Breaking news: Timeline of Australia hostage drama at Sydney cafe

An armed gunman entered a Sydney cafe during today morning's rush hour and took an unknown number of hostages. Hours after the crisis began, five people escaped but a number

South Korea | Crewmember in Korean Air nut rage says he was insulted 

A Korean Air flight attendant described being insulted and shamed by the airline’s executive who ordered him removed and the plane returned over macadamia nuts, and then being asked to

Indonesia | 20 dead, 88 missing in central mudslide

Heavy rains in central Indonesia loosened soil and collapsed a hill, setting off a landslide that killed at least 20 villagers and left 88 others missing under piles of mud, officials said

Japan | Ruling coalition wins big in elections

Japan’s ruling coalition won a resounding victory in lower house elections yesterday, firming up Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s hold on power as he prepares to push forward on several politically difficult

North Korea | US man illegally in country says not detained

North Korea yesterday presented to the media an American who says he illegally crossed into the country but has not been put into custody and is seeking asylum in Venezuela. Arturo

Dam projects risk re-igniting Myanmar’s civil war

Myanmar’s government calls them signposts of modernity: a string of huge dam projects along the mighty Salween River, one of Asia’s last untamed waterways, needed to meet economic goals and

Japan | Big win could help Abe pursue nationalist goals

A projected landslide victory for Japan’s ruling party in Sunday’s parliamentary elections could give Prime Minister Shinzo Abe political breathing space to push forward with his long-held nationalist agenda. While Abe

Australia | Abbot pledges support for Ukraine

Australia pledged its support for Ukraine during a visit by the nation’s president yesterday, with Australia’s prime minister calling for an end to the bloody conflict in Eastern Europe and Ukraine’s

Japan | Secrecy law takes effect as Abe seeks fair vote coverage

Under the act, people can be jailed for as long as 10 years for leaking state-designated secrets on matters from foreign affairs to defense and counter-terrorism. While the government says

Philippines | Suspected bomb kills 10 on passenger bus 

The death toll from a suspected bomb explosion on a bus in the southern Philippines rose to at least 10 with another 34 people wounded, officials said yesterday. The Rural Transit bus

Thailand | Hitler appears in video to promote ‘values’

The short propaganda film commissioned by Thailand’s military rulers was supposed to promote the “12 core values” every Thai student must now learn. But there was one scene the junta

SOUTH KOREA |Nut rage spat latest stumble for Korean Air family

When South Koreans heard that a Korean Air Lines executive delayed a flight because she was angry at being served macadamia nuts in a bag there was outrage but no

S Korea | Nuts! Flight delayed by first class spat

A recent Korean Air Lines flight was delayed when its chairman’s daughter, who is also vice president responsible for cabin service at the airline, ordered a senior crew member off

India | Police question Uber after rape allegation 

Indian police questioned an Uber executive yesterday about the company’s claim it conducts comprehensive background checks and a top official called for the taxi-booking service to be banned nationwide after

Philippines | Storm exits, sparing huge losses 

A storm that began as a frighteningly powerful typhoon started to blow away from the Philippines yesterday after leaving at least 21 people dead and forcing more than 1.6 million into shelters. Typhoon

North Korea | Pyongyang denies Sony Pictures hack, calls it ‘righteous deed’ 

North Korea released a statement yesterday that clearly relished a cyberattack on Sony Pictures, which is producing an upcoming film that depicts an assassination plot against Pyongyang’s supreme leader. While denying

Vietnam | 2nd blogger detained in crackdown 

Vietnamese police detained a second blogger in a week in the latest crackdown on dissent in the Communist country. Blogger and writer Nguyen Quang Lap was taken into custody and his

Philippines | No major damage as typhoon Hagupit hits; 3 dead 

Typhoon Hagupit knocked out power, left at least three  people dead and sent nearly 900,000 into shelters before it weakened yesterday, sparing the central Philippines the type of massive devastation

India | Woman accuses Uber taxi driver of rape

Investigators found a taxi that was abandoned by the 32-year-old driver, police officer Alma Ming said. Ming said the woman, who works at a finance company, was returning from a dinner

Philippines | Approaching storm brings back nightmare of Haiyan

Villagers fled coastal homes and sparked panic-buying in grocery stores and gas stations in the central Philippines yesterday as an approaching powerful storm brought back nightmares of last year’s deadly onslaught from

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