ASIA - The Irrawaddy Magazine
Thai Opposition Leader Seeks Compromise to Avert Bloodshed

Government skeptical despite former Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva’s calls for common ground as a months-long political deadlock continues.

Pyongyang’s Pop Queens Stage Comeback

Kim Jong Un’s favorite pop group, the miniskirt-sporting Moranbong Band, makes a comeback, quashing rumors that one member was caught up in a purge.

Thai Activist Who Opposed Lese Majeste Law Killed

A pro-government activist who opposed a law punishing critics of Thailand’s monarchy was fatally shot Wednesday in the capital, police said.

In India’s vote, Hindu Holy City Is Battleground

Two of India’s most prominent politicians are facing off in Varanasi, on the banks of the Ganges River, in the country’s national elections.

Obama Uses Japan Visit to Reassure Wary Asian Allies

US president is welcomed to Japan with a display of pomp and ceremony, intended to reassure his country’s main regional ally amid disputes with China.

Search for MH370 Reveals a Military Vulnerability for China

Its lack of offshore bases and friendly ports to call on remains a strategic headache as China tries to ramp up its regional naval presence.

Pirates Raid Japanese Oil Tanker Off Malaysia, Kidnap 3 Crew

Armed assailants managed to steal more than half the diesel carried in a vessel headed through the Malacca Strait on its way to Burma.

Obama Says Disputed Islands Within Scope Of US-Japan Security Treaty

US president begins a four-nation Asia tour where he will seek to assure allies of the United States’ support while not damaging ties with China.

As Nepali Sherpa Families Cremate Everest Victims, Anger Grows

Nepali families cremated eight sherpas as anger grows over the compensation that should be paid to victims of the single deadliest avalanche on Mount Everest.

Death Count in Ferry Sinking Tops 100

Officials say confirmed fatalities in the sinking of the South Korean ferry Sewol have reached 104, with nearly 200 people still missing.

Japan PM Makes Offering to Yasukuni Shrine, Angers China, South Korea

Shinzo Abe’s move is seen as provocative and comes as a Chinese maritime court seizes a Japanese-owned ship over wartime contractual dispute.

Group Concerned for Karen Activist Missing in Thailand

Human Rights Watch urges Thai authorities to investigate the disappearance of Por Cha Lee Rakcharoen, an ethnic Kachin environmental activist.

Malaysia, Flight 370 Relatives Talk Financial Help

As search continues for clues about the disappeared plane’s whereabouts, a Malaysian official suggests a government or airline fund could be set up.

Asia Seeks Obama’s Assurance in Territorial Spats

As Barack Obama travels through Asia this week, he confronts a region warily watching the crisis in Ukraine and considering its own tensions with China.

More Bodies Discovered in South Korean Ferry Sinking

As divers increasingly making their way into the South Korean ferry that sunk last week, there’s been a big jump in the discovery of corpses.

In Thai Peace Talks, a Challenge to Military Dominance

In the internal struggle over who’s in charge of ending a decade-old insurgency in Thailand’s south, the powerful army appears to be losing out.

‘Railway Man’ Revisits War Prisoner’s Horror and Forgiveness

New movie tells the story of a former British Army officer who was one of thousands forced by Japan to build the Thailand-Burma “Death Railway.”

Australian PM Confident Sounds Are From Flight 370

Signals thought to be from the missing flight’s black box have narrowed the search to an area of seabed about the size of Los Angeles.

Flaws Found in Thailand’s Human-Trafficking Crackdown

Thailand excludes Rohingya kept in camps in its southern provinces from a report to the US State Department, claiming they are only “smuggled.”

Philippines: Invite All Southeast Asia to Pacific Pact

A US-backed trade pact could cause resentment in Southeast Asia as it would advantage some nations in the region over others, a Philippine official says.