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March 20, 2015 7:19 AM US allies defect as new world order tips towards China, AsiaOne Asian Opinions News

Washington is losing its clout. Its allies in Europe - the UK, Germany, France and Italy - have applied to become members of the China-led Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), defying US calls for them to exercise caution. The institution is seen as a rival to the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank. Once the AIIB gets off the ground, it will become 31

March 20, 2015 6:29 AM Thai Man Jailed for 18 Months for Insulting Monarch

A Thai military court Friday sentenced a 67-year-old man to 18 months in prison for writing insults against the country's monarch on the wall of a shopping mall restroom, a lawyer said. The military court in Bangkok found Opas Charnsooksai guilty of lese majeste — the crime of defaming, insulting or threatening the monarchy, for writing graffiti on the restroom 22

March 20, 2015 5:52 AM Thai military court sentences man to one-and-a-half years for anti-monarchy graffiti

BANGKOK (Reuters) - A Thai military court sentenced a man to one-and-a-half years in prison on Friday for writing graffiti insulting Thailand's king, the latest in a mounting number of lese-majeste cases following a May coup. Thailand has been under martial law since the coup. The military government has said it would pursue all royal insult cases 24

March 20, 2015 2:24 AM Top-ranked Lydia Ko tied for lead in Founders Cup

Top-ranked Lydia Ko shot a 6-under 66 on Thursday for a share of the lead in the suspended first round of the JTBC Founders Cup. The 17-year-old Ko rebounded from a three-putt bogey on the seventh hole with a 12-foot birdie putt on the eighth and finished with a par to join Tiffany Joh, Sophia Popov and Kim Kaufman atop the leaderboard at Desert Ridge 12

March 19, 2015 7:27 PM Great White Shark Steals Fisherman's Catch In New Zealand

In this handout picture released by Awashima Marine Park, a 1.6 meter long Frill shark swims in a tank after being found by a fisherman at a bay in Numazu, on January 21, 2007 in Numazu, Japan. The frill shark, also known as a Frilled shark usually lives in waters of a depth of 600 meters and so it is very rare that this shark is found alive at sea-level 15

March 19, 2015 6:00 PM Costa Rica Seeks Same-Sex Civil Union Law

From Scott G. Brown aka Gene Brown, a member and participant of the 1969 Stonewall Inn raid and riots: "My ailing health has prevented me from making this 1,200 mile trip by Bus for next week's Pride Parade, but I can, truthfully, say that I was there in June 2011." From Ashley Bartolome: "I took these photos at the Pride Parade in Washington, DC on June 9, 2012." What I love about 23

March 19, 2015 1:08 PM Thailand Arrests Malaysian, Thai Men After Seizing Ivory

Thai authorities on Thursday arrested two men they said were behind a transnational ivory trade network after seizing more than 100 kilograms (220 pounds) of African ivory in the biggest bust in recent years. Thailand is one of the top destinations for African ivory smuggling in Asia and could face international sanctions soon if it doesn't show progress 16

March 19, 2015 1:07 PM Thailand arrest Malaysian, Thai men after seizing 51 pieces of smuggled African ivory

Thai police officers display seized smuggled ivory during a press conference at the police headquarters in Bangkok ,Thailand Thursday, March 19, 2015. Thai authorities have arrested two men they say are behind a transnational ivory trade network after seizing more than 100 kilograms (220 pounds) of African ivory in the biggest bust in recent years. (AP Photo/Sakchai 28

March 19, 2015 12:59 PM Vineyard Owner Robert Dahl Fatally Shoots Investor, Self

A fireball goes up at the site of an oil train derailment Monday, Dec 30, 2013, in Casselton, N.D. The train carrying crude oil derailed near Casselton Monday afternoon. Several explosions were reported as some cars on the mile-long train caught fire. (Bruce Crummy/AP) Smoke rises from the burning Jianye building on December 15, 2013 in Guangzhou, China 58

March 19, 2015 12:13 PM Hong Kong shoppers line up for cheaper Chanel bags

Chanel said this week that it would reduce prices for three of its most iconic bags -- the 2.55, 11.12 and the Boy Chanel purse -- in Hong Kong, China, Korea, Vietnam, Thailand and Russia. "The measure is intended to reduce price differentials across countries, which have widened considerably further to the recent depreciation of the euro," the company 13