Minorities key to national reconciliation in Sri Lanka

This month the unthinkable happened in Sri Lanka. One of the most autocratic leaders in......

Indonesian investigators say crashed AirAsia plane was flown by co-pilot

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian investigators say the co-pilot of the crashed AirAsia jet was......

Ivy League universities push for more diverse students from China

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Top U.S. universities that worked to overcome reputations for serving......

Thai ‘Red Shirt’ leader jailed for defaming former PM Abhisit

BANGKOK (AP) — A Thai "Red Shirt" leader has been sentenced to two years in......

Opinion: Thailand-US diplomatic spat a sign of cracks in junta’s confidence

Frankly speaking, I did not expect to be writing about this topic so quickly following......

Malaysia to issue interim report on missing plane on March 7

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's civil aviation department will release an interim report on......

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Boat carrying migrants sinks near Bangladesh; 20 missing

By Thu, Jan 29, 2015 7:51PM UTC

COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh (AP) — Officials say a fishing boat carrying migrants to Malaysia has capsized off the coast of Bangladesh and about 20 people are missing. Government official Nurul Bashar Chowdhury says rescuers saved 39 people after the boat sank early Thursday in the Bay of Bengal. He said survivors reported that up to...

China calls on families to have more children

By Thu, Jan 29, 2015 7:18PM UTC

BEIJING (AP) — An official in China's biggest city is calling on families to have more children as far fewer people than expected take advantage of a rule change that lets more households bear a second child....

Philippine economic growth slows to 6.1 percent last year

By Thu, Jan 29, 2015 1:08PM UTC

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine economic growth slowed to 6.1 percent last year, hampered by natural disasters, but still outpaced most other countries in Asia....

Jordan ready to swap prisoner for pilot held by Islamic State

By Thu, Jan 29, 2015 12:59PM UTC

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan's information minister says his government is ready to swap an Iraqi woman held in Jordan for a Jordanian pilot captured in December by extremists from the Islamic State group....

Malaysia to issue interim report on missing plane on March 7

By Wed, Jan 28, 2015 6:27PM UTC

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's civil aviation department will release an interim report on the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 on March 7, a day before the flight's one-year anniversary....

Communist cadres in Tibet punished for helping Dalai Lama

By Wed, Jan 28, 2015 3:58PM UTC

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese Communist Party agency says investigators have found that 15 officials in Tibet joined underground Tibetan independence organizations, provided intelligence to the Dalai Lama and his supporters or participated in activities harmful to China's security....

Minorities key to national reconciliation in Sri Lanka

By Thu, Jan 29, 2015 8:16PM UTC View Comments

This month the unthinkable happened in Sri Lanka. One of the most autocratic leaders in the country's post-independence history, Mahinda Rajapaksa, was defeated in democratic elections, and this was done primarily by Sri Lanka's trampled and oppressed ethnic and religious minority population. ...

Opinion: Thailand-US diplomatic spat a sign of cracks in junta’s confidence

By Thu, Jan 29, 2015 10:50AM UTC View Comments

Frankly speaking, I did not expect to be writing about this topic so quickly following my blog post from yesterday, but here I am again further musing on the delicate art of international diplomacy....

Philippine tuna in 2015: Facing the new threat

By Wed, Jan 28, 2015 1:49PM UTC View Comments

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Philippines - Tuesday, January 27, was a lucky day for 40-year-old Wilson Manlunas. His fishing crew of five just landed 10 pieces of yellowfin tuna which, if the quality is good enough, could gross them P100,000 (US$2,250) after a 10-day fishing venture....

Prayuth blasts US envoy’s remarks, calls himself ‘democratic soldier’

By Wed, Jan 28, 2015 11:00AM UTC View Comments

Thai junta Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan-ocha has rebutted a top US diplomat's calls for a more "inclusive" political reform process and the lifting of martial law. The general's response yet again shows the impossible task to convince the world outside of Thailand that everything under the authoritarian rule is normal. ...

High demand drives massive growth of international education in Asia

By Tue, Jan 27, 2015 2:21PM UTC View Comments

The rapid expansion of international schooling is a 21st century phenomenon which has had huge implications for education in Asia. During the 20th century international schools were the preserve of children of expat families, diplomats, politicians and society’s elite. ...

Australian PM: Turning away asylum seekers’ boats a success

By Sat, Jan 24, 2015 1:51PM UTC View Comments

Australia's Operation Sovereign Borders, the policy of turning back the boats carrying asylum seekers has proven to be effective against people smuggling, at least from the point of view of Australia's right-wing Coalition Government....

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Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena. Pic: AP.