Malaysia | Big rally by Muslims calls for upholding privileges

Tens of thousands of Malaysian Muslims rallied Saturday in Kuala Lumpur against any attempt to strip the ethnic Malay majority of its privileges, in the first massive

Philippines | Duterte seeks martial law extension in the country’s south

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has asked Congress to extend martial law in the country’s south by another year amid continuing concerns over possible militant attacks, although democracy

Friends close | North Korean sends top diplomat to key ally China

North Korea’s foreign minister arrived in key ally China yesterday for talks amid stalled efforts to persuade his government to dismantle its nuclear weapons programs.

Philippines | Authorities arrest US priest accused of abusing altar boys

Philippine immigration authorities say they have arrested an American Roman Catholic priest accused of sexually assaulting altar boys in a remote central town in a case one

New Zealand Police search for 22-year-old British tourist

New Zealand police were searching yesterday for a 22-year-old British tourist who has been missing for five days and failed to contact her parents on her

Indonesia | Regular forces locate bodies of 16 people killed in Papua

Security forces have located the bodies of 16 people and a soldier who were killed in one of the bloodiest separatist attacks in Indonesia’s restive Papua province,

Koreas | South abuzz about North leader Kim’s possible trip

Day after day, rampant speculation about North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s possible trip to Seoul is making headlines in South Korea, despite no official confirmation from

Japan | Brazilian consul says arrested Ghosn is healthy, wants thrillers

The former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn, who was arrested in Japan on suspicion of underreporting his income, seems prepared to fight out his case and has asked

Economic chill dulls appetite for some luxury brands

The designer boutiques of Manhattan and Paris are feeling the chill of a Chinese economic slowdown that has hammered automakers and other industries. That

China’s thirst for high-end beer fuels surge in Canadian barley

At a laboratory in downtown Winnipeg, Peter Watts samples a golden pale ale, admiring the silky foam top and smooth, slightly grain-tinged taste. A new variety

Japan | Firm warned of legal step over Korean forced laborers

Lawyers for Korean wartime forced laborers have demanded that a Japanese steelmaker respond to their request to discuss compensation, warning they will otherwise take steps to freeze its

Japan | Ghosn’s legal woes highlight governance failings

One of the biggest mysteries surrounding the arrest of Nissan’s former chairman Carlos Ghosn is over how he allegedly could have underreported his income by millions of

Koreas | Ban Ki-moon urges North to take denuclearization steps

Former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged North Korean leader Kim Jong Un yesterday to take concrete steps toward complete denuclearization and gain the trust of the

The Buzz | Japan nabs 11 Chinese for allegedly working without visas

Japanese police have arrested 11 Chinese nationals in northern Japan for allegedly working at a construction site without passports or proper visas, and later discovered dozens of fellow

Philippine journalist contesting tax charges freed on bail

An award-winning Philippine journalist who along with the online news service she heads has been sued for tax evasion has declared her innocence and was freed

Vietnam | Two ex-police generals jailed for role in gambling ring

A court in northern Vietnam on Friday jailed two former police generals for protecting a multimillion-dollar online gambling ring as the Communist government steps up its crackdown on graft.

Singapore urged to plug talent gap in money laundering fight

Singapore, which is increasingly using technology to combat money laundering and terrorism financing, faces a shortage of skilled data analysts who can help banks track down

Indonesia | West Papuans demand independence at rally

About 300 West Papuan demonstrators calling for independence for the restive Indonesian region faced off with counterprotesters Saturday in the country’s second-largest city. The demonstrators in

Philippines | Three policemen convicted of murder in brutal drug war

A Philippine court found three police officers guilty yesterday of killing a student they alleged was a drug dealer, in the first known such conviction under the president’s

Japan | Prosecutors vow to hold Ghosn as long as needed

Japanese prosecutors said yesterday they will detain former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn for as long as is needed to finish their investigation into suspicions of financial

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