Southeast Asia

Mocking Kim Jong Un, a Serious Matter

FILE - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un organizes and guides a combined joint drill of the units under KPA Combined Units 572 and 630 in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang.

18 December 2014
Hollywood comedy about US plot to assassinate North Korean leader draws Pyongyang’s ire, widespread attention. More
December 2014
17 December 2014

Cambodian ‘Ghost’ Plane Put Up for Auction in Vietnam

The plane, last flown to Hanoi from Siem Reap, Cambodia, has been unclaimed since 2007

Video Plight of Asian Immigrants in US Facing Deportation Often Overlooked

Much of the debate about immigration in the United States revolves around undocumented Latin Americans who face deportation. One group often overlooked is the estimated 1.3-million illegal immigrants from Asia.

16 December 2014

Parties Polarized After Consultation on Laos' Don Sahong Dam

Planned dams along Mekong river have drawn scrutiny from environmentalists, who worry about impact on migratory fish and water flow.

Mekong Countries Voice Major Concerns Over Laos Dam

A public consultation organized by the Mekong River Commission opened in Pakse, Laos, Friday, where opponents continued to call for Laos to reconsider a controversial dam project.

Photogallery Australia Café Siege Leaves Gunman, 2 Hostages Dead

Four others injured in 16-hour ordeal in Sydney, which police call an ‘isolated incident’.

Challenges Mount to Beijing's South China Sea Claims

Dec. 15 is the deadline for China to submit counter-argument in Philippines arbitration case that questions Beijing's sweeping claims in South China Sea.

15 December 2014

Photogallery Sydney Gunman Continues to Hold Hostages

Unidentified man's motive is unknown, but police - so far - are refusing to call this a terrorist event; earlier Monday, five hostages either escaped or were set free.

Video Cambodia Potteries Improved And Meet Big Demand

The ancient Kingdom of Angkor once created pottery fit for kings, but the artisan skills have declined through the centuries.

14 December 2014

Indonesian President Urges Speed in Landslide Rescue

Death toll in Jemblung village in Banjarnegara district of Central Java province rose to at least 32, with 76 people missing.

12 December 2014

Vietnam Upholds Sentence for Outspoken Rights Activist

Bui Thi Minh Hang, two others sentenced to 3 years in prison for disrupting public order.

Korean Air CEO Apologizes for Daughter's 'Nut Rage'

Younger airline executive delayed flight in fury over how she was served macadamia snack.

11 December 2014

Indonesia Touts Sinking of Illegal Fishing Ships

Indonesia has detained, sunk at least three ships from Vietnam since Friday; officials say they've seized 22 Chinese vessels since Sunday.

Hong Kong Begins Clearing Remaining Protest Sites

Final push to clear barricades and encampments from streets outside government offices, drawing more than two months of pro-democracy protests to a close.

Video Thai King Cancels Appearance at 87th Birthday Celebration

Over a span of eight decades Thailand has had 16 constitutions or temporary charters, been governed by more than 30 prime ministers and witnessed 10 successful military coups.

10 December 2014

Environmentalists Skeptical Ahead of Laos Meeting on Hydropower Dam

Project is one of a series of planned dams in the Mekong River Basin that environmentalists say could harm an ecosystem critical for feeding millions of people in Southeast Asia

09 December 2014

Philippines Storm Weakens After Killing 27

Typhoon Hagupit slammed Saturday into the eastern Philippines, tearing roofs off buildings and knocking out power in entire coastal provinces.

Vietnam Detains Another Blogger for Anti-state Posts

For second time in less than two weeks, country arrests another prominent blogger as part of what critics see as an ongoing crackdown on dissent.

08 December 2014

UNODC Says Opiate Output Steadies in Myanmar, Laos

Officials say although the region’s opium output changed little in the past year, there is ongoing demand, especially from opiate users in China.

Photogallery Mekong Fishermen Want Laos Dam Better Studied

The Mekong River Commission will hold a regional public consultation on Dec. 12 to discuss the project and hear objections.

Video Philippine Areas Returning to Normal in Wake of Typhoon Hagupit

Typhoon Hagupit has been downgraded to a tropical storm, but it is still slowly tracking northwest across the Philippines Monday, dumping heavy rains. The Red Cross says 21 people have been killed so far, a much lower toll than last year’s deadly Typhoon Haiyan, which hit the same region.

Video At Least 21 Dead as Storm Churns Toward Manila

Latest death toll comes as Philippine capital braces for arrival of slow-moving Tropical Storm Hagupit.

05 December 2014

Philippines Prepares for Powerful, Slow-Moving Typhoon

State weather bureau says Hagupit is now making its way to the eastern edge of the Philippines at 13 kilometers per hour.

Major Meeting Over Contentious Laos Dam Scheduled

Environmentalists say the dam would block the only year-round passage for fish migration between Cambodia, Laos and Thailand.

04 December 2014

Myanmar Ethnic Rebels Form Combined Federal Army

Consolidation of new force is likely to anger national government.

Vietnam Detains Blogger for 'Bad' Content

Detention of Hong Le Tho, better known as blogger 'Nguoi Lot Gach,' follows a sharp increase in arrests and prison terms for government critics in past few years.

Thailand’s Generals Promise Reform Amid Skepticism

Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha promises significant change for better in 2015 but cautions that reform, road map for democracy will take time.

02 December 2014

Photogallery Hong Kong Protest Leaders Will Surrender to Police

Benny Tai says it is unclear whether police will detain or release him and his Occupy co-founders, but they are ready to accept consequences no matter the outcome.

Three Turn Themselves in as Probe Involving Thai Princess' Kin Widens

The men turned themselves in three days after Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn asked the government to strip his wife Srirasmi's family of their royal name.

01 December 2014

Report Cites Human Error in 2013 Lao Air Tragedy

Aviation experts call for more emphasis on pilot training after crash that killed 49 passengers and crew.

December 2014


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Hunting for Wild Honey in Cambodia's Forestsi
17 December 2014
Cambodia is thought to produce the best wild honey in Southeast Asia, mainly due to its climate and topography. Most of it is harvested informally and sold cheaply at local village markets. Now, one company is helping some of the country's poorest people by employing them to hunt for honey, then selling it commercially. (AP, Koh Kong)

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You've Got To Be Kidding (Movie: Bedtime Stories)i
01 December 2014
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Video You've Got To Be Kidding (Movie: Bedtime Stories)

You can say, "What? You lost your passport? So, you're stranded in a foreign country, where you don't speak the language and you don't know anyone? You've got to be kidding me, right?" What does it mean? Watch here. For more videos - go to

Video All Thumbs (Movie: Minority Report)

You can say, "I was 'all thumbs' this morning when trying to tie this tie - I kept making mistakes and just couldn't figure a way to pull it together." What does it mean? Watch here.
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