US returns three disputed bells taken in 1901 to Philippines

Three church bells seized by American troops as war trophies more than a century ago were returned to the Philippines yesterday in a move long demanded by

Lion Air crash shows challenges of Asia’s budget airline boom

The investigation into the fatal crash of a Boeing jet from Asia’s second-largest budget airline has turned the spotlight on the ballooning growth of low-cost carriers in

New Zealand | Law makes medical marijuana widely available

New Zealand’s government yesterday passed a law that will make medical marijuana widely available for thousands of patients over time. The legislation will also

India | Thousands flock to funeral of two teenage Kashmir rebels

Thousands of people in Indian-controlled Kashmir joined a funeral procession yesterday for two teenage rebels who were killed over the weekend in a long gunbattle with

South Korea | Prosecutors charge four with illegally importing North coal

South Korean prosecutors said yesterday that they have charged four people with illegally importing North Korean coal via Russia in violation of U.N. sanctions. The indictments, handed

New Zealand | PM Ardern apologizes for death of British tourist

New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern made an emotional apology yesterday to the family of a 22-year-old British tourist who police say was murdered. Ardern

Japan | Divisive bill allowing more foreign workers approved

Japanese lawmakers early Saturday approved government-proposed legislation allowing hundreds of thousands of foreign laborers to live and work in a country that has long resisted accepting outsiders.

New Zealand | Police find body they believe is British tourist

New Zealand police said yesterday they found a body they believe to be that of missing 22-year-old British tourist Grace Millane. Police said the body was

Malaysia | Big rally by Muslims calls for upholding privileges

Tens of thousands of Malaysian Muslims rallied Saturday in Kuala Lumpur against any attempt to strip the ethnic Malay majority of its privileges, in the first massive

Philippines | Duterte seeks martial law extension in the country’s south

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has asked Congress to extend martial law in the country’s south by another year amid continuing concerns over possible militant attacks, although democracy

Friends close | North Korean sends top diplomat to key ally China

North Korea’s foreign minister arrived in key ally China yesterday for talks amid stalled efforts to persuade his government to dismantle its nuclear weapons programs.

Philippines | Authorities arrest US priest accused of abusing altar boys

Philippine immigration authorities say they have arrested an American Roman Catholic priest accused of sexually assaulting altar boys in a remote central town in a case one

New Zealand Police search for 22-year-old British tourist

New Zealand police were searching yesterday for a 22-year-old British tourist who has been missing for five days and failed to contact her parents on her

Indonesia | Regular forces locate bodies of 16 people killed in Papua

Security forces have located the bodies of 16 people and a soldier who were killed in one of the bloodiest separatist attacks in Indonesia’s restive Papua province,

Koreas | South abuzz about North leader Kim’s possible trip

Day after day, rampant speculation about North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s possible trip to Seoul is making headlines in South Korea, despite no official confirmation from

Japan | Brazilian consul says arrested Ghosn is healthy, wants thrillers

The former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn, who was arrested in Japan on suspicion of underreporting his income, seems prepared to fight out his case and has asked

Economic chill dulls appetite for some luxury brands

The designer boutiques of Manhattan and Paris are feeling the chill of a Chinese economic slowdown that has hammered automakers and other industries. That

China’s thirst for high-end beer fuels surge in Canadian barley

At a laboratory in downtown Winnipeg, Peter Watts samples a golden pale ale, admiring the silky foam top and smooth, slightly grain-tinged taste. A new variety

Japan | Firm warned of legal step over Korean forced laborers

Lawyers for Korean wartime forced laborers have demanded that a Japanese steelmaker respond to their request to discuss compensation, warning they will otherwise take steps to freeze its

Japan | Ghosn’s legal woes highlight governance failings

One of the biggest mysteries surrounding the arrest of Nissan’s former chairman Carlos Ghosn is over how he allegedly could have underreported his income by millions of

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