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West struggles with Russia's 'ambiguous warfare' tactics

WASHINGTON - When Russians crossed the border to fight with rebels in eastern Ukraine earlier this year, Moscow said the soldiers had not been deployed but had gone on their own vacation time.

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Thai election pushed back to 2016: deputy PM

BANGKOK - A Thai general election planned for next year will be delayed until 2016, a deputy prime minister said on Thursday, pushing back the promised return to democracy.

Thailand 12:37am EST

Exclusive - Japan eyes military aid to spur defense exports, build security ties: sources

TOKYO - Japan is considering creating a government-backed financing arm for weapons exports, a move that would accelerate Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's shift away from the country's pacifist past and strengthen Tokyo's regional security ties as China's military power grows.

Japan 26 Nov 2014

Malaysia to retain and prop up Sedition Act, says PM

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak on Thursday bolstered a law protecting the sanctity of Islam and the country's traditional rulers, the sultans, in an about-turn to scrap a law banning criticism of the government.

12:54am EST

Young sister of North Korean leader takes senior party post: KCNA

SEOUL - The younger sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has assumed a senior position in the ruling Workers' Party, state media reported on Thursday, consolidating a third generation of Kim family rule in the secretive state.

North Korea 26 Nov 2014

Pakistan under pressure to save trade agenda at South Asia summit

NEW DELHI - South Asian leaders will pile pressure on Pakistan on Thursday to salvage a summit in Nepal by agreeing to electricity sharing and the free movement of vehicles across borders, measures aimed at boosting trade among nearly a quarter of the world's people.

26 Nov 2014

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