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Despite Scandal, Indonesia Election Could Entrench Political Dynasties

In Indonesia, political families are both increasingly common and dogged by allegations of corruption, neglect and misrule.

Planning Could Hold Key to Disappearance of Flight MH370

By choosing a navigational black hole to vanish into radar darkness, whoever took control of the flight appears to have acted only after meticulous planning.

Malaysia Plane Search Straddles Continent as Police Focus on Crew

Australia joins the search for the missing Malaysian airplane and Malaysia requests radar data from numerous countries, amid mounting evidence that its disappearance was planned.

In China, Michelle Obama to Stay Firmly in ‘Mom-in-Chief’ Mode

The US first lady is not expected to raise human rights issues during an upcoming visit to China, where education will be on the agenda.

Indonesia Starts Election Campaign, Voters Set to Choose Radical Change

Indonesia’s raucous election season kicks off with the promise of a fresh style of leadership in the world’s third largest democracy.

‘Good Night’: Haunting Final Contact From Missing Malaysian Jet

Last words from the cockpit of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 were uttered after someone on board had begun disabling the plane’s automatic tracking systems.

Suspected Uighurs Rescued From Thai Trafficking Camp

About 200 people rescued from a human trafficking camp in southern Thailand are suspected Uighur Muslims from China’s troubled far-western region of Xinjiang.

Well-Known Chinese Dissident Dies After Being Denied Treatment

Cao Shunli was detained in September, while on her way to human rights training in Geneva, for staging sit-in protests outside China’s foreign ministry.

Tank-commanding Cartoon Girls Capture Fans for Japan’s Military

As tension with China erode Japan’s post-war pacifism, the military is regaining its prestige—helped by a blitz of television dramas, movies and cartoons.

A Nervous Region Eyes Robust Chinese Response to Missing Malaysian Plane

China, which is locked in maritime disputes with a number of Southeast Asian countries, flexes its growing military muscle during search efforts.

Search for Malaysian Plane May Extend to Indian Ocean: US

A new search area for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 may be opened in the Indian Ocean, significantly broadening the potential location of the missing plane.

Mishaps Mar Malaysia’s Handling of Flight Tragedy

A series of miscues and media gaffes are turning Malaysia into an object of anger and criticism following the disappearance of a Malaysian Airlines jetliner.

Search Planes Find No Sign of Missing Airliner at Spot Located by China

Search planes find no trace of a missing Malaysia Airlines aircraft in an area where satellite images showed debris as the hunt enters day six.

Manila Air-Drops Supplies to Troops on Disputed Reef

The United States has called a Chinese blockade stopping supplies to Filipino marines are posted at a grounded ship “provocative.”

Mega-dams Economically Unviable: Oxford Report

Across developing Asia, dozens of mega-dams have been planned, but an Oxford University study finds the projects do more economic harm than good.

Asia-Pacific Failing to Save Forests, Grassland Loss

Asia-Pacific nations are failing to halt the loss of natural forests and grasslands, the UN says, robbing people of their livelihoods and worsening environmental problems.

Front Companies, Embassies Mask North Korean Weapons Trade: UN

North Korea has developed sophisticated ways to circumvent sanctions, including the suspected use of embassies to facilitate an illegal weapons trade, a UN report says.

Malaysia Air Force Chief Denies Saying Lost Plane Tracked to West

As the search for flight MH370 goes into a fifth day, there is still no sign of the plane carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew.

‘Killing Fields’ Producer Turned Trade Rep Backs Hun Sen

David Puttnam, best known for producing the movie “The Killing Fields”, has stunned journalists, diplomats and others by praising reviled Cambodian strongman Hun Sen.

Stigma Hinders Efforts to Combat Leprosy in India

After India successfully reduced its spread, fear surrounding the disease—which is not highly contagious or lethal—leads to a rise in new cases.