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Thai Graft, Royal Insult Cases Threaten To Embroil Junta By

Accusations of corruption involving a park built to honor Thailand’s revered monarchy are threatening to damage an anti-graft drive by the ruling junta.

Migrants Processing Thai Chicken Exports Abused, Exploited—Researchers By

Migrants processing Thai chicken for its biggest export market, Europe, face widespread abuse by their employers, researchers said on Wednesday.


Authorities increased security across Indonesia after a video appearing on social media threatened attacks against police and other targets, police said.


Indian women have taken to social media to condemn the head of a famous Hindu temple, who said he would only allow females to enter if they were not menstruating.


Impoverished migrant workers in Thailand are sold or lured by false promises and forced to catch and process fish ending up in Nestle’s supply chains.

Thailand Indicts Two for Deadly Bangkok Bombing By

A Thai military court has indicted two foreigners accused of carrying out the deadly August bombing in Bangkok, but skepticism about the case still abounds.

Leader of Religious Forum Attacked in Bangladesh By

Two men wielding kitchen knives attacked a religious forum leader in Bangladesh on Tuesday, police say.

China’s Anti-Graft Watchdog Demotes Four Banking Regulators By

As part of an anti-corruption campaign, China’s top graft-buster agency has demoted four bank regulators for violating Communist Party rules and procedures.

Bangladesh Angry over Pakistan’s Criticism of Executions By

Bangladesh accused Pakistan on Monday of interfering in its internal affairs by criticizing the execution of two opposition leaders for alleged war crimes.

Crime-Fighting Philippine Mayor Jumps into Presidential Race By

A Philippine mayor who has built a reputation fighting crime plunged into the presidential race on Monday, a surprise move that could shake up the election.

Hong Kong Democracy Movement Sees Mixed Results in Polls By

At least six candidates who took part in protests last year have won office at district elections, the first real test of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement.

Bangladesh Executes Two Opposition Leaders for 1971 War Crimes By

Bangladesh has executed two opposition leaders for war crimes committed during the 1971 war to break away from Pakistan.

Nepal Police Fire on Ethnic Protesters Blocking Road; Two dead By

Two people died after police in southern Nepal fired on ethnic protesters blocking a highway in fresh violence that threatened to raise political tensions.

China Says 28 Foreign-Led ‘Terrorists’ Killed After Attack on Mine By

Chinese security forces in Xinjiang kill 28 “terrorists” from a group that carried out a deadly attack at a coal mine in September.

Behind Pomp of APEC Summit, Crushing Poverty Endures By

Manila’s slums serve as a potent reminder to the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation bloc that the globalization agenda it promotes has left many behind.

Fake Pesticides Endanger Crops and Human Health in India By

Millions of unsuspecting Indian farmers are spraying fake pesticides onto their fields, putting both food security and human health at risk.

Philippine Senator Poe Widens Lead in Presidential Opinion Polls By

A Philippine senator abandoned in a church when a baby has widened her lead as the top contender to succeed President Benigno Aquino at elections next May.

SE Asia Faces Threat of Islamic State-Styled Terror Attacks By

Southeast Asia faces the threat of Islamic State-inspired attacks designed to ‘glamorize terrorism,’ a Malaysian minister says.

India Opens Boardrooms to Women but Few Mid-Career Dropouts Return By

A new law may be forcing companies to open the boardroom doors to women, but years of sidelining them has led to a high dropout rate among professionals.

UN Group Asks Sri Lanka Gov’t to Deliver on Pledges about Missing People By

A UN group is urging Sri Lanka’s government to make good on its promises to investigate the cases of thousands of people who went missing in the civil war.

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