What is the Hong Kong government waiting for?

Talks were scheduled between the Hong Kong government and the protesters. They were held. Yet,......

Engineering: a tool for global development

Have you ever thanked an engineer for the last Snickers bar you devoured? Perhaps not. How......

Interview with HK chief greeted with derision and outrage

CY Leung digs himself a new hole in Hong Kong writes Philip Bowring for Asia......

Re-drawing the invisible line: Lèse majesté cases pile under Thailand’s junta

Since the military coup, the number of lèse majesté cases has been rising in Thailand......

Indonesia’s Joko takes center stage

Indonesian President-elect Joko Widodo was inaugurated into office Monday morning in Jakarta after a hectic......

India’s Modi tightens his grip on power

Narendra Modi and his fellow leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party believe they are on......

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Separatists protest in Kashmir against Modi visit

By Thu, Oct 23, 2014 7:22PM UTC

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Shops and businesses are closed in Indian-controlled Kashmir because of a protest by separatist groups against a visit by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Police and paramilitary soldiers patrolled Srinagar, Kashmir's main city, to prevent demonstrations....

China opposes sending North Korea to international court

By Thu, Oct 23, 2014 7:11PM UTC

BEIJING (AP) — China says it's against referring ally North Korea to the International Criminal Court over its human rights record. The U.N. General Assembly's human rights committee is considering a resolution calling on the Security Council to take that step, citing the North's dismal and well-documented record of sprawling political prison camps, starvation and mass executions....

China and Iran defence officials meet in effort to strengthen ties

By Thu, Oct 23, 2014 7:01PM UTC

BEIJING (AP) — China's defense minister has met with Iran's navy commander in the latest sign of warming ties between their two militaries. Thursday's meeting in Beijing follows the first joint drills between their two navies in the Persian Gulf last month....

Police: Gunmen kill 8 Shiite Muslims in Pakistan

By Thu, Oct 23, 2014 1:57PM UTC

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — A police official says gunmen have killed eight Shiite Muslims in southwestern Pakistan. Operations police chief Aitzaz Goraya says the Shiites from the minority Hazara community were targeted outside the vegetable market in Quetta on Thursday morning. He says four gunmen riding two motorcycles killed six men in a mini bus...

US think tank faults Burma on Rakhine response

By Thu, Oct 23, 2014 9:20AM UTC

WASHINGTON (AP) — An influential Washington think tank is criticizing Myanmar's government for presiding over a "humanitarian catastrophe" in western Rakhine state and doing little to track down perpetrators of Buddhist-on-Muslim violence around the country....

Call me Jokowi, says Indonesia’s president

By Thu, Oct 23, 2014 9:01AM UTC

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's new president says he wants to be called his nickname, and has revealed who first gave it to him: a French furniture buyer....

Engineering: a tool for global development

By Thu, Oct 23, 2014 4:59PM UTC View Comments

Have you ever thanked an engineer for the last Snickers bar you devoured? Perhaps not. How about consulting an engineer for insight into the latest controversial, progressive art exhibition? Highly unlikely- but why? Because the study of engineering has little to do with confectionery and nothing to do with culture? Few statements could be further from the...

Rights group: Migrant workers abused in UAE homes

By Thu, Oct 23, 2014 11:25AM UTC View Comments

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A human rights watchdog says many women from Asia and Africa employed as domestic workers in the United Arab Emirates are exploited and abused in slave-like conditions....

UN inquiry head rejects N. Korea’s ‘honeyed words’

By Thu, Oct 23, 2014 9:41AM UTC View Comments

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The head of the U.N. commission of inquiry on North Korea says "a few honeyed words" by Pyongyang as it tries to avoid a referral to the International Criminal Court has not changed the human rights situation on the ground there....

US think tank faults Burma on Rakhine response

By Thu, Oct 23, 2014 9:20AM UTC View Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — An influential Washington think tank is criticizing Myanmar's government for presiding over a "humanitarian catastrophe" in western Rakhine state and doing little to track down perpetrators of Buddhist-on-Muslim violence around the country....

Mori worried about Tokyo stadium delays

By Thu, Oct 23, 2014 9:12AM UTC View Comments

TOKYO (AP) — The head of Tokyo's Olympic organizing committee is concerned that delays in the demolition of the old Olympic stadium will have a negative impact on the 2020 Games and the 2019 Rugby World Cup....

Philippines pushes arbitration in China sea row

By Thu, Oct 23, 2014 9:06AM UTC View Comments

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Benigno Aquino III says an international arbitration Manila has initiated to challenge China's territorial claims in the South China Sea and a proposed legally-binding "code of conduct" are the only remaining ways to settle the long-raging conflicts peacefully....

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