Thailand | Authorities seize 3 tons of elephant tusks smuggled from Kenya

Thailand seized 3 tons of ivory hidden in tea leaf sacks from Kenya in the second-biggest bust in the country’s history, one week after the biggest seizure, customs officials said

Indonesia | Australia wants judges probed before death penalty

Australia wants corruption allegations against Indonesian judges investigated before their death sentences against two Australian drug traffickers are carried out, the foreign minister said Monday. The Australians, Myuran Sukumaran, 33, and Andrew

Nepal | More than 2,500 confirmed dead in earthquake

Sleeping in the streets and shell-shocked, the Nepalese cremated the dead and dug through rubble for the missing yesterday, a day after a massive Himalayan earthquake killed more than 2,500

WWI ANZAC Anniversary | Thousands honor soldiers on 100th year of Gallipoli battle 

For the first time at age 95, Bill Grayden has come to Gallipoli, where his father stormed the beach and took a bullet through his lung during the ill-fated British-led World

Japan | Man arrested over drone at prime minister’s office

Japanese police have arrested a man who admitted to landing a drone with low-level radioactive sand on the roof of the prime minister’s office to protest the government’s nuclear energy

Japan | Ministers’ war shrine visit irks Beijing after Xi-Abe talks 

Three Japanese Cabinet ministers yesterday visited a Tokyo shrine that honors the country’s war dead, including convicted war criminals, drawing a rebuke from China just a day after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

India | Farmer suicide at Delhi protest galvanizes Modi’s opponents

As hundreds watched, Gajendra Singh climbed a tree and hung himself with a towel in central New Delhi on Wednesday. Members of the opposition Aam Aadmi Party, which organized the

Japan | Abe doesn’t offer customary apology for WWII 

South Korea expressed deep regret yesterday that Japan’s leader did not repeat his predecessors’ apologies for the country’s aggression during World War II. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told Asian and African

South Korea | Gov’t approves plan to salvage sunken ferry

South Korea formally approved a plan yesterday to salvage a ferry that sank last year, killing 304 people in one of the country’s deadliest disasters in decades. Raising the Sewol is one of

Thailand | Bangkok rushes to fix illegal fishing after EU ban threat

Thai officials said they were rushing to crack down on illegal and unregulated fishing in a bid to avoid the European Union’s threat to ban seafood import from the country. The

New Zealand | Prime minister apologizes for ponytail pulling

New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key has apologized to a cafe worker for repeatedly pulling her ponytail when he visited the cafe over several months, even after she’d told him to stop.

Drone found on roof of Japanese prime minister’s office

No injuries or damage were reported from the incident, and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was in Indonesia to attend an Asian-African conference. Police said it was not immediately known who was

Gaming alert | Mohegan Sun heats up S Korea casino competition with USD5b proposal

South Korea has become one of Asia’s fastest growing casino markets with gaming companies lured by a 42 percent jump in the number of Chinese tourists to a record 6

New Zealand | AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd pleads guilty to threatening to kill

Rudd faces up to seven years in prison on the threatening to kill charge, although his lawyer Craig Tuck said the prosecution case boils down to an angry phone call,

South Korea | Prime minister offers to resign amid scandal

South Korea’s prime minister has offered to resign amid a bribery scandal just two months after he took up the country’s No. 2 post, officials said yesterday, in the latest political crisis

Japan | Abe sends offerings to controversial war shrine ahead of Xi meeting

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent religious offerings yesterday to a Tokyo shrine that honors convicted World War II leaders among its war dead, a likely signal that he won’t

Australia | 5 asylum seekers on Nauru set to go to Cambodia

Five asylum seekers from Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Iran have agreed to be among the first to leave the Pacific island nation of Nauru for Cambodia under a deal that

Authorities seize 4 tons of elephant tusks in biggest ever bust

Thailand seized 4 tons of ivory hidden in bean sacks tracked from Congo in what authorities said was the biggest bust in the country’s history, customs officials said yesterday. The 739

India | Van and 3-wheeled vehicle collide; 5 students dead

Villagers who took the injured students, including three in critical condition, to a nearby government hospital in Bihar state became incensed when they discovered no doctors were present. About 100

Philippines | Manila starts South China Sea War games with US

More than 11,000 soldiers from the Philippines, U.S. and Australia will take part in joint drills in the South China Sea, as the Philippines’ military chief called China’s building work

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