Interview with HK chief greeted with derision and outrage

CY Leung digs himself a new hole in Hong Kong writes Philip Bowring for Asia......

Re-drawing the invisible line: Lèse majesté cases pile under Thailand’s junta

Since the military coup, the number of lèse majesté cases has been rising in Thailand......

Indonesia’s Joko takes center stage

Indonesian President-elect Joko Widodo was inaugurated into office Monday morning in Jakarta after a hectic......

India’s Modi tightens his grip on power

Narendra Modi and his fellow leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party believe they are on......

Thailand: Breaking the silence

In the wake of the coup in Thailand, a calm has descended over the country,......

Why are people really protesting in Hong Kong?

Ask anyone in Hong Kong why so many people have taken to the streets and......

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Police: Gunmen kill 8 Shiite Muslims in Pakistan

By Thu, Oct 23, 2014 1:57PM UTC

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — A police official says gunmen have killed eight Shiite Muslims in southwestern Pakistan. Operations police chief Aitzaz Goraya says the Shiites from the minority Hazara community were targeted outside the vegetable market in Quetta on Thursday morning. He says four gunmen riding two motorcycles killed six men in a mini bus...

US think tank faults Burma on Rakhine response

By Thu, Oct 23, 2014 9:20AM UTC

WASHINGTON (AP) — An influential Washington think tank is criticizing Myanmar's government for presiding over a "humanitarian catastrophe" in western Rakhine state and doing little to track down perpetrators of Buddhist-on-Muslim violence around the country....

Call me Jokowi, says Indonesia’s president

By Thu, Oct 23, 2014 9:01AM UTC

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's new president says he wants to be called his nickname, and has revealed who first gave it to him: a French furniture buyer....

Workers accused of Thailand tourist murders retract confessions

By Wed, Oct 22, 2014 6:35PM UTC

BANGKOK (AP) — Lawyers for two Myanmar migrant workers accused of killing two British travelers on a southern Thai resort island say the two have retracted their confessions and now claim to have neither raped the female victim nor slain the pair. The battered bodies of Hannah Witheridge and David Miller were found on a beach on Koh Tao island on Sept. 15....

North Korea detainee to return to Ohio

By Wed, Oct 22, 2014 6:12PM UTC

CINCINNATI (AP) — An Ohio man detained nearly six months in North Korea is expected to arrive home. No details for Jeffrey Fowle's return to Southwest Ohio have been released, but the suburban Dayton city where he formerly worked said in a statement that he was expected home Wednesday....

Red Cross official: 6 months to contain Ebola

By Wed, Oct 22, 2014 5:57PM UTC

BEIJING (AP) — A top Red Cross official says he is confident the Ebola epidemic can be contained within four to six months. The secretary general of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Elhadj As Sy, told a news conference in Beijing on Wednesday that the time frame is possible if there is "good isolation, good treatment of the cases which are confirmed, good dignified and safe burials of deceased people."...

Rights group: Migrant workers abused in UAE homes

By Thu, Oct 23, 2014 11:25AM UTC View Comments

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A human rights watchdog says many women from Asia and Africa employed as domestic workers in the United Arab Emirates are exploited and abused in slave-like conditions....

UN inquiry head rejects N. Korea’s ‘honeyed words’

By Thu, Oct 23, 2014 9:41AM UTC View Comments

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The head of the U.N. commission of inquiry on North Korea says "a few honeyed words" by Pyongyang as it tries to avoid a referral to the International Criminal Court has not changed the human rights situation on the ground there....

US think tank faults Burma on Rakhine response

By Thu, Oct 23, 2014 9:20AM UTC View Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — An influential Washington think tank is criticizing Myanmar's government for presiding over a "humanitarian catastrophe" in western Rakhine state and doing little to track down perpetrators of Buddhist-on-Muslim violence around the country....

Mori worried about Tokyo stadium delays

By Thu, Oct 23, 2014 9:12AM UTC View Comments

TOKYO (AP) — The head of Tokyo's Olympic organizing committee is concerned that delays in the demolition of the old Olympic stadium will have a negative impact on the 2020 Games and the 2019 Rugby World Cup....

Philippines pushes arbitration in China sea row

By Thu, Oct 23, 2014 9:06AM UTC View Comments

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Benigno Aquino III says an international arbitration Manila has initiated to challenge China's territorial claims in the South China Sea and a proposed legally-binding "code of conduct" are the only remaining ways to settle the long-raging conflicts peacefully....

Thailand: Breaking the silence

By Wed, Oct 22, 2014 10:36AM UTC View Comments

In the wake of the coup in Thailand, a calm has descended over the country, with little visible dissent or opposition. But will this silence last, or is it just the calm before the storm?...