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China Tightens Grip on Macau as Dissent Rises in Gambling Hub By

Beijing is tightening its control after a series of grassroots protest actions in the former Portuguese colony and gambling hub.

After Tsunami, Fishermen Struggle Against Tide of Tourism in Thailand By

Following the 2004 tsunami, the ethnic Moklen fishing communities buried their dead, fought off land grabs to rebuild their homes, and—surprisingly—sighed in relief.


Prime Minister Hun Sen has urged villagers not to take retribution against an unlicensed medical practitioner believed responsible for more than 100 HIV infections.

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North Korea is accused of cyberattacking Sony Pictures as the studio pulled plans to release its comedy about an assassination attempt on Kim Jong-un.


The Dalai Lama, Tibet's exiled spiritual leader, says his traditional religious role should cease with his death rather than have a “stupid” successor replace him.

US, Cuba Patch Torn Relations in Historic Accord  By

After decades of Cold War acrimony, the US and Cuba move to restore diplomatic relations, in a historic shift that could revitalize trade and travel.

Thai Junta-Backed Council Recommends Direct Election of PM By

Critics say a proposal by the National Reform Council to strip parliament of its power to appoint a cabinet will encourage patronage politics.

Thailand Fails to Clean Poisoned Creek Despite Court Order: Rights Group By

Hundreds of families in western Thailand suffer from lead poisoning near a polluted creek that the government failed to clean up, Human Rights Watch says.

Korean Air to Be Sanctioned for ‘Nut Rage’ Cover-Up By

Korean Air faces sanctions for pressuring employees to lie during a probe into the nut rage fiasco that highlighted a family business culture of tyranny.

132 Children Killed in Pakistan Attack By

Taliban gunmen attacked a military-run school on Tuesday and killed 141 people—almost all of them students—before government troops ended the siege.

China’s Dalian Wanda Prepares for the End of Urbanization By

The billionaire behind shopping mall developer Dalian Wanda says China’s era of rapid urbanization will come to an end within a decade.

Developing Nations Losing Record $1 Trillion a Year in Dirty Money: Report By

Money made from crime and corruption drains a record $1 trillion a year from poor and middle-income nations, hitting the world's poorest regions hardest.

Death Toll from Indonesian Mudslide Rises to 56 By

More deaths are feared in the Banjarnegara district landslides, after rains on Monday forced rescuers to halt their search for survivors.

Accused of Rights Abuses, N Korea Urges UN Meeting on CIA Torture By

North Korea asks the UN Security Council to add the issue of torture by the US intelligence to its agenda of its meeting next week.

How China Spies on Hong Kong’s Democrats By ,

Mainland China orchestrates surveillance operations in Hong Kong to tail pro-democracy figures, according to retired officers and security professionals in the former British colony.

American in North Korea Denounces US, Seeks Venezuela Asylum: Media By

An American who illegally entered North Korea delivers a denunciation of US domestic and foreign policy and says he is seeking political asylum in Venezuela.

Abe Coalition Secures Big Japan Election Win By

Amidst a record low turnout and widespread dissatisfaction with his performance, PM Shinzo Abe has secured a fresh mandate from the Japanese public.

Rights Group Opposes Thai Fishing Jobs for Ex-Cons By

Human Rights Watch has condemned plans by Thailand’s Labor Ministry to offer former prisoners to work on fishing boats, warning that the industry abuses workers.

As Japan Burns More Coal, Climate Policies Under Pressure By

Once at the forefront of the fight against global warming, Japan faces calls from other big economies such as China to set fresh emissions targets.

US ‘Troubled’ That Crimean Leader in India With Putin By

To Washington’s dismay, the leader of the former Ukrainian territory annexed by Russia visits India as part of President Vladimir Putin’s delegation.

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