Vietnam | Gov’t orders quick probe after scaffolding fall kills 13 

Vietnam’s prime minister yesterday ordered a swift investigation into a scaffolding collapse that killed 13 workers and injured dozens, while a unit of South Korea’s Samsung Group involved in the

Briefs | Singapore: Bakery pulls Lee Kuan Yew bun after social media roasting

A bakery chain apologized for a bun commemorating Singapore’s long-time leader Lee Kuan Yew and pulled it from stores after being accused of poor taste. BreadTalk said on its Facebook

Singapore | Lee Kuan Yew lies in state as citizens bid farewell 

Singaporeans stood in silence yesterday as Lee Kuan Yew’s coffin traveled on a ceremonial gun carriage a short distance from the presidential palace to Parliament, where thousands waited for hours

Thailand | Seafood firm drops supplier named in slavery report

Thailand’s biggest seafood company said yesterday it has cut ties with a supplier named in an Associated Press report after determining it might be involved with forced labor and other abuses. The

Australia | 230 suspected jihadis prevented from leaving

Counterterrorism squads have prevented 230 suspected jihadis from departing Australian airports for the Middle East this month, including at least three teenage boys, officials said yesterday. Officials had previously announced that

Afghanistan | Thousands protest woman’s mob killing in Kabul

Thousands marched through the Afghan capital yesterday, demanding justice for a woman who was beaten to death by a mob after being falsely accused of burning a Quran. Men and women

Myanmar | Police reject lawsuit against government minister

Police in northwestern Myanmar have rejected a lawsuit filed by two Buddhist monks against Myanmar’s home minister and police chief, saying they are protected by law. In declining to accept a

Philippines | Trial begins of US Marine charged with murder

U.S. security escorts brought Marine Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton, wearing handcuffs, into a heavily secured courtroom in Olongapo city, northwest of Manila, for the trial after an earlier plea-bargain negotiation with the

India | Court rejects ban on ‘offensive’ Internet messages

India’s top court affirmed people’s right to free speech in cyberspace yesterday by striking down a provision that had called for imprisoning people who send “offensive” messages by computer or

Afghanistan | Gunmen kill 13 as suspected US drone strike kills 9

Gunmen in eastern Afghanistan killed at least 13 people during a midnight assault yesterday on a highway as a suspected U.S. drone strike near Pakistan killed at least nine militants,

Singapore | City mourns death of founding father Lee Kuan Yew

Singapore mourned longtime leader Lee Kuan Yew with raw emotion and a blanket of relentlessly positive coverage on its tightly scripted state television yesterday, mythologizing a man who was as

Islamic State | Australia a puzzling hotbed for militant recruiting

A nightclub bouncer who reportedly became a terror group leader. A man who tweeted a photo of his young son clutching a severed head. A teenager who is believed to

Singapore Citizens leave flowers, cards as Lee’s health worsens

As the health of Singapore’s founding prime minister Lee Kuan Yew deteriorated on the weekend, thousands of Singaporeans visited his hospital and a community center to leave flowers, gifts and emotional messages

Cambodia | Michelle Obama urges students to seek more freedoms

Michelle Obama urged Cambodian students to finish their education and speak up to demand greater freedoms and more equality on a landmark visit to a Southeast Asian country that has

Thailand | Ex-premier Yingluck to stand trial over rice program

Thailand’s Supreme Court announced yesterday that former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra will stand trial for her role in overseeing a rice subsidy program spearheaded by her ousted government that lost billions

Japan | Gov’t confirms deaths of 3 nationals in Tunisia attack

Three Japanese were killed, and three others injured, in the militant attack on tourists in Tunisia, the Japanese government said yesterday. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said an earlier report of

Michelle Obama talks girls rights, invites Abe to luncH

“Like so many women I was able to achieve both my professional and personal goals because of my education,” Mrs. Obama said after Abe announced plans for Japan to support the “Let

Offbeat | Philippines imposes ‘weed bond’ on One Direction

The Philippine Bureau of Immigration is requiring two members of the English-Irish band One Direction to post bonds worth nearly USD5,000 each, to be forfeited if they are caught using

Australia | Canberra and Vietnam agree to closer defense ties, S China Sea stability

Vietnam and Australia agreed to closer security ties yesterday, including training Vietnamese troops in Australia as Canberra seeks to balance its relationship with its biggest trading partner China and relations with

Singapore | Gov’t says founding father Lee’s condition deteriorates

The condition of Singapore’s 91-year-old founding father, Lee Kuan Yew, has deteriorated further at the hospital where he’s been treated for about six weeks, the government said yesterday. Lee was admitted

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