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  • SKorean soldiers face homicide charges over hazing death

    By Sep 02, 2014

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    SKorean soldiers face homicide charges over hazing death

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Officials say South Korean military prosecutors are charging four soldiers with homicide over the hazing death of a young army conscript in April.

  • Philippines: Anti-China group arrested for attempted firebombing

    By Sep 02, 2014

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    Philippines: Anti-China group arrested for attempted firebombing

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine authorities have arrested three men linked to a group that allegedly planned to set off firebombs at the Manila airport and a mall to protest the government’s alleged “soft” stance in its territorial dispute with China. Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said Tuesday that the alleged leader of the group

  • Dethroned Burma beauty queen refuses to return $100,000 tiara

    By Sep 02, 2014

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    May Myat Noe, Burma's first international beauty queen, winner of the 2014 Miss Asia Pacific World sits with her crown that she allegedly ran away with, during a press conference in Yangon. Pic: AP.

    YANGON, Burma (AP) — A dethroned beauty queen from Burma says she won’t return her $100,000 crown until the pageant’s organizers apologize for calling her a liar and a thief.

  • Jokowi’s Challenge – Part 3: An end to impunity or same old injustices?

    By Sep 02, 2014

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    Indonesian President-elect Joko Widodo with members of his campaign team, including Hendropriyono, far right. Pic: AP.

    During this year’s presidential contest, the electability of Indonesia’s Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo hinged on a promise of hope and change; a promise to deliver a new kind of politics based on ideals of openness and accountability. Jokowi’s supporters looked to him as an exemplary leader; an upright reformer who could help put an end to corruption and elite impunity. But was it all just wishful thinking?

  • HRW: Migrant children in Thailand ‘suffer in filthy, overcrowded cells’

    By Sep 02, 2014

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    Women hide their faces as children sleep after being detained at a rubber plantation in Hat Yai district of Songkhla province southern Thailand earlier this year. Pic: AP.

    Thousands of children across Southeast Asia have fled war, poverty and other dangers, hoping to find brighter prospects in neighbouring Thailand. But a new report from non-government organisation Human Rights Watch (HRW) says the famed tourist hub is no safe haven for those marginalised youth.

  • Sony wooing Japanese to PS4 with Dragon Quest

    By Sep 02, 2014

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    PlayStation 4. Pic: AP.

    TOKYO (AP) — Sony is trying to woo Japanese game fans to the PlayStation 4 home console that went on sale in November in the U.S. and Europe, but didn’t arrive at stores here until February.

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