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Cambodia’s Vireak Chey National Park Under Siege From Illegal Vietnamese Loggers: Activist

Cambodia’s Vireak Chey National Park, which straddles Stung Treng and Rattanakiri provinces, is under siege from “hundreds of Vietnamese” illegally crossing the border to harvest timber, an environmental activist said Thursday. Activist Heng Sros told RFA’s Khmer Service that workers from Vietnam routinely enter Vireak Chey to log trees of at least 50 centimeters (1.6 […]

Lao News

Pak Lay Dam to Displace Residents in More Than 20 Villages in Northwestern Laos

At least 1,000 families from 20-some villages in northwestern Laos’ Xayaburi province will be forced to relocate if infrastructure officials move ahead with plans to build a fourth hydropower dam on the Lower Mekong River, a provincial official said Monday. The Pak Lay hydropower project is located downstream of the Xayaburi dam, which is now […]

Human Rights

Spread of Street Protests Bares Deep-Seated Anger in Vietnam

TAIPEI — The spread of street protests in Vietnam this month shows a latent fear of China, worries about freedom of speech and distrust of the lawmaking process, analysts say. Demonstrations with occasional violence reached 10 cities, including Vietnam’s largest, and attracted about 30,000 people June 9 and 10, London-based rights group Amnesty International said. […]

Asian News

US Embassy Staff Sacked Over Child Pornography Protest

PHNOM PENH — Dozens of Cambodian staff at the U.S. embassy in Cambodia staged a protest, claiming they were wrongfully fired for allegedly sharing child pornography. In April the U.S. embassy fired 32 staff who claim they were terminated because they were added to a private Facebook group in which one member shared child pornography. […]

Human Rights

Fifty years after he disappeared over Laos, remains of Northeast High grad return home

ST. PETERSBURG — In November 1969, at a hotel in Bangkok, Thailand, Air Force Capt. James White and his wife Sharon enjoyed their last night out together, dining on hotel room service with family friends Neil and Janet Armstrong. It was four months after Armstrong took the first walk on the moon. On a whirlwind […]

World News

North Korea to send US remains of up to 200 American service members, officials say

Up to 200 sets of remains belonging to American servicemen are expected to be transferred from North Korea to the U.N. command in South Korea in the next few days, two U.S. defense officials confirmed to Fox News. The officials say the returned remains will be shipped to Hawaii, where they will be examined by […]

World News

U.S. Withdraws From U.N. Human Rights Council

The United States has long threatened to quit if it was not reformed. WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States withdrew from the United Nations Human Rights Council on Tuesday accusing it of a “chronic bias against Israel,” a move that activists warned would make advancing human rights globally even more difficult. Standing with U.S. Secretary […]

World News

Pentagon Suspends August Military Drills with South Korea

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon on Monday formally suspended a major military exercise planned for August with South Korea, a much-anticipated move stemming from President Donald Trump’s nuclear summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Dana White, spokeswoman for the Defense Department, said planning for the summer drills has stopped, but there have been no […]

Asian News

Thailand Executes First Prisoner Since 2009

Amnesty International is condemning Thailand’s first execution since 2009. The country’s Department of Correction says 26-year-old Theerasak Longj was put to death Monday by lethal injection at a prison outside of Bangkok. He was condemned for the brutal 2012 stabbing death of a 17-year-old boy for his cellphone. The agency issued a statement saying it […]

Human Rights

American Arrested in Vietnam ‘Regrets’ Breaking Law

HANOI — An American student held in Vietnam for “causing public disorder” at violent protests this month has appeared on state television to say he regrets breaking the law and will stay away from future rallies. William Nguyen was detained on June 10 in Ho Chi Minh City after attending mass demonstrations against proposed special […]