In eye of storm, N. Koreans fete leader’s birthday

Unaware of reports his eldest son — and current leader Kim Jong Un’s half brother — was killed just days ago in what appears to have been

The North Korean Mata Haris

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News of the world | North Korean and its long history of using women spies

A South Korean passenger plane that exploded off the coast of Southeast Asia. Army officers lured into sexual encounters. A secret agent spirited back to North Korea in a

Two women, one man arrested in Kim Jong Nam’s death in Malaysia

Two women and a man have been arrested in the killing of Kim Jong Nam, the North Korean leader's half brother who was reportedly poisoned this week by a pair

Indonesia | Unofficial tally points to second vote for Jakarta’s governor

Unofficial counts indicate the acrimonious election for the Indonesian capital’s governor will head to a second round in April with the incumbent, a minority Christian, failing to secure the 50 percent needed

Cambodia | Briton arrested in slaying at Pattaya resort town

A British man suspected of involvement in the gangland-style slaying of another Briton in the Thai resort town of Pattaya has been arrested, Cambodian authorities said yesterday.

New Zealand | Wildfires prompt hundreds of evacuations

Hundreds of people in New Zealand’s second-largest city were evacuated from their homes yesterday as wildfires burned down several houses and threatened to encroach further into some suburbs.

Australia | Sri Lankan prime minister says refugees safe to come home

Sri Lankan asylum seekers held on Pacific island camps who could potentially find new lives in the United States are free to return home without fear of persecution, Sri

South Korea | Investigators seek arrest of Samsung heir again

South Korean prosecutors are attempting for a second time to arrest Samsung’s de facto leader, who faces bribery allegations in connection with a massive political scandal.

Mongolia | Gov’t nationalize mine, prompts warning on investors

Mongolian lawmakers have told the government to revoke a private company’s purchase of a stake in a major copper mine, prompting the president to warn they might

Indonesia | Defeat for Ahok in Jakarta would further embolden hard-liners

Residents of Jakarta vote today in an election for governor that has become a high-stakes tussle between conservative and moderate forces in the world’s most populous Muslim nation.

UN Security Council strongly condemns North Korea missile test

The U.N. Security Council strongly condemned North Korea over its latest ballistic missile launches and warned of “further significant measures” if Pyongyang doesn’t stop nuclear and missile

Offbeat | Thailand hands out prenatal vitamins for Valentine’s Day

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the Thai government is handing out pills it calls “very magical vitamins” to prospective mothers to boost the country’s falling birthrate.

Rights group says Pakistan forcing Afghan refugees home

In a scathing indictment of Pakistan’s treatment of Afghan refugees, a human rights group charged yesterday that the country is forcing hundreds of thousands of Afghan refugees

Malaysian ship with aid for Rohingya arriving in Bangladesh

A  Malaysian aid ship was heading to a Bangladeshi port yesterday bringing relief goods for some of the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who’ve fled Myanmar.

UN Security Council meeting sought over North Korea missile test

The United States, Japan and South Korea have requested urgent diplomatic talks at the United Nations yesterday over North Korea’s latest ballistic missile launch, with Seoul condemning