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Indonesia Election Commission Confirms Jokowi as Next President

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Typhoon Gathers Fury as It Approaches Southern China

Typhoon Rammasun is now a super typhoon that is approaching the provinces of Hainan and Guangdong in China after killing 38 people in the Philippines.

As Vietnam’s Women Go Abroad, Dads Tend the Home

With women able to earn more working overseas as maids or nurses, traditional gender roles are being reversed in rural Vietnamese villages.

Malaysia Airlines Jet Shot Down by Missile Over Ukraine

American official says the airliner with 298 people aboard was most likely launched by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine or Russia.

Typhoon Kills at Least 38 in the Philippines, Heads for China

The Philippines set to work clearing debris, reconnecting power and rebuilding flattened houses after a typhoon swept across the country killing 38 people.

Cambodian Court Charges, Holds Opposition Lawmakers After Clashes

Six opposition activists are charged with leading an insurrection after clashes with security forces, deepening a year-long political crisis.

Kerry, Hagel to Visit India to Push Strategic Ties

The trip in the coming weeks will be the highest-level American delegation to visit the South Asian country since Narendra Modi took power.

In Thailand, Baby Gender Selection Loophole Draws China, HK Women to IVF Clinics

It is estimated that 10,000 cycles a year of in vitro fertilization—with embryos of an unwanted sex discarded—take place in Bangkok.

China Oil Rig Finishes Exploration in Disputed Waters Off Vietnam

A Chinese oil rig has finished drilling near the disputed Paracel islands in the South China Sea after finding signs of oil and gas.

China and South Korea: ‘Like Mouth and Tongue’

As Beijing sets out to expand its influence in North Asia, leader Xi Jinping, who has not yet been to North Korea, visits Seoul.

Singapore Anti-Gambling Ad Backfires Thanks to Germany World Cup Run

The ad shows a young boy telling his friends that his father used the boy’s savings to bet on Germany to win the tournament.

Copter Crash Kills 2 Cambodian Military Generals

Two generals who led the helicopter unit of Cambodia’s air force were killed in a crash Monday, along with two pilots.