What’s in a name? The great ‘Myanmar’ or ‘Burma’ debate

After holding out for more than quarter of a century, the UK’s Guardian newspaper announced......

China chemical factory blast death toll rises to 5

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese state media say the death toll from an explosion at a......

Nepal police kill 5 protesters demanding new state

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Officials say police in southern Nepal have opened fire on members......

‘Main suspect’ in Bangkok bombing arrested on Cambodian border

A second suspect has been arrested in the investigation into last month's bombing in central......

Press group urges Philippines to put a stop to media killings

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Committee to Protect Journalists has urged Philippine President Benigno Aquino......

Taiwan: Transit cards featuring Japanese porn star sell out in hours

A special edition swipe card for Taiwan's mass transit featuring the clothed image of a......

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US stocks plunge after bleak Chinese manufacturing report

By Wed, Sep 02, 2015 9:44AM UTC

NEW YORK (AP) — Markets turned turbulent again after investors were unnerved by more signs of weakness in China, the world's second-largest economy....

Sri Lanka leader calls for reforms to promote ethnic harmony

By Wed, Sep 02, 2015 9:12AM UTC

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's president has asked the country's newly elected lawmakers to draft political reforms to promote ethnic reconciliation and economic development in the post-war era....

American anti-dolphin-hunt activist Ric O’Barry arrested in Japan

By Tue, Sep 01, 2015 3:27PM UTC

TOKYO (AP) — Anti-dolphin-hunt campaigner Ric O'Barry is in detention in western Japan after being arrested for not carrying his passport....

Explosion rocks another chemical plant in China; 1 dead

By Tue, Sep 01, 2015 11:04AM UTC

BEIJING (AP) — A state-run local news website says that a chemical factory has exploded in eastern China, killing one person just three weeks after massive chemical warehouse explosions in the country exposed lax enforcement of safety regulations....

Relatives say Thai Bangkok bomb suspect is in Turkey

By Tue, Sep 01, 2015 9:19AM UTC

Police in Thailand say relatives of a woman whose arrest they are seeking in connection with the deadly Aug. 17 bombing at a central Bangkok landmark have told them they believe she is in Turkey....

Taking the poo to the loo in India

By Sun, Aug 30, 2015 1:52PM UTC

In an attempt to eliminate open defecation health officers at the Ahmedabad Municipal Council are now paying children 1 rupee each or giving them chocolates to use public toilets....

What’s in a name? The great ‘Myanmar’ or ‘Burma’ debate

By Wed, Sep 02, 2015 11:34AM UTC

After holding out for more than quarter of a century, the UK’s Guardian newspaper announced Monday that it would no longer be using ‘Burma’ to refer to the Southeast Asian nation, switching instead to its official name, Myanmar....

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Phuketwan journalists acquitted of defaming Thai Navy

By Tue, Sep 01, 2015 11:37AM UTC

A Thai provincial court dismissed defamations charges against two journalists accused of defaming the Royal Thai Navy for reporting on its alleged involvent in the trafficking of Rohingya migrants....

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Pakistan army kills 14 suspected militants near Afghanistan

By Sun, Aug 30, 2015 3:27AM UTC

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Pakistani military says its latest airstrikes in a troubled tribal region near Afghanistan have killed 14 suspected militants....

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Japan organizers defend designer over logo, deny it’s copied

By Sat, Aug 29, 2015 2:04PM UTC

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo Olympic organizers have defended a Japanese designer in a logo scandal, denying allegations his design for the 2020 Games was taken from a Belgian theater....

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Australia’s military crackdown on fraud visas backfires

By Fri, Aug 28, 2015 7:27PM UTC

Australia’s Operation Fortitude, one of the latest campaigns of the Tony Abbott’s Government to crackdown on illegal aliens, has been widely ridiculed by anti-racist activists. The operation, set for the weekend, was announced on Friday morning, but was cancelled within 12 hours....

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The legacy of Ieng Thirith: The ‘First Lady’ of the Khmer Rouge

By Tue, Aug 25, 2015 1:02PM UTC

By Alexandra Demetrianova Silently and out of the spotlight, Ieng Thirith passed away in Pailin province in Cambodia at the weekend. She was 83 – an age most people of the Khmer Rouge era never had a chance to reach. Ieng Thirith was the ‘First Lady’ of the bloody regime, which exterminated roughly a quarter...

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