SKorean president: Sewol ferry crew actions ‘murderous’

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean President Park Geun-hye says the captain and some......

Has Singapore finally had enough of STOMP?

Singapore "citizen journalism" portal Straits Time Online Mobile Print (STOMP), a subsidiary of the Singapore......

Anti-junta Burma journalist Win Tin dies at 85

YANGON, Burma (AP) — Win Tin, a prominent journalist who became Burma's longest-serving political prisoner......

Malaysia Airlines flight makes emergency landing after landing gear failure

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia Airlines says a flight heading to India made an......

Census or election? What is the better way out of Thailand’s stalemate?

Chaiwat Satha-Anand is professor of political science, Thammasat University, and chairperson of the Strategic Nonviolence......

64 dead, hundreds still missing in South Korea ferry tragedy

A passenger ferry capsized and sank of the coast of South Korea today with more......

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Prosecutor says 4 Sewol ferry crewmembers detained

By Mon, Apr 21, 2014 11:54AM UTC

MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean prosecutor says four more crewmembers from a sunken ferry have been detained on allegations of failing to protect passengers. Senior prosecutor Ahn Sang-don told reporters Monday that two first mates, one second mate and a chief engineer are also accused of abandoning the ship....

Thai police: 2-year-old killed in southern attack

By Mon, Apr 21, 2014 11:39AM UTC

HAT YAI, Thailand (AP) — Police in southern Thailand say suspected insurgents shot dead three people, including a 2-year-old girl, in a drive-by shooting. Police Col. Chartchai Chanasit says two gunmen riding on a motorcycle carried out the attack on Sunday in the Bannang Sata district of Yala province....

Burma says 22 dead in Kachin fighting this month

By Mon, Apr 21, 2014 11:36AM UTC

YANGON, Burma (AP) — Burma says fighting between government troops and ethnic rebels in the northeastern, strife-torn state of Kachin has left at least 22 people dead this month. The clashes in Kachin come despite efforts by President Thein Sein's government to forge a nationwide cease-fire agreement with all armed ethnic groups — a deadline that has repeatedly been pushed back because of ongoing clashes....

Transcript reveals confusion over ferry evacuation

By Sun, Apr 20, 2014 5:23PM UTC

JINDO, South Korea (AP) — A transcript released Sunday of communications with the South Korean ferry that sank details crippling confusion and indecision, with a crew member questioning whether an evacuation was the right move well after the ship began listing dangerously....

Famous Pakistan TV host Hamid Mir shot by gunmen

By Sun, Apr 20, 2014 12:45PM UTC

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Police in Pakistan say gunmen have shot a famous television talk show host amid a wave of attacks on journalists in the country. Police say Hamid Mir, a host on the private television broadcaster Geo, was wounded in the attack Saturday near Karachi's airport....

7 killed in shooting on China-Vietnam border

By Fri, Apr 18, 2014 6:57PM UTC

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — The Vietnamese government says seven people have been killed in a shootout between Chinese migrants and Vietnamese border guards at a crossing in the north of the country. The government in the province of Quang Ninh says Vietnamese authorities early Friday detained a group of 16 Chinese including 10 men, four...

Census or election? What is the better way out of Thailand’s stalemate?

By Mon, Apr 21, 2014 10:00AM UTC View Comments

Chaiwat Satha-Anand is professor of political science, Thammasat University, and chairperson of the Strategic Nonviolence Commission, Thailand Research Fund has an op-ed in the Bangkok Post stating “Census holds key to defusing stalemate”. He states: Elections, admittedly with all their imperfections, are one of the most significant innovations in conflict resolution because “we the people”...

Singapore ‘close down STOMP’ campaign about more than freedom of speech

By Sun, Apr 20, 2014 2:20PM UTC View Comments

People have had enough. After years of “citizen journalism” platform STOMP indulging in public shaming, a petition has popped up on Change.org asking Singapore Press Holdings – the owner and publisher of the website – to shut it down. Started by Robin Li, the petition now has over 22,000 signatures. ...

Oliver Stone’s Mao Zedong comments touch a nerve at Beijing film fest

By Fri, Apr 18, 2014 6:20PM UTC View Comments

By Kyle Mullin | @mulkyle Oliver Stone has never been one to shy away from controversy, but the American director may have attained new heights of provocation at this year’s Beijing International Film Festival (BJIFF) where he touched on one of China’s biggest taboos.  The outspoken auteur (who has helmed polarizing classics like Natural Born...

Journalists in Thai Navy defamation case ‘disappointed’ in Reuters’ response

By Thu, Apr 17, 2014 4:08PM UTC View Comments

Two Phuketwan journalists were charged today with defaming the Thai Navy, and face seven years in prison and a $3,000 fine if convicted. A Thai Navy captain brought charges against Alan Morison and Chutima Sidasathian after they republished a paragraph from a Reuters story accusing Thai officials of being involved in a human trafficking operation that exploits Rohingya refugees from Burma. ...

Phuketwan journalists charged with defaming Thailand’s navy

By Thu, Apr 17, 2014 3:21PM UTC View Comments

PHUKET, Thailand (AP) — Thai authorities have charged two journalists with defaming Thailand's navy in an online news report about the trafficking of refugees from Burma. The Australian editor of the Phuketwan website Alan Morison and his Thai colleague Chutima Sidasathian appeared at a court Thursday on the southern island of Phuket to hear charges of defamation and violation of the computer crime act. ...

In pictures: Search continues for Korea ferry survivors

By Thu, Apr 17, 2014 12:11PM UTC View Comments

A massive search and rescue operation is under way of the Korean coast after a passenger ferry with more than 470 passengers capsized yesterday. At least 9 people have died and almost 300 people are still missing. Here are some of the latest pictures from the incident....

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