In Virus-Hit ‘Ghost Town,’ Stranded Thai Student Waits for Help

BANGKOK – When Thai medical student Badeephak Kaosala dares to leave his rented apartment in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, he puts on a mask, gloves, a hat and…

Trump Offers China ‘Any Help’ to Fight Coronavirus

Beijing authorities also reported the capital’s first death from the virus.Separately, in an effort to stop the virus from spreading, Mongolia closed its vast border with China, while Hong Kong…

Trial of Uyghurs Resumes in 2015 Thailand Shrine Bombing Case

Two Uyghur men accused of carrying out a bombing that killed 20 people at a Hindu shrine in Bangkok in 2015 pleaded not guilty Monday, a defense lawyer said, as…

Chinese Premier Visits Wuhan as Virus Death Toll Hits 80

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang visited the city of Wuhan on Monday to meet with health officials and examine the response to the outbreak of a coronavirus that has killed 80…

Laos Sentences Eight Members of Mr. X Drug Ring to Death

Authorities in Laos last week sentenced eight people to death for their roles in connection with the major Southeast Asian drug ring run by drug kingpin Xaysana Keopimpha, better known…

Myanmar Military Faces Added International Scrutiny

CHIANG MAI, THAILAND – Increasing conflict between Myanmar’s ethnic armed groups and government forces during the last year has increased civilian casualties amid mounting allegations of war crimes.With the U.N.’s…

UNHCR Welcomes Human Rights Committee’s Ruling on Climate Refugee

GENEVA – The U.N. refugee agency welcomes a ruling by the U.N. Human Rights Committee this past week that people fleeing climate-related and natural disasters have a valid claim for…

Coronavirus Outbreak Raises Health, Economic Concerns in Asia

Southeast Asia’s proximity to China and dependence on that nation for a major share of its economy is raising concerns that the coronavirus outbreak that started there will not only…

Vietnam Explores Increasing Foreign Military Cooperation to Resist China

TAIPEI, TAIWAN – Vietnam indicates in a recent defense white paper it will pursue stronger military ties abroad as China challenges its maritime sovereignty claims, and analysts expect that to…