Reports on Bangkok shakedown generate surprising police response

Since I wrote last week’s Bangkok Shakedown article a lot has happened. The Sydney Morning......

Pakistan says arrests made in Taliban school carnage

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's interior minister says authorities have made arrests in the case of......

US mulls putting NKorea on terrorism sponsor list

HONOLULU (AP) — President Barack Obama says the United States is reviewing whether to put......

Australian woman charged with murder of 8 children

SYDNEY (AP) — Police say an Australian woman has been charged with murder in the......

AP source: US seeks China’s help after cyberattack

HONOLULU (AP) — The United States is asking China for help as it weighs potential......

China leader cautions against external forces

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping is urging the semiautonomous former Portuguese colony of......

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N. Korea threatens strikes on US amid hacking claims

By Mon, Dec 22, 2014 11:16AM UTC

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea says President Barack Obama is "recklessly" spreading rumors of a Pyongyang-orchestrated cyberattack of Sony Pictures and warns of strikes against the White House, Pentagon and "the whole U.S. mainland, that cesspool of terrorism."...

Strong quake hits east Indonesia; no tsunami warning

By Mon, Dec 22, 2014 10:59AM UTC

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A strong earthquake has struck off the coast of eastern Indonesia, but there are no reports of injuries or damage, and authorities say a tsunami is not likely....

Bomb blast kills 3, hurts 5 in northeastern India

By Sun, Dec 21, 2014 4:10PM UTC

GUWAHATI, India (AP) — Police say an explosion in the parking lot of a bus station has killed three people and wounded five others in northeastern India....

N. Korea proposes joint probe over Sony hacking

By Sun, Dec 21, 2014 10:37AM UTC

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea has proposed a joint investigation with the U.S. into the hacking attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment....

Pakistan: US drone strike kills 5 militants

By Sun, Dec 21, 2014 10:35AM UTC

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani security officials say a U.S. drone fired two missiles at militant hideout in a northwestern tribal region bordering Afghanistan, killing five Taliban fighters....

Australian woman arrested in deaths of 8 children

By Sat, Dec 20, 2014 12:04PM UTC

SYDNEY (AP) — An woman has been arrested for murder in the killings of 8 children in an Australian home....

12 workers freed from collapsed tunnel in Vietnam

By Sat, Dec 20, 2014 11:42AM UTC View Comments

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — An official says rescuers have recovered 12 workers who were trapped for more than three days in a collapsed tunnel at a hydropower plant under construction in central Vietnam....

Tuna industry gets boost as EU parliament grants PH GSP+

By Sat, Dec 20, 2014 11:16AM UTC View Comments

The decision of the European parliament to grant the Philippines GSP+ status will help boost the country’s tuna industry, sources said....

New Zealand bar manager to be tried for religious offenses in Yangon

By Fri, Dec 19, 2014 1:39PM UTC View Comments

A New Zealand man faces charges of committing religious offenses in Burma after posting images of the Buddha wearing headphones to promote a party at the bar he manages. ...

Philippines: NUJP calls for random inspections of Ampatuan jail

By Fri, Dec 19, 2014 7:36AM UTC View Comments

The National Union of Journalists in the Philippines (NUJP) wants random and unscheduled inspection of the detention facilities where the suspects in the Ampatuan Massacre are now being held....

Indonesia: Report highlights link between palm oil and illegal logging

By Fri, Dec 19, 2014 6:00AM UTC View Comments

Palm oil — that nearly ubiquitous ingredient found in processed foods, hygiene products and cosmetics — fuels air and water pollution, climate change, extinction and human rights violations. A multi-billion-dollar industry, “big palm” has the governments of Malaysia and Indonesia, where around 80% of the world’s palm oil is produced, in its pocket. This means...

Asian nations lose out as Australia slashes foreign aid

By Thu, Dec 18, 2014 3:27PM UTC View Comments

To cope with poor mid-year economic predictions Australia is slashing its foreign aid by another AUS$3.7 billion after May cuts of AUS$7.6 billion. ...

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Pakistani volunteers carry a student injured in the shootout at a school under attack by Taliban gunmen, at a local hospital in Peshawar. Pic: AP.