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Asia

Philippines: Duterte Joins Rally to Push for Muslim Autonomy Law

President Rodrigo Duterte traveled to the southern Philippines on Friday to push for ratification of a law designed to give former Muslim rebels in the region control over an autonomous homeland ahead of a plebiscite on the issue scheduled for Monday. Duterte arrived amid tight security in Cotabato, just days after a bomb attack at […]Read More

Asia

Burma Signs Ceasefire with Karen Rebel Group

The Burmese government has signed a ceasefire agreement with a prominent ethnic rebel group, in what appeared to be a major breakthrough in efforts to end a 63-year insurgency. Government officials signed the deal Thursday with the Karen National Union during a meeting in Pa-an, the capital of Karen state. Karen rebels, which operate in […]Read More

News

Thai Government Shelves Autonomy for Deep South as Violence Continues

The Thai government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has back-tracked on a campaign pledge to establish a special administration zone in its troubled southern provinces. Political analysts say a simmering insurgency in the majority-Muslim Malay region can only be resolved by allowing some form of self-rule. But, the government has little incentive to challenge the […]Read More

South

Rebels kill Buddhist couple, children in Thai south

Suspected Muslim separatists shot dead a Buddhist family of four in Thailand’s deep south, police said on Tuesday, the latest attack in an escalation of violence in the region. The killings followed a bloody raid on an army camp and a big roadside bombing in the past 12 days that were believed to have been […]Read More