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India Vote Count Puts Modi on Course for Resounding Win

The opposition leader has run on a pro-business platform, promising to unblock stalled investment in power, road and rail projects and revive economic growth.

Vietnam Mobs Set Fire to Foreign Factories, 20 Killed in Anti-China Riots

Vietnamese set fire to foreign factories in industrial zones in in an angry reaction to Chinese oil drilling in the South China Sea.

Malaysia PM Calls for Real-Time Tracking of Planes

Najib Razak calls for real-time tracking of planes and improving their communication system to prevent a repeat of the mysterious disappearance of Flight 370.

Two Killed at Thai Protest as Anger Mounts Over Premier

Twenty-one people were injured when a group of armed men attacked anti-government protesters near the Democracy Monument in Bangkok’s old quarter.

Philippines Says China Appears to Be Building Airstrip on Disputed Reef

The Philippines accuses China of reclaiming land on a reef in disputed islands in the South China Sea, apparently to build an airstrip.

In Modi’s India, a Case of Rule and Divide

Separation of Hindu and Muslim communities is systematized in Gujarat, a state whose chief minister is likely to become India’s next prime minister.

US Confident Thai Military Won’t Resort to Coup

The United States says it is “reasonably confident” Thailand’s military won’t launch a coup although analysts warned the nation’s political crisis could trigger armed conflict.

China Acting Dangerously in Sea Dispute Vietnam Tells ASEAN Summit

Vietnam told Southeast Asian leaders that China was committing dangerous violations in disputed waters in South China Sea, but Asean refrained from criticizing Beijing.

Thailand Warns People to Stay Away From Protests

Thailand’s caretaker government says it will tighten security to prevent clashes and warns people to stay away from protest sites for their own safety.

Chinese Elite Push for Release of Jailed Nobel Laureate

A quite campaign is urging the Communist Party leadership to release Liu Xiaobo on parole to improve the country’s international image.

Suu Kyi’s Calls for Constitutional Reform Welcomed in Irrawaddy Delta

The NLD leader addresses a crowd of thousands of excited farmers who showed overwhelming support for her calls for reforming Burma’s undemocratic Constitution.

ASEAN Faces Renewed Unity Test as South China Sea Tensions Spike

A surge of tensions in the South China Sea threatens to widen divisions between Asean nations at a summit, posing a test for host Burma.

Thai Police Fire Teargas at Protesters Bent on Toppling ‘Thaksin Regime’

Thai police fired teargas on Friday at royalist protesters bent on bringing down a caretaker government after a court threw Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra out of office.

Families of South Korea Ferry Dead March on Presidential Palace

The government is under scrutiny for its response to the disaster, and families say many of the hundreds presumed to have drowned could have been saved.

China’s Oil Rig Move Leaves Vietnam, Others Looking Vulnerable

China’s decision to park an oil rig 120 miles off the Vietnamese coast has exposed how vulnerable South China Sea nations are to such moves.

Thai Graft Agency Rules Against Ex-PM as ‘Red Shirts’ Head for Bangkok

Thailand’s anti-graft agency indicted former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra for negligence on Thursday, after a court threw her out of office a day earlier.

Bangkok Airways Increases Flights to Burmese Capital

The Thai carrier adds extra flights to meet demand ahead of the Asean Summit to be held in Naypyidaw later this month.

South China Sea Tensions Rise As Vietnam Says China Rammed Ships

Vietnam says a Chinese vessel intentionally rammed two of its ships in the disputed South China Sea, sending tensions spiraling in the region.

China Detains Veteran Journalist for State Secrets

Gao Yu is the latest government critic to be detained ahead of the politically sensitive 25th anniversary of the bloody Tiananmen Square crackdown in Beijing.

US Wary of Wading into Thailand’s Fraught Politics

Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra was ousted in a judicial coup on Wednesday, the latest upheaval in years of political turmoil.