21 injured in clashes in Sri Lanka over China port deal 

At least 21 people were injured Saturday in violent clashes between Sri Lankan government supporters and villagers marching against what they say is a plan to take

Just another Sunday? North Korea low key on Kim’s birthday

North Korea marked Kim Jong Un’s birthday yesterday in a decidedly low-key manner. Though the young leader’s birthday is well-known throughout the country, it has yet to be

Tired of the cold wait, Nepal quake survivors rebuild

People who lost their homes in the devastating earthquake that hit Nepal nearly two years ago are tired of waiting for help to rebuild. The slow pace of

Singapore to deliver new growth map with economy under strain

Singapore is due to deliver a blueprint outlining strategies to boost the economy as the export-dependent nation seeks new growth engines. The Committee on the Future Economy will publish

South Korea | Court formally starts president’s impeachment trial

South Korea’s Constitutional Court yesterday began to hear oral arguments in the impeachment trial of President Park Geun-hye, who lawmakers voted to remove over a corruption scandal that saw

JAPAN | Bluefin tuna goes for USD632,000 in 1st Tsukiji auction of ‘17 

A Japanese sushi chain boss bid a winning 74.2 million yen (USD632,000) yesterday for a 212 kilogram bluefin tuna in what may be Tsukiji market’s last

Philippines | 34 of 158 inmates recaptured after jailbreak

Philippine security forces have recaptured 34 out of 158 inmates who escaped after suspected heavily armed Muslim rebels stormed a jail in the country’s south, officials said yesterday.

Uprooted by war, fearing troops, Myanmar girls learn karate

Every afternoon, dozens of teenage girls at the school for displaced children line up on the grounds, dressed in white uniforms with belts of various colors: yellow,

Xiaomi’s India sales pass USD1b as Chinese brands hold sway

Xiaomi Corp. surpassed USD1 billion in annual India revenue two years after selling its first smartphone in the country, as Chinese names begin to dominate

Offbeat | Flooding disrupts transit, spoils holidays in South Thailand

Flooding in southern Thailand has killed at least five people, disrupted transportation and spoiled tourists’ holidays at one of the country’s most popular resort islands.   An

Suspected rebels storm Philippine jail, 158 inmates escape 

More than 100 suspected Muslim rebels stormed a jail in the southern Philippines before dawn yesterday, allowing 158 inmates to escape in what officials said was the biggest jailbreak in the

Thai PM plans driving crackdown after deadly van crash

Thailand’s prime minister vowed yesterday to crack down on the country’s private van transportation industry after a fiery crash that killed 25 people. Thailand has

Trump’s slim N. Korea options: Diplomacy, sanctions, force

Donald Trump says he is confident North Korea won’t develop a nuclear-tipped missile that could strike the United States. But his options for stopping the reclusive communist

Magnitude 7.2 quake hits near Fiji; tsunami alert issued

A  powerful earthquake struck off the coast of Fiji yesterday, prompting a brief tsunami warning for the Pacific island nation. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

Trump claim on N. Korean nukes may underestimate program

U.S. President- elect Donald Trump took to Twitter to vow that North Korea won’t develop a nuclear weapon capable of reaching parts of the United States.

Video weakens Myanmar claims it’s not abusing Rohingya

Newly revealed video of Myanmar police beating Rohingya Muslims in northern Rakhine state has weakened months of government claims that its forces have not committed abuses in the tense