Human rights still a concern in Burma, despite big-name investment

By Mon, Oct 20, 2014 10:24AM UTC A nighttime view of the capital of Yangon. Pic: AP.

As Burma is celebrated for growing investment and diplomatic opportunities, there are concerns among local activists and the international community that the country’s ongoing human rights abuses will be forgotten.

Japan trade minister resigns over election funds charges

By Mon, Oct 20, 2014 9:38AM UTC Japan's former trade minister Yuko Obuchi. Pic: AP.

Japan’s trade minister, Yuko Obuchi, has announced her resignation after allegations that she violated election laws.

Jailed Indian politician released on bail

By Sun, Oct 19, 2014 6:37PM UTC A supporter holds a portrait of former chief minister of Tamil Nadu state Jayaram Jayalalitha as he waits with others to greet their leader outside her residence after she was released from prison. Pic: AP.

Southern India’s powerful politician Jayaram Jayalalitha has been released on bail after being convicted and sentenced to four years for corruption.

Can Hong Kong Chief Executive CY Leung survive?

By Sun, Oct 19, 2014 1:07PM UTC Students carry a defaced picture of Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying during a protest outside his home last month. Pic: AP.

With hundreds of police having cleared out the protesters in Hong Kong’s Mongkok district, it remains to be seen whether the back of the Occupy movement that has hobbled the city for week has been broken.

Indonesia: Jokowi and Prabowo meet for first time since election

By Fri, Oct 17, 2014 6:12PM UTC Indonesia President-elect Joko Widodo, left, and defeated presidential election Prabowo Subianto, right. Pic: AP.

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia’s defeated presidential candidate and the victor Joko Widodo have met for the first time since the bitterly contested polls, in a sign that political tensions in the Southeast Asian nation might be thawing.

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