(Channel News Asia) - Around 20 people were detained Tuesday in Indian-administered Kashmir while protesting on Human Rights Day against alleged abuses by security forces in the disputed territory, police and witnesses said.
(Channel News Asia) - Her eyes welling with tears, Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra pleaded on Tuesday for anti-government protesters to clear the streets but she also insisted she would not step down before the upcoming election.
(Channel News Asia) - Japan's controversial new state secrets law was condemned on Saturday as "the largest ever threat to democracy in post-war Japan" by a group of academics, including two Nobel prize winners, reports said.
(Channel News Asia) - US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel on Saturday said he had received assurances during a visit to Kabul that a long-delayed deal allowing US troops to stay in Afghanistan after 2014 would be signed "in a timely manner".
(Channel News Asia) - Thai authorities said Saturday they would rebuild barricades around key state buildings in Bangkok after opposition protesters called for a final push to topple the government.
Japan's parliament on Friday adopted a law on protecting state secrets despite a public outcry, with strong opposition from the media and academics who fear it will infringe on the right to information and free expression.
(Channel News Asia) - An Indonesian on trial for a foiled plot to bomb the Myanmar embassy confessed to being the mastermind on Thursday, saying he was "still at war" with anyone oppressing Muslims.
US military chiefs insist they will not change their operations despite a move by China to scramble fighter jets to monitor American and Japanese aircraft in Beijing's newly declared air defence zone.
(Channel News Asia) - Thai opposition protesters rejected government talks to defuse their rallies on Thursday after the prime minister called for an end to the demonstrations as she survived a no confidence vote in parliament.
(Channel News Asia) - Thailand's embattled premier on Monday invoked a special security law in the capital Bangkok and nearby areas after protesters stormed key ministries in a bid to topple the government.
(Channel News Asia) - A haul of cocaine with an estimated street value of $48 million has washed ashore on a beach south of Tokyo, reports said on Thursday, with authorities suspecting seafaring traffickers.
(Channel News Asia) - Shot in the back as they fled police, the killing of three unarmed students in Thailand's insurgency-hit south has inflamed controversy over a culture of impunity among security forces that activists say boosts support for rebels.
(Channel News Asia) - A number of North Korean sailors were killed when a warship sank during "combat duties" last month, a state newspaper has reported in an unusual admission by the secretive state.
(Channel News Asia) - Pakistan has started a process to initiate dialogue with the Taliban, officials said Thursday, but no direct talks have yet begun.
(Channel News Asia) - Fresh violence erupted across Bangladesh on Monday, leaving at least four people dead as rival party activists clashed on the second day of a strike amid a mounting political crisis.
(Channel News Asia) - The United Nations has expressed serious concern for hundreds of Myanmar civilians, many of them children, trapped in a conflict zone in northern Kachin state amid renewed clashes between the army and rebels.
(Channel News Asia) -Torrential rains have claimed as many as 48 lives in eastern India, which this month saw the worst cyclone to hit the country in over a decade, the Press Trust of India reported Saturday.
(Channel News Asia) - Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Monday urged European Union and world leaders to pile pressure on her country's government to complete its reform process.
(Channel News Asia) - Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi meets European Union leaders this weekend before heading to Luxembourg for talks with EU foreign ministers and to Strasbourg to pick up a prize she won 23 years ago.
At least three people died in cyclone Phailin which lashed India's east coast overnight and nearly a million people were evacuated, a state official told AFP on Sunday.
(AFP) - Sri Lanka's navy has rescued 70 would-be illegal immigrants drifting on the high seas in the country's first detected case of people-smuggling since Australia tightened restrictions on asylum-seekers, officials said on Friday.
(Channel News Asia) DILI: Former guerrilla and army chief Taur Matan Ruak has won Timor Leste's presidential election, according to a court statement.
SYDNEY: Two Aboriginal teenagers aged 14 and 18 were shot by police in central Sydney on Saturday after mounting a crowded footpath in a stolen car and hitting a bystander as officers gave chase.
(Channel News Asia) BANGKOK: Myanmar is likely to shake off tough EU sanctions this month, analysts said, after a dramatic change of policy from Britain and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi in the wake of sweeping reforms.
(AFP) - HAVANA: Cuba and Vietnam pledged Friday to strengthen political ties after visiting Vietnamese Communist Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong met with Cuban President Raul Castro and brother Fidel Castro.
(Channel News Asia) UNITED NATIONS: The UN Security Council ordered an emergency meeting for Friday to condemn North Korea's failed rocket launch, but is unlikely to order immediate new sanctions against the isolated state.
(Channel News Asia) BEIJING: China has closed 42 websites and deleted more than 210,000 online posts since mid-March in a crackdown on "Internet-based rumours", state media said on Thursday.
(AFP) KABUL: Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Monday hailed an agreement with the United States over controversial night raids by special forces as consolidating Afghan sovereignty.
(AFP) KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia will lift a decades-old ban on university students joining political parties.
(AFP) - SYDNEY: A 6.2-magnitude quake struck off Papua New Guinea early Saturday, the US Geological Survey said, but there were no immediate reports of damage and no tsunami warning was issued.
(Channel News Asia) NATADOLA, Fiji: Flood-ravaged Fiji declared a state of emergency Sunday and warned tourists to stay away for the time being, as heavy rain and high winds continued to pound the South Pacific nation.
(Channel News Asia) HANOI: Vietnam may have contained the fatal bird flu outbreak that raged in the late 2000s but it is still struggling with new cases of the disease that have puzzled experts in the communist country.
(Channel News Asia) SEOUL: North Korea held a national memorial service Sunday on the 100th day since the death of leader Kim Jong-Il, with the whole country "wrapped in an atmosphere of mourning", state media said.
JAKARTA: Thousands of Indonesians protested across the country Wednesday against a proposed fuel hike, with violence which broke out in one city injuring a policeman, police said.
(AFP) SEOUL: South Korea accused North Korea on Monday of trying to develop a nuclear-armed missile through a satellite launch next month, after Pyongyang dismissed international calls to abandon the exercise.
(Channel News Asia) YANGON: Myanmar has signed an agreement with the International Labour Organization to end forced labour by 2015, state media reported on Saturday.
(Channel News Asia) BEIJING: Chinese police rescued more than 24,000 abducted children and women last year, some of whom had been sold for adoption or forced into prostitution as far away as Angola, according to officials.
(Channel News Asia) SYDNEY: Australian floods have inundated close to 2,000 homes in New South Wales, an official said Saturday, as the surging waters appeared to claim the life of a man in the state's north.
(AFP) - BEIJING: Chinese President Hu Jintao stressed the need to maintain stability in Tibet as he met legislators from the restive region, following a spate of self-immolations in Tibetan-inhabited areas.
(Channel News Asia) HONG KONG: The Hong Kong government on Thursday began releasing hourly readings of the smallest, most dangerous pollution particles, as it bowed to public pressure for greater transparency about air quality.
NEW DELHI (Channel News Asia)- Sonia Gandhi, president of India's ruling Congress party, vowed Wednesday to "correct the mistakes" that led to a mid-term drubbing in local polls and defended embattled Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
(AFP) North Korean defectors warned Monday that some 30 refugees in China risked severe retribution if they return, as they joined US lawmakers in urging Beijing to halt plans for repatriation.
(AFP) - WUKAN, China: Residents of a seaside village in one-party China are going to the polls Saturday in an unprecedented leadership election they hope will end alleged graft and revive their fortunes.
KUALA LUMPUR (Channel News Asia) : Predominantly Muslim Malaysia on Wednesday banned the sale of a children's sex education book written by a British author, saying its contents "could threaten moral values".
(Channel News Asia) WELLINGTON: A group of mostly Maori protesters forced New Zealand Prime Minister John Key to retreat from a national day ceremony amid rising objections to the planned sale of state assets.
SHANGHAI: China has detained seven company executives after suspected industrial waste discharges polluted a river with toxic cadmium, threatening drinking supplies for millions, state media said Tuesday.
(Channel News Asia) CHENGDU, China: Sitting in a teahouse in Chengdu's Tibetan quarter, a nervous young monk spoke of how police arrests of innocent people were adding to the climate of fear in China's Tibetan-inhabited regions.
(Channel News Asia) WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama on Tuesday hailed democratic reforms in Myanmar as offering "new hope" as he recommitted the United States to a lasting presence in the Asia-Pacific region.
SEOUL: South Korea's economy has widened its gap with North Korea, with gross national income (GNI) about 40 times bigger than its communist neighbour, according to official figures.
(AFP) ABU DHABI: China's prime minister vowed on Monday to keep promoting peace in energy-rich Middle East and North Africa through the United Nations, at a time of high tension between the West and major oil producer Iran.