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India’s Modi Under Fire for Silence Over Religious Incidents

Prime Minister Narendra Modi faces criticism for remaining silent about incidents deemed anti-Muslim, underscoring fears his Hindu nationalist followers will upset religious relations in India.

Sri Lankan Asylum Seekers Arrive in Australia After Weeks Held at Sea

A group of Sri Lankan asylum seekers held at sea by Australian authorities for almost a month arrive at a detention camp on mainland Australia.

Battered and Broke, Vietnam Fishermen Bear Brunt of China Row

Vietnamese fishermen say they have been caught in the crossfire of a territorial dispute between Beijing and Hanoi.

UN Panel Tells Japan to Compensate ‘Comfort Women’

South Korea has accused Japan of going back on an earlier apology for forcing women into brothels before and during World War Two.

Very Bad Week: Airline Disasters Come in a Cluster

Experts say since there is no common theme among recent crashes, passengers will most likely not be deterred from taking flights.

Inside Xi Jinping’s Purge of China’s Oil Mandarins

China National Petroleum Corporation is at the center of a campaign by Chinese President Xi Jinping to take down a political rival.

US Hails Indonesia Democracy in Turbulent Southeast Asia

President Obama swiftly called Indonesia’s election winner Joko Widodo, demonstrating Washington’s intent to deepen ties with the Muslim-majority country of 240 million people.

Dutch Mourn as First MH17 Bodies Arrive in Netherlands

Bells pealed and flags flew at half-mast in memory of the 298 people killed, in the first national day of mourning since 1962.

Relatives Fly to Taiwan Plane Crash Site, 48 Dead

The plane unsuccessfully attempted to land in stormy weather, killing 48 people, including two French citizens, near a small Taiwanese island. 

Conditions in Burma Not Right for Refugee Repatriation: UN

Conditions in Burma are not yet right for refugees in Thailand to return, the UNHCR says, amid concerns that the Thai junta wants repatriation soon.

Thailand’s Junta Adopts Interim Constitution

The temporary constitution is a first step toward the slow return of electoral democracy after two months of military rule.

Jokowi: The New Face of Indonesian Politics

To many, Joko Widodo represents a clean break from the old elite that have clung to power since the fall of former authoritarian ruler Suharto.

China’s McDonald’s Meat Scandal Hits Starbucks, Burger King

A food safety scandal in China spreads to Japan after a supplier of chicken and beef to McDonald’s is accused of selling expired meat.

Cambodia Opposition Drops Boycott After PM Makes Rare Deal

Cambodia’s opposition agrees to drop a parliamentary boycott following talks with Prime Minister Hun Sen, ending a year-long deadlock and easing political tension.

Indonesia Election Commission Confirms Jokowi as Next President

Former Jakarta governor “Jokowi” Widodo has beat ex-general Prabowo Subianto to become the next president of Southeast Asia’s largest country.

Malaysia Given Black Boxes From Ukraine Crash Site

A senior Ukrainian separatist leader hands over the downed Malaysia Airlines plane’s black boxes to Malaysian experts.

Indonesia to Declare Winner of Hotly Contested Presidential Election

Indonesian election officials were expected on Tuesday to officially declare Jakarta Governor Joko “Jokowi” Widodo the winner of a hotly contested presidential election.

Thai Media Call on Junta to Ease Restrictions

Thai media call on the military government to ease restrictions after the junta said it would shut down news outlets putting out critical coverage.

China Warns Officials Against Aping Western Morality

State media says members of the Chinese Communist Party must “keep firm belief in Marxism to avoid being lost in the clamor for Western democracy.”

Anti-Russia Sentiment Running Deep in Malaysia

Malaysians urge their government and world leaders to take a tough stance against Russia after pro-Russia rebels allegedly shot down a Malaysia Airlines jet.