ASIA - The Irrawaddy Magazine
Thailand Braces for Violence as PM Yingluck’s Charm Runs Out

As Thailand mores into elections, the country’s first female prime minister refuses to bow to massive protests on the streets of the capital.

Japan Revises Teaching Manuals, Says Islands Its Territory

Japan revises teaching manuals to claim two sets of remote islands at the center of disputes with China and South Korea are its territory.

Conflict, Disaster to Gallop in With New Chinese Year of the Horse, Say Feng Shui Masters

Practitioners of Chinese geomancy predict that the combination of the year of the horse and a ‘yang wood’ year may fuel the flames of regional conflict.

Fighting Erupts in Philippines as Final Peace Deal Nears

Philippine troops have killed about 17 members of a Muslim rebel faction, while peace talks between the government and rebels enter the final stage.

Thailand to Go Ahead With Feb. 2 Election, Despite Warnings of Chaos

Thailand’s prime minister confirms a general election will go ahead despite a warning that it could end in chaos after months of anti-government protests.

Cambodian Police Break Up Rally Pressing for TV Station

Cambodian military police used smoke grenades and batons to quell a protest by demonstrators demanding that a new television channel be allowed to broadcast.

US to Press Sri Lanka Again at UN Rights Council

Sri Lanka’s government is worried that a new resolution at the United Nations could call for an international investigation into allegations of war crimes during its civil war.

China Says New York Times Reporter Broke Visa Rules, Will Leave

A China-based reporter is accused of visa violations and will leave the country, in a case that could sour Beijing’s relations with Washington.

Thai Police Rescue Hundreds of Rohingya in Raid on Suspected Traffickers’ Camp

Police say they detained 531 men, women and children in southern Thailand, after an investigation revealed the existence of camps near the Malaysian border.

Thai Anti-Government Protester Killed, Adds to Doubts Over Election

A Thai anti-government protest leader is killed in Bangkok when violence erupts as demonstrators block early voting ahead of a disputed election next week.

Philippines to Grant Amnesty to Muslim Rebels

Malaysian-brokered talks bring about landmark agreement after 13 years of negotiations aimed at ending a violence insurgency in the southern regions of the Philippines.

Twelve Dead in Fresh Violence in China’s Xinjiang

Chinese police shot dead six people during a “terrorist” attack in western Xinjiang region and six more died when explosives they were carrying detonated.

China Tries Three Anti-Graft Activists in Two Days

Court cases are part of the Chinese government’s campaign against the ‘New Citizens Movement,’ which has called for officials to declare their assets.

Indian Woman Says Gang-Raped on Orders of Village Court

A 20-year-old in West Bengal was gang-raped by 13 men as punishment for having a relationship with a man from a different community.

Thai Court to Decide On Election Complaint; Protest March to Test State of Emergency

The shooting of a pro-government activist has raised fears that violence will grow in Thailand as the country heads toward planned elections on Feb. 2.

Australia Rejects Claims That Navy Mistreated Asylum Seekers

Australia rejects claims by a group of asylum seekers that they were beaten and suffered burns while being returned to Indonesia by the Australian navy.

Journalist Group Uncovers Chinese Millions in Overseas Trusts

The close relatives of some of China’s most powerful men and women have maintained secretive accounts in offshore tax havens, according to an explosive study.

Indonesian Jailed for Plan to Attack Embassy

An Indonesian court sentences an Islamist militant to 7.5 years in prison for masterminding a plot to bomb Burma’s embassy in the country’s capital.

Delhi Chief Minister Ends His Anti-Police Protest After Clashes

Arvind Kejriwal tells his supporters to end anti-police protests, saying the force has promised to take action over his accusations of negligence by officers.

Thai Capital Under State of Emergency as Protesters Dig In

The government moves to tighten security as protesters trying to oust the prime minister threaten to disrupt an election she has called for early next month.