India | Ruling party releases manifesto days before election

India’s ruling party released its election manifesto yesterday, three days before the start of a multi-phase general election in the world’s largest democracy. Prime Minister Narendra

Thailand | Leader of new political party charged with sedition

The leader of a popular new Thai political party that ran a strong third in last month’s general election was formally charged with sedition on Saturday

Philippines | Three hostages escape Muslim militants, one drowns

Three hostages held by Muslim militants in the southern Philippines have made a daring escape that left one drowned, another shot in the back in critical

Nepal | Horses race to keep devils away

Nepal’s president, top officials and diplomats gathered recently at army grounds in central Kathmandu for an annual horse festival that marks the slaying of the Hindu Gurumapa

Indonesia | Presidential race heats up amid mass campaign rallies

Indonesian presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto called for change in a rally Sunday, talking down the government’s economic performance as competition heats up ahead of an election

Japan | Nissan’s Ghosn arrested again in financial misconduct case

Tokyo prosecutors arrested Nissan’s former chairman Carlos Ghosn yesterday for a fourth time, cutting short his brief time outside detention. Ghosn and his lawyer protested

Malaysia | Gov’t urged to investigate police links to disappearances

Malaysia’s human rights commission has urged the government to reinvestigate the disappearances of a Christian pastor and a Muslim activist after a public inquiry concluded

Sharia | Brunei invokes laws allowing stoning for gay sex, adultery

New Islamic criminal laws that took effect in Brunei on yesterday, punishing gay sex and adultery by stoning offenders to death, have triggered an outcry from countries,

Bomb injures at least 18 people in southern Philippine town

A bomb injured at least 18 people yesterday in a southern Philippine town in an attack believed to be either an extortion attempt or retaliation by Muslim militants targeted

Corruption | Prosecutor says ex-Malaysian PM abused his ‘absolute power’

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak sat in the dock yesterday at the start of his corruption trial, with the chief prosecutor alleging he wielded “near absolute

Kim Jong Nam | Detailed and public, murder may never be solved

The murder of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s estranged half brother at an airport in Malaysia was brazen, intricately orchestrated and, thanks to scores of

Australia | Senator slammed over mosque shooting comments

The Australian lawmaker who had an egg cracked on his head by a teenage boy for his comments about last month’s New Zealand mosque shootings faced

New Japan era to be called ‘Reiwa,’ or pursuing harmony

The era of Japan’s next emperor, which begins May 1, will be named “Reiwa,” connoting pursuit of harmony, the government said yesterday after selecting the phrase

Thailand | King strips fugitive ex-PM Thaksin of royal decorations

Thailand’s king has stripped fugitive former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra of his royal decorations, citing his 2008 flight to escape serving a two-year prison term on a

Philippines | Police kill 14 men rights groups say were farmers

Philippine police said yesterday that 14 suspected communist rebels were killed after they opened fire during raids in a central province, but rights groups countered that the

Thailand | Election Commission faces criticism in vote count

Thailand’s Election Commission held a sudden news conference yesterday to release full preliminary results of the country’s recent general election, though some of the data was

UN rights envoy says Laos focus on big projects hurting poor

A United Nations human rights expert has urged communist-ruled Laos to focus less on foreign-invested dam and railway contracts and devote more resources to helping its children

E-commerce | Japan internet giants join forces as payments race heats up

Line Corp. and Mercari Inc. are joining forces on mobile payments as Japan’s internet companies race to dominate cashless transactions in the world’s No. 3 economy.

Singapore will invest SGD724m in technology transformation

Singapore will allocate SGD724 million under a current plan to transform its economy into one that relies more on fields such as research and on companies

Singapore | 500 evacuated in hotel fire; no injuries

Officials say about 500 people were evacuated during a fire at a luxury hotel in Singapore, but there were no reports of injuries. Smoke billowed out of

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