Is Modi capable of governing India?

Set aside the debate about Narendra Modi and his accountability for the 2002 Godhra riots......

Lèse majesté vigilantism and Thailand’s political crisis

As Thailand's political crisis lingers on, the country's draconian lèse majesté law is still being......

Death toll rises to 150 in South Korea ferry tragedy

A passenger ferry capsized and sank of the coast of South Korea today with more......

Accelerated Anwar case seen as insult to US

Malaysian prosecutors are expected to ask the country’s highest court this Friday to increase the......

SKorea: Ferry didn’t take hard turn before sinking

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean officials say their earlier conclusion that the sunken......

Indonesia: Candidates struggle with post-election blues

Following recent legislative elections, most of Indonesia’s political attention is now turned towards the coming......

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Manila Mayor flying to Hong Kong to offer bus tragedy apology

By Tue, Apr 22, 2014 12:39PM UTC

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The mayor of the Philippine capital says he is flying to Hong Kong to apologize to the family of eight Hong Kong tourists who died in a 2010 bus hostage tragedy in Manila and to offer them compensation....

Burma: Kachin rebel leader urges US role in peace talks

By Tue, Apr 22, 2014 9:55AM UTC

WASHINGTON (AP) — A leader of ethnic Kachin rebels fighting Burma government forces is urging U.S. involvement in peace talks to quell decades of conflict in the country's lawless border regions. Renewed clashes this month come despite efforts to forge a nationwide cease-fire agreement between the government and all armed ethnic groups....

Prosecutor says 4 Sewol ferry crewmembers detained

By Mon, Apr 21, 2014 11:54AM UTC

MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean prosecutor says four more crewmembers from a sunken ferry have been detained on allegations of failing to protect passengers. Senior prosecutor Ahn Sang-don told reporters Monday that two first mates, one second mate and a chief engineer are also accused of abandoning the ship....

Thai police: 2-year-old killed in southern attack

By Mon, Apr 21, 2014 11:39AM UTC

HAT YAI, Thailand (AP) — Police in southern Thailand say suspected insurgents shot dead three people, including a 2-year-old girl, in a drive-by shooting. Police Col. Chartchai Chanasit says two gunmen riding on a motorcycle carried out the attack on Sunday in the Bannang Sata district of Yala province....

Burma says 22 dead in Kachin fighting this month

By Mon, Apr 21, 2014 11:36AM UTC

YANGON, Burma (AP) — Burma says fighting between government troops and ethnic rebels in the northeastern, strife-torn state of Kachin has left at least 22 people dead this month. The clashes in Kachin come despite efforts by President Thein Sein's government to forge a nationwide cease-fire agreement with all armed ethnic groups — a deadline that has repeatedly been pushed back because of ongoing clashes....

Transcript reveals confusion over ferry evacuation

By Sun, Apr 20, 2014 5:23PM UTC

JINDO, South Korea (AP) — A transcript released Sunday of communications with the South Korean ferry that sank details crippling confusion and indecision, with a crew member questioning whether an evacuation was the right move well after the ship began listing dangerously....

Is Modi capable of governing India?

By Wed, Apr 23, 2014 3:05PM UTC View Comments

Set aside the debate about Narendra Modi and his accountability for the 2002 Godhra riots and focus on the more immediate issue of whether he is capable of being a competent prime minister....

Lèse majesté vigilantism and Thailand’s political crisis

By Wed, Apr 23, 2014 11:00AM UTC View Comments

As Thailand's political crisis lingers on, the country's draconian lèse majesté law is still being applied, as two related cases show. Moreover, a new online vigilante group is making sure it stays that way....

Accelerated Anwar case seen as insult to US

By Tue, Apr 22, 2014 5:00PM UTC View Comments

Malaysian prosecutors are expected to ask the country’s highest court this Friday to increase the prison sentence meted out to opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, who was judged guilty by an appellate court last month on sodomy charges....

India elections 2014: Why I voted for Narendra Modi

By Tue, Apr 22, 2014 11:15AM UTC View Comments

Living in Gurgaon, Haryana, I voted for Narendra Modi a couple of weeks back. I am no diehard BJP supporter or Modi fan, ideologue, Hindutva advocate or Pracharak. But, I do weigh my vote carefully every five years. I usually look at two aspects — one nationalistic, the other selfish...

Census or election? What is the better way out of Thailand’s stalemate?

By Mon, Apr 21, 2014 10:00AM UTC View Comments

Chaiwat Satha-Anand is professor of political science, Thammasat University, and chairperson of the Strategic Nonviolence Commission, Thailand Research Fund has an op-ed in the Bangkok Post stating “Census holds key to defusing stalemate”. He states: Elections, admittedly with all their imperfections, are one of the most significant innovations in conflict resolution because “we the people”...

Singapore ‘close down STOMP’ campaign about more than freedom of speech

By Sun, Apr 20, 2014 2:20PM UTC View Comments

People have had enough. After years of “citizen journalism” platform STOMP indulging in public shaming, a petition has popped up on Change.org asking Singapore Press Holdings – the owner and publisher of the website – to shut it down. Started by Robin Li, the petition now has over 22,000 signatures. ...

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