9 die in fire at Philippines maximum security prison

One prisoner remains unaccounted for in blaze that broke out in penal colony in central Philippines, razing prison hospital and other buildings By Roy Ramos ZAMBOANGA,...

Amnesty calls for reform of law enforcement in Cambodia

Human rights organisation says 'culture of impunity surrounding human rights violations' By Lauren Crothers PHNOM PENH  - The Cambodian government has been taken to task in a lengthy...

UPDATE – Malaysian police find 139 graves at ‘trafficking camps’

- Police chief says graves discovered this month located hundreds of meters from camps found in Thailand. UPDATES WITH POLICE AND HOME MINISTER COMMENTS By Prem Kumar KUALA...

Thailand rejects US offer to help in boat people crisis

- US requested that its surveillance aircraft remain on Phuket island to help provide aid to Bangladeshi, Muslim Rohingya migrants. By Max Constant BANGKOK - Thailand’s military...

Volcano on remote Japanese island erupts dramatically

- 147 permanent residents of small island evacuated by ferryboat to neighboring Yakushima island. By Todd Crowell TOKYO – Mt. Shindake on the remote Japanese island...

UPDATE – Thai officials arrested in Rohingya mass grave probe

Arrest of officials first in raft of measures promised by ruling junta following discovery of mass grave containing bodies of 26 Rohingya and Bangladeshi. BANGKOK...

Cambodia: NGOs call for stronger domestic violence law

Warning of flaws, loopholes in law comes weeks after ministry study revealed that 21 percent of women had been beaten or sexually assaulted by...

Epic tale of Ottoman sailors remembered in Istanbul

Istanbul museum receives model of Japanese warship which returned Turkish survivors of the 1890 ‘Ertugrul’ frigate disaster ISTANBUL - A ceremony Thursday at an Istanbul naval museum...

21 killed in Pakistan road attack

Suspected Baluch separatists kidnap dozens in attack on Pashtuns traveling to Karachi from Baluchistan capital by Aamir Latif KARACHI, Pakistan - At least 21 passengers were killed...

Philippines raises volcano alert level after explosion

Steam explosion at active volcano in central Philippines indicates it may be about to erupt By Roy Ramos ZAMBOANGA, the Philippines - A steam explosion at...

South Africa to arrest ex-Israeli chiefs in flotilla case

South Africa has agreed to enforce a Turkish court’s warrants for four ex-Israeli military commanders involved in the 2010 deadly Mavi Marmara attack, police...

Turkish Airlines publishes Skylife magazine in Japanese

Turkey’s national flag-carrier already flies to six destinations in Japan ANKARA – Turkish Airlines has begun publishing its Skylife magazine in the Japanese language. The airline said on...
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Illegal fishing in Indonesia

Indonesian Navy burn a foreign fishing vessel caught fishing illegally in Indonesian sea, near Belawan, North Sumatra, Indonesia, on August 19, 2015. According to...

Search on fourth day for yacht lost off Philippines

Possible traces of Hong Kong vessel lost in typhoon with 4 foreigners, Filipino on board spotted off Philippines coast as search continues By Roy Ramos ZAMBOANGA,...

Koreas set up high-level dialogue after landmark deal

North-South government talks booked for next month following overnight working-level talks By Alex Jensen SEOUL - North and South Korea are set for a high-level meeting next...

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