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Number of Slaves Found on Indonesian Island at Almost 550 By

The number of enslaved fishermen found on a remote Indonesian island, many of them Burmese nationals, has reached nearly 550.

Obama Says Concerned China Bullying Others in South China Sea By

Washington says China uses “sheer size and muscle” to strong-arm smaller South China Sea claimants, as Beijing defends its creation of artificial islands there.


Time has not blunted John Dean’s anger, crushing shame and feelings of guilt over the US evacuation of Phnom Penh in 1975.


Across Asia, which is largely patriarchal and conservative, the violence lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people face is often from their own families, experts say.


A long awaited power plant, slated to be the biggest in Southeast Asia, threatens to deal another blow to Joko Widodo’s declining popularity.

Russia Eyes Military Sales to Thailand, Rubber Deals By

Russia sees an opportunity to sell Thailand military planes and other defense equipment as the two countries facing Western opprobrium seek to boost trade ties.

Remembering Pamela Gutman, a Scholar Versed in Arakan Art By

The death on March 31 of Pamela Gutman brings to an end the life of the first Australian scholar to complete a doctorate in Asian art and to do so in relation to Burma.

Hundreds of North Korean Missiles Threaten Asia: US Researchers By

Nuclear-armed North Korea already has hundreds of ballistic missiles that can target its neighbors in Northeast Asia, US researchers warn.

US Defense Chief in Japan to Show Alliance Strong Amid China Worries By

US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter begins talks with his Japanese counterpart, attempting to demonstrate strengthened military ties amid China’s growing assertiveness in the region.

4 Men Killed in Raid in South Thailand Were Not Insurgents By

Four young men killed during a recent raid by government security forces in Thailand’s violence-plagued south were not insurgents, an investigating panel says.

Blackmail and Abuse: Gay Sex Ban in India Stirs Violence By

India's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community face persecution after the world's largest democracy in December 2013 reinstated a colonial-era law banning gay sex.

Fast-Growing Asian Aviation Confronts Safety Challenges By

Several challenges face the world’s biggest air travel market, where governments, regulators and airlines are struggling to keep up after a decade of astonishing growth.

One Reported Dead After Pollution Protest in Northern China By

One person died and 50 were arrested after some 2,000 police put down a protest by villagers against pollution from a chemical plant.

Bangladesh Opposition Leader Zia Granted Bail in Graft Cases By

Khaleda Zia has been granted bail on graft charges after she appeared before a special court, a potential sign of easing tension in the country.

Indonesia to Rule on Last-Ditch Appeal by Death Row Australian Drug Convicts By

An Indonesian court will rule on an appeal against President Joko Widodo’s refusal of clemency for two Australian drug convicts who are facing execution by firing squad.

Burmese Slave Fishermen Now Safe on Indonesian Island By

More than 300 fishermen were freed on Saturday, following a rescue from a remote Indonesian island that many believed would be their final resting place.

Three Indian Soldiers Killed in Ambush in Arunachal Pradesh By

Three Indian soldiers were killed and four wounded in an attack by suspected separatist militants in the northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh, which borders Burma.

Chinese Influence in Cambodia Grows With Army School, Aid By

Military aid strengthens China’s ties with Cambodia, seen as part of a push to extend regional influence, including in the disputed South China Sea.

North Korea Expels Chief of German Food Aid Organization: NGO By

North Korea expels the country director of Welthungerhilfe, one of the few foreign aid groups to operate in the isolated country, the German organization says.

UN Rights Chief Slams Thai Junta’s Use of Repressive Law By

Thailand's military government has been condemned for invoking a law that gives the junta chief near-absolute authority without any accountability.

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