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Chinese authorities say Xinjiang violence continued despite crackdown

By Fri, Nov 28, 2014 6:19PM UTC Police officers stand guard near a blast site in downtown Urumqi, Xinjiang, earlier this year. Pic: AP.

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities said in a six-month report card on their security crackdown in Xinjiang that they busted 115 terrorist gangs before they could unleash violence. But tallies of death tolls in the ethnically tense region suggest the violence has continued, and may even have intensified.

Volcano in south Japan erupts, disrupting flights

By Fri, Nov 28, 2014 6:01PM UTC Volcano in south Japan erupts, disrupting flights

TOKYO (AP) — A volcano in southern Japan is blasting out chunks of magma in the first such eruption in 22 years, causing flight cancellations and prompting warnings to stay away from its crater. The Japan Meteorological Agency said Friday that Mount Aso had spewed out lava debris and smoke,

Life under the Thai junta in 2014 – Part 3: Happy, C’est la vie, or Ud-ad?

By Fri, Nov 28, 2014 4:48PM UTC A Thai soldier poses for photograph with Thai-Muslim women during an event called "Return Happiness to Thai People" in Bangkok in June. Pic: AP.

Demands for rights and freedoms and the end of martial law are getting louder and wider in the rising wave of activities by students, academics, NGOs and local activists over the past two months (see a comprehensive timeline of activities with pictures by Prachatai).

Indonesian, 2 Filipinos convicted over 2002 bombing

By Fri, Nov 28, 2014 12:43PM UTC

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Philippine court has convicted an Indonesian militant and two Filipino extremists for their role in a 2002 mall bombing that killed at least 12 people and signaled the start of the alliance of two of Southeast Asia’s most violent terrorist groups. Judge Leili Cruz-Suarez said

Koh Tao murder case continues, suspects are denied bail

By Fri, Nov 28, 2014 10:01AM UTC The Burmese workers accused of committing Zaw Lin and Win Zaw Htun  the Koh Tao murders. Pic: AP.

A Koh Samui court this week denied bail to the two suspects in the high-profile murder case of two British backpackers on Koh Tao in September. The suspects, Zaw Lin and Win Zaw Htun, are being held on charges of murdering Hannah Witheridge and David Miller. The court refused a request for bail because the two men are migrant workers from Burma and are accused of major crimes, and are therefore considered a flight risk, according to The Irrawaddy.

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