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Burmese ethnic groups rule out Union Day ceasefire agreement

By Fri, Jan 30, 2015 9:51PM UTC A Kachin soldier mans a frontline position near the headquarters of the Kachin Independence Organization, in Laiza, Burma. Pic: AP.

Ethnic armed groups in Burma (Myanmar) will not sign the long-awaited national ceasefire agreement (NCA) on Union Day, February 12, as had been hoped by the government. The groups are, however, willing to sign an agreement establishing a federal union.

2 senior officers sentenced to jail in Thai police scandal

By Fri, Jan 30, 2015 9:27PM UTC Pic: AP.

BANGKOK (AP) — A Thai court has sentenced two top police officers embroiled in a high-profile corruption scandal to six years in prison on charges of insulting the monarchy and running a gambling den.

Death toll in bomb blast in southern Pakistan rises to 35

By Fri, Jan 30, 2015 9:12PM UTC Death toll in bomb blast in southern Pakistan rises to 35

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A police official says the death toll from a blast at a Shiite mosque in southern Pakistan has risen to 35.

Chinese MH370 relatives reject statement that passengers are dead

By Fri, Jan 30, 2015 8:45PM UTC Pic: AP.

BEIJING (AP) — Many Chinese families of passengers on the missing Malaysian airline are demanding that Malaysian officials retract their statement that all aboard died.

Philippines mourns 44 police commandos, hunts terror suspect

By Fri, Jan 30, 2015 8:36PM UTC Relatives of the 44 elite police commandos killed last Sunday, during the Philippines' biggest single-day combat loss in recent years, mourn at Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig city, south of Manila, Philippines, on Friday. Pic: AP.

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine president says he has ordered the hunt for a Filipino terror suspect who escaped an anti-terrorist operation that resulted in the killings of 44 police commandos.

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