Southeast Asia

United Nations Begins Talks With Syrian Rebels to Free Peacekeepers

March 7, 2013

“The 21 troops seized Wednesday are part of a United Nations force that was set up to patrol the demilitarized zone along Syria’s Golan frontier after the 1973 Arab-Israeli war.”

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Syrian Opposition Rebels Capture 21 Filipino United Nations Peacekeepers

March 7, 2013

“Twenty-one Filipino UN peacekeepers were detained in Golan Heights on Wednesday. The UN and Arab League officials are reportedly negotiating with the Syrian rebels.”

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Thailand Agrees to Engage in Peace Talks With National Revolution Front Rebels

February 28, 2013

“The agreement was signed in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday between representatives of the Thai government and the National Revolution Front (BRN) rebels, ahead of talks between Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and her Malaysian counterpart Najib Razak.”

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Fighting Between Two Rival Philippine Rebel Groups Leads to 21 Deaths

February 4, 2013

“Roughly 200 ASG members and between 700 to 1,000 MNLF fighters were involved in the clashes.”

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Vietnam Court Sentences 22 People to Prison for “Activities Aimed at Overthrowing the Government”

February 4, 2013

“In that case, 13 people – mostly Catholics, including bloggers and students – accused of having links to the banned Viet Tan group were jailed for between three and 13 years, while one received a suspended sentence.”

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Analysis: Terrorist Group al-Qaeda Shifting to Syria, Iraq, Algeria, and Mali

February 4, 2013

“U.S. officials said the terrorist network’s core in Pakistan and its ability to carry out large-scale attacks in the United States have been all but demolished, leading to a shift in focus to emerging threats elsewhere.”

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Taiwan Vice Premier Jiang Yih-Huah to Replace Premier Sean Chen

February 1, 2013

“Taiwan’s vice premier Jiang Yih-Huah will replace premier Sean Chen as part of a cabinet reshuffle, the presidential office said in statement issued late on Thursday.”

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U.S. Navy: USS Guardian, a Minesweeper Stuck Aground on a Coral Reef Near the Philippines, will be Cut into Pieces

January 29, 2013

“Unable to tow the minesweeper USS Guardian off a reef in the Philippines, the Navy has decided that the only way to free the ship without causing further damage to the reef is to cut the ship into pieces.”

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Empty Gas Tanks of Grounded USS Guardian Pumped Full of Seawater to Stabilize the Vessel

January 28, 2013

“All of the 15,000 gallons of diesel fuel aboard the 224-foot-long, 1,312-ton ship were removed Friday, the Navy said.”

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Myanmar Reaches Deal With International Lenders to Cancel $6 Billion in Government Debt

January 28, 2013

“The country also cleared its arrears to the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) with the help of a bridge loan from Japan, removing another crucial hurdle for the resumption of international aid.”

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U.S. Naval Ship Stuck on a Reef Near the Philippines Taking In “Lots of Water”

January 24, 2013

“Rear Adm. Thomas Carney said Thursday that 56,000 liters (15,000 gallons) of fuel must be removed from the USS Guardian before a crane ship can lift it from the Tubbataha Reef.”

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Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Razak Defies Israel Blockade, Visits Palestinians in the Gaza Strip

January 22, 2013

“Premier Najib Razak, along with a group of Malaysian ministers, crossed into Gaza via its land border with Egypt for what he described as a humanitarian visit.”

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Philippines Petition U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea Tribunal to Intervene in South China Sea Dispute

January 22, 2013

“China’s claims over islands, reefs and atolls in resource-rich waters off its south coast and to the east of mainland Southeast Asia set it directly against U.S. allies Vietnam and the Philippines, while Brunei, Taiwan and Malaysia also lay claim to parts.”

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5.9 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Indonesia, Killing At Least 1 Person and Injuring 7

January 22, 2013

“The 5.9-magnitude earthquake struck 37 kilometers (23 miles) under Aceh province, and a 4.7-magnitude aftershock followed 26 minutes later, the U.S. Geological Survey said.”

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Indonesia Sentences to Death a 56 Year-Old British Woman Caught With 8.4 Pounds of Cocaine

January 22, 2013

“Prosecutors had sought only a 15-year sentence.”

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