THE BUZZ: Singapore removes gay penguin book from libraries

Singapore authorities have withdrawn from libraries two children's books featuring same-sex couples, sparking controversy amid a debate on gay rights in the conservative city-state, BBC News reported. “And Tango Makes Three”

JAPAN | Hollywood ‘Godzilla’ finally stomps ‘home’

Yuri Kageyama, Tokyo Tokyo is rolling out the red carpet for Hollywood's "Godzilla" remake although the nation that gave birth to the fire-breathing monster is seeing the latest movie after it

PHILIPPINES | Police nab Taiwanese, Chinese linked to scam

Jim  Gomez, Manila Philippine police arrested 44 foreigners who allegedly ran an online blackmail syndicate that defrauded victims in China and Taiwan by duping them into believing that their bank accounts have been used by

Chinese man abducted in Malaysia freed

A Chinese citizen kidnapped in the eastern Malaysian state of Sabah a month ago has been freed, the official Xinhua News Agency and a Malaysian newspaper reported yesterday. Quoting an unnamed

INDONESIA | Both rivals claim victory in election

Niniek Karmini, Jakarta According to the three most reputable quick-count surveys, soft-spoken Jakarta Gov. Joko Widodo won the election in Southeast Asia's largest economy with 52 percent of the vote, but

THAILAND | Raid by police exposes human trafficking ring

A raid at a palm plantation in southern Thailand exposed a ring that trafficked Myanmar's ethnic minority Rohingya Muslims into the country, police said yesterday. The raid on Saturday came two

MYANMAR | Camp baby a brief chapter in painful story

Esther Htusan, Sittwe Hours after Shamshu Nahad gave birth to her second child, a beautiful baby girl, her husband was digging its grave. The tiny corpse, wrapped in white cloth, was placed

Australia, Japan sign free trade, defense deals

Kristen Gelineau, Sydney Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe met with his Australian counterpart yesterday to sign agreements bolstering defense and trade ties between the countries. The defense deal, which involves the transfer

INDONESIA | Country divided in close presidential race

Niniek Karmini, Jakarta As the world's third-largest democracy prepares to elect a new president today, Indonesians are divided between two very different choices: a one-time furniture maker and a wealthy ex-army

JAPAN | Powerful typhoon pounds Okinawa islands

A powerful typhoon pummeled the southern Japanese islands of Okinawa yesterday, paralyzing transport and prompting U.S. forces based there to cancel all outdoor activity. The Okinawan government said 10 people were

Gandhi to join Churchill, Mandela in London square

Katy Daigle, New Delhi A statue of India’s pacifist freedom fighter Mohandas K. Gandhi will be placed in London’s Parliament Square alongside other famous statesmen, including his political adversary Winston Churchill,

SRI LANKA | Hardline Buddhists want Pope Francis to apologize

Bharatha Mallawarachi, Colombo A Buddhist group accused of instigating recent attacks on Muslims in Sri Lanka says Pope Francis must apologize to Buddhists for atrocities allegedly committed by Christian colonial rulers of

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Australia returns asylum seekers to Sri Lanka

Kristen Gelineau, Sydney Australia’s government confirmed yesterday that it had handed over a boatload of asylum seekers to Sri Lankan authorities in a transfer at sea, drawing outrage from human rights

KOREAS | North to send cheering squad to South’s Asian Games

North Korea said yesterday it will send a cheering squad to the coming Asian Games in rival South Korea that its athletes plan to attend. A North Korean statement said the