Obama to Make History, Stirs Debate With Hiroshima Visit By

Obama becomes the first sitting US president to visit Hiroshima, which many hope will breathe life into stalled efforts to abolish nuclear arms.

Influential Thai Buddhist Monk Too Ill to Face Graft Charges, Say Devotees By

A stand-off between investigators and a Thai Buddhist sect has intensified after its abbot fails to appear at a police station to answer graft charges.


His approval for killings of drug users and criminals helped propel him to the highest office of a crime-weary land, where extrajudicial executions continue.


Cambodia’s next election will be in July 2018, Prime Minister Hun Sen says, as opposition leaders face legal charges they say are politically motivated.


Rights groups call for an independent investigation into the shooting of a Rohingya Muslim who was involved in a mass breakout from a Thai detention center.

Tens of Thousands Need Aid After Deadly Cyclone Pounds Bangladesh, Sri Lanka By

Thousands of people in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka need aid including clean drinking water, dry food rations and medicines after a cyclone hammered the region.

18 Girls Killed in Fire at School Dorm in Northern Thailand By

A dormitory fire in Thailand kills 18 girls, many of whom were roused by a dorm-mate but went back to sleep, thinking it was a prank.

US Lifts Arms Embargo on Old Foe Vietnam as Regional Tensions Simmer By

US President Barack Obama announces that Washington will fully lift an embargo on sales of lethal arms to Vietnam, underlining warming relations between the former foes.

Two Years After Coup, Ousted Yingluck Says Thailand’s Junta Must Speed Up Reform By

Two years after Thailand’s army toppled her government, former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra calls on the junta to accelerate a return to democracy.

Vietnam Frees Jailed Dissident Priest Ahead of Obama’s Visit By

Vietnam releases a Catholic priest who is one of its most prominent dissidents, a move seen as a goodwill gesture before US President Obama’s visit.

Atomic Bomb Survivors: Obama Apology Nice, But Priority Is Disarmament By

Atomic bomb survivors say an apology from US President Obama for Hiroshima would be welcome, but their priority is on ridding the world of nuclear weapons.

US Could Lift Arms Embargo on Vietnam Amid China Tensions By

US President Obama could lift restrictions on arms sales when he makes his first visit to Vietnam, which would remove wartime animosity but not please China.

Over 200 Families Feared Buried by Landslides in Sri Lanka By

Soldiers and police are using sticks and bare hands to dig through piles of mud covering houses in villages hit by massive landslides in central Sri Lanka.

China Stages War Games Days Ahead of Taiwan Inauguration By

China is staging large-scale joint war games featuring mock beach landings, helicopter assaults and tank battles along its east coast facing Taiwan.

Militant Attacks Force Bangladesh’s Gay Community Into Hiding By

Bangladesh’s LGBT community has been pushed further into the shadows after two gay rights activists were murdered in the capital on April 25.

China’s State Media Make Rare Remarks on Cultural Revolution By

BEIJING — China’s official media reaffirmed on Tuesday the Communist Party’s longstanding judgment that the Cultural Revolution was a catastrophic mistake after staying silent on Monday’s 50th anniversary of the start of the decade-long upheaval. The official party mouthpiece People’s Daily published an opinion piece on its website precisely at midnight on Tuesday unequivocally praising […]

Hong Kong on High Alert for Chinese Visit as Independence Calls Grow By

Authorities worried about increasing calls for Hong Kong independence are taking no chances ahead of a rare visit from one of China’s top ranking officials.

Philippine President-Elect to Offer Cabinet Posts to Rebels By

Presumptive Philippine President-elect Duterte says he will re-impose the death penalty, offer Cabinet posts to communist rebels and amend the constitution.

Maoists Still a Force 50 Years After the Cultural Revolution By

Fifty years after the decade-long Cultural Revolution unleashed a radical communist agenda, the spirit of modern China’s founder still exerts a powerful pull.

Vietnam TV Says ‘Reactionary Forces’ at Work in Environmental Protest By

Vietnam’s state television issues a warning to the public to shun calls by “reactionary forces” to join protests over an environmental disaster.

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