Burma amends controversial public protest law

By Wed, Jun 25, 2014 2:13PM UTC

YANGON, Burma (AP) — Burma’s parliament has amended a controversial law that had requires people to obtain permission for public protests and subjects violators to penalties, including prison terms.

Human trafficking downgrade a blow to Thailand’s military government

By Mon, Jun 23, 2014 11:30AM UTC

The United States downgraded Thailand, Malaysia and two other countries in its 2014 Trafficking in Persons report, released Friday. Thailand is now listed as a Tier 3 country, due to its poor record on trafficking and workers’ rights for migrant laborers.

Burma monks go to court in property dispute

By Fri, Jun 20, 2014 6:12PM UTC

YANGON, Burma (AP) — A court appearance by five Buddhist monks who refused to abandon their monastery in a property dispute has attracted hundreds of their supporters. The monks, including one who holds British citizenship, were forced to change out of their robes for their appearance Friday in Yangon’s Tamwe

Burma: Chief minister of troubled Rakhine state retires

By Fri, Jun 20, 2014 11:24AM UTC

YANGON, Burma (AP) — The chief minister of Burma’s Rakhine state that has been embroiled in sectarian violence has retired and the country’s religious affairs minister has been fired.

ADB, UN agencies launch sustainable energy hub for Asia

By Wed, Jun 18, 2014 3:37PM UTC

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Asian Development Bank and two United Nations agencies have launched a hub that aims to mobilize investments and innovation to bring clean energy to the Asia-Pacific region, where more than 600 million people have no access to electricity and 1.8 billion others still use firewood and charcoal at home.