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Sri Lankan President Seeks to Mend Ties With China After Port Suspension

Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena seeks to end a stalemate over China’s biggest investment project in the island which his administration has suspended.

Thai PM Warns Media, Says Has Power to Execute Reporters

Thai junta leader Prayuth Chan-ocha lashed out at journalists on Wednesday, saying he would “probably just execute” those who did “not report the truth.”

As Lee Era Ends, Singapore Braces for Change as Young Worry About Future

If Lee Kuan Yew represented the Singapore of yesteryear, his death raises questions about whether a generation of leaders in waiting will reshape the mold.

Tug-of-war Between China, Turkey Over Suspected Uighurs in Thailand

A group of suspected Uighur Muslims prompts a diplomatic tug-of-war in Thailand between China and Turkey, with both countries wanting to repatriate them.

Indonesian Leader Says China’s Main Claim in South China Sea Lacks Legal Basis

Indonesian President Joko Widodo says one of China’s main claims to the majority of the South China Sea has no legal basis in international law.

ADB President: China-led Bank Potential Partner, Not Rival

The president of the Asian Development Bank says a proposed Chinese-led regional bank is a potential partner rather than a rival.

All Roads Lead to Singapore: Asians Study Lee Kuan Yew’s Mantra

Dozens of Asian government officials each year enroll in classes studying good governance, economic management and how to make their countries work like Singapore.

After Cyclone Pam, Vanuatu Revives, Rebuilds and Rethinks

A week after a cyclone tore through Vanuatu with winds of nearly 170 miles per hour, people are focused on the task of rebuilding.

Slum Kids Confront Sexism as India Grapples With Abuse of Women

New school initiatives in India focused on gender plant the seeds of change in a country grappling with inequality and violence against women.

Lee Kuan Yew, Founder of Modern Singapore, Dies at 91

Modern Singapore’s founder, both feared for his authoritarian tactics and admired for turning the city-state into one of the world’s richest nations, is dead.

Sri Lanka Says Rajapaksa Officials Stashed Over $2B in Dubai

Sri Lankan investigators locate $2 billion that was secretly transferred to accounts in Dubai by officials of the administration of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa.

For Hong Kong, a Chill Sets in As Rich China Tourists Shop Elsewhere

Chinese tourists are rapidly deserting Hong Kong, threatening retailers who built businesses around mainland demand and squeezing the whole city’s visitor-dependent economy.

Thai Junta Denies Torturing Grenade Attack Suspects

Thailand’s junta on Thursday denied accusations of torturing suspects in a bombing investigation, as human rights groups stepped up their criticism of the military regime.

Indonesia Defers Execution of Foreign Drug Traffickers 

Jakarta backs off from imminent execution of 10 drug smugglers, saying the sentences might not happen soon because some of them have legal appeals pending.

After Nun Rape, India Cardinal Says Protect Humans, Not Just Cows

The head of India’s Catholic bishops says the country should be as concerned about the welfare of its people as it is about its cows.

Bangladesh Court Indicts 8 in Dhaka Blogger Murder

A court in Bangladesh’s capital has indicted a leader of an Islamist group and seven students in the 2013 hacking death of an atheist blogger.

Thai PM Says to Limit Use of Martial Law, Military Courts

Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha calls for a reduction in the use of martial law, but makes no mention of plans to scrap it.

US Urges Allies to Think Twice Before Joining China-led Regional Bank

The US urges countries to think twice before joining a new China-led Asian development bank that Washington sees as a rival to the World Bank.

Indian Opposition Unites to Oppose Modi Land Reform Push

India’s opposition parties joined forces on Tuesday for a march against a bill to ease land acquisition rules, threatening the Prime Minister’s economic overhaul plans.

Malaysian Police Arrest Daughter of Jailed Opposition Leader

Police arrested the daughter of jailed opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim for alleged sedition on Monday, a move slammed by critics as a clampdown on dissent.