East Timor vote highlights young nation’s uneven progress

Almost two dozen parties are contesting parliamentary elections in East Timor this weekend that are likely to return independence heroes to power despite frustration in the young

Philippines | Duterte flies to besieged city, warns of other attacks

The Philippine president flew for the first time yesterday to a besieged southern city to cheer troops who have been trying to quell a nearly

AP Interview | Philippine rebel refuses to broker for militants

The leader of the Philippines’ largest Muslim rebel group says Islamic State-linked militants wanted his group to broker their possible withdrawal from Marawi city during the

Indonesia | Hizbut group seeking global caliphate banned

The Indonesian government yesterday banned Hizbut Tahrir, an Islamic organization that wants to establish a global caliphate, under a new presidential decree criticized as draconian by

Korea | Police examining if defector returned to North willingly

Police in South Korea’s capital yesterday began investigating how a North Korean woman who defected in 2014 and made South Korean TV appearances ended up

Thailand | Army general convicted of human trafficking

A Thai army general was one of the most prominent figures found guilty yesterday in a major human trafficking trial that included more than 103 defendants accused

Japan says this is a time to raise pressure on North Korea

Japan called Monday for increased pressure on North Korea, saying this is not a time for dialogue. Government spokesman Norio Maruyama said North Korea reached

Indonesia | Parliament speaker denies corruption allegations

The speaker of Indonesia’s parliament, once hailed by President Donald Trump as one of Indonesia’s most powerful men, has denied any wrongdoing after being named

Philippines | Duterte asks Congress to extend martial law

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has asked Congress to extend martial law in the southern third of the country until the end of the year because

Australia | Second senator quits because of dual citizenship

A second Australian senator in less than a week said yesterday she was quitting Parliament after discovering she was a dual national and had therefore never

Offbeat | US YouTube star in Thailand finds coin stunt falls flat

An American expat in Thailand who is a YouTube star with 3.29 million subscribers is in hot water for posting a video of an age-old practice among kids:

This Day in Hhistory | 1965 – South Korea’s first president dies in exile

The former leader of the Republic of South Korea, Syngman Rhee, has died in exile in the US state of Hawaii at the age of 90. In

Aged Portuguese mansion a window into India colonial history

Age sits lightly on the sprawling, 4-centuries- old Figueiredo Mansion. The home is a lived-in repository of memories tracing to the days when the west-coast Indian

India | Lawmakers choose president, likely a Hindu BJP ally 

Lawmakers voted yesterday to choose India’s next president in an election widely expected to be won by a little-known member of a Hindu political group closely

Two killed as soldiers trade fire in Kashmir

An Indian army soldier and a child were killed yesterday after Pakistani troops opened fire across a cease-fire line dividing the troubled region between India and Pakistan,

Amid disputes, Indonesia renames part of South China Sea

Indonesia has named waters in its exclusive economic zone that overlap with China’s expansive claim to the South China Sea as the North Natuna Sea, an assertion of

S. Korea offers talks on tension, family reunions with North

South Korea yesterday offered talks with North Korea to ease animosities along their tense border and resume reunions of families separated by their war in the

Afghanistan | UN reports rise in war deaths, blames insurgents

Afghanistan’s protracted war killed a record number of civilians during the first six months of this year, according to a U.N. report released yesterday, which blamed