Defense secretary says US opening new phase of Asia pivot

The Obama administration is opening a new phase of its strategic "rebalance" toward Asia and the Pacific by investing in high-end weapons such as a new long-range stealth bomber, refreshing

Thailand | 4 men killed in raid in the south were not insurgents

Officials in Thailand's violence-plagued south say four men who were killed during a recent raid by government security forces were not insurgents, and that the authorities involved should be prosecuted. Police

Malaysia | Parliament revives detention without trial with new law

Malaysia revived detention without trial when lawmakers approved an anti-terror law yesterday that the government said was needed to fight Islamic militants, but critics assailed as a giant step backward

Philippines | Gunmen abduct mayor of coastal town in Zamboanga

Armed men have abducted the mayor of a southern Philippine town from her house and fled with her on motorboats, officials said yesterday. Five armed men kidnapped Mayor Gemma Adana of

Aviation Crisis | Fast-growing Asian air travel confronts safety challenges

For Asia's aviation industry, the growing pains have just begun. A year of disasters, the dis-­appearance of Flight 370 and financial turbulence highlight the challenges confronting the world's biggest air travel

India | Modi blames changing lifestyles for rising pollution

With his government rolling out a new Air Quality Index to 10 of the nation's cities, Modi urged Indians to curtail waste and conserve resources even as they become wealthier,

Indonesia | Court rejects appeal by Australian drug smugglers

  An Indonesian court yesterday rejected appeals by two Australian drug traffickers who challenged President Joko Widodo's decision to refuse them clemency and spare their lives. The complaints by Myuran Sukumaran and

Bangladesh court upholds death penalty for war collaborator

A Bangladeshi court yesterday turned down the last legal appeal by an Islamist party official convicted of collaborating in 1971 war crimes and upheld his death sentence. The decision by the

Organized crime Canada police: 7 arrested in massive Asian prostitution ring

Seven members of an Asia-based organized crime syndicate have been arrested for exploiting more than 500 women mostly from China and Korea in a prostitution ring that spanned Canada, authorities

Defense | US hopes Japan navy will be more active in Pacific

Even as Japan remains divided over proposed changes in the role it should play in regional security issues, senior U.S. and Japanese military officers say they hope the Japanese navy

Super typhoon weakens after entering Philippines

  A super typhoon blamed for the deaths of at least four people on islands in the western Pacific Ocean has weakened after reaching Philippine waters and is expected to further

Vietnam | Thousands strike at Nike, Adidas shoe factory

Several thousand people at the Taiwanese-owned Pou Yuen factory in southern Ho Chi Minh City began the stoppage last Thursday. Pou Yuen Vietnam, which employs more than 80,000 workers, is

Thailand | Junta to replace martial law with absolute power

Thailand is about to lift martial law. But make no mistake — 10 months after staging a coup, a military junta is still ruling the country, essentially with absolute power,

The Invisible Man | Adoptee from South Korea faces deportation from US

More than three decades ago, a 3-year-old South Korean boy and his sister flew to the U.S. to become the adopted children of American citizens, but their life together didn't

South Korea | Man charged in knife attack on US envoy

South Korean prosecutors yesterday indicted a man who slashed the U.S. ambassador in Seoul last month on charges of attempted murder. Kim Ki-jong, 55, was also indicted on charges of assaulting

Crime | Indonesian prosecutors seek up to 18-year term for US couple

  Indonesian prosecutors yesterday sought jail sentences of 18 years for an American man and 15 years for his girlfriend if they are found guilty of murdering the woman’s mother while

Japan | Tokyo ward 1st in the country to recognize same sex marriage

Fumino Sugiyama will finally be able to marry his girlfriend of four years. He couldn’t before, because same sex marriages weren’t recognized in Japan, and he is legally a woman. With

Singapore | Teen charged for video attacking Lee, Christianity

In the eight-minute clip that was posted on YouTube, 16-year-old Amos Yee Pang Sang said that Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s first prime minister, and Jesus Christ were both “malicious,” among

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