South Korea | Gov’t reports first 2 deaths from MERS virus

South Korea yesterday confirmed the country’s first two deaths from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome as it fights to contain the spread of a virus that has killed hundreds of people in the

Japan | Solar Impulse waits out weather before takeoff for Hawaii

Ultimately when it comes to adventure, however advanced the technology, the weather holds the trump card. A solar-powered plane attempting to circle the globe without a drop of fuel was sitting

North Korea | Holiday in socialist fairyland? Pyongyang woos tourists

If you’re still looking for somewhere exotic to go this summer and don’t mind a vacation that comes with a heavy dose of socialist propaganda and leader worship, North Korea says it’s

South Korea | More than 680 isolated over MERS virus fears

More than 680 people in South Korea are in isolation after having contact with those infected with a virus that has killed hundreds of people in the Middle East, health

Myanmar | Actor Matt Dillon puts rare celebrity spotlight on Rohingya

American actor Matt Dillon put a rare star-powered spotlight on Myanmar’s long-persecuted Rohingya Muslims, visiting a hot, squalid camp for tens of thousands displaced by violence and a port that

Aviation | Solar Impulse plane to land in Japan due to bad weather

A solar plane attempting to fly around the world without a drop of fuel was planning to make an unscheduled stop yesterday night in Nagoya, Japan, because of bad weather. Swiss

Nepal | Schools reopen in areas worst hit by quakes

Thousands of schools across the districts worst hit by two major earthquakes in Nepal reopened yesterday. With most school buildings damaged or unsafe, the Education Ministry ordered that classes be held

Aviation | Solo flight in solar plane sets off on longest leg to Hawaii

A Swiss pilot of a solar plane yesterday embarked on the longest leg of the first attempt to fly around the world without a drop of fuel. André Borschberg took off

India | Rain of little relief as heat toll nears 2,200

Despite hopes that weekend thundershowers would help end a raging heat wave in southern India, the rain brought only limited relief as the death toll since mid-April approached 2,200. Officials said

Japan | 12 hurt in quake as life returns to normal

Twelve people suffered minor injuries and businesses returned to normal yesterday after a powerful earthquake near remote Japanese islands shook most of the country the previous night, but it was

Feature | Pakistan vintage car collectors preserve a part of history

For an elite but passionate group of vintage car collectors in Pakistan, restoring antique rides is like travelling back in time — and money seems to be no obstacle when

Nature | Anniversary of 1st Everest climb marked as industry frets

Everest Day, marking the conquest of the world’s tallest peak 62 years ago, was marked quietly by officials, people in the mountaineering business and a few climbers Friday, little more

Rohingya migrant crisis | Boat people talks: Key issues and expectations 

In the past month, more than 3,000 desperate, hungry people have landed on the shores of Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand, drawing international attention to a crisis in Southeast Asia. Arrivals of the

India | Heat weary citizens crowd rivers, shady trees as death toll passes 1,400

Eating onions, lying in the shade and splashing into rivers, Indians were doing whatever they could yesterday to stay cool during a brutal heat wave that has killed more than

Australia | Abbott warns children of foreign jihadis risk charges

An Australian boy who was photographed holding the severed head of a Syrian soldier could reportedly return to Australia with his mother and siblings, prompting the prime minister to warn

Koreas | Envoys from South, US, Japan discuss N Korean nuke threat

The top nuclear envoys from South Korea, the United States and Japan agreed yesterday on the need to increase pressure on North Korea and urged the country to engage in

Aviation | Singapore Airlines investigates engine problem during flight

The Airbus A330-300 was carrying 182 passengers and 12 crew members when the incident occurred Saturday, the airline said in a statement. The jet lost power in both engines after

Hong Kong student leader accuses Malaysia of denying him entry

Joshua Wong - co-founder of the student activist group Scholarism - said in a Facebook posting yesterday that the immigration officials wouldn’t let him through an airport checkpoint after he

Malaysia | Forensics teams dig up graves at trafficking camp 

Malaysian forensics teams exhumed a body from a shallow grave yesterday at an abandoned jungle camp used by human traffickers, the first of what police predicted would be more grim

Myanmar | Suu Kyi is missing from global meeting on Rohingya 

An international gathering about the plight of Myanmar’s persecuted Rohingya Muslims boasts a star-studded cast, with three Nobel Peace laureates among those calling on the world to wake up to

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