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Suu Kyi could be president, Myanmar officials say

The nominees for Myanmar’s next president and two vice presidents will be revealed to parliament on March 17, an official said Monday, setting a clear timeline for the transition of power from a military-controlled government to democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi’s party. Parliament chairman Mann Win Khaing Than announced ...

Feb 8, 2016

Controversial minister to become Australia's rights envoy

The former Australian immigration minister who began the widely condemned policy of sending asylum seekers to Pacific island detention camps will become Australia’s first special envoy for human rights, the government said Monday. During his 1996-2003 tenure as immigration minister, Philip Ruddock, the second-longest-serving ...

Feb 8, 2016

26 Indonesians die after drinking bootleg alcohol

More than two dozen Indonesians in central Java have died after drinking bootleg alcohol, police said Monday. Investigators said a majority of the victims died after purchasing homemade liquor from a couple in Sleman, a town north of Yogyakarta city, local police said. “Most ...

Feb 8, 2016

Two Cambodian children die in discarded munition blast

Two Cambodian children have been killed trying to pry open a discarded rocket-propelled grenade with an axe, police said Monday. Nearly three decades of civil war gripped Cambodia from the 1960s, leaving the poverty-stricken nation both one of the most heavily bombed and heavily ...

Feb 8, 2016

China offers rewards for terrorism tipoffs: Xinhua

China has pledged to reward people who report online “terrorist” content up to 100,000 yuan ($15,200) for each tipoff, after giving out 2 million yuan worth of rewards last year, the official Xinhua News Agency reported Monday. “The Internet has become a channel for ...

Feb 8, 2016

Cambodia arrests man wanted over grisly murder of Spaniard in Bangkok

The prime suspect in the grisly murder and dismemberment of a Spanish national in Bangkok has been arrested in Cambodia, police said Monday. Multiple body parts belonging to businessman David Bernat were found floating in Bangkok’s Chao Praya river last month. Police believe he ...

Feb 8, 2016

South Korea, U.S. to discuss deployment of missile system

South Korean and U.S. defense officials said Sunday they would begin formal talks on the deployment on the Korean peninsula of a U.S. missile defense system to counter the growing threat from North Korea. The announcement followed a North Korean rocket launch which the ...