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US Call for South China Sea ‘Freeze’ Gets Cool Response From China

A U.S. proposal for a freeze on provocative acts in the South China Sea got a cool response from China and some Southeast Asian nations.

PNG Woman Leads Relocation of Island Community Hit by Climate Change

A paradise-like island in the southwest Pacific is one of the first places to fulfil scientists’ predictions that climate change will submerge many coastal communities.

Thai Case Casts Spotlight on Business of Surrogacy

An Australian couple is accused of abandoning their baby with his Thai surrogate mother after discovering the child had Down syndrome.

Malaysia Plans Overhaul of National Airline 

Malaysia’s state investment company plans to make Malaysia Airlines fully government owned before carrying out a far-reaching overhaul of the disaster-hit carrier.

China Under Pressure as US Pushes Plan to Ease South China Sea Tensions

US Secretary of State John Kerry will use talks in the Burmese capital to rally support for a freeze on “provocative acts” in the region.

Cambodia Tribunal Convicts Khmer Rouge Leaders 

Decades after the genocidal rule of the Khmer Rouge ended, an UN-backed war crimes tribunal sentences two former regime leaders to life in prison.

Philippine Peace Deal in Jeopardy as Muslim Rebels Cry Foul

An historic peace settlement in the southern Philippines is at risk of breaking down as Muslim rebels accuse the government of reneging on its word.

Indonesian Court Begins Hearing Election Dispute

Probowo Subianto has alleged that “massive fraud” took place in the July 8 presidential election, at which he was defeated by Joko Widodo.

Cambodia Moves On, But Still Yearns for ‘Killing Fields’ Justice

The country’s young population is embracing with gusto the kind of capitalism Pol Pot’s regime tried to eradicate in its quest for a peasant utopia.

Is Southeast Asia Supplying Jihadists to the Middle East?

Southeast Asian governments with large Muslim populations are concerned that the conflict in Iraq and Syria is drawing young jihadists to battle.

Opposition Activist Fabricated Torture Allegations, Says Thai junta

Thai junta denies claims by an opposition activist that she was tortured in military custody, as UN calls for an investigation.  

Canadian in China Probe Trained North Korean Missionaries

Detained coffee shop owner Kevin Garratt is heard in an audio file saying he helps Christian North Koreans who return to their country to preach.

Chinese Town Trades Lead Poison Test Results for Milk

Villagers accuse local officials of covering up the health effects of environmental damage by offering milk for medical records.

US Looks to Calm South China Sea Tensions

Washington will seek to calm tensions stoked by recent Chinese oil drilling in disputed waters of the South China Sea at an upcoming Asean meeting.

Japan’s Security Fears Grow as Neighbors Build Up Arms

North Korea is pushing forward with missile development, and both China and Russia are stepping up military activity in East Asia.

Thailand’s Censors Ban ‘Tropico 5’ Computer Game

Censors under Thailand’s military junta ban a city-building simulation computer game, saying it could hurt the country’s security.

Strong Quake Kills 381 in Southern China

More than 1,800 people are injured as a magnitude-6.1 earthquake hits Yunnan province, causing about 12,000 mostly brick homes collapse.

Thai Surrogate Mom Not Angry With Australian Couple

The unidentified couple left behind their baby boy, Gammy, who was born by a 21-year-old Thai woman, because he has Down syndrome.

Indian PM Offers Nepal $1 Billion Loan in Regional Diplomacy Push

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi offers Nepal US$1 billion in development loans aimed at shoring up support in a region where China is making inroads.

US Launches Charm Offensive Against Wary India

Secretary of State John Kerry is in India this week ahead of a visit by the country’s new prime minister, Narendra Modi in September.