Chinese military conducts drill near Myanmar border

China has conducted military exercises near its border with Myanmar, where fighting between the regular army and ethnic rebels has flared in recent months. The annual training

Myanmar | Armed Rohingya militants deny terrorist links

An armed militant group fighting Myanmar’s government on behalf of the country’s Muslim Rohingya minority has issued a statement asserting its right to self-defense and denying links to any terrorist group.

Nuke Testing 101 | How, and why, North Korea tests its bombs

Let’s say you’re North Korea and you have this nuclear device you really want to test. And let’s say you’d rather some of the more sensitive details remain private. Physicists, geologists, imagery analysts, some

Australia | Powerful cyclone slams into tropical northeast

A powerful cyclone packing winds of up to 260 kilometers per hour roared across Australia’s tropical northeast yesterday, uprooting trees, tearing down fences and knocking out power to

Thailand Red Bull heir enjoys jet-set life four years after hit-and-run

The Ferrari driver who allegedly slammed into a motorcycle cop, dragged him along the road and then sped away from the mangled body took just hours to

Australia | Residents begin evacuating ahead of cyclone

Thousands of people began evacuating low-lying areas of Australia’s tropical northeast yesterday as a powerful cyclone bore down on the coast. Cyclone Debbie was expected to cross the

Japan | Avalanche kills 7 students, instructor

An avalanche killed seven Japanese high school students and an instructor yesterday during a mountaineering field trip at a ski resort north of Tokyo, authorities said.Nearly

South Korea | State prosecutors push to arrest ousted president Park

South Korean prosecutors said yesterday that they want to arrest former President Park Geun-hye over the corruption allegations that triggered a huge political scandal and toppled

Hollande: Europe can beat protectionism by working with Asia

French President Francois Hollande said yesterday that European countries can fight protectionism in trade and other forms by standing united and reaching out to Asia. Speaking

France looks to strengthen ties with Singapore

French President Francois Hollande, on an official visit to Singapore, expressed a desire yesterday to strengthen France’s partnership with the Southeast Asian city-state. “France considers Singapore not only for

UN rights council approves fact finding mission in Myanmar

The U.N.-backed Human Rights Council on Friday approved a resolution by consensus to “dispatch urgently” an international fact-finding mission to Myanmar to probe alleged abuses by military and security

Report examines grim Bangladesh leather trade, links to West 

Hazardous, heavily polluting tanneries, with workers as young as 14, supplied leather to companies that make shoes and handbags for a host of Western brands, a nonprofit

Offbeat | 11 endangered wild elephants rescued from mud in Cambodia

Eleven endangered wild elephants were rescued in Cambodia on Saturday, four days after getting stuck in a 3-meter-deep mud hole, officials said. The animals were rescued in

China blocks outspoken academic from returning to Australia 

An academic at an Australian university has been prevented by Chinese authorities from returning to Sydney because he’s suspected of endangering national security, his lawyer said yesterday.

Japan | Abe accused of giving cash for nationalistic school

The head of an ultra-nationalistic Japanese school operator at the center of a land and political scandal testified in parliament yesterday that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe donated 1 million

Singapore prime minister in Vietnam to up trade, investment

Vietnam and Singapore signed several business agreements yesterday during a visit by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong aimed at boosting the island state’s investment and trade with