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Aide to witness to Philippine massacre gunned down

By Mon, Jul 26, 2010 2:46PM UTC

Members of the clan suspected in one of the worst massacres in Philippine history are believed to be behind the weekend shooting death of an aide for a key witness to the mass killings, officials said Monday. The attack Sunday appeared to be the latest case of harassment and intimidation

Cambodia’s war crimes tribunal hands down verdict

By Mon, Jul 26, 2010 11:26AM UTC

A U.N.-backed war crimes tribunal hands down a verdict Monday in the first trial of a senior member of the Khmer Rouge regime that turned Cambodia into a vast killing field three decades ago. The defendant, Kaing Guek Eav, better known as Duch, ran the notorious Toul Sleng detention center

The US in “China’s Lake”

By Mon, Jul 26, 2010 10:53AM UTC

Washington challenges Beijing’s hegemony over the South China Sea, writes Willy Lam, Asia Sentinel. Washington is openly challenging Beijing’s claims that the South China Sea is an area of China’s “core interest” and that foreign powers should not intervene in the fast-rising quasi-superpower’s sphere of interest. It is the first

Kopassus reinstatement stirs outrage

By Mon, Jul 26, 2010 10:49AM UTC

US gives a conditional okay to Indonesia’s ill-starred and murderous special forces unit, writes Asia Sentinel. Human rights organizations across Asia and the world are reacting with disappointment and anger over the July 22 decision, announced in Jakarta by US Secretary of Defense Robert M Gates, to lift his agency’s

Top Myanmar general on visit to India

By Mon, Jul 26, 2010 8:57AM UTC

Myanmar’s top military general began a five-day visit to India on Sunday for talks with senior leaders aimed at deepening ties between the two South Asian neighbors. Pro-democracy advocates protested his arrival and promised to step up demonstrations. Senior Gen. Than Shwe is scheduled to hold discussions with Prime Minister

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