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American killed in Thailand over singing dispute

An American tourist who insisted on singing with the band in a bar in a beach town in Thailand was killed by one of the musicians, police said Wednesday. Full story

U.S. raises military assistance to the Philippines

MANILA (Reuters) - Washington will raise its military assistance to the Philippines by about two-thirds, Manila's foreign ministry said on Wednesday, helping its oldest security ally in Asia defend vast maritime borders against what it sees as Chinese assertiveness. Full story

Power back in Philippine province with $93M bill

Electricity was restored Wednesday to most of a Philippine province that was entirely cut off for more than 24 hours when the national power grid operator stopped its supply due to $93 million in unpaid bills, officials said. Full story

Gun crime, custodial deaths pile pressure on Malaysian government

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - High-profile shootings and a surge of deaths of suspects in custody are stoking public anger in Malaysia, piling pressure on the government to tackle crime and clamp down on police corruption and brutality. Full story

Philippines likely to stay in Golan Heights for another six months

MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines will likely keep its peacekeeping forces in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights for six more months after securing U.N. assurances for the safety of its 342 soldiers in the ceasefire zone, Manila's foreign minister said on Wednesday. Full story

Thai king to leave hospital after four years

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's 85-year-old King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world's longest-reigning monarch, is to leave the Bangkok hospital where he has been for almost four years to live at his palace by the sea, a government official said on Wednesday. Full story

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Col. Bud Day, Medal of Honor recipient, dies at 88

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  Col. George ‘Bud’ Day, McCain’s cellmate in POW camp, dies at 88

Col. Bud Day, who earned 50 combat medals including a Medal of Honor, was credited as the man who saved Sen. John McCain’s life while the two were Prisoners of War. “Bud … wouldn’t let me die,” McCain said. “"To witness him sing the national anthem in response to having a rifle pointed at his face -

  From the Archives: Colonel Bud Day

Bud Day served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam, receiving the Medal of Honor for heroism in Vietnam. Day was an Air Force fighter pilot in Vietnam when he was shot down and imprisoned with John McCain in the notorious Hanoi Hilton. NBC's Brian Williams and Tom Brokaw told Day's story November 6,

  Malaysia covered in smog from Indonesia's fires

Several countries in Southeast Asia are dealing with heavy smog generated by fires in Indonesia. NBCNews.com's Dara Brown reports.

  Singapore smog eases

Wildfires have caused an air pollution crisis in southeast Asia. The air in smog-choked Singapore improved slightly Saturday, after planes in neighboring Indonesia waterbombed the wildfires that have blanketed the region with thick, choking smoke. NBC’s Lester Holt reports.

  Indonesia fire smog hits Malaysia, Singapore

The smoky haze from fires burning in Indonesia is spreading to Malaysia and Singapore where the pollution index is the worst in 16 years. NBCNews.com's Dara Brown reports.

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