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Developers zero-in on Bangkok's historic Chinatown

| May 4, 2016

Developers zero-in on Bangkok's historic Chinatown

For nearly a century, Thanuan has watched history sweep through the bustling maze of alleyways that make up Bangkok’s Chinatown, one of the city’s few districts yet to be devoured by malls and high-rise condos. But change is coming — and fast. A new ...

Bongbong Marcos leads family's revival in the Philippines

May 4, 2016

Bongbong Marcos leads family's revival in the Philippines

For the son and namesake of late Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos, winning the vice presidency in next week’s election is as much about restoring his family’s tainted image as it is about making the country a better place. “Bongbong,” as Ferdinand Marcos Jr. is ...

May 3, 2016

Tobacco tax hike to add billions to Australia's coffers

Smokers in Australia could pay approximately $40 Australian dollars ($30) for a pack of cigarettes from 2020, under revenue-boosting budget measures announced Tuesday. The cost of cigarettes will rise 12.5 percent every year, starting from 2017, with a packet currently costing around AU$25, according ...

May 3, 2016

India law student raped, mutilated in echo of Delhi attack

India police are hunting a man who sexually mutilated and murdered a student, an officer said Tuesday, an attack which echoes the 2012 fatal gang-rape of a Delhi student that sparked mass protests. The 30-year-old university law student from a low social caste was ...

May 3, 2016

North Korea says waitresses tricked into going to South

North Korea stepped up its calls Tuesday for South Korea to return 12 waitresses whom Pyongyang says Seoul abducted from a restaurant in China. Seoul says the waitresses willingly defected to the South. North Korean authorities on Tuesday presented the colleagues and parents of ...