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Option B: The Blueprint for Thailand’s Coup

A document shows that regarding a coup in Thailand, “the door was neither open nor closed” months ahead of the military’s May 22 takeover.

China Detains Activist Before Tiananmen Square Anniversary

China detained another activist amid increasingly intense efforts to suppress commemorations of next week’s 25th anniversary of the crackdown on the Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests.

Village Protests Rape, Killings of Indian Sisters

Two police officers are among four men suspected of raping and murdering two teenage girls in northern India.

Thai Military Seeks Facebook, Google Cooperation With Censorship

Military junta will send officials to Singapore and Japan to seek tighter censorship of social media from Facebook, Google Inc and instant messenger service Line.

Thai Military Ruler to Meet Advisers on Security, Economy

Thailand’s military chief is due to meet a team of advisers for the first time to plan security measures and address a stumbling economy.

Asia Pivot Absent From Obama Foreign Policy Speech

Barack Obama articulates a sweeping vision for US foreign policy but makes no mention of a signature of his administration’s diplomacy: the “pivot” to Asia.

Famous Anti-Sex Trafficking Activist Resigns After Falsehoods

Cambodia’s Somaly Mam, a famous anti-sex trafficking activist, resigns after an investigation uncovered discrepancies in the shocking personal history she used to raise funding.

30 Percent of World is Now Fat, No Country Immune

No country has been able to curb obesity rates in the last three decades, according to a new global analysis.

Thai Junta Airs Videos to Show Detainees OK

Propaganda videos distributed by Thailand’s new military junta meant to assure the public that all those it is holding in custody are being treated well.

Malaysia, UK Firm Release Satellite Data on Missing MH370 Flight

Data used to determine the path of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 is released in response to a clamor from passengers’ relatives for greater transparency.

After Fleeing Burma, Rohingya Lead Clandestine Lives in Thailand

A growing number of Rohingya live and work clandestinely in Thailand, unable to register as migrant workers because they are not recognized Burmese nationals.

Sworn in as India’s Leader, Modi Speaks of a ‘Glorious Future’

Millions of Indians watch the elaborate swearing-in ceremony of their new prime minister, who has promised to kick-start the country’s economy.

Thai Army Gets Down to Work On Economy, Stifles Dissent

Thailand’s military rulers will settle down to work at their Bangkok headquarters on Tuesday, firmly in charge after royal endorsement but facing small protests.

In 1st Since WWII, Japan Army Chiefs Visits Burma

Chief of Staff of Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Gen. Shigeru Iwasaki arrived in the capital of Naypyidaw on Monday to meet his counterpart

Vietnam Accuses China of Sinking Fishing Boat

A Chinese fishing vessel rammed and sank a Vietnamese fishing boat in the disputed South China Sea, according to Vietnamese state media reports.

Protesters Push Back Against Thai Coup

Protestors against the Thai military’s staging of a coup d’état take to the streets of Bangkok, denouncing the seizure of power.

Thai Coup Leader Has Royal Endorsement, Threatens Crackdown if Protests Resume

General Prayuth Chan-ocha says he been formally endorsed by the king as head of government and warns he would use force if political protests resume.

China, Japan Exchange Barbs Over Action by Warplanes

Japan and China on Sunday accused each other’s air forces of dangerous behavior over the East China Sea.

Thai Protesters Test Military’s Resolve

Thailand’s military tightens its grip on power amid growing protests, saying anyone violating its orders would be tried in military court.

China Offers Leniency to Suspects after Bombing

Authorities say they will “hunt down and punish terrorists” but promises leniency for those who turn themselves in and inform on others.