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Divers Retrieve 2nd Black Box From AirAsia Crash

Divers recover the crashed AirAsia plane’s second black box, giving investigators the essential tools they need to start piecing together what brought Flight 8501 down.

Dozens of Children Among 98 Rohingya Smuggling Victims Found in Thailand

Dozens of children are among 98 suspected Rohingya trafficking victims from Burma discovered in pickup trucks in southern Thailand.

Divers Retrieve 1 of 2 Black Boxes from Crashed AirAsia Jet

Divers retrieve one of the black boxes from the AirAsia plane that plummeted more than two weeks ago into the Java Sea.

Pope’s Asia Trip to Address Poverty, Dialogue, Climate Change

Pope Francis returns to Asia, traveling to Sri Lanka and the Philippines to underscore his concern for inter-religious dialogue, poverty and the environment.

Pro-Democracy Hong Kong Media Tycoon’s Home Firebombed

The home of Jimmy Lai, an outspoken critic of Beijing who also played a prominent role in recent pro-democracy protests, were firebombed on Monday.

Thailand Begins Impeachment Hearing of Ousted PM

Thailand’s military-appointed legislature begins impeachment hearings against former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, a move analysts say is aimed at ensuring she stays out of politics.

No Living in Fear: ‘I Am Charlie’ Rallies Back Free Speech 

From Berlin to Bangkok, tens of thousands stand against living in fear, as rallies honor the victims of a Paris newspaper attack.

Indonesia Says Pings Detected in Search for AirAsia Jet’s Black Box

Indonesia search and rescue teams detect pings in their efforts to find the black box recorders of an AirAsia plane that went missing Dec. 28.

Sri Lanka’s Rajapaksa Concedes Defeat in Presidential Vote

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has conceded defeat in his bid for a third term in office, according to his spokesman.

China’s Xi Woos Latin America With $250B Investments

Chinese President Xi Jinping pledges $250 billion in investment in Latin America to boost Beijing’s influence in a region dominated by the United States.

Sri Lanka Presidential Election Brings Country to Crossroads

President Mahinda Rajapaksa urges voters to back “the devil they know” when they go to the polls Thursday, rather than an “unknown angel” opposing him.

Ex-PM’s Impeachment to Test Thai Junta’s Fragile Calm

Thailand’s legislature will start impeachment hearings this week against former PM Yingluck Shinawatra, who faces a political ban that could test the country’s delicate calm.

AirAsia Jet Tail Found Underwater, Black Box May Be Close

The tail of a crashed AirAsia jet is found near the plane’s last known location, indicating the crucial black box recorders may be nearby.

Weather Improves But Progress Slow in AirAsia Search

Indonesian search and rescue officials report better weather over the presumed crash site of an AirAsia passenger jet, but appear no closer to finding its black box flight recorders.

Thai PM Urges Action on Human Trafficking as US Deadline Looms

Thai Prime Minister says his government would step up measures against human trafficking as it scrambles to improve its record in fighting the illegal trade.

Sri Lanka Monitor Accuses Ruling Party of Violating Election Rules

Supporters of Sri Lanka’s ruling party have repeatedly violated election laws and police have been unresponsive to violence and intimidation, says a local polling monitor.

India, Pakistan Step Up Border Fighting Ahead of Kerry Visit

Indian and Pakistani intensified cross-border firing, killing an Indian border guard and forcing hundreds of villagers to flee, escalating tensions before visits by US officials.

Cambodia’s Political Prince Makes Comeback, Claims PM’s Support

Cambodia’s Prince Norodom Ranariddh returns to the party that ousted him, in a comeback meant to revive royalist support before a 2018 election.

4 Shot Dead on Bangladesh Election Anniversary

Clashes between police and opposition activists and a separate attack by unidentified gunmen left at least four people dead amid heightened tensions in the country.

Tensions in Bangladesh Ahead of Election Anniversary

Police in Dhaka have banned all rallies and restricted the movement of the opposition leader, while opposition activists have been detained across the country.