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.

Philippine congressman wounded, 3 killed in attack

By Thu, Dec 11, 2014 6:05PM UTC Philippine congressman wounded, 3 killed in attack

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Police say a congressman from the southern Philippines has been wounded in an attack by gunmen that left at least two of his aides and a police officer dead. Police chief Brian Inojaldo said five other bodyguards and aides of Rep. Vicente Belmonte were wounded in

Putin turns to India with energy, defense offers

By Thu, Dec 11, 2014 2:38PM UTC Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. Pic: AP.

NEW DELHI (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin is holding talks with Indian leaders to strengthen trade and energy cooperation with Asia’s third-largest economy as Western sanctions threaten to push his country’s economy to the brink of a recession.

Thailand’s junta brings its message to the silver screen

By Wed, Dec 10, 2014 1:12PM UTC People line up for free tickets 'The Legend of King Naresuan 5' at a cinema in Bangkok earlier this year. Pic: AP.

The Thai junta’s efforts to stifle the media and control the national narrative since it took power on May 22 have been well documented. Aside from plain old-fashioned censorship, it has put serious efforts into creating a wave of patriotic fervour among Thais and instilling the desired values with films and songs.

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