Tonga | Three smaller islands badly damaged by tsunami

Three of Tonga’s smaller islands suffered serious damage from tsunami waves, officials and the Red Cross said yesterday, as a wider picture begins to emerge of the

Analysis | North Korean Missile tests signal return to brinkmanship

Grappling with pandemic difficulties and U.S.-led sanctions over his nuclear ambitions, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un could be reviving his 2017 playbook of nuclear and missile

Japan | Kishida says virus measures, defense top priorities

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida told parliament yesterday that fighting the pandemic and strengthening defense are his government’s top priorities. Kishida delivered a speech opening this

Djokovic lands in Serbia after deportation from Australia

Novak Djokovic arrived in his native Serbia yesterday after being deported from Australia because he was not vaccinated against COVID-19, ending his hopes of defending his

The Buzz | Philippine dictator’s son defeats bid vs. presidential run

The son of former Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos defeated yesterday a bid to disqualify him from the May 9 presidential race but still faces other petitions from human rights

Pacific tsunami threat recedes, volcano ash hinders response

The tsunami threat around the Pacific from a huge undersea volcanic eruption began to recede yesterday, but the massive ash cloud covering the tiny island nation

Strong quake shakes Indonesia’s capital; no tsunami alert

A powerful earthquake shook parts of Indonesia’s main island of Java on Friday, damaging buildings and houses and sending people into the streets, but no casualties were reported. Officials

North Korea fires possible missile into sea amid stalled talks

North Korea yesterday fired what appeared to be a ballistic missile into its eastern sea, its second launch in a week, following leader Kim Jong Un’s calls

Sri Lanka seeks Chinese debt restructuring amid crisis

The president of debt-ridden Sri Lanka yesterday asked China for the restructuring of its loans and access to preferential credit for imports of essential goods, as

Philippines | Authorities report third day of record virus cases

The Philippines yesterday reported a record high number of new COVID-19 cases for the third day, logging 33,169 infections. The positivity rate, or percentage of

North Korea fires ballistic missile, first test in two months

North Korea fired a ballistic missile into the sea yesterday, the U.S. military said, its first such launch in about two months and a signal it isn’t

Indonesia | Prosecutors seek life for Bali bombing suspect

Indonesian prosecutors yesterday demanded a life sentence for a top terror suspect who eluded capture for 18 years and accused him of masterminding a series of

Koreas | North Korea defector likely made rare border crossing: Seoul

A person who crossed the border from South Korea into North Korea on New Year’s Day was likely a defector who had slipped through the same heavily

Australia | Prime Minister Morrison upbeat amid virus surge

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison yesterday said his country’s health system can cope with the new wave of coronavirus infections as Victoria state reported a record

This day in history | 1951 Communist forces to re-take Seoul

Chinese and North Korean troops are reported to be close to capturing the South Korean capital of Seoul for the second time since the war began last year. 

Asia 2021 | Myanmar military reverts to strategy of massacres, burnings

When the young farmhand returned to his village in Myanmar, he found the still smoldering corpses in a circle in a burned-out hut, some with their

Pandemic | Asia keeps omicron at bay, but a surge may be inevitable

Much of Asia has largely managed to keep omicron at bay even as the variant rages in other parts of the world, but the region that is

Interview | Japanese tourist says space trip ‘amazing’

A Japanese space tourist rejected criticism from those who questioned his decision to pay a fortune for a trip to the International Space Station, saying the “amazing”

North Korea | Workers’ Party holds key meeting as Kim marks 10 years in power

North Korea opened a key political conference Monday to review past projects and discuss new policies amid the pandemic and a diplomatic deadlock with the United States.

Indonesia | Police arrest five people in methamphetamine smuggling

Five people suspected of smuggling 29 kilograms of methamphetamine into Indonesia from Malaysia have been arrested, Indonesian police said yesterday. The five are part of

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