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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.

Thailand Fails to Clean Poisoned Creek Despite Court Order: Rights Group

Hundreds of families in western Thailand suffer from lead poisoning near a polluted creek that the government failed to clean up, Human Rights Watch says.

Korean Air to Be Sanctioned for ‘Nut Rage’ Cover-Up

Korean Air faces sanctions for pressuring employees to lie during a probe into the nut rage fiasco that highlighted a family business culture of tyranny.

132 Children Killed in Pakistan Attack

Taliban gunmen attacked a military-run school on Tuesday and killed 141 people—almost all of them students—before government troops ended the siege.

China’s Dalian Wanda Prepares for the End of Urbanization

The billionaire behind shopping mall developer Dalian Wanda says China’s era of rapid urbanization will come to an end within a decade.

Developing Nations Losing Record $1 Trillion a Year in Dirty Money: Report

Money made from crime and corruption drains a record $1 trillion a year from poor and middle-income nations, hitting the world’s poorest regions hardest.

Death Toll from Indonesian Mudslide Rises to 56

More deaths are feared in the Banjarnegara district landslides, after rains on Monday forced rescuers to halt their search for survivors.

Accused of Rights Abuses, N Korea Urges UN Meeting on CIA Torture

North Korea asks the UN Security Council to add the issue of torture by the US intelligence to its agenda of its meeting next week.

How China Spies on Hong Kong’s Democrats

Mainland China orchestrates surveillance operations in Hong Kong to tail pro-democracy figures, according to retired officers and security professionals in the former British colony.