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Hong Kong Police Clear Protesters, Barricades at Key Site

Hundreds of Hong Kong police clear out pro-democracy activists and road barricades in a pre-dawn raid of a key protest site.

China Says Some Victims of Yunnan Land Clash Burned Alive

Chinese villagers kidnap construction workers, tie them up, douse them in gasoline and set it ablaze when a land dispute turns violent.

Japan Jets Scrambling to Counter Rising Russian Incursions

The number of times Japanese fighter jets scrambled to ward off Russian military aircraft rose sharply in the last six months, amid rising diplomatic tensions.

China Expresses Concern About Indian Border Road Plan

China expresses concern after India announces plans to build a road along the remote eastern part of their disputed border.

China Blocks BBC Website as Hong Kong Tensions Rise

Chinese censors have blocked the website of Britain’s national broadcaster, the BBC, as tensions rise in Hong Kong between pro-democracy protesters and police.

Protesters Demand Philippine Custody of US Marine

Dozens of activists demand that Washington hand over to the Philippines a US Marine suspected in the killing of a transgender Filipino.

Tensions Rise as HK Police Use Pepper Spray on Protesters, Arrest 45

Hong Kong police use pepper spray on pro-democracy protesters as they clear a major road that had been barricaded with concrete slabs.

Record Bust in Cambodia Signals Thai Dollar Counterfeiting Boom

A huge bust of fake US dollars in Cambodia points to a well-oiled and growing counterfeit operation in neighboring Thailand.

Britain Summons Thai Envoy Over Backpacker Murders

Britain summons the Thai charge d’affaires in London to raise concerns over the police investigation into the murder of two British backpackers in Thailand.

Hundreds of HK Police Use Sledgehammers and Chainsaws to Dismantle Protest Barriers

Hong Kong police use sledgehammers and chainsaws to dismantle pro-democracy barricades near government offices and the city’s financial center after clashes break out.

North Korean Leader Reappears in Public With Cane 

Kim Jong-un appears in state media for the first time in nearly six weeks, ending an absence that fed global speculation that something was amiss.

More Bangladeshis Found in Thailand on Human Trafficking Route

Thai police find scores of sick and exhausted boat people on a remote island, all but one of the 79 suspected human-trafficking victims from Bangladesh.

As Nuclear Waste Piles Up, South Korea Faces Storage Crisis

South Korea plans to cram already-packed storage sites with more spent fuel than they were originally intended to hold while it seeks a permanent solution.

Beijing to Tap Water From Thousands of Kilometers Away

The water coming out of Beijing taps later this month may have travelled more than 1,400 kilometers, transported through the world’s biggest water transfer project.

Cyclone Hudhud Blasts India’s East Coast, at Least 5 Dead

Cyclone Hudhud blasted India’s eastern seaboard, uprooting trees, damaging buildings and killing at least five people despite a major evacuation effort.

Hong Kong’s Leader Warns Protesters as Tent City Sprouts Up

Hong Kong’s leader Leung Chun-ying vows on to stay in office, warning students demanding his resignation that their pro-democracy movement is out of control.

Thai Minister Says US ‘More Confident’ of Military-Backed Rule

Thai Deputy Prime Minister Pridiyathorn Devakula says Washington has more confidence in Thailand’s government, four months after the military seized power in a bloodless coup.

North Korea Leader Kim Is Still in Charge, Has Leg Injury: Source

Kim Jong-un is in control of his government but has hurt his leg, a source says, dismissing speculation over his health and grip on power.

Hong Kong Protests Unresolved After Talks Collapse

Pro-democracy protests could drag on for days yet, after talks aimed at resolving a bitter standoff between the city’s government and student demonstrators collapse.

Bad Weather Strands 150 Sri Lankans in Burmese waters 

About 150 Sri Lankan fishermen are stranded in Burmese waters after drifting during bad weather, an official said Tuesday.