Some prisoners in the Philippines are living like kings while Japan struggles with bird flu. Plus the US Marine charged with murder may be transferred as Indonesia reports an uptick in ISIS recruits.

Filipino Prisoners Live Like Kings; Bird Flu in Japan; US-Philippines Discuss Marine; Indonesia IS Recruits

Thursday, December 18, 2014 Prisoners live like kings A recent raid uncovered drug lords in Bilibid prison living in luxury cells, complete with stripper bars and jacuzzis. According to Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, there were 20 premium villas outfitted with air conditioning, including some with methamphetamine. “The military should take over the prison, and…

As Sydney begins to heal, the former “nut rage” executive is being summoned for questioning. Plus Xi’s graft hunt continue and 300 Chinese fight for ISIS.

Sydney begins to heal; Former “Nut Rage” Executive to be summoned; Xi’s China Graft Hunt Continues; 300 Chinese Fight for ISIS

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 Sydney begins to heal In the wee hours Tuesday morning, police stormed Lindt Cafe in Sydney. While the action put an end to the hostage crisis, it also came with a sacrifice. Reportedly, Tori Johnson saw an opportunity during the standoff and attempted to seize the gun held by Man Haron…

Japan's Election; Causeway Bay to be Cleared; Indonesian Landslide; Ma Richest in Asia

Japan’s Election; Causeway Bay to be Cleared; Indonesian Landslide; Ma Richest in Asia

Monday, December 15, 2014 Japanese Election Results Exit polls released in Japan indicate Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party scored its predicted landslide victory. The election had been billed as a referendum on his economic policies, but other had viewed it as a vote of no confidence in other parties. Abe said, “I have…

Typhoon Hagupit storms over Philippines, the upcoming Japanese election, and Hong Kong streets are cleared. These stories and more are on the December 12th edition of Asia News Weekly.

Hong Kong Protests, Typhoon Hagupit, Japan’s Election, Xi’s Graft Hunt, and more

Typhoon Hagupit storms over Philippines, the upcoming Japanese election, and Hong Kong streets are cleared. These stories and more are on the December 12th edition of Asia News Weekly. The Hong Kong protests fade For nearly three months, the residents of Hong Kong took to the streets demanding electoral reform. They denounced the plan to…