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China State Media Calls for ‘Severe Punishment’ for US Tech Firms

Chinese state media calls on Beijing to “severely punish” Google, Apple and other US technology companies for acting as “pawns” of the US government.

Wary China Keeps Close Watch as Tiananmen Anniversary Arrives

Beijing has been especially careful to suppress all signs of dissent this year, as China marks the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen massacre.

4 Hawaii Farms Settle Thai Workers Suit for $2.4 Million

Four Hawaii farms are settling a discrimination lawsuit for a total of US$2.4 million over allegations that they exploited hundreds of Thai workers.

Malaysian PM Sues Online News Portal Malaysiakini

Malaysian leader Najib Razak is suing an independent online news portal for allegedly defaming him and his ruling Malay party.

Thai Army Rulers Prepare Emergency Economic Measures

Thailand’s military junta draws up a list of emergency measures to kick-start an economy threatened by recession after months of political turmoil.

Thai Police Criticized for Posing as Journalists

Thailand’s main press association says it is gravely concerned after a man with official press ID is seen on video arresting an anti-coup protester.

Grisly Murders Highlight Social Strains in Modi’s India

Outrage over the rape and murder of two low-caste girls in northern India last week draws attention to tensions over attempts to reinforce traditional hierarchies.

6 Arrested in China Killing Blamed on Cult Members

Six members of a religious cult are arrested over the beating death of a woman at a McDonald’s restaurant in eastern China.

Thai Forces Descend on Central Bangkok to Stifle Coup Protests

Thailand’s military government deploys thousands of troops and police in the capital’s central shopping district to deter protesters opposed to its seizure of power.

Hong Kong Holds March to Remember Tiananmen

Thousands of people march through downtown Hong Kong to mark the 25th anniversary of the bloody crackdown on the Tiananmen Square protests in Beijing.

Option B: The Blueprint for Thailand’s Coup

A document shows that regarding a coup in Thailand, “the door was neither open nor closed” months ahead of the military’s May 22 takeover.

China Detains Activist Before Tiananmen Square Anniversary

China detained another activist amid increasingly intense efforts to suppress commemorations of next week’s 25th anniversary of the crackdown on the Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests.

Village Protests Rape, Killings of Indian Sisters

Two police officers are among four men suspected of raping and murdering two teenage girls in northern India.

Thai Military Seeks Facebook, Google Cooperation With Censorship

Military junta will send officials to Singapore and Japan to seek tighter censorship of social media from Facebook, Google Inc and instant messenger service Line.

Thai Military Ruler to Meet Advisers on Security, Economy

Thailand’s military chief is due to meet a team of advisers for the first time to plan security measures and address a stumbling economy.

Asia Pivot Absent From Obama Foreign Policy Speech

Barack Obama articulates a sweeping vision for US foreign policy but makes no mention of a signature of his administration’s diplomacy: the “pivot” to Asia.

Famous Anti-Sex Trafficking Activist Resigns After Falsehoods

Cambodia’s Somaly Mam, a famous anti-sex trafficking activist, resigns after an investigation uncovered discrepancies in the shocking personal history she used to raise funding.

30 Percent of World is Now Fat, No Country Immune

No country has been able to curb obesity rates in the last three decades, according to a new global analysis.

Thai Junta Airs Videos to Show Detainees OK

Propaganda videos distributed by Thailand’s new military junta meant to assure the public that all those it is holding in custody are being treated well.

Malaysia, UK Firm Release Satellite Data on Missing MH370 Flight

Data used to determine the path of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 is released in response to a clamor from passengers’ relatives for greater transparency.