Singapore | City’s founder hospitalized with pneumonia

Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s founding father, has been hospitalized for severe pneumonia, the Prime Minister’s Office said. Lee, 91, was admitted to Singapore General Hospital on Feb. 5, the office said in a statement Saturday.

India | Head of UN climate panel skips meeting amid harassment case

The Indian leader of the U.N.’s expert panel on climate change has pulled out of a key meeting in Nairobi while pledging to cooperate with New Delhi police investigating allegations

Maldives | Authorities arrest ex-president for his move against judge

Maldives authorities arrested former President and current opposition leader Mohamed Nasheed yesterday, ordering him to stand trial for his 2012 decision to arrest a senior judge. Nasheed’s supporters protested in the

Afghanistan | Dialogue with Taliban could begin in March

After more than a decade of warfare, negotiations between the Afghan government and the Taliban are set to begin, officials, diplomats and experts said as President Ashraf Ghani declared that

Nature | Filthy India air cutting 660 million lives short by 3 years

India’s filthy air is cutting 660 million lives short by about three years, according to research published Saturday that underlines the hidden costs of the country’s heavy reliance on fossil

Philippines | Muslim rebels return 16 firearms of slain Filipino commandos 

Muslim guerrillas returned to the Philippine government yesterday at least 16 assault firearms of police anti-terror commandos who were killed in what the insurgents say was a “misencounter” that has

INDIA | Modi’s uniquely monogrammed suit to be auctioned for charity

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s dark suit with its unique monogram pinstripes went up for auction yesterday in his home state of Gujarat, officials said. The money raised in the three-day

Bangladesh | Tribunal gives death sentence to 1971 war collaborator

A special tribunal dealing with war crimes involving Bangladesh’s 1971 independence war convicted and sentenced a leading collaborator to death yesterday for crimes including mass killing, arson and looting. The head judge of

Myanmar | Gov’t puts army in charge in troubled Kokang region 

Myanmar granted its military unprecedented powers to deal with fighting between ethnic minority rebels and government troops in the Kokang region, after week-long clashes left dozens of soldiers dead and

Afghanistan | UN finds 22 percent rise in civilian casualties 

The number of civilians killed or wounded in fighting in Afghanistan climbed by 22 percent in 2014 to reach the highest level in five years as foreign troops concluded their combat mission,

Indonesia | Jakarta postpones moving of Australian drug convicts for execution 

Indonesia has postponed the transfer of eight convicted drug smugglers, including seven foreigners, to a prison island for execution due to technical problems and to allow the two Australians among

Sri Lanka | UN council endorses delay to war crimes report 

The United Nations Human Rights Council on Monday delayed by six months the release of a report into alleged war crimes committed during Sri Lanka’s civil war, a move sought by the country’s

Myanmar | Tens of thousands of ethnic refugees flee to China

Tens of thousands of refugees from Myanmar’s ethnic region of Kokang have fled into the neighboring Chinese province of Yunnan over the past week amid fighting between militant rebels and

North Korea | Pyongyang threatens strong response to DC rights meeting 

North Korea said it would respond “very strongly” to a conference in Washington yesterday about its widespread human rights abuses and says the United States ignored Pyongyang’s offer to attend and defend

The Buzz | Taiwan’s economy up 3.74 pct in 2014

Taiwan’s economy saw its fastest growth rate in almost three years after strong local demand and steady exports drove a 3.74 percent expansion in 2014, official data showed yesterday. GDP last

Russia | Putin fearing subservience to China casts wider Asia net

  Boxed in by the U.S. and its allies, faced with an uneasy relationship with China and needing new friends and income, Russia is popping up everywhere in Asia. A new strategic agreement with

Japan | Economy makes meek exit from recession 

  After stumbling out of recession last quarter, Japan’s economy looks set to do something familiar this year: slumber. Helped by higher exports, the country’s GDP grew an annualized 2.2 percent in the last

Sri Lanka’s new president makes India his 1st visit abroad

  Sri Lanka's new leader is underlining India's importance as a regional ally by making it his first official foreign destination as president, following years of increasingly uneasy relations with New

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