THAILAND | Edible insects a boon to poor farmers

Depending solely on the rains to either yield a good rice crop or leave their fields dry and barren, farmers in this village in northeastern Thailand, the country’s poorest region,

THAILAND | Junta leader assumes prime minister post

Thailand’s junta leader, who seized power in a military coup three months ago, officially assumed his new post as prime minister yesterday following an endorsement from the country’s monarch. During a ceremony

VIETNAM | Gov’t sends envoy to China to smooth tensions

Vietnam is sending a senior Communist party official to China this week to try to rebuild relations badly bit by Beijing’s decision to deploy an oil rig in waters claimed by Hanoi

INDIA | Stampede at Hindu holy procession kills 10

  A pre-dawn stampede killed 10 people yesterday as tens of thousands of Hindus were worshipping in an annual procession in central India, police said. Some 50,000 devotees had been marking the holy

THAILAND | Interpol seeks clues to ‘baby factory’ case

Interpol said it has launched a multinational investigation into what Thailand has dubbed the “Baby Factory” case: a 24-year-old Japanese businessman who has 16 surrogate babies and an alleged desire

JAPAN | Hiroshima mudslide death toll rises to 50

  The death toll from mudslides in Hiroshima rose to 50 yesterday as rescue workers resumed searching for survivors. Thirty-eight people remained unaccounted for as of 8 a.m., according to Hiroshima police.

HEALTH | Noodles: Friend or foe? S. Koreans defend diet 

Kim Min-koo has an easy reply to new American research that hits South Korea where it hurts — in the noodles. Drunk and hungry just after dawn, he rips the

THAILAND | Junta leader nominated as next prime minister 

Three months after overthrowing Thailand’s last elected government, this Southeast Asian nation’s junta leader is stepping out of his army uniform for good — to take up the post of prime minister

JAPAN | 36 dead, 7 missing in Hiroshima landslide

Rain-sodden slopes collapsed in torrents of mud, rock and debris yesterday in the outskirts of Hiroshima, killing at least 36 people and leaving seven missing, police said. Public broadcaster NHK showed

NORTH KOREA | Pyongyang calls John Kerry ‘wolf with a hideous lantern jaw’

In its latest personal attack on a prominent official from a rival country, North Korea yesterday called U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry a wolf with a “hideous lantern jaw.” North Korea has unleashed

PAKISTAN | Lawmakers meet amid mass protests 

Pakistani lawmakers met yesterday as tens of thousands of protesters thronged outside the assembly calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif over alleged voting fraud. Sharif and other lawmakers

INDIA | Poachers now threaten lesser-known animals 

Wildlife poachers, hindered by India’s efforts to protect majestic endangered animals including tigers and rhinos, have begun to think smaller. And activists say scores of the country’s lesser-known species are vanishing from

AUSTRALIA | Tycoon lawmaker calls Chinese ‘bastards’ and ‘mongrels’ in TV tirade

A larger-than-life Australian mining magnate turned lawmaker, Clive Palmer, was widely accused yesterday of threatening Australia’s relationship with its biggest trading partner through an extraordinary tirade against China. The 60-year-old multi-millionaire called

PAKISTAN | Opposition gears for march on parliament 

Tensions rose in the Pakistani capital yesterday as an opposition rally prepared to march toward the Parliament and government headquarters in Islamabad later in the day and authorities beefed up

ANALYSIS | Francis gets crash course on Korea issue 

THE VIEW FROM THE PAPAL PLANE In a whirlwind five-day trip to South Korea, Pope Francis beatified 124 martyrs, kissed almost as many babies and rallied thousands of Asian youth. It might

PHILIPPINES | Manila protests Chinese ‘sovereignty patrols’

The Philippines will file a new diplomatic protest with China complaining about frequent patrols by Chinese ships in the South China Sea, the Department of Foreign Affairs said yesterday. The department’s spokesman, Charles Jose, said