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Court lists charges for next phase of Khmer Rouge trial

Cambodia's UN-backed Khmer Rouge court on Monday listed charges in the next trial of two former regime leaders, including the genocide of Vietnamese people and ethnic Muslims, forced marriages and rape. The complex case of the regime's two most senior surviving leaders has been split into a series of smaller trials, initially focusing on the forced evacuation of people into rural labour camps and related charges of crimes against humanity. The first trial against "Brother Number Two" Nuon Chea, 87, and former head of state Khieu Samphan, 82, was completed late last year.

Son of China's ex-leader eyes visit to Japan to mend bilateral ties

The eldest son of late Chinese reformist leader Hu Yaobang is making arrangements to visit Japan from later this month to early April, a source familiar with Japan-China relations said Thursday. The envisioned trip by Hu Deping, who is known to be close to Chinese President Xi Jinping, is hoped to "explore the possibility of improving Japan's relations with China by getting in touch with Japanese politicians and civilians," the source said.

Today in Korean history

March 6 1883 -- King Gojong of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) proclaims the "taegukgi" to be the formal national flag. 1958 -- Twenty-six South Koreans return home after being held in North Korea for almost three weeks. They were taken to the North on Feb. 16 when a group of communist spies hijacked their plane from Busan to Seoul. The North did not return the plane. 1979 -- South Korea and Mexico sign a visa exemption agreement.

After depositor revolt, Thai Government Savings Bank scraps farm bank loan

By Orathai Sriring and Pairat Temphairojana BANGKOK (Reuters) - A revolt by depositors caused Thailand's Government Savings Bank (GSB) to beat a hasty retreat on Tuesday and scrap a loan it had made to a state farm bank that could have been used to prop up a politically controversial rice-buying program. The central bank said the GSB was in a strong financial position and the withdrawals had in no way undermined it.

Thai court approves issue of arrest warrants for protest leaders

Thailand's Criminal Court on Wednesday approved a request by police to issue arrest warrants for antigovernment protest leaders on the grounds of defying an emergency decree. The court granted arrest warrants for 19 protest leaders, including former Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thausuban, and allowed the authorities to arrest and detain the 19 protest leaders for a maximum seven days.

Philippines to file US suit to retrieve Marcos' Monet

The Philippines will file a civil suit in the United States to recover a Monet painting that vanished after the 1986 revolution which forced former first lady Imelda Marcos into exile, an official said Monday. The painting, one of more than 150 missing masterpieces the Philippines authorities are trying to recover, was sold by a one-time secretary of Marcos, said Andres Bautista, head of the watchdog body tasked with recovering the Marcos wealth.

S. Korea ruling party calls Japan "terrorist state" after hero criticized

A senior leader of South Korea's ruling party on Tuesday called Japan a "terrorist state" for having inflicted mass suffering on its neighbors in the past, a day after Japan's top government spokesman applied the "terrorist" label to a Korean independence hero. "If Ahn Jung Guen was a terrorist, then Japan was a terrorist state for having mercilessly invaded and plundered countries around it," said Hong Moon Jong, secretary general of the Saenuri Party.

Show me the Monet: Philippines seeks return of Marcos paintings

By Manuel Mogato MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines aims to recover three paintings, including one by French Impressionist Claude Monet, that a former aide of Imelda Marcos has been jailed in the United States for trying to sell. Vilma Bautista, 75, a one-time secretary to the powerful wife of former Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos, was on Monday sentenced to six years in a New York prison for a scheme to sell art that once belonged to the former first lady.

Ex-Marcos aide sentenced over sale of Monet painting

A US judge sentenced a former personal secretary to Imelda Marcos Monday to two to six years in prison for conspiring to sell Impressionist masterpieces belonging to the Manila government that vanished when Ferdinand Marcos was ousted. But Justice Renee A. White of the New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan said Vilma Bautista, 75, who has a pacemaker and chronic heart disease, could remain free on $175,000 bail while her lawyers appeal, the New York Times reported.

Philippines tells nationals to shun red, yellow in Thailand

Filipinos travelling to Thailand have been told to shun red or yellow items to avoid being caught up in the political unrest there, the Philippine embassy in Bangkok said. "Participating and/or showing support in any form to any of the parties is strongly discouraged," the mission said in a travel advisory on its website. "For (your) information, the red and yellow colours are closely identified with some of the parties involved," it said in a note directed at Filipino travellers as well as residents there and other parts of Thailand.
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