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Hong Kong Protests Approach Potential National Day Flashpoint

Thousands of pro-democracy protesters throng the streets of Hong Kong, ratcheting up pressure on the pro-Beijing government as both sides mark uneasy National Day celebrations.

Indian Police Arrests 140 for Hindu-Muslims Clashes

Police in western India have arrested 140 people after two men were stabbed during violence between Hindus and Muslims that left more than a dozen injured.

Death, Hunger Stalk Indian Tea-Estate Workers

Eastern India’s tea industry has changed little since colonial times, with the decisions of individual estate-owners still determining the fates of whole communities.

Hong Kong Protesters Stockpile Supplies, Prepare for Long Haul

Tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters extend a blockade of city streets, amid speculation that police may seek to clear roads for Chinese National Day.

Thai Police No Closer to an Arrest in Murder of British Tourists

Thai police investigating the murder of two British tourists say they are no closer to an arrest.

Pro-Democracy Protests Expand in Hong Kong 

Pro-democracy protests expanded in Hong Kong on Monday, a day after demonstrators upset over Beijing’s decision to limit political reforms defied orders to go home.

Once-Banned Indian Leader Woos Diaspora at Giant New York Rally

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivers an address to tens of thousands of Indian-Americans and US dignitaries in New York.

Indonesia Province to Punish Gay Sex by Caning

The law says gay sex is punishable by up to 100 lashes of the cane, and has been heavily criticized by human rights groups.

Indonesia Votes to Scrap Direct Elections

Indonesia’s outgoing parliament votes to scrap direct elections for local officials in what is widely regarded as a setback to the country’s democracy.

Islamic State ‘Brand’ Gains Ground Among Asian Militants

The Middle East group’s brand of Islamic radicalism is winning recruits in Asia and posing a growing security risk in the region.

Thai Assembly Votes Itself the Power to Impeach Politicians, Sideline Critics

Thailand’s military-dominated legislature gives itself the power to impeach political office holders in an effort to root out fugitive Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra’s remaining influence.

Cambodia to Sign Deal to Resettle Asylum Seekers

Cambodia announces that it will sign a deal with Australia this week to resettle people who were denied asylum there.

With Canal and Hut, India Stands Up to China on Disputed Frontier

Under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India has been asserting its claims to parts of contested Himalayan borderlands, drawing the ire of China.

Indonesia Enlists Wasps in War on Crop Killer

Wasps are being used to neutralize a pest that threatens to destroy one of the developing world’s most important staple foods: cassava.

US National Security Advisor Highlights Growing Economic Ties With ASEAN

United States National Security Advisor Susan Rice talks up growing trade and investment ties in Southeast Asia.

Courting Vietnam, US Prepares to Ease Arms Embargo

Nearly 40 years after the United States left Vietnam in an ignominious retreat, Washington is moving towards lifting an arms embargo on its former enemy.

New Laos Web Decree Bans Criticism of Govt Policy: Media

Communist Laos has issued a decree outlawing online criticism of policies of the government, the latest Southeast Asian country to enact strict Internet controls.

India Succeeds Putting Spacecraft in Martian Orbit

India triumphs in its first interplanetary mission, placing a satellite into orbit around Mars and catapulting the country into an elite club of deep-space explorers.

Chinese Militants Get Islamic State ‘Terrorist Training’: Media

Chinese militants from western Xinjiang have left the country to get “terrorist training” from Islamic State fighters for attacks at home, state media reports.

Affluence Eludes Poor Crowding Into Asian Cities

Across developing Asia, migration from country to city has long been a potential path out of poverty, but less and less is that true today.