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UN Panel Tells Japan to Compensate ‘Comfort Women’ By

South Korea has accused Japan of going back on an earlier apology for forcing women into brothels before and during World War Two.

Very Bad Week: Airline Disasters Come in a Cluster By

Experts say since there is no common theme among recent crashes, passengers will most likely not be deterred from taking flights.


China National Petroleum Corporation is at the center of a campaign by Chinese President Xi Jinping to take down a political rival.


President Obama swiftly called Indonesia’s election winner Joko Widodo, demonstrating Washington’s intent to deepen ties with the Muslim-majority country of 240 million people.


Bells pealed and flags flew at half-mast in memory of the 298 people killed, in the first national day of mourning since 1962.

Relatives Fly to Taiwan Plane Crash Site, 48 Dead By

The plane unsuccessfully attempted to land in stormy weather, killing 48 people, including two French citizens, near a small Taiwanese island. 

Conditions in Burma Not Right for Refugee Repatriation: UN By

Conditions in Burma are not yet right for refugees in Thailand to return, the UNHCR says, amid concerns that the Thai junta wants repatriation soon.

Cambodia Opposition Drops Boycott After PM Makes Rare Deal By

Cambodia's opposition agrees to drop a parliamentary boycott following talks with Prime Minister Hun Sen, ending a year-long deadlock and easing political tension.

Jokowi: The New Face of Indonesian Politics By

To many, Joko Widodo represents a clean break from the old elite that have clung to power since the fall of former authoritarian ruler Suharto.

Thailand’s Junta Adopts Interim Constitution By

The temporary constitution is a first step toward the slow return of electoral democracy after two months of military rule.

China’s McDonald’s Meat Scandal Hits Starbucks, Burger King By

A food safety scandal in China spreads to Japan after a supplier of chicken and beef to McDonald’s is accused of selling expired meat.

Indonesia Election Commission Confirms Jokowi as Next President By

Former Jakarta governor “Jokowi” Widodo has beat ex-general Prabowo Subianto to become the next president of Southeast Asia's largest country.

Malaysia Given Black Boxes From Ukraine Crash Site By

A senior Ukrainian separatist leader hands over the downed Malaysia Airlines plane’s black boxes to Malaysian experts.

Indonesia to Declare Winner of Hotly Contested Presidential Election By

Indonesian election officials were expected on Tuesday to officially declare Jakarta Governor Joko “Jokowi” Widodo the winner of a hotly contested presidential election.

Thai Media Call on Junta to Ease Restrictions By

Thai media call on the military government to ease restrictions after the junta said it would shut down news outlets putting out critical coverage.

China Warns Officials Against Aping Western Morality By

State media says members of the Chinese Communist Party must “keep firm belief in Marxism to avoid being lost in the clamor for Western democracy.”

Anti-Russia Sentiment Running Deep in Malaysia By

Malaysians urge their government and world leaders to take a tough stance against Russia after pro-Russia rebels allegedly shot down a Malaysia Airlines jet.

Indonesia’s Democracy Faces Test as Tally Comes In By

Indonesia prepares to declare the winner of its presidential election—but that may not settle a dispute between the candidates, both of whom claim victory.

Visa Enforcement Tightens for Thailand’s Expats By

Are the days of easy expat living in Thailand coming to an end under the new military regime?

Inside Malaysia Airlines, Tears and Shock as Tragedy Strikes Again By

Thursday’s crash of a Boeing 777 in Ukraine hit the Malaysian carrier just months after MH370 went missing between Kuala Lumpur and Beijing.

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