Briefs | Pence wraps up Aussie visit in Sydney

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence has wrapped up his visit to Australia with a boat cruise around Sydney Harbour and a tour of the iconic Sydney Opera House.

China, Philippines argue over defense chief’s island visit 

China has protested the visit by Manila’s defense and military chiefs to a disputed island in the South China Sea, but the Philippine government maintained Saturday that it

Stolen plaque in Thailand a sign of antidemocratic sentiment 

It’s a whodunit worthy of a Dan Brown novel: a small bronze plaque commemorating Thailand’s 1932 revolution is ripped out from a very public place by parties unknown and substituted

N.Korea detains US citizen; at least 3rd American being held

North Korea recently detained a U.S. citizen, officials said yesterday, in the latest case of an American being held in the country. The Swedish Embassy in Pyongyang said

The Buzz | Duterte: ‘Give me vinegar and salt, I’ll eat his liver’

The Philippine president has warned that he can be 50 times more brutal than Muslim extremists, saying he’d even eat them if they’re captured alive by troops.

Coca-Cola in North Korea? It’s (usually not) the Real Thing

Coca-Cola is possibly the world’s most recognizable brand, an almost inescapable symbol of the global appeal of American-style consumer culture. There are only two countries in the world

VP Pence praises Indonesia’s democratic, tolerant values

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence praised Indonesia’s democracy and moderate form of Islam yesterday alongside the president of the world’s most populous Muslim nation, reinforcing his message with a

This Day in History | 1975 – Vietnam’s President Thieu resigns

The President of South Vietnam has been forced to resign accusing the United States of betrayal. In a TV and radio address, outgoing President Nguyen Van

Offbeat | Indian officials to lose red beacon lights atop their cars

India’s officialdom is set to come down a notch. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Cabinet announced this week that the red beacon lights that announce the

India | Ruling party leaders face trial in 1992 mosque attack

India’s top court yesterday ordered four senior leaders of the ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party to stand trial over a 1992 attack on an ancient mosque

Philippines | Passengers scream as bus plunges in ravine, killing 31

Passengers were screaming in horror as the bus driver repeatedly hit the brakes, shouting they weren’t working, before the vehicle plunged into a ravine in the

Japan | Pence to Kim: ‘The sword stands ready’

From the wind-swept deck of a massive aircraft carrier, Vice President Mike Pence yesterday warned North Korea not to test the resolve of the U.S. military, promising

Indonesia | Early results show defeat for Jakarta’s Christian governor

Unofficial results showed the minority Christian governor of the Indonesian capital was resoundingly defeated yesterday by his Muslim challenger who swept up votes by appealing to a

Philippines | Duterte offers bounty for extremists in foiled island attack

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte offered a bounty yesterday for the capture of Muslim extremists behind a foiled attack on a central resort island, and said he ordered

Philippines | At least 26 dead as bus plunges into ravine

At least 26 people died yesterday when the bus they were traveling in apparently lost its brakes and plunged into a deep ravine in a northern Philippine

Australia | PM scraps visa for skilled foreign workers

Australia will scrap a temporary visa for skilled overseas workers, the prime minister said yesterday, arguing that Australians must be given priority over foreigners for local jobs.