Thailand | King strips fugitive ex-PM Thaksin of royal decorations

Thailand’s king has stripped fugitive former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra of his royal decorations, citing his 2008 flight to escape serving a two-year prison term on a

Philippines | Police kill 14 men rights groups say were farmers

Philippine police said yesterday that 14 suspected communist rebels were killed after they opened fire during raids in a central province, but rights groups countered that the

Coming Home | Cold welcome for Afghans paid by Iran to fight in Syria

Too poor to even buy pens and notebooks for school, Mehdi left his home in Afghanistan soon after his 17th birthday and headed to Iran, hoping to

AP Investigation | Florida gets tougher on massage-parlor sex

When Florida authorities shut down 10 massage spas last month and charged hundreds of men with buying sex, they broke a longstanding pattern of meting out

This Day in History | 2000 – Wartime coding machine stolen

A coding machine used by the Germans to encode messages during World War II has been stolen from the Bletchley Park Museum in Buckinghamshire, south-east England. Police

Offbeat | Three Sumatran tiger cubs explore jungle habitat in Sydney zoo

Three boisterous 10-week-old rare Sumatran tiger cubs have play-wrestled and explored their jungle habitat in their first public appearance at a Sydney zoo. Taronga Zoo

Football | Serie A: Kean keeps up scoring form in Juventus win over Empoli

Andrew Dampf, Rome Juventus 1, Empoli 0 Moise Kean can’t seem to miss lately. Days after scoring two goals in his first two

The Buzz | US man charged with trying to steal item from Auschwitz

An American visitor to the former Auschwitz- Birkenau death camp attempted to steal a metal part of the historic rail tracks where prisoners were unloaded, officials said. The

World Briefs

CHINA A gauge of Chinese manufacturing improved in March in a possible sign government efforts to reverse an economic slowdown amid a tariff war with Washington might be

Rich & Famous troubles | Wealthy parents appear in court in college admissions scam

From a Napa Valley vintner to a Hot Pockets heiress, a procession of wealthy parents made their first appearances in federal court on charges they paid bribes

Rear Window | The Fifth Dimension

The truth is…until former Chief Executive Edmund Ho gave his cryptic reading on the selection of the candidate to replace Chui Sai On at the helm of the

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