Asian countries brace to evacuate workers in Iraq, Iran

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the military to prepare to deploy its aircraft and ships “at any moment’s notice” to evacuate thousands of Filipino workers

Thailand launches full-time clinics dispensing cannabis oil

Thailand yesterday opened its first two full-time clinics dispensing cannabis oil for medical treatment, a step forward in the government’s policy of promoting the licensed

Australia | Prime Minister defends response as weather brings respite in fires

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison defended his leadership and his government’s record on climate change yesterday as milder temperatures brought hope of a respite from wildfires that have ravaged three

Australia | Half a billion animals potentially killed in wildfires

Close to half a billion animals in Australia’s New South Wales state may have been killed in wildfires since September - and the number could climb. Research, led by the University

Japan to tighten immigration procedures after Ghosn’s escape

Japan said it would tighten immigration procedures in the wake of Carlos Ghosn’s dramatic escape from the country after skipping bail, and ordered an investigation on how the former Nissan

Kim Jong Un gives up on Trump, prepares to endure US sanctions

Kim Jong Un is giving up on hopes that U.S. President Donald Trump will lift sanctions anytime soon. Alongside the North Korean leader’s latest saber-rattling this week was a stunning admission:

Kim calls for measures to protect North Korea’s security

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un called for his military and diplomats to prepare unspecified “offensive measures” to protect the country’s security and sovereignty, the North’s state media said yesterday

Thailand | Official warns of water shortages due to weather, dams

Thailand should brace for serious water shortages when the hot season begins in March after a year with unusually little rainfall, one of the country’s top water management officials said

Singapore goes on global offensive to defend ‘fake news’ law

Singaporean diplomats are taking the lead in defending a two-month-old fake news law, challenging international media outlets it says are publishing misleading claims on the contentious

Malaysia may reopen Mongolia murder case as Najib vows innocence

Malaysia’s top prosecutor will look into reopening the case of a murdered Mongolian woman allegedly linked to former premier Najib Razak, as the victim’s father says he’s pinning his hopes

Japan executes first foreigner in 10 years in family murder

Japan executed its first foreigner in 10 years yesterday, a Chinese man convicted in the 2003 murder and robbery of a family of four. Wei Wei, 40, was hanged yesterday at

India | Main opposition party stages protest against new law

India’s main opposition party staged a silent protest in the capital yesterday against a contentious new citizenship law, a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi defended

Australia | PM defends climate stance amid wildfire disaster

Australia’s embattled Prime Minister defended his government’s climate policy yesterday, as authorities warned the wildfires crisis ravaging the country’s most populous state could fester for months.

India | Gov’t bans public protests to quell rising anger against citizenship law

Indian authorities have imposed curfew-like restrictions across vast swathes of the country and shut down internet services in parts of the capital New Delhi as Prime Minister

Philippines | Ex-politicians found guilty in 2009 massacre

Two senior members of one of southern Philippines’ most powerful political clans have been found guilty of the world’s single deadliest attack on journalists, 10 years

US opposes lifting key sanctions against North Korea

The United States said yesterday that it opposes a draft resolution proposed by China and Russia that would terminate U.N. sanctions on key North Korean exports, calling the measure

Pakistan | Ex-dictator Musharraf is first army general to get death penalty

A Pakistani special court sentenced former military dictator and president Pervez Musharraf to death in absentia, ending a six-year long high treason case against him and delivering a historic verdict

India | Students decry police as citizenship protests grow

Indian student protests that turned into violent clashes with police galvanized opposition nationwide yesterday to a new law that provides a path to citizenship for non-Muslim migrants who entered the

Pakistan | Lawyer who fought for unlawfully held is abducted

A Pakistani lawyer known for pursuing cases of those unlawfully detained by the country’s security agencies was abducted overnight from his home in the garrison city of Rawalpindi, his son

India | Opposition building against citizenship law

Thousands of university students flooded the streets of India’s capital, while a southern state government led a march and demonstrators held a silent protest in the

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