Australia | Rush steps down from screen academy

Geoffrey Rush announced Saturday he’s stepping down as president of Australia’s screen industry academy, days after a theater company revealed it had received a complaint

Japan | Emperor Akihito to abdicate on April 30, 2019

Japan’s much admired Emperor Akihito is set to abdicate on April 30, 2019, at age 85 in the first such departure from the Chrysanthemum Throne in about

Pope lands in Bangladesh with Rohingya crisis looming large

Pope Francis arrived yesterday in Bangladesh for the second leg of his six-day trip to Asia with the Rohingya crisis looming large. Francis arrived in the

Japan | Authorities inspect drifting boat carrying 10 North Koreans

Japanese authorities yesterday  inspected a decrepit boat with 10 men aboard identifying themselves as North Koreans drifting in rough seas off the northern island of Hokkaido.

The Rocket man strikes again | North Korea fires ICBM it says is ‘significantly more’ powerful

After two and a half months of relative quiet, North Korea launched its most powerful weapon yet early yesterday, claiming a new type of intercontinental ballistic

Sumo wrestler Harumafuji retires over assault allegations

Mongolian grand champion Harumafuji has decided to retire from sumo after allegations that he assaulted a lower-ranked wrestler and tarnished the image of Japan’s national sport.

Myanmar | Pope demands rights for all, omits ‘Rohingya’

Pope Francis insisted yesterday that Myanmar’s future depends on respecting the rights of each ethnic group, an indirect show of support for Rohingya Muslims who have been

Japan | Authorities on alert as boats thought to be from North Korea found

Japan is stepping up patrols and urging local authorities and fishermen to be on the alert after several boats thought to be from North Korea, some

Bali volcano spits ash 4 km in the sky, airport closed

A volcano with a deadly history continued to erupt yesterday on Bali, one of the world’s most popular resort islands, spitting ash 4,000 meters high and stranding tens of

Indonesia | Volcano forces mass evacuation, shuts Bali airport

Indonesian authorities ordered a mass evacuation of people yesterday from an expanded danger zone around an erupting volcano on Bali that has forced the island’s international airport to close,

Pope’s trip to Myanmar, Bangladesh turns on one word: Rohingya

Pope Francis arrived yesterday on a visit to Myanmar and Bangladesh to encourage their tiny Catholic communities and reach out to some of Asia’s most peripheral and

Vietnam | Court sentences activist to seven years in prison

A court in central Vietnam yesterday sentenced an activist to seven years in prison for producing online videos and interviews related to an environmental disaster that instigated

Pope’s South Asia trip brings hope to tiny Catholic groups

Pope Francis today begins a six-day trip to Myanmar and Bangladesh. While attention will focus on how Francis addresses the Rohingya Muslim crisis, the trip also holds

India | Families of terror victims angry at militant’s release

As the Indian city of Mumbai commemorated the 2008 terror attacks that left 168 people dead, relatives of the victims said Sunday that they’re angry Pakistan

Indonesia | Bali volcano dusts resorts in ash; Lombok airport closes

A volcano on the Indonesian island of Bali has rumbled to life with eruptions that dusted nearby resorts and villages with ash and forced the closure of

Japan protests San Francisco’s ‘sex slave’ statue decision

Japan expressed strong regret Friday over San Francisco’s decision to give city property status to a statue commemorating Asian women who worked in military brothels for Japanese

Ships, aircraft search for three US sailors missing in crash

U.S. and Japanese ships and aircraft searched in the Philippine Sea yesterday for three sailors missing since a U.S. Navy aircraft crashed a day earlier. Eight

Myanmar | UN envoy says sexual attacks against Rohingya may be war crimes

Widespread atrocities against Rohingya Muslim women and girls have been orchestrated and perpetrated by Myanmar’s military and may amount to war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide,

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