Central, western regions have worst air pollution, Greenpeace says

Henan, Hubei, Hunan and Sichuan were among the 10 worst-polluted provinces in the three months ended March 31, Greenpeace said in an e-mailed statement. The provinces are areas of the country

HONG KONG | Defiant residents resist mainland’s embrace

All around Chow Tak-­yee’s neighborhood in the working-class edges of Hong Kong, the 26-year-old can feel the spreading influence of nearby mainland China on the prosperous, open-minded city she›s always called home. The

New Zealand | AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd pleads guilty to threatening to kill

Rudd faces up to seven years in prison on the threatening to kill charge, although his lawyer Craig Tuck said the prosecution case boils down to an angry phone call,

South Korea | Prime minister offers to resign amid scandal

South Korea’s prime minister has offered to resign amid a bribery scandal just two months after he took up the country’s No. 2 post, officials said yesterday, in the latest political crisis

Japan | Abe sends offerings to controversial war shrine ahead of Xi meeting

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent religious offerings yesterday to a Tokyo shrine that honors convicted World War II leaders among its war dead, a likely signal that he won’t

Egypt | Court sentences ousted president Morsi to 20 years in prison

An Egyptian criminal court yesterday sentenced ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi to 20 years in prison on charges linked to the killing of protesters in 2012, the first verdict to

South Africa | Hundreds leave after anti-immigrant violence

Worried about their safety, hundreds of African immigrants headed out of South Africa in buses on Monday following deadly attacks on foreign-owned shops. South Africa’s anti-immigrant attacks, in which seven people have been killed this month,

Migration | Prosecutors build case against traffickers as EU mulls plan

Italian prosecutors yesterday began building their case against the traffickers responsible for the drowning of as many as 950 migrants in the Mediterranean, as European Union leaders mulled a new plan to

This Day in History: 1971 Haitian dictator dies

President Duvalier, who declared himself “president for life” in 1964, died at the presidential palace in Port-au-Prince. He is believed to have been seriously ill for some time - his ailments

Offbeat: Egypt court sentences belly dancer for ‘insulting’ flag

Egyptian court has sentenced a popular Armenian belly dancer to six months in prison for “insulting the Egyptian flag” after she allegedly wore a tight dress in its red, white