Thailand | American questioned for shipping baby body parts

A parcel delivery company in Bangkok put three packages bound for the United States through a routine X-ray and made a startling discovery — inside were a variety of preserved

Putin leaves G-20 early as Ukraine dominates talks

President Vladimir Putin left the Group of 20 summit in Australia early so he can sleep on the long flight home, as fellow leaders berated Russia over the conflict in

G-20 Summit | Leaders agree on USD2 trillion boost to growth 

Under pressure to jolt the lethargic world economy back to life, leaders of G-20 nations yesterday finalized a plan to boost global GDP by more than USD2 trillion over five

G-20 Summit | US, Japan, Australia agree to deepen security ties

Eyeing Chinese assertiveness, President Barack Obama and the prime ministers of Japan and Australia committed yesterday to deepen their military cooperation and work together on strengthening maritime security in the

Stanley Ho barred from Crown Sydney

Previously secret conditions, revealed in NSW parliament, restrict Crown Resorts’ junket operations, its operations overseas and business connections between Crown and Stanley Ho and his associates. According to the agreement quoted

Myanmar | Obama meets leader amid fears of backslide

President Barack Obama received a hero’s welcome two years ago during his historic visit to Myanmar, whose rapid rebirth after decades of repression was a source of hope for the region

India | Washington, Delhi end impasse that threatened WTO pact

The United States and India said yesterday they had resolved a dispute over stockpiling of food by governments, clearing a major stumbling block to a deal to boost world trade. India

India | Arrested doctor denies role in deaths of women

The doctor who conducted sterilization procedures after which 13 women died in central India was arrested, but insisted he didn’t do anything wrong — even though he said he used to

India | Docs rush to help after sterilization deaths

A team of doctors rushed to central India yesterday after at least 12 women died and dozens of others fell ill following sterilization surgery held as part of a free,

Myanmar | Obama confronts reform shortcomings

When President Barack Obama arrives in Myanmar’s remote capital, he will confront a nation backsliding in its pledges to enact economic and political reforms that were rewarded with U.S. sanctions relief and

South Korea | Ferry captain gets 36 years in prison 

The captain of a ferry that sank earlier this year, leaving more than 300 people — mostly schoolchildren — dead and shocking South Korea, was given a 36-year prison sentence yesterday

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

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