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Lincoln to Thai king: Thanks but no thanks for the elephants

Mar 24, 2018

Elephants are Thailand's national animal, so it's only natural that King Mongkut in 1861 offered to send a pair to the United States as a gift of friendship that has now endured 200 years.

Bali's Day of Silence shuts airport, clears beaches, streets

Mar 17, 2018

Normally bustling Bali has shut down social media, turned away flights and shuttered all shops for a Day of Silence that marks New Year on the predominantly Hindu island

Thai billionaire registers new progressive political party

Mar 15, 2018

Thailand's slow move from military to civilian governance has attracted dozens of political parties to register, including one by an internet-famous billionaire who wants to challenge the traditional elite

Myanmar says UN findings on human rights lack credibility

Mar 13, 2018

Myanmar's government has rejected two reports presented to the U.N. Human Rights Council that concluded it committed extreme human rights violations, probably amounting to crimes under international law, in its repression of several minority groups

Bali to shush social media for Day of Silence

Mar 13, 2018

Bali's annual Day of Silence is so sacred that even reaching for a smartphone to send a tweet or upload a selfie to social media could cause offense

Smoking orangutan riles anger against zoo in Indonesia

Mar 8, 2018

A video of an orangutan smoking has again brought criticism of a zoo in Indonesia infamous for past animal welfare troubles

Singapore company cancels blue diamond initial coin offering

Mar 7, 2018

Singapore-based company calls off $2 million initial coin offering backed by blue diamond

Jailed Instagram model wants to trade secrets for freedom

Mar 1, 2018

A Belarusian woman jailed in Thailand for offering sex lessons says she wants to exchange information on alleged Russian ties to the Trump campaign _ but she refuses to offer any such evidence, and it's not clear she has any

2 Singapore Airbnb hosts plead guilty to illegal rentals

Feb 27, 2018

Two men have pleaded guilty to using platforms including Airbnb to rent out condominium units for less than six months in Singapore, where short-term rentals are illegal

Indonesia mobilizes to combat health-damaging forest fires

Feb 21, 2018

Four Indonesian provinces have declared emergencies in anticipation of worsening forest fires that each year spread health-threatening haze across the region