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Vietnamese communists call for end to... Vietnamese communism 30 July 2014

We don't spend much time talking about Vietnam, other than its allure as a holiday destination. But the time has come to talk about politics in this sickle-shaped nation.

MH17 disaster: blinded by jargon 19 July 2014

It was certainly clear when I met former Malaysia Airlines executive Abudul Aziz that he loves the company it was equally clear that he is worried about it after the downing of flight MH17, the comp

More than 500 killed on Malaysia Airlines flights this year 18 July 2014

At first glance, nothing at Kuala Lumpur's impressive-looking airport seemed out of place. But there was a heavy feeling in the air.

Hong Kong protesters have 'Beijing's tentacles' in sight 01 July 2014

In a mass demonstration in Hong Kong on Tuesday, protesters are hoping their Beijing-based masters get the "message" and leave them alone.

The Thai fortune-teller who has lost faith in the future 30 June 2014

To me, it sounded like one of the best known fortune-tellers in south east Asia, Luck Rakanithes, believes he made his own luck.

Thailand: did fortune-tellers predict military coup? 28 June 2014

Banned protests, free concerts and models... Thailand is changing under military rule - but how much did fortune-tellers have to play in the coup?

North Waziristan: fleeing before the bombardment begins 20 June 2014

Pakistani officials say they are giving people a chance to escape before they launch a fully-fledged ground offensive.

Karachi airport attack: Pakistan's embarrassment 09 June 2014

The Taliban-claimed attack on an international airport in Karachi is an illustration of Pakistan's inability to defend key installations - and a major blow to peace talks.

How will 'authoritarian' Qatar cope with beer-swilling football fans? 06 June 2014

We discovered another side to Qatar, a deeply conservative, authoritarian nation, personified in my mind by the man who stopped his car as we tried to take some pictures in a park.

Thai military raids target 'red shirt' protest leaders 28 May 2014

Since the military coup in Thailand, the junta has produced lists of the people it wants to report to army bases, sending many leaders of the red shirt protest movement into hiding.