Analysis | How Trump might shake things up in Asia

Donald Trump has offered views on U.S. relations with Asia that could indicate radical shifts in long-standing policy toward the region. From opposing free trade agreements to

Philippines | Duterte orders troops to blast militants and their hostages

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said he has ordered his troops to bomb extremists who flee with their captives in a bid to stop a wave of kidnappings at

Briefs | India: 21 people drown after boat capsizes

At least 21 people drowned and a dozen others were missing after their overcrowded boat capsized in a river in eastern India, police said yesterday. Nearly 50 people

Environment | Gadget mountain rising in Asia threatens health, environment

The waste from discarded electronic gadgets and electrical appliances has reached severe levels in East Asia, posing a growing threat to health and the environment unless safe

Indonesia, Japan affirm deeper ties during Abe’s Asian tour 

Japan and Indonesia yesterday affirmed a deepening of economic and political ties during a visit by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who is using a four-nation tour

Myanmar | Muslims hope UN envoy’s visit will bring change

Muslim villagers in western Myanmar’s troubled Rakhine state said yesterday that they hope positive change will result from a U.N. envoy’s visit to the region, where soldiers

Thailand | Changes to constitution on king powers approved

Thailand’s military- ruled legislature on Friday approved constitutional changes desired by the newly enthroned king that would reserve more powers for him. One change made by

Feature | Vietnam recalibrates as Trump and Duterte upset strategy

Vietnam is moving to firm up key relationships after the rise of unpredictable politicians in the U.S. and the Philippines upset its trade and security strategy. A trio of

Ex-UN chief back in S. Korea, hints at presidential bid

Former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said yesterday he’ll soon announce whether to run for South Korea’s top job as he returned home and strongly hinted at his political ambitions before

Abe starts 4-nation trip visiting Manila

Abe reaches out his hand beside his wife Aika as they arrive at Manila’s airport Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrived yesterday for a two-day visit to

No sign of Japan related radiation found in Alaska waters 

State officials have announced that tests of Alaska seafood continue to show no detectable amounts of radiation, five years after a deadly earthquake and tsunami set off

Indonesia | First billion-dollar startup races to kill cash

Go-Jek became Indonesia’s first billion-dollar startup by offering ride-hailing services that became ubiquitous in the country. Now the company is planning a second act in digital

Offbeat | India outraged over national flag doormats sold on Amazon 

India’s foreign minister demanded an apology Wednesday from Amazon.com Inc. for selling doormats depicting the Indian flag on the online shopping giant’s Canadian website. External Affairs Minister Sushma

Philippines to offer free contraceptives to poor

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered government agencies to ensure free access to contraceptives for 6 million women who cannot obtain them, officials said yesterday, in

Myanmar | Activists say thousands flee airstrikes, fighting

More than 3,000 people have fled airstrikes and heavy fighting in northern Myanmar since the weekend as the government tries to flush out rebel positions, activists said

Japan | Rural towns luring tax from Tokyo with beef and beer

Want a free case of craft beer? If you send 30,000 yen (USD260) or more of your taxes to the town of Yamanouchi in Nagano prefecture,