Burma pardons almost 7,000 prisoners on Buddhist holiday

YANGON, Burma (AP) — Nearly 7,000 prisoners in Burma, including some former military intelligence officials......

Can Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak survive?

It is one thing for the Prime Minister of Malaysia and President of UMNO Najib......

China mall blamed for horrific escalator death

Chinese authorities have blamed a shopping mall and the manufacturer of one of its escalators......

India hangs Mumbai bomber Yakub Memon

The Indian government has confirmed that Yakub Abdul Razak Memon, the only death row convict......

Thrill seekers take insane selfies on China’s tallest skyscrapers

We're getting vertigo just looking at these! To say these three guys have nerves......

Debris found on Indian Ocean island could be from missing flight MH370

A U.S. official says air safety investigators have a "high degree of confidence" that a......

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Landslides in Nepal bury villages, killing at least 7 people

By Thu, Jul 30, 2015 12:48PM UTC

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Authorities say landslides in a mountain area of Nepal have buried two villages, killing at least seven people with several more believed to be buried....

Chiang Mai conference highlights ‘academic activism’ in Burma

By Wed, Jul 29, 2015 3:51PM UTC

Academics, students and activists from Burma (Myanmar), Thailand and around the world were among those who attended the first Conference on Burma/Myanmar Studies at Chiang Mai University from 24 to 26 July....

Volkswagen overtakes Toyota in H1 global vehicle sales

By Tue, Jul 28, 2015 4:48PM UTC

TOKYO (AP) — Volkswagen overtook Toyota in global vehicle sales for January-June, the first time the German automaker has come out at the top in the intensely competitive tallies....

Philippines business groups welcome new shipping law

By Tue, Jul 28, 2015 8:15AM UTC

Mindanao businessmen today lauded the signing of the Foreign Ships Co-Loading Act, which will reduce logistics costs for producers and create a more efficient import and export system....

Strong earthquake rocks Indonesia’s Papua province

By Tue, Jul 28, 2015 8:00AM UTC

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A strong earthquake has rocked Indonesia’s easternmost province of Papua, but there are no immediate reports of injuries or damage. The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude-7.0 underground quake struck at 6:41 a.m. Tuesday (2141 GMT) and was centered 247 kilometers (153 miles) west of Jayapura, the provincial capital of Papua....

WATCH: Badass Thai cop takes down motorcyclist at checkpoint

By Mon, Jul 27, 2015 1:53PM UTC

This video has been doing the rounds on Thai social media again this weekend. Captured on what appears to be a police camera last year, it shows a Thai police stopping a motorcyclist who tried to drive away from a police checkpoint in the northern city of Chiang Mai....

Thrill seekers take insane selfies on China’s tallest skyscrapers

By Thu, Jul 30, 2015 11:23AM UTC

We're getting vertigo just looking at these! To say these three guys have nerves of steel would be a serious an understatement. The thrillseekers from Hong Kong in Russia recently toured China, climbing the tallest buildings in a number of cities and taking these amazing images at the top. ...

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Fukushima or fluke: What do we know about Japan’s mutant daisies?

By Wed, Jul 29, 2015 9:09AM UTC

It’s been nearly four and a half years since an earthquake and resulting tsunami damaged Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant, causing what is considered the most severe nuclear disaster since Chernobyl in 1986....

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Why Kuala Lumpur could be on its way to becoming the sex capital of Asia

By Tue, Jul 28, 2015 12:52PM UTC

When people think of the sex industry, Thailand and the Philippines will most likely come up in the minds of many. However, one of the ironic things about Malaysia, with its conservative Islamic leaning, is that the flesh trade is thriving, as is the casual sex scene....

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Malaysia taken off US human trafficking blacklist; no upgrade for Thailand

By Tue, Jul 28, 2015 8:34AM UTC

The U.S. State Department has followed up on its controversial proposal to take Malaysia off its blacklist of countries failing to combat modern-day slavery, leaving it open to criticism that politics is swaying the often-contentious rankings in its annual human trafficking report....

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Organizers reveal emblem for 2020 Tokyo Olympics

By Sat, Jul 25, 2015 3:26PM UTC

TOKYO (AP) — Organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics revealed the emblem on Friday, five years to the day before the opening ceremony....

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Nepal trekking agencies doubt Annapurna safety report

By Sat, Jul 25, 2015 2:07PM UTC

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A Nepal association of trekking agencies is criticizing an assessment report that found trails around Mount Annapurna safe for hikers following April's devastating earthquake....

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