As communication becomes more difficult with people living inside Tibet, cell phone conversations with family and friends overseas and second-hand accounts continue to describe events. For security reasons, we do not identify some of our sources by name in order to protect them from retaliation.
A Chinese journalist who spent three years in prison, feared missing after he failed to show up to deliver a keynote address at a Hong Kong media conference, has resurfaced in Beijing and apologized for his disappearance.
The unprecedented surge in global food prices is making life even more difficult for residents of impoverished Laos, where one provincial official is calling on the central government to provide food aid and step up irrigation efforts.
Southeast Asian countries are struggling to curb food prices as energy costs climb. Many governments have banned rice exports to safeguard supplies, but economists say restrictions only drive world prices higher.
One Chinese writer who tried to attend a symposium on press freedom was turned away by the Hong Kong authorities, while a journalist jailed after he broke sensitive political news for the New York Times failed to show up to fill his seat on the podium, organizers said.