Outgoing President Thein Sein has at the last minute canceled plans to attend the US-ASEAN summit in California next week, his office said late on Thursday.

India Drafts New Anti-Trafficking Bill, Raises Penalty for Offenders By

A new bill being drafted in India aims to curb the rise in human trafficking by raising the penalty for offenders and providing for victims’ rehabilitation.


Thailand is urging businesses to hire more older people to soften the impact of the aging workforce and to limit the rising cost of its pension scheme.


China’s first case of the Zika virus has been found in a 34-year-old man who recently traveled to Venezuela and is now making a speedy recovery.


The United Nations will not force Sri Lanka to use international judges in investigating war crimes, but any process must be impartial, UN official says.

US Intel Warns of Expansion of Terror Groups in Bangladesh By

Efforts by Bangladesh’s prime minister to undermine political opposition could provide openings for transnational terrorist groups, US intelligence says.

Hong Kong Activists, Police Clash over Holiday Food Stalls By

Hong Kong’s Lunar New Year celebration descended into chaos this week as protesters and police clashed over a street market selling local delicacies.

China Offers Rewards for Online ‘Terrorist’ Tip-Offs By

China has pledged to reward people who report online “terrorist” content up to 100,000 yuan (US$15,200) for each tip off, an official news agency reported.

Suspect in Murder of Dismembered Spaniard in Thai Custody By

A Spanish man who is the prime suspect in the gruesome murder of a fellow Spaniard was in Thai custody Monday after being arrested in Cambodia.

Taiwan Quake Toll Climbs to 35, President to Visit Disaster Scene By

The death toll from an earthquake in southern Taiwan on Saturday has climbed to 35, with some 100 people still listed as missing under a 17-story building.

Firebrand Monks a Powerful Force in Burma Despite Setback By

Challenges from Ma Ba Tha seem likely to continue, despite the religious group’s support for a rival pro-military party that was trounced in elections.

UN Condemns N. Korea launch, Pledges Significant New Sanctions By

The UN Security Council has condemned North Korea’s launch of a long-range rocket that world leaders called another “intolerable provocation.”

Sri Lanka’s Tamil Leaders Call for UN Help on 4,000 Missing By

Sri Lanka’s ethnic Tamil leaders have asked the UN to help determine the fate of more than 4,000 civilians reported missing in the country’s long civil war.

Missing Chinese Journalist Under Investigation in China By

A Chinese journalist and rights activist who disappeared in Thailand last month is now under investigation in China, his wife said on Thursday.

Thai Police: Slain Spanish Man ID’d from Body Parts in River By

Bangkok police have said they have identified a man whose body parts were found floating in the city’s Chao Phraya River as a Spanish consultant.

Seoul, Tokyo Threaten to Intercept N. Korean Rocket Debris By

South Korea and Japan have vowed to shoot down any debris that falls on their territories from a long-range rocket North Korea plans to fire this month.

China Reduces Sentences for 11 Uighurs, Including Canadian By

A court in China has reduced the sentences of 11 Uighurs convicted of terrorism and endangering state security, including a naturalized Canadian preacher.

Use of ‘Dictator Law’ Rises in Thailand as Junta’s Reforms Falter By

Thai junta chief Prayuth is relying increasingly on the security measure to push through unpopular policies and kickstart stalled reforms, say critics.

Malaysian Politician Ousted After Criticizing Prime Minister By

The son of former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad resigns as leader of a federal state, saying he was ousted for criticizing Prime Minister Najib.

North Korea Tells UN Agencies it Plans Satellite Launch By

North Korea told UN agencies on Tuesday it plans to launch a satellite as early as next week, a move that could advance its long-range missile technology.

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