Koreas | South urges North to restore hotlines for any talks

South Korea yesterday urged North Korea to restore dormant communication hotlines, a day after the North repeated an offer to open conditional talks. The North might be seeking to extract concessions

Thailand urged not to deport trans woman charged in Malaysia

A human rights group urged Thailand not to deport a transgender businesswoman to her home country of Malaysia, where she is charged under Islamic laws for insulting Islam by cross-dressing. Malaysian

Exclusive Interview: UN chief warns China, US to avoid Cold War

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres spoke to The Associated Press this weekend ahead of this week's annual United Nations gathering of world leaders — a convening blemished by COVID, climate concerns

Australia | Morrison says France knew of ‘grave’ submarine concerns

France would have known Australia had “deep and grave concerns” that a submarine fleet the French were building would not meet Australian needs, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said yesterday after

Indonesia | Police retrieves most-wanted militant’s body from jungle

The bodies of Indonesia’s most wanted militant with ties to the Islamic State group and a follower, who were killed in a jungle shootout with security forces, were evacuated early

Malaysia | PM signs landmark pact with opposition lawmakers

Barely a month in office, Malaysia’s new leader has won opposition support to shore up his fragile government in exchange for a slew of reforms as Parliament reopened yesterday. Prime Minister

Vietnam | Hanoi speeds up vaccine drive; 1M jabs over weekend

Vietnam is speeding up its vaccination program in an effort to loosen coronavirus lockdown restrictions in major cities by the end of the month, the government said yesterday. Health workers administered

Thailand | Fire damages Pattaya nightclub popular with Indian tourists

A fire in Pattaya, the Thai seaside resort city southeast of Bangkok known for its racy nightlife, has badly damaged a large nightclub catering to Indian tourists, officials said yesterday. There

Breaking News: Japan warns citizens of possible attack in Southeast Asia

Japan's Foreign Ministry urged its citizens today (Monday) to stay away from religious facilities and crowds in six Southeast Asian nations, warning of a possible attack. The ministry said it had

Afghanistan | Women can study in gender-segregated universities: Taliban

Women in Afghanistan can continue to study in universities, including at post-graduate levels, but classrooms will be gender-segregated and Islamic dress is compulsory, the Taliban government’s new higher education minister

Pakistan | Police arrest alleged child abusers, seek suspects

Pakistan’s police said they were searching for members of a gang accused of abusing minors and making pornographic videos in a marriage hall in the eastern Punjab province. Four suspects from

Indonesia, Australia urge Taliban to respect rights of women

The foreign minister of Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim country, urged the Taliban yesterday to respect the rights of women and not allow Afghanistan to become a breeding ground

Breaking News | Taliban form all-male Afghan government of old guard members

The Taliban today announced an all-male interim government for Afghanistan stacked with veterans of their hard-line rule from the 1990s and the 20-year battle against the U.S.-led coalition, a

Myanmar | Opposition calls for national uprising against army

The main underground group coordinating resistance to Myanmar’s military government issued a sweeping call for a nationwide uprising yesterday, raising the prospect of spiraling unrest. The National Unity Government, which views

Japan | Ex-official gets prison term in casino bribery case

A Tokyo court yesterday sentenced to four years in prison a former top government official for taking bribes from a gambling company, in a high-profile case that has added to

Thailand | Lawmakers’ no-confidence debate focuses on pandemic

Thai lawmakers yesterday began a no-confidence debate targeting Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha and five of his Cabinet members, with the opposition focusing on charges the government bungled its handling of

Pakistan | 11 Islamic State militants killed in raid: police

Pakistan’s counter-terrorism units raided a hideout of the Islamic State group in the restive southwestern Baluchistan province before dawn yesterday, setting off a shootout that killed 11 militants, the police

Indonesia | Some students return to schools, at a distance

School bells rang in parts of Indonesia’s capital for the first time in more than a year yesterday as schools shut by the coronavirus were allowed to begin reopening as

Japan | Author Murakami criticizes PM over pandemic measures

Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami in his monthly radio show criticized the country’s prime minister, saying Yoshihide Suga has ignored a growing COVID-19 surge and public concerns about the pandemic. Murakami quoted

Asian tourism sees ups, downs in second year of pandemic

From the Great Wall to the picturesque Kashmir valley, Asia’s tourist destinations are looking to domestic visitors to get them through the COVID-19 pandemic’s second year. With international travel heavily restricted,

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