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Thai Junta Blocks Discussion of Media Censorship By

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  By

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.


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 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 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 By

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 By

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 By

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 By

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 By

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 By

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 By

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  By

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 By

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 By

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 By

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 By

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.

As Obama Visits, Signs That India Is Pushing Back Against China By

A new robust Indian diplomacy has delighted Washington, which has been nudging India for years to dovetail with the US strategic pivot toward the region.

Fearing Bad Business, Thai Community Votes to Evict HIV Hospice By

Residents of a village near Pattaya have voted to expel 48 people living in a HIV hospice, highlighting lingering discrimination against Thais living with AIDS.

Manila: China’s Reclamation in Disputed Reefs Now ‘Massive’ By

China’s land reclamation in contested reefs in the South China Sea has become “massive,” and continues despite protests from other countries, a Philippine official says.

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