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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.

Police Hunt Rebels After Anti-Muslim Violence in Northeast India Kills 31

Police kill three rebels and arrested eight forest guards for alleged involvement in the killings of 31 Muslims in ethnic violence in India’s remote northeast.

China Hunting Family Members of Xinjiang Bombers

An apparent suicide bombing last week killed one bystander and wounded 79 people in Urumqi, the capital of China’s restive western region.

China Blames Religious Extremists for Station Bombing

The government of the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region in China says that Wednesday’s attack in the capital Urumqi was carried out by Islamist militants.

Malaysia Releases Missing Plane Report, Reveals Confusion

The report details the route Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 probably took as it veered off course on March and the confusion that followed.

US Lawmakers Press Obama Administration on Human Trafficking

A congressional subcommittee says that Burma and other countries that don’t do enough to fight human trafficking should be punished.

Obama Reassures Allies, but Doubts over ‘Pivot’ to Asia Persist

The US president scored points with skeptical allies simply by showing up, but not everything followed the White House plan.

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.