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Cambodian court orders arrest of opposition leader amid political fight with prime minister

November
13
,
2015
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PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — A Cambodian court on Friday ordered the arrest of opposition leader Sam Rainsy in connection with a 7-year-old defamation case, and his party accused Prime Minister Hun Sen of being behind the move to gain the upper hand...

NewsAlert: Suu Kyi party says it has won 44 of 45 lower house seats for Yangon in Myanmar elections

November
9
,
2015
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YANGON, Myanmar — Suu Kyi party says it has won 44 of 45 lower house seats for Yangon in Myanmar elections. More coming. The Associated Press...

Maldives' foreign minister says state of emergency may be lifted early

November
9
,
2015
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COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — The foreign minister of the Maldives said Monday that a monthlong state of emergency declared by the president last week may be lifted early. Foreign Minister Dunya Maumoon said by phone from the Maldives' capital,...

6 sentenced to death in Bangladesh for torturing 2 young boys to death

November
8
,
2015
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DHAKA, Bangladesh — Courts in Bangladesh sentenced six people to death Sunday for torturing and killing two young boys earlier this year. Samiul Islam Rajon, 13, died in July after he was brutally beaten. A 28-minute video of Rajon...

Indian Prime Minister Modi's ruling party concedes defeat in crucial Bihar state elections

November
8
,
2015
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PATNA, India — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ruling Hindu nationalist party conceded defeat Sunday in a crucial election in one of India's most populous states. By midday, India's election commission website showed that...

Myanmar's pro-democracy icon Suu Kyi votes for the first time ever

November
8
,
2015
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YANGON, Myanmar — Though championed worldwide as a pro-democracy icon, there is something Aung San Suu Kyi was unable to do until Sunday: vote. The 70-year-old smiled but said nothing to waiting reporters as she cast her ballot at a polling...

It was just a China-Taiwan handshake, but it took 66 years to make happen

November
7
,
2015
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It was just a handshake. Just two prosperous-looking men in dark suits walking across a hotel meeting room to say hello. But, of course, it wasn't. It was highly choreographed political theatre, a gesture that had been discussed and...

Myanmar's Suu Kyi eyes post 'above the president' to sidestep ban on her holding top office

November
5
,
2015
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YANGON, Myanmar — Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi said Thursday that she will be the true power above the country's president if her party wins historic elections this Sunday, circumventing a constitutional clause that bars her...

Thai police say 23 monks, military and other officials are suspects in underage teen sex case

November
5
,
2015
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BANGKOK — Police in Thailand have cracked down on a sex ring that lured underage girls to work as prostitutes whose services were sold to high-ranking military officers, Buddhist monks and a variety of other officials, authorities said...

Asia defence meeting fails to issue joint declaration as South China Sea tensions spill over

November
4
,
2015
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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Divisions within Asia over China's claims in the disputed South China Sea spilled over Wednesday to a meeting of U.S. and Asian defence ministers, where China insisted the group make no public mention of the...