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At military camps in the Myanmar jungle, doctors and students learn how to fire guns

The ambush scenario is fabricated but the threat they are training for is real: a military junta that seized power in a coup on February 1, and embarked on a brutal crackdown on any perceived opposition to its rule. Many of those who have fled to the jungles are members of the Civil Disobedience Movement […]

Kachin rebels shoot down military helicopter as parcel bomb kills 5 in central Myanmar

On Monday, the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) said it had shot down a military helicopter near the town of Moemauk in Kachin province after days of military air raids. “The military council launched air strikes in that area since around 8 or 9 this morning … using jet fighters and also fired shots using a […]

Taiwan’s Tsai wins Canadian government-backed award that Ottawa reportedly tried to block

Tsai is the 2020 recipient of the John McCain Prize for Leadership in Public Service, the Halifax International Security Forum (HFX) announced late Monday. Though now independent, the Washington DC-based international security forum was founded by the Canadian government and receives considerable funding from Ottawa. This year’s award is the second in a row that […]

Bangladesh boat crash kills at least 26 people

“Rescuers found 26 dead bodies and some still could be missing,” said Miraj Hossain, a senior police official of the central Madaripur district, where the accident occurred. Five people were rescued and sent to hospital, he said. Hundreds of people die each year in ferry accidents in Bangladesh, a low-lying country that has extensive inland […]

Philippine foreign minister tells China to ‘Get the F**k Out’ over South China Sea dispute

The comments by Teodoro Locsin, known for blunt remarks, follow Manila’s protests for what it calls the “illegal” presence of hundreds of Chinese boats inside the Philippines’ 200-mile Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). “China, my friend, how politely can I put it? Let me see… O…GET THE F**K OUT,” Locsin tweeted on his personal account. “What […]

Asia’s multibillion dollar methamphetamine cartels are using creative chemistry to outfox police, experts say

Paperwork showed it was packed with 72 tons worth of blue vats filled with propionyl chloride, a relatively obscure chemical, and bound for an area in northern Myanmar notorious for the industrial-scale manufacturing of synthetic drugs. The cargo had been procured by a broker based in territory controlled by the United Wa State Army, a […]

Chinese man dodges two navies to cross Taiwan Strait by rubber dinghy in search of ‘freedom and democracy’

According to police captain Shih Chun-hsu, the man, surnamed Zhou, was spotted late Friday evening near the port of Taichung after crossing the roughly 80 kilometer (50 mile) stretch of water from Fujian province, on China’s east coast. He made the journey in a rubber dinghy fitted with an outboard motor carrying 90 liters of […]

Eight killed as Myanmar security forces fire on ‘spring revolution’ protests

Protesters make the three-finger salute of resistance during an anti-coup demonstration in Yangon, Myanmar, on Tuesday, April 27. Police officers clear a road after demonstrators spread placards in Yangon on Saturday, April 24. Protesters run from security forces during an anti-coup demonstration in Yangon on April 12. Buses from the Yangon Bus Service are seen […]

North Korea lashes out at South Korea and US

In one statement, North Korea chided US President Joe Biden for saying, in a speech to Congress Thursday, Pyongyang’s nuclear program presents “a serious threat to America’s security and world security.” A separate statement accused the US of engaging in “political chicanery” last week, when the State Department called North Korea “one of the most […]

North Korea lashes out at South Korea and US

In one statement, North Korea chided US President Joe Biden for saying, in a speech to Congress Thursday, Pyongyang’s nuclear program presents “a serious threat to America’s security and world security.” A separate statement accused the US of engaging in “political chicanery” last week, when the State Department called North Korea “one of the most […]

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