Malaysia’s second-quarter GDP beats forecasts but trade risks cloud outlook

Malaysia’s economy grew faster-than-expected in April-June and became the first Southeast Asian nation to report an acceleration in growth from the previous quarter, driven by stronger consumer spending and palm…

Thai Junta Critic: Prison ‘Like Hell on Earth’

BANGKOK – “Prison proves if you are a fighter,” says Siraphop Kornaroot.The 55-year-old Thai poet and author should know, having spent the past five years in a Bangkok jail without…

London Teen Lost in Malaysia Died from Starvation, Stress

Malaysian police said Thursday there were no signs of foul play in the death of a 15-year-old London girl who mysteriously disappeared from a nature resort, with an autopsy showing…

Families Participate in Hong Kong Protests

Pro-democracy demonstrations are continuing in Hong Kong for a 10th straight weekend, despite the government’s refusal to issue permits for all but one of the marches.The weekend rallies got an…

Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge Ideologue Cremated, Appeal May Be Stopped

PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA – The death of the Khmer Rouge’s top ideologue may end criminal proceedings against him even though his appeal against convictions for genocide and other crimes is…

Kem Sokha Charges to Remain Barring ‘New and Convincing Evidence’: Cambodia Justice Ministry

Treason charges against opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) President Kem Sokha will not be dropped unless his legal team produces new and convincing evidence to prove his innocence, Cambodia’s…

Myanmar Floods Force Tens of Thousands From Homes

SHWEGYIN, MYANMAR – Raging floods across Myanmar have forced tens of thousands of people from their homes in recent weeks, officials said Thursday, as monsoon rains pummel the nation.Aerial images…

Tiny Loans Lead to Bigger Debts, Land Losses in Cambodia

BANGKOK – The rapid rise of tiny loans aimed at helping poor Cambodians has led to more debt, with many borrowers forced to sell land, migrate or put their children…

Vietnam Police Disperse Protest of Chinese Oil Block Survey in South China Sea

Authorities in Hanoi shut down a rare protest on Tuesday by a group of 10 activists opposed to China’s survey of an offshore oil block located within Vietnam’s exclusive economic…