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9 convicted in Philippines for 1996 disco fire

By Thu, Nov 20, 2014 6:19PM UTC 9 convicted in Philippines for 1996 disco fire

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.

Sri Lanka president calls early presidential polls

By Thu, Nov 20, 2014 5:35PM UTC Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Pic: AP.

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.

28 weeks later: Thailand tourism down, but not out

By Thu, Nov 20, 2014 4:53PM UTC A tourist walks past a street vendor in Bangkok, Thailand. Pic: AP.

Earlier this month Thailand’s Tourism Minister Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul said that about 25 million foreign visitors are expected to visit the country this year, down from 26.7 million in 2013. This seems optimistic, considering that Thailand has suffered a tumultuous year marred by months of violent political protests and a military coup on May 22.

Arrests, cancellations mark ‘The Hunger Games’ opening in Thailand

By Thu, Nov 20, 2014 4:18PM UTC The three-finger salute is given outside a screening of' The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1' in Bangkok, Thursday. Pic: AP.

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.

Ferry firm head jailed for 10 years over Sewol sinking

By Thu, Nov 20, 2014 3:39PM UTC Kim Han-sik, president of Chonghaejin Marine Co. Ltd., which owned the sunken ferry. Pic: AP.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A court has sentenced the head of a South Korean ferry operator to 10 years in jail over an April ship sinking that killed more than 300 people, mostly teenage students.

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