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Pro-China supporters raise a China national flag during a counter-rally in support of the police in Hong Kong Saturday, July 20, 2019. Police in Hong Kong have raided a homemade-explosives manufacturing lab ahead of another weekend of protests in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. Photo: Vincent Yu / AP

Hong Kong Police Seize Explosives as Rival Camps Rally

HONG KONG — Police in Hong Kong discovered a stash of a powerful homemade explosive as the semi-autonomous Chinese city readied for another major...
Glory days: Phor Yai on the movie poster of “Bang Rajan” (2000).

Kwai from ‘Bang Rajun’ Film Dies

RATCHABURI — A water buffalo who acted in one of Thai film’s most memorable historical war epics has died.
Suchai Thephasadin Na Ayudhya, left, holding a 500,000 cheque during a press conference on July 18 at Ploen restaurant. The clan’s lawyer Nattapol Thongkam, right, was also present.

Thephasadin Clan Offers 500k Baht to Crash Victims

BANGKOK — Representatives of the powerful Thephasadin Na Ayudhya clan have offered a 500,000 baht cheque to be shared among the families of nine...
Police with a haul of 14,000 pills of yaa baa or meth and almost 400 kilograms of yaa ice seized June 24, 2019 in Nakhon Pathom.

‘Yaa Baa’ Flooding SEA and Beyond Despite Crackdown: UN

BANGKOK — Despite authorities cracking down on methamphetamine in Thailand and Southeast Asia, efforts have failed to arrest the trade’s big players, a recent UN report says.
This file photo provided by the Macon County Sheriff's Office in Decatur, Ill., shows Brendt Christensen. Andrea Christensen, the sister of former University of Illinois student Brendt Christensen who is convicted of killing a Chinese scholar, told a jury, Monday, July 15, 2019, deciding whether he should be executed that he was a "very gentle person" who never raised his voice. Photo: Macon County Sheriff's Office via AP, File

Ex-Illinois Student’s Life Spared in Killing of Scholar

PEORIA, Ill. — A former University of Illinois doctoral student was spared the death penalty Thursday and sentenced to life in prison for kidnapping and killing a 26-year-old scholar from China. Her parents, disappointed he was not sentenced to death, publicly begged for the killer to reveal where her remains are so they can be returned home.
U.N. Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in Myanmar, Lee Yanghee, speaks during a press conference in Kuala Lumpur, Thursday, July 18, 2019. Photo: Vincent Thian / AP

UN Envoy Says US Sanctions on Myanmar Generals Inadequate

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — The U.N. special rapporteur for Myanmar said Thursday the U.S. didn't "go far enough" in sanctions against four top Myanmar generals over the mass killings of minority Rohingya Muslims.
A keychain with a cartoon image is placed on top of flowers placed near the Kyoto Animation Studio building destroyed in an attack Friday, July 19, 2019, in Kyoto, Japan. Photo: Jae C. Hong / AP

Anime Studio Hit by Deadly Fire Is Known for Skill, Fan Base

TOKYO — It may not be as famous as Japanese anime legend Studio Ghibli, but Kyoto Animation has many core fans and is known as a team of skilled animators that provides top-quality work for others and can produce its own hits, such as "Lucky Star," ''K-On!" and the "Haruhi Suzumiya" series.

‘She Accepts Her Punishments,’ Praewa Family Apologizes to Crash Victims

BANGKOK — The extended family of a woman convicted of killing nine people in a car crash in 2010 said Thursday they are sorry for what happened and pledged to assist families of the victims.
Photo: Big Bad Wolf Books / Facebook

‘Big Bad Wolf’ Book Sale Back With 3 Million English and Thai Books

BANGKOK — Dust off your bookshelves because massive piles of discounted books are returning to Bangkok this August.
Smoke billows from a three-story building of Kyoto Animation in a fire in Kyoto, western Japan, Thursday, July 18, 2019. Kyoto prefectural police said the fire broke out Thursday morning after a man burst into it and spread unidentified liquid and put fire. Photo:Kyodo News via AP

Suspect Screaming ‘You Die!’ Kills Up to 23 at Anime Studio

TOKYO — A man screaming "You die!" burst into an animation production studio in Kyoto, Japan, and set it on fire early Thursday, authorities said, killing seven people and leaving at least 16 more presumed dead.

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