UN committee urges Burma action on Rohingya

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly's human rights committee has approved a resolution......

Japan’s lower house dissolved for snap election

TOKYO (AP) — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has dissolved the lower house of Japan's parliament,......

Thailand: Burmese ethnic armed groups ordered to inform junta of meetings

Lt-Gen Sathit Pittrat, commander of the Thai Third Regional Army, has directed that Burmese ethnic......

Thai junta leader pats reporter on head, tugs his ear

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's military-installed prime minister, known for scolding journalists, is trying a new......

28 weeks later: Thailand tourism down, but not out

Earlier this month Thailand’s Tourism Minister Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul said that about 25 million foreign visitors......

Arrests, cancellations mark ‘The Hunger Games’ opening in Thailand

BANGKOK (AP) — Police have detained three student activists at the opening of the latest......

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UNFC condemns Burma army shelling of KIA cadets

By Sun, Nov 23, 2014 1:06PM UTC

The Burmese army has been condemned by the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) for killing 23 Kachin Independence Army (KIA) officer cadets and wounding 20 more by firing an artillery shell into their parade ground near Laiza on November 19....

Magnitude-6.8 quake strikes central Japan’s Nagano city

By Sun, Nov 23, 2014 12:48PM UTC

TOKYO (AP) — A strong earthquake has hit central Japan, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. The Japan Meteorological Agency says the magnitude-6.8 earthquake hit parts of Nagano city and surrounding areas the hardest. The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake’s magnitude was 6.2. The earthquake struck at 10.08pm. Japan time...

China upholds Uighur scholar’s separatism conviction

By Fri, Nov 21, 2014 1:31PM UTC

BEIJING (AP) — A court has upheld the separatism conviction and life sentence for a noted scholar from China's Muslim Uighur minority who frequently criticized the government while advocating ethnic pride and greater economic opportunity....

Longer visas for Chinese could spur US tourism

By Fri, Nov 21, 2014 10:49AM UTC

NEW YORK (AP) — A rule change that allows Chinese visitors to come in and out of the United States multiple times over a 10-year period is being hailed as a boon to America's tourism industry. Estimates put the potential economic impact at up to $85 billion by 2021....

Sri Lanka president calls early presidential polls

By Thu, Nov 20, 2014 5:35PM UTC

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has called early elections, seeking a third term in office two years before his current term expires....

Japanese millionairess suspected of killing husbands

By Thu, Nov 20, 2014 11:59AM UTC

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese police have arrested a 67-year-old woman whom they suspect poisoned her husband late last year, one of about half a dozen former husbands or partners of the woman who have died....

Thailand: Burmese ethnic armed groups ordered to inform junta of meetings

By Fri, Nov 21, 2014 12:54PM UTC View Comments

Lt-Gen Sathit Pittrat, commander of the Thai Third Regional Army, has directed that Burmese ethnic armed organisations (EAOs) must give advance notice to and seek permission from the army for any meetings they intend to hold in Thailand....

28 weeks later: Thailand tourism down, but not out

By Thu, Nov 20, 2014 4:53PM UTC View Comments

Earlier this month Thailand’s Tourism Minister Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul said that about 25 million foreign visitors are expected to visit the country this year, down from 26.7 million in 2013. This seems optimistic, considering that Thailand has suffered a tumultuous year marred by months of violent political protests and a military coup on May 22....

How the Burmese military perpetuates its own myth

By Wed, Nov 19, 2014 7:34PM UTC View Comments

A heated debate broke out in Burma’s lower house Monday over efforts by the opposition to overhaul the constitution prior to the 2015 elections. As per previous debates, the military contingent – which takes up a quarter of seats and thereby wields effective veto over such matters – resisted the idea that charter reform, and allowing Aung San Suu Kyi to run for president, might benefit the country. "I would like you all to remember that the constitution is not written for just a person but for the future of everyone," Colonel Htay Naing, one of the uniformed MPs, told...

28 weeks later: Thailand’s junta and the war on corruption

By Wed, Nov 19, 2014 5:52PM UTC View Comments

The premise for the junta taking control of Thailand in May 2014 was to avoid civil conflict and to once and for all rid the country of corruption. The promise to clean up the country isn’t exactly new, it’s been used by successive governments and it’s generally welcomed because this is one problem which most Thais would like to see solved. As the junta came to power those people who supported the coup had high hopes Prayuth and the generals would be able to deliver on this promise....

28 weeks later: Are Thai people really happy after the coup?

By Wed, Nov 19, 2014 11:55AM UTC View Comments

Earlier this year in Thailand, protest mobs took over the streets, violence mounted, and politics hit a deadlock. That was before the military, led by General Prayuth Chan-ocha, seized power on May 22, giving a rather abstract promise to bring back happiness to Thai people. ...

Reactions to Japan’s new whaling target

By Wed, Nov 19, 2014 8:50AM UTC View Comments

In hopes of resuming its controversial Antarctic whale hunt, the Japanese government has announced that it will slash its yearly quota for minke whales by nearly two thirds, down to 333. Last year the Japanese Fisheries Agency had a goal of harpooning 855 minke whales, 50 humpback whales and 10 fin whales, though their efforts fell far short, at least partly due to the efforts of anti-whaling activist group Sea Shepherd....