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  • Top Asian News 9:09 a.m. GMT

    Mon, 5:09am

    VIENTIANE, Laos (AP) — China scored an unequivocal diplomatic victory Monday, preventing Southeast Asia's main grouping from criticizing it for territorially expanding in the South China Sea, even though some of the bloc's members are victims of Beijing's actions. After hectic negotiations, the 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations issued a watered-down rebuke that amounted to less than a slap on the wrist, and exposed the deep divisions in a regional body that prides itself on unity. In a joint communique released after their talks, the foreign ministers of ASEAN said only that they "remain seriously concerned over recent and ongoing developments" in the South China Sea. read more
  • The end of the rat race? New Zealand aims to become rat free

    Mon, 5:08am

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Their abilities to travel, multiply and spread disease have always made rats one of mankind's greatest pests. read more
  • Thai students use social media to stoke opposition to draft charter

    Mon, 5:08am

    Thai student activists, Than Rittiphan, Rangsiman Rome, and activist Pakorn Areekul pose for photographs before an interview with Reuters in BangkokBy Amy Sawitta Lefevre and Panarat Thepgumpanat BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai student protesters will use social media tools, from Facebook to Japanese messaging app Line, to persuade voters to reject a military-backed draft constitution, some of the activists said on Monday. The students rank among the most vocal critics of Thailand's military government ahead of an Aug. 7 referendum to approve a contentious draft constitution that critics fear could cement military control over civilian politics for years. The activists told Reuters social media campaigns offer an edge over street action, such as a protest on Sunday in the capital by 43 civil and student groups hemmed in by government limits on public assembly and campaigning.

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