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US Launches Charm Offensive Against Wary India By

Secretary of State John Kerry is in India this week ahead of a visit by the country’s new prime minister, Narendra Modi in September.

Malaysian Prime Minister: Stop Fighting in Ukraine By

Malaysia’s prime minister calls on Ukrainian and pro-Russian separatists to agree to a ceasefire in the area where Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down.


Thailand’s junta appoints a military-dominated interim legislature in another step in the slow return of promised electoral democracy.


A moderate but vocal proponent of rights for the Uighur Muslim minority has been accused of separatism amid renewed violence in the far west.


Drug-resistant malaria parasites have spread to border regions of Southeast Asia, seriously threatening global efforts to control and eliminate the mosquito-borne disease, researchers say.

After Western Sanctions, Asia a Hard Sell for Russian Firms Seeking Cash By

Russian banks and companies shut out of Western funding markets are unlikely to be greeted with open arms and ready wallets in Asia.

China Reports Deadly Attacks by Militants in Northwest By

An armed mob rampaged through part of China's northwestern region of Xinjiang and police responded with gunfire, leaving dozens of people dead, state media report.

Philippines to Propose No Action to Raise Tension in Sea Disputes By

The Philippines will propose a freeze on activity that raises tension in the South China Sea’s disputed waters at a regional security meeting next month.

Khmer Rouge Tribunal Readies Way for Genocide Case By

The communist regime’s two surviving top leaders are about to be sentenced in the first case brought against them for crimes against humanity.

China: Ex-Security Czar Zhou Under Investigation By

Amid a campaign to purge corrupt officials, the Communist Party officially announces it is probing the feared ex-security chief for “serious violations of party discipline.”

Abu Sayyaf Gunmen Kill 21 Filipinos in Road Attack By

The attack, by about 40 to 50 Abu Sayyaf militants armed with assault rifles, targeted Filipino civilians traveling to celebrate the end of Ramadan.

Philippines Welcomes Its 100 Millionth Citizen By

Philippine officials welcome the birth of the country’s 100 millionth citizen amid concerns about how to ensure a decent life for its swelling population.

Kerry to Woo Modi’s India, But Quick Progress Unlikely By

The US secretary of state is trying to revitalize ties with the massive South Asian country as a counterbalance to China’s rising power in Asia.

India’s Modi Under Fire for Silence Over Religious Incidents By

Prime Minister Narendra Modi faces criticism for remaining silent about incidents deemed anti-Muslim, underscoring fears his Hindu nationalist followers will upset religious relations in India.

Sri Lankan Asylum Seekers Arrive in Australia After Weeks Held at Sea By

A group of Sri Lankan asylum seekers held at sea by Australian authorities for almost a month arrive at a detention camp on mainland Australia.

Battered and Broke, Vietnam Fishermen Bear Brunt of China Row By

Vietnamese fishermen say they have been caught in the crossfire of a territorial dispute between Beijing and Hanoi.

UN Panel Tells Japan to Compensate ‘Comfort Women’ By

South Korea has accused Japan of going back on an earlier apology for forcing women into brothels before and during World War Two.

Very Bad Week: Airline Disasters Come in a Cluster By

Experts say since there is no common theme among recent crashes, passengers will most likely not be deterred from taking flights.

Inside Xi Jinping’s Purge of China’s Oil Mandarins By

China National Petroleum Corporation is at the center of a campaign by Chinese President Xi Jinping to take down a political rival.

US Hails Indonesia Democracy in Turbulent Southeast Asia By

President Obama swiftly called Indonesia’s election winner Joko Widodo, demonstrating Washington’s intent to deepen ties with the Muslim-majority country of 240 million people.

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