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Indian navy captures 28 pirates from Thai vessel

By Mon, Feb 07, 2011 10:42AM UTC

NEW DELHI (AP) — The Indian navy on Sunday captured 28 suspected Somali pirates from a Thai fishing vessel after a brief exchange of gunfire in the Indian Ocean, an official said. The navy struck as the pirates prepared to attack a Greek-flagged merchant ship, said Capt. M. Nambiar, a

31 North Koreans arrive in South Korea

By Mon, Feb 07, 2011 10:03AM UTC

Reports say 31 North Koreans have arrived in South Korea by boat, possibly seeking to defect (story in English). They arrived at, ironically, Yeonpyeong-do, site of the recent artillery attack. The Dong-A Ilbo has a more complete write-up in Korean, with a nice map of their possible route. They are

Cambodia calls for the Security Council to intervene over clashes

By Mon, Feb 07, 2011 9:47AM UTC Cambodia calls for the Security Council to intervene over clashes

After three days of clashes between the Thai and Cambodian military on the border near Sri Saket province in Thailand (with both sides blaming the other for starting first), the Cambodians have protested to the UN over what they view as Thai aggression. The first letter dated February 5 is

Has Thai-Cambodia fighting damaged Preah Vihear?

By Mon, Feb 07, 2011 8:30AM UTC

BBC: Cambodia says a disputed 11th Century temple – a UN World Heritage site – has been damaged during continued cross-border clashes with Thai troops. Part of Preah Vihear temple collapsed after a Thai bombardment, officials said. Thailand has not commented. … “A wing of our Preah Vihear temple has

9 friends die in Vietnam at New Year party

By Mon, Feb 07, 2011 4:45AM UTC 9 friends die in Vietnam at New Year party

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnamese police say nine friends died during a lunar New Year party after they started a car parked inside a house to play music following an electricity outage. Police in Hai Phong said Monday that seven men and two women, all in their 20s, died of

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