Japan | Police comb suspected ‘black widow’ killer’s home 

Japanese police were looking for traces of poison in the home of a woman arrested on suspicion of killing her husband, one of six men who have died while in

South Korea | Ferry firm head gets 10 years in jail over sinking

A South Korean court sentenced the head of a ferry operator to 10 years in prison yesterday over an April ship sinking that killed more than 300 people, mostly teenage

North Korea | Pyongyang threatens nuclear test after landmark UN human rights resolution

North Korea threatened yesterday to bolster its war capability and conduct a fourth nuclear test to cope with what it calls U.S. hostility that led to the approval of a landmark U.N.

India | Bodies of 4 women found after police raid guru’s ashram

The bodies of four women were found inside an Indian guru’s heavily fortified ashram, police said yesterday, a day after security forces tried to storm the sprawling complex and arrest

Thailand | Protesters flash ‘Hunger Games’ sign at PM

Five Thai university students were detained yesterday after giving a three-fingered salute inspired by “The Hunger Games” to the army-backed prime minister in a daring protest against the country’s military

Indonesia | Jakarta gets a Christian governor

The first Christian governor of the Indonesian capital in 50 years was sworn in yesterday despite loud protests from Islamic hard-liners who insisted Jakarta’s top political job go to a

North Korea | UN human rights probe against Kim Jon Un moves ahead

The world’s boldest effort yet to hold North Korea and leader Kim Jong Un accountable for alleged crimes against humanity moved forward Tuesday at the United Nations, where a Pyongyang

Japan | Abe puts off tax hike, calls snap poll

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called a snap election for December and put off a sales tax hike planned for next year until 2017 as the country struggles to fend off

Indonesia | Jokowi raises fuel price to fulfill key development pledge

The price of subsidized gasoline was increased to 8,500 rupiah (USD0.70) a liter from 6,500 rupiah effective yesterday, and diesel has been raised to 7,500 rupiah a liter from 5,500

Indonesia tests female police recruits’ virginity 

Human Rights Watch said in a report that such tests were a longstanding practice in Indonesia, where patriarchal attitudes and practices in the security forces are common. The report was based

Japan | Economy slides into recession as tax hike takes toll

Japan’s economy unexpectedly slid into recession as housing and business investment declined following a sales tax hike, further clouding the outlook for the global economy. The world’s third-largest economy contracted at

Thailand | American questioned for shipping baby body parts

A parcel delivery company in Bangkok put three packages bound for the United States through a routine X-ray and made a startling discovery — inside were a variety of preserved

Putin leaves G-20 early as Ukraine dominates talks

President Vladimir Putin left the Group of 20 summit in Australia early so he can sleep on the long flight home, as fellow leaders berated Russia over the conflict in

G-20 Summit | Leaders agree on USD2 trillion boost to growth 

Under pressure to jolt the lethargic world economy back to life, leaders of G-20 nations yesterday finalized a plan to boost global GDP by more than USD2 trillion over five

G-20 Summit | US, Japan, Australia agree to deepen security ties

Eyeing Chinese assertiveness, President Barack Obama and the prime ministers of Japan and Australia committed yesterday to deepen their military cooperation and work together on strengthening maritime security in the

Stanley Ho barred from Crown Sydney

Previously secret conditions, revealed in NSW parliament, restrict Crown Resorts’ junket operations, its operations overseas and business connections between Crown and Stanley Ho and his associates. According to the agreement quoted

Myanmar | Obama meets leader amid fears of backslide

President Barack Obama received a hero’s welcome two years ago during his historic visit to Myanmar, whose rapid rebirth after decades of repression was a source of hope for the region

India | Washington, Delhi end impasse that threatened WTO pact

The United States and India said yesterday they had resolved a dispute over stockpiling of food by governments, clearing a major stumbling block to a deal to boost world trade. India

India | Arrested doctor denies role in deaths of women

The doctor who conducted sterilization procedures after which 13 women died in central India was arrested, but insisted he didn’t do anything wrong — even though he said he used to

India | Docs rush to help after sterilization deaths

A team of doctors rushed to central India yesterday after at least 12 women died and dozens of others fell ill following sterilization surgery held as part of a free,

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