Exclusive | S Korea: Slaves freed from salt farms face misery in shelters

  Life as a salt-farm slave was so bad Kim Jong-seok sometimes fantasized about killing the owner who beat him daily. Freedom, he says, has been worse. In the year since police emancipated

New Zealand | All 13 on skydiving plane leap out before crash

All 13 people aboard a New Zealand skydiving plane that suffered an apparent engine failure yesterday managed to leap out in parachutes moments before the plane plunged into a lake, authorities

Flight 8501 | Tail of crashed AirAsia plane discovered in Java Sea

Divers and an unmanned underwater vehicle yesterday spotted the tail of the AirAsia plane that crashed into the Java Sea with 162 people on board, an important finding because the

Breaking News: All 13 on New Zealand skydiving plane leap out before crash

All 13 people aboard a skydiving plane that suffered an apparent engine failure today managed to leap out in parachutes moments before the plane plunged into a lake, authorities

Flight 8501 | Strong currents force expanded search area for AirAsia plane

  Strong currents forced Indonesia to expand the search area for the crashed AirAsia plane yesterday, as rough seas and bad weather pushed debris and made it difficult to reach suspected

Australia | Swelters through its third-hottest year in 2014

Australia sweltered through its third-hottest year on record in 2014, following a record hot 2013, weather authorities reported yesterday. The southern spring from September through November last year was Australia’s hottest on

Myanmar | Army arrest more than 100 foreigners for illegal logging

The Myanmar army has arrested more than 100 foreigners and 20 Myanmar nationals for illegal logging near the Chinese border, the defense ministry said yesterday. It said the army also seized

Philippines | At least 20 rebels killed in southern province: military

At least 20 members of a renegade Muslim rebel group were reportedly killed as government forces shelled and assaulted their training camp in southern Philippine province of Maguindanao, the military

Thailand | Police nabs fugitive convicted in 1995 India bombing

Thai police said yesterday that they have arrested a fugitive convicted in India for his involvement in a 1995 bomb attack that killed a chief minister of a northern Indian

THE BUZZ | Rapper Joey Bada$$ charged in Australia with concert assault

New York hip-hop artist Joey Bada$$ has been charged in an Australian court with assaulting a security guard before a performance last week, officials said yesterday. The 19-year-old Brooklyn performer was

Flight 8501 | Indonesia cracks down on aviation sector after AirAsia crash

  Highlighting the depth of Indonesia’s air safety problems, the transportation ministry announced harsh measures yesterday against everyone who allowed AirAsia Flight 8501 to take off without proper permits — including

Afghanistan | Suicide bomber hits European police in Kabul, 1 dead

  A suicide car bomber struck near the headquarters of the European police training mission in Kabul yesterday, killing one Afghan civilian and wounding five others nearby, police and EUPOL said. The

Singapore | Office rent to gain most in four years

  Singapore’s prime office rents are set to post their biggest increase in at least four years in 2014, and may extend gains this year in a supply-constrained market. The office rent

Myanmar | Catholics pleased to welcome first local cardinal

  Church colleagues yesterday welcomed home Archbishop Charles Maung Bo, a day after his appointment by Pope Francis as Myanmar’s first Roman Catholic cardinal. Bo, the archbishop of Yangon, was one of

Plane engine dies just before takeoff from Surabaya

In the latest incident to hit an AirAsia flight departing from Surabaya, the engine of a plane failed just before it took off from Juanda International Airport in the Indonesian city,

Australia | Wildfire threat eases as cool front moves in

Cooler conditions yesterday were helping hundreds of firefighters working to contain a massive wildfire that had forced thousands of people to flee their homes in southern Australia. A dozen homes have been destroyed

Indonesia | Prayers held as divers thwarted from AirAsia site

Around 100 family members of AirAsia Flight 8501 crash victims sought strength yesterday, one week after the disaster, while bad weather again prevented searchers from reaching a large object on

US warns about threat against banks, hotels in Surabaya

The U.S. Embassy in Jakarta has issued a warning to Americans about a potential threat against U.S. associated banks and hotels in Indonesia’s second-largest city, Surabaya. An embassy spokesperson said yesterday

N. Korea blasts US for sanctions over Sony attack

North Korea yesterday criticized the United States for slapping sanctions on Pyongyang officials and organizations for a cyberattack on Sony Pictures — the latest fallout from a Hollywood movie depicting

Vietnam | Ship sinks off Vietnam, only 1 of 19 crew rescued

A Norwegian cargo ship with 19 Filipino crew members sank off the coast of southern Vietnam with only one man known to have survived, officials said yesterday. Two bodies have been

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