Tough-Talking Mayor Keeps Poll Lead a Week Before Philippine Elections By

A tough-talking mayor running for president of the Philippines has kept his double-digit lead five days before elections, despite allegations of corruption.

Bangkok Temple Now a Venerated Site for Leicester City Fans By

Tucked in the Chinatown area of Bangkok is a Buddhist temple that has turned overnight into a venerated site for Leicester City’s Thai fans.


Survivors of Indonesia’s anti-communist massacres in 1965 have submitted a list of what they say are more than 100 mass graves to the government.


Japan will help countries in the lower Mekong River basin improve infrastructure and bolster development with US$7 billion in aid over three years.


Japan’s foreign minister arrived in Bangkok on Sunday to reaffirm economic ties after a slump in Japanese investments in Thailand amid political concerns.

China Trains ‘Fishing Militia’ to Sail Into Disputed Waters By

The fishing fleet in a tiny port town on Hainan island is being turned into a sophisticated fishing militia to sail into the disputed South China Sea.

China Passes Law Tightening Controls on Foreign Nonprofits By

China passes a law tightening controls over foreign non-governmental organizations by subjecting them to close police supervision.

Tuna Giant Thai Union Scraps Worker Fees to Tackle Labor Abuses By

Thai Union will eliminate recruitment fees for its workers to prevent them from racking up debts to job brokers and from being exploited and abused.

Exiled Tibetans Re-Elect Leader Who Vows to Revive Autonomy Push By

Lobsang Sangay vows after being re-elected to convince the international community to renew its interest in his campaign for China to grant Tibet autonomy.

Indonesia’s Search for Mass Graves Met With Skepticism By

Before turning over their data on mass graves, rights groups seek specifics from the Indonesian government on how it will investigate anti-communist massacres in 1965.

Thai Facebook Group Charged Over ‘Foul Language’ About Draft Constitution By

Charges are filed against a group for posting comments online criticizing Thailand’s military-backed draft constitution, under a law that prohibits campaigning on the charter.

China Set to Pass Law Tightening Controls on Foreign NGOs By

China’s national legislature is poised to vote on a draft law criticized for clamping down on foreign NGOs by bringing them under direct police supervision.

Al-Qaida Says It Killed Bangladesh Gay Activist, Friend By

The Bangladeshi branch of al-Qaida claims to have killed a gay rights activist and his friend, adding to a wave of violence against activists and writers.

Japan Eyes More Foreign Workers, Stealthily Challenging Immigration Taboo By

Desperate for an antidote to an aging population, Japan is exploring ways to bring in more foreign workers without calling it an “immigration policy.”

Drones to Help Farmers in Philippines to Prepare for Disasters By

The Philippines starts to deploy drones to find out where farmland is most at risk from natural disasters and quickly assess damage after they strike.

US Presses Vietnam on Detentions Ahead of Obama Visit By

Washington presses Vietnam over a recent spate of detentions of dissidents and pushes for other human rights progress ahead of President Barack Obama’s visit.

China’s Xi Warns of Foreign Infiltration Through Religion By

China must be on guard against foreign infiltration through religion and stop “extremists” spreading their ideology, says Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Grief and Frustration as Nepal Marks Earthquake Anniversary By

Relatives mourn the thousands killed in an earthquake in Nepal last year, as aid agencies warn of the health risks posed by sub-standard temporary shelter.

Three Years After Rana Plaza Disaster, Has Anything Changed? By

Three years after the Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh killed more than 1,100 factory workers, progress in fixing problems in the supply chain is slow.

China’s Xi Moves to Take More Direct Command Over Military By

Chinese President Xi Jinping has assumed a more direct role over the country’s powerful armed forces, showing China’s determination to defend its interests.
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