North Korea | In factory after factory, Kim tries to grow economy

For North Korean factory managers, a visit by leader Kim Jong Un is the highest of honors and quite possibly the most stressful event imaginable.

North Korean delegation visits South to attend history forum

A five-member North Korean delegation came to South Korea yesterday to attend an academic forum on Japan’s wartime actions, as the rivals continue reconciliation efforts despite stalemated U.S.-led nuclear

Southeast Asian-centered trade deal set for further delays

Leaders of Southeast Asian nations have pushed back yet again an agreement on a pan- Asian free trade deal amid a whirlwind of diplomacy yesterday at

Pakistan | Group says millions of girls deprived of education

Millions of girls in Pakistan are still out of school, mostly because the government spends less money on education, a leading international rights group said yesterday —

Japan | Debt market’s secret probed as more bonds go unsold

Japanese regulators are starting to look into underwriting practices in the nation’s corporate bond market, where banks routinely say deals are successful even in cases when

Singapore | Facebook stands ground after criticism over 1MDB post

Facebook Inc. stood its ground after Singapore called the social media giant unreliable for declining a request to remove a post, which the government had said

North Korea missile bases outed in report that undermines Trump

Thirteen undeclared North Korean missile operating bases were identified in a new report, undermining the Trump administration’s claims that its outreach to Pyongyang is making progress

Southeast Asian summit puts focus on trade tensions, trends

The potential damage to global trade brought on by President Donald Trump’s tariffs battle with Beijing is looming as leaders of Southeast Asian nations, China, the U.S.

Analysis | Options limited, North Korea lit by flashlights, creaky grid

More than 20 years after his father almost bargained them away for a pair of nuclear reactors, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has his nuclear weapons

Myanmar | UN refugee agency warns against returning Rohingya refugees

The United Nations refugee agency yesterday cautioned against returning ethnic Rohingya Muslims to Myanmar from Bangladesh at this time, urging that officials be allowed to assess

Two Koreas complete the disarming of 22 guard posts

The North and South Korean militaries completed withdrawing troops and firearms from 22 front-line guard posts on Saturday as they continue to implement a wide-ranging agreement

South Korea | New finance minister casts gloomy view of economy

The economic difficulties that have beset South Korea this year are unlikely to ease much in 2019, according to Hong Nam-ki, the nation’s new finance minister. “Next year

Thailand | Democrat party keeps ex-premier as leader before poll

Thailand’s Democrat Party retained Abhisit Vejjajiva, a former prime minister, as its leader ahead of a general election expected in 2019 that would end more than

Pakistan | Christian woman acquitted of blasphemy freed, living in seclusion

A Christian woman acquitted after eight years on death row in Pakistan for blasphemy was released but her whereabouts in Islamabad yesterday remained a closely guarded secret in the

Myanmar | UN resolution would condemn abuses against Rohingyas

A draft U.N. resolution would strongly condemn the continuing “gross human rights violations and abuses” against Rohingya Muslims and urgently call on Myanmar’s government to end discrimination and provide

South China Sea | Vietnam protests China’s weather stations in disputed waters

Vietnam strongly protested China’s launch of weather stations in the disputed Spratly islands, saying yesterday they seriously violate Vietnam’s sovereignty and complicate the situation in the

Democratic House could probe Trump ties abroad, from Moscow to Beijing

The Democratic victory in the U.S. House of Representatives could echo from Moscow to Beijing to Riyadh, with empowered Democrats now able to launch new investigations

Kremlin says North Korea’s Kim could visit Russia next year

The Kremlin says it hopes that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will visit Russia next year. Russian President Vladimir Putin’s foreign affairs adviser, Yuri

Malaysia | Court to resume Kim Jong Nam murder trial on January 7

A Malaysian court set January 7 for two Southeast Asian women charged with murdering the North Korean leader’s half brother to begin their defense, as their lawyers complained that

Vietnam, US complete cleanup of toxic chemical from airport

Vietnam and the United States said yesterday they have finished the cleanup of dioxin contamination at Danang airport caused by the transport and storage of the herbicide

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