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New Zealand bar manager to be tried for religious offenses in Yangon

By Fri, Dec 19, 2014 1:39PM UTC The offending image. Image via Facebook.

A New Zealand man faces charges of committing religious offenses in Burma after posting images of the Buddha wearing headphones to promote a party at the bar he manages.

Rights group protest judges’ sacking in Maldives

By Fri, Dec 19, 2014 11:45AM UTC

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — An international rights group has criticized the dismissal of two top judges in the Maldives, including the country’s chief justice, calling it an assault on judicial independence. The Indian Ocean nation’s Parliament voted last Sunday to remove Chief Justice Ahmed Faiz Hussain and Supreme Court

Asian nations lose out as Australia slashes foreign aid

By Thu, Dec 18, 2014 3:27PM UTC Asian nations lose out as Australia slashes foreign aid

To cope with poor mid-year economic predictions Australia is slashing its foreign aid by another AUS$3.7 billion after May cuts of AUS$7.6 billion.

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

By Mon, Dec 15, 2014 1:16PM UTC Lao leading civil rights activist Sombath Somphone, right, with his wife Shui-Meng during a drip to Bali in 2005. Pic: AP.

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”.

India police question man for pro-Islamic State tweets

By Sun, Dec 14, 2014 8:50AM UTC Pic: AP.

BANGALORE, India (AP) — Police in southern India have detained a man they believe is behind a popular pro-Islamic State Twitter account.

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