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Philippines mourns 44 slaughtered police

A long, slow procession of coffins draped in the Philippine flag poured out of military transport planes in Manila on Thursday, as the country mourned dozens of policemen killed in a botched anti-terror operation. Marching to muted drums, uniformed commandos bore the numbered coffins of comrades brought home from the ...

Jan 30, 2015

Indonesia ready to execute foreigners after rejecting clemency

Indonesia is ready to execute seven foreign drug convicts on death row after their appeals for presidential clemency were rejected, an official said, in a move certain to set Jakarta on a collision course with international allies. The seven include two Australian leaders of ...

Jan 30, 2015

Thousands of live cats from China seized in Vietnam: police

Thousands of live cats destined “for consumption” have been seized in Hanoi after being smuggled from China, police said Thursday, but their fate still hangs in the balance. Cat meat, known locally as “little tiger,” is an increasingly popular delicacy in Vietnam, and although ...

Jan 30, 2015

Bombardier accused of corruption in S. Korea: report

South Korean prosecutors are accusing Canadian aerospace giant Bombardier of making gifts to local officials in the East Asian country as it pursued a metro contract, Radio-Canada public television reported Thursday. The corruption allegations stem from gifts and free trips to Canada offered to ...

Malaysia says MH370 crash an accident to clear compensation

Jan 30, 2015

Malaysia says MH370 crash an accident to clear compensation

Malaysia’s government formally declared still-missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 an accident on Thursday and said all those on board were presumed dead, paving the way for compensation claims but angering victims’ families still waiting for evidence of the plane’s fate. Civil aviation chief Azharuddin ...

Jan 30, 2015

'Ferocity' of China crackdown 'unseen in recent years': HRW

China is violating human rights at an intensity that is unprecedented in its recent history, a top watchdog group said Thursday. The ruling Communist Party has “unleashed an extraordinary assault on basic human rights and their defenders with a ferocity unseen in recent years,” ...

Jan 29, 2015

Thai transvestite arrested on suspicion of scamming Japanese men

Thai police said Wednesday they have arrested a transvestite on suspicion of swindling money from more than 100 Japanese men. The 39-year-old jobless Bangkok man named Utai Nantakan admitted that he has committed fraud against only Japanese men for the past 10 years, deceiving ...

Snails slide into Thai spa scene

Jan 29, 2015

Snails slide into Thai spa scene

by Denis D. Gray

A snail is slithering up the bridge of my nose while five others are being stuck onto other parts of my face by a Thai beautician — all secreting slime to smooth out some wrinkles and give me a younger look. That this latest ...