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Sri Lankan President Reinstates Impeached Chief Justice

Sri Lanka’s former chief justice, who was impeached two years ago after refusing to grant wider powers to the former president’s brother, has been reinstated.

Hostage Crisis Trips Up Japan as It Seeks Global Security Role

Tokyo appeared ill-prepared when the Islamic State set a ransom deadline and purportedly killed a Japanese man that the extremist group had taken hostage.

China Police Suspended After Dining on Enormous Salamander

The southern Chinese city of Shenzhen has suspended 14 police officers and is investigating a police chief on suspicion of feasting on an endangered salamander.

AirAsia Probe Vets Possible Computer Glitch, Crew Response

Investigators probing the crash of an AirAsia jetliner examine records of its automated control systems, and how pilots may have handled a failure.

Herder Kills Himself in Inner Mongolia over Land Grab

A herder from northern China’s Inner Mongolia who had been protesting the government’s occupation of traditional grazing land hangs himself outside a government building.

China’s Shadow Looms Large Over Obama Visit to India

As US President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi meet, the shadow of a third player hangs over the talks: neighboring China.

Ex-Thai PM’s Party Promises Calm Following Indictment

Former Thai PM Yingluck Shinawatra’s Puea Thai Party vowed on Monday it would not retaliate against a political ban imposed on the ousted leader.

Retrieval of More Than 30 Slain Filipinos Commandos Underway 

Philippine police recover bodies of commandos mowed down by Muslim rebel gunfire in a far-flung southern village, where they were hunting down a most-wanted terrorist.

Bangladesh Charges Opposition Chief with Instigating Attack on Bus

Bangladesh police have formally charged opposition leader Begum Khaleda Zia with instigating a petrol bomb attack on a passenger bus.

Obama Reveals Nuclear Breakthrough on Landmark India Trip

US President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveil plans to unlock billions of dollars in nuclear trade and to deepen defense ties.

Nepal Plunges into Turmoil as Politicians Scuffle over Constitution

Nepal plunged deeper into crisis on Friday after feuding politicians, throwing microphones and shoes, failed to meet a deadline to table a new constitution.

Thai Ex-Premier Yingluck Impeached, Faces Criminal Charges

Thailand’s military-appointed legislature impeaches former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, a move that could further polarize a divided nation plagued by a decade of political turmoil.

As Obama Visits, Signs That India Is Pushing Back Against China

A new robust Indian diplomacy has delighted Washington, which has been nudging India for years to dovetail with the US strategic pivot toward the region.

Fearing Bad Business, Thai Community Votes to Evict HIV Hospice

Residents of a village near Pattaya have voted to expel 48 people living in a HIV hospice, highlighting lingering discrimination against Thais living with AIDS.

Manila: China’s Reclamation in Disputed Reefs Now ‘Massive’

China’s land reclamation in contested reefs in the South China Sea has become “massive,” and continues despite protests from other countries, a Philippine official says.

Cambodia’s Freewheeling Internet Lands Autocratic Hun Sen in Quandary

For Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, who this month celebrated 30 years in power, the Internet’s popularity is both a threat and an opportunity.

Sri Lanka Prime Minister Vows Democracy After Authoritarian Past

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says his new government will restore democratic checks and balances after a decade of increasingly authoritarian rule under former president Rajapaksa.

China ‘Has the Power’ to Introduce Tough Security Laws in Hong Kong

Tough Chinese security laws could be introduced in Hong Kong, stoking fears China may tighten control there after last year’s pro-democracy street protests.

Brawl in Nepal Parliament as Clock Ticks on New Constitution

At least three people were injured during a brawl in Nepal’s parliament, with opposition legislators in a heated debate over the nation’s new constitution.

Threats of Jail, Walkout Put Cambodia Truce on Shaky Ground

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen takes a swipe at the country’s opposition and threatens its lawmakers with jail, accusing them of breaching a political truce.