Indonesia’s Joko takes center stage

Indonesian President-elect Joko Widodo was inaugurated into office Monday morning in Jakarta after a hectic......

India’s Modi tightens his grip on power

Narendra Modi and his fellow leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party believe they are on......

Why are people really protesting in Hong Kong?

Ask anyone in Hong Kong why so many people have taken to the streets and......

The buzz around India’s e-retailers: well-earned, or a lot of empty noise?

There is no bigger MBA lesson than negotiating with a hard-bargaining-to-the-last-lemon or -onion housewife. ......

Not saving Thailand’s face: the backlash of police corruption in tourist murders

The Koh Tao murders, and the resulting international scrutiny, have left Thailand in an uncomfortable......

Thailand: Breaking the silence

In the wake of the coup in Thailand, a calm has descended over the country,......

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Opposition leader Anwar expects to be jailed again

By Wed, Oct 22, 2014 11:14AM UTC

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim says he expects Malaysia’s top court will dismiss his final appeal against a sodomy conviction next week and that he will be sent to prison. Anwar was sentenced to five years in prison in March on charges of sodomizing a male aide after the appeals court...

Australian officials deny elite troop shortage

By Wed, Oct 22, 2014 10:59AM UTC

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Senior officers say Australia has recently deployed troops with diagnosed mental illnesses and on multiple tours of duty, but not because of any shortage of elite combat troops....

US: 1 American released from North Korea

By Wed, Oct 22, 2014 10:02AM UTC

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. State Department says Jeffrey Fowle, one of three Americans being held in North Korea, has been released....

Afghan opium poppy cultivation hits all-time high

By Wed, Oct 22, 2014 9:54AM UTC

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A U.S. report shows that opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan grew to an all-time high in 2013 despite America spending more than $7 billion to fight it over the past decade....

Taiwanese air force pilot killed in aerial collision

By Tue, Oct 21, 2014 7:28PM UTC

BEIJING (AP) — A Taiwanese air force pilot was killed in an aerial collision between two training jets on Tuesday. One jet was not badly damaged, and the pilot flew it back to base safely....

Body of Korean tourist found after Thai boat crash

By Tue, Oct 21, 2014 7:15PM UTC

BANGKOK (AP) — The body of a South Korean woman who went missing when a tourist boat collided with a fishing vessel in southern Thailand has been found. A South Korean man is still missing....

US: 1 American released from North Korea

By Wed, Oct 22, 2014 10:02AM UTC View Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. State Department says Jeffrey Fowle, one of three Americans being held in North Korea, has been released....

Sri Lankan opposition, unions demand pay increase

By Wed, Oct 22, 2014 9:34AM UTC View Comments

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Trade unions, opposition politicians and activists have protested to demand Sri Lanka's include substantial pay increases in the annual budget presented this week....

The buzz around India’s e-retailers: well-earned, or a lot of empty noise?

By Tue, Oct 21, 2014 12:30PM UTC View Comments

There is no bigger MBA lesson than negotiating with a hard-bargaining-to-the-last-lemon or -onion housewife. ...

Not saving Thailand’s face: the backlash of police corruption in tourist murders

By Tue, Oct 21, 2014 11:16AM UTC View Comments

The Koh Tao murders, and the resulting international scrutiny, have left Thailand in an uncomfortable position and forced the country to confront its troubled history with law enforcement and justice. ...

Human rights institutions in Southeast Asia: Are the “paper tigers” coming to life?

By Tue, Oct 21, 2014 11:15AM UTC View Comments

National human rights institutions in Southeast Asia have often been described as “paper tigers” or “toothless agencies” -- accused of sitting idle in the face of serious human rights concerns -- but there is some cause to believe that may be changing...

Thailand: Breaking the silence

By Tue, Oct 21, 2014 10:36AM UTC View Comments

In the wake of the coup in Thailand, a calm has descended over the country, with little visible dissent or opposition. But will this silence last, or is it just the calm before the storm?...