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

A New Zealand man faces charges of committing religious offenses in Burma after posting images......

Sony hacked by ‘sophisticated actor’, says White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says evidence shows the hack against Sony Pictures was......

Cambodian PM calls for calm over HIV infections

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen called for calm Thursday, saying it was not certain that......

Hong Kong maid abuse trial to resume next week

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NZ man charged with insulting Buddhism in Burma

YANGON, Burma (AP) — A New Zealand bar manager and two Burma men have pleaded......

Indonesia: Report highlights link between palm oil and illegal logging

Palm oil — that nearly ubiquitous ingredient found in processed foods, hygiene products and cosmetics......

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Australia: 8 children found dead at Cairns home

By Fri, Dec 19, 2014 1:12PM UTC

SYDNEY (AP) — Australian police say eight children have been killed at a home in a northern Australian city....

India’s Sonia Gandhi in hospital

By Fri, Dec 19, 2014 11:49AM UTC

NEW DELHI (AP) — An official says India's opposition Congress party leader Sonia Gandhi has been hospitalized for treatment of lower respiratory tract infection....

Pakistan grants bail to main Mumbai attack suspect

By Fri, Dec 19, 2014 11:36AM UTC

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A defense lawyer says a Pakistani anti-terrorism court has granted bail to the chief suspect in the Mumbai attack trial. Rizwan Abbasi says judge Kausar Abbas in Thursday’s hearing held in the garrison city of Rawalpindi found that there was not enough evidence to keep Zaki-ur-Rahman Lakhvi in custody anymore. The court...

How to study law and avoid becoming a lawyer

By Thu, Dec 18, 2014 11:39PM UTC

So, you want to study law? Great news! You’re about to buy yourself a one-way ticket to a long, long life as Atticus Finch. Or Elle Woods- whichever you’d prefer. Law is a great choice; it has such a stress-free career trajectory that you don’t even have to think about. Law students can only go on to...

Burma: Rights groups call for charges against father of slain schoolgirl to be dropped

By Thu, Dec 18, 2014 1:03PM UTC

Rights groups have called for the Burmese government to drop charges ethnic-Kachin man Brang Shawng, 49, whose 14-year-old daughter was killed in disputed circumstances in September 2012....

Avon settles China bribery charges for $135 million

By Thu, Dec 18, 2014 12:00PM UTC

NEW YORK (AP) — Avon cosmetics will pay $135 million to settle criminal and civil charges after its China unit pleaded guilty to conspiring to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act by bribing officials there. Avon Products Inc. is the world’s largest direct seller of cosmetics. Its Avon China unit entered the plea Wednesday in...

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

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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

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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. ...

Thailand police: Foreigners not required to carry passports at all times

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A police spokesman has said that foreigners in Thailand are not required to carry their passports with them at all times, according to reports....

The aftermath: Australian public reaction to the Sydney siege

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"It's over. Thank God." These were my thoughts on waking in Brisbane this morning to news that the Sydney siege had ended at 2am last night, sadly with the loss of two hostages. The gunman responsible for the 16-hour siege at the Lindt cafe in the city's CBD was also killed....

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Oil slick line the banks of the Shela River after an oil tanker sank in one of the world's largest mangrove forests, threatening wildlife in the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Sundarbans in Bangladesh, Friday, Dec. 12, 2014. The oil tanker carrying more than 350,000 liters (92,500 gallons) of bunker oil sank Tuesday on the major river flowing through the Sundarbans after being hit by a cargo vessel. The slick had spread over up to 70 kilometers (45 miles) of the Shela river, threatening several types of animals including rare Irrawaddy dolphins, a senior official of the Bangladesh Forest Department said. (AP Photo/ Khairul Alam)