Category: General

Planned China Railway Raises Fears of Land Grabs in Myanmar

Residents of central Myanmar’s Mandalay region said Thursday that they are increasingly fearful of forced property confiscation lost farmland in areas slated for the construction of a high-speed railway running from Kunming in southwestern China to the…

Three Myanmar Soldiers Die in Shan State Ethnic Army Ambush

Three Myanmar government soldiers were killed and at least seven civilians and three other troops were injured Wednesday morning during a rebel army ambush on a military convoy in war-torn northern Shan state, local and military officials and area resi…

Australian Couple Released in Iran After 3 Months

SYDNEY/TEHRAN � An Australian travel-blogging couple who were detained in Iran on spying charges have been released and returned home, Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne said Saturday.Perth-based Jolie King and Mark Firkin had been documenting th…

Thailand’s Anti-Fake News Center Fans Fears of Censorship

BANGKOK – Rights groups and opposition parties in Thailand are warning that a new center authorities plan to open by next month to combat the spread of fake news online may be misused to target and silence government critics.Thailand emerged from five …

Hong Kong Lawmakers Seek to Block Mask Ban; Protests Persist

HONG KONG – A group of pro-democracy Hong Kong legislators filed a legal challenge Saturday against the government’s use of a colonial-era emergency law to criminalize the wearing of face masks at rallies to quell anti-government demonstrations, as the…