Testing Time for Chinese Media as Party Tightens Control

Chinese journalists must pass a new ideology exam to keep their press cards, in what reporters say is another example of increasing media control.

East Timor Files World Court Case Against Australia

The impoverished Asian nation and its neighbor are in arbitration over a deal to share oil and gas reserves on the seabed between the two countries.

Bangladesh Violence Risks Spinning Out of Control as Polls Near

More than 200 people in Bangladesh have died in political violence this year, and many say that emergency rule under the army looks increasingly likely.

India Removes US Embassy Security Barriers in Spat

India reacts after one of its diplomats in New York complained of “barbaric” treatment when she was arrested and strip-searched by US authorities.

Indian Parliament Approves Landmark Anti-Graft Bill as Elections Near

New legislation would appoint an ombudsman to monitor corruption in the prime minister’s office and government departments.

US Boosts Support for Philippines Security Forces

The United States provides the Philippines’ security forces with US$40 million in new assistance in part to help the country protect its territorial waters.

Thai Protesters Say They Will Rally to Hound Yingluck From Office

Anti-government demonstrators in Thailand say they will step up their protests in an attempt to force Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra from office.

Japanese Beauty Queen Barred From Ceremony

Miss International 2012 winner Ikumi Yoshimatsu has been barred from an event over controversy around her refusal to sign up to a major talent agency.

China Says Six Arrested After Deadly Riot in Xinjiang

Police say they have detained people suspected of taking part in a “pre-meditated” riot, in which 16 people in total were killed.

US Ups Security Aid to Southeast Asia, Criticizes China

US Secretary of State John Kerry offers harsh words for China and new maritime security assistance for Southeast Asia on a visit to Vietnam.

For Philippine Typhoon Survivors, Christmas Brings Hope Amid the Rubble

Thousands of survivors of super typhoon Haiyan walk in darkness toward damaged churches in central Philippines at the start of Christmas vigil dawn masses on Monday.

Thai Military Sees Role in Ensuring ‘Fair’ Election

Thailand’s military offers to help the country hold a “fair and clean” election, suggesting the armed forces may play a role in the vote.

Japan PM to Push Security Agenda Next Year With Fresh Urgency

In his second year in office, Shinzo Abe is likely to renew his efforts to ease self-imposed limits on Japan’s right to collective self defense.

Kerry Says North Korea’s Leader Reckless, Ruthless

The US secretary of state warns that the execution of Kim Jong Un’s uncle shows the need to curb North Korea’s nuclear ambitions.

Thai Military Heads Agree to Meet Protest Leader at Weekend

The heads of Thailand’s powerful military agrees to a weekend meeting with the leader of the movement seeking to overthrow Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

Bangladesh Executes Islamist Leader, Deadly Clashes on Streets

Bangladesh executes an Islamist opposition leader in a move likely to spark more violent protests less than a month before elections are due.

North Korea Executes Leader’s Powerful Uncle in Rare Public Purge

State media in the secretive state says Jang Song Thaek was executed for trying to seize power and bringing on economic catastrophe.

In the Land of the Holy Cow, Fury Over Beef Exports

India will soon become the world’s biggest beef exporter, a development that enrages some among the country’s conservative Hindu majority.

All Eyes on Thai Military as Protest Leader Calls for Meeting to Pick Sides

Anti-government protesters in Thailand pin their hopes on winning support from the powerful military to take forward a campaign to oust Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

Amnesty Probe Finds Australia Breaches Asylum Laws

Rights group says asylum seekers are kept in ‘debilitating and humiliating conditions’ in Australia’s offshore detention centers.