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Weather Improves But Progress Slow in AirAsia Search

Indonesian search and rescue officials report better weather over the presumed crash site of an AirAsia passenger jet, but appear no closer to finding its black box flight recorders.

Thai PM Urges Action on Human Trafficking as US Deadline Looms

Thai Prime Minister says his government would step up measures against human trafficking as it scrambles to improve its record in fighting the illegal trade.

Sri Lanka Monitor Accuses Ruling Party of Violating Election Rules

Supporters of Sri Lanka’s ruling party have repeatedly violated election laws and police have been unresponsive to violence and intimidation, says a local polling monitor.

India, Pakistan Step Up Border Fighting Ahead of Kerry Visit

Indian and Pakistani intensified cross-border firing, killing an Indian border guard and forcing hundreds of villagers to flee, escalating tensions before visits by US officials.

Cambodia’s Political Prince Makes Comeback, Claims PM’s Support

Cambodia’s Prince Norodom Ranariddh returns to the party that ousted him, in a comeback meant to revive royalist support before a 2018 election.

4 Shot Dead on Bangladesh Election Anniversary

Clashes between police and opposition activists and a separate attack by unidentified gunmen left at least four people dead amid heightened tensions in the country.

Tensions in Bangladesh Ahead of Election Anniversary

Police in Dhaka have banned all rallies and restricted the movement of the opposition leader, while opposition activists have been detained across the country.

Safety Overhaul Puts Strain on Bangladesh Garment Industry

Safety standards imposed on Bangladesh’s garment sector following a deadly factory collapse in 2013 are putting financial strains on the country’s biggest export sector.

Friend Turned Foe: The Challenger for Sri Lanka’s Presidency

Mithripala Sirisena forged many political alliances in Sri Lanka and now appears within striking distance of unseating a president who, just weeks ago, looked unassailable.

Investigators to Use Acoustic Equipment to Search for AirAsia Black Boxes

A multinational team with acoustic equipment arrives at the suspected crash site of a sunken AirAsia jet, bolstering the search for the plane’s flight recorders.

Stampede Leaves 36 dead, 47 Injured in Shanghai

Grieving relatives have lashed out at authorities for failing to prevent a stampede at Shanghai’s riverfront during New Year’s celebrations.

Crowded Skies in Southeast Asia Put Pressure on Pilots, Air Traffic Control

The sheer volume of flights over Southeast Asia is putting pressure on outdated air traffic control and on pilots to take risky unilateral action.

AirAsia Victim’s Life Jacket Raises New Questions About Crash

A body recovered from the crashed AirAsia plane in the Java Sea was wearing a life jacket, raising new questions about how the disaster unfolded.

Indian Court Drops Charges Against Modi Aide

An Indian court has dropped criminal charges against the president of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, who was accused of ordering extra-judicial killings in 2005.

The Mainland’s Colonization of the Hong Kong Economy

It is in Hong Kong’s business sector that China is tightening its grip, even as Beijing struggles to tame the city politically.

China Fires Officials Over Deadly Factory Blast

China’s Cabinet announced on Tuesday the firing of the top two officials in Kunshan, where an explosion at a factory killed 146 people in August.

Dozens Die as Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines Battered by Storms

Malaysia, southern Thailand and parts of the Philippines are battered by heavy rain and flash floods, killing dozens.

Bodies Found in Indonesian Waters Where Plane Disappeared

Six bodies and debris floating in Indonesian waters end the mystery of the AirAsia flight that crashed into the Java Sea with 162 people aboard.

Chinese Access to Gmail Cut, Regulators Blamed

Chinese access to Google Inc.’s email service is blocked amid government efforts to limit or possibly ban access to the US company’s services.

Indonesia Expands Search for Missing AirAsia Jet, US Sends Warship

Countries around Asia step up the search for an AirAsia plane presumed to have crashed in shallow waters off the Indonesian coast.