Thailand and US launch annual Cobra Gold military exercise

Thailand and the United States yesterday hosted the opening ceremony for the annual Cobra Gold military exercise, the biggest activity of its type in the Asia-Pacific region with

Malaysia | Wildlife group says authorities seize record 30-ton pangolin haul

Malaysian authorities have seized a record 30 tons of pangolin and pangolin products in eastern Sabah state on Borneo, the biggest such bust in the country,

Malaysia | Court postpones Najib 1MDB graft trial

A defense lawyer said former Malaysian leader Najib Razak’s graft trial, scheduled for today, has been postponed by a court ruling. Najib has pleaded not guilty to 42

Indonesia | Police admit using snake to terrorize Papuan man

Indonesian police have acknowledged officers terrorized a Papuan man with a live snake after a video of the incident circulated online showing the man screaming in fear

Thailand | Bahrain refugee football player released

A Thai court ordered the release of a refugee football player yesterday after prosecutors said they were no longer seeking his extradition to Bahrain in a case that

Thailand puzzles over political surprises from royals

A Thai political party swore loyalty to the king after its stunning decision to nominate the monarch’s sister as its candidate for prime minister backfired when the king called

Woman acquitted of blasphemy still can’t leave Pakistan

A Christian woman acquitted of blasphemy after spending eight years on death row in Pakistan has been transferred from a secret location near the capital to another in Karachi,

South Korea, US sign cost-sharing deal for American troops

South Korea and the United States struck a new deal Sunday that increases Seoul’s contribution for the cost of the American military presence on its

Indonesia | Gov’t sees USD1.6b windfall from halal labeling rule

Indonesia is set to make halal labeling mandatory for consumer products and services this year with the government assuming greater control of the certifying process from the Muslim-majority

Australia | Largest banks may face prosecution after probe

Three of Australia’s largest banks could face prosecution following a yearlong investigation into misconduct recommended tougher oversight and better consumer safeguards. A government-commissioned inquiry found widespread

Philippines | Police say five church bombing suspects in custody

Five suspected Abu Sayyaf militants accused of involvement in the deadly bombing of a Roman Catholic cathedral in the southern Philippines have surrendered to authorities, the national police

US, South Korean diplomats meet ahead of Trump-Kim summit

Senior U.S. and South Korean officials met yesterday to discuss an expected second summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Trump’s special envoy

India | Prime minister visits Kashmir amid protest strike

India’s prime minster paid a daylong visit to disputed Kashmir yesterday to review development work as separatists fighting Indian rule called for a shutdown in the

Australia | Police disable, arrest man in airport standoff

A man who falsely claimed to have a bomb and menaced a woman with a knife forced the evacuation of Brisbane International Airport for more than two hours

Bangladesh | Thousands fired after garment industry protest

More than 5,000 Bangladesh workers who demanded higher wages have been fired by factory owners, and hundreds face police charges in the world’s second-largest garment export

Thailand | Bangkok flies drones, warns of hardships in bad air battle

A fleet of drones, trucks and small planes sprayed water to try to reduce air pollution around Bangkok yesterday while the city’s governor invited critics to brainstorm better ideas

South Korea | Protesters mourn death of wartime sex slave who fought Tokyo

A South Korean woman who was forced as a girl into a brothel and sexually enslaved by the Japanese military during World War II was mourned yesterday by hundreds

Thailand | Bangkok shuts hundreds of schools as toxic haze shrouds city

Thai officials shut hundreds of schools in Bangkok yesterday as some of the world’s most toxic air hung over the city. The metropolis of about 10

Belt & Road | Souring deals in Asia put China’s initiative dreams under pressure

Chinese President Xi Jinping already had plenty of reasons to rethink his grand plan to build railways, ports and other infrastructure across the globe. Malaysia has given

Pakistan | Top court upholds acquittal, frees Christian woman

Pakistan’s top court yesterday upheld its acquittal of a Christian woman sentenced to death for blasphemy, clearing the last legal hurdle and freeing Aasia Bibi to leave

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