Sri Lanka races to rescue flood victims as 500,000 displaced

  Helicopters searched in Sri Lanka yesterday through piles of mud for people still marooned after rain-triggered floods and mudslides inundated villages last Thursday, killing at least 169 people and leaving

Vietnam | Prime Minister says he’s confident of 6.7pct growth goal

Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said he is confident economic growth this year will meet a goal of 6.7 percent without adding to inflation, despite weak expansion last

Philippines | Army makes gains in southern city under siege 

Philippine forces control most of a southern city where militants linked to the Islamic State group launched a bloody siege nearly a week ago, authorities said yesterday, as the

Indonesia | Police arrest 3 suspected militants after bombings 

Indonesian police said they arrested more suspected militants yesterday following suicide bombings in Jakarta last week that killed three policemen. Central Java Police spokesman Djarod Padakova said a man

Japan public split on idea to cite military in constitution 

Yasuhiro Nakasone makes a speech as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (seated left) listens to him during the annual rally on revising Japan's constitution Poll results released yesterday

Bank Indonesia sees 5.4pct growth this year as too optimistic

Indonesia’s central bank said economic growth of 5.4 percent this year is too optimistic and the nation should aspire for higher credit ratings to catch up with Southeast

Nepal celebrates anniversary of Mount Everest conquest 

Nepal's mountaineering community was celebrating the first conquest of Mount Everest 64 years ago yesterday, as well as this year's climbing season during which hundreds scaled the world's

N. Korean missile launch may be testing rivals, not technology 

North Korea's latest missile test yesterday may have less to do with perfecting its weapons technology than with showing U.S. and South Korean forces in the region that it can

Offbeat | Shark leaps into boat and lands on Australian fisherman

A 73-year-old Australian fisherman said yesterday that he caught a far bigger fish than he hoped for when a 2.7-meter (9-foot) great white shark leapt into his boat, knocking him

The Buzz | Macau: Sonia Chan visits Vietnam aiming for judicial cooperation

The Secretary for Administration and Justice, Sonia Chan, is currently touring Vietnam, following an invitation from the country’s Ministry of Public Security, a statement from her office said. The

India imposes security lockdown in Kashmir

Government forces enforced a strict curfew in parts of Indian-controlled Kashmir yesterday, a day after the killing of a prominent rebel commander by Indian soldiers sparked massive protests

South Korea confirms fishing crew’s safety after hijack scare 

South Korea said Saturday that it has confirmed the safety of crew members from a fishing vessel that had lost contact in waters off Somalia, prompting Seoul to dispatch

Philippines pounds militants as civilians found shot dead 

Philippine forces found the bodies of what appeared to be eight executed civilians as authorities launched fresh airstrikes yesterday to drive militants linked to the Islamic State group

Charges: Sex traffickers took hundreds from Thailand to US

Hundreds of women were brought from Thailand to the U.S. and forced to be “modern day sex slaves,” according to an indictment unsealed last week that charges high-level members

Myanmar, having warmed to the West, turns to China again 

Myanmar was supposed to turn away from China and toward the West when the United States helped the Southeast Asian country make the transition to a civilian government after

Philippines | Soldiers try to restore order in besieged city

Army tanks packed with soldiers rolled into a southern Philippine city yesterday to try to restore control after ISIS-linked militants launched a violent siege that sent thousands of