Pakistan mourns 142 slain in Taliban school attack

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan is mourning as the nation prepares for mass funerals for......

Opinion: Post-coup oppression teaches Thais a lesson in human rights

In the past several weeks Thailand has witnessed a series of incidents that altogether signal......

Burma: Government, ethnic groups wage war on drugs

With the poppy growing season underway in Burma UNODC has issued a report on opium......

Thailand police: Foreigners not required to carry passports at all times

A police spokesman has said that foreigners in Thailand are not required to carry their......

Japan: McDonald’s cuts french fries portions amid potato shortage

TOKYO (AP) — Only small fries with that? McDonald's in Japan has begun limiting the......

Manila seeks custody of US Marine in trandgender murder case

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine government says it is seeking custody of a U.S.......

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Philippine communist rebels announce cease-fire for Pope visit

By Wed, Dec 17, 2014 6:03PM UTC

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine communist rebels have declared cease-fire periods for the Christmas holidays and for the visit of Pope Francis next month....

Struggling Indian airline SpiceJet grounded after fuel supplies cut off

By Wed, Dec 17, 2014 5:44PM UTC

NEW DELHI (AP) — Low-cost Indian airline SpiceJet has grounded all flights after oil companies stopped supplies of jet fuel to the financially beleaguered carrier....

China raises GDP estimate, moves closer to US

By Wed, Dec 17, 2014 12:19PM UTC

BEIJING (AP) — China has raised its estimate of last year's gross domestic product, possibly moving closer to passing the United States as the biggest economy....

Vietnam tunnel collapses, trapping 12 workers

By Tue, Dec 16, 2014 5:53PM UTC

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — State media say the tunnel of a hydropower plant that is under construction in central Vietnam has collapsed, trapping 12 workers....

Australia: PM says hostage taker was ‘deeply disturbed’

By Tue, Dec 16, 2014 2:41PM UTC

SYDNEY (AP) — Australia's prime minister says the gunman who took hostages in a Sydney cafe was "a deeply disturbed individual' known to the police but he was not on a terror watch list....

Australian PM lays flowers at memorials for siege victims

By Tue, Dec 16, 2014 2:33PM UTC

SYDNEY (AP) — Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has laid flowers at a makeshift memorial in Sydney for the victims of a central city cafe siege which left three people dead....

Thailand police: Foreigners not required to carry passports at all times

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A police spokesman has said that foreigners in Thailand are not required to carry their passports with them at all times, according to reports....

The aftermath: Australian public reaction to the Sydney siege

By Tue, Dec 16, 2014 2:10PM UTC View Comments

"It's over. Thank God." These were my thoughts on waking in Brisbane this morning to news that the Sydney siege had ended at 2am last night, sadly with the loss of two hostages. The gunman responsible for the 16-hour siege at the Lindt cafe in the city's CBD was also killed....

Australia searches for answers after Sydney hostage tragedy

By Tue, Dec 16, 2014 12:24PM UTC View Comments

At 2am Sydney time police raided the Lindt cafe in the city’s central Martin Place to free hostages taken early Monday. Two hostages of the 17 are dead, as is the single gunman who held them, Man Haron Monis. Five of those 17 had previously escaped. ...

Analysis: What now for Hong Kong’s Occupy movement?

By Tue, Dec 16, 2014 11:55AM UTC View Comments

And so the protest in Hong Kong ends, not with a bang but with a whimper. Yesterday, the last protest site in Causeway Bay was cleared, effectively terminating the occupation of public spaces by protesters belonging to the 'Umbrella Movement'. ...

Two years on: Still no answers in disappearance of Sombath Somphone

By Mon, Dec 15, 2014 1:16PM UTC View Comments

Two years have passed since the enforced disappearance of Sombath Somphone, a celebrated civil rights worker in Laos. Sombath was last seen being driven away in an unknown vehicle in Vientiane on Dec. 15, 2012. He has not been heard from since. Sombath's family, friends, and colleagues continue to demand answers about his whereabouts and accountability from a government notorious for strong-arming activists and others seen as "troublemakers"....

3 kindergartners die in building collapse in China

By Sun, Dec 14, 2014 12:45PM UTC View Comments

BEIJING (AP) — Three children in a kindergarten in a northern Chinese town died after the building collapsed....

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Oil slick line the banks of the Shela River after an oil tanker sank in one of the world's largest mangrove forests, threatening wildlife in the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Sundarbans in Bangladesh, Friday, Dec. 12, 2014. The oil tanker carrying more than 350,000 liters (92,500 gallons) of bunker oil sank Tuesday on the major river flowing through the Sundarbans after being hit by a cargo vessel. The slick had spread over up to 70 kilometers (45 miles) of the Shela river, threatening several types of animals including rare Irrawaddy dolphins, a senior official of the Bangladesh Forest Department said. (AP Photo/ Khairul Alam)