This week’s edition of News in Asia, we have prison sentences, archeological discoveries, discussions of U.S. cultural news in the Philippines and other good and bad news out of the Asian continent.
A U.S. citizen was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor in North Korea. It was believed he was arrested while on a tour for taking unauthorized pictures. As it happens, North Korea topped the list of the “10 Worst Countries for Journalists,” according to Freedom House.
The prosecutor investigating the murder of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and the Mumbai attacks was killed by gunmen on Friday. It’s the latest in a series of attacks on political and high profile targets in Pakistan.
In other news that makes me weep, the men of this village proudly proclaim that no women has voted in an election in decades and probably never will.
In better news, Malaysians are voting in record numbers in the national election on Sunday.
Persecution of Muslims in Myanmar continues with Muslims barricading themselves in villages to defend themselves from attacks from Buddhist radicals.
The number of deaths from the factory collapsing in Bangladesh has topped 600. The architect who worked on the building said that the structure was originally designed as a mall and wasn’t made to handle heavy industrial equipment.
This opinion piece talks about the reaction of Filipinos if a major athlete came out as gay in light of Jason Collins’ announcement.
Finally, in cool science news, the oldest cemetery in Southeast Asia was discovered in Vietnam. The site is estimated to be between 5,000-6,000 years old and could provide clues to life in the region.