North Korea may return to launching ICBMs, US envoy Warns

The U.S. sees “deeply troubling indications” that North Korea is poised for a major provocation, UN Ambassador Kelly Craft warned, as Kim Jong Un’s year-end deadline

Citizenship law | Protesters defy curfew in Indian state to vent anger at bill

Police arrested dozens of people and enforced a curfew yesteday in several districts in India’s northeastern Assam state where thousands protested legislation that would grant

Myanmar | Suu Kyi denies genocide allegations at top UN court

Myanmar’s former pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi yesterday denied that her country’s armed forces committed genocide against the Rohingya minority, telling the U.N.’s top court

UN: Nearly a half-billion in Asia-Pacific still going hungry

Nearly a half-billion people in the Asia-Pacific are still malnourished and eliminating hunger by 2030 requires that millions escape food insecurity each month, according to a

New Zealand volcano vents steam, delays recovery of bodies

A New Zealand island volcano vented more steam and mud yesterday, prompting authorities to delay plans to recover the bodies of victims from a deadly eruption

New Zealand | Stories of injured, missing in volcano eruption

Officials say 47 people from New Zealand, United States, Australia, Germany, Britain, China and Malaysia were on a New Zealand volcanic island when it suddenly erupted.

India | Crackdown hits religious freedom in disputed Kashmir

For years Romi Jan’s mornings would begin with the plaintive call to prayer that rang out from the central mosque in disputed Kashmir’s largest city. The

New Zealand | At least five dead, many more missing in eruption of volcano

A volcanic island in New Zealand erupted yesterday in a tower of ash and steam while dozens of tourists were exploring the moon-like surface, killing five

Malaysia | Vaccinating for polio after first case in 27 years

Malaysia began a vaccination campaign in a rural town on Borneo island after a 3-month-old boy was confirmed to have polio in the country’s first case

Three charged over Australia’s largest crystal meth seizure

Two customs agents and an information technology worker appeared in a court yesterday charged with drug offenses over Australia’s largest seizure of methamphetamine, which had been smuggled to Melbourne from

Environment | Experts say Mekong River’s new color a worrying sign

The Mekong River has recently acquired an aquamarine color that may beguile tourists but also indicates a problem caused by upstream dams, experts in Thailand say. The river usually has a

AP Exclusive | 629 Pakistani girls sold as brides to China

Page after page, the names stack up: 629 girls and women from across Pakistan who were sold as brides to Chinese men and taken to China. The list, obtained by

Philippines | Powerful typhoon leaves at least four dead

Typhoon Kammuri barreled across the Philippines with fierce winds and rain yesterday, leaving at least four people dead, forcing hundreds of thousands of villagers to abandon high-risk communities and prompting

Survey | Afghans’ fear for personal safety has increased

Afghans are increasingly fearful for their personal safety, but slightly more believe their war- weary country is moving in the right direction, compared to previous years, according to a new

North Korea says it’s up to US to choose ‘Christmas gift’

North Korea yesterday repeated its assertions that the Trump administration is running out of time to salvage nuclear negotiations, saying it’s entirely up to the United States to choose what

Australia says China’s treatment of writer is ‘unacceptable’

Australia’s foreign minister yesterday described as “unacceptable” the daily interrogation of a shackled Chinese Australian writer detained in Beijing since January on suspicion of espionage. Yang Hengjun was taken into custody

India | People demand justice after woman gang raped and killed

Hundreds of people gathered in New Delhi, Ahmedabad, Mumbai and other Indian cities yesterday to demand justice in the case of a veterinarian who was gang-raped and killed last week. The

US says cryptocurrency expert violated North Korea sanctions

Federal prosecutors have charged a cryptocurrency expert with violating economic sanctions against North Korea by presenting at a conference there this year after the U.S. government denied his request to

Myanmar | Hundreds rally to show support for Suu Kyi

About 700 people rallied yesterday to show support for Myanmar’s leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, as she prepares to defend the country against charges of genocide at the U.N.’s highest

Korea | South says North has fired two short-range projectiles

North Korea yesterday fired two short-range projectiles, likely from a “super-large” multiple rocket launcher, South Korea’s military said, adding to tensions three days after the North said

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