Police Say They Didn’t Visit BBC Thai After Deputy PM Says...

BANGKOK — Depending on who spoke Wednesday, police officers either did or did not pay a visit to the offices of the BBC’s Thai-language service last night.

Dhammakaya Defies Order to Halt Broadcasts

PATHUM THANI — The satellite channel of an influential Buddhist sect had yet to comply with an order to cease broadcasting Wednesday after it called for acolytes to gather in what police say is another bid to thwart the arrest of its fugitive abbot.

Rama X Appoints New Privy Council


Do You Butoh? International Fest Starts Friday

BANGKOK — The flexibility and complexity of human flesh will take the stage Friday through six artists in the upcoming International Butoh Festival.


Pakistani National Carrier’s Plane Crashes After Takeoff

ISLAMABAD — A plane belonging to Pakistan's national carrier crashed on Wednesday shortly after takeoff from the country's north with about 40 people on board, a spokesman and the police said.

Cambodian Deputy Opposition Leader Reconciles with Hun Sen

PHNOM PENH — Cambodia's deputy opposition leader who was pardoned from jail time for ignoring a court summons has returned to parliament, saying he and Prime Minister Hun Sen have agreed to reconcile.

An Afghan Woman Goes from Refugee to Military Pilot

KABUL, Afghanistan — From a childhood as a refugee, Capt. Safia Ferozi is now flying a transport plane for Afghanistan's air force as the country's second female pilot, a sign of the efforts to bring more women into the armed forces.

Earthquake Rocks Indonesia’s Aceh Province; Death Toll Rising

BIREUEN, Indonesia — A strong undersea earthquake rocked Indonesia's province of Aceh early Wednesday, causing several deaths and building collapses in districts near the epicenter.

China Sends Another 120 Peacekeepers to South Sudan

BEIJING — The first 120 troops of a 700-member Chinese U.N. peacekeeping force have departed for South Sudan, deepening China's commitment to the troubled East African nation, where two of its peacekeepers were killed in fighting over the summer.

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