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Indonesia candidate battles puppet image

Jun 29, 2014

Indonesia candidate battles puppet image

When one of Indonesia’s most powerful politicians wanted to be part of a new government, he did not approach Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, the front-runner in next week’s presidential election. Instead, sources say, he went to the home of Jokowi’s political patron, a former president ...

Jun 29, 2014

H.K. wraps up final day of 'referendum'

Hong Kong residents voted Sunday on the last day of an unofficial referendum on electoral reform that has angered Beijing, days before an expected major protest seeking greater democracy for the southern Chinese city. More than 770,000 people in the semi-autonomous territory have voted ...

Jun 29, 2014

Thai junta chief denies protest plot

Thailand’s junta-leading army chief has dismissed allegations he plotted to seize power for years before May’s coup, issuing an apparent rebuke to the leader of the protests that crippled the former government. “It is not true” Gen. Prayut Chan-ocha said late Friday, addressing accusations ...

Jun 29, 2014

Kin kill Pakistani couple for marrying

A Pakistani teenager and her husband were murdered in a remote eastern town by a group of relatives for marrying against their wishes, police said Saturday. The killings come a month after a pregnant woman was beaten to death with bricks by members of ...

Jun 28, 2014

Nigeria warned malls about attacks

Nigeria’s intelligence agency said it has been warning shopping complexes in Abuja for two weeks that Islamic extremists might attack them in the capital, where a blast at a mall killed 22 people last week. The increased security may have prevented even more carnage, ...

Jun 28, 2014

Thai military junta sets 2015 poll date

Thailand’s military junta will install an interim constitution next month, and elections will be held around October 2015, its leader announced Friday. Army commander Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha, who seized power in a coup last month, said the temporary constitution will allow an interim legislature ...

Amerasians face scorn in Philippines

| Jun 28, 2014

Amerasians face scorn in Philippines

When the last U.S. ship pulled out of the Philippines’ Subic Naval Base more than two decades ago, a desperate young woman’s hopes of finding her father sailed away with it. Beirut Calaguas, now 44, is among the tens of thousands of Amerasians fathered ...

North Korea claims 'breakthrough' guided missile tested successfully

Jun 27, 2014

North Korea claims 'breakthrough' guided missile tested successfully

North Korea announced Friday the successful test of a high-precision, tactical guided missile, and its army threatened a “devastating” retaliation against South Korea for carrying out live fire drills near their maritime border. The launch of the “cutting-edge” missile was watched by North Korean ...