Indonesia | President rejects any intervention in executions

Indonesia’s president has rejected any attempts by other countries to intervene in the execution of foreign drug traffickers. The government has announced plans to execute eight people — one Indonesian

South Korea | Spy chief says teenager joined Islamic State group

A teenager who went missing in Turkey last month is probably the first known South Korean to join the Islamic State group, officials said yesterday. The director of South Korea’s National

Bangladesh | Death toll rises to at least 70 in ferry disaster

The death toll from a weekend ferry disaster in central Bangladesh rose to 70 yesterday in the latest shipping mishap in the South Asian nation. The official search for more bodies by divers

Thailand | 2 activists who staged play found guilty of insulting monarchy

The activists produced a play called “The Wolf Bride” about a fictional monarch and his adviser. It was performed at Bangkok’s Thammasat University in 2013 to mark the anniversary of

Nepal | Gov’t pledges to improve climbing conditions on Everest

Nepal is improving weather forecasting systems, stepping up security and promises swift rescues if needed during the upcoming climbing season on Everest in attempt to recover from the worst mountaineering

North Korea | Authorities bar foreigners from Pyongyang marathon

  Tightening the screws even further on travel to their already isolated country, North Korean authorities have barred foreigners from one of the year’s most popular tourist events — the annual

Australia | Gov’t to tighten immigration laws in counterterror bid

Australia will strengthen its immigration laws and crack down on groups that incite hatred under a raft of counterterrorism measures introduced yesterday in a bid to combat the threat from home-grown

Bangladesh | Ferry with 140 passengers sinks; at least 48 dead

A river ferry carrying about 140 passengers capsized in central Bangladesh yesterday, killing at least 48 people, officials said. A rescue operation was underway, but it was not clear exactly how many

Singapore | City’s founder hospitalized with pneumonia

Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s founding father, has been hospitalized for severe pneumonia, the Prime Minister’s Office said. Lee, 91, was admitted to Singapore General Hospital on Feb. 5, the office said in a statement Saturday.

India | Head of UN climate panel skips meeting amid harassment case

The Indian leader of the U.N.’s expert panel on climate change has pulled out of a key meeting in Nairobi while pledging to cooperate with New Delhi police investigating allegations

Maldives | Authorities arrest ex-president for his move against judge

Maldives authorities arrested former President and current opposition leader Mohamed Nasheed yesterday, ordering him to stand trial for his 2012 decision to arrest a senior judge. Nasheed’s supporters protested in the

Afghanistan | Dialogue with Taliban could begin in March

After more than a decade of warfare, negotiations between the Afghan government and the Taliban are set to begin, officials, diplomats and experts said as President Ashraf Ghani declared that

Nature | Filthy India air cutting 660 million lives short by 3 years

India’s filthy air is cutting 660 million lives short by about three years, according to research published Saturday that underlines the hidden costs of the country’s heavy reliance on fossil

Philippines | Muslim rebels return 16 firearms of slain Filipino commandos 

Muslim guerrillas returned to the Philippine government yesterday at least 16 assault firearms of police anti-terror commandos who were killed in what the insurgents say was a “misencounter” that has

INDIA | Modi’s uniquely monogrammed suit to be auctioned for charity

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s dark suit with its unique monogram pinstripes went up for auction yesterday in his home state of Gujarat, officials said. The money raised in the three-day

Bangladesh | Tribunal gives death sentence to 1971 war collaborator

A special tribunal dealing with war crimes involving Bangladesh’s 1971 independence war convicted and sentenced a leading collaborator to death yesterday for crimes including mass killing, arson and looting. The head judge of

Myanmar | Gov’t puts army in charge in troubled Kokang region 

Myanmar granted its military unprecedented powers to deal with fighting between ethnic minority rebels and government troops in the Kokang region, after week-long clashes left dozens of soldiers dead and

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

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