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Cambodia Opposition Leader Sam Rainsy, Facing Arrest, Delays Return

Cambodia opposition leader Sam Rainsy has delayed his return home due to tension between his supporters and those of Prime Minister Hun Sen.

Vast Forest Fires in Indonesia Spawn Ecological Disaster

Indonesia’s fires have been an annual problem since the mid-1990s, but this year they have inflicted a particularly staggering toll on the region.

South Korea Vows No Tolerance after Violent Protest in Seoul

The South Korean government has vowed to crack down on any more violent protests after dozens were arrested during a weekend rally against labor reforms.

China Says Global War on Terror Should Also Target Uighur Militants

The struggle against Islamist militants in China’s Xinjiang should become an “important part” of the fight against terror, China’s foreign minister says.

Tokyo, Manila to Agree Framework for Japanese Military Aid—Sources

The Japanese and Philippine leaders will agree this week on a deal paving the way for Tokyo to supply Manila with used military equipment, sources said.


RANGOON — Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) on Friday secured the parliamentary supermajority it needs to select Burma’s next president, tallying enough wins to ensure that the country’s opposition will assume the mantle of ruling party in just a few months’ time. The mammoth NLD victory in a historic nationwide poll […]

China-Taiwan Summit Two Years in Making, As Leaders Eye Legacies

This weekend’s historic summit between China and Taiwan may have surprised many, but the leaders of both sides have had the subject in mind for years.

Thai Junta Launches Crackdown on Organized Crime Figures

Thailand’s junta launched a crackdown on organized crime, its latest effort to clean up the country and improve the image of the military government.

Tacloban’s Gays Enjoy Spirit of Acceptance after Typhoon Haiyan

There was hardly a gay scene in Tacloban a few years ago, but that changed after Typhoon Haiyan brought a spirit of acceptance to the Filipino city.

Indian Police Detain Hundreds Before Modi Visits Kashmir

Indian police detained hundreds of separatist supporters to prevent them from holding a protest rally ahead of Modi’s visit to Kashmir this weekend.

Thai Junta Turns to Populist Subsidies to Ease Farmer Tensions

Thailand’s junta has approved US$1.3 billion in rural subsidies to appease politically powerful farmers who are struggling with low prices, weak exports.

Cambodia Charges 3 after Mob Attack on Opposition Lawmakers

A Cambodian court has indicted three men in the mob beating of two opposition lawmakers outside of the National Assembly last week

Bhutanese Getting More Sleep, Lifting Happiness Index

People in Bhutan are happier now than they were five years ago, according to a survey of social wellbeing released by the tiny Himalayan kingdom.

China’s Vice President Pledges Support in Rare Afghanistan Visit

Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao has signed several deals pledging infrastructure and security support for Afghanistan.

Taiwan, Chinese Presidents to Meet for First Time Since ’49

The presidents of China and Taiwan will meet this weekend for the first time since civil war divided their lands 66 years ago.

Spurred by Burma Radicals, Thai Buddhists Push for State Religion Status

A campaign to enshrine Buddhism as Thailand’s state religion has been galvanized by a radical Buddhist movement in neighboring Burma.

Exposed: Beijing’s Covert Global Radio Network

An investigation by Reuters has revealed that at least 33 radio stations in 14 countries are a part of a covert China-backed global radio network.

UN Group Says Anwar’s Jailing in Malaysia Politically Motivated

Imprisoned Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim was prosecuted for political reasons and should be released, a UN body found after reviewing the case.

Japan, South Korea Agree to Work to Resolve WWII Sex Slave Issue

The leaders of South Korea and Japan resumed formal talks Monday after a years-long freeze and agreed to address ongoing issues over Japan’s wartime abuses.

Nepali Police Kill Indian Protester at Border Blockade

Nepali police shoot and kill an Indian citizen at a border checkpoint as they try to clear protesters whose blockade has strangled Nepal’s fuel supplies.