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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.

Investors Wary as Anti-Vietnamese Feeling Grows in Cambodia

As politicians stoke animosity toward Vietnamese, immigrants and investors from Cambodia’s neighbor to the east learn to keep their heads down.

US, Philippines Sign Deal on Military Accord

An agreement signed ahead of US President Barack Obama’s arrival in Manila gives American forces temporary access to some military camps.

North Korea Says Army Must Develop To Be Able To Beat US

Kim Jong Un urges the army to develop to ensure it wins any confrontation with the US, after Barack Obama warned of its military might.

Bad Weather Hinders S. Korea’s Search for Ferry Dead

Divers renew their search for bodies still trapped in a sunken ferry off South Korea, after the country’s prime minister resigns.

Obama Wraps up Japan Visit After Security Pledge but no Trade Deal

President Obama wrapped up a visit to Japan during which he assured Tokyo of US defense support, but failed to clinch a key trade deal.

Thai Opposition Leader Seeks Compromise to Avert Bloodshed

Government skeptical despite former Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva’s calls for common ground as a months-long political deadlock continues.

Pyongyang’s Pop Queens Stage Comeback

Kim Jong Un’s favorite pop group, the miniskirt-sporting Moranbong Band, makes a comeback, quashing rumors that one member was caught up in a purge.

Thai Activist Who Opposed Lese Majeste Law Killed

A pro-government activist who opposed a law punishing critics of Thailand’s monarchy was fatally shot Wednesday in the capital, police said.

In India’s vote, Hindu Holy City Is Battleground

Two of India’s most prominent politicians are facing off in Varanasi, on the banks of the Ganges River, in the country’s national elections.

Obama Uses Japan Visit to Reassure Wary Asian Allies

US president is welcomed to Japan with a display of pomp and ceremony, intended to reassure his country’s main regional ally amid disputes with China.

Search for MH370 Reveals a Military Vulnerability for China

Its lack of offshore bases and friendly ports to call on remains a strategic headache as China tries to ramp up its regional naval presence.

Pirates Raid Japanese Oil Tanker Off Malaysia, Kidnap 3 Crew

Armed assailants managed to steal more than half the diesel carried in a vessel headed through the Malacca Strait on its way to Burma.

Obama Says Disputed Islands Within Scope Of US-Japan Security Treaty

US president begins a four-nation Asia tour where he will seek to assure allies of the United States’ support while not damaging ties with China.

As Nepali Sherpa Families Cremate Everest Victims, Anger Grows

Nepali families cremated eight sherpas as anger grows over the compensation that should be paid to victims of the single deadliest avalanche on Mount Everest.

Death Count in Ferry Sinking Tops 100

Officials say confirmed fatalities in the sinking of the South Korean ferry Sewol have reached 104, with nearly 200 people still missing.

Japan PM Makes Offering to Yasukuni Shrine, Angers China, South Korea

Shinzo Abe’s move is seen as provocative and comes as a Chinese maritime court seizes a Japanese-owned ship over wartime contractual dispute.

Group Concerned for Karen Activist Missing in Thailand

Human Rights Watch urges Thai authorities to investigate the disappearance of Por Cha Lee Rakcharoen, an ethnic Kachin environmental activist.