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South Korea

South Korea general and wife ‘treated soldiers like slaves’

SEOUL: A South Korean general and his wife treated soldiers like “slaves”, forcing them to retrieve golf balls and pick up toenail clippings, a rights group alleged, prompting officials to launch a probe Wednesday.

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Indian soldiers buried under Kashmir snow rescued

Srinagar (India) (AFP) - Five Indian soldiers have been rescued alive after they were buried under heavy snow Saturday in Kashmir, where 20 people were killed by avalanches earlier this week, a military official said.

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Child soldiers among 53 dead as Philippine troops overrun rebels

MANILA (AFP) - Three child soldiers recruited by hardline Muslim rebels in the Philippines were among 53 people killed in a five-day military offensive in the restive south, an official said Friday.

Lifestyle

China’s forgotten soldiers

A remote corner of northern Thailand is home to Kuomintang soldiers and their descendants who proudly maintain their Chinese identity even after embracing Thai citizenship.

Myanmar

Myanmar soldiers jailed for killing villagers

YANGON: Seven Myanmar soldiers have been sentenced to jail for killing villagers during an interrogation, the military said, a rare ruling in a former junta-run country where the army has long operated with impunity.

Thailand

Rights groups condemn junta police powers for Thai soldiers

BANGKOK: An order by Thailand’s junta giving sweeping police powers to soldiers is part of the “steady erosion of human rights protections”, campaigners said Tuesday, calling for the law to be rescinded.

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Myanmar releases 75 more child soldiers

Yangon: Myanmar’s military has released 75 child soldiers, a United Nations agency said, its first discharge this year as part of a gradual process to end decades of forced recruitment of underage fighters.

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Six Thai soldiers killed by roadside bomb

Pattani: Six Thai soldiers were killed and four injured when a roadside bomb ripped their patrol truck apart in the insurgency-plagued south, police said.

Myanmar

Myanmar army frees 46 child soldiers

YANGON: Myanmar’s powerful military released 46 child soldiers from service, state media reported Sunday, the latest move towards ending a scourge that has long beset the nation.

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China soldiers too big for outdated tanks

BEIJING: Chinese soldiers have become so much taller and fatter in recent years that they often find themselves cramped in tanks designed three decades ago, state media reported.