Death Toll in India Temple Stampede Rises to 109

The death toll from a stampede near a temple in central India rose to 109 after many of the injured succumbed, an official says.

Floods Encircle Thai Industrial Park; Govt Says No 2011 Repeat

Floodwater encircles an industrial estate northeast of Bangkok, adding to fears Thailand could see a repeat of the devastation caused by floods in 2011.

Resource Rights groups Call for Doubling of Community-Controlled Land

NGOs are calling for action on the land rights of rural people, an issue that is affecting some 2 billion people worldwide.

Hacker “Mercenaries” Linked To Japan, South Korea Spying: Researchers

Researchers believe they have found a squad of hackers for hire, who contract out to governments and possibly businesses.

Facebook and Twitter Too Late for China’s Internet

China will partially lift the blocking on Facebook and Twitter, but they face a daunting task trying to claim a stake of China’s social media.

Sri Lanka Drifting Toward Authoritarian Rule: U.N. Rights Chief

The UN’s human rights envoy, Navi Pillay, says democracy is being undermined and violence against minorities is rising in Sri Lanka.

Shot Pakistani Teenager Wins EU Human Rights Prize

Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai, shot in the head by the Taliban for campaigning for education for girls, wins the European Union’s annual human rights award.

China Arrests Journalist Amid Crackdown on Rumors

A Chinese investigative journalist has been arrested, becoming the latest in a series of government critics to be swept up in Beijing’s crackdown on rumors.

US Gives Tacit Backing to Philippines in China Sea Dispute

Secretary of State John Kerry says all countries can seek arbitration on territorial claims, backing a US ally in its maritime dispute with China.

US, Vietnam Sign Nuclear Trade Agreement

The United States and Vietnam sign a pact allowing the transfer of nuclear technology and open the way for US investment in the burgeoning industry.

Greenpeace Calls for Renewed Vigor in Asean’s Renewable Energy Drive

Greenpeace Southeast Asia argues for a concerted push for renewable energy in Asean, focusing on the economic and environmental benefits of a greener power policy.

Cambodia’s Hun Sen Pushes On With Forming Govt, Rejects Opposition Role

Prime Minister Hun Sen pushed ahead with forming a new government and rejected a demand from the opposition to be given senior positions in parliament.

East Timor Bans Martial Arts Clubs Amid Killings

The East Timor government banned all martial arts clubs following deadly gang violence, which has killed and injured scores in recent years.

Critics Question Burma’s Readiness to Head Asean

Some hope Burma’s chairmanship of the Southeast Asian bloc in 2014 will serve as a further incentive for the government to reform.

Asian Officials Look at Valuing Nature in Economic Decision-Making

Over 80 economists, ecologists and policy makers are gathering in Bangkok to look at ways of valuing natural resources so they can be better protected.

Britain’s Cameron to Raise Human Rights With Sri Lanka At Commonwealth Summit

British prime minister says he will attend Sri Lanka meeting, despite calls from rights groups to boycott the summit over the country’s human rights record.

US, Japan Press China on South China Sea Dispute

The United States and Japan will press China and Southeast Asian nations to discuss the South China Sea dispute at this week’s Asian summit.

Filipino Rebels Free Hostages Seized in Attack

Muslim rebels in the southern Philippines release 13 people taken hostage during attack that killed 10.

Interpol Laud Singapore’s Capture of Football Match-Fixing Mastermind

Law enforcement agency Interpol lauded the work of Singapore authorities for arresting the ‘mastermind’ of the world’s largest football match-fixing syndicate.

India Upset Over UN Security Council Paralysis

India is promoting its years-long effort for expansion of the UN’s most powerful body during the annual gathering of world leaders this week.