Police: Disagreement over room bill may have led to Bali killing

BALI, Indonesia (AP) — Police investigating an American couple suspected of killing the woman's mother......

China NPC meeting could be writing on the wall for democracy in Hong Kong

Although Sunday's pro-Beijing march through the streets of Hong Kong resembled more of an all-inclusive......

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Jackie Chan ‘ashamed’ after son’s drug arrest

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Junta chief Prayuth named new prime minister of Thailand

Thailand's National Legislative Assembly (NLA) is expected to appoint army chief and junta leader General......

Japanese man in Thai surrogate scandal wanted up to 1,000 babies – report

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Indonesian court reject’s Prabowo’s electoral fraud claims

By Thu, Aug 21, 2014 4:43PM UTC

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian police have fired tear gas to disperse protesters trying to get close to a court hearing a challenge to the legality of last month's elections. ...

Thai academic makes apparent death threat over Harvard article

By Thu, Aug 21, 2014 2:49PM UTC

A Thai academic at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) has issued an apparent death threat against the author of an article alleging Harvard University’s collaboration with pro-establishment supporters of Thailand’s coup. In a comment on Facebook regarding Ilya Garger’s ‘Troubles with Thai Studies’ article, microbiologist Peera Hemarajata writes: “I swear that if I...

37 dead, at least 7 missing in Hiroshima landslide

By Wed, Aug 20, 2014 6:10PM UTC

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese police say the death toll from rain-triggered landslides on the outskirts of Hiroshima has risen to 36, with seven other people still missing. Public broadcaster NHK showed rescue workers suspended by ropes from police helicopters pulling victims from the rubble. Others gingerly climbed into windows as they searched for survivors in...

111-year-old from Japan named world’s oldest man

By Wed, Aug 20, 2014 2:58PM UTC

TOKYO (AP) — A 111-year-old retired educator from Japan who enjoys poetry has been recognized as the world’s oldest living man. Sakari Momoi received a certificate from Guinness World Records on Wednesday. He succeeds Alexander Imich of New York, who died in April at the age of 111 years, 164 days. The world’s oldest living...

American killed in Bali, daughter had troubled past

By Wed, Aug 20, 2014 10:02AM UTC

CHICAGO (AP) — Police reports point to a troubled relationship between a suburban Chicago woman and the daughter accused in her killing on the Indonesian resort island of Bali....

Remains of Malaysian MH17 victims to be flown home

By Tue, Aug 19, 2014 6:45PM UTC

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's defense minister says the remains of at least 16 people killed when a jetliner was shot down over Ukraine last month will be returned to Malaysia this week....

China NPC meeting could be writing on the wall for democracy in Hong Kong

By Thu, Aug 21, 2014 1:44PM UTC View Comments

Although Sunday's pro-Beijing march through the streets of Hong Kong resembled more of an all-inclusive sightseeing tour with transport, group leaders and a paid lunch provided for all, the demonstration was an outright show of strength from Beijing that could be the writing on the wall for Hong Kong's hopes of true democracy. ...

Former Malaysian PM Mahathir turns on Najib Razak

By Tue, Aug 19, 2014 12:11PM UTC View Comments

After months of behind-the-scenes criticism, Malaysian former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has publicly withdrawn his support for the current premier, Najib Tun Razak, likening Najib to the fable of the emperor with no clothes....

The Thai junta’s 2015 draft budget, explained in 4 graphs

By Tue, Aug 19, 2014 10:00AM UTC View Comments

Thailand's National Legislative Assembly (NLA) approved the draft for the 2015 budget in its first reading on Monday. The body, whose members were all picked by the military junta and is thus dominated by active and retired military officers, rubber-stamped the budget bill with 183 votes and three abstentions (assumed to be the assembly president and his two deputies)....

Are we winning the war against shark fin soup?

By Tue, Aug 19, 2014 10:00AM UTC View Comments

The swelling tide of new money in Asia has resulted in some serious conservation concerns. Rapid economic growth in countries like China and Vietnam has equipped millions who were previously excluded from enjoying luxury goods with unprecedented buying power. ...

Study quality programs in undergraduate universities

By Fri, Aug 15, 2014 11:12PM UTC View Comments

Few universities are exclusively delivering programs at undergraduate level. Increasingly competing to attract students from all over the world, colleges and universities tend to broaden their offer in a bid to please as many applicants as possible. By deciding to focus on undergraduate programs, some institutions distinguish themselves and deliver fewer, but higher quality courses....

Sewol tragedy families seek Pope’s support in search for justice

By Fri, Aug 15, 2014 7:53PM UTC View Comments

DAEJEON, South Korea – Pope Francis said his first Mass in South Korea Friday in front of tens of thousands of people. Marking his first public appearance before Korean Catholics since his arrival Thursday, the pope celebrated Mass on the Feast of the Assumption of Mary, one of the most important religious holidays for the faith....

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Heather Mack, stands at the police district headquarters after she was brought in for questioning in relation to the death of her mother, in Bali, Indonesia. Pic: AP.