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US ends Philippines anti-terror force 


After more than a decade of helping fight Islamic militants, the United States is disbanding an anti-terror contingent of hundreds of elite American troops in ... Full story

KOREA: North fires 3 short-range projectiles 


North Korea fired three short-range projectiles yesterday into the waters off its east coast, a South Korean defense official said. The move was most likely a routine test-firing, but the official said it could also ... Full story

THE BUZZ: Macau bookmaker arrested by Thai police in WCup betting crackdown

Thai police said they have arrested more than 1,000 people, including four foreigners, in a crackdown on illegal betting during the World Cup.“Since the World ... Full story

CEO: Malaysia Airlines needs radical change

Malaysia Airlines’ CEO said yesterday that business has improved four months after one of its jets went missing, but the beleaguered flag carrier needs a ... Full story

PHILIPPINES: Ex-sex slaves demand justice from Japan

Filipino women forced into prostitution by the Japanese military during World War II marched yesterday to the Japanese Embassy to demand justice and to criticize ... Full story

US: Thai coup repressive, likely to last

Thailand’s recent military takeover is more repressive and likely to endure longer than the last military coup eight years ago, a senior U.S. official said.The ... Full story

INDONESIA: Big tobacco ignores gov’t health warning law

Tobacco companies largely ignored an Indonesian deadline to put graphic health warnings on all cigarette packs, another setback for anti-smoking efforts in a country that’s home ... Full story

S KOREA: Military officials used stand-in to act as captured fugitive

South Korean military officials used a stand-in to portray a captured runaway soldier to deceive journalists as the real fugitive was taken to a hospital following a failed suicide attempt, ... Full story

Thailand Junta releases ‘Red Shirt’ activist

Thailand’s military junta yesterday released an opposition activist who had appeared on an army television channel saying her detention was “too good for words to say” after ... Full story

Taiwan art exhibit in Japan salvaged by name fix

An exhibition of Chinese art from Taiwan has opened as planned after the Tokyo National Museum revised promotional materials that had omitted the word “National” ... Full story

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