Ferry fire kills 31 people; at least 7 missing

A fire broke out on a ferry in the southern Philippines and raged overnight for eight hours, killing at least 31 of the approximately 250 passengers and

Authorities use helicopters to fight mountain wildfires

Thai authorities used helicopters yesterday to try to contain a fire that overnight engulfed two mountains on largely undeveloped forest land in a province northeast of

FM says it will skip US democracy summit amid turmoil

Pakistan announced it will not participate in this week’s U.S.-led Summit for Democracy, a move seen in part as an effort by the impoverished Islamic nation

Police seize large stash of drugs in tea bags

Philippine police seized more than 500 kilograms of suspected methamphetamine concealed in tea bags yesterday and arrested a suspected Chinese drug dealer in a northern mountain

Kim wants to make more nuclear material for bombs

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has called for his nuclear scientists to increase production of weapons-grade material to make bombs to put on his

Russia says it test-fired anti-ship missiles in Sea of Japan

Moscow test-fired anti-ship missiles in the Sea of Japan, Russia’s Defense Ministry said yesterday, with two boats launching a simulated missile attack on a mock enemy

Gov’t steps toward making big polluters reduce emissions

The Australian government took a major step toward implementing a key climate policy that would force chief greenhouse gas polluters to reduce emissions, with the minor

Student goes to graduation dressed like Zelenskyy

A  Japanese student showed up to graduation as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s lookalike, wearing his signature olive-colored, snug-fit T-shirt and khaki trousers to show his support for

Gandhi accuses Modi of favoring Adani Group

India’s top opposition leader Rahul Gandhi this weekend launched a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said he was being targeted because he has

Taliban want control of more diplomatic missions

The Taliban government is trying to take charge of more Afghan embassies abroad, a spokesman said this weekend, amid their continued international isolation because of restrictions

South unification minister in Tokyo to discuss the North

Japan and South Korea almost simultaneously dropped their export claims against each other in the latest sign of improving ties. Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade

Canberra sets wording of Indigenous Voice referendum

The Australian government yesterday released the wording of a referendum question that promises the nation’s Indigenous population a greater say on policies that effect their lives.

Rahul Gandhi gets two years for defamation of PM Modi

An Indian court found opposition leader Rahul Gandhi guilty of defamation yesterday over his remarks about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s surname and sentenced him to two

China, Japan leaders end visits to warring capitals

Ukraine faced more Russian drone attacks yesterday that killed at least three people shortly after Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida left Kyiv. Kishida was back in

Japan, China leaders visit rival capitals in Ukraine war

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida began a surprise visit to Kyiv yesterday, hours after Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in neighboring Russia for a three-day visit

IMF to assess governance as part of $3B bailout

The International Monetary Fund said yesterday it is assessing Sri Lanka’s governance in the first case of an Asian country facing scrutiny for corruption as part

Asian stocks sink after Credit Suisse takeover

Asian stock markets sank yesterday after Swiss authorities arranged the takeover of troubled Credit Suisse amid fears of a global banking crisis ahead of a Federal

Former US pilot could have been lured to Australia: Lawyer

A former United States military pilot accused of training Chinese aviators could have been lured from China to Australia as part of a U.S. plan to extradite him

West spotlights North Korea rights abuses; China opposes

The United States, its Western allies and experts shone a spotlight on the dire human rights situation and increasing repression in North Korea at a U.N.

North Korea launches missile into sea amid US-S.Korea drills

North Korea launched a short-range ballistic missile toward the sea yesterday, its neighbors said, ramping up testing activities in response to ongoing U.S.-South Korean military drills that it

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