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Hong Kong Authorities Begin Clearing Part of Mong Kok Protest Site

Hong Kong authorities encounter little resistance as they begin clearing part of a pro-democracy protest camp in the bustling district of Mong Kok.

Bangladesh Arrests 9 in Crackdown on Militant Groups

Bangladesh arrests four members of an outlawed militant group, including the chief of its women’s wing, as well as five suspects in a southern city.

Two Senior Thai Police Face Royal Insult Charge as Cases Mount

Two senior Thai policemen face royal insult charges, the latest in a mounting number of lese-majeste cases following a coup in May.

Journalists Remember 32 Colleagues Slain in the Philippines

Dozens of media workers have gathered at a shrine in Manila to remember the single deadliest attack on the press ever documented.

Sri Lanka President Seeks Third Term, Critics Want Powers Curbed

Mahinda Rajapaksa says he will seek an unprecedented third term as president, prompting calls from critics to curb the presidency’s “draconian powers.”

Thai Leader Pats Reporter on Head, Tugs His Ear

Thailand’s military-installed prime minister, known for scolding journalists, tries a new tack: patting their heads and tugging their ears.

Prominent China Rights Lawyer Could Face Harsher Charges: Attorney

Chinese prosecutors have accused Pu Zhiqiang of inciting ‘ethnic hatred and discrimination’ after he questioned the government’s account of a violent attack in Kunming

Thai Fishermen Convert Boats to Cash in on Rohingya Smuggling

The smuggling of Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution in Burma is so lucrative that Thai fishermen are converting their boats to carry humans.

India Hands Dossier to Bangladesh on Terror Plots

India hands Bangladesh a list of 11 men suspected of plotting attacks including one targeting its prime minister, as the countries tighten security cooperation.

Protest Plan Derails Thai Showings of Hunger Games Movie

A Bangkok cinema chain cancels screenings of the latest “The Hunger Games” after students planned a protest against military rule, using the movie’s three-finger salute.

Police Arrest Guru Ending India Standoff

A controversial Indian religious leader has been arrested at his sprawling compound, ending a days-long standoff in which six people were killed.

UN Push Against North Korea on Rights Moves Ahead

The world’s boldest effort yet to hold North Korea and leader Kim Jong-un accountable for alleged crimes against humanity moves forward at the United Nations.

Hong Kong Protesters Break Into Govt Building, Four Arrested

A group of Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters break into the city’s legislature and police stop others from entering as tensions escalate in the Chinese-controlled city.

China blames rise in violence on drug smuggling from Southeast Asia

Synthethic drugs smuggled into the country from Burma and Vietnam are fuelling a rise in kidnapping and murder, according to Chinese authorities.

Bangladesh Rescues Over 600 Trafficking Victims

More than 600 trafficking victims from Burma and Bangladesh have been rescued off the coast by Bangladesh authorities.

Americans Questioned for Shipping Human Body Parts

Thai police have spoken to two men who attempted to post human remains believed to be stolen from a Bangkok hospital museum.

Removal of Barricades Begins at HK Protest Site 

Workers in Hong Kong start clearing away barricades at one site of the student protest that has rocked the city for the last two months.

Indian Nobel Peace Laureate Calls for Global Action to End Child Slavery

Kailash Satyarthi calls for support for a campaign to end child slavery as new figures estimate almost 36 million people are living as slaves today.

Japan slips into surprise recession, paves way for tax delay, snap poll

Japan’s economy has slipped into recession, setting the stage for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to call a snap election halfway through his term.

China wants Uighur refugees back from Thailand

Despite mistreatment concerns, more than 200 refugees currently detained in Thailand that are believed to be Chinese Uighurs should be repatriated, says a Chinese consul.