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Kerry, Hagel to Visit India to Push Strategic Ties

The trip in the coming weeks will be the highest-level American delegation to visit the South Asian country since Narendra Modi took power.

In Thailand, Baby Gender Selection Loophole Draws China, HK Women to IVF Clinics

It is estimated that 10,000 cycles a year of in vitro fertilization—with embryos of an unwanted sex discarded—take place in Bangkok.

China Oil Rig Finishes Exploration in Disputed Waters Off Vietnam

A Chinese oil rig has finished drilling near the disputed Paracel islands in the South China Sea after finding signs of oil and gas.

China and South Korea: ‘Like Mouth and Tongue’

As Beijing sets out to expand its influence in North Asia, leader Xi Jinping, who has not yet been to North Korea, visits Seoul.

Singapore Anti-Gambling Ad Backfires Thanks to Germany World Cup Run

The ad shows a young boy telling his friends that his father used the boy’s savings to bet on Germany to win the tournament.

Copter Crash Kills 2 Cambodian Military Generals

Two generals who led the helicopter unit of Cambodia’s air force were killed in a crash Monday, along with two pilots.

Obama Tells Xi He Wants ‘Constructive Management of Differences’

US President Barack Obama told Chinese President Xi Jinping he wants U.S.-Chinese relations defined by more cooperation and a constructive management of differences.

An Ounce of Detention

Thailand’s junta says the temporary suspension of its critics’ freedom is a small price to pay to prevent the country from descending into civil war.

In Contested Election, Indonesia’s Democracy on the Line

It will be up to two key institutions, both with bruised reputations, to decide which of the two men who contested the poll becomes president.

Four Bodies Found in India’s Volatile Northeast, Army Deployed

Discovery prompts fears of a fresh round of clashes after the region saw sectarian clashes in the run-up to India’s national election in May.

In Vietnam, a World Cup Loss Is a Whole Different Ball Game

The Communist government has attempted to crackdown on strictly illegal sports betting during this year’s tournament, but the taste for gambling is deeply ingrained.

Petro-Pirates Plague Busy Southeast Asia Shipping Lanes

Since April, at least six fuel tankers have been hijacked and drained in the Malacca Strait or nearby waters of the South China Sea.

US Lawmakers Criticize Vietnam, Cambodia and Burma

Members of Congress in Washington liken the conditions faced by Rohingya in western Burma to concentration camps and question whether a genocide is taking place.

Australia Denies ‘Offensive’ Accusations Sri Lanka Asylum Seekers Ill-Treated

Thirty-seven Sinhalese and four Tamils have claimed they were mistreated Australian Customs officials at sea while being returned to Sri Lanka.

Both Candidates in Indonesia Election Claim Victory

Jakarta governor Joko Widodo and ex-general Prabowo Subianto both say they have won the presidential election based on quick counts of votes.

Thai Junta to Hold Largest ‘Happiness Fair’ in Latest PR Push

The new military government in Bangkok has held festivals in parks and squares to win public support, while also moving to curtail freedom of expression.

Indonesia Divided in Close Presidential Race 

The world’s third-largest democracy heads to the polls to choose between a soft-spoken reformist and an ex-army general with close links to the former dictator.

China’s Xi Warns Confrontation With US Would Be Disaster

US Secretary of State John Kerry and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew are in Beijing for two days of talks with the Chinese leadership.

Indonesian Presidential Hopeful Prays Mecca Trip Will Win Votes

Joko “Jokowi” Widodo aims to bolster his bid for the presidency after a smear campaign suggesting he was a Christian has hurt his popularity.

China Holds Ceremony to Mark China-Japan War

President Xi Jinping criticizes people who “beautify the history of aggression” as China marks the 77th anniversary of the start of a war with Japan.