Australia | Outback town overwhelmed by response to free land offer

The Australian Outback town of Quilpie hoped its offer of free residential land to anyone who would make it their home might attract five new families to the remote community

North Korea confirms missile test designed for submarine launch

North Korea said yesterday that it had test-fired a newly developed ballistic missile from a submarine, in its first such underwater test-launch in two years and one it says will

Diplomacy | Russia hosts Afghan talks, calls for inclusive government

Russia hosted talks on Afghanistan yesterday involving senior representatives of the Taliban and neighboring nations, a round of diplomacy that underlines Moscow’s clout. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov opened the talks

North Korea | Pyongyang tests possible submarine missile amid tensions

North Korea yesterday fired at least one ballistic missile, which South Korea’s military said was likely designed to be launched from a submarine, in what is possibly the most significant

Vaccines, masks? Japan puzzling over sudden virus success

Almost overnight, Japan has become a stunning, and somewhat mysterious, coronavirus success story. Daily new COVID-19 cases have plummeted from a mid-August peak of nearly 6,000 in Tokyo, with caseloads in

Japan | Kishida sends offering to controversial Tokyo shrine

Japan’s new Prime Minister Fumio Kishida donated ritual offerings yesterday to a Tokyo shrine viewed by Chinese and Koreans as a symbol of Japanese wartime aggression, though he did not

North Korean soldier in blue generates buzz on social media

A North Korean soldier clad in a super-tight blue outfit in a state media photo has generated a buzz on social media, with some calling him “a superhero,” “a captain

Kompasu: Storm leaves nine dead in landslides, floods in Philippines

A tropical storm set off landslides and flash flooding as it barreled over the tip of the northern Philippines overnight, and officials said today (Tuesday) at least nine people had

North Korea | Kim calls for improved living conditions

North Korea said yesterday leader Kim Jong Un urged officials to overcome a “grim situation” facing the country and make stronger efforts to improve the food and living conditions of

Philippines | Official says journalist’s Nobel Prize not a slap on Duterte

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration belatedly congratulated journalist Maria Ressa yesterday for being one of two winners of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of her fight for freedom

Elections | S. Korea’s ruling party nominates maverick politician in race

South Korea’s ruling liberal party yesterday nominated its candidate for next year’s presidential elections, selecting a maverick politician known for his outspoken views who is likely to be the race’s

India | Police detain hundreds amid violence in Kashmir

Government forces have detained at least 500 people in a sweeping crackdown in Indian-controlled Kashmir, local officials said yesterday, following a string of suspected militant attacks and targeted killings in

Philippines | Dictator son’s presidential run triggers protests

The son and namesake of Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos, who was toppled in a 1986 pro-democracy uprising, registered his candidacy yesterday for next year’s presidential elections, sparking a protest by

Indonesia | US woman in Bali ‘suitcase murder’ to be released Oct. 29

A Chicago woman convicted of assisting her boyfriend in her mother’s murder and stuffing the body in a suitcase on Indonesia’s resort island of Bali in 2014 is being released

Japan | 0Kishida, Biden agree to cooperate on China, N.Korea

Japan’s new Prime Minister Fumio Kishida held his first talks as Japanese leader with President Joe Biden and confirmed they will work to strengthen their alliance and cooperate in regional

Philippines | Son of Marcos to seek presidency

The son and namesake of the late Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos, who was toppled in a 1986 revolt, announced yesterday that he would seek the presidency in next year’s elections

Vietnam | Ho Chi Minh City to end virus lockdown after three months

Vietnam will lift the lockdown in its largest city today, ending nearly three months of restrictions on movement to curb a coronavirus surge. People in Ho Chi Minh City, a metropolis

China vows to keep Taiwan out of Pacific Rim trade group

Beijing said yesterday it will block Taiwan’s application to join a Pacific Rim trade initiative, citing as its reason the island’s refusal to concede that it is a part of

Japan | Ex-diplomat Kishida wins party vote, to become new PM

Former Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida won the governing party’s leadership election yesterday and is set to become the next prime minister, facing the tasks of reviving a pandemic-hit economy

Japan elections | Next PM must work quickly on virus, economy, China

The stakes are high as Japanese governing party members vote today for four candidates seeking to replace Yoshihide Suga as prime minister. The next leader must address a pandemic-battered economy,

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