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THAILAND: Cheer up! Junta aims to return happiness 

Cheer up, Thailand. That’s an order.The military junta that seized power here last month has no plans to restore civilian rule any time soon. But ... Full story

THE BUZZ: Dozens of new flora, fauna species in Myanmar

A dragon fish with intricate, maze-like markings on every scale, a toad with rough, chocolate-colored skin and a ginger plant were among more ... Full story

NORTH KOREA: Hope, risk surround Japan abduction deal 

Japan and North Korea appear to be on the verge of a breakthrough on a bizarre legacy of the Cold War, a secret, government-ordered program ... Full story

THE BUZZ: Manila, Hanoi turn to sports to ease sea dispute

It’s a confrontation the world might like in the disputed South China Sea.Philippine and Vietnamese troops plan to hold a sports festival, including basketball, volleyball ... Full story

S CHINA SEA DISPUTE: Hague tribunal asks China to defend sea claims 

A Hague-based tribunal has asked China to submit evidence defending its territorial claims in the South China Sea within six months despite Beijing’s refusal to ... Full story

US: China tensions bad for Asia business

A senior U.S. official said yesterday that Washington wants to expand economic ties with Asia, the world’s fastest growing region, but warned that China’s provocative ... Full story

AFGHANISTAN: Taliban video shows handover of US soldier

The Taliban yesterday released a video showing the handover of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl to U.S. forces in eastern Afghanistan, touting the swap of the American ... Full story

SOUTH KOREA: Elections test Park after ferry sinking

An exit poll showed it was too early to predict the outcome yesterday of the first South Korean elections since a ferry sinking in April ... Full story

HERITAGE: Cambodia welcomes return home of three looted statues 

Three 1,000-year-old statues depicting Hindu mythology were welcomed home to Cambodia yesterday after being looted from a temple during the country’s civil war and put ... Full story

THAILAND: Junta lifts curfew at resorts, warns over ‘Hunger Games’ salute 

Thailand’s military rulers said yesterday they are monitoring a new form of silent resistance to the coup — a three-fingered salute borrowed from “The Hunger ... Full story

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