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Australia News

WATCH: Massive 3,500kg basking shark is brought ashore in Australia

By Wed, Jun 24, 2015

This rare basking shark was brought ashore by a fishing trawler in Australia earlier this week, with scientists hoping that it will help them learn more about the world’s...

Burma News

Constitutional reform in Burma: What next?

By Tue, Jun 30, 2015

On June 25 the Burmese parliament rejected five proposed constitutional amendments, including the removal of a clause that effectively gives the army a veto over constitutional change....

Cambodia News

Cambodia: 2 former Khmer Rouge leaders appeal convictions

By Thu, Jul 02, 2015

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Two leaders of Cambodia's former Khmer Rouge regime have appealed their convictions by a U.N.-backed tribunal that sentenced them to life in prison for their...

China News

Top Chinese universities clash in student recruitment war of words

By Fri, Jul 03, 2015

The Chinese higher education system has been rocked this week by accusations of underhand tactics employed by universities to recruit students. Peking University and Tsinghua University have been at the...

Hong Kong News

Thousands expected at Hong Kong pro-democracy rally

By Wed, Jul 01, 2015

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kongers are set to take to the streets to renew their call for full democracy for the Asian financial hub in a rally that follows...

India News

Customs officials recover idol looted from Indian temple

By Thu, Jul 02, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) — Customs officials in New York have recovered a bronze religious statue from the 11th or 12th century that they say was looted from a temple in...

Indonesia News

Thailand arrests 2 key human trafficking suspects

By Wed, Jul 01, 2015

BANGKOK (AP) — Police in Thailand have arrested two men they say are key figures in a human trafficking ring that lures people to work on fishing boats in Indonesia...

Japan News

Japan police seek motive for self-immolation on bullet train

By Thu, Jul 02, 2015

Japanese police have searched the apartment of the man who set himself on fire on a high-speed bullet train, killing himself and another passenger, as officials sought clues to his...

Malaysia News

Malaysia seeks ‘criminal accountability’ for Flight MH17 crash

By Fri, Jul 03, 2015

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Malaysia has told the U.N. Security Council that it plans to submit a resolution that would establish an international tribunal to prosecute those responsible for shooting...

Pakistan News

Heat wave subsides in Pakistan as death toll reaches 860

By Fri, Jun 26, 2015

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — A Pakistani health official says the devastating heat wave that struck the country last weekend is slowly subsiding but that the death toll is still climbing,...

Philippines News

Philippines: The alleged brains behind Ampatuan massacre is terminally ill

By Thu, Jul 02, 2015

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Philippines - The patriarch of the once powerful Ampatuan family that ruled the Mindanao province of Maguindanao for more than two decades has three to six months...

Singapore News

Singapore: Teen blogger Amos Yee remanded for mental health assessment

By Tue, Jun 23, 2015

Rogue teen blogger Amos Yee has been remanded for two weeks at Singapore’s Institute of Mental Health (IMH) to assess his suitability for a mandatory treatment order (MTO)....

South Korea News

In the wrong skin: Thailand needs to come to terms with ‘white power’

By Fri, Jun 26, 2015

The whitening phenomenon in Thailand, i.e. the use of cosmetic products to whiten the skin – and now we can include beauty apps that might obviate the use of whitening...

Taiwan News

5 arrested over Taiwan waterpark explosion; 1 death confirmed (VIDEO)

By Mon, Jun 29, 2015

Five people have been arrested after at least 519 people were injured, many seriously, in an explosion at a waterpark in Taiwan Saturday night....

Thailand News

Prostitution: Thailand’s worst kept secret

By Fri, Jul 03, 2015

You could be forgiven for thinking if you were new to Thailand that prostitution was a market aimed solely at foreign tourists and fund-dumping expatriates. The garish lights, garish hook-ups,...

Vietnam News

Flash floods kill 7, leave 4 missing in northern Vietnam

By Thu, Jun 25, 2015

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — A disaster official says flash floods triggered by a tropical storm have killed seven people and left four others missing in a northern Vietnamese province....

Other Countries News

Donors pledge billions to help rebuild earthquake-hit Nepal 


By Thu, Jun 25, 2015

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Foreign donors and agencies announced billions of dollars in aid for Nepal to help the Himalayan nation rebuild from the devastating earthquake that killed more than...