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At look at Sunday’s parliamentary by-elections

By Thu, Jul 22, 2010 3:27PM UTC

By Newley Purnell The Wall Street Journal and the New York Times have run recent stories that examine Sunday’s upcoming parliamentary by-election here in Bangkok. Both pieces provide context on the contest. Today’s WSJ piece, with the headline “Thai Divisions Shift to Voting Booth,” begins: The conflict between Thai authorities and

North Korea to stage massive dance spectacle

By Thu, Jul 22, 2010 1:47PM UTC

North Korea will stage its massive dance-and-tumbling extravaganza known as the Arirang Festival next month, apparently cranking up its domestic propaganda efforts as tensions linger over the deadly sinking of a South Korean warship blamed on Pyongyang. The show typically feature thousands of gymnasts in synchronized maneuvers and giant mosaics

Clinton in Vietnam to mark 15-year relationship

By Thu, Jul 22, 2010 1:38PM UTC

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is in the Vietnamese capital Hanoi for events marking the 15th anniversary of normalized U.S.-Vietnam relations. Clinton arrived Thursday for two days of talks that will include a regional security forum with senior officials from around Southeast Asia. Those discussions are expected to

US calls for probe on rights abuses in Sri Lanka

By Thu, Jul 22, 2010 12:02PM UTC

A top U.S. diplomat urged Sri Lanka on Wednesday to investigate allegations of war crimes during its civil war and to resettle tens of thousands of displaced ethnic Tamils as a means of reconciliation. The United States also backs the United Nations’ look into possible war crimes as Sri Lanka’s

Rights group: China used force at Tibetan protests

By Thu, Jul 22, 2010 8:55AM UTC

Chinese security forces fired indiscriminately on Tibetan protesters in 2008 and beat and kicked others until they lay motionless on the ground, a rights group said in a report citing witnesses to clashes in which the government claims it acted with restraint. The Human Rights Watch report released Thursday gives

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