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3 hrs ago | Bangkok Post

Ex-guerrillas mark death of Chin Peng

A group of former members of the now-defunct Communist Party of Malaya will gather at Yala's Betong district tomorrow to commemorate the death one year ago of their leader Chin Peng. The ex-CPM members, who now live in four remote border villages, said their gathering will be a low-key one to remember Chin Peng, who died at a Bangkok hospital last year at the age of 88. "It's a small thing we could do in gratitude for our spiritual leader.

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7 hrs ago | Suria

Black-clad democracy activists stage...

More than 1,000 activists paraded through Hong Kong's streets on Sunday carrying huge lengths of black cloth, in a sombre protest against a recent decision by Beijing that crushed the city's hopes for full democracy. Democracy activists in the former British colony had expectations Hong Kongers would be able to vote for their leader cut short in August when China announced plans for a highly restricted form of universal suffrage.

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9 hrs ago | ETaiwanNews.com

Farmer hailed as 'hero' for exposing oil scandal

Taipei, Sept. 14 A 60-year-old farmer in Pingtung County was hailed as a hero on Sunday after it was revealed that he was a key figure behind the exposure of the recent scandal in Taiwan.

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13 hrs ago | The Times of Israel

Malaysia favors Palestinians but buys from Israel

In the winter of 2013, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak stepped across the Egyptian border at Rafah and made a rare visit by a head of government to Hamas-ruled Gaza. Razak, whose country does not have diplomatic relations with Israel, told reporters: "We believe in the struggle of the Palestinian people.

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17 hrs ago | Connecticut Post

110 rescued from ferry: 'Death was in our minds'

In this Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014 photo released by the Philippine National Red Cross Surigao Del Norte Chapter, survivors from the ferry M/V Maharlika II that sank after encountering steering problems, keep themselves warm with blankets as they arrive at the Lipata Port Terminal in Surigao city, central Philippines.

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20 hrs ago | MindaNews

Sunken ferry update: 3 dead, 110 rescued; undetermined number still missing

Coast Guard authorities here cannot how many passengers were actually on board the ill-fated ship MV Maharlika which sank off Pintuyan town in Southern Leyte Saturday night, September 13. Capt. Joseph Coyme, Deputy District Commander for Nothern Mindanao of the Philippines Coast Guard, said that as of 11 a.m. Sunday, three persons had been confirmed dead while 110 were rescued.

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21 hrs ago | Suria

Indonesia arrests four Turks over...

Indonesia's anti-terrorism police have arrested four Turks suspected of being linked to the Islamic State jihadist group, a spokesman said on Sunday. Elite Indonesian Detachment 88 police escort four Turks, suspected to be linked to the jihadist Islamic State group, in Jakarta, on September 14, 2014 - by Bima Sakti The elite Detachment 88 police squad arrested the men, along with three Indonesians, after tailing their car on Saturday in central Sulawesi district of Poso, a known hotbed for militant activity, Boy Rafli Amar told AFP.

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Sat Sep 13, 2014

The New Zealand Herald

100 people rescued from sinking ferry in the Philippines

Rescuers saved about 100 people overnight and recovered two bodies from a ferry that sank in rough seas after encountering steering trouble in the central Philippines, officials said Sunday. Coast guard Capt.

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The Star Online

Blind group ready for uphill task

Raring to go Group adviser Untam Buah, 55, and Isak are climbing the mountain for the love of the country. KUALA LUMPUR: Sixteen years ago, Isak Ngau made the trek up Mount Kinabalu and he could still remember the feel of the fresh air on his face, the scent of flowers and the chirping of birds and insects.

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KRON 4

Dozens Rescued From Distressed Philippine Ferry

Rescuers saved at least 34 of the 84 people on board an inter-island ferry that is believed to have sunk late Saturday after encountering engine problems in bad weather in the central Philippines, officials said. The skipper of the M/V Maharlika II ordered its 58 passengers and his 25 crewmen to abandon the ferry after it began to list in choppy waters and strong winds midway through its trip off Southern Leyte province, Office of Civil Defense director Blanche Gobenciong and coast guard personnel said.

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KION 46

Ferry sinks in Philippines; 29 people missing

At least 29 people are missing after a ferry sank in the waters off the central Philippines in bad weather Saturday, the government's civil defense office said. A rescue operation is ongoing off the southeast coast following the sinking of the MV Maharlika, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.

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Weekend Balita

Abu Sayyaf releases abducted midwife in Sulu

Government troops take their positions as about 200 Muslim rebels, enraged by a broken peace deal with the Philippine government, held scores of hostages as human shields Tuesday Sept. 10, 2013 in a standoff with government forces for the second day with no solution in sight at the southern port city of Zamboanga, in southern Philippines.

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Bangkok Post

Sungai Kolok trains still suspended

The State Railway of Thailand continued to suspend train services to Sungai Kolok district of Narathiwat province on Saturday as the track leading to the southernmost railway destination had yet to be repaired. The southernmost track is damaged by a buried bomb in Rangae district of Narathiwat on Friday.

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Suria

Thai army dragnet douses peace hopes in...

A bomb suspect held for two weeks without charge in Thailand's insurgency-battered south says an army dragnet following the coup is calcifying hostility towards the kingdom -- and undercutting a fresh bid for peace. A soldier is seen manning a checkpoint in Thailand's restive southern province of Narathiwat, on September 3, 2014 - by Madaree Tohlala The decade-long conflict has claimed more than 6,100 lives across Thailand's lush, forested Muslim-majority southern provinces, where shadowy rebels are fighting for a level of autonomy from the Thai state.

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Fri Sep 12, 2014

ABS-CBN News

Manila-Jakarta trade seen tripling to 12 billion dollars

The Philippines and Indonesia vowed on Friday to foster closer trade ties under a memorandum of agreement designed to triple the trade volume between the nations to $12 billion, from the current $4 billion. "We are the two biggest countries in terms of population in the Asean, with a combined gross domestic product of $1.2 trillion.

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CFR.org

The Failures of the ASEAN Economic Community

A worker walks at the Jakarta international container terminal in Tanjung Priok port in this file photo from July 26, 2012. Southeast Asia has sought to overcome competing national interests and form a European Union-style economic community by 2015 .

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The Irrawaddy Newsmagazine

Arrests Go On Unabated After - Unclear' Amendment to Burma Protest Law

A lack of clarity in Burma's recently amended Law on Peaceful Assembly is sowing confusion among activists and advocates, as the country's courts continue to charge people for demonstrating without permission. The controversial Article 18 of the 2011 Peaceful Assembly and Peaceful Procession Law originally stated that persons or groups who want to stage a demonstration must seek prior permission from local police, with those breaking the law facing punishments of up to a year in prison and fines of up to 30,000 kyat .

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Channelnewsasia.com

Malaysians, businesses hit by higher toll charges

Malaysians, travelling to Singapore, will not only be hit by toll rate increases on both sides of the Causeway, but also a higher Vehicle Entry Permit Fee for foreign-registered vehicles entering Singapore. KUALA LUMPUR: For Malaysians, travelling to Singapore just became more expensive.

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The Washington Post

Thailand's coup leader outlines policies

Thailand's coup leader-turned-prime minister Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha made his first major policy statement Friday in a 2-hour televised speech that described his vision for the country.

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ABC News

China Issues Travel Warning for the Philippines

China on Friday warned its citizens not to travel to the Philippines after a Chinese teenager who worked in a family-run store was kidnapped. The Chinese Foreign Ministry also said it was worried because of plots confirmed by the police in the Philippines that criminal groups planned to attack the Chinese embassy, Chinese companies and public venues such as malls.

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