Australia | Abbott: Terrorism is ‘modern form of treason’

Australia’s prime minister told an Asia-Pacific regional conference yesterday that terrorism was a “modern form of treason: and the region’s greatest security challenge. Prime Minister Tony Abbott gave an opening address

Malaysia | Gov’t detains 4 accused of posing naked at quake-hit peak

Malaysian police said yesterday that they have detained four Westerners suspected of posing naked at the country’s highest peak last month, just days before an earthquake killed 18 climbers on

India | Mumbai court bans joyriding in iconic horse-drawn carriages 

The blingy joyrides will soon be ending in Mumbai. Tourists hoping to roll down the city’s cacophonous streets in one of its famed, horse-drawn carriages will have to do so before

South Korea | Park delays US trip as ninth MERS victim dies

South Korea’s President Park Geun Hye postponed a U.S. trip to oversee her government’s handling of the Middle East respiratory syndrome outbreak, which claimed two more lives amid warnings of

Philippines | Court orders 9 jailed Chinese fishermen freed

A Philippine court has ordered the release of nine Chinese fishermen who served a year in prison for poaching and taking hundreds of endangered giant sea turtles from a disputed South China

Pakistan | Execution of youth suspect stayed for 4th time

A death-row prisoner whose family says was just 14 years old when he was convicted of killing a 7-year-old has had his execution stayed for a fourth time, authorities said

Nepal | Political agreement paves the way for eight states, new constitution

Nepal’s main political parties have reached agreements on several disputed issues that could lead to the drafting of a much-delayed constitution in the Himalayan nation. The agreement was signed by leaders

South Korea | Gov’t says its deadly MERS outbreak may have peaked

South Korea believes its MERS virus outbreak may have peaked, and experts say the next several days will be critical to determining whether the government’s belated efforts have successfully stymied a disease

Australia | 19 hurt after pickup truck slams into cafe

Nineteen people were hurt after a pickup truck smashed into a cafe in northern Australia yesterday, sparking a fire that engulfed the building, police said. Officials were trying to figure

South Korea | 6th person dies of MERS virus

South Korea yesterday reported its sixth death from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome as authorities were bolstering measures to stem the spread of the virus that has left dozens of people infected. A total

Malaysia | Earthquake death toll rises to 16, two Singaporeans still missing

The death toll from an earthquake that trapped scores of climbers on Malaysia’s highest peak rose to 16 yesterday as rescuers searched for two Singaporean climbers still missing. A magnitude-5.9 earthquake on

Human trafficking | Thailand scrambles to boost image

Thailand is eager to show its newfound toughness on human trafficking, taking reporters on patrols and tours of former camps, cooperating with neighboring countries and the U.S., and arresting dozens

South Korea | 5th person dies of MERS virus

A fifth person in South Korea has died of the MERS virus, as the government announced yesterday that it was strengthening measures to stem the spread of the disease and

Malaysia | Climber says ‘lucky to live’ as quake kills 13 

Rescuers on Malaysia’s highest peak yesterday searched for six climbers after recovering 13 dead from a strong earthquake that had trapped scores of trekkers. One survivor said she waited for

South Korea | People avoid hospitals as gov’t quiet on MERS

As South Korea continues to announce new cases of the Middle East respiratory syndrome, Seoul bank worker Lee Ji Hyun has decided to avoid hospitals until she’s sure she and

Asylum seekers | First 4 refugees rejected by Australia arrive in Cambodia

Four asylum seekers rejected by Australia started a new life in Cambodia yesterday, becoming the first to be resettled under a deal between the two nations that human rights advocates

Myanmar | Gov’t says migrants sought jobs, weren’t fleeing persecution 

Myanmar said yesterday that thousands of migrants left the country to seek better jobs elsewhere, and were not fleeing persecution, a day after bringing to shore about 730 migrants, the latest

South China Sea tensions | Aquino says Asia tensions remind him of pre-War Nazi Germany

Philippine President Benigno Aquino said the situation in Asia reminds him of the international community’s failure to contain Nazi Germany before World War II. Aquino made the remarks on a state

South Korea | Seoul test-fires missile that can strike all of N. Korea 

South Korea yesterday successfully test-fired a domestically built ballistic missile that can hit all of North Korea, an official said, amid continuing animosity between the rivals over the North’s push to bolster its

Afghanistan | Militant attack kills 9 Afghans working for Czech charity

Militants attacked a remote guesthouse and killed nine Afghans working for a Czech charity yesterday, as a new report by Brown University warned that almost 100,000 people have been killed

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