Vietnamese Dissident in Failing Health in Prison
Prison officials refuse to provide democracy advocate Tran Anh Kim with medical care until they hear from higher-ups.

China Detains Kazakhs During 'Unity Week' in Troubled Xinjiang Region
Government officials are sent to live in the homes of ethnic minority families for a week, as Uyghur police officers are subjected to additional security checks.

China public executions over drugs alarm web users
A Chinese city is publicly sentencing people to death to try to lose its crystal meth reputation.

'Disappeared' Beijing Artist Who Made Video of Migrant Protests Released on Bail
Meanwhile, an France-based Chinese artist and his French wife are believed detained after exhibiting a painting in Shenzhen referencing late political prisoner Liu Xiaobo.

China in Eastern Europe: Poland’s Perspective
Insights from Marcin Jaskuła.

China’s Air Force Holds Drills Near Japan, South Korea and Taiwan
For the first, Chinese military aircraft flew through the Tsushima Strait which lies between Korea and Japan on Monday.

What Caused the Left Alliance’s Landslide Victory in Nepal?
The huge victory was not a surprise for those following Nepali politics.

China Steel Output Climbs Despite Capacity Cuts
The curbs do little to limit production.

Myanmar Military Modernization in the Spotlight Amid Air Force Anniversary
Commemoration highlights changes underway by the country’s military and the opportunities and challenges therein.

India Gujarat: Congress party concedes victory to Modi's BJP
The prime minister's party will retain power in his home state for the fourth time in a row.

Flight highlights Chinese tourist interest in Antarctica
Reports of a tourist flight over Antarctica highlight China's growing interest in the poles.

Shinee singer Jonghyun: K-pop boy band superstar dies
Jonghyun was a member of Shinee, who have had a string of number one hits in South Korea.

China’s Bid to Dominate the Global Submarine Export Market
Chinese shipbuilders will increasingly assume an export profile commensurate with their domestic capabilities.

Beijing’s Carrot-and-Stick Approach to Hong Kong
Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam gives her annual report to Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing.

US Navy Commissions Littoral Combat Ship
The USS USS Little Rock was commissioned on December 16.

The North Korea Crisis in Regional Context
A look at the geopolitical drivers of policy in North Korea, China, and elsewhere.

How the US Department of Energy Shapes North Korea Policy
The DOE’s in-house intelligence agency specializes in monitoring nuclear proliferation.

Bangladesh funeral stampede leaves at least 10 dead
Mourners reportedly rushed to receive free food at the funeral of the former mayor of Chittagong.

Shinee singer Kim Jong-hyun: K-pop boy band superstar dies
Kim Jong-hyun was a member of Shinee, who have had a string of number one hits in South Korea.

South Korea’s astonishing political year
Author: Stephen Costello, Asia East It is hard to overstate the drama that has gripped the South Korean political world during the past 12 months. But the return of pragmatic democratic leadership today offers a crucial opportunity for President Moon Jae-in to reshape the perilous security situation in Northeast Asia as well as to reinvigorate […]

Bangladesh funeral stampede leaves several dead
At least 10 people die during a feast to commemorate Chittagong mayor Mohiuddin Chowdhury.

Gujarat vote: BJP on course to hold India PM's home state
Indian PM Narendra Modi's ruling BJP consolidates its lead as votes are counted in Gujarat state.

Gujarat: BJP crosses key 100 lead mark in India state polls
PM Narendra Modi's ruling BJP consolidates its lead as votes are counted in India's Gujarat state.

China Unveils New Unmanned Surface Vehicle, Claimed to Be the World’s Fastest
Researchers claim the Tianxing-1 is the world's fastest unmanned surface vehicle.

Mumbai sweet shop fire kills 12 in India
The victims were reported to be workers who were employed at the shop and were also living there.

Report: US Navy Destroyer Accidents to Temporarily Reduce Aegis Missile Defense Capacity
Accidents involving two Arleigh Burke -class destroyers in 2017 will have serious consequences.

Chinese Navy Hospital Ship Visits Timor-Leste, Highlighting Growing Ties
The visit is the second by the Chinese People's Liberation Army-Navy to Timor-Leste.

Modi’s BJP clinches victory in Gujarat

Gujarat: BJP increases lead in India state election
PM Narendra Modi's ruling BJP takes a lead as votes are counted in India's Gujarat state.

The real price of Brexit begins to emerge
FT research shows that the weekly hit to the British economy could be the same £350m that Leave campaigners promised to claw back

Chinese tech groups look for edge in using AI
Tencent, Alibaba and Baidu tap into massive databases to test capabilities

Indonesia recaptures US citizen after Bali prison break
Held on drugs charges, he escaped a Bali prison but was caught on the neighbouring island of Lombok.

Gujarat: BJP pulls ahead in tight India contest
PM Narendra Modi's ruling BJP takes a lead as votes are counted in crucial elections in India's Gujarat state.

'Nice' Australian was a 'loyal agent' for North Korea
Further details have emerged about the man accused of being an economic agent for North Korea.

Track Palin, son of politician Sarah Palin, arrested in Alaska
The elder son of former Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin was in jail on Sunday, facing assault and burglary charges in her home state of Alaska. Track Palin, 28, appeared in state court in Palmer, Alaska, earlier in the day, on a felony burglary charge and misdemeanor assault and criminal mischief charges, court records showed.

Gujarat: Counting of votes starts in India PM's home state
Counting of votes in underway is Gujarat, which Narendra Modi's party has governed for 22 years.

Optimism that European expertise will dominate ‘internet of things’
Science and research chief says bloc is well placed for next phase of digital transformation

World’s busiest airport comes to near-standstill
Extended power failure forces the cancellation of more than 1,000 flights and strands travelers

Adani cancels A$2bn Australia coal mine contract
Indian group to build Carmichael mine itself after failing to secure Chinese funding

Asia and Australia Edition: North Korea, African National Congress, Israel: Your Monday Briefing
Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

Conservative ex-President Pinera easily wins Chile election
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Billionaire former President Sebastian Pinera easily won Chile's presidential runoff election Sunday, moving the world's top-copper producing country back to the right in the footsteps of other Latin American nations.

Trump Supporters Are Stepping Up Their Attacks On Bob Mueller And The FBI
WASHINGTON ― As the special counsel investigation into possible Russian interference in the 2016 election draws closer to President Donald Trump’s inner circle, the president’s supporters have launched an aggressive effort to undermine Robert Mueller and the legitimacy of the nation’s premier law enforcement agency, painting the FBI as a hotbed of liberal activists bent on taking Trump down.

Deadly attack on Methodist church in Pakistan
At least nine people are killed as suicide bombers target a Methodist church service in Quetta.

The new normal in Malaysian politics
Author: Editorial Board, East Asia Forum Among the legacies of British colonial rule in Malaysia were marked economic and socio-cultural divisions between the country’s ethnic groups. For many years after independence, the Malays, the largest ethnic group, played a negligible role in the economy relative to large minorities of people of Chinese and South Asian […]

Power outage leads to partial shutdown of Atlanta airport
Hundreds of flights were delayed or canceled at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on Sunday as a power outage left passengers at the world's busiest airport stranded in darkened terminals or in aircraft idling on tarmacs. The partial shutdown at the start of one of the busiest travel weeks of the year forced the Federal Aviation Administration to ground flights bound for Atlanta. Departures from Atlanta were delayed as well because gates and other equipment inside terminals wer...

Pakistan Church Attacked by 2 Suicide Bombers
ISIS claimed responsibility for the assault in Quetta that left at least nine dead and 35 injured, raising concerns about the security of Christians in the country.

Water wars
China is accused of withholding crucial river data that is essential to prepare for floods.

Best statistics of 2017 are 69 and 0.1
Inaugural award finds significant link between lawnmowers, terrorists and Kim Kardashian

Disney and Hulu face battle to close the gap with Netflix
Study shows scale of struggle by streaming service to catch up to industry leader 

Deadly Taliban Attacks on NATO Convoy and Police in Afghanistan
Militants killed at least 11 officers at Afghan checkpoints in Helmand Province, and a suicide bomber targeted a NATO convoy in Kandahar.

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