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More Than 2,000 Enslaved Fishermen Rescued in 6 Months

Over 2,000 fishermen have been rescued in 2015 from brutal conditions at sea due to an Associated Press investigation into a slave island in Indonesia.

SE Asia Emergency Response Team Takes on Region’s Deluge of Disasters

The ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance is setting itself to be among the most effective response teams to the region’s natural disasters.

Nepal at Crossroads After New Constitution Is Adopted

Nepal’s first complete political framework since monarchy was abolished in 2006 could set the stage for prolonged conflict as some ethnic groups protest the charter.

With a Rocket’s Red Glare? N. Korea Gears Up for Major Fete

North Korea is preparing to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of its ruling party, but keeps observers guessing as to what to expect.

Malaysian Police Fire Water Cannons at Malay Protesters

Police fired water cannons at ethnic Malays who turned unruly Wednesday at a pro-government rally that many fear has the potential to spark racial trouble.

Popular Philippine Senator Announces Bid for Presidency

A popular Philippine senator and daughter of one of the country’s most famous movie couples announced her candidacy in next year’s presidential election.

North Korea Warns it has Restarted all Nuclear Bomb Fuel Plants

With a big anniversary drawing near, North Korea declared Tuesday it had restarted all of its atomic fuel plants—meaning it could make more nuclear weapons.

Thai Junta Frees Journalist, Politicians Critical of Regime

Thailand’s military government frees a journalist and two politicians who were detained for defying orders against criticizing its rule.

China Continued South China Sea Reclamation Despite Halt Claim — Expert

China is continuing land reclamation in contested waters of the South China Sea, despite recently saying it had halted such activity, a US expert said.

Child Workers in Thai Seafood Industry Face Hazards, Injuries: Report

Children employed in Thailand’s seafood industry face more workplace hazards and are twice as likely to be injured than minors working in other industries.

Thailand’s Military Govt Detains Newspaper Reporter

Thailand’s military government has detained Pravit Rojanaphruk, in what appears to be part of a fresh crackdown on critics of the ruling junta.

Behind Singapore Ruling Party’s Victory, a Rising Star

Singapore’s ruling party is celebrating a resounding re-election victory, thanks partly to its economic Tsar, Tharman Shanmugaratnam.

Analysis: Singaporeans Fall Back on Tried and Tested Party

In some ways, Friday’s result was the direct outcome of the government’s relatively poor showing in the 2011 elections.

Malaysia Arrests Three Suspects in Connection with Bangkok Blast

Malaysia arrests three suspects in connection with the investigation into a bomb blast in central Bangkok last month that killed 20 people.

Okinawa to Revoke Approval for US Base Work in Headache for Abe

The governor of Japan’s Okinawa prefecture said on Monday he will move to halt work on a contentious US air base, which could provoke a government response.

Forensics tests on a weapon apparently used to kill two British backpackers show no matches to the DNA of two Burmese men accused of their murder, their lawyer says.

Bangladesh Favors Japan for Port and Power Plant, in Blow to China

Bangladesh may shelve an $8 billion port project it has been negotiating with China as it looks to pursue a nearby facility financed by Japan.

South Korean Attacker of US Ambassador Jailed for 12 Years

A South Korean man who slashed the US ambassador in the face with a knife was jailed for 12 years on Friday after being found guilty of attempted murder.

Watch What You Eat Over the Holidays, China Tells Officials

Chinese officials have been ordered to ensure they don’t break frugality rules over two upcoming holidays amid an ongoing anti-corruption drive.

Japan Rivers Burst Their Banks Triggering Further Floods, 25 Missing

Floods that swept houses off their foundations spread across Japan on Friday as more rivers burst their banks, leaving at least 25 people missing.