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India’s Modi tightens his grip on power

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Thailand: Breaking the silence

In the wake of the coup in Thailand, a calm has descended over the country,......

Why are people really protesting in Hong Kong?

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

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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......

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Workers accused of Thailand tourist murders retract confessions

By Wed, Oct 22, 2014 6:35PM UTC

BANGKOK (AP) — Lawyers for two Myanmar migrant workers accused of killing two British travelers on a southern Thai resort island say the two have retracted their confessions and now claim to have neither raped the female victim nor slain the pair. The battered bodies of Hannah Witheridge and David Miller were found on a beach on Koh Tao island on Sept. 15....

North Korea detainee to return to Ohio

By Wed, Oct 22, 2014 6:12PM UTC

CINCINNATI (AP) — An Ohio man detained nearly six months in North Korea is expected to arrive home. No details for Jeffrey Fowle's return to Southwest Ohio have been released, but the suburban Dayton city where he formerly worked said in a statement that he was expected home Wednesday....

Red Cross official: 6 months to contain Ebola

By Wed, Oct 22, 2014 5:57PM UTC

BEIJING (AP) — A top Red Cross official says he is confident the Ebola epidemic can be contained within four to six months. The secretary general of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Elhadj As Sy, told a news conference in Beijing on Wednesday that the time frame is possible if there is "good isolation, good treatment of the cases which are confirmed, good dignified and safe burials of deceased people."...

Hong Kong protest talks reveal gap between students and government

By Wed, Oct 22, 2014 5:38PM UTC

HONG KONG (AP) — On one side of the table sat the idealistic and earnest young students in jeans and black T-shirts, knapsacks by their sides. Facing them was the line-up of seasoned government officials in their formal suits....

Second ship to join search for missing Malaysian plane

By Wed, Oct 22, 2014 5:24PM UTC

SYDNEY (AP) — Malaysia's defence minister has expressed confidence Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 will eventually be found as a second ship prepares to join the search. The Fugro Discovery is scheduled to arrive in the search area about 1,800 kilometers (1,100) miles west of Australia on Wednesday. The GO Phoenix, a Malaysian ship that has been combing the area since early October, has returned to port in Australia to resupply....

South Korea demolishes ‘Christmas tree’ border tower

By Wed, Oct 22, 2014 4:58PM UTC

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's Defense Ministry says it has pulled down a 43-year-old frontline Christmas tower that North Korea viewed as propaganda warfare. A ministry official says the massive steel tower was demolished last week because it was seen as dangerous in recent safety checks. He spoke on condition of anonymity citing office rules....

Thailand: Breaking the silence

By Wed, Oct 22, 2014 10:36AM UTC View Comments

In the wake of the coup in Thailand, a calm has descended over the country, with little visible dissent or opposition. But will this silence last, or is it just the calm before the storm?...

US: 1 American released from North Korea

By Wed, Oct 22, 2014 10:02AM UTC View Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. State Department says Jeffrey Fowle, one of three Americans being held in North Korea, has been released....

Sri Lankan opposition, unions demand pay increase

By Wed, Oct 22, 2014 9:34AM UTC View Comments

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Trade unions, opposition politicians and activists have protested to demand Sri Lanka's include substantial pay increases in the annual budget presented this week....

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

By Tue, Oct 21, 2014 12:30PM UTC View Comments

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...

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Saw, one of the accused Myanmar workers, is escorted to a press conference on Koh Tao island, Thailand. Pic: AP.