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Biggest US Force in Years Joins Thai Military Exercise

BANGKOK —  The biggest U.S. force in years joined an annual military exercise in Thailand on Tuesday despite controversy over the Thai junta’s invitation to neighboring Myanmar’s army, which has been accused of ethnic cleansing. The United States scaled back attendance at Cobra Gold, Asia’s largest multilateral military exercise, after …

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Pakistan Moves to Ban Charities Linked to Hafiz Saeed

ISLAMABAD —  Pakistan has amended its anti-terrorism law that authorizes the government to blacklist charities linked to Islamist leader Hafiz Saeed. Two charities run by Saeed — Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) and the Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation (FIF) — have been outlawed by the U.N. Security Council for being “terrorist fronts” for Lashkar-e-Taiba, a …

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Activists Protest Criminal Code Revisions in Jakarta

JAKARTA, INDONESIA —  Hundreds of activists protested outside Indonesia’s House of Representatives building on Monday against proposed revisions to the nation’s criminal code, which could outlaw gay and extramarital sex. The so-called Civil Society Alliance to Reject the Draft Criminal Code activists included feminists, LGBTQ people, sex workers, indigenous people, …

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