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US admiral says China ‘creating great wall of sand’ in South China Sea

By Wed, Apr 01, 2015 10:21AM UTC

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet says China is using land reclamation to create “a great wall of sand” in disputed areas of the South China Sea, causing serious concerns about its territorial intentions.

Thailand: Businessman jailed for 25 years for defaming monarchy

By Wed, Apr 01, 2015 9:45AM UTC

BANGKOK (AP) — A lawyer says a Thai military court has sentenced a businessman to 25 years in prison on charges of defaming the country’s monarchy, believed to be the longest sentence handed down in recent years for the crime of lese majeste.

Assuming absolute control: Thai military junta revokes martial law, but…

By Wed, Apr 01, 2015 7:04AM UTC

The good news: the Thai military junta may soon lift martial law, which has been in place for nearly a year. The bad news: it will be replaced by something worse that could give junta leader and Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan-ocha much more power.

Thai junta leader Prayuth moves to lift martial law, impose absolute power

By Tue, Mar 31, 2015 5:44PM UTC

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s prime minister and junta leader has asked the king for formal approval to lift martial law, which the military imposed ahead of a coup last May that overturned an elected government. The monarch’s approval is considered a formality.

Burma government, rebel groups sign draft cease-fire deal

By Tue, Mar 31, 2015 3:59PM UTC

YANGON, Burma (AP) — Burma’s government and 16 ethnic armed groups have agreed on the text of a draft nationwide cease-fire agreement aimed at ending decades of civil unrest.