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ASEAN Faces Renewed Unity Test as South China Sea Tensions Spike

A surge of tensions in the South China Sea threatens to widen divisions between Asean nations at a summit, posing a test for host Burma.

Thai Police Fire Teargas at Protesters Bent on Toppling ‘Thaksin Regime’

Thai police fired teargas on Friday at royalist protesters bent on bringing down a caretaker government after a court threw Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra out of office.

Families of South Korea Ferry Dead March on Presidential Palace

The government is under scrutiny for its response to the disaster, and families say many of the hundreds presumed to have drowned could have been saved.

China’s Oil Rig Move Leaves Vietnam, Others Looking Vulnerable

China’s decision to park an oil rig 120 miles off the Vietnamese coast has exposed how vulnerable South China Sea nations are to such moves.

Thai Graft Agency Rules Against Ex-PM as ‘Red Shirts’ Head for Bangkok

Thailand’s anti-graft agency indicted former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra for negligence on Thursday, after a court threw her out of office a day earlier.

Bangkok Airways Increases Flights to Burmese Capital

The Thai carrier adds extra flights to meet demand ahead of the Asean Summit to be held in Naypyidaw later this month.

South China Sea Tensions Rise As Vietnam Says China Rammed Ships

Vietnam says a Chinese vessel intentionally rammed two of its ships in the disputed South China Sea, sending tensions spiraling in the region.

China Detains Veteran Journalist for State Secrets

Gao Yu is the latest government critic to be detained ahead of the politically sensitive 25th anniversary of the bloody Tiananmen Square crackdown in Beijing.

US Wary of Wading into Thailand’s Fraught Politics

Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra was ousted in a judicial coup on Wednesday, the latest upheaval in years of political turmoil.

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.