Singapore founding father Lee Kuan Yew sedated, on life support

SINGAPORE (AP) — Singapore's government says Lee Kuan Yew, the city-state's founding father, remains on......

Condom maker’s share price surges after South Korea legalizes adultery

Stocks of South Korean condom maker Unidus Corp surged Thursday after a court abolished a......

NY theft victim becomes online celebrity after phone turns up in China

What good can come of being a victim of theft? For Matt Stopera, such unfortunate......

Thailand’s new cyber laws – Part 5: Admin error

In the last part of our Siam Voices series examining the new cyber laws, we......

Kokang clashes in Burma will not draw Chinese intervention

In Northern Myanmar the situation has seriously deteriorated after violence between Myanmar National Democratic Alliance......

How gerbils and climate change in Asia caused Europe’s Black Death

When I was only six years old I received my first pet. It chewed cedar......

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China bans ivory imports for 1 year to protect elephants

By Fri, Feb 27, 2015 12:12AM UTC

BEIJING (AP) — China is banning the import of ivory products for one year amid criticism that its citizens' huge appetite for ivory is threatening the existence of African elephants....

Bell boy, police testify at US man’s Bali murder trial

By Fri, Feb 27, 2015 12:05AM UTC

BALI, Indonesia (AP) — A hotel bell boy and two police officers have testified at the trial of an American man charged with murdering his girlfriend's mother on Indonesia's resort island of Bali....

Former UN climate panel chief RK Pachauri barred from leaving India

By Thu, Feb 26, 2015 10:57PM UTC

NEW DELHI (AP) — An Indian court has barred the former chairman of the U.N. climate panel from leaving India, where he faces sexual harassment charges....

Prince William to start first Japan visit with green tea

By Thu, Feb 26, 2015 4:50PM UTC

TOKYO (AP) — Britain's Prince William is set to have afternoon tea, but it will be green served by a master in the Japanese ceremonial art in a traditional tea house....

South Korean court abolishes law saying adultery is illegal

By Thu, Feb 26, 2015 4:37PM UTC

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's Constitutional Court has abolished a 62-year-old law that bans extramarital affairs after ruling that the law suppresses personal freedoms....

Thailand’s Senate will not be elected, charter drafters say

By Thu, Feb 26, 2015 3:58PM UTC

BANGKOK (AP) — A committee appointed by Thailand's military rulers to draft a new constitution says a 200-member Senate will be nominated and not elected in what critics call a setback for Thai democracy....

NY theft victim becomes online celebrity after phone turns up in China

By Thu, Feb 26, 2015 10:25AM UTC View Comments

What good can come of being a victim of theft? For Matt Stopera, such unfortunate circumstances have lead to him becoming known by a swath of Chinese netizens in what has become a bizarre, and highly entertaining intercontinental social media exchange....

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Qantas rebounds from loss to post $162m half-year profit

By Thu, Feb 26, 2015 8:54AM UTC View Comments

SYDNEY (AP) — Qantas Airways Ltd. has posted a 206 million Australian dollar ($162 million) profit for the first six months since it recorded a $2.6 billion loss for the year....

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How gerbils and climate change in Asia caused Europe’s Black Death

By Thu, Feb 26, 2015 6:12AM UTC View Comments

When I was only six years old I received my first pet. It chewed cedar chips and slept in a bed it made out of cotton balls. It loved to roll around the floor in a clear plastic ball. I called it Barney. It turns out that Barney’s ancestors may have been responsible for bringing the Black Death to Europe....

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Bangladesh court issues arrest warrant for ex-leader

By Wed, Feb 25, 2015 3:25PM UTC View Comments

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A Bangladesh court has issued an arrest warrant for ex-Prime Minister Khaelda Zia in two graft cases after she failed to appear in court for the fourth time....

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3 dead after gunman opens fire in South Korean store

By Wed, Feb 25, 2015 10:51AM UTC View Comments

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean news reports say that three people were dead after a gunman opened fire at a store in Sejong city and set the store on fire before fleeing....

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Japanese artist draws ire in Thailand for chopping down ancient tree

By Wed, Feb 25, 2015 10:07AM UTC View Comments

When Japanese artist Katsumi Mukai chopped down a huge 143-year-old tree in Krabi, a coastal province in southern Thailand, he wanted to make art, not controversy. But when the picture of him and his crew, who were posing cheerfully with the giant wood logs, emerged on Facebook, his artwork copped a lot of stick. The news soon spread and outraged many environmentalists before art people joined the debate....

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