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.
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.
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.
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.
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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