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In Thailand, a Mercurial Junta Leader Known for Sharp Tongue

Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha smiles during a welcome luncheon hosted by Japan Business Federation in Tokyo, Monday, Feb. 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha smiles during a welcome luncheon hosted by Japan Business Federation in Tokyo, Monday, Feb. 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

BANGKOK— Ear tugs. A flying banana peel. Sarcastic remarks about getting smacked, or punched — or even executed. Such is life for the press corps...




  • In this Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014 photo, Thai and Burmese fishing boat workers sit behind bars inside a cell at the compound of a fishing company in Benjina, Indonesia. The imprisoned men were considered slaves who might run away. They said they lived on a few bites of rice and curry a day in a space barely big enough to lie down, stuck until the next trawler forces them back to sea. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

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  • Workers carry construction material at the under-construction coal-fired power plant, partially financed by the Japan Bank for International Cooperation, in Kudgi, India on Feb. 24, 2015. Despite mounting protests, Japan continues to finance the building of coal-fired power plants with money earmarked for fighting climate change, with two new projects underway in India and Bangladesh. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)

    Japan Uses Climate Cash for Coal Plants in India, Bangladesh

    MUTTAGI, India—Despite mounting protests, Japan continues to finance the building of coal-fired power plants with money earmarked for fighting climate change, with two new projects... Read more

  • Photo taken on Sept. 1, 2011 shows a migrant laborer sorting fish as he works on a Thai fishing boat in Sattahip, Thailand's Rayong province. A study found that nearly half the workers make less than $160 a month in exchange for back-breaking labor.(Nicolas Asfouri/AFP/Getty Images)

    Thai Seafood Firm Drops Supplier Named in AP Slavery Report

    BANGKOK, Thailand— Thailand’s biggest seafood company said Wednesday it has cut ties with a supplier named in an Associated Press report after determining it might... Read more

  • Former Maldives President and the then presidential candidate, Mohamed Nasheed, speaks to the media in Male, Maldives on Nov. 10, 2013. (Sinan Hussain/AP Photo)

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  • Protesters against the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, stage a rally in front of Camp Schwab, an American base near a planned relocation site, in Nago, Okinawa Prefecture Monday, March 23, 2015. The governor of the southern Japanese island of Okinawa has ordered a Defense Ministry branch to suspend all work at the site where a key U.S. military air base is to be relocated. The U.S. and Japan reached the relocation agreement in 1996. The banners read: "Henoko, Block the reclamation." (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

    Okinawa Governor Blocks Efforts to Build New US Air Force Base

    TOKYO—The governor of the southern Japanese island of Okinawa ordered a Defense Ministry branch to suspend all work in the area where a key U.S... Read more

  • Protesters against the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, stage a rally in front of Camp Schwab, an American base near a planned relocation site, in Nago, Okinawa Prefecture, March 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko

    Okinawa Orders Halt to Work Related to US Base Relocation

    TOKYO—The governor of the southern Japanese island of Okinawa ordered a Defense Ministry branch to suspend all work at the site where a key U.S... Read more

  • Lee Kuan Yew addresses the Standard Chartered Singapore Forum on March 20, 2013 in Singapore. The former prime minister passed away aged 91 on Mar. 23, 2015. (Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

    Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s First Prime Minister, Dies at 91

    SINGAPORE—Lee Kuan Yew, the first prime minister of modern Singapore, died Monday, the government said. He was 91. Lee was admitted to Singapore General Hospital on Feb... Read more

  • Afghan refugees and internally displaced Pakistani children gather in a mud house to learn from a man volunteering to teach them how to write the alphabet at a makeshift school in the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

    Pakistani Teaches Underprivileged Kids In Outdoor School

    ISLAMABAD— On any given day in the Pakistani capital, a group of young people can be seen gathered outdoors in an open field, books open... Read more

  • Two Japanese soldiers stop to look at a ship blocking a road in the tsunami destroyed town of Onagawa, Miyagi Prefecture, northeastern Japan. Japan marks four years since the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster on Wednesday, March 11. (AP/David Guttenfelder)

    Japan Opts for Massive, Costly Sea Wall to Fend Off Tsunamis

    SENDAI, Japan— Four years after a towering tsunami ravaged much of Japan’s northeastern coast, efforts to fend off future disasters are focusing on a nearly... Read more

  • Cheering supporters hold posters of imprisoned Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan during the Nowruz celebrations in southeastern Turkish city of Diyarbakir, Turkey, March 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

    Jailed Kurdish Leader Ocalan Urges Fighters to Abandon Arms

    DIYARBAKIR, Turkey—Imprisoned Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan on Saturday renewed a call for his fighters to end their armed struggle against Turkey, part of efforts... Read more

  • A North Korea's mock Scud-B missile, center, and other South Korean missiles are display at Korea War Memorial Museum in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Dec. 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

    North Korean Envoy Says His Country Has Nuclear Missiles

    LONDON—A North Korean envoy says his country has developed nuclear missiles and is prepared to use them at any time. North Korean Ambassador to Britain... Read more

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    Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: Trash Cleaners Cast Doubt on Missing Plane’s Search Location

    Volunteers who have been cleaning a 60-mile stretch of the Tasmanian coast in Australia said they haven’t seen a single piece of debris from Malaysia... Read more

  • An Indian villager walks through floodwaters to collect drinking water from a hand pump in Burhaburhi village in the Morigaon district of north eastern Assam state, India. A UN report released, March, 20, 2015, warns that the world will suffer a serious shortfall of potable water by 2030 unless people and nations dramatically change the way they use the resource. (AP/Anupam Nath)

    UN Warns World Could Have 40 Percent Water Shortfall by 2030

    NEW DELHI—The world could suffer a 40 percent shortfall in water in just 15 years unless countries dramatically change their use of the resource, a... Read more

  • Adrian Banga surveys his destroyed house in Port Vila, Vanuatu in the aftermath of Cyclone Pam, Monday, March 16, 2015. Vanuatu's President Baldwin Lonsdale said Monday that the cyclone that hammered the tiny South Pacific archipelago over the weekend was a "monster" that has destroyed or damaged 90 percent of the buildings in the capital and has forced the nation to start anew. (AP Photo/Dave Hunt, Pool)

    Run, Build, Stay: How Islanders Survived Vanuatu’s Cyclone

    TANNA ISLAND, Vanuatu—When her roof started collapsing during the cyclone, Christine Iakangem felt she had no choice but to grab her 1-week-old baby Angeline and... Read more

  • U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy waves before she delivers opening remarks during JFK International Symposium at Waseda University in Tokyo Wednesday, March 18, 2015. Japanese police are investigating phone calls threatening to kill U.S. Ambassador Kennedy. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

    Japanese Police Arrest Suspect in US Embassy Bomb Threats

    TOKYO—Japanese police said they arrested a man on Thursday accused of making bomb threats against the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, and media reports said he... Read more

  • South Korea Line App World Offensive

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    SEOUL, South Korea—Mickey Mouse, Hello Kitty: Move over. And make way for laidback Brown bear and his irrepressible girlfriend Cony the bunny. Once just digital... Read more


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