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Chinese Town Trades Lead Poison Test Results for Milk

Villagers accuse local officials of covering up the health effects of environmental damage by offering milk for medical records.

US Looks to Calm South China Sea Tensions

Washington will seek to calm tensions stoked by recent Chinese oil drilling in disputed waters of the South China Sea at an upcoming Asean meeting.

Japan’s Security Fears Grow as Neighbors Build Up Arms

North Korea is pushing forward with missile development, and both China and Russia are stepping up military activity in East Asia.

Thailand’s Censors Ban ‘Tropico 5’ Computer Game

Censors under Thailand’s military junta ban a city-building simulation computer game, saying it could hurt the country’s security.

Strong Quake Kills 381 in Southern China

More than 1,800 people are injured as a magnitude-6.1 earthquake hits Yunnan province, causing about 12,000 mostly brick homes collapse.

Thai Surrogate Mom Not Angry With Australian Couple

The unidentified couple left behind their baby boy, Gammy, who was born by a 21-year-old Thai woman, because he has Down syndrome.

Indian PM Offers Nepal $1 Billion Loan in Regional Diplomacy Push

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi offers Nepal US$1 billion in development loans aimed at shoring up support in a region where China is making inroads.

US Launches Charm Offensive Against Wary India

Secretary of State John Kerry is in India this week ahead of a visit by the country’s new prime minister, Narendra Modi in September.

Malaysian Prime Minister: Stop Fighting in Ukraine

Malaysia’s prime minister calls on Ukrainian and pro-Russian separatists to agree to a ceasefire in the area where Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down.

Thai Junta Appoints Army-dominated Legislature

Thailand’s junta appoints a military-dominated interim legislature in another step in the slow return of promised electoral democracy.

Chinese Minority Scholar Indicted for Separatism

A moderate but vocal proponent of rights for the Uighur Muslim minority has been accused of separatism amid renewed violence in the far west.

Drug-Resistant Malaria Reaches Southeast Asia Borders, Could Spread to Africa

Drug-resistant malaria parasites have spread to border regions of Southeast Asia, seriously threatening global efforts to control and eliminate the mosquito-borne disease, researchers say.

After Western Sanctions, Asia a Hard Sell for Russian Firms Seeking Cash

Russian banks and companies shut out of Western funding markets are unlikely to be greeted with open arms and ready wallets in Asia.

China Reports Deadly Attacks by Militants in Northwest

An armed mob rampaged through part of China’s northwestern region of Xinjiang and police responded with gunfire, leaving dozens of people dead, state media report.

Philippines to Propose No Action to Raise Tension in Sea Disputes

The Philippines will propose a freeze on activity that raises tension in the South China Sea’s disputed waters at a regional security meeting next month.

Khmer Rouge Tribunal Readies Way for Genocide Case

The communist regime’s two surviving top leaders are about to be sentenced in the first case brought against them for crimes against humanity.

China: Ex-Security Czar Zhou Under Investigation

Amid a campaign to purge corrupt officials, the Communist Party officially announces it is probing the feared ex-security chief for “serious violations of party discipline.”

Abu Sayyaf Gunmen Kill 21 Filipinos in Road Attack

The attack, by about 40 to 50 Abu Sayyaf militants armed with assault rifles, targeted Filipino civilians traveling to celebrate the end of Ramadan.

Philippines Welcomes Its 100 Millionth Citizen

Philippine officials welcome the birth of the country’s 100 millionth citizen amid concerns about how to ensure a decent life for its swelling population.

Kerry to Woo Modi’s India, But Quick Progress Unlikely

The US secretary of state is trying to revitalize ties with the massive South Asian country as a counterbalance to China’s rising power in Asia.