Sri Lanka | New government to probe alleged coup attempt by ex-president

Sri Lanka's new government will investigate an alleged attempt by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to stage a coup to try to stay in power when results showed he was losing

Flight 8501 | AirAsia flight’s black box found by divers, marked for retrieval

Search teams found the black box from the crashed AirAsia Bhd. jetliner, which will help investigators unlock how QZ8501 plunged into the Java Sea with 162 people on board. Divers identified

Nepalese women team 1st to scale world’s highest peaks

A group of Nepalese returned home Friday after becoming the first all-women team to climb the highest mountains on all seven continents. The team started their quest in 2008 by climbing

AP Exclusive | Philippines : At least 25 wrong arrests mar anti-terror work

  More than a decade ago, the military declared they had killed an Abu Sayyaf kidnapping suspect named Abdulmukim Idris. Yet a man authorities accuse of being Idris continues to languish

Surprise sides | Tooth, plastic in McDonald’s meals in Japan

McDonald’s Corp. officials in Japan bowed deeply yesterday to apologize for a human tooth, plastic pieces and other objects found in the burger chain’s food, highlighting how consumers here are

Exclusive | S Korea: Slaves freed from salt farms face misery in shelters

  Life as a salt-farm slave was so bad Kim Jong-seok sometimes fantasized about killing the owner who beat him daily. Freedom, he says, has been worse. In the year since police emancipated

New Zealand | All 13 on skydiving plane leap out before crash

All 13 people aboard a New Zealand skydiving plane that suffered an apparent engine failure yesterday managed to leap out in parachutes moments before the plane plunged into a lake, authorities

Flight 8501 | Tail of crashed AirAsia plane discovered in Java Sea

Divers and an unmanned underwater vehicle yesterday spotted the tail of the AirAsia plane that crashed into the Java Sea with 162 people on board, an important finding because the

Breaking News: All 13 on New Zealand skydiving plane leap out before crash

All 13 people aboard a skydiving plane that suffered an apparent engine failure today managed to leap out in parachutes moments before the plane plunged into a lake, authorities

Flight 8501 | Strong currents force expanded search area for AirAsia plane

  Strong currents forced Indonesia to expand the search area for the crashed AirAsia plane yesterday, as rough seas and bad weather pushed debris and made it difficult to reach suspected

Australia | Swelters through its third-hottest year in 2014

Australia sweltered through its third-hottest year on record in 2014, following a record hot 2013, weather authorities reported yesterday. The southern spring from September through November last year was Australia’s hottest on

Myanmar | Army arrest more than 100 foreigners for illegal logging

The Myanmar army has arrested more than 100 foreigners and 20 Myanmar nationals for illegal logging near the Chinese border, the defense ministry said yesterday. It said the army also seized

Philippines | At least 20 rebels killed in southern province: military

At least 20 members of a renegade Muslim rebel group were reportedly killed as government forces shelled and assaulted their training camp in southern Philippine province of Maguindanao, the military

Thailand | Police nabs fugitive convicted in 1995 India bombing

Thai police said yesterday that they have arrested a fugitive convicted in India for his involvement in a 1995 bomb attack that killed a chief minister of a northern Indian

THE BUZZ | Rapper Joey Bada$$ charged in Australia with concert assault

New York hip-hop artist Joey Bada$$ has been charged in an Australian court with assaulting a security guard before a performance last week, officials said yesterday. The 19-year-old Brooklyn performer was

Flight 8501 | Indonesia cracks down on aviation sector after AirAsia crash

  Highlighting the depth of Indonesia’s air safety problems, the transportation ministry announced harsh measures yesterday against everyone who allowed AirAsia Flight 8501 to take off without proper permits — including

Afghanistan | Suicide bomber hits European police in Kabul, 1 dead

  A suicide car bomber struck near the headquarters of the European police training mission in Kabul yesterday, killing one Afghan civilian and wounding five others nearby, police and EUPOL said. The

Singapore | Office rent to gain most in four years

  Singapore’s prime office rents are set to post their biggest increase in at least four years in 2014, and may extend gains this year in a supply-constrained market. The office rent

Myanmar | Catholics pleased to welcome first local cardinal

  Church colleagues yesterday welcomed home Archbishop Charles Maung Bo, a day after his appointment by Pope Francis as Myanmar’s first Roman Catholic cardinal. Bo, the archbishop of Yangon, was one of

Plane engine dies just before takeoff from Surabaya

In the latest incident to hit an AirAsia flight departing from Surabaya, the engine of a plane failed just before it took off from Juanda International Airport in the Indonesian city,

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