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Scores Found Guilty in Thailand of Organizing Human Trafficking Ring

A court in Thailand on Wednesday convicted scores of defendants accused of organizing a human-trafficking ring that enslaved hundreds of people, dozens of whom were found buried in a mass grave near a secret jungle camp in which they had been imprisoned, tortured and held for ransom. (more…)

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Three Years Later, Families Remember Those Lost on Downed MH17 Flight

Relatives and friends of people killed three years ago when a surface-to-air missile blew a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet out of the sky over Ukraine gathered Monday to mark the anniversary at a new memorial near the Amsterdam airport from which the plane departed. (more…)

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Malaysian, Indonesian Muslim Groups Call For Starbucks Boycott Over Company’s Support For Homosexual Rights – We Ask, ‘Where Are the Christians At?’

A prominent Muslim group in Malaysia has joined calls by Islamic conservatives in Indonesia for a boycott of Starbucks to protest against the international coffee chain's support of gay rights. (more…)

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Suspects in Downing of Malaysian Flight MH17 to be Tried in the Netherlands

Suspects in the downing of Malaysian airlines flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine in 2014, in which all 298 people aboard were killed, will be tried in a Dutch court and under Dutch law, the Netherlands' foreign ministry said on Wednesday. (more…)

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Philippines Say 5 Beheaded Civilians Found in Town Held by Islamist Rebels

Five decapitated civilians were found in a Philippine city occupied by Islamist rebels on Wednesday, the military said, warning the number of residents killed by rebel "atrocities" could rise sharply as troops retake more ground. (more…)

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Pilot Urges Passengers to Pray After AirAsia Flight Starts Shaking Violently

An AirAsia X flight to Malaysia from Perth, Australia, was forced to turn back Sunday after the twin-aisle Airbus A330-300 aircraft began shaking due to what the airline called a "technical issue." (more…)

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U.S. Forces Join Battle Against Islamist Militants in Besieged Philippines Town

U.S. special forces have joined the battle to crush Islamist militants holed up in a southern Philippines town, officials said on Saturday, as government forces struggled to make headway and 13 marines were killed in intense urban fighting. (more…)

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Bodies and Aircraft Parts Found in Search for Missing Myanmar Plane

A navy ship found bodies and aircraft parts in the seas off Myanmar, also known as Burma, while searching Thursday morning for a military transport plane carrying 120 people, a spokesman said. (more…)

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Disappearance of Christian Pastors in Malaysia Prompts Fear of Authorities Targeting Religious Minorities

The disappearance of three Christians and a man accused of spreading Shia Islam in Malaysia has prompted fears that authorities are targeting religious minorities with extrajudicial detention. (more…)

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Trump Poised to Withdraw U.S. From Paris Climate Agreement

President Trump was poised Wednesday to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement, two officials with knowledge of the decision said, making good on a campaign pledge but severely weakening the landmark 2015 climate change accord that committed nearly every nation to take action to curb the warming

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Philippine Military Discovers Bodies of 16 People Believed to Have Been Killed by ISIS-Linked Militants in Besieged City

The Philippine military said on Sunday that troops had found the bodies of 16 people believed to have been killed by Islamic militants, as fighting continued for a sixth day for control of Marawi City in the southern part of the country. (more…)

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Bomb at Bangkok Hospital Wounds 24 People

A bomb at a hospital in the Thai capital wounded 24 people on Monday, the third anniversary of a 2014 military coup, the government said, with the army chief blaming groups opposed to the junta. (more…)

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Chinese Jets Intercept U.S. Aircraft Flying Over East China Sea

Two Chinese SU-30 aircraft carried out what the U.S. military described as an "unprofessional" intercept of a U.S. aircraft designed to detect radiation while it was flying in international airspace over the East China Sea. (more…)

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Philippine Troops Kill Abu Sayyaf Commander Involved in Beheadings

Philippine troops battling militants on a central resort island killed a young Abu Sayyaf commander who was involved in the beheadings of two Canadians and a German who had sailed far from the extremists’ southern jungle hideouts to capture more hostages, the military chief said Wednesday. (more…)

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