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Low Weekend Fares to Boost Struggling Purple Line

BANGKOK — Until the missing link between the new Purple Line and MRT Bang Sue is completed, passengers will pay a flat rate to travel between any of its 16 stations on weekends and holidays.

As Mugabe Turns 93, an Anxious Zimbabwe Wonders Who’s Next

HARARE, Zimbabwe — As the world's oldest head of state approaches his 93rd birthday on Tuesday, Zimbabwe has been planning a party for thousands of people in honor of President Robert Mugabe. For weeks, state television has led its broadcasts with tributes.

US Teen Suicide Attempts Fell as Same-Sex Marriage Became Legal

CHICAGO — Teen suicide attempts in the U.S. declined after same-sex marriage became legal and the biggest impact was among gay, lesbian and bisexual kids, a study found.

Old Grievances Flare on Social Media Over Dhammakaya’s Divisiveness

BANGKOK — While police blockaded thousands of monks and followers in Wat Dhammakaya under the harsh, early summer sun for a fifth day, the online war of words was equally heated.

Philippines: Vietnamese Ship Attacked; 1 Dead, 6 Abducted

MANILA — Gunmen attacked a Vietnamese cargo ship off the Philippines' southern tip, killing a Vietnamese crewman and abducting six others including the vessel's captain, the Philippine coast guard and the ship's owner said Monday.

Popularity and Profits: Bangkok’s Chefs Anxiously Await ‘Asia’s 50 Best’

BANGKOK — “Do I care? Yes. Nervous? No. Excited? Yes.” We're in the middle of a photo shoot in Bangkok's Gaggan, the No. 1 restaurant in Asia on both the 2015 and 2016 Asia's 50 Best Restaurants lists and No. 23 on the 2016 World's 50 Best Restaurants list.

Pakistani Women in Memorable Rugby 7s Debut in Laos

They might have won only one match at the Asian Women's Rugby Sevens in Laos on the weekend, but for the Pakistan team – which formed only a year ago – it was a dream debut at an international event.

On Frozen Fields, N. Korean Farmers Prep for Battle Ahead

PYONGYANG, North Korea — Plug your noses and ready your "Juche fertilizer." It's time to prep the frozen fields in North Korea.

Cops and Monks Clash at Wat Dhammakaya

PATHUM THANI — A police operation to search headquarters of the Dhammakaya sect and look for its fugitive spiritual leader met resistance on Monday, when monks and worshipers tried to push police forces out of their positions around the temple complex.

Mystics Share Magic and Mystery in Northeast (Photos)

MAHA SARAKHAM — More than 300 Thai and international mystics met at a World Hermit Convention Sunday evening in Isaan.

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