Japan holds vote expected to back Abe’s policies

By Sun, Dec 14, 2014 9:00AM UTC Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Pic: AP.

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese voters are heading to the polls in a parliamentary election that is expected to reaffirm the ruling Liberal Democratic Party’s majority.

Hong Kong to shut down last, smallest protest site

By Sun, Dec 14, 2014 8:56AM UTC Pro-democracy protesters' tents are seen at the occupied area outside government headquarters in Hong Kong last week. Pic: AP.

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong police say they plan to clear out the third and final pro-democracy protest camp on Monday, putting an end to demonstrations that have blocked traffic in the southern Chinese city’s streets for 2 1/2 months.

Sri Lankan church: candidates pledge no violence

By Sat, Dec 13, 2014 11:18AM UTC Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Pic: AP.

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A Sri Lankan church leader says the two main candidates in January’s presidential election have promised a violence-free vote, with Pope Francis scheduled to visit the country just days later.

US sends mixed message to Burma military

By Sat, Dec 13, 2014 10:40AM UTC Pic: AP.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Human rights advocates and some lawmakers say the U.S. is sending the wrong signal by opening the door for broader cooperation with Burma’s widely criticized military.

Opposition defections boost Sri Lanka leader’s presidential bid

By Thu, Dec 11, 2014 6:34PM UTC Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Pic: AP.

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapaksa has regained momentum in his bid for a third term with another leading politician abandoning the opposition to join his campaign.

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