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Roads Before Welfare: India’s Modi Faces Dissent Over Spending Shakeup

The prime minister’s cuts in federal welfare spending on the poorest of India’s 1.25 billion people are under scrutiny, including from within his cabinet.

Ousted Thai PM Thaksin Says No Plans to Mobilize Supporters

Thailand’s former PM says he has no plans to mobilize his “Red Shirt” supporters but calls the junta government “not so impressive.”

Nepal Quake Death Toll Becomes Highest on Record; Dozens Still Missing

At over 8,500 fatalities, two major earthquakes in Nepal are the deadliest recorded, as rescuers search for dozens of people still missing in remote villages.

Pressure Mounts on Burma Over Asia ‘Boat People’ Crisis

Malaysia prods Burma to halt the exodus from its shores as concern grow for uncounted migrants adrift in rickety boats around the Andaman Sea.

Neither China nor US Giving Ground Over Projects Dispute

China and the United States are budging not a bit over Beijing’s assertive development in disputed parts of the South China Sea.

US Calls for ‘Regional Solution’ for Rohingya Migrants

The United States comes under pressure to help Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants stranded at sea as Southeast Asian nations refuse to let them come ashore.

In Philippine Bay, Fear of China Trumps Fear of Brothels

Once fearing it would mean bars and brothels for visiting sailors, locals now welcome the construction of a major Philippine naval base at Ulugan Bay.

Papua New Guinea Shocked by Australian Diplomatic Move

PNG’s prime minister said he was shocked by an announcement from former colonial ruler Australia that it might open a diplomatic mission in Bougainville.

Thai Navy Tows Migrant Boat Towards Indonesia

A boat carrying around 400 migrants that the Thai navy has towed out to sea is heading toward Indonesia, a Thai government radio station reports.

Malaysia Turns Away 800 Boat People; Thailand Spots Third Boat

Rohingya Muslims and Bangladeshis abandoned at sea by human traffickers have nowhere to go as Malaysia turns away two boats crammed with migrants.

Malaysia Turns Away Boat With More Than 500 Migrants

As thousands of Rohingya Muslims and Bangladeshis remain abandoned at sea, Malaysia turns away a boat crammed with migrants, saying it cannot accept them.

Pyongyang Pop and Flowers: Last Days of North Korea’s Defense Chief

North Korean state media reports he attended a Pyongyang pop concert on April 29. There has been no official word of him since.

Japan WWII Kamikaze Base to Seek UNESCO Recognition

A Japanese city’s plan to seek recognition for its role as a launching base for suicide attacks in World War II is raising questions over how such memories should be preserved.

Malaysia to Push Back Rohingya Unless Boats Are Sinking

Abandoned at sea, thousands of Bangladeshis and Rohingya Muslims from Burma appear to have shrinking options after two Southeast Asian nations refuse to offer refuge.

Third Blogger Hacked to Death in Bangladesh

A blogger was hacked to death by machete-wielding attackers in Bangladesh on Tuesday, the third such killing in less than three months.

North Korea Executes Defense Chief with an Anti-Aircraft Gun: South Korea Agency

North Korea executes its defense chief on treason charges by putting him in front of an anti-aircraft gun at a firing range.

4 Killed, Buildings Collapse in Fresh Nepal Earthquake

At least four people were killed in a central Nepal town on Tuesday after a 7.3 earthquake shook the Himalayan nation.

Up to 6,000 Rohingya, Bangladeshi Migrants Stranded at Sea

An estimated 6,000 Bangladeshis and Rohingya Muslims from Burma remain trapped at sea in crowded, wooden boats, migrant officials and activists say.

From Rundown Outpost, Philippines Watches China Island Take Shape in Disputed Sea

China’s reclamation around seven reefs in the South China Sea is making Philippine islands vulnerable, Philippine military officials and security experts say.

Blogger, 16, Exposes Limits on Free Speech in Singapore

A government crackdown on a teen video blogger and independent news and opinion website has focused attention on free speech limits in the city-state.