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  • India struggles with Maoist rebel threat as voting continues

    By Apr 17, 2014

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    A paramilitary soldier is carried on a stretcher to be treated after he was injured in an attack by suspected Maoist rebels in the eastern Indian state of Bihar earlier this month. Pic: AP.

    RAJNANDGAON, India (AP) — Voters are casting ballots in India’s general election despite threats of violence in some areas by extreme leftist insurgents, who say the country’s democracy has failed its marginalized and its poor. The central state of Chhattisgarh, which is now the epicenter of India’s four-decade Maoist insurgency, was among the areas voting Thursday in the multi-phase election. Authorities say there are signs that the rebels have waning support — including the lines of voters shuffling into polling booths in the Chhattisgarh town of Rajnandgaon.

  • Philippines: Pacquiao ally, 6 others face murder charges

    By Apr 17, 2014

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    Manny Pacquiao. Pic: AP.

    Murder and multiple frustrated murder charges were filed last week against a Sarangani provincial board member for the ambush slaying of Maitum Mayor George McPerson ‘Mac’ Perrett. Charged was Alexander Bryan Reganit of Maitum town. Reganit is a provincial board member and an ally of Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao.

  • In pictures: Search continues for Korea ferry survivors

    By Apr 17, 2014

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    In pictures: Search continues for Korea ferry survivors

    A massive search and rescue operation is under way of the Korean coast after a passenger ferry with more than 470 passengers capsized yesterday. At least 9 people have died and almost 300 people are still missing. Here are some of the latest pictures from the incident.

  • Filipino tests positive for MERS virus on return from UAE

    By Apr 17, 2014

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    Filipino tests positive for MERS virus on return from UAE

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine officials say a Filipino health worker who tested positive for the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus has arrived home from the United Arab Emirates. It’s the first known case of the deadly virus in Asia. Health Secretary Enrique Ona said Wednesday the Filipino’s blood tested positive but he has no

  • Phatra Securities analysis of the political situation in Thailand

    By Apr 17, 2014

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    Below are some excerpts from a research report from Phatra Securities on March 24: We believe that the Constitution Court ruling on 21 March [to void the Feb 2 election] significantly increases the likelihood of a political vacuum that would extend well into 2H 2014 or worse. … Our conclusion is that the Court decision to

  • Gap outlines growth plans for China

    By Apr 17, 2014

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Gap Inc. says it plans to more than triple sales in China in three years as it seeks to grab a bigger bite of the overall $1.4 trillion global clothing market. The San Francisco-based clothing chain, which operates stores under the Gap, Old Navy, Banana Republic and Athleta brands, generated $300 million in sales in China in the latest fiscal year ended Feb. 1. It says China will be its biggest growth initiative.

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