Philippines fires police commander over botched attack

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine officials have removed the commander of a police special action......

Facebook, Instagram outages affect users worldwide

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Facebook suffered a widespread outage lasting roughly 40 minutes on......

High demand drives massive growth of international education in Asia

The rapid expansion of international schooling is a 21st century phenomenon which has had huge......

Japan special envoy hopeful about release of hostage, pilot

TOKYO (AP) — A special Japanese envoy in Jordan has expressed hope that both a......

Australian university urged to sever ties with Sarawak’s elite

A top conservation group based in Tasmania is urging the University of Adelaide to dissociate......

Human rights groups demand UN action on abuses in Laos

The Laos government is moving backward on human rights, says Phil Robertson, deputy director of......

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China says ‘harmful info’ must be managed after VPNs blocked

By Tue, Jan 27, 2015 7:41PM UTC

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese official says that "harmful information" must be managed following reports that China is blocking VPN services that let users access censored online content....

Philippines rejects US Marine’s appeal to drop murder case

By Tue, Jan 27, 2015 6:00PM UTC

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines has rejected an appeal by a U.S. Marine that it drop a murder case against him in the death of a transgender Filipino woman last year....

Obama presides over India’s grand Republic Day parade

By Mon, Jan 26, 2015 2:44PM UTC

NEW DELHI (AP) — President Barack Obama is presiding over a grand display of Indian military hardware, marching bands and elaborately dressed camels as chief guest at India's annual Republic Day festivities....

Young police officer among the dead in Philippines carnage

By Mon, Jan 26, 2015 12:18PM UTC

A police senior inspector (equivalent to captain in the military) is among the five officers of the police special forces who were massacred during a police dragnet that went haywire Sunday in Mamasapano, Maguindanao. P/Senior Inspector Garry Erana, Baron of Class 2009 of the Philippine National Police Academy, was identified as among at least 50...

30 Filipino police commandos killed in clash with rebels

By Mon, Jan 26, 2015 10:53AM UTC

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Philippine town mayor says more than 30 police commandos have been killed in a clash with Muslim rebels while hunting a top terror suspect in the south. It was the biggest single-day combat loss for Philippine forces in many years. Mayor Tahirudin Benzar Ampatuan of Mamasapano town told The Associated...

Brewery to rename Gandhi-Bot beer following complaints

By Sat, Jan 24, 2015 5:01PM UTC

HARTFORD, Connecticut (AP) — A U.S. brewery says it will no longer use the name and likeness of Mohandas Gandhi on one of its beers following complaints that the marketing was offensive. New England Brewing Co.’s India pale ale is called Gandhi-Bot. It has a label with a cartoon image depicting a robot version of...

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....

Vietnam fails to deliver on its education promise

By Fri, Jan 23, 2015 4:29PM UTC View Comments

Despite its Confucian tradition and a young, tech-savvy population, Vietnam has abjectly failed to reform its education system....

The impeachment of Yingluck Shinawatra: Worth the trouble for a show-trial?

By Fri, Jan 23, 2015 10:00AM UTC View Comments

When the so-called National Legislative Assembly (NLA) votes in secret today whether or not to impeach former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, former House speaker Somsak Kiatsuranont and former Senate speaker Nikhom Wairatpanich, the question will not so much be about their fates, but more about the implications of the verdicts that go beyond a possible ban from politics for five years....

India census finds more tigers in the wild

By Wed, Jan 21, 2015 11:16AM UTC View Comments

NEW DELHI (AP) — India's latest tiger census shows a sharp increase in the number of endangered cats in the wild, raising hopes that conservation efforts are working....

China’s most polluted province sends its industry overseas

By Wed, Jan 21, 2015 11:01AM UTC View Comments

Hebei province in North China is the PRC’s steel belt, with a production capacity that exceeds all of Japan. But Hebei’s steel industry has a high price. The province is home to 7 of China’s 10 most polluted cities, including the industrial centers of Qian’an and Handan, where toxic smog, contaminated soil and poisoned groundwater are commonplace. The pollution in Hebei has made the province a focal point for government efforts to improve China’s air quality....