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Dec 7, 2016

Thailand: 'No exceptions' on lese majeste for news outlets

Thailand’s government will not back down from prosecuting news outlets that publish “illegal” content, the defense minister said Wednesday, after the BBC’s bureau in Bangkok came under scrutiny for an article about the country’s new king. The British broadcaster’s Thai-language service, a relative newcomer, ...

Earthquake rocks Indonesia's Aceh province; at least 25 dead

Dec 7, 2016

Earthquake rocks Indonesia's Aceh province; at least 25 dead

A strong undersea earthquake rocked Indonesia’s Aceh province early on Wednesday, killing at least 25 people and causing dozens of buildings to collapse. The U.S. Geological Survey said the shallow 6.4-magnitude earthquake that struck at 5:03 a.m. was centered about 10 kilometers (6 miles) ...

Dec 6, 2016

China slapped with torture claims

China’s parallel justice system for Communist Party members relies heavily on torture and is “abusive and illegal,” Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Tuesday, calling for the network to be abolished. Some 88 million members of the country’s ruling Communist Party are subject to an ...

Thailand's new king appoints a smaller council of advisers

Dec 6, 2016

Thailand's new king appoints a smaller council of advisers

Thailand’s new King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun named an 11-member council of advisers on Tuesday, bringing in three new officials, including a former army chief and two representatives of the ruling junta. The so-called Privy Council he named is smaller than the 16-member council of ...

Dec 6, 2016

China sends another 120 peacekeepers to South Sudan

China has sent 120 troops to South Sudan as part of a 700-member U.N. peacekeeping force, deepening its commitment to the troubled East African nation where two Chinese peacekeepers were killed in fighting over the summer. Once the entire battalion is deployed, they will ...

Dec 6, 2016

Djibouti military chief-of-staff visits China amid base building

A senior Chinese officer has met Djibouti’s military chief-of-staff in Beijing and thanked him for supporting China’s construction of a military base in the Horn of Africa country, the second such high-level meeting in a month. Djibouti’s position on the northwestern edge of the ...