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Thai junta drafts emergency economic measures

Jun 2, 2014

Thai junta drafts emergency economic measures

The military junta running Thailand has drawn up a list of emergency measures such as price caps on fuel and loan guarantees for small firms to kick-start an economy threatened by recession after months of political turmoil. The plans, outlined by Air Chief Marshal ...

Jun 2, 2014

Australia gives visas to 500 Afghans who helped in war

Australia has granted refugee visas to more than 500 Afghans for their help during its mission in the war-torn nation, saying their safety would be jeopardized by remaining in the country. The Afghan nationals, mainly interpreters, were resettled with their families in late 2013 ...

Thai protesters come out again despite junta's ban

Jun 1, 2014

Thai protesters come out again despite junta's ban

Thailand’s ruling junta deployed thousands of security forces on the streets of Bangkok on Sunday to thwart another round of small protests denouncing last month’s military coup. Hundreds of demonstrators came out and several were detained, but there was no violence. Fears over possible ...

Jun 1, 2014

Seoul names new defense minister

President Park Geun-hye named the country’s defense minister as its new national security adviser Sunday following the aide’s resignation over April’s ferry disaster. Kim Kwan-jin, who has been the South’s defense chief since 2010, will take up the security brief with Han Min-koo filling ...

Thai forces fan out to stifle unrest in capital

May 31, 2014

Thai forces fan out to stifle unrest in capital

Thai police and soldiers flooded downtown Bangkok on Saturday to pre-empt further protests against a May 22 coup after the army chief said a return to democracy would take more than a year. In a televised address late on Friday, Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha said ...

Tiananmen leader says U.S. 'didn't care' about crackdown

May 31, 2014

Tiananmen leader says U.S. 'didn't care' about crackdown

An exiled leader of the Tiananmen Square protests deplored Friday the U.S. stance 25 years ago, saying the ambassador confided to her that Washington didn’t “care” about the crackdown. Chai Ling, who was commander-in-chief of the students agitating for democracy in Beijing, said that ...