Unwanted by Australia, refugees on Nauru have few options

Surrounded by the shelves and furniture her older brother made, 13-year- old Parnian sits in the small, neat living room where she spends much of her time,

N. Korea stages huge parade, holds back on advanced missiles

North Korea rolled out some of its latest tanks and marched its best-trained goose-stepping units through Kim Il Sung Square in a major military parade yesterday to

Japan | Death toll nears 40 in Hokkaido earthquake

The death toll has hit 39 from a powerful earthquake that struck the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido last week, authorities said yesterday. One person remained missing

The Buzz | Thai student deaths in Seattle ruled murder-suicide

The deaths of two female students from Thailand have been ruled a murder-suicide, according to authorities in Seattle. The women were 25-year-old Kornkamol Leenavarat and her close friend

Philippines | Duterte: Defiant senator won’t be arrested without warrant

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has decided not to seek the arrest of an opposition senator, who has taken refuge in the Senate, without a court warrant after

India | Supreme Court decriminalizes homosexual acts in landmark verdict

India’s Supreme Court yesterday struck down a colonial- era law that made gay sex punishable by up to 10 years in prison, a landmark victory for gay

Japan | Big quake hits Hokkaido, leaving 9 dead, 30 missing

A powerful earthquake yesterday on Japan’s northernmost main island of Hokkaido triggered dozens of landslides that crushed houses under torrents of dirt, rocks and timber, prompting frantic efforts

Analysis | North parade a tricky prelude to inter-Korean summit

As North Korea prepares for a massive parade Sunday featuring thousands of goose-stepping soldiers and lots of scary-looking missiles, some potentially capable of reaching the U.S.

Myanmar | Criticism doesn’t have Suu Kyi or country on the ropes

Myanmar’s government looks as if it’s under siege from an international community concerned about the condition of its nascent democracy, with widespread calls for a genocide tribunal to hold

Cambodia | New one-party legislature begins session

Cambodia’s king yesterday presided over the opening of the new session of the National Assembly, whose 125 seats are filled by members of a single party following

Xi to send top ally to North Korea anniversary

Chinese President Xi Jinping will not attend celebrations of the 70th anniversary of North Korea’s founding this weekend but will send a top ally to represent him instead,

South China Sea | Philippines extricates warship from Half Moon shoal

The Philippine navy extricated one of its largest warships from the shoal where it ran aground last week near a hotly disputed region in the South China

Pacific Islands Forum | Tensions run high over China and refugees at meeting

Tensions over China and refugees ran high yesterday at a meeting of Pacific leaders after host Nauru accused a Chinese official of bullying and temporarily detained

Pacific Islands Forum | Fate of Nauru refugees casts shadow over conference

Shaped like a peanut and smaller than some big-city airports, this tropical Pacific island has an unusual history. Thanks to rich deposits of a fertilizer ingredient, Nauru’s 11,000

Malaysia | Muslim lesbian couple caned in public punishment

Two Malaysian Muslim women convicted under Islamic laws of attempting to have sex were caned yesterday in a rare public whipping that was slammed by lawmakers and

Asian Games stir Indonesia’s pride, boost Jokowi’s campaign

Indonesia’s hosting of the Asian Games and a record haul of gold medals have swelled national pride, providing a boost to the re-election campaign of President

Six Asians receive Ramon Magsaysay Awards for accomplishments

Six people were honored Friday as this year’s winners of the Ramon Magsaysay Awards, known as Asia’s version of the Nobel Prize, including a Cambodian genocide survivor who

Top officials meet China, Japan pledge support to global trade

Japan’s finance minister and Chinese officials have pledged support for the multilateral system of global trade regulation ahead of a possible new round of U.S. tariff hikes

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