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India’s Military Hunts Rebels After Deadly Attacks in Remote State

India deploys military helicopters to hunt down tribal militants in the northeastern state of Assam after rebels kill 75 people this week.

China Tightens Church Control Ahead of Christmas

Authorities in the eastern Chinese city of Wenzhou crack down on Christian communities, toppling crosses and banning all Christmas celebrations in kindergartens and grade schools.

Out of Tragedy, Fortune For Sri Lankan Tsunami Village

After being ravaged by the Boxing Day tsunami in 2004, Sri Lankan village Seenigama is bouncing back with the help of a local charity.

US Think Tank Proposes Shake-Up Of Taiwan Defense

In a new report, the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, a US think tank, advocates an “asymmetric approach” to Taiwan’s defense strategy.

Curfew in Indian State After Tribal Militants Kill 48

India imposes a curfew in parts of the northeastern state of Assam after rebels kill 48 people in a series of attacks.

US Calls Planned Thai Poll Delay to 2016 ‘Unwise’

Elections to return Thailand to democracy will come in February 2016 at the earliest, a Thai leader says, a delay Washington calls “unwise and unjustified.”

India Slashes Health Budget, Already One of the World’s Lowest

India cuts 20 percent of its healthcare budget, putting at risk disease control initiatives in a country with some of the world’s lowest health spending.

In Jakarta, That Sinking Feeling Is All Too Real

Rising seas combine with a subsiding cityscape in Jakarta, where an urban sprawl of 28 million people is sinking faster than anywhere else on Earth.

Cambodia Unlicensed Doctor Faces Murder Rap in HIV Outbreak 

An unlicensed medical practitioner suspected of negligently infecting more than 100 villagers in northwestern Cambodia with HIV is charged with murder and other crimes.

China to Investigate Former President Hu Jintao’s Top Aide

In further signs that President Xi Jinping is consolidating his power, his predecessor Hu Jintao’s top aide has been placed under investigation for disciplinary violations.

Obama Says Sony Hack Not an Act of War

US President Barack Obama says the massive hacking of Sony Pictures was not an act of war but instead was cyber-vandalism.

India Hindu Group to Press Ahead on Conversions in Challenge to PM Modi

India’s most powerful Hindu group vows to continue with a campaign to convert Muslims and Christians to Hinduism, stoking a sensitive debate that affects parliament.

10 Years On, Tsunami Warning Stumbles at ‘Last Mile’

A decade after the Indian Ocean Boxing Day tsunami killed more than 200,000 people, experts and officials say weaknesses remain in regional early-warning systems.

China Tightens Grip on Macau as Dissent Rises in Gambling Hub

Beijing is tightening its control after a series of grassroots protest actions in the former Portuguese colony and gambling hub.

After Tsunami, Fishermen Struggle Against Tide of Tourism in Thailand

Following the 2004 tsunami, the ethnic Moklen fishing communities buried their dead, fought off land grabs to rebuild their homes, and—surprisingly—sighed in relief.

Cambodian Villagers Angry Over HIV outbreak

Prime Minister Hun Sen has urged villagers not to take retribution against an unlicensed medical practitioner believed responsible for more than 100 HIV infections.

US Determines North Korea Behind Sony Attack as Studio Pulls Movie

North Korea is accused of cyberattacking Sony Pictures as the studio pulled plans to release its comedy about an assassination attempt on Kim Jong-un.

Dalai Lama Says His Role Should Cease After his Death

The Dalai Lama, Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader, says his traditional religious role should cease with his death rather than have a “stupid” successor replace him.

US, Cuba Patch Torn Relations in Historic Accord 

After decades of Cold War acrimony, the US and Cuba move to restore diplomatic relations, in a historic shift that could revitalize trade and travel.

Thai Junta-Backed Council Recommends Direct Election of PM

Critics say a proposal by the National Reform Council to strip parliament of its power to appoint a cabinet will encourage patronage politics.