5 arrested over Taiwan waterpark explosion; 1 death confirmed (VIDEO)

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Democracy activist Joshua Wong and girlfriend assaulted in Hong Kong

One of Hong Kong’s best known student democracy activists Joshua Wong and his girlfriend Tiffany......

Solar Impulse plane departs Japan, headed for Hawaii

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Homophobic war crimes boast betrays the arrogance of Burma’s junta leaders

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Japan mourns Tama, the stationmaster cat; elevates her to goddess

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Will Australia be next to legalise same-sex marriage?

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Thai market kitty becomes overnight star after video goes viral

By Mon, Jun 29, 2015 8:00PM UTC

Meet 'Sprite', the shopkeeping cat who has won the hearts of market goers, and now Facebook users, across Thailand. This commercially minded kitty has become quite a draw in markets around Bangkok, helping his owner to sell cosmetics at local markets. ...

Indian police probe mob killing of school director in Bihar state

By Mon, Jun 29, 2015 6:29PM UTC

PATNA, India (AP) — Police say they are investigating the mob killing of a school director after two students were discovered dead in northern India....

Governments sign pact to create Chinese-led Asian bank

By Mon, Jun 29, 2015 5:50PM UTC

BEIJING (AP) — Envoys of governments that plan to join a proposed Chinese-led regional bank have signed an agreement that outlines its management structure and voting stakes....

Top Philippine rebel leader slain

By Sun, Jun 28, 2015 9:04PM UTC

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Philippines – The military here confirmed that top New People’s Army (NPA) commander Leoncio Pitao, a.k.a Ka Parago, was killed in an encounter in Barangay Pañalum, Paquibato District in Davao City Sunday afternoon, June 28. The encounter also resulted to the death of another NPA rebel, according to the same report. A...

Filipino LGBT people celebrate Gay Pride, US court decision

By Sat, Jun 27, 2015 7:56PM UTC

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Several hundred gays, lesbians and transgender people are holding a Gay Pride rally in the Philippine capital to push for LGBT rights and to celebrate the U.S. Supreme Court decision recognizing gay marriages in all U.S. states as a victory for their cause....

Burmese disappointed but unshaken after constitution change vote fails

By Fri, Jun 26, 2015 3:53PM UTC

“I am not happy about it, I want the Constitution to be changed and Aung San Suu Kyi to become president. But I do not think they will change it before the elections.”...

Homophobic war crimes boast betrays the arrogance of Burma’s junta leaders

By Mon, Jun 29, 2015 10:17AM UTC

On the same day the US Supreme Court voted in favour of same sex marriage, a different story emerged from Burma. Ruling party MP and infamous bigmouth Hla Swe took to Facebook to launch a homophobic tirade, casually bragging about using gay men as porters during junta rule....

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In the wrong skin: Thailand needs to come to terms with ‘white power’

By Fri, Jun 26, 2015 10:22AM UTC

The whitening phenomenon in Thailand, i.e. the use of cosmetic products to whiten the skin – and now we can include beauty apps that might obviate the use of whitening products, for the online face at least – often seems to beguile the visitor from the West, or at least cause them to smirk at outlandish items such as underarm whitening deodorant. But before we smirk, we might look at our own seemingly strange habits....

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HRW decries state abuses of Moken people by Burma and Thailand

By Fri, Jun 26, 2015 9:04AM UTC

The persecuted Rohingya Muslims of Burma's Rakhine state have drawn international attention recently, rightly inspiring demands for an end to the discrimination and violence that drives thousands of Rohingya to risk their lives seeking refuge via dangerous sea voyages....

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Chinese people power gains ground against pollution and politics

By Wed, Jun 24, 2015 10:35AM UTC

Images of people wearing masks on the streets of China in a desperate attempt to prevent breathing harmful smog can inspire a variety of reactions: pity that individuals should suffer for the wealth of a few; frustration with an unfair global system; incredulity that no one — whether in government or a private citizen — seems to be doing anything that will put a stop to this madness....

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Thailand: Diplomat makes amends for US Embassy’s invitation gaffe

By Tue, Jun 23, 2015 6:46PM UTC

Kudos to W. Patrick Murphy, the US Charge d'affaires in Bangkok, for hand delivering a new invitation to Thai politician Pramote Nakornthab, after the embassy messed up an earlier invitation by describing him as an 'Anti-Thaksin Activist' on the envelope. ...

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The world of lethwei: Burma’s hidden martial art

By Tue, Jun 23, 2015 11:13AM UTC

Thut Ti Lethwei Gym lies on eastern side of Inya Lake in Yangon, tucked away in a narrow alley. Even when you walk right in front of it, the exact spot is hard to find without asking a resident....

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