India struggles with Maoist rebel threat as voting continues

By Thu, Apr 17, 2014 1:45PM UTC A paramilitary soldier is carried on a stretcher to be treated after he was injured in an attack by suspected Maoist rebels in the eastern Indian state of Bihar earlier this month. Pic: AP.

RAJNANDGAON, India (AP) — Voters are casting ballots in India’s general election despite threats of violence in some areas by extreme leftist insurgents, who say the country’s democracy has failed its marginalized and its poor. The central state of Chhattisgarh, which is now the epicenter of India’s four-decade Maoist insurgency, was among the areas voting Thursday in the multi-phase election. Authorities say there are signs that the rebels have waning support — including the lines of voters shuffling into polling booths in the Chhattisgarh town of Rajnandgaon.

Philippines: Pacquiao ally, 6 others face murder charges

By Thu, Apr 17, 2014 1:09PM UTC Manny Pacquiao. Pic: AP.

Murder and multiple frustrated murder charges were filed last week against a Sarangani provincial board member for the ambush slaying of Maitum Mayor George McPerson ‘Mac’ Perrett. Charged was Alexander Bryan Reganit of Maitum town. Reganit is a provincial board member and an ally of Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao.

Phatra Securities analysis of the political situation in Thailand

By Thu, Apr 17, 2014 10:00AM UTC

Below are some excerpts from a research report from Phatra Securities on March 24: We believe that the Constitution Court ruling on 21 March [to void the Feb 2 election] significantly increases the likelihood of a political vacuum that would extend well into 2H 2014 or worse. … Our conclusion is

Malaysian lawmaker and lawyer Karpal Singh dies

By Thu, Apr 17, 2014 6:20AM UTC Karpal Singh, left, and Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim. Pic: AP.

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Veteran Malaysian opposition lawmaker Karpal Singh, an eminent lawyer who had been detained without trial under security laws and battled numerous sedition charges, has died in a road accident. He was 73.

Obama sets date for tricky Malaysia visit

By Wed, Apr 16, 2014 9:36AM UTC US President Barack Obama. Pic: AP.

US President Barack Obama is expected to visit Japan, South Korea, the Philippines and Malaysia this month as part of his push to increase US diplomatic, economic and security engagement with countries in the Asia-Pacific region. But despite the relative size and strategic importance of the other countries, it is his April 27 trip to Malaysia that arguably gives the president his biggest problems.

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