Diplomatic Row | S. Korea cancels Japan intelligence deal amid trade dispute

South Korea will stop exchanging classified intelligence on North Korea with Japan amid a bitter trade dispute, an official said yesterday, a surprise announcement that is

Australian prison chaplain nervous about cardinal inmate

A chaplain at an Australian prison for pedophiles has described the prospect of ministering to a cardinal who until recently was regarded as the third highest-ranking Catholic

China hosts Japan, S. Korea ministers in bid to smooth row

The foreign ministers of China, Japan and South Korea met in Beijing yesterday as they seek to encourage progress on North Korean denuclearization at a time of tense

Australian court upholds sex abuse verdict of Cardinal Pell

An Australian appeals court yesterday upheld convictions against Cardinal George Pell, the most senior Catholic to be found guilty of sexually abusing children, in a

Thailand to set up center to combat ‘fake news’

  Thailand’s government announced a plan to set up a center to combat unverified news on social media platforms, rejecting concerns that it might be used to

Philippines | Still-unknown disease prompts culling of pigs

The Philippine agriculture chief said this week that an unspecified number of pigs has died or been culled in backyard farms in recent weeks and a crisis

Taiwan’s Tsai expresses thanks over approval of F-16V sale

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen thanked the United States yesterday for approving the sale of 66 advanced F-16V fighter jets and urged rival China to respect Taiwan’s

Sri Lanka | General accused of war abuses named army chief

Sri Lanka’s president yesterday appointed a general accused of grave human rights abuses in the final stages of Sri Lanka’s long civil war as the country’s

1MDB | Judge postpones 2nd corruption trial of former Malaysian PM

The second trial of Malaysian’s ex-Prime Minister Najib Razak linked to the multibillion-dollar looting of the 1MDB state investment fund was delayed yesterday by a week to

Restrictions continue in Kashmir despite security ease

Restrictions continued in much of Indian-administered Kashmir yesterday, despite India’s government saying it was gradually restoring phone lines and easing a security lockdown that’s been in

North Korea | Kim expresses ‘great satisfaction’ over weapons tests

North Korea said Saturday that leader Kim Jong Un supervised another test-firing of an unspecified new weapon, seen as an attempt to pressure Washington and Seoul

Philippines | Defense secretary calls for shift of gaming centers

Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana has called for online gaming operations that carry out activities close to military camps to be relocated on security concerns.

South Korea | Moon calls for talks to end trade row with Japan

South Korean President Moon Jae-in offered an olive branch to Japan to end an ongoing trade dispute yesterday, saying Seoul will “gladly join hands” if Tokyo wants

Japan | New emperor remorseful in first war anniversary speech

Emperor Naruhito expressed “deep remorse” over Japan’s role in World War II in his first appearance at the annual ceremony marking the end of the

Thai court approves continued detention of 2 bomb suspects

A court in Thailand yesterday extended the detention of two suspects accused of planting two small bombs in front of police headquarters in Bangkok while Southeast Asian

New Zealand | Alleged Christchurch gunman sends letter from prison cell

New Zealand officials admitted yestereday that they made a mistake by allowing the man accused of killing 51 people at two Christchurch mosques to send

Thai court acquits Red Shirts of terrorism for 2010 protests

A court in Thailand yesterday dismissed terrorism and other charges against 24 leaders of an extended street protest in 2010 that saw key areas of central Bangkok closed

Australia rejects calls by climate-hit neighbors to ditch coal

Australia is pushing back against calls from Pacific Island leaders to ditch its commitment to coal mining to help combat climate change, saying its neighbors need

Australia | Man accused of killing woman and wounding another

A knife-wielding man with a history of mental illness is suspected of slaying a woman in a downtown Sydney apartment before wounding another woman nearby and

Malaysia finds body near where London teen went missing

Malaysian rescuers yesterday found the body of a Caucasian female in the forest surrounding a nature resort where a 15-year-old London girl was reported missing more than

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