SOUTH CHINA SEA | Beijing moves oil rig out of waters Vietnam claims

China yesterday moved an oil rig out of waters claimed by Hanoi after two months of drilling that triggered a near-breakdown in ties between the neighbors and led to deadly

JAPAN | Nuclear plant deemed safe, nears restart

A Japanese nuclear plant won preliminary approval yesterday for meeting stringent post-Fukushima safety requirements, clearing a major hurdle toward becoming the first to restart under the tighter rules. The Nuclear Regulation

S KOREA | Naver says Line messenger app mulls IPO

Line Corp., the operator of a popular mobile messaging app, has submitted an IPO application to the Tokyo Stock Exchange but might also seek a New York listing, its parent

North Korea pushes farmers for more

Rim Ok Hua looks out over her patch of farm just across the Tumen River from China, where rows of lush, green young potato plants stretch into the distance. As North

CAMBODIA | About 40 injured at Phnom Penh opposition protest

Opposition demonstrators disarmed Cambodian security forces and beat them with batons and flag poles in the capital yesterday, and officials said at least 40 people were injured, mostly security forces. Police

RAMMASUN TO HIT SOUTH CHINA SEA TOMORROW | Hundreds of thousands flee in Philippines from typhoon

Still haunted by a deadly typhoon that struck last year, hundreds of thousands of villagers fled from disaster-prone areas yesterday as a typhoon blew closer toward the northeastern Philippines, where

JAPAN | Underground lab tackles nuclear waste issue

Reindeer farms and grazing Holstein cows dot a vast stretch of rolling green pasture here on Japan’s northern tip. Underground it’s a different story. Workers and scientists have carved a sprawling

CAMBODIA | Copter crash kills 2 military generals

Two generals who led the helicopter unit of Cambodia’s air force were killed in a crash yesterday, along with two pilots, police said. Defense Minister Tea Banh, who rushed to

NORTH KOREA | Testing weapons much more than in past

Another day, another defiant weapons test from North Korea. A day after launching two ballistic missiles from a base near the border with archrival South Korea, Pyongyang yesterday fired a barrage of

Philippines braces for floods from tropical storm

The Philippines was bracing for possible floods and landslides as a tropical storm continued to strengthen yesterday as it moved closer to the country’s eastern seaboard. Tropical Storm Rammasun was expected

NIUE | Anybody home? Pacific island hit by exodus

It was a school once, but there are no children here anymore. The lonely building on this remote Pacific island now contains only a punching bag that someone has strung

Australia says new Japanese ties won’t slow China trade deal

Australia’s agreements with Japan over security and commerce aren’t hampering efforts to strike a free-trade deal this year with China, its biggest economic partner, according to Trade Minister Andrew Robb. Japan

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

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