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Thai army ruler named prime minister

Aug 22, 2014

Thai army ruler named prime minister

Three months after overthrowing an elected government, Thailand’s junta leader is stepping out of his army uniform to take up the post of prime minister in a move critics say will prolong his rule and bolster the military’s grip on power. Thailand’s legislature voted ...

Jackie Chan takes 'bow of apology' after son busted for drugs

Aug 21, 2014

Jackie Chan takes 'bow of apology' after son busted for drugs

Kung-fu movie star Jackie Chan offered the public a “deep bow of apology” after his son, actor, singer and socialite Jaycee, was arrested in Beijing for drug use. Jackie Chan, 60, served as a goodwill spokesman for the China National Anti-Drug Committee in 2009, ...

Aug 20, 2014

North Korea insults John Kerry over his looks

In its latest personal attack on a prominent official, North Korea has called U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry a wild dog with a “hideous lantern jaw.” Wednesday’s slur from the National Defense Commission, the North’s top governing body, is the latest in a ...

Aug 19, 2014

Tibetan groups say two dead after police shooting

Two people have died in a Tibetan region of southwestern China after they were injured by police gunfire while protesting the detention of a local leader, overseas Tibetan rights groups said. One protester committed suicide Sunday in police custody in the town of Louxu ...

Aug 19, 2014

China's Xi vows to rein in runaway executive pay

China’s president has promised to rein in “unreasonably high” pay for executives at state companies in an apparent effort to mollify public frustration at the wealth of government-owned industry. President Xi Jinping’s announcement, carried by the official Xinhua News Agency, comes as the ruling ...

Nepal flood toll tops 100 as disease fears swell

Aug 18, 2014

Nepal flood toll tops 100 as disease fears swell

Nepalese authorities on Monday feared an outbreak of diseases as they attempted to reach thousands of people stranded by flooding that has already killed at least 101 people and left more than 136 missing. Jhanka Nath Dhakal of Nepal’s National Emergency Operation Center said ...

Pope leaves South Korea after urging peace

Aug 18, 2014

Pope leaves South Korea after urging peace

Pope Francis wrapped up his first trip to Asia on Monday by challenging Koreans — from the North and the South — to reject the “mindset of suspicion and confrontation” that clouds their relations and find new ways to forge peace on the war-divided ...