Police brutality pervasive in Vietnam, says HRW

Police forces in Vietnam regularly commit acts of brutality and have killed detainees in their......

Thai police question British men over Koh Tao murders

Plot twists abound in an ongoing murder investigation on the idyllic Thai island of Koh......

US man detained for trying to swim to North Korea

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — An official says South Korean border guards have arrested an......

Uighur scholar goes on trial in China for separatism

URUMQI, China (AP) — A scholar from China's Muslim Uighur minority community who often criticized......

Tycoon buys 30 Rolls-Royce cars for Macau hotel

HONG KONG (AP) — A Hong Kong tycoon has placed the biggest ever order for......

China rig finds gas after Vietnam sea standoff

BEIJING (AP) — One of China's national oil companies has announced its first gas field......

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Police investigate sexual 2nd harassment case at Asian Games

By Wed, Sep 17, 2014 7:19PM UTC

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean police are investigating a second sexual harassment case involving a football player or official at the Asian Games in Incheon....

Thailand conducts autopsies on Koh Tao murder victims

By Wed, Sep 17, 2014 6:00PM UTC

BANGKOK (AP) — Authorities in Thailand have conducted autopsies on two British tourists whose bludgeoned bodies were found on a scenic resort island this week. ...

Typhoon strikes southern China, heads to Vietnam

By Tue, Sep 16, 2014 3:43PM UTC

BEIJING (AP) — A typhoon has struck China's southernmost island of Hainan, forcing the cancellation of dozens of flights as it headed west toward Vietnam. ...

US: NKorea using detainees as political pawns

By Tue, Sep 16, 2014 10:12AM UTC

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. says North Korea is using detained American citizens as political pawns, after a 24-year-old Californian man was sentenced to six years of hard labor....

Singapore coroner: Bitcoin exchange CEO committed suicide

By Mon, Sep 15, 2014 7:41PM UTC

SINGAPORE (AP) — A Singapore Coroner's Court has found that the American CEO of a virtual currency exchange committed suicide last year in Singapore because of work and personal issues....

China detains film director Wang Quan’an for hiring prostitute

By Mon, Sep 15, 2014 4:31PM UTC

BEIJING (AP) — Beijing police say they have detained film director Wang Quan'an on a charge of prostitution. ...

US man detained for trying to swim to North Korea

By Wed, Sep 17, 2014 4:39PM UTC View Comments

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — An official says South Korean border guards have arrested an American man who they believe was attempting to swim across the border into rival North Korea. ...

Down the memory hole: Thaksin’s name removed from Thai textbook

By Tue, Sep 16, 2014 9:59AM UTC View Comments

In a move that would make the Ministry of Truth proud, Thomas Fuller of the NYT reports: His legacy is inseparable from the past decade of political tumult in Thailand, but high school students will not find the name Thaksin Shinawatra in the history textbooks that the country’s military junta recently ordered schools to use. Mr....

Thai media’s early naming of Koh Tao murder victims a serious breach of ethics

By Mon, Sep 15, 2014 10:15PM UTC View Comments

Two British tourists were found dead on the southern Thai island of Koh Tao on Monday morning. Local police say that their bodies were naked, with severe wounds to their heads and a blood-stained hoe was found next to them on a rocky beach. The victims are believed to be a 24-year-old man and a 23-year-old woman. The UK Foreign Service is "urgently" investigating and there were unconfirmed reports that the island was temporarily put on a 'lockdown'....

Cambodia’s Preah Vihear Temple: After the conflict

By Mon, Sep 15, 2014 1:24PM UTC View Comments

Pictures of ancient Preah Vihear Temple are heavenly. When talking about the temple, many Cambodians become just as mystical. Though not too many have made the trek yet, they do have opinions. “I hear it is so beautiful,” said a tourism worker in Siem Reap....

Thailand steps up its dubious war on drugs

By Mon, Sep 15, 2014 11:21AM UTC View Comments

Last week, in the early hours of Tuesday morning, a joint task force of 250 army and police personnel descended on 18 neighbourhoods throughout Bangkok, as part of a door-to-door operation designed to round up the Thai capital's drug users....

Signs that the Thai military is in for the long haul

By Sun, Sep 14, 2014 11:15AM UTC View Comments

The Bangkok Post in late August: ACM Prajin said Wednesday the next general election would occur in early 2016. Wassana in the Bangkok Post last week entitled “Prayuth’s tactical transfers pave way for long tenure”. Key excerpts: With a hint delivered during his weekly address last Friday, National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) and...

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