Google Maps gets a Pac Man makeover for April Fool’s Day

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Assuming absolute control: Thai military junta to revoke martial law, but…

The good news: the Thai military junta may soon lift martial law, which has been......

Burma government, rebel groups sign draft cease-fire deal

YANGON, Burma (AP) — Burma's government and 16 ethnic armed groups have agreed on the......

Death toll in Kashmir floods rises to 15

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Beijing orders funeral parlors to tackle air pollution

Officials in the notoriously polluted Chinese capital have ordered the city's 12 funeral parlors to......

Thai junta chief may force safety reforms in aviation sector

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's transport minister says the country's junta leader may exercise extraordinary constitutional......

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Indonesia: Bali murder prosecutors seek up to 18-year term for US couple

By Wed, Apr 01, 2015 10:32AM UTC

BALI, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian prosecutors want a man and woman to be sentenced to 18 and 15 years in prison, respectively, if the American couple are convicted of murdering her mother while vacationing on the resort island of Bali....

US admiral says China ‘creating great wall of sand’ in South China Sea

By Wed, Apr 01, 2015 10:21AM UTC

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet says China is using land reclamation to create "a great wall of sand" in disputed areas of the South China Sea, causing serious concerns about its territorial intentions....

Thailand: Businessman jailed for 25 years for defaming monarchy

By Wed, Apr 01, 2015 9:45AM UTC

BANGKOK (AP) — A lawyer says a Thai military court has sentenced a businessman to 25 years in prison on charges of defaming the country's monarchy, believed to be the longest sentence handed down in recent years for the crime of lese majeste....

Thai junta leader Prayuth moves to lift martial law, impose absolute power

By Tue, Mar 31, 2015 5:44PM UTC

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's prime minister and junta leader has asked the king for formal approval to lift martial law, which the military imposed ahead of a coup last May that overturned an elected government. The monarch's approval is considered a formality....

Same sex marriage wins recognition in Tokyo’s Shibuya ward

By Tue, Mar 31, 2015 3:44PM UTC

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo's Shibuya ward has become the first locale in Japan to recognize same sex partnerships as the "equivalent of a marriage," guaranteeing the identical rights of married couples, including hospital visitations and apartment rentals....

Malaysian to hang for killing 2 British students

By Tue, Mar 31, 2015 1:45PM UTC

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A Malaysian court has sentenced a fishmonger to death for killing two British medical students last year on Borneo island....

Assuming absolute control: Thai military junta to revoke martial law, but…

By Wed, Apr 01, 2015 7:04AM UTC View Comments

The good news: the Thai military junta may soon lift martial law, which has been in place for nearly a year. The bad news: it will be replaced by something worse that could give junta leader and Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan-ocha much more power....

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16-year-old faces charges for offensive video: Where Amos Yee went wrong

By Tue, Mar 31, 2015 5:00AM UTC View Comments

“Lee Kuan Yew is dead! Finally!” blared the 17-year-old teenager, Amos Yee, in his nasal voice. Dressed in a faded yellow T-shirt, the teen continues in his pseudo-American accent: Why hasn't anyone said f**k yeah, the guy is dead. Lee Kuan Yew was a horrible person....

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With LKY laid to rest, now we can examine the man behind the legend

By Mon, Mar 30, 2015 12:16PM UTC View Comments

A eulogy has strange powers. It brings the dead back to life as we listen, enthralled by captivating stories about what he did, who he was, and what he aspired towards. For as long as we listened, Mr Lee Kuan Yew lived; time was suspended and we re-lived his life as the founder of a nation, as a statesman, and as a father and husband. But just as surely as all eulogies must end, so must our moment of fantasy....

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3 dead as rebels attack government convoy in northeast India

By Sun, Mar 29, 2015 11:52AM UTC View Comments

GAUHATI, India (AP) — Officials say 3 policemen were killed and six others injured when militants attacked a convoy of lawmakers in India's remote northeast....

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Flood in shale mine in central China leaves at least 5 dead

By Sun, Mar 29, 2015 11:49AM UTC View Comments

BEIJING (AP) — A flood in a shale mine in central China has left at least five miners dead and one missing....

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Australia signs up to negotiations on Chinese-led bank

By Sun, Mar 29, 2015 11:45AM UTC View Comments

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia has announced that it will join negotiations to establish a new a Chinese-led Asian regional bank....

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