Asia News

‘Dead Men Walking': Burma’s convict army porters

By Wed, Jul 13, 2011 9:42PM UTC

Human Rights Watch and the Karen Human Rights Group released a joint report – ‘Dead Men Walking: Convict Porters on the Front Lines in Eastern Burma’ – today at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand in Bangkok. According to the report, the Burmese army’s abusive treatment of prisoners who are

Korea: Lee gets Olympics boost

By Wed, Jul 13, 2011 9:00PM UTC

After several weeks in the doldrums, South Korean president Lee Myung-bak enjoyed a jump in public support from 28.5 percent to 32.5 percent.  His negative was 55.1 The reason for Lee’s boost can be described in one word:  Pyeongchang. International Olympic Committee announced in a meeting in Durban, South Africa, that the

Pacquiao, Dominguez to trade places in 2013

By Wed, Jul 13, 2011 5:38PM UTC

Gov. Miguel Rene Dominguez and Rep. Manny Pacquiao have formalized their political alliance by agreeing to trade positions in 2013. During a meeting at the farm of Paquiao in Malungon Wednesday, all seven town mayors of Sarangani also backed the union between erstwhile political rivals who fielded separate full slates

Reported CIA vaccine ruse sparks fear in Pakistan

By Wed, Jul 13, 2011 5:00PM UTC

ISLAMABAD (AP) – Pakistani officials and international health organizations expressed concern Wednesday that an unconfirmed report of a phony CIA vaccination program meant to obtain DNA evidence in the hunt for Osama bin Laden could harm legitimate immunization programs in the country. This fear is especially pronounced because of the

2 trucks hit wedding tent, killing 16 in Indonesia

By Wed, Jul 13, 2011 4:50PM UTC

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Police say two trucks slammed into a wedding party tent in central Indonesia, killing 16 people and injuring 13 others. Yanto, an officer who goes by only one name, said Wednesday that the accident occurred just before midnight when a truck hit a minibus and a