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Police: Top Maoist rebel leader died in shootout

By Fri, Jul 02, 2010 4:41PM UTC

Police said they killed a top Maoist rebel leader in a shootout Friday, but the insurgents accused authorities of killing him in custody. The rebels have been fighting in several Indian states for decades, demanding land and jobs for agricultural laborers and the poor. Their attacks have grown bolder recently

Of movies and mediations in the Philippines

By Fri, Jul 02, 2010 4:38PM UTC

It’s no secret that Philippine cinema is inches from the precipice, to put it mildly. High ticket prices and rapacious film production houses make a toxic combination, churning out box office-tested plots that are, sure, entertaining but devoid of depth and relevance. For an excruciatingly long time, there’s little else

Malaysia gov’t suspends opposition party newspaper

By Fri, Jul 02, 2010 2:17PM UTC

Malaysian authorities suspended an opposition party’s newspaper for allegedly publishing false news that could incite public unrest, officials said Friday, amid growing concerns the government was stifling criticism. Suara Keadilan, or Voice of Justice, the weekly publication of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim’s People’s Justice Party, has faced government censure over

China installs 40,000 security cameras in Urumqi

By Fri, Jul 02, 2010 2:06PM UTC

China has installed about 40,000 high-definition surveillance cameras in the western region of Xinjiang days before the one-year anniversary of the country’s worst ethnic violence in decades. The security cameras with “riot-proof” protective shells will be monitored by police at more than 4,000 public locations, including on city streets and

Police: 5 killed in Thailand’s deep south

By Fri, Jul 02, 2010 1:59PM UTC

Suspected Muslim insurgents detonated a roadside bomb and shot at security forces on an evening patrol, killing five people, police said Friday. The suspects stole four rifles before fleeing Thursday evening in the Rue So district of Narathiwat, said police Capt. Pairat Kiatcharoensiri. Killed were a soldier, two security rangers,

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