India | Priest kidnapped in Yemen returns home, meets Modi

An Indian Catholic priest returned to India yesterday after being freed from 18 months of captivity by unknown kidnappers in Yemen. The Rev. Tom Uzhunnalil

SouthEast Asia | Market for illegal elephant ivory surges in Laos, study says

The illegal sale of African ivory in Laos is surging even as neighboring China phases out its own legal ivory market, highlighting the challenge of curbing

Vanuatu orders evacuation of island with rumbling volcano

Vanuatu officials yesterday ordered the complete evacuation of an island in the Pacific archipelago where a rumbling, belching volcano is threatening to blow. Boats were

Thailand | Ex-leader sentenced in absentia to five years in prison

A Thai court yesterday sentenced former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, whose government was ousted in a 2014 military coup, to five years in prison in absentia for

Australia | First refugees held in Pacific camps head to US

The first 52 refugees to be accepted for resettlement in the United States under a contentious agreement with Australia have left Pacific island camps where they have

Japan – FAQ | Why Prime Minister Abe is calling an election

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he will dissolve the lower house of parliament tomorrow to call a snap election on Oct. 22, more than

Mongolia | Ruling party chooses replacement for dismissed PM

Mongolia’s ruling People’s Party early yesterday chose a replacement for the prime minister dismissed earlier this month over allegations of corruption and incompetence, as the resource-rich Asian

Experts | North Korea lacks ability, intent to attack US planes

Military analysts say North Korea doesn’t have either the capability or the intent to attack U.S. bombers and fighter jets, despite the country’s top diplomat

India | Mattis: US wants to resolve Korean standoff diplomatically

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said yesterday that the United States wants to resolve the standoff with North Korea diplomatically and is focused on denuclearizing Pyongyang’s nuclear

Japan | Abe says he will call snap election for parliament

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced yesterday he will call a snap election for parliament’s more powerful lower house for next month. Abe said at a

Korean Crisis | Trump’s travel ban unlikely to affect Pyongyang

Even though President Donald Trump has signed a proclamation imposing strict new restrictions on visitors from North Korea and several other nations, the move is largely symbolic

Indonesia | Evacuations from Bali volcano swell to about 50,000

Nearly 50,000 people have fled the Mount Agung volcano on the Indonesian tourist island of Bali, fearing an imminent eruption as dozens of tremors rattle the surrounding

Philippines | Foreign Secretary assures Vietnam of fair probe on dead fishermen

The Philippine government said yesterday a Vietnamese fishing vessel initiated “very dangerous maneuvers” and slammed into a Filipino navy boat during a chase, prompting its sailors to

The Buzz | Philippines accepts Malaysia’s rejection of ASEAN statement

The Philippines said yesterday it respects Malaysia’s decision to dissociate itself from a statement on Myanmar’s Rakhine state issued by Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano as chairman of

China imposes limit on oil supply to North Korea

China announced Saturday that it will limit energy supplies to North Korea and stop buying its textiles under U.N. sanctions imposed over its nuclear and missile development,

San Francisco unveils memorial to WWII ‘comfort women’

Now 89, former World War II “comfort woman” Yongsoo Lee clutched a microphone in one hand Friday in a park outside San Francisco’s Chinatown, thrust her other clinched fist

Malaysia | More firms see opportunities with listing in Hong Kong

Hong Kong Stock Exchange has always been considered as the bellwether for initial public offering (IPO) in the global market, as it plays a leading role as

Bangladesh | Coastal town a place of Rohingya hope and tragedy

From a distance you can see elegantly carved wooden boats bob gently in the waters that surround this coastal town at Bangladesh’s southern tip. Across a sliver

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