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Report Says Crash Site of Missing Lao Helicopter Found By

Search teams in Laos have located the crash site of a Soviet-made military helicopter that went missing this week with 23 people on board, state media says.

India Execution Brings Out Mixed Feelings on Punishment By

Though well over a thousand people have been sent to death row in India this century, just four have been executed.


University of Hong Kong students say academic freedom is under attack in what they maintain is the politically motivated stalling of the appointment of an administrator.


Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with top Chinese officials on Wednesday in Beijing amid tensions over China’s treatment of its Uighur minority.


Mahinda Rajapaksa blamed unnamed conspirators for carrying out anti-Muslim attacks during his tenure, as he tries to woo voters ahead of next month’s elections.

Malaysian PM Axes Deputy, Attorney General Amid Fund Scandal By

PM Najib Razak has fired the attorney general who had been investigating him and a deputy who has been among his most prominent critics.

US Institute: North Korea Launch Site Upgrade Complete By

Construction to upgrade North Korea’s main rocket launch site now appears complete amid expectations a launch could take place soon, a US institute says.

Strong Earthquake Rocks Indonesia’s Papua Province By

The US Geological Survey said the magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck at 6:41 am Tuesday, 247 kilometers west of Jayapura, the provincial capital of Papua.

US Softens View of Malaysia, Cuba in Human Trafficking Report By

The US took Malaysia off its list of worst offenders in human trafficking on Monday, removing a potential barrier to a signature Asia-Pacific trade pact.

Singapore’s Ruling Party Contends with New Voting Majority By

For the first time, citizens born after Singapore’s 1965 independence will likely account for the majority of voters in a general election.

UK’s Cameron in Southeast Asia Visit to Talk Trade, Islamist Extremism By

British PM David Cameron says he wants to use a trip to Southeast Asia to promote trade and forge new alliances to counter Islamist extremism.

Fears for Tribes, Forests as India Eyes Andaman Island Expansion By

As India seeks accelerated development in the Andaman islands to promote its military and tourism, preserving the environment and unique tribes there is a challenge.

Wu Gan, Activist Known for Brash Tactics, Among Dozens Held in China By

Former soldier Wu Gan championed a confrontational approach to compel police, local officials or the courts to address instances of unfairness in China.

DNA Retests Available in Thailand Backpackers Murder Trial: Lawyer By

A Thai court grants access to evidence for DNA testing in the trial of two Burmese workers accused of murdering two British tourists in Thailand.

Cartoon Capers: Japan’s PM Uses Offbeat PR Blitz to Rescue Ratings By

Shinzo Abe is using “anime” cartoons, Internet chats and even an unusual show-and-tell TV appearance to persuade wary voters of his bolder defense policy.

US Blacklists Singapore Shipping Company over North Korea Links By

The Treasury Department blacklisted a Singapore-based shipping company on Thursday for allegedly supporting a North Korean firm accused of weapon shipments.

Paychecks Aplenty as Ghosts Haunt Cambodia’s Lax Bureaucracy By

Phantom workers in Cambodia are sapping taxpayers' money with jobs they don't actually do, or by pocketing salaries paid to people who don't even exist.

North Korea’s Very Bad Year and China’s Role in It By

Of all the pressures North Korea faces, none is perhaps as threatening as the prospect of a full-blown recession in China.

Burma Sentences Chinese Nationals to Life for Illegal Logging By

China lodges a diplomatic protest with Burma after a court in Myitkyina, Kachin State, sentenced 153 Chinese nationals to life imprisonment for illegal logging.

China Returns Passport to Ai Weiwei, Who Plans Europe Trip By

Artist and government critic Ai Weiwei gets his passport back four years after it was confiscated by Chinese authorities and plans to visit Europe.

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