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Gene from Extinct Human Species Fortifies High-altitude Tibetans

Scientists say Tibetans may have inherited their ability to thrive at high altitudes from an enigmatic group of extinct humans.

Passions Run High as Hong Kong Marches for Democracy

Hundreds of thousands of pro-democracy protesters march in Hong Kong in a major challenge to Chinese Communist Party rule.

Cambodia Frees Thai Who Claimed Border Territory

Cambodia agrees to free a Thai nationalist who illegally crossed its border to claim territory for Thailand, as relations between the neighbors appear to improve.

Top Philippine Court Deals Blow to President, Throws out Fund

President Benigno Aquino’s image as an anti-graft crusader takes a hit, as a stimulus fund he introduced is ruled unconstitutional.

Thailand Revokes Passports of 2 Anti-coup Leaders

Thai authorities say they have revoked the passports of six people wanted on arrest warrants, including two who founded an anti-coup movement in exile.

Japan Poised to Ease Constitution’s Limits on Military in Landmark Shift

Japan’s cabinet is expected on Tuesday to end a ban that has kept the military from fighting abroad since World War Two.

China Fetes Burma, India, Says Beijing Poses No Threat

Chinese President Xi Jinping fetes neighbors Burma and India and promises to honor a 60-year-old pledge committing China to a peaceful rise.

Junta Expects Next Thai Elections in October 2015

Leaders of Thailand’s military junta announce plans to install an interim constitution next month and hold elections around October 2015.

Big Turnout in HK Democracy Vote as Beijing Fumes

An informal referendum aimed at bolstering support for greater democracy in Hong Kong draws nearly 800,000 votes and the ire of Beijing.

China Looks to Gain by Joining Big US-led Pacific Naval Drills

Analysts say the maneuvers may only help Beijing strengthen its growing naval capability by observing the forces of the United States and its allies.

Cambodian PM Says 250,000 Workers Returned Home

Hun Sen said the influx of returnees hit Cambodia like a “flash flood,” with no advance warning given by Thailand.

Malaysia Jet Most Likely on Autopilot When It Crashed, Australia Says

Australian officials say Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 was most likely on autopilot when it crashed into the Indian Ocean further south than previously thought.

Southeast Asia Fears Militant Fallout as Mideast Conflict Widens

Security officials worry that the conflict in Syria and Iraq could further radicalize local Islamist militants, some of whom are joining the fight.

Chinese Tycoon Treats New York’s Homeless to Lunch

Recycling magnate Chen Guangbiao’s effort to treat homeless New Yorkers to a fancy lunch fall apart when they find out he wasn’t giving them cash.

Inspection Tensions Add to Bangladesh Garment Industry’s Woes

Export growth slows as buyers turn to Burma, India, Vietnam and Cambodia because of concerns over workshop safety, higher wages and political instability.

Big Tobacco Ignores Indonesia Health Warning Law

Tobacco companies ignore a deadline to put graphic health warnings on all cigarette packs in Indonesia, home to the world’s highest rate of male smokers.

US Says Thai Military Rule Likely to Last Longer than Expected

A senior US official rules out “business as usual” until elected government is restored in Thailand, a key regional ally of the United States.

China Confirms Attack on Militia in Tense Far West

Chinese authorities report an attack on security personnel in the restive region of Xinjiang, confirming a days-old report that said five people were killed.

Thai Junta Gets Tough on World Cup Gambling

Thailand’s military leaders crack down on illegal gambling during the World Cup as part of a campaign to restore the country’s image.

US Professors Troubled by Confucius Institutes

Professors in the United States and Canada urge universities to cut ties with Beijing-run Confucius Institutes unless they can guarantee their academic freedom.