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In Red Heartlands, Thai Army Keeps a Lid on Dissent

Since seizing power and declaring martial law, Thailand’s military has snuffed out dissent in the rural stronghold of deposed Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

Pro-Democracy Protesters Back in Hong Kong, No Violence

Thousands of pro-democracy protesters return to the streets of Hong Kong in the first large-scale rally since demonstrations rocked the global financial hub last year.

Okinawa Islanders face off with Tokyo over bases

Perennial anger over Okinawa’s hosting of US troops has flared to a new level after the election of an anti-base governor late last year.

Thai Junta Blocks Discussion of Media Censorship

Thailand’s junta has forced a German foundation to cancel a prominent forum on media restrictions imposed since the military toppled an elected government last May.

Sri Lanka Says It Will Return Private Land in Civil War Area 

Sri Lanka’s new government plans to return private land seized by the military in the civil war-ravaged north and release several hundred detainees.

Thai Vigilantes Take up Fight Against Human Trafficking

Frustrated by their government’s response to human trafficking, armed volunteers in southern Thailand have taken up the role of monitoring seaside jungles for suspicious activity.

Rohingya Refugees Say Traffickers in Malaysia Abuse and Kill

Rohingya activists say widespread abuse of the persecuted Muslim minority by human traffickers in Malaysia includes extreme methods to protect their lucrative but illegal business.

Thailand Accuses US of Meddling in its Politics

Thailand accuses the United States of meddling in its political affairs, following remarks of a US envoy who criticized actions by the ruling military junta.

Sri Lankan President Reinstates Impeached Chief Justice

Sri Lanka’s former chief justice, who was impeached two years ago after refusing to grant wider powers to the former president’s brother, has been reinstated.

Hostage Crisis Trips Up Japan as It Seeks Global Security Role

Tokyo appeared ill-prepared when the Islamic State set a ransom deadline and purportedly killed a Japanese man that the extremist group had taken hostage.

China Police Suspended After Dining on Enormous Salamander

The southern Chinese city of Shenzhen has suspended 14 police officers and is investigating a police chief on suspicion of feasting on an endangered salamander.

AirAsia Probe Vets Possible Computer Glitch, Crew Response

Investigators probing the crash of an AirAsia jetliner examine records of its automated control systems, and how pilots may have handled a failure.

Herder Kills Himself in Inner Mongolia over Land Grab

A herder from northern China’s Inner Mongolia who had been protesting the government’s occupation of traditional grazing land hangs himself outside a government building.

China’s Shadow Looms Large Over Obama Visit to India

As US President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi meet, the shadow of a third player hangs over the talks: neighboring China.

Ex-Thai PM’s Party Promises Calm Following Indictment

Former Thai PM Yingluck Shinawatra’s Puea Thai Party vowed on Monday it would not retaliate against a political ban imposed on the ousted leader.

Retrieval of More Than 30 Slain Filipinos Commandos Underway 

Philippine police recover bodies of commandos mowed down by Muslim rebel gunfire in a far-flung southern village, where they were hunting down a most-wanted terrorist.

Bangladesh Charges Opposition Chief with Instigating Attack on Bus

Bangladesh police have formally charged opposition leader Begum Khaleda Zia with instigating a petrol bomb attack on a passenger bus.

Obama Reveals Nuclear Breakthrough on Landmark India Trip

US President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveil plans to unlock billions of dollars in nuclear trade and to deepen defense ties.

Nepal Plunges into Turmoil as Politicians Scuffle over Constitution

Nepal plunged deeper into crisis on Friday after feuding politicians, throwing microphones and shoes, failed to meet a deadline to table a new constitution.

Thai Ex-Premier Yingluck Impeached, Faces Criminal Charges

Thailand’s military-appointed legislature impeaches former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, a move that could further polarize a divided nation plagued by a decade of political turmoil.