Asia Pacific Oct 4, 2014

Malaysia discovers 155 Uighurs crammed into two apartments

Malaysian authorities have detained 155 Uighurs, more than half of them children, who were found crammed into two apartments in Kuala Lumpur, immigration officials said. The Uighurs, a Muslim people from China's far-western region of Xinjiang, were discovered when officers from Malaysia's Immigration Department raided ...

Asia Pacific Aug 15, 2014

Chinese police open fire on Tibetan protesters, rights group says

Chinese police have opened fire on Tibetan demonstrators in southwestern China, wounding 10 people, after the Tibetans protested against the detention of a respected village leader, a Tibetan rights group said. The crackdown in the Ganzi prefecture of Sichuan province, a flash point for Tibetan ...

Myanmar's first census in 30 years extended amid controversy

Asia Pacific Apr 12, 2014

Myanmar's first census in 30 years extended amid controversy

A group of women dressed in green sarong-like longyis and simple white blouses stand around a table piled with census forms, entering neat notations on spreadsheets by hand. The women will have to go through 37,579 family census forms, according to officials, using calculators to ...

Vote might tip Afghan tribes into new war

World / Politics | ANALYSIS Apr 4, 2014

Vote might tip Afghan tribes into new war

Growing violence in Afghanistan's southern province of Kandahar ahead of the presidential election next week highlights a rift between Pashtun tribes that could tip the country back into civil war. The fate of Kandahar, birthplace of the Taliban insurgency, is crucial. Some Afghans fear that a ...

Alienated Crimea defies Ukraine's new order

World / Politics | FOCUS Feb 28, 2014

Alienated Crimea defies Ukraine's new order

by Alessandra Prentice

Waving the Russian flag and chanting "Russia! Russia!" protesters in Crimea have become the last major bastion of resistance to Ukraine's new rulers. President Viktor Yanukovych's overthrow Saturday has been accepted across the vast country, even in his power base in the Russian-speaking regions of ...

Asia Pacific Jun 28, 2013

China lets Tibetans venerate Dalai Lama

The Chinese government has loosened restrictions that kept Tibetan monks in two provinces from openly revering the Dalai Lama, Radio Free Asia reported. Authorities in Sichuan province announced people can display pictures of the exiled Buddhist spiritual leader, and ordered officials not to criticize him, ...