Japan’s forgotten gambling addicts stand in way of first casino

A childhood New Year’s holiday spent playing cards with his family planted the seeds of a gambling compulsion that ravaged decades of one man’s

Philippines | In fight for Marawi, a painful window on war 

From the third-story window of a barren government office building he now squats in as a refugee, Nasir Abdul is watching his city being destroyed. Nearly

Briefs | Law allows Emperor Akihito to abdicate 

Japan’s parliament on Friday passed a law allowing Emperor Akihito to become the country’s first monarch to abdicate in 200 years, but put off a debate over how to tackle

South Korea leader warns North after latest missile launch

North Korea’s latest launches of several suspected anti-ship missiles were short-range and landed well short of past efforts, but they still served as a defiant message

Myanmar | Navy ship, fishermen find bodies in search for plane

Fishermen joined navy and air force personnel yesterday in recovering bodies and aircraft parts from the sea off Myanmar, where a military plane carrying 122 people including 15

Myanmar | Military plane with 120 aboard goes missing

A  military transport plane with 120 people on board went missing yesterday on a flight from southern Myanmar to Yangon, a military spokesman said. There were fears it

Hawaii | Retired Navy commander pleads guilty to fraud

A retired U.S. Navy commander in Hawaii charged in a growing corruption scandal pleaded guilty yesterday to lying about his relationship with a Malaysian defense contractor known by the

Afghanistan | Letter points to power struggle within IS affiliate group

A letter drafted by a senior Islamic State militant and obtained by The Associated Press points to a growing power struggle within the group’s Afghan affiliate, pitting

Indonesia | Court sends Singapore rocket plot militants to prison

Six suspected Islamic militants who Indonesian police accused of plotting to fire a rocket at downtown Singapore from a nearby island were sentenced to prison yesterday on

AP Exclusive | Video shows militants in Philippine siege plot

It was an audacious plot sketched out in chilling detail with blue pens on the back of a paper calendar: Islamic militants in the Philippines, including one of the

New Zealand | Tillerson: Trump says look past turmoil and re-engage Russia

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said yesterday that President Donald Trump has asked him to rebuild the U.S. relationship with Russia and not allow the

Australia | Passenger charged over note found in plane toilet 

A passenger has been charged with writing a threatening note that caused the emergency evacuation of an Australian domestic airliner at an airport yesterday, police said. Police would not comment on a

Australia | Tillerson, Mattis reassure Canberra of continued close ties

In their first joint appearance abroad, America’s top diplomat and its Pentagon chief offered public reassurances to a longstanding ally at odds with President Donald Trump’s

India | Delhi hopes new rocket can carry humans into space

India successfully launched its heaviest-ever rocket yesterday which it hopes will eventually be able to carry astronauts into space, a feat that only Russia, the United

Japan’s most popular politician defects from ruling party

Japan’s most popular politician resigned from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling party, setting the stage for a potentially damaging local election confrontation after she thrashed his candidate

Cambodia opposition claims victory in local elections

Cambodia’s opposition claimed victory in local elections yesterday that could shake Prime Minister Hun Sen’s longtime grip on power. Hun Sen has repeatedly warned of civil war

Indonesia, Philippines front wider effort against militants 

Joint patrols by three Southeast Asian countries in the Sulu Sea may be the start of a larger regional effort to keep Islamic militants at bay, officials

Philippines | Police say casino attacker was indebted gambler

The lone suspect behind a deadly attack on a casino and shopping complex in Manila was a heavily indebted Filipino gambling addict, police said yesterday, bolstering their