Refugee advocates fear Australia will get even tougher on asylum seekers following the Christmas Island shipwreck, which killed at least 30 refugees – many from Iran and Iraq.
Julia Gillard barely retained power on Tuesday when the last two independent legislators ended a tense 17-day standoff and agreed to join her government.
The slow-moving sodomy trial for Anwar Ibrahim underscores his bitter rivalry with Prime Minister Najib Razak, who has grown increasingly popular in Muslim-majority Malaysia since his election in April 2009.
In his widely anticipated new economic strategy Tuesday, Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Razak criticized longstanding affirmative action policies – which benefit his political base of ethnic Malays – but gave few specifics on how he would undo them.
Malaysia's opposition coalition is struggling to stay united as their popular leader Anwar Ibrahim focuses on his sodomy trial. Already four lawmakers have defected.
Islamic police in Aceh, Indonesia, patrol daily for women wearing tight clothes and unmarried couples sitting too close.
Nitin Garg, an accounting graduate from India studying in Australia, was stabbed to death Saturday in the latest attack on Indians. Competition with Indian migrants for jobs in poor suburbs may be behind it.
The Khmer Rouge war-crimes trial for regime leader Duch ended with a plea for acquittal. Some say the UN tribunal is in danger of falling apart due to political interference.
Communal tensions over a Hindu temple and the death of an ethnic Chinese while in antigraft investigators' custody pose tough tests for the multiracial government.