Afghanistan | UN finds 22 percent rise in civilian casualties 

The number of civilians killed or wounded in fighting in Afghanistan climbed by 22 percent in 2014 to reach the highest level in five years as foreign troops concluded their combat mission,

Indonesia | Jakarta postpones moving of Australian drug convicts for execution 

Indonesia has postponed the transfer of eight convicted drug smugglers, including seven foreigners, to a prison island for execution due to technical problems and to allow the two Australians among

Sri Lanka | UN council endorses delay to war crimes report 

The United Nations Human Rights Council on Monday delayed by six months the release of a report into alleged war crimes committed during Sri Lanka’s civil war, a move sought by the country’s

Myanmar | Tens of thousands of ethnic refugees flee to China

Tens of thousands of refugees from Myanmar’s ethnic region of Kokang have fled into the neighboring Chinese province of Yunnan over the past week amid fighting between militant rebels and

North Korea | Pyongyang threatens strong response to DC rights meeting 

North Korea said it would respond “very strongly” to a conference in Washington yesterday about its widespread human rights abuses and says the United States ignored Pyongyang’s offer to attend and defend

The Buzz | Taiwan’s economy up 3.74 pct in 2014

Taiwan’s economy saw its fastest growth rate in almost three years after strong local demand and steady exports drove a 3.74 percent expansion in 2014, official data showed yesterday. GDP last

Russia | Putin fearing subservience to China casts wider Asia net

  Boxed in by the U.S. and its allies, faced with an uneasy relationship with China and needing new friends and income, Russia is popping up everywhere in Asia. A new strategic agreement with

Japan | Economy makes meek exit from recession 

  After stumbling out of recession last quarter, Japan’s economy looks set to do something familiar this year: slumber. Helped by higher exports, the country’s GDP grew an annualized 2.2 percent in the last

Sri Lanka’s new president makes India his 1st visit abroad

  Sri Lanka's new leader is underlining India's importance as a regional ally by making it his first official foreign destination as president, following years of increasingly uneasy relations with New

Myanmar | Troops recover bodies of 13 rebels in renewed clash

Myanmar troops fighting ethnic rebels near the Chinese border have recovered the bodies of 13 insurgents and captured eight others following heavy government losses this week, state media reported yesterday. The

Court sentences Korean Air nut rage exec to 1 year in prison

  The inflight tantrum dubbed “nut rage” culminated yesterday in a one year prison sentence for Korean Air heiress Cho Hyun-ah, a humiliating rebuke that only partially quelled public outrage at

Officials: Famed Thai temple doesn’t abuse tigers

Pakistan: 12 Taliban involved in school attack arrested

Pakistan announced the arrest of 12 members of the Pakistani Taliban militant group over their alleged involvement in a deadly attack on a Pakistani school, an army spokesman said yesterday. Another

Vietnam allows second blogger to leave jail

Vietnamese authorities have released a second blogger jailed more than two months ago for posting comments deemed critical of the Communist Party in a rare gesture as the country prepares

Malaysia | Police investigating dissenters over Anwar’s jailing 

Malaysian police have detained a cartoonist and are investigating two lawmakers for sedition over tweets and a cartoon condemning the judiciary for dismissing opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim’s final appeal against

Anwar conviction complicates US ties with Malaysia

The sodomy conviction of Malaysia’s opposition leader has set back, but not derailed, Washington’s improved ties with a country that is becoming increasingly important for U.S. diplomacy and trade policy

South Korea | 100-car pileup on bridge leaves 2 dead, 68 hurt

Two people were killed and at least 68 were injured yesterday in a pileup involving about 100 vehicles in foggy weather on a bridge near South Korea’s Incheon International Airport, officials said. Seven

Ex-coast guard officer in S. Korea guilty over ferry sinking 

Kim Kyung-il was the captain of the first coast guard ship sent to the scene of the sinking on April 16. Slow and unprofessional rescue work by the coast guard

Australia  Police: 2 men planned ‘imminent’ terror attack

Two men were charged yesterday with planning to launch an imminent terrorist attack in Australia, after police seized a homemade flag associated with the Islamic State group, a machete and

India | Upstart party wins big in Delhi, in blow for Modi

An upstart anti-corruption party has won a smashing victory in elections to install a state government in India’s capital, officials said yesterday, dealing a huge blow to Prime Minister Narendra

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