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Call me Jokowi, says Indonesia’s president

By Thu, Oct 23, 2014 9:01AM UTC Indonesian President Joko Widodo. Pic: AP.

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia’s new president says he wants to be called his nickname, and has revealed who first gave it to him: a French furniture buyer.

Re-drawing the invisible line: Lèse majesté cases pile under Thailand’s junta

By Thu, Oct 23, 2014 6:17AM UTC Re-drawing the invisible line: Lèse majesté cases pile under Thailand’s junta

Since the military coup, the number of lèse majesté cases has been rising in Thailand as the chances of the accused grow even slimmer under the junta’s rule. The trial was about to start when everybody except the defendants and their lawyers were asked to leave the room. Despite negotiations

Workers accused of Thailand tourist murders retract confessions

By Wed, Oct 22, 2014 6:35PM UTC Saw, one of the accused Myanmar workers, is escorted to a press conference on Koh Tao island, Thailand. Pic: AP.

BANGKOK (AP) — Lawyers for two Myanmar migrant workers accused of killing two British travelers on a southern Thai resort island say the two have retracted their confessions and now claim to have neither raped the female victim nor slain the pair. The battered bodies of Hannah Witheridge and David Miller were found on a beach on Koh Tao island on Sept. 15.

North Korea detainee to return to Ohio

By Wed, Oct 22, 2014 6:12PM UTC Jeffrey Fowle is to return to Ohio following almost 6 months in North Korea. Pic: AP.

CINCINNATI (AP) — An Ohio man detained nearly six months in North Korea is expected to arrive home. No details for Jeffrey Fowle’s return to Southwest Ohio have been released, but the suburban Dayton city where he formerly worked said in a statement that he was expected home Wednesday.

Red Cross official: 6 months to contain Ebola

By Wed, Oct 22, 2014 5:57PM UTC An Ebola sufferer lying outside of his home on the outskirts of Sierra Leone. Pic: AP.

BEIJING (AP) — A top Red Cross official says he is confident the Ebola epidemic can be contained within four to six months.
The secretary general of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Elhadj As Sy, told a news conference in Beijing on Wednesday that the time frame is possible if there is “good isolation, good treatment of the cases which are confirmed, good dignified and safe burials of deceased people.”

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