Phone diplomacy | S. Korea’s Moon to send delegation to China amid frayed ties

Chinese President Xi Jinping called his new South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in yesterday to congratulate him on his inauguration, the first time such a call has

North Korea | Pyongyang says it will seek extradition of plot culprits

Pyongyang will seek the extradition of anyone involved in what it says was a CIA-backed plot to kill leader Kim Jung Un last month with a

Myanmar | Uber chases GrabTaxi, expanding in Southeast Asia

The private ride-hailing service Uber officially launched operations yesterday in Myanmar’s main city Yangon, aiming to tap into one of the world’s youngest and fastest-growing online markets.

Offbeat | Australia warns travelers to not bring in hitchhiking toads

Australian quarantine authorities yesterday urged travelers through Asia to avoid bringing in hitchhiking amphibians after a passenger arrived at an airport with a dead Indonesian toad in his shoe.

The Buzz | India top court reviews Islamic instant divorce

India’s Supreme Court has formally opened hearings into a number of petitions challenging the controversial practice of instant divorce in Islam, BBC reported. The court said it

Opinion | Moon floats summit; will North bite?

First it was an off-the-cuff offer from then-candidate Donald Trump to have hamburgers in Washington. Now, South Korea’s new president says he is willing to meet with North

South Korea | Moon’s rise to power causes worries, hopes abroad

Which of South Korea’s neighbors and allies stand to benefit most from liberal Moon Jae-in’s ascension to the presidency this week? It might be North Korea,

Vietnam | Ministry puts pork on menus as farmers face glut, low prices

Pork may be hogging menus in Vietnam’s factories and army canteens for some time to come, as the country tries to keep pig farmers stricken

Offbeat | Qantas boss gets pie in face from gay marriage opponent

A man who squashed a lemon meringue pie into Qantas Airways chief executive Alan Joyce’s face during a public address in Australia said Wednesday he was protesting Joyce’s

Prosecutors seek caning for gay couple in Indonesia’s Aceh

Shariah prosecutors in Indonesia’s Aceh province say two men on trial for gay sex should each be punished with 80 lashes, in another blow to the country’s

AP Exclusive – Philippines | Big child webcam sex bust reveals rising abuse

The suspected pedophile could see people banging on his front door. But were they neighbors? Cops? One had letters on her jacket. As David Timothy

Indonesia | Jakarta governor sentenced to 2 years prison for blasphemy

An Indonesian court yesterday sentenced the minority Christian governor of Jakarta to two years in prison for blaspheming the Quran, a shock decision that undermines the country’s

Moon declares election win, pledges to unify South Korea

Moon Jae-in declared victory in South Korea’s leadership race, pledging to unify the nation after nine years of conservative rule that culminated in the country’s biggest

Thailand | Car bomb in Muslim-dominated south wounds over 50

Suspected insurgents in Thailand detonated a car bomb yesterday outside a busy shopping center in the south of the country, wounding more than 50 people

N. Korea detains another American over alleged hostile acts

North Korea has detained another American citizen accused of committing unspecified hostile acts against the country. The country’s official Korean Central News Agency said Kim Hak Song was

South China Sea | Philippines, US begin smaller-scale joint military exercises

Philippine and U.S. troops kicked off yesterday annual joint exercises that are smaller in scale than in years past, focusing on disaster response and counterterrorism while