Journalist freed from Myanmar prison vows to tell story

Toru Kubota, a Japanese journalist who was arrested while covering a protest in military-ruled Myanmar and detained for more than three months, said his experience made him more determined

Mauna Loa starts to erupt, sending ash nearby

Hawaii's Mauna Loa, the world’s largest active volcano, has started to erupt for the first time in nearly four decades, prompting volcanic ash and debris to

Japan births at new low as population shrinks and ages

The number of babies born in Japan this year is below last year’s record low in what the the top government spokesman described as a “critical situation.”

Kim’s daughter appears again, heating up succession debate

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s daughter made a public appearance again, this time with missile scientists and more honorific titles as her father’s “most beloved” or

Monkeys in central Thailand city mark their day with feast

A meal fit for monkeys was served yesterday at the annual Monkey Feast Festival in central Thailand. Amid the morning traffic, rows of monkey statues holding

Long-time reformist leader Anwar named as premier

Malaysia's king named reformist opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim as the country’s Prime Minister, ending days of uncertainty after divisive general elections produced a hung Parliament. Sultan

Kim’s sister makes insulting threats to Seoul over sanctions

The powerful sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made insult-laden threats against South Korea yesterday for considering unilateral sanctions on the North, calling the

King searches for PM to end deadlock

Malaysia's king met with lawmakers yesterday and will next consult other royal families in a continuing search for a prime minister after inconclusive general elections that saw

Quake death toll rises to 268; 151 still missing

The death toll from the earthquake that shook the Indonesian island of Java leapt to 268 yesterday as more bodies were found beneath collapsed buildings, and 151

Australia ratifies free trade deals with India and Britain

Australia’s Parliament passed bilateral free trade agreements with India and Britain yesterday, leaving those partner nations to bring the deals into force. The deals are crucial for

US seeks expansion of military presence in Philippines

The United States is seeking an expansion of its military presence in the Philippines under a 2014 defense pact, U.S. and Philippine officials said, one of the

VP Harris to visit front-line Philippine island in sea feud

Vice President Kamala Harris will underscore America’s commitment to defending treaty ally the Philippines with a visit that started yesterday and involves flying to an island province

Two rival blocs race to form Malaysia’s next government

The two biggest winners of Malaysia’s general elections were competing yesterday to hammer out alliances to form a government after tightly-fought general elections failed to produce

Kim fires missile after threatening ‘fiercer’ step

North Korea launched a short-range ballistic missile toward its eastern waters yesterday, hours after the North threatened to launch “fiercer” military responses to the U.S. bolstering

Australian PM raises trade ‘blockages’ with President Xi

Australia’s Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said he raised with President Xi Jinping yesterday his concerns about trade “blockages,” but did not walk away from their first face-to-face

Protest song played for HK rugby team in Incheon stadium

The South Korean organizers of a regional rugby tournament have apologized for mistakenly playing a song embraced by Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters as China’s national anthem, an

Russia’s Lavrov treated at hospital, Indonesian officials say

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov was taken to the hospital because of a health concern following his arrival for the Group of 20 summit in Bali, multiple Indonesian authorities said today (Monday). Russia denied that he had been hospitalized.

Southeast Asian leaders: Region no proxy for any powers

Indonesia's president vowed yesterday not to let Southeast Asia become the front lines of a new Cold War amid increasing tensions between the United States and China,

Japan minister quits over execution remark, PM delays trip

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida delayed his departure for three upcoming summits in Southeast Asia on Friday to sack and replace his justice minister, who was

Japan, US hold joint arms drills amid China, N.Korea worry

Japan and the United States began a major joint military exercise yesterday in southern Japan as the allies aim to step up readiness in the face of

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