Decision time for Thailand’s high school students

When schools in Thailand reopen after the New Year holidays, high school students from Grade......

North Korean websites back online after shutdown

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Key North Korean websites are back online after an hours-long......

Burmese opium farmers seek viable alternative crops

To reduce opium cultivation Burmese farmers say they have to be offered viable alternatives and......

Fatal shooting reported at Burma mine protest

YANGON, Burma (AP) — An opposition lawmaker says a woman has been shot dead in......

India lawmakers demand Modi speak on conversion to Hinduism

NEW DELHI (AP) — Opposition lawmakers have thrown India's Parliament into an uproar by charging......

Reports on Bangkok shakedown generate surprising police response

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North Korea experiences severe Internet outages

By Tue, Dec 23, 2014 10:45AM UTC

WASHINGTON (AP) — North Korea is experiencing widespread Internet outages. One expert says the country's online access is "totally down."...

Cambodia ‘doctor’ charged with murder after HIV outbreak

By Tue, Dec 23, 2014 10:38AM UTC

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) - A prosecutor says an unlicensed medical practitioner in northwestern Cambodia suspected of negligently infecting more than 100 people with the virus that causes AIDS has been charged with murder and other crimes....

Indonesian janitors get up to 8 years in rape case

By Mon, Dec 22, 2014 7:41PM UTC

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesian court has sentenced five janitors to up to eight years in prison over the rape of a kindergartner at an international school in Indonesia....

N. Korea threatens strikes on US amid hacking claims

By Mon, Dec 22, 2014 11:16AM UTC

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea says President Barack Obama is "recklessly" spreading rumors of a Pyongyang-orchestrated cyberattack of Sony Pictures and warns of strikes against the White House, Pentagon and "the whole U.S. mainland, that cesspool of terrorism."...

Strong quake hits east Indonesia; no tsunami warning

By Mon, Dec 22, 2014 10:59AM UTC

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A strong earthquake has struck off the coast of eastern Indonesia, but there are no reports of injuries or damage, and authorities say a tsunami is not likely....

Bomb blast kills 3, hurts 5 in northeastern India

By Sun, Dec 21, 2014 4:10PM UTC

GUWAHATI, India (AP) — Police say an explosion in the parking lot of a bus station has killed three people and wounded five others in northeastern India....

Decision time for Thailand’s high school students

By Tue, Dec 23, 2014 11:52AM UTC View Comments

When schools in Thailand reopen after the New Year holidays, high school students from Grade 12 will have just a matter of weeks until their time at school is behind them....

Burmese opium farmers seek viable alternative crops

By Tue, Dec 23, 2014 11:20AM UTC View Comments

To reduce opium cultivation Burmese farmers say they have to be offered viable alternatives and as the recent UNODC report on opium cultivation points out, crop substitution programmes have to be part of a larger development initiative....

Australia family found after 10 days in wilderness

By Mon, Dec 22, 2014 7:56PM UTC View Comments

SYDNEY (AP) — A 5-year-old boy and his 7-year-old brother were admitted to an Australian hospital after surviving with their father for 10 days in a remote national park....

China indicts Jackie Chan’s son on drug charge

By Mon, Dec 22, 2014 7:40PM UTC View Comments

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese prosecutors have formally indicted the son of Hong Kong action film star Jackie Chan on the charge of sheltering others to use drugs, more than four months after he was first detained....

China punishes hospital for operating room photos

By Mon, Dec 22, 2014 4:11PM UTC View Comments

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities have put a hospital president on probation and fired three supervisors following public outrage over photos posted online of smiling medical staff posing with patients in the middle of surgery. ...

China sends 700 peacekeepers to South Sudan

By Mon, Dec 22, 2014 4:05PM UTC View Comments

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese state media have reported that China will send 700 troops to South Sudan as part of the country's first infantry battalion to participate in a United Nations peacekeeping mission....

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