Duterte seen by public as ‘selling out’ to China, deputy says

Philippine Vice President Leni Robredo said citizens were worried Rodrigo Duterte was “selling out” to Beijing and called on the president to take a stronger stand

South Korea to remove Japan from preferred trade list

South Korea said yesterday that it has decided to remove Japan from a list of nations receiving preferential treatment in trade in what was seen as

Pyongyang says Kim supervised weapons tests, criticizes Seoul

North Korea said yesterday that leader Kim Jong Un supervised test-firings of an unspecified new weapons system, which extended a streak of launches that are seen as

Japan OKs 1st export to South Korea under new trade curbs

Japan said yesterday it has granted its first permit for a South Korea-bound shipment of chemicals to produce high-tech materials under Tokyo’s new export requirement that

Malaysia | Trackers use mom’s voice in London girl’s search

Malaysian rescuers will play a recording of the voice of the mother of a 15-year-old London girl who mysteriously disappeared from a forest resort, as

Japan says export step not aimed at hurting ties with Seoul

Japan’s government spokesman says his country’s downgrading of South Korea’s trade status is not intended as retaliation for disputes over court rulings ordering Japanese companies to pay compensation for their

Thailand | Health ministry receives cannabis oil for medical use

Thailand’s health ministry received its first batch of legal medical marijuana yesterday to be distributed in state-run hospitals. Public Health Minister Anutin Chanvirakul presided over the ceremonial handing over of 4,500

Sri Lanka PM: Country must prepare for new terrorism phase

Sri Lanka’s prime minister told a parliamentary committee investigating the Islamic State-inspired Easter Sunday bomb attacks that the country should prepare itself for new types of terrorism. Existing policing, investigative agencies

Kim says North Korean launches were warning to US, South

North Korea said yesterday leader Kim Jong Un supervised a live- fire demonstration of newly developed, short-range ballistic missiles intended to send a warning to the United States and South

North Korea fires more weapons, denounces US military drills

North Korea continued to ramp up its weapons demonstrations by firing two presumed short-range ballistic missiles into the sea yesterday while lashing out at the United

Malaysia uses helicopter, dogs in search for missing UK girl

Police used a helicopter and sniffer dogs yesterday in an expanded search for a 15-year-old London girl who disappeared from a Malaysian resort over the

UN study finds businesses funding Myanmar army abuses

A United Nations fact-finding mission called yesterday for an embargo on arms sales to Myanmar and targeted sanctions against businesses with connections to the military after finding they are helping

New Zealand | Gov’t plans to ease abortion restrictions

New Zealand’s government announced yesterday that it plans changes to the country’s abortion laws that would treat the procedure as a health issue rather than a crime. While abortions have been

Snubbed by North Korea, Pompeo hits other Asian turbulence

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo left Thailand on Saturday with his hopes for resuming nuclear talks with North Korea dashed, while facing an escalating trade

Philippines | 31 dead, 62 rescued after boats capsize

Rescuers recovered more bodies in rough seas where three ferry boats capsized after being buffeted by fierce winds and waves off two central Philippine provinces, bringing

Stood up in Bangkok: Pompeo regrets N.Korea meeting unlikely

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said yesterday the Trump administration remains ready to resume talks with North Korea now, although he regretted that a meeting

Police: South Korean man set himself ablaze to protest Japan

A 72-year-old South Korean man was in critical condition after setting himself ablaze in downtown Seoul yesterday, apparently to express his anger toward Japan amid worsening

Seoul: North Korea launches 2 short-range ballistic missiles

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea's military said North Korea conducted its second weapons test in less than a week today (Wednesday), firing two short-range ballistic missiles off its east

Top diplomats gather in Bangkok for key Asia-Pacific talks

Top diplomats from the Asia-Pacific region started gathering yesterday in the Thai capital to discuss issues of concern to the area, including security on the Korean peninsula

Malaysia: Myanmar must be accountable for Rohingya to return

Malaysia’s foreign ministry said yesterday that Myanmar’s government must pursue justice for alleged human rights abuses against the Muslim Rohingya minority so that hundreds of thousands

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