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China to Crack Down on Strippers at Rural Funerals

Chinese officials are launching a campaign to crack down on stripteases and other lewd shows that have become popular at funerals in some rural areas.

Thai Government Holds Talks With Politicians, Activists

Thailand’s junta holds reconciliation talks with leaders of the party it toppled nearly a year ago, along with other politicians, academics and student activists.

Sri Lankan Police Arrest Former President’s Brother

Former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s brother is arrested and a judge orders him detained for two weeks over alleged misappropriation of state funds.

Asian, African Nations Challenge ‘Obsolete’ World Order

Asian and African leaders call for a new global order that is open to emerging economic powers and jettisons “obsolete ideas” of the past.

Impoverished Indian Farmer Commits Suicide at Rally

An impoverished Indian farmer died Wednesday after hanging himself in front of hundreds of other farmers who had gathered for a protest in New Delhi.

Bangladesh Garment Workers Still Face Abuse, Danger Despite Reforms: Rights Group

Two years after the deadly collapse of the Rana Plaza complex, employees in Bangladesh’s garment sector still face exploitative and dangerous working conditions.

EU Warns Thailand on Illegal Fishing, Clears South Korea, Philippines

The European Commission warns Thailand for failing to crack down on illegal fishing and threatens a trade ban if the country does not take action.

Hong Kong Unveils Electoral Reform Package, Vows No Compromise

The Hong Kong government gave lawmakers their first look on Wednesday at a long-awaited electoral blueprint for selecting the city’s next leader.

Honeymoon Over for Indonesian Leader as U-Turns Erode Authority

Indonesian officials and palace insiders portray the president as sometimes out of his depth and struggling to get around entrenched vested interests.

Bangladesh’s Opposition Leader Attacked at Election Rally but Unhurt

Assailants wielding iron rods attack the car of Bangladesh’s former prime minister and main opposition leader Khaleda Zia as the vehicle speeds away.

Advocate: 5 Asylum Seekers on Nauru Set to Go to Cambodia

Five asylum seekers will be among the first to take a deal allowing refugees rejected by Australia to be resettled in the Southeast Asian country.

Indonesia Military Launches Anti-IS Operation on Eastern Island

Indonesia’s armed forces launch an operation against militants with suspected links to Islamic State amid growing concern about military involvement in internal security.

China Paper Blames Poor Upbringings for Top-Level Graft

Poor family upbringings are to blame for some of the most serious corruption cases facing China, a top paper says.

Chinese President to Launch Economic Corridor Link in Pakistan

Chinese president Xi Jinping is due in Pakistan where he will launch US$46 billion in projects linking the old allies.

Indian Farmers Protest Govt Plans to Ease Land Acquisition

Tens of thousands of flag-waving farmers rally in India’s capital to protest government plans to ease rules for obtaining land for industry and development projects.

Number of Slaves Found on Indonesian Island at Almost 550

The number of enslaved fishermen found on a remote Indonesian island, many of them Burmese nationals, has reached nearly 550.

Obama Says Concerned China Bullying Others in South China Sea

Washington says China uses “sheer size and muscle” to strong-arm smaller South China Sea claimants, as Beijing defends its creation of artificial islands there.

Ambassador: US Handed Cambodia to ‘Butcher’ 40 Years Ago

Time has not blunted John Dean’s anger, crushing shame and feelings of guilt over the US evacuation of Phnom Penh in 1975.

Asia’s LGBT People Migrate to Escape Violence at Home

Across Asia, which is largely patriarchal and conservative, the violence lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people face is often from their own families, experts say.

In Indonesia, a Power Plant Impasse and a Faltering President

A long awaited power plant, slated to be the biggest in Southeast Asia, threatens to deal another blow to Joko Widodo’s declining popularity.