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No, the Tour de France is still NOT coming to Thailand!

The Tour de France, the world's long-running, most prestigious (and somewhat plagued) cycling race, will......

NKorea holds anti-UN rally as Kim Jong-un hits out at US ‘cannibals’

North Koreans have staged a mass rally to protest a United Nations resolution condemning their......

China tries students of convicted Uighur scholar Ilham Tohti

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese rights lawyer says seven students of a prominent Muslim Uighur......

Malaysian censors target YouTube in Internet crackdown

Malaysian censors are drawing up plans to block Internet content that does not adhere to......

Pacquiao Watch: He’s back, but not quite

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4 South Korean men arrested over stolen Buddha statue in Japan

By Tue, Nov 25, 2014 3:16PM UTC

TOKYO (AP) — Four South Korean men have been arrested in southern Japan on suspicion of stealing an ancient Buddha statue....

Philippines lifts ban on 9 Hong Kong journalists

By Tue, Nov 25, 2014 2:59PM UTC

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines has lifted a ban against nine Hong Kong-based journalists, following criticism from media and Hong Kong's government....

Hong Kong: Authorities begin clearing Mong Kok protest site

By Tue, Nov 25, 2014 11:48AM UTC

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong authorities have begun clearing away some barricades from part of a pro-democracy protest site in Mong Kok district, scene of previous violent confrontations with police and angry mobs....

Hong Kong authorities to clear more protest barricades

By Mon, Nov 24, 2014 9:46PM UTC

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong authorities say they will remove some barricades from part of a pro-democracy protest site in Mong Kok district, scene of previous violent confrontations with police and angry mobs....

Thai web editor jailed for defaming king

By Mon, Nov 24, 2014 9:26PM UTC

BANGKOK (AP) — A military court in junta-ruled Thailand has sentenced a web editor to 4 1/2 years in jail for publishing an article five years ago that it said defamed the nation's king....

China discloses earlier doping ban on Sun Yang

By Mon, Nov 24, 2014 3:45PM UTC

BEIJING (AP) — China's anti-doping agency has disclosed that Olympic and world champion swimmer Sun Yang served a three-month ban earlier this year after testing positive for a banned stimulant....

Malaysian censors target YouTube in Internet crackdown

By Tue, Nov 25, 2014 11:31AM UTC View Comments

Malaysian censors are drawing up plans to block Internet content that does not adhere to guidelines set by the Film Censorship Board....

Cambodia: Massive blaze guts Phnom Penh’s ‘Old Market’

By Mon, Nov 24, 2014 6:27PM UTC View Comments

An early morning fire broke out in Phnom Penh’s Phsar Chas market early Monday, destroying an estimated 70 percent of its 900 stalls....

Thailand: Burmese ethnic armed groups ordered to inform junta of meetings

By Fri, Nov 21, 2014 12:54PM UTC View Comments

Lt-Gen Sathit Pittrat, commander of the Thai Third Regional Army, has directed that Burmese ethnic armed organisations (EAOs) must give advance notice to and seek permission from the army for any meetings they intend to hold in Thailand....

28 weeks later: Thailand tourism down, but not out

By Thu, Nov 20, 2014 4:53PM UTC View Comments

Earlier this month Thailand’s Tourism Minister Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul said that about 25 million foreign visitors are expected to visit the country this year, down from 26.7 million in 2013. This seems optimistic, considering that Thailand has suffered a tumultuous year marred by months of violent political protests and a military coup on May 22....

How the Burmese military perpetuates its own myth

By Wed, Nov 19, 2014 7:34PM UTC View Comments

A heated debate broke out in Burma’s lower house Monday over efforts by the opposition to overhaul the constitution prior to the 2015 elections. As per previous debates, the military contingent – which takes up a quarter of seats and thereby wields effective veto over such matters – resisted the idea that charter reform, and allowing Aung San Suu Kyi to run for president, might benefit the country. "I would like you all to remember that the constitution is not written for just a person but for the future of everyone," Colonel Htay Naing, one of the uniformed MPs, told...

28 weeks later: Thailand’s junta and the war on corruption

By Wed, Nov 19, 2014 5:52PM UTC View Comments

The premise for the junta taking control of Thailand in May 2014 was to avoid civil conflict and to once and for all rid the country of corruption. The promise to clean up the country isn’t exactly new, it’s been used by successive governments and it’s generally welcomed because this is one problem which most Thais would like to see solved. As the junta came to power those people who supported the coup had high hopes Prayuth and the generals would be able to deliver on this promise....