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Insect snacks creep into Thai stores

Street vendors selling deep-fried insects as snacks are a familiar sight in Bangkok, but a Thai entrepreneur is trying to give edible bugs a more upmarket appeal. Panitan Tongsiri will launch his HiSo brand of seasoned insect snacks this month and plans to stock them at gourmet food markets around ...

Vietnam's beer boys on big bender

Feb 20, 2015

Vietnam's beer boys on big bender

A scantily clad DJ gyrates to ear-splitting music as the crowd of drinkers orders more towers of lager: welcome to The Hangover, one of a new crop of ‘beer clubs’ raising concerns about Vietnam’s drinking culture. Beer goes for as little as 30 U.S. ...

Feb 11, 2015

Australia failing to tackle Aboriginal disadvantage: Abbott

Australia is failing to meet most of its targets to end the entrenched disadvantage of Aboriginal people, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Wednesday, as he delivered what he described as a “profoundly disappointing” annual assessment. In his yearly report on “Closing the Gap” between ...

Feb 3, 2015

Number of tigers falls on demand by Chinese

Soaring demand for tiger parts in China has emptied Asia’s forests, frustrating efforts to protect the big cats, wildlife experts said as an anti-poaching conference opened in Katmandu on Monday. Around 100 experts, government and law enforcement officials from 13 nations are attending the ...

Social media pressure Cambodian leaders

Jan 22, 2015

Social media pressure Cambodian leaders

The CCTV footage is blurry but graphic. A gunman stands over a cringing victim, firing bullet after bullet into his body until the Phnom Penh street is spattered with blood. The brazen killing of Cambodian businessman Ung Meng Cheu by an unknown assassin on ...

China orders its universities to champion socialism, tradition

Jan 20, 2015

China orders its universities to champion socialism, tradition

China’s leadership has issued guidelines requiring universities to strengthen ideological controls in classrooms and telling professors they must champion Marxism, traditional culture and socialist core values. The orders come as President Xi Jinping tightens his grip on political power and cracks down on the ...

Jan 20, 2015

Transgender sex workers face tide of abuse in China

Xiao Tong was selling sex on the streets of Beijing when a man lured her into his car, flashed his police badge and took her to the station. Once there, police pulled at Xiao’s wig and punched her, before removing her bra and groping ...