Malaysia taken off US human trafficking blacklist; no upgrade for Thailand

The U.S. State Department has followed up on its controversial proposal to take Malaysia off......

Indonesia, Britain to step up efforts to fight Islamic State

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia and Britain have agreed to step up joint efforts to......

Chinese woman dies in horrific escalator accident, but saves son

A Chinese woman has died after being trapped in a shopping mall escalator, but not......

Thai Airways suspends unprofitable US flights, cuts 1,401 jobs

Thailand's beleaguered national airline will suspend flights to the U.S. as part of efforts to......

Confusion reigns over Thai junta’s latest booze ban

On the face of it, the Thai junta’s attempts to limit the sale of alcohol......

The Sok Bun assault and violence against women in Cambodia

It took one real estate tycoon and a TV celebrity to bring the daily reality......

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WATCH: Badass Thai cop takes down motorcyclist at checkpoint

By Mon, Jul 27, 2015 1:53PM UTC

This video has been doing the rounds on Thai social media again this weekend. Captured on what appears to be a police camera last year, it shows a Thai police stopping a motorcyclist who tried to drive away from a police checkpoint in the northern city of Chiang Mai....

Philippines: Local politician rebuked over botched ‘rescue’ of displaced tribe

By Mon, Jul 27, 2015 10:18AM UTC

When someone rages at you without even glancing at your face, you know there is not only anger and hatred.  There is the feeling of being betrayed. Once given a beaded necklace by Ata Manobo tribal chieftain Bai Bibiyaon Ligkayan Bigkay, Cotabato Rep. Nancy Catamco is now despised by the tribe after she launched a botched...

Small plane crashes in Tokyo residential area; 3 dead

By Sun, Jul 26, 2015 10:15AM UTC

TOKYO (AP) — A small plane has crashed into a quiet neighborhood in Tokyo, leaving three people dead, five injured and burning down nearby houses....

Monk, policeman die in rebel bomb attack in south Thailand

By Sat, Jul 25, 2015 3:46PM UTC

HAT YAI, Thailand (AP) — A Buddhist monk and a Thai policeman have been killed and six other people wounded in a bomb attack by suspected Muslim insurgents in southern Thailand....

Chris Brown leaves Philippines after wait due to legal issue

By Sat, Jul 25, 2015 3:38PM UTC

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Philippine official says a plane carrying Chris Brown has taken off from Manila's airport after a legal complaint stranded the Grammy award-winning singer for three days....

Carter: US airstrike kills senior Al-Qaida commander

By Sat, Jul 25, 2015 2:30PM UTC

IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter says a U.S. airstrike has killed a senior Al-Qaida operational commander in eastern Afghanistan....

Malaysia taken off US human trafficking blacklist; no upgrade for Thailand

By Tue, Jul 28, 2015 8:34AM UTC

The U.S. State Department has followed up on its controversial proposal to take Malaysia off its blacklist of countries failing to combat modern-day slavery, leaving it open to criticism that politics is swaying the often-contentious rankings in its annual human trafficking report....

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Organizers reveal emblem for 2020 Tokyo Olympics

By Sat, Jul 25, 2015 3:26PM UTC

TOKYO (AP) — Organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics revealed the emblem on Friday, five years to the day before the opening ceremony....

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Nepal trekking agencies doubt Annapurna safety report

By Sat, Jul 25, 2015 2:07PM UTC

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A Nepal association of trekking agencies is criticizing an assessment report that found trails around Mount Annapurna safe for hikers following April's devastating earthquake....

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Are China’s anti-pollution policies already bearing fruit?

By Fri, Jul 24, 2015 7:37AM UTC

I’ve written plenty — especially in recent weeks — on China’s air pollution problem and efforts to improve air quality in the country’s choked provinces and megacities. Just check here, here and here....

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Malaysia’s underground student prostitution industry

By Thu, Jul 23, 2015 1:48PM UTC

Malaysia is one of the most conservative countries in Southeast Asia. This is very overt when you wander around the cities and see most Malaysian wearing tudungs, or head scarves. However, student prostitution, even by the Government's own admission, is rampant....

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Documentary exposes plight of indigenous people displaced by Malaysia’s mega-dams

By Thu, Jul 23, 2015 9:54AM UTC

A new documentary shows how developmental projects like mega-dams have decimated the lives of indigenous people in Malaysia who have been displaced without proper resettlement or compensation....

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