India | Uber to introduce ‘panic button’ safety feature

Uber says it’s introducing two new safety features for riders in India in response to concerns about safety that followed a passenger reporting she had been raped by a driver. The

North Korea | Wary of sanctions, Pyongyang woos money-laundering watchdog

North Korea, long accused by the U.S. and others of engaging in counterfeiting, drug trafficking and even online gambling scams, is trying to repair its international image by courting a little-known

North Korea | Regime rules out any talks with US ‘gangster’ state

North Korea said it won’t agree to talks with the U.S. and is now focused on its ability to destroy the country with conventional, nuclear and cyber-warfare attacks. Kim Jong Un’s

Kim Jong Un executes army general in latest purge of officials

General Pyon In Son, head of operations in the Korean People’s Army, was killed for expressing an opinion different to that of Kim, a South Korean official told reporters in

Bangladesh | Police say ex-PM instigated deadly firebombing 

  Police yesterday accused Bangladesh’s former prime minister and an opposition alliance leader of instigating a bus firebombing that killed seven people and injured 16 others as political violence is surging in the

Australia | Abbott backed by Cabinet as lawmakers publicly break ranks

Treasurer Joe Hockey and Finance Minister Mathias Cormann both publicly backed Abbott yesterday, a day after Foreign Minister Julie Bishop issued a statement saying she wasn’t campaigning for Australia’s top job. “The

The Buzz | Divers retrieve 6 more bodies from AirAsia crash

Indonesian divers have discovered six more bodies from the wreckage of the crashed AirAsia plane, bringing to 90 the total number bodies retrieved from the jetliner. AirAsia Flight 8501 crashed

North Korea | UN official: human rights, cult of Kim can’t coexist

  A campaign within the United Nations to haul North Korean leader Kim Jong Un before an international court for crimes against humanity has touched off a defensive fury in Pyongyang,

South Korea | Soldier sentenced to death for killing 5 comrades

A South Korean soldier was sentenced to death yesterday for killing five comrades and injuring seven others in a shooting and grenade attack last year, the Defense Ministry said. Shooting rampages

TERRORISM | Hostage killings highlight threat, meager options for Japan

  The killing of two Japanese taken hostage by the Islamic State group has violently driven home the high stakes Japan faces and limited options it can muster in such circumstances. It also offers

Gaming | Melco Crown opens new casino resort in Manila

The company’s co-chairman and CEO Lawrence Ho said the opening of the City of Dreams Manila is part of the company’s plans to have casinos across Asia. It operates casinos

Myanmar | Gate Suu Kyi spoke from to go up for auction

  The iron gate that stood in front of the home of Myanmar’s formerly imprisoned democracy icon, separating her from throngs of cheering supporters as she made speeches challenging the country’s

Australia | Contrite prime minister won’t appoint knights

  Prime Minister Tony Abbott, facing down a revolt from within his own government ranks, promised yesterday he would never again choose who gets an Australian knighthood and officially ditched his

Japan | Abe defends handling of hostage crisis

    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe defended his policy toward terrorism, as the flag at his official residence flew at half-staff yesterday in a mark of mourning for two hostages killed

Thailand | 1 hurt as small blasts rattle Bangkok mall shoppers

Police in Thailand yesterday were investigating a pair of bombings outside a luxury shopping mall in the heart of Bangkok, the first such violence reported in the capital since last year’s army

TERRORISM | Horror in Japan as Islamic State group beheads journalist

  Appalled and saddened by news yesterday of journalist Kenji Goto’s beheading, apparently by Islamic State extremists, Japan ordered heightened security precautions, but vowed not to give in to terrorism. The failure to save

Country mourns Kenji Goto as caring and courageous reporter 

Whether in tsunami-stricken northeastern Japan or conflict-ridden Sierra Leone, the stories of the vulnerable, the children and the poor drove the work of journalist Kenji Goto. The news of his purported

Singapore | New rules prevent Chinese tourists from visiting

New Chinese rules on outbound tours and to end illegal commissions was a major reason for the 26% drop in Chinese tourist arrivals from January to November 2014 considers the

Mongolia | PM asks voters to text a choice: Austerity or investment

Two months after winning office, Saikhanbileg, 46, took to national television on Wednesday to tell viewers they have a choice. He explained the economy is slumping along with foreign investment,

Worker dies on Taiwan film lot to be used for Scorsese movie

A worker was killed in an accident yesterday at a Taiwanese film lot during preparations for the shooting of a new Martin Scorsese movie, media reports said. Taiwan's Central News Agency

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