Afghanistan | Suicide bomber kills 12 in Kabul

A suicide bomber struck outside a government ministry in the Afghan capital yesterday, killing 12 people and wounding 31 days before the start of a holiday cease-fire with the

Thailand | Five shot dead at home in Yala province

Five men were fatally shot yesterday in southern Thailand, police said, the latest killings in a region plagued by insurgency for more than a decade. The

Vietnam | ‘Anti-State’ groups incite nationwide protests

Vietnam said the groups behind Sunday’s protests against proposed laws demonstrators view as curbing Internet freedom and favoring Chinese investors were trying to damage the country’s

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to visit Australia, Fiji

Kensington Palace says Prince Harry, and his wife, the former actress Meghan Markle, will be touring Australia, Fiji, the Kingdom of Tonga and New Zealand this fall.

The Buzz | Priest fatally shot at altar of Philippine catholic church

Two gunmen killed a Roman Catholic priest as he prepared to celebrate Mass at the altar of a chapel in the northern Philippines, in the latest deadly attack

Japan | Knife attack on bullet train leaves 1 dead, 2 hurt

A knife attack on a Japanese bullet express train near Tokyo left one passenger dead and two others injured, police said yesterday, as they arrested a suspect

Indonesia wins UN council seat along with Germany, Belgium

Indonesia defeated the Maldives on Friday in the only contested election for a seat on the Security Council starting Jan. 1 and will join the U.N.’s most

Isolated Kim takes big gamble leaving home for summit

Spare a moment, as you anticipate one of the most unusual summits in modern history, to consider North Korea’s leader as he left the all-encompassing bubble of

Offbeat | Kim Jong Un impersonator questioned on arrival in Singapore

A Kim Jong Un lookalike was detained and questioned upon his arrival in Singapore on Friday, days before a summit between the North Korean leader and President Donald

Afghanistan | President announces Ramadan cease-fire with Taliban

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani announced a weeklong cease-fire with the Taliban to coincide with the holiday marking the end of Ramadan next week. A

Australia | Turnbull backs Zuckerberg’s grilling in Parliament for Huawei scandal

Australia’s prime minister said yesterday he would welcome Facebook founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg testifying to an Australian parliamentary committee on the social media giant’s sharing

North Korea | Military may benefit from Kim’s charm offensive

While raising hopes for denuclearization and a peace treaty to finally end the Korean War, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s newly found focus on diplomacy

Thailand | Microlender boom that minted fortunes starts to wane

Amassing ever-larger profits by providing small loans is becoming more difficult in Thailand. Shares in microlenders Muangthai Capital Pcl and Srisawad Corp. have slumped this year on

Myanmar, UN sign pact on initial steps for Rohingya return

Myanmar and U.N. agencies signed an agreement yesterday that could eventually lead to the return of some of the 700,000 Rohingya Muslims who fled brutal persecution by

Philippines | Duterte threatens to use emergency rule ‘to the hilt’

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte threatened yesterday to resort to emergency powers and enforce them “to the hilt” to deal with relentless criticism over his human rights

Trump-Kim summit | Hunt for venue leads to old Singapore pirate hangout

Of all Singapore’s big hotels, only one shows all its rooms and restaurants are blocked out for the week surrounding June 12, when U.S. President

Malaysia | Wife of ex-PM questioned, new graft scandal unfolds

Anti-corruption investigators questioned the wife of former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak yesterday about alleged theft and money-laundering involving the 1MDB state investment fund, as officials

Trump-Kim summit | Don’t expect North Korea to foot the bill

When North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump hold their summit at an exclusive venue in Singapore, one of the priciest destinations in Asia,

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