Japan ‘indignant’ over purported video of hostage beheading

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed outrage Sunday over a video purportedly......

Video: Islamic State group beheads Japanese journalist

CAIRO (AP) — An online video purports to show Islamic State group militants beheading Japanese......

Australia beats South Korea 2-1 to win Asian Cup final

SYDNEY (AP) — Australia won its first Asian Cup title by beating South Korea 2-1......

Anger, mourning in Pakistan after mosque bombing kills 59

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Shiites across Pakistan are mourning and planning to protest after a bombing......

Burmese ethnic groups rule out Union Day ceasefire agreement

Ethnic armed groups in Burma (Myanmar) will not sign the long-awaited national ceasefire agreement (NCA)......

Philippines mourns 44 police commandos, hunts terror suspect

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine president says he has ordered the hunt for a......

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Fire at Bangladesh plastics factory kills at least 13

By Sun, Feb 01, 2015 11:56AM UTC

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A fire official says at least 13 people are dead after a fire swept through a plastic packaging factory in Bangladesh's capital, Dhaka....

Philippines: History and peace in Mindanao

By Sun, Feb 01, 2015 8:21AM UTC

It is exactly what opponents of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law were waiting for. An excellent excuse and pretext to rally forces against the passage of the bill that would lay to rest the four-decade old armed resistance of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF)....

Japan says efforts to free Islamic State hostage deadlocked

By Sat, Jan 31, 2015 8:12PM UTC

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — A top Japanese diplomat says efforts to free a captive journalist from the militant Islamic State group have reached a "state of deadlock."...

Abdulbasit Usman: The one that got away in bloody PH raid

By Sat, Jan 31, 2015 4:42PM UTC

He was one of the ‘high-valued’ targets of the bloody raid that left 44 members of the elite Philippine police unit Special Action Forces dead in the aftermath. He was a big fish. But the one that got away, however. Abdulbasit ‘Basit’ Usman is a slippery bomb expert who can be deceptively calm under intense police interrogation. ...

2 senior officers sentenced to jail in Thai police scandal

By Fri, Jan 30, 2015 9:27PM UTC

BANGKOK (AP) — A Thai court has sentenced two top police officers embroiled in a high-profile corruption scandal to six years in prison on charges of insulting the monarchy and running a gambling den....

Death toll in bomb blast in southern Pakistan rises to 35

By Fri, Jan 30, 2015 9:12PM UTC

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A police official says the death toll from a blast at a Shiite mosque in southern Pakistan has risen to 35....

Video: Islamic State group beheads Japanese journalist

By Sun, Feb 01, 2015 11:57AM UTC View Comments

CAIRO (AP) — An online video purports to show Islamic State group militants beheading Japanese journalist Kenji Goto....

US, India fail to make real progress on climate change

By Fri, Jan 30, 2015 6:00AM UTC View Comments

US President Barack Obama’s recent visit to India occurred in the hopes that the two giant countries would thrash out some kind of binding deal on pollution and climate change. ...

Minorities key to national reconciliation in Sri Lanka

By Thu, Jan 29, 2015 8:16PM UTC View Comments

This month the unthinkable happened in Sri Lanka. One of the most autocratic leaders in the country's post-independence history, Mahinda Rajapaksa, was defeated in democratic elections, and this was done primarily by Sri Lanka's trampled and oppressed ethnic and religious minority population. ...

Opinion: Thailand-US diplomatic spat a sign of cracks in junta’s confidence

By Thu, Jan 29, 2015 10:50AM UTC View Comments

Frankly speaking, I did not expect to be writing about this topic so quickly following my blog post from yesterday, but here I am again further musing on the delicate art of international diplomacy....

Philippine tuna in 2015: Facing the new threat

By Wed, Jan 28, 2015 1:49PM UTC View Comments

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Philippines - Tuesday, January 27, was a lucky day for 40-year-old Wilson Manlunas. His fishing crew of five just landed 10 pieces of yellowfin tuna which, if the quality is good enough, could gross them P100,000 (US$2,250) after a 10-day fishing venture....

Prayuth blasts US envoy’s remarks, calls himself ‘democratic soldier’

By Wed, Jan 28, 2015 11:00AM UTC View Comments

Thai junta Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan-ocha has rebutted a top US diplomat's calls for a more "inclusive" political reform process and the lifting of martial law. The general's response yet again shows the impossible task to convince the world outside of Thailand that everything under the authoritarian rule is normal. ...

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