Death toll tops 140 after Indonesia military plane crash

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesian air force Hercules C-130 plane with 12 crew aboard......

Turkey has ‘deep concerns’ over Chinese fasting ban on Uighurs

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey says it has conveyed "deep concerns" to China over reports......

UN rights office calls on Thailand to release 14 student activists

The U.N. human rights office has called on Thailand to release 14 student activists arrested......

2 dead after self-immolation on Japan bullet train

Two people have died in Japan after a man poured oil over himself and set......

WATCH: Facebook COO offers Tsinghua graduates 4 lessons in leadership

After Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg held a Q&A with students at China's prestigious Tsinghua University......

Thai ice cream company apologizes for homophobic slur

A Thai ice cream company has apologized after its attempts to celebrate the U.S. Supreme......

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Japan: Toshiba ‘scorpion’ robot to help with Fukushima clean-up

By Wed, Jul 01, 2015 8:59AM UTC

YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — A new robot that raises its tail like a scorpion is scheduled to look at melted nuclear fuel inside one of the three wrecked reactors in Japan....

WATCH: This is the best dancing Thai policemen video we’ve seen in quite a while

By Tue, Jun 30, 2015 6:21PM UTC

Thai police aren’t shy when it comes to showing off their dance moves, as evidenced by a number of viral videos in recent years (see below), but these guys have brought it to a whole new level....

Malaysia spares Filipina drugs convict from execution

By Tue, Jun 30, 2015 1:00PM UTC

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Officials say Malaysia's pardons board has commuted to life imprisonment the death sentence on a Filipino woman convicted of smuggling 5 kilograms (11 pounds) of cocaine at Kuala Lumpur's airport....

Constitutional reform in Burma: What next?

By Tue, Jun 30, 2015 10:59AM UTC

On June 25 the Burmese parliament rejected five proposed constitutional amendments, including the removal of a clause that effectively gives the army a veto over constitutional change....

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....

The growing gender imbalance in higher ed: Where have all the boys gone?

By Tue, Jun 30, 2015 10:02AM UTC

Higher education institutes have traditionally been dominated by men over the centuries. However since the 1970s there has been a big shift in the gender balance, reaching a tipping point in the 1990s when women began to outnumber men in university enrollments. ...

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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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