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Minorities key to national reconciliation in Sri Lanka

By Thu, Jan 29, 2015 8:16PM UTC Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena. Pic: AP.

This month the unthinkable happened in Sri Lanka. One of the most autocratic leaders in the country’s post-independence history, Mahinda Rajapaksa, was defeated in democratic elections, and this was done primarily by Sri Lanka’s trampled and oppressed ethnic and religious minority population.

Philippine mayor arrested, escorted to graft hearing

By Thu, Jan 29, 2015 7:43PM UTC Philippine mayor arrested, escorted to graft hearing

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The mayor of the Philippines’ main financial district has been arrested for contempt and escorted to a Senate hearing to answer allegations of corruption after he repeatedly snubbed the legislature.

Opinion: Thailand-US diplomatic spat a sign of cracks in junta’s confidence

By Thu, Jan 29, 2015 10:50AM UTC American charge d’affairs in Bangkok, W. Patrick Murphy, left, talks with Thai Deputy Foreign Minister Don Pramudwi during a meeting at the Foreign Ministry in Bangkok, Thailand, Wednesday. Pic: AP.

Frankly speaking, I did not expect to be writing about this topic so quickly following my blog post from yesterday, but here I am again further musing on the delicate art of international diplomacy.

Thailand summons US diplomat over critical martial law comments

By Wed, Jan 28, 2015 6:34PM UTC American charge d’affairs in Bangkok, W. Patrick Murphy, left, talks with Thai Deputy Foreign Minister Don Pramudwi during a meeting at the Foreign Ministry in Bangkok, Thailand, Wednesday. Pic: AP.

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s military government has summoned the U.S. charge d’affaires after a top U.S. diplomat called for an end to martial law and said the impeachment of a former prime minister could be politically motivated.

Lawyers, activists demand Sri Lankan chief justice to resign

By Wed, Jan 28, 2015 4:58PM UTC Sri Lankan national flag. Pic: AP.

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Lawyers and rights activist are demanding Sri Lanka’s chief justice resign because he is being investigated for involvement in an alleged coup plot soon after this month’s presidential election. Hundreds of protesters outside the Supreme Court on Wednesday accused Mohan Peiris of undermining the judiciary’s

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