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Thailand’s War-Weary Southerners Fear Coup Will Erode New Freedoms

Many in insurgency-wracked southern Thailand now fear the military will use the coup to roll back hard-won freedoms.

Top China Diplomat Meets Vietnamese Officials Amid Tensions Over Oil Rig

The two countries try to repair a rupture in ties over China’s positioning of an oil rig in disputed waters.

Cambodian Workers’ Return From Thailand Not Smooth

As the number of Cambodian workers returning home under pressure from Thailand approaches 200,000, the returnees make troubling allegations about their treatment by Thai authorities.

Cambodian Exodus From Thailand Grows to 160,000

The number of Cambodians who have returned home from Thailand this month after a threatened crackdown on foreigners working illegally has topped 160,000.

The War That Never Ends Between the Koreas

The maritime boundary between the Koreas remains “a powder keg brimming with weapons, arms, explosives and mines,” according to one resident of a nearby island.

Thai Coup Leaders’ Goal: Democracy on Their Terms

Analysts suspect the true aim of the coup was limiting the impact of future elections by relying more on appointed institutions to limit majority rule.

Cambodians Flee Thailand as Junta Targets Illegal Labor

An estimated 100,000 Cambodians have poured over the border as the Thai military now governing the country intensifies lax measures to regulate illegal labor.

Sri Lankan Minister Briefly Trapped by Buddhist-Muslim Clashes

A Sri Lankan government minister had to be rescued by police on Sunday after being trapped by ethnic violence between Buddhists and Muslims.

In Indonesia’s Presidential Race, Ex-General a Winner in Proxy TV Battle

If Indonesia’s presidential election were to be decided by favorable coverage on its television channels, ex-general Prabowo Subianto would be in the driver’s seat.

Thailand’s Rampant Trafficking May Carry Price

Forced into slave labor, one Burmese migrant’s seven-year nightmare aboard a Thai fishing trawler is just one of thousands of similar tales.

India Rebuffs ‘Simplistic’ UN Criticism Over Sex Crimes

India rebuffs accusations by a U.N. investigator that sex crimes are rife in the world’s biggest democracy, calling her analysis “simplistic.”

Ferry Family Boss Eludes South Korea’s Biggest and Most Bizarre Manhunt

A South Korean manhunt linked to an April ferry disaster comes full circle at the compound of a sect known for its organic ice cream.

Junta Engineers World Cup Coup for Thailand

The newly installed military rulers have ensured that all 64 of the soccer matches being played during Brazil 2014 will be televised for free.

Thai Army Delegation Visits China Amid Western Reproach of Coup

A Thai military delegation travels to China for talks on regional security and joint training amid Western reproach of the army’s coup last month.

Isolated North Korea a Visitor Draw, But Sometimes Literally a Tourist Trap

Despite warnings, many tourists from places including the United States are visiting the hermitic country, with three Americans arrested there recently.

Cambodia’s Strongman Affirms Pre-eminence as Opposition Challenge Falters

The country’s long-serving prime minister, Hun Sen, has offered concessions to the opposition, but faces electoral challenges in the long term.

China Seeks to Counter Vietnam’s ‘Slander’ on South China Sea

China says it wants to counter Vietnam’s “slander” to the world about what was happening in disputed areas of the South China Sea.

Laos Extradites Suspects to China in Drug Case

Police won’t reveal the nationality of five suspects who were caught with more than half a ton of methamphetamine produced in the Golden Triangle.

Clock Ticks as Japan PM Pushes to Loosen Constraints on Military

Shinzo Abe’s campaign to ease constitutional curbs that have kept the military out of overseas conflicts for nearly 70 years goes down to the wire.

China Announces Round Up of Alleged Cult Members

More than 1,500 people have been arrested over an unspecified period of time, China announces following a deadly attack in a McDonalds restaurant.