BEIJING (AP) — Chinese state media say police have busted a telephone scam ring that tricked Malaysians into wiring them money. The official Xinhua News Agency said Thursday police arrested 39 people in southern Guangdong province and confiscated ill-gotten and other funds worth more than 60 million yuan ($10 million).
JAMBI, Indonesia (AP) — Two endangered Sumatran elephants were found dead in western Indonesia and authorities believe they were killed by poachers.
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Philippine court has convicted nine people for graft over a 1996 nightclub fire that killed 162 people, mostly students celebrating the end of the school year.
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has called early elections, seeking a third term in office two years before his current term expires.
BANGKOK (AP) — Police have detained three student activists at the opening of the latest “Hunger Games” movie in Thailand, where opponents of May’s military coup have adopted the film’s three-finger salute as a sign of defiance.