Thai junta’s lawmakers see ‘nothing wrong’ with hiring family members

Dozens of Thailand's lawmakers have employed their family members with state money and see nothing......

Afghan avalanches, flooding death toll rises to near 250

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan provincial official says that the death toll from a......

Hong Kong rally against Chinese shoppers turns chaotic

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong police have used pepper spray to break up scuffles......

Oh, bother! It’s Singapore’s boring Budget again…

Every February in Singapore, the Finance Minister unveils the Government’s Budget for the next fiscal......

Better plane tracking trialed after Malaysia plane mystery

SYDNEY (AP) — Australia, Indonesia and Malaysia will lead a new initiative to enhance the......

Maldives opposition resolves to continue protests

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — An opposition lawmaker in the Maldives says her party has......

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Foreign lease holders could face trouble in Thailand

By Mon, Mar 02, 2015 3:14PM UTC

Foreigners who hold long-term leases on property in Thailand were in for a shock last week, when a Phuket court ruled that formerly attractive secured leases are "not valid." Foreigners technically can't own land in Thailand, but they can sign a 30-year lease that can be renewed twice, for two more subsequent 30-year periods....

Is new Australian poll a lifeline for Abbott or a death sentence?

By Mon, Mar 02, 2015 11:26AM UTC

A recent poll by Fairfax-Ipsos has revealed a shift amongst voter favour that on the surface seems to favour the incumbent but battling Prime Minister Tony Abbott. The national poll of 1406 voters could offer a lifeline at just the right moment for Abbott, who survived a potential leadership challenge three weeks ago....

Seoul: North Korea test fires 2 short range missiles

By Mon, Mar 02, 2015 10:15AM UTC

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's military says rival North Korea has fired two short range missiles into the sea off its east coast....

Prince William gets close look at tsunami disaster in Japan

By Sun, Mar 01, 2015 5:57PM UTC

ISHINOMAKI, Japan (AP) — Britain's Prince William got a close look at the tsunami destruction in northeastern Japan four years ago....

Afghan avalanche death toll rises amid rescue

By Sun, Mar 01, 2015 1:01PM UTC

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says the death toll from a massive avalanche in a valley near the capital Kabul is rising as rescue teams gain access to villages that have been buried beneath deep snow for days....

China jails ex-vice governor 17 years on graft charges

By Sat, Feb 28, 2015 6:52PM UTC

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese court has sentenced a former vice governor to 17 years in prison on corruption charges....

Is new Australian poll a lifeline for Abbott or a death sentence?

By Mon, Mar 02, 2015 11:26AM UTC View Comments

A recent poll by Fairfax-Ipsos has revealed a shift amongst voter favour that on the surface seems to favour the incumbent but battling Prime Minister Tony Abbott. The national poll of 1406 voters could offer a lifeline at just the right moment for Abbott, who survived a potential leadership challenge three weeks ago....

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Britain’s Prince William takes on diplomatic role in China

By Mon, Mar 02, 2015 10:20AM UTC View Comments

BEIJING (AP) — Britain's Prince William is making the first official visit to mainland China by a senior British royal in a generation, testing his diplomatic mettle as the second in line to the throne....

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China’s manufacturing measure shows contraction for February

By Sun, Mar 01, 2015 1:45PM UTC View Comments

BEIJING (AP) — An index that measures China's manufacturing activity went up slightly in February but still shows contraction amid China's economy slowdown....

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US lawmaker urges Taiwan entry to crime-fighting Interpol

By Sat, Feb 28, 2015 11:13AM UTC View Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican lawmaker who oversees U.S. policy toward Asia wants Taiwan to be admitted into international organizations such as Interpol....

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6 years jail time for Hong Kong woman who tortured maid Erwiana

By Fri, Feb 27, 2015 4:02PM UTC View Comments

Law Wan-tung, the Hong Kong woman who was found guilty of grievously abusing Erwiana Sulistyaningsih and another maid Tutik Lestari Ningsih has been sentenced to six years in jail and HK$15,000 in fines for repeatedly assaulting her former employees....

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Champion India aiming to continue World Cup momentum

By Fri, Feb 27, 2015 2:25PM UTC View Comments

PERTH, Australia (AP) — After high-profile wins over archrivals Pakistan and one of the tournament favorites, South Africa, India's biggest concern ahead of Saturday's match against second-tier side United Arab Emirates could be complacency....

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