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Hunt for Deep Panda Intensifies in Trenches of US-China Cyberwar

Shell Crew, or Deep Panda, are one of several hacking groups that Western cybersecurity companies have accused of hacking into the United States’ and other countries’ networks

Hijacked Orkim Harmony Tanker Released, Pirates Escape

The hijacked oil tanker Orkim Harmony has been released by pirates, who fled in the ship’s rescue boat, according to Malaysian officials.

Thailand Confirms First MERS Case: Health Ministry

Thailand confirms its first case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), becoming the fourth Asian country to register the deadly virus this year.

China State Media Calls HK Opposition ‘Destroyers’ After Electoral Reform Vetoed

Chinese state media lash out at Hong Kong’s opposition pro-democracy lawmakers after the legislature in the financial hub vetoed a Beijing-backed electoral reform package.

Hong Kong Vetoes China-Backed Electoral Reform Proposal

Hong Kong’s legislature vetoes a China-vetted electoral reform package that has been criticized by opposition pro-democracy lawmakers and activists as undemocratic.

Obama’s Asia Policy Faces Toughest Test on Trade

The Obama administration has always presented the imperiled Trans-Pacific Partnership as crucial to its “pivot” toward the increasingly prosperous Asian region.

Asia Needs Better Data, More Funding to Stamp Out Modern Day Slavery

The fight against modern day slavery in Asia’s fishing industry needs more funding and better data on supply chains to succeed, campaigners say.

Little Girls Bear the Brunt in India’s Vicious Cycle of Malnutrition

Despite India’s economic boom, 46 percent of its children under five are underweight. What is not so widely known is that the majority are girls:

Thousands of Indonesians Refuse to Leave Volcano Danger Zone

Thousands of villagers refuse to evacuate the slopes of one of Indonesia’s most volatile volcanoes despite warnings that it is poised for a powerful eruption.

Passions High Ahead of Hong Kong Debate on China-Backed Reform Plan

Over a thousand people converge on Hong Kong’s Legislative Council before lawmakers debate a Beijing-backed electoral reform plan that could trigger fresh protests.

India PM Modi’s Yoga Offensive Gets Muslims Stressed

Narendra Modi’s efforts to seize on yoga as India’s signature cultural export have his Hindu nationalist allies swelling with pride, but leave minorities feeling marginalized.

India Tries to Assuage Burma After Cross-Border Raid Boasts

India sends an envoy to Burma to calm tempers over a cross-raid against insurgents that it trumpeted as a warning to countries harboring anti-India militants.

Police: Missing Malaysian Tanker Likely Hijacked by Pirates

A Malaysian tanker that went missing last week carrying fuel worth $5.6 million and 22 crew members is believed to have been hijacked by pirates.

Calls Grow for Inquiry into Alleged Australian People Smuggler Payments

Calls grew on Monday for an inquiry into reports that Australian officials paid people-smugglers bound for Australia thousands of dollars to turn their boat back to Indonesia

A Golden Chance for the Golden Land

The under-23 football team’s surprise run to the Southeast Asia Games gold medal game has been a lift to the collective conscience of Burma’s people.

Schools Reopen as South Korea Seeks Normality in MERS Outbreak

Thousands of South Korean schools that were shut by worries over Middle East Respiratory Syndrome reopen as the country seeks to return to normal.

Hong Kong Braces for Democracy Showdown as Electoral Reform Vote Looms

Hong Kong readies to vote on an electoral reform package backed by Beijing, while a weekend poll shows public support has shifted against the proposal.

China’s Senior Officials Find Comfort in Mythical Masters

Zhou Yongkang provides the latest example of a twisted relationship between the leadership of the Communist Party of China, which nominally espouses atheism, and spirituality.

Brief Raid by India in Faraway Burma has Pakistan Fuming

The Indian army’s brief foray this week into Burma to hunt militants has set alarm bells ringing in regional rival Pakistan.

Palau Burns Vietnamese Boats Caught Fishing Illegally

The Pacific nation of Palau, fighting a rising tide of illegal fishing, sets fire to four Vietnamese boats caught poaching marine life in its waters.