Philippines warns ASEAN over China reef reclamation

By Fri, Jan 30, 2015 8:50AM UTC A Chinese vessel, top center, is used to expand structures and land on the Johnson Reef, called Mabini by the Philippines and Chigua by China, at the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. Pic: AP.

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines has urged fellow Southeast Asian nations to jointly demand that China stop its land reclamation in contested South China Sea reefs.

Australian PM: Turning away asylum seekers’ boats a success

By Sat, Jan 24, 2015 1:51PM UTC Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Pic: AP.

Australia’s Operation Sovereign Borders, the policy of turning back the boats carrying asylum seekers has proven to be effective against people smuggling, at least from the point of view of Australia’s right-wing Coalition Government.

Thai soldiers accused of ‘burning alive’ 2 Cambodians amid border tensions

By Tue, Jan 13, 2015 11:05AM UTC Army vehicles carrying Thai soldiers patrol near the border with Cambodia. Pic: AP.

Thailand’s military has denied killing two Cambodians citizens by “burning them alive” after they allegedly crossed the border into Thailand illegally last week, according to Cambodian authorities quoted by The Phnom Penh Post.

Cambodia’s biggest hydropower project begins operation

By Tue, Jan 13, 2015 10:05AM UTC Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen. Pic: AP.

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia’s prime minister has inaugurated the country’s biggest hydropower dam, a Chinese-built project to help supply electricity for villages and factories.

Gary Glitter goes on trial for child sex offences

By Mon, Jan 12, 2015 12:57PM UTC Gary Glitter arriving for a court appearance at Westminster Magistrates' Court in London last year. Pic: AP.

Gary Glitter is to go to trial today for sex offences allegedly committed against minors in the 1970s in the United Kingdom. The former pop star, real name Paul Gadd, has already done a stint in jail in Vietnam for molesting two Vietnamese girls aged 10 and 11 in the large port city of Vung Tau, two hours from Ho Chi Minh City in southern Vietnam. He was sentenced, in 2006, to three years in prison. The Associated Press reported then that the judge condemned him for his “disgusting and sick” behaviour.

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