Pakistan: 12 Taliban involved in school attack arrested

Pakistan announced the arrest of 12 members of the Pakistani Taliban militant group over their alleged involvement in a deadly attack on a Pakistani school, an army spokesman said yesterday. Another

Vietnam allows second blogger to leave jail

Vietnamese authorities have released a second blogger jailed more than two months ago for posting comments deemed critical of the Communist Party in a rare gesture as the country prepares

Malaysia | Police investigating dissenters over Anwar’s jailing 

Malaysian police have detained a cartoonist and are investigating two lawmakers for sedition over tweets and a cartoon condemning the judiciary for dismissing opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim’s final appeal against

Anwar conviction complicates US ties with Malaysia

The sodomy conviction of Malaysia’s opposition leader has set back, but not derailed, Washington’s improved ties with a country that is becoming increasingly important for U.S. diplomacy and trade policy

South Korea | 100-car pileup on bridge leaves 2 dead, 68 hurt

Two people were killed and at least 68 were injured yesterday in a pileup involving about 100 vehicles in foggy weather on a bridge near South Korea’s Incheon International Airport, officials said. Seven

Ex-coast guard officer in S. Korea guilty over ferry sinking 

Kim Kyung-il was the captain of the first coast guard ship sent to the scene of the sinking on April 16. Slow and unprofessional rescue work by the coast guard

Australia  Police: 2 men planned ‘imminent’ terror attack

Two men were charged yesterday with planning to launch an imminent terrorist attack in Australia, after police seized a homemade flag associated with the Islamic State group, a machete and

India | Upstart party wins big in Delhi, in blow for Modi

An upstart anti-corruption party has won a smashing victory in elections to install a state government in India’s capital, officials said yesterday, dealing a huge blow to Prime Minister Narendra

Malaysia | Top court upholds Anwar Ibrahim’s sodomy conviction

  Malaysia’s top court yesterday upheld opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim’s sodomy conviction and sentenced him to five years in prison, a verdict he slammed — while standing in the dock — as

Afghanistan Officials: IS commander killed in drone strike

A Japanese surfer was mauled to death by a shark yesterday in the second attack off Australia’s east coast in two days, prompting authorities to close beaches. The man, who

Australia | Abbott weakened after surviving party challenge

  Australia’s beleaguered Prime Minister Tony Abbott emerged politically wounded after withstanding a leadership challenge from within his own party yesterday, with many analysts doubting he can survive to lead his conservative

Australia | Abbott moves up leadership challenge

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said yesterday he has moved up a challenge to his leadership to today in the interests of ending uncertainty about his government’s direction. The challenge was

North Korea | Pyongyang says it test-fires anti-ship cruise missile

North Korea said Saturday that it has test-fired a new anti-ship cruise missile, a move experts in Seoul viewed as an attempt to raise tensions ahead of joint military drills between the

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

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