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Court Forces Out Thai Leader, Part of Her Cabinet

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is ordered to step down after the country’s Constitutional Court found her guilty of abuse of power.

China’s Alibaba Group Aiming to Raise $1B in IPO

The e-commerce giant could try to raise more money and may surpass Facebook’s $16 billion initial public offering two years ago.

In China’s Xinjiang, Economic Divide Seen Fuelling Ethnic Unrest

As Beijing moves to boost the economy of this remote region, ethnic Uighurs say they see few of the benefits.

Embattled Thai PM Testifies in Abuse of Power Case

A Thai court ruling on Wednesday could remove Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra from office—something protesters have been trying to accomplish for six months.

South Korea Warns North Korea over New Nuke Test

South Korea’s foreign minister warns North Korea that its nuclear weapons program could come at the cost of the survival of Kim Jong Un’s regime.

Quake Cracks Roads in North Thailand, 1 Killed

Officials say that one person was killed and several dozen were hurt in an earthquake that struck northern Thailand and Burma on Monday.

US, Filipino Troops Begin Large Military Drill

More than 5,000 US and Filipino troops begin two weeks of military exercises amid a dangerous territorial standoff between the Philippines and China.

Bollywood Actress Jaitly Fights for LGBT Rights

Former Miss India Celina Jaitly says she will continue fighting for the rights of lesbians, gays, transgender people and bisexuals despite threats and character assassination.

Vietnam Says Chinese Offshore Rig Is Illegal; China Disagrees

Vietnam condemns as illegal the operation of a Chinese deep-water drilling rig in what Vietnam says is its territorial water in the South China Sea.

Earthquake of 6 Magnitude Strikes Thailand, Some Damage

Quake’s epicenter was near the northern Thai city of Chiang Rai, where roads have been reported damaged, but tremors were felt in Rangoon and Bangkok.

Thai Opposition Leader Wants Election Delayed to Allow Reforms

An opposition leader wants an election to be delayed by up to six months to allow for reforms aimed at ending a protracted political crisis.

Police Hunt Rebels After Anti-Muslim Violence in Northeast India Kills 31

Police kill three rebels and arrested eight forest guards for alleged involvement in the killings of 31 Muslims in ethnic violence in India’s remote northeast.

China Hunting Family Members of Xinjiang Bombers

An apparent suicide bombing last week killed one bystander and wounded 79 people in Urumqi, the capital of China’s restive western region.

China Blames Religious Extremists for Station Bombing

The government of the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region in China says that Wednesday’s attack in the capital Urumqi was carried out by Islamist militants.

Malaysia Releases Missing Plane Report, Reveals Confusion

The report details the route Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 probably took as it veered off course on March and the confusion that followed.

US Lawmakers Press Obama Administration on Human Trafficking

A congressional subcommittee says that Burma and other countries that don’t do enough to fight human trafficking should be punished.

Obama Reassures Allies, but Doubts over ‘Pivot’ to Asia Persist

The US president scored points with skeptical allies simply by showing up, but not everything followed the White House plan.

Cambodia Tentatively Agrees to Boatpeople Plan

Australia welcomes Cambodia’s “receptive response” to a proposal to send refugees to the Southeast Asian country, but rights advocates decry the plan as “profoundly disturbing.”

A Conversation With Indonesian Presidential Front-Runner Jokowi

Joko Widodo, the popular governor of Jakarta and a likely contender for the Indonesian presidency, speaks about his political style and his anti-poverty campaign.

Obama Vigorously Defends Foreign Policy Record

The president denies that his cautious stance on recent political and military crises overseas signals US weakness.