KOREAS | Together at Asian Games, North and South still far apart 

When the first world record fell at the Asian Games — to a North Korean weightlifter — elated South Korean fans pounded drums and stood to cheer. Away from the stadiums,

AUSTRALIA | Abbott warns jihadists they face prison 

Australia’s prime minister warned yesterday that Australians who fight with the Islamic State group in the Middle East will be “jailed for a very long time” when they return home

INDIA | Tiger kills boy who climbed zoo enclosure

A white tiger killed a young man who climbed over a fence at the New Delhi zoo and jumped into the animal’s enclosure yesterday, a spokesman said. Despite repeated warnings that he shouldn’t

28 dead in landslides, floods in northeast India 

Landslides and flash floods triggered by two days of heavy rain have killed at least 28 people in India’s remote northeast, officials said yesterday. At least 14 people have been killed

The Buzz | Lunches dumped to avoid food-poisoning scare

Asian Games organizers discarded 76 packaged lunches prepared for athletes after inspectors found salmonella in meat samples on the weekend. Bruce Lee from the games’ organizing committee in Incheon said

INEQUALITY | Affluence eludes poor crowding into Asian cities 

Down a concrete path, between rail tracks that buzz with each approaching train and a river choked by plastic and raw sewage, Asih Binti Arif cradles her baby and reflects

AUSTRALIA | Gov’t to prohibit secret service torture 

The Australian government has bent to public pressure by proposing a specific prohibition on secret service officers torturing suspected terrorists. The government had planned to indemnify Australian Security Intelligence Organization officers

AFGHANISTAN | New leader to name woman to Supreme Court 

Afghanistan’s new president-elect says he wants Afghan women represented at the highest levels of government, including on the Supreme Court. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai planned to hold his first news conference later yesterday

AFGHANISTAN | Presidential candidates sign unity deal 

Afghanistan’s two presidential candidates signed a power-sharing deal yesterday, capped with a hug and a handshake, three months after a disputed runoff that threatened to plunge the country into turmoil

NEW ZEALAND | Prime minister wins landslide 3rd term in office

Prime Minister John Key won an emphatic victory Saturday in New Zealand’s general election to return for a third term, a result that will be seen as an endorsement of the way

AUSTRALIA | Gov’t targets returning foreign fighters with new ‘terror law’

Australia, after conducting its largest ever anti-terrorism operation last week, plans to introduce a law to empower authorities to charge returning foreign fighters and those urging citizens to engage in

TERRORISM | Australian police raids thwart beheading plot 

Police said they thwarted a plot to carry out beheadings in Australia by supporters of the radical Islamic State group by detaining 15 people and raiding more than a dozen

THAILAND | Junta leader apologizes for bikini comment

The bodies of the man and woman were found bludgeoned on the scenic resort island of Koh Tao on Monday, dealing another blow to a tourist industry which has been

INDIA | Delhi, Beijing vow cooperation as border troops face off 

Indian and Chinese troops faced off along their Himalayan border yesterday as the countries’ leaders held a rare meeting in New Delhi, promising to boost economic cooperation and substantially increase Chinese investment

Harassment cases blighting Asian Games countdown

A second sexual harassment case at the Asian Games was being investigated by South Korea police yesterday, two days before the opening ceremony. Police asked prosecutors to indict a 19-year-old Palestinian

KOREAS | US man held for alleged attempt to swim to rival North

South Korean border guards arrested an American man who they believe was attempting to swim across a river into rival North Korea, a South Korean defense official said yesterday. The man

FIJI | Excitement and relief in landmark election 

There was excitement among thousands of voters and relief from the international community yesterday as Fijians cast ballots in a landmark election they hope will end more than a quarter-century

THAILAND | Police conduct autopsies on slain Britons

Police in Thailand said yesterday they have conducted autopsies on two British tourists whose bludgeoned bodies were found on a scenic resort island this week. DNA samples have also been collected from several people who