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PHILIPPINES: Islamic militant nabbed for US, Aussie abductions

Philippine security forces have captured two Abu Sayyaf militants in a southern city, including one who allegedly was involved in the kidnappings of an American teenage boy and an Australian man, ... Full story

PAKISTAN: 8 killed as police, protesters clash

Police clashed yesterday with followers of an anti-Taliban cleric critical of Pakistan's government in the eastern city of Lahore, violence that killed eight people, officials said.The ... Full story

THAILAND | Coup leaders’ goal: Democracy on their terms

From the day Thailand's military coup leader seized power last month, he has promised unspecified reforms to restore stability and return to civilian rule and ... Full story

PAPUA NEW GUINEA: Prime minister O’Neill served with arrest warrant

Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O'Neill was served with an arrest warrant yesterday in relation to a fraud case, the head of the South ... Full story

MALAYSIA: 2 more people kidnapped in Sabah state

Malaysian police said gunmen seized two workers from a fish farm on Borneo island early yesterday, the latest kidnapping in the area despite increased security.It ... Full story

THE BUZZ: Key Japanese legislator blocks debate of casino study bill

Japan’s casino plans took another blow last week after an opposition politician prevented the casino study bill from being debated in the nation’s House of ... Full story

THAILAND | No curfew: Bangkok nightlife is back

The generals who seized power in Thailand disrupted one of the country's most lucrative industries — the go-go bars that were forced to close early ... Full story

Cambodian workers in exodus home from Thailand

Tens of thousands of Cambodians have fled neighboring Thailand to return home, fearing a crackdown on migrant workers under Thailand's new military government, a senior ... Full story

Australian PM’s climate stance watched on US visit

The United States has few closer allies than Australia but climate change could prove a touchy issue when Australia’s conservative prime minister makes his first ... Full story

MYANMAR | Hauling gravel: Daily toil for boy, 11

Early every morning, 11-year-old Chit Toke wakes up in the small bamboo shack beside a creek where his family lives. In the near distance, he ... Full story

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