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Tibetan Lama Tenzin Delek Rinpoche Dies in Chinese Prison

Tibetan lama Tenzin Delek Rinpoche dies in prison 13 years into serving a sentence for what human rights groups say were false charges.

Phuketwan Journalists Set to Stand Trial in Thailand Over Coverage of Rohingya Trafficking

Two Thailand-based journalists are set to face trial on charges related to the republication of material alleging Thai military members were involved in human trafficking.

Trafficking Boss, Accomplices Arrested in Raid on Thai Shrimp Factory

A joint task force of Thai police and anti-human trafficking personnel arrests five accomplices and the leader of a human trafficking ring near Bangkok .

Wary of Climate Change, Vanuatu Villagers Seek Higher Ground

Many people living in Vanuatu are considering rebuilding their entire community on higher ground after a cyclone in March sent waves surging through their homes.

Seoul: North Korea Media Confirms Purging of Defense Chief

North Korea confirms the purging of its defense chief two months after Seoul’s spy service said he was executed for disloyalty to Kim Jong Un.

No DNA Evidence Lost in Murders of Britons, say Thai Police

DNA evidence in the murder case of two British backpackers has not been lost, Thai police say, contradicting earlier statements that evidence had been misplaced.

Thailand Says It Rejected China’s Request to Deport All Uighur Muslims

Thailand says it rejected a Beijing request to deport all Uighur Muslims back to China, days after the deportation of nearly 100 Uighurs sparked criticism.

Seoul: North Korean Leader Has so Far Executed 70 Officials

Kim Jong-un has executed 70 officials since taking power in a “reign of terror” far exceeding that of his dictator father, South Korean officials say.

In Burma, a Rising Exodus but No Trafficking Arrests

Local officials say no one has been arrested for trafficking in Burma’s Arakan State, which supplies many of victims to this brutal trade.

Inside Thailand’s Trafficking Crackdown

A roti seller’s desperate bid to save his nephew ultimately sparked a regional crisis over boatloads of unwanted Rohingya trafficking victims.

Vietnam: Human Rights Should Not Obstruct Deeper US Ties

The head of Vietnam’s Communist Party says differences with Washington on human rights should not obstruct the deepening of relations between the former enemies.

US Upgrades Malaysia in Annual Human Trafficking Report: Sources

Washington is removing Malaysia from its list of worst human trafficking centers despite recent discoveries of trafficking-linked mass graves in the Southeast Asian nation.

Chinese Brokers Woken from Global Dreams by Market Emergency

The business plans and overseas ambitions of Chinese brokerages are being shelved as Beijing pushes them to arrest a dramatic plunge in domestic equity.

Malaysia’s Najib Considers Legal Action Over WSJ Report

Malaysian PM Najib Razak tells lawyers to consider action against the newspaper, which reported that investigators probing a state fund traced deposits to him.

Thai Military Court to Release 14 Students Ahead of Trial

A Thai military court will release 14 detained student activists but they will still face sedition charges for defying the junta’s ban on political gatherings.

Two Burmese Men Go On Trial for Murder of British Tourists

Two men from Burma accused of murdering two British holidaymakers in Thailand go on trial in a case that caused outrage abroad.

South Korean Violinist Wants Border Concert With North Korea

Violinist Won Hyung Joon wants to bring North and South Korean musicians together to perform on each side of the world’s most heavily armed border.

Sri Lanka Polls Timed Ahead of UN War Crimes Report to Foil Rajapaksa Comeback

War-time President Mahinda Rajapaksa remarkably may see his popularity rise in coming months if criticized for war crimes in a UN report.

Oil Palm Plantations Destroying SE Asia’s Peatlands: Researchers

Drainage of peatlands to cultivate oil palm in Malaysia’s Rajang Delta is causing land subsidence that will bring large-scale floods in coming decades, researchers warn.