ASIA - The Irrawaddy Magazine
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.

An Ounce of Detention

Thailand’s junta says the temporary suspension of its critics’ freedom is a small price to pay to prevent the country from descending into civil war.

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.

Obama Tells Xi He Wants ‘Constructive Management of Differences’

US President Barack Obama told Chinese President Xi Jinping he wants U.S.-Chinese relations defined by more cooperation and a constructive management of differences.

In Contested Election, Indonesia’s Democracy on the Line

It will be up to two key institutions, both with bruised reputations, to decide which of the two men who contested the poll becomes president.

Four Bodies Found in India’s Volatile Northeast, Army Deployed

Discovery prompts fears of a fresh round of clashes after the region saw sectarian clashes in the run-up to India’s national election in May.

In Vietnam, a World Cup Loss Is a Whole Different Ball Game

The Communist government has attempted to crackdown on strictly illegal sports betting during this year’s tournament, but the taste for gambling is deeply ingrained.

Petro-Pirates Plague Busy Southeast Asia Shipping Lanes

Since April, at least six fuel tankers have been hijacked and drained in the Malacca Strait or nearby waters of the South China Sea.