheeled form of transport for anything from tourists to goods. The word itself comes from the Japanese word jinrikisha, meaning human powered vehicle, although today they can be hand pulled, cycles or even automatically powered by electrics,...

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Rape in Thailand: Stop blaming the victims

By Fri, Apr 17, 2015 10:21AM UTC View Comments

The Thai New Year Festival has come to en end, the streets are eerily quiet, and online news media is mopping up the aftermath of the festival’s more negative impact on society. This year, arguably, was a stand-out out year for official extremism concerning safety initiatives, with Thai people being exposed to a very long list of crackdowns relating to: water-squirting weapons, alcohol consumption, dangerous driving, and “improper dances or performances that do not reflect Thai culture”....

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Thailand’s roads suffer deadliest Songkran in 6 years; 364 dead

By Thu, Apr 16, 2015 3:29PM UTC View Comments

Thailand’s roads claimed 364 lives over the 7-day Songkran holiday, with a further 3,559 people injured, the Road Safety Centre said Thursday. There were 42 more deaths this year than in 2014, making it the highest Songkran death toll since 373 people were killed in 2009....

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Singapore’s government-linked media misrepresents Amos Yee’s mother

By Thu, Apr 16, 2015 10:12AM UTC View Comments

According to The Online Citizen, Amos Yee's mother did not file a police report to have her son arrested, contrary to a report in the Straits Times which suggested that she did. She also did not have her son declared to be beyond her control, as the Straits Times suggests; she merely said that she was unable to get through to him on some issues (and she also said that he behaved normally in other areas). This is probably one of the worst examples of misrepresentation by the Straits Times and a sad case of its failure to uphold journalistic...

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The Real Singapore’s owners charged with sedition

By Wed, Apr 15, 2015 6:59AM UTC View Comments

The couple behind one of Singapore’s most popular alternative news websites, The Real Singapore (TRS), was charged in court yesterday (April 14) with seven counts of sedition. The prosecution alleges that the duo published content that has the "tendency to promote feelings of ill-will and hostility between different groups of people in Singapore, namely, between ethnic Indians in Singapore and Philippine nationals in Singapore"....

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Why we need more absurd math questions in Singapore, not less

By Tue, Apr 14, 2015 6:15PM UTC View Comments

We complain about rote learning in our education system but when students are given an opportunity to solve creative problems, we balk at the idea and call it an unnecessary stress inducer. The latest subject of this contradictory reaction is the P5 math question which asked students to find Cheryl’s birthday....

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