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The Interrupted Lives of the 'Khon Kaen Model' Families

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Skepticism, Worry Amid Preparation for Rohingya Repatriation

YANGON — Myanmar says it's ready for a gradual repatriation of Muslim Rohingya refugees chased out by the Buddhist-majority country's military. Bangladesh says it's preparing for the transfer, but it might need more time.

Bomb Kills Two Rangers, Wounds Five in Deep South

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PATTANI — Two soldiers were killed and five wounded today when a bomb exploded on a road in the violence-plagued, deep south of Thailand, police said.

Myanmar Skirts ‘Maximum Pressure’ Despite North Korea Ties

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration has slapped sanctions on companies across the globe to punish illicit trade with nuclear-armed North Korea, yet Myanmar, which is suspected of acquiring ballistic missile systems from the pariah state, has escaped the full force of the "maximum pressure" campaign.

103-Year-Old Cambodian Woman Becomes US Citizen

LOS ANGELES — A 103-year-old Cambodian woman who survived starvation, suffering and war in her native land beamed and waved a tiny American flag on Tuesday as she became a United States citizen.

Sydney Schanberg, Reporter of ‘Killing Fields,’ 82

NEW YORK — Sydney H. Schanberg, a former correspondent for The New York Times awarded a Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the genocide in Cambodia in 1975 — and whose story of the survival of his assistant inspired the film "The Killing Fields" — has died. He was 82.

Nest of Endangered Giant Softshell Turtle Found in Cambodia

PHNOM PENH — Conservationists have found a nest of the endangered Asian giant softshell turtle on a Mekong River sandbar in northeastern Cambodia, while 115 new species of various other animal and plant life have been discovered in the greater Mekong region.

Official: US Would Consider Individual Sanctions for Myanmar

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Wednesday that the U.S. is deeply concerned by "credible reports" of atrocities committed by Myanmar's security forces and called for an independent investigation into a humanitarian crisis in which hundreds of thousands of Muslim Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh.

Duterte Refuses Call to Open His Bank Accounts to Scrutiny

MANILA — The Philippine president refused a demand by his most vocal critic to publicly release details of his bank accounts to disprove allegations that he had large sums of undeclared money.

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