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Prayuth blasts US envoy’s remarks, calls himself ‘democratic soldier’

By Wed, Jan 28, 2015 11:00AM UTC Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha. Pic: AP.

Thai junta Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan-ocha has rebutted a top US diplomat’s calls for a more “inclusive” political reform process and the lifting of martial law. The general’s response yet again shows the impossible task to convince the world outside of Thailand that everything under the authoritarian rule is normal.

Indonesian military halts recovery efforts for AirAsia plane

By Wed, Jan 28, 2015 10:04AM UTC Parts of AirAsia Flight 8501 seen on the deck  of rescue ship Crest Onyx at Kumai port in Pangkalan Bun, Indonesia, earlier this month. Pic: AP.

PANGKALAN BUN, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia’s military has halted its recovery efforts for the crashed AirAsia plane, including attempts to locate bodies and raise the fuselage from the Java Sea.

Philippines fires police commander over botched attack

By Tue, Jan 27, 2015 6:19PM UTC Members of the Philippine National Police Special Action Forces load bodies of police commandos into vehicles in Maguindanao, Philippines, Monday. Pic: AP.

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine officials have removed the commander of a police special action force after at least 44 anti-terror commandos were killed in a clash with Muslim rebels.

Philippines rejects US Marine’s appeal to drop murder case

By Tue, Jan 27, 2015 6:00PM UTC A protester holds a lit candle in front of a portrait of slain Filipino transgender Jeffrey "Jennifer" Laude during a rally at the University of the Philippines campus in October. Pic: AP.

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines has rejected an appeal by a U.S. Marine that it drop a murder case against him in the death of a transgender Filipino woman last year.

Japan special envoy hopeful about release of hostage, pilot

By Tue, Jan 27, 2015 1:13PM UTC Yasuhide Nakayama, a Japanese deputy foreign minister, talks to media in Amman, Jordan. Pic: AP.

TOKYO (AP) — A special Japanese envoy in Jordan has expressed hope that both a Japanese hostage and a Jordanian pilot held by Islamic militants will return home “with a smile on their faces.”

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