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Australia News

Australia to bring home bodies of 25 who died in Vietnam War

By Mon, May 25, 2015

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia has announced it will bring home the remains of up to 25 Australian soldiers killed about 50 years ago during the Vietnam War....

Burma News

Images of sleeping MPs get reporters banned from Burma’s parliament

By Thu, May 28, 2015

Burmese journalists have been barred from observing parliament sessions after embarrassing images of politicians dozing off during session went viral on social media. ...

Cambodia News

Rohingya crisis highlights ASEAN’s unwillingness to tackle thorny issues

By Thu, May 21, 2015

The tragic plight of the Rohingya migrants adrift off the coasts of Burma (Myanmar), Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesian has brought ASEAN’s shortcomings and its unwillingness to tackle difficult issues firmly...

China News

Chinese and US authors protest major book fair, censorship

By Thu, May 28, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) — Chinese and American authors are protesting a major U.S. book fair's focus on China that they say ignores the country's problems of censorship and intimidation....

Hong Kong News

Hong Kong model’s naked bungee jump causes a stir in Thailand

By Mon, May 18, 2015

Authorities in Thailand’s northern ‘city of culture’ Chiang Mai were incensed last week after it emerged that a model from Hong Kong performed a naked bungie jump - and promptly...

India News

India gets first transgender college principal

By Thu, May 28, 2015

It has been a big week for Manobi Bandypadhyay who has finally realised her dream of becoming India’s first transgender principal after a years-long struggle....

Indonesia News

US, Thailand begin search flights for stranded Rohingya migrants

By Wed, May 27, 2015

Thailand and the United States have begun military surveillance flights in a race against time to locate stranded Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants stranded on rickety boats in the Andaman Sean...

Japan News

Japan pledges climate change aid to Pacific island nations

By Sat, May 23, 2015

TOKYO (AP) — Japan is giving 55 billion yen ($450 million) in climate change and disaster aid to Pacific island nations, an effort to beef up its profile in the...

Malaysia News

US, Thailand begin search flights for stranded Rohingya migrants

By Wed, May 27, 2015

Thailand and the United States have begun military surveillance flights in a race against time to locate stranded Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants stranded on rickety boats in the Andaman Sean...

Pakistan News

Pakistan software company denies ‘baseless’ diploma mill allegations

By Wed, May 20, 2015

Pakistani officials raided the offices of a shady software company in Karachi Tuesday after a New York Times report said it receives tens of millions of dollars each year from...

Philippines News

Controversial Philippines Mayor Rodrigo Duterte hits back at critics

By Tue, May 26, 2015

Days after a New York-based human rights group issued a call for the Philippine government to investigate him, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte dared his critics to directly file criminal...

Singapore News

A lèse majesté law for Singapore’s king, long live Lee Kuan Yew!

By Tue, May 26, 2015

Singapore isn’t a monarchy, but if the ruling party has its way, it may soon become one. And the king will be none other than the late Lee Kuan Yew....

South Korea News

Women’s walk across Koreas’ DMZ denied; they cross on bus

By Sun, May 24, 2015

DORASAN STATION, South Korea (AP) — International women activists including Gloria Steinem and two Nobel Peace laureates have been denied an attempt to walk across the Demilitarized Zone dividing North...

Taiwan News

UN chief calls for peaceful solution to sea disputes

By Sat, May 23, 2015

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling for a peaceful solution to territorial disputes in the South China Sea, where China's assertiveness has alarmed its smaller neighbors....

Thailand News

Thai court jails 6 ‘yellow shirt’ leaders over 2008 protests

By Thu, May 28, 2015

Six anti-government ’yellow shirt’ protest leaders have been sentenced to 2 years in prison for storming the prime minister's office compound in Thailand in 2008....

Vietnam News

UN chief calls for peaceful solution to sea disputes

By Sat, May 23, 2015

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling for a peaceful solution to territorial disputes in the South China Sea, where China's assertiveness has alarmed its smaller neighbors....

Other Countries News

Bangladesh bans Islamist group accused of killing atheist bloggers

By Tue, May 26, 2015

Bangladesh has banned a radical Islamist group accused of attacking and killing atheist bloggers and writers....