South Korea | 5th person dies of MERS virus

A fifth person in South Korea has died of the MERS virus, as the government announced yesterday that it was strengthening measures to stem the spread of the disease and

Malaysia | Climber says ‘lucky to live’ as quake kills 13 

Rescuers on Malaysia’s highest peak yesterday searched for six climbers after recovering 13 dead from a strong earthquake that had trapped scores of trekkers. One survivor said she waited for

South Korea | People avoid hospitals as gov’t quiet on MERS

As South Korea continues to announce new cases of the Middle East respiratory syndrome, Seoul bank worker Lee Ji Hyun has decided to avoid hospitals until she’s sure she and

Asylum seekers | First 4 refugees rejected by Australia arrive in Cambodia

Four asylum seekers rejected by Australia started a new life in Cambodia yesterday, becoming the first to be resettled under a deal between the two nations that human rights advocates

Myanmar | Gov’t says migrants sought jobs, weren’t fleeing persecution 

Myanmar said yesterday that thousands of migrants left the country to seek better jobs elsewhere, and were not fleeing persecution, a day after bringing to shore about 730 migrants, the latest

South China Sea tensions | Aquino says Asia tensions remind him of pre-War Nazi Germany

Philippine President Benigno Aquino said the situation in Asia reminds him of the international community’s failure to contain Nazi Germany before World War II. Aquino made the remarks on a state

South Korea | Seoul test-fires missile that can strike all of N. Korea 

South Korea yesterday successfully test-fired a domestically built ballistic missile that can hit all of North Korea, an official said, amid continuing animosity between the rivals over the North’s push to bolster its

Afghanistan | Militant attack kills 9 Afghans working for Czech charity

Militants attacked a remote guesthouse and killed nine Afghans working for a Czech charity yesterday, as a new report by Brown University warned that almost 100,000 people have been killed

Migrant crisis | US official calls for Myanmar citizenship for Rohingya 

A senior U.S. official said Monday that resettlement in a third country is not the answer to the swelling tide of boat people in Southeast Asia and called for Myanmar

South Korea | Gov’t reports first 2 deaths from MERS virus

South Korea yesterday confirmed the country’s first two deaths from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome as it fights to contain the spread of a virus that has killed hundreds of people in the

Japan | Solar Impulse waits out weather before takeoff for Hawaii

Ultimately when it comes to adventure, however advanced the technology, the weather holds the trump card. A solar-powered plane attempting to circle the globe without a drop of fuel was sitting

North Korea | Holiday in socialist fairyland? Pyongyang woos tourists

If you’re still looking for somewhere exotic to go this summer and don’t mind a vacation that comes with a heavy dose of socialist propaganda and leader worship, North Korea says it’s

South Korea | More than 680 isolated over MERS virus fears

More than 680 people in South Korea are in isolation after having contact with those infected with a virus that has killed hundreds of people in the Middle East, health

Myanmar | Actor Matt Dillon puts rare celebrity spotlight on Rohingya

American actor Matt Dillon put a rare star-powered spotlight on Myanmar’s long-persecuted Rohingya Muslims, visiting a hot, squalid camp for tens of thousands displaced by violence and a port that

Aviation | Solar Impulse plane to land in Japan due to bad weather

A solar plane attempting to fly around the world without a drop of fuel was planning to make an unscheduled stop yesterday night in Nagoya, Japan, because of bad weather. Swiss

Nepal | Schools reopen in areas worst hit by quakes

Thousands of schools across the districts worst hit by two major earthquakes in Nepal reopened yesterday. With most school buildings damaged or unsafe, the Education Ministry ordered that classes be held

Aviation | Solo flight in solar plane sets off on longest leg to Hawaii

A Swiss pilot of a solar plane yesterday embarked on the longest leg of the first attempt to fly around the world without a drop of fuel. André Borschberg took off

India | Rain of little relief as heat toll nears 2,200

Despite hopes that weekend thundershowers would help end a raging heat wave in southern India, the rain brought only limited relief as the death toll since mid-April approached 2,200. Officials said

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