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Drug-Resistant Malaria Reaches Southeast Asia Borders, Could Spread to Africa

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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’

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

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

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

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.

Dutch Mourn as First MH17 Bodies Arrive in Netherlands

Bells pealed and flags flew at half-mast in memory of the 298 people killed, in the first national day of mourning since 1962.

Relatives Fly to Taiwan Plane Crash Site, 48 Dead

The plane unsuccessfully attempted to land in stormy weather, killing 48 people, including two French citizens, near a small Taiwanese island. 

Conditions in Burma Not Right for Refugee Repatriation: UN

Conditions in Burma are not yet right for refugees in Thailand to return, the UNHCR says, amid concerns that the Thai junta wants repatriation soon.

Thailand’s Junta Adopts Interim Constitution

The temporary constitution is a first step toward the slow return of electoral democracy after two months of military rule.