Australia | Authorities boost Indian Ocean travel safety after MH370

Australian authorities say they have helped make the Indian Ocean safer for air and sea travelers since Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 vanished in the vast expanse

Philippines | Court gives Aussie life sentence for child trafficking

A Philippine court has sentenced an Australian man to life imprisonment after finding him guilty on human trafficking and child pornography charges. Drew Frederick Shobbrook, 51,

Australia | Turnbull off to US for talks with Trump, governors

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull heads to the United States yesterday, accompanied by the largest Australian political and business delegation ever to visit the U.S. President Donald

UNICEF says Pakistan is riskiest country for newborns

The U.N. children’s agency in a report released yesterday singled out Pakistan as the riskiest country for newborns, saying that out of every 1,000 children born

Thailand | Court gives Japanese man custody of 13 surrogate kids

A Thai court yesterday granted legal custody of 13 babies carried by surrogate mothers to a Japanese millionaire who is their biological father, reviving a bizarre tale

Indonesia Volcanic blast reshaped summit of Mount Sinabung

The eruption of Indonesia’s Mount Sinabung that shot ash 5 kilometers high also “annihilated” the mountain’s summit. Before and after images from Indonesia’s Center for Volcanology

India | Donald Trump Jr. arrives in Delhi to help sell apartments

The eldest son of President Donald Trump has arrived in India to help sell luxury apartments and lavish attention on wealthy Indians who have already bought units

Singapore | Taxes boosted to shore up revenue for aging nation

Singapore Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat announced a range of tax increases in his budget, including a surprise hike in property levies, as he seeks to shore up savings

Philippines | Risks rising with China challenging US at sea

The risks of a “miscalculation” and armed conflict have risen in the disputed South China Sea with a militarily stronger China now able to challenge the United

Japan says #MeToo as blue chip executive resigns for lewd remark

The #MeToo movement may have finally made its way to corporate Japan, as the president of a blue chip company resigned after a subordinate he was

Nepal | Communist party leader named next prime minister

The leader of Nepal’s communist party was named the Himalayan nation’s new prime minister yesterday, a day after the results of parliamentary elections were finalized.

Cambodia | Lawmakers approve lese majeste law

Cambodian lawmakers yesterday unanimously approved changes to the criminal code and the constitution that can further limit free speech and political activities, already under stress from

Malaysia moderating growth in 2018

Malaysia’s economic growth is set to moderate this year from a three- year high in 2017, but still post a solid performance on the back of strong

Winter Olympics | ‘So proud’: Parents’ views on joint Korea hockey team evolve

When the Koreas suddenly began the push to form a joint Olympic team in women’s hockey, angry parents of South Korean players considered public demonstrations against the notion.

Award-winning Myanmar reporters appear in court

Two Myanmar journalists facing up to 14 years in prison if convicted of receiving government secrets appeared for their latest court hearing in Yangon yesterday, one

Malaysia trial | Year after Kim’s killing, suspected masterminds evade justice

Lost in the glare of North Korea’s missile launches, rhetorical battles with Washington and charm offensive at the Winter Olympics, two women stand accused of a crime

Philippines | Duterte slammed over threat to shoot rebels in the genitals

Human rights groups condemned the Philippine president yesterday for saying that troops should shoot female communist rebels in the genitals to render them “useless,” which they

Australia | Former PM blames funding for indigenous setbacks

An Australian prime minister who a decade ago set an ambitious timetable for ending indigenous disadvantage has blamed a lack of government funding for slow progress. Kevin Rudd committed

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