Myanmar | Leader pardons 9,500 prisoners but not two reporters

More than 9,500 prisoners were ordered released yesterday in Myanmar under a presidential amnesty, but they did not include two Pulitzer Prize-winning Reuters reporters. The

South Korea | Ex-president requests temporarily release

Imprisoned former South Korean President Park Geun-hye yesterday requested a temporarily release so she can be treated for health problems her lawyer says are causing “burning” and

Indonesia | Widodo set for second term as president

Indonesian President Joko Widodo has won a second five- year term, preliminary election results showed yesterday, in a victory for moderation over the nationalistic rhetoric of his

Brunei wants to punish gay sex with death by stoning – can boycotts stop it?

The sultan of Brunei has been on the throne for 52 years, making him the second- longest reigning monarch in the world, after Queen Elizabeth II.

Kim Jong Un getting ready for first summit with Putin

Russia is preparing for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s first summit with President Vladimir Putin, setting the stage for consultations between the long-time allies after

Philippines | Police: Four wives of Abu Sayyaf commanders arrested

Philippine police yesterday arrested four women they said were wives of Abu Sayyaf commanders who took care of their financial transactions, helped procure guns and bomb parts

Red Cross, New Zealand hope for info on nurse held in Syria

New Zealand’s foreign minister confirmed yesterday that a New Zealand nurse has been held captive by the Islamic State group in Syria for almost six years,

Malaysia | Gov’t says revised China deal shows costs were inflated

Malaysia’s prime minister said yesterday a Chinese company building a rail link across the Southeast Asian nation will jointly help to manage and operate the network,

Indonesia Palu recovery in red tape months after tragedy

Six months after Palu was ripped apart by an earthquake, tsunami and liquefying soil that sucked neighborhoods into the earth and killed thousands, a second crisis

South Korea | Court orders easing of decades-old abortion ban

In a major reversal, South Korea’s Constitutional Court yesterday ordered the easing of the country’s decades-old ban on most abortions, one of the strictest in the

Homo luzonensis | Filipinos plan more diggings where new human species found

Archaeologists who discovered fossil bones and teeth of a previously unknown human species that thrived more than 50,000 years ago in the northern Philippines said yesterday they

Politics | North Korea’s parliament to open as Kim mulls US strategy

North Korea’s Supreme People’s Assembly is expected to convene tday to formally approve leader Kim Jong Un’s latest economic policies and possibly endorse a shift in

Japan | Ghosn’s lawyers appeal to Supreme Court over detention

The lawyers for Nissan’s former Chairman Carlos Ghosn, who was sent back to detention while out on bail, filed a protest with the Japanese Supreme Court

Malaysia | Former first lady hit with fresh corruption charge

The wife of Malaysia’s former Prime Minister Najib Razak was hit yesterday with a new corruption charge over a solar energy contract. Rosmah Mansor pleaded not

More Indonesians join cases against Boeing after CEO apology

More families of victims of the Lion Air crash in Indonesia are suing Boeing Co. after its chief executive apologized and said a software update for the

Malaysia, Singapore vow to reach friendly end to water spat

The leaders of neighboring Singapore and Malaysia agreed yesterday to amicably resolve a long-running dispute over water that has stoked tensions for decades. In a

India | Bishop charged with repeatedly raping nun

Indian authorities charged a Roman Catholic bishop yesterday with repeatedly raping a nun in her rural convent, a case that helped make the sexual abuse of nuns

Thailand | Man accused of raping and killing German tourist

Thai police said a local man has been arrested on suspicion of raping and killing a German tourist on the island of Koh Si Chang in the

New Zealand | Official calls Facebook ‘morally bankrupt’

New Zealand’s official privacy watchdog yesterday described Facebook as “morally bankrupt” and suggested his country follow neighboring Australia’s lead by making laws that could jail executives over

Korean Air boss dies weeks after board removal over scandals

Korean Air’s chairman, whose leadership included scandals such as his daughter’s infamous incident of “nut rage,” has died due to illness, the company said yesterday.

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