Afghanistan | Taliban claims deadly Helmand blast, at least 29 dead

The Taliban claimed responsibility for a powerful suicide car bomb that killed at least 29 people, mostly civilians, yesterday in southern Helmand province. In an email,

Australia | Canberra lifts suspension of airstrikes against IS in Syria 

Australia said yesterday it had lifted a suspension of its airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria that was imposed amid tensions with Russia after a U.S. fighter jet shot down

Thailand | Line messaging digital theme park to open in Bangkok

The text-messaging service Line plans to inaugurate an indoor digital theme park in Thailand’s capital, seeking to squeeze maximum advantage from its popularity

Philippine rebels escape from school after hostages freed

Muslim rebels fled after freeing dozens of hostages from a school in a southern Philippine village yesterday and were being pursued by army troops, as a daylong

Australia: US vetting of Pacific island refugees nearly done

U.S. officials are “in the final stages” of vetting up to 1,250 refugees rejected by Australia for resettlement in the United States, an Australian official said yesterday.

Toshiba chooses | US-Japan bidder for memory chip biz sale

Money-losing Toshiba Corp. said yesterday that it has chosen a U.S.-Japan consortium as the preferred bidder in the sale of its lucrative memory chip business,

Singapore arrests two police over plan to join Syria conflict 

A Singapore auxiliary police officer who planned to join the armed conflict against Syria’s government has been arrested along with one of his colleagues, the Home Affairs Ministry said Tuesday.

Warship clash site known for congested traffic 

The site of a fatal collision between a U.S. Navy destroyer and a container ship off Japan’s coast is notorious for congested sea traffic, particularly during the night when

Warmbier | Trump calls North Korea ‘brutal’ after US student’s death 

President Donald Trump is calling North Korea a “brutal regime” following the death of American college student Otto Warmbier. Trump says, “Lot of bad things happened but at least we

New Zealand | English faces questions over alleged secret tapes

Three months away from an election, New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English is facing awkward questions about how he handled a lawmaker who is accused of making secret recordings and then

India | No-meat, no-lust advice for pregnant women ridiculed

India’s government is advising pregnant women to avoid all meat, eggs and lusty thoughts. Doctors say the advice is preposterous, and even dangerous, considering India’s already-poor record with maternal

Myanmar | Court gives exorcist death for killing three children

A  court in Myanmar sentenced a self-styled exorcist to death yesterday for killing three children during a ritual he carried out after telling their parents their offspring were

Dried lizard penises from India sold as good luck charms

Wildlife investigators from India and Britain said yesterday they have uncovered an international fraud in which dried penises of endangered monitor lizards are being sold as a

Pakistan | Journalists under fire from many sides

Bakhsheesh Elahi was waiting for the morning bus when a lone gunman on a motorcycle pulled up beside him and shot him dead. Rana Tanveer had

Japan | Coast guard investigates delay in reporting US Navy ship collision

Japan’s coast guard is investigating why it took nearly an hour for a deadly collision between a U.S. Navy destroyer and a container ship to be reported.

Indonesia | Four foreign inmates escape from Bali prison

Four foreign inmates escaped early yesterday from a prison on the Indonesian resort island of Bali, police said. Prison officers became aware of the escape

IS threat in Southeast Asia raises alarm in Washington

Southeast Asia’s jihadis who fought by the hundreds for the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria now have a different battle closer to home in the

Navy stops search for 7 missing sailors after bodies found

The search for seven U.S. Navy sailors missing after their destroyer collided with a container ship off Japan was called off yesterday after several bodies were found in the