Bangladesh | Ex-dictator H.M. Ershad dies at 89

Bangladesh’s former military dictator H.M. Ershad, who had seized power in a 1982 coup, has died. He was 89. Ershad had long been suffering from

Heavy rain leaves scores dead in Nepal, India, Bangladesh

Flooding and landslides triggered by heavy rainfall have killed at least 50 people in Nepal in the past few days, with more deaths reported across the

India prepares to land rover on moon in global space race

The Indian Space Research Organization plans to launch a spacecraft using homegrown technology on Monday, and it is scheduled to touch down on the moon Sept.

Diplomatic row | South Korea seeks US help in bitter trade spat with Japan

South Korea is seeking U.S. help in a bitter diplomatic row with fellow American ally Japan over its moves to tighten controls on high-tech exports. The

JAXA says space probe landed on asteroid to get soil sample

A Japanese spacecraft landed on a distant asteroid and collected underground samples that scientists hope will provide clues to the origin of the solar system billions of years

Cambodia | Court charges two who protested gov’t critic’s murder

A court in Cambodia yesterday formally charged two men in connection with protests marking the third anniversary of the killing of a prominent government critic. The

Pakistan | Train collision kills 20

A passenger train rammed into a freight train at a railway station in southern Pakistan yesterday, killing at least 20 people and injuring 74 others, hospital officials

The Buzz | North Korea vows to respond to South’s deployment of F-35 jets

North Korea slammed South Korea over its ongoing deployment of high-tech U.S. fighter jets, warning yesterday that it will respond by developing and testing unspecified special weapons of its

Philippines | DNA tests confirm identity of first suicide attacker

DNA tests have confirmed the identity of the first known Filipino suicide bomber in the country’s south, an alarming milestone that underscores the need for public vigilance

Politics | Thai PM revokes some junta orders before heading new gov’t

The leader of Thailand’s military junta has revoked dozens of special executive orders and vowed to stop issuing more as he prepares to lead an elected civilian

Massacre | More than 20 killed in Papua New Guinea tribal violence

Police and soldiers have been sent to Papua New Guinea’s highlands to make arrests and provide security after more than 20 people, mostly women and children,

Japan | Entertainment tycoon Johnny Kitagawa dies at 87

Johnny Kitagawa, a kingpin of Japan’s entertainment industry for more than half a century who produced famous boybands including Arashi, Tokio and SMAP, has died. He was

Indonesia returning 57 containers of developed world’s waste

Indonesia is sending dozens of containers of waste back to Western nations after finding it was contaminated with used diapers, plastic and other materials, adding to

Sri Lanka | Gov’t to slash airline charges to help boost tourism

Sri Lanka’s government announced yesterday it will reduce ground handling charges for airlines and slash aviation fuel prices and embarkation fees to help the country’s

Trade | Japan says it won’t discuss or retract S. Korea export rules

Japan said yesterday it does not plan to retract or renegotiate its stricter controls on high-tech exports to South Korea, a day after the South Korean

Son of prominent South Korean defector moves to North Korea

The son of the highest-profile South Korean to defect to North Korea has arrived in the North to permanently resettle, North Korean state media said. If

Parts of southern India facing acute water shortage

With the government able to meet only 40% of the water requirement, millions of people in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu are depending on

Philippines | Amnesty seeks international probe to end killings

Amnesty International urgently called for international pressure and an immediate U.N. investigation to help end what it says are possible crimes against humanity in the Philippine

Seized North Korean ship sought for American student’s death

The parents of Otto Warmbier have filed a claim for a seized North Korean cargo ship, seeking to collect on a multimillion-dollar judgment awarded in the

Myanmmar | Protesters demand justice after 2-year-old raped

Hundreds of people marched to Myanmar’s Central Investigation Department on Saturday to demand justice for a 2-year-old girl who was allegedly raped at her nursery school

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