Pakistan | 58 dead in head-on highway collision

The cause of the accident near Khairpur district in Sindh province was most likely heavy fog, said police official Ghulam Jhokhio. The bus, carrying about 70 people, had left Swat Valley

India | Eight women dead after mass sterilization goes awry

Eight women died of infection and 68 others are hospitalized following sterilization surgery as part of a government-sponsored campaign in the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh, a state medical official

Briefs: Afghanistan | Insurgents kill 9 police officers in separate attacks

India’s Supreme Court yesterday ordered the lifting of a ban on women working as makeup artists in the movie industry, ending a decades-long discriminatory practice. India’s film industry is among

South Korea | Seoul, Beijing agree to sign free trade deal 

South Korea says it has agreed to sign a free trade deal with China that will remove tariffs on more than 90 percent of goods over two decades but won’t include rice

Seoul fires warning shots near N. Korea border 

South Korean troops fired warning shots yesterday after North Korean soldiers approached too close to the border separating the rival countries, Seoul defense officials said. The firing heightens animosities between the

North Korea | 2 detained Americans whisked back home

Two Americans held by North Korea were on their way home Saturday after their release was secured through a secret mission by the top U.S. intelligence official to the reclusive

Philippines | Year after Haiyan, some move on, others agonize

Four months after she lost her husband and home to Typhoon Haiyan’s fury, Agnes Bacsal gave birth to their sixth child — a sprightly boy, whose company has eased the

New Zealand | AC/DC drummer accused of trying to arrange deaths 

The 60-year-old drummer for Australian rock band AC/DC whose hits include “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap” was accused yesterday of trying to arrange two killings as well as possession of

Myanmar | Wife says signs of torture on slain reporter’s body

The body of a freelance journalist shot by Myanmar’s army showed signs that he was tortured before he died, his wife said yesterday. Ma Thandar said the body, which was exhumed Wednesday, had

South Korea | Son, brothers of ferry owner convicted

A South Korean court convicted three relatives of the sunken ferry’s owner and other associates for corruption yesterday, about four months after the tycoon was found dead on the run. The

North Korea | Kim Jong Un walks without cane as troops applaud

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made his first appearance without a cane since emerging from a six-week seclusion that prompted speculation about his health and grip on power. Kim clapped

Singapore | Infinity pool draw crimps casino take

Tourists wanting to float in an infinity pool 57 stories in the sky are paying the most ever to stay at Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands. The hotel’s owner would rather

Australia | Gov’t to staff Ebola hospital in Sierra Leone 

Australia’s prime minister said yesterday that his government expects to staff a British-built Ebola hospital in Sierra Leone by the end of the month after reaching a deal with Britain on

Australia | Ex-PM Whitlam commemorated in Sydney

Australia’s reformist Prime Minister Gough Whitlam, who lost power in a constitutional crisis in 1975, was commemorated yesterday at a packed state memorial service at Sydney Town Hall. Whitlam died in Sydney

Thai man convicted of defaming king on Facebook

A Criminal Court judge found 24-year-old Akkaradet Eiamsuwan guilty of violating Thailand’s lese majeste law, which punishes people who defame, insult or threaten the monarchy. The ruling said Akkaradet used an

Briefs: Sri Lanka | At least 10 dead in mudslide

Sri Lanka has confirmed that at least 10 people died and 28 are still missing from a mudslide last week at a tea plantation, as officials began using voting and

Thailand | Junta appoints constitution committee in likely effort to bar Thaksin

Thailand’s military-installed government appointed a committee yesterday to draft the country’s new constitution amid speculation that it will seek to bar former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and his allies from politics. The

Singapore | Gov’t passes first law against human trafficking

The law defines trafficking in persons, or TIP, and carries penalties including jail, fines and caning, according to Christopher De Souza, the member of parliament who proposed the legislation. It

South China Sea disputes | Taiwan conducts live fire drills on Spratlys, angering Vietnam

Taiwan’s coast guard was conducting a second day of live-fire drills on an island in the disputed Spratly chain, prompting condemnation from Vietnam. The drills are conducted annually on Taiping Island,

Australia | Abbott blames IS for Sydney shooting

The shooting of a Shiite religious leader outside a Sydney prayer hall appeared to have been influenced by the Islamic State movement, Australia’s prime minister said yesterday. Rasoul Al Mousawi, 47,

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