VIETNAM| US criticizes convictions of dissidents 

The United States has expressed alarm over prison terms handed down against three Vietnamese democracy activists for obstructing traffic. Human rights groups have described the charges used to convict Bui Thi

PAKISTAN | Karachi thirsts for water supply 

On the outskirts of the slums of Pakistan’s biggest city, protesters burning tires and throwing stones have what sounds like a simple demand: They want water at least once a week. But that’s

INDIA | ‘Untouchables’ still forced to clean human excrement

Hundreds of thousands of impoverished, low-caste Indians are still working with their bare hands to clean human excrement from open roads and millions of dry pit latrines across the country,

AUSTRALIA | Tycoon lawmaker apologizes to China for racist tirade 

Australian mining magnate turned lawmaker Clive Palmer has apologized to China over an extraordinary tirade on national television in which he called the Chinese “bastards” and “mongrels” and accused Beijing of

INDIA | Jewish center reopens 6 years after Mumbai attacks 

Rabbis from across Asia yesterday celebrated the reopening of a Jewish center targeted by rampaging Pakistani gunmen who stormed through Mumbai on a 60-hour killing spree in 2008. The attacks on

THAILAND | Edible insects a boon to poor farmers

Depending solely on the rains to either yield a good rice crop or leave their fields dry and barren, farmers in this village in northeastern Thailand, the country’s poorest region,

THAILAND | Junta leader assumes prime minister post

Thailand’s junta leader, who seized power in a military coup three months ago, officially assumed his new post as prime minister yesterday following an endorsement from the country’s monarch. During a ceremony

VIETNAM | Gov’t sends envoy to China to smooth tensions

Vietnam is sending a senior Communist party official to China this week to try to rebuild relations badly bit by Beijing’s decision to deploy an oil rig in waters claimed by Hanoi

INDIA | Stampede at Hindu holy procession kills 10

  A pre-dawn stampede killed 10 people yesterday as tens of thousands of Hindus were worshipping in an annual procession in central India, police said. Some 50,000 devotees had been marking the holy

THAILAND | Interpol seeks clues to ‘baby factory’ case

Interpol said it has launched a multinational investigation into what Thailand has dubbed the “Baby Factory” case: a 24-year-old Japanese businessman who has 16 surrogate babies and an alleged desire

JAPAN | Hiroshima mudslide death toll rises to 50

  The death toll from mudslides in Hiroshima rose to 50 yesterday as rescue workers resumed searching for survivors. Thirty-eight people remained unaccounted for as of 8 a.m., according to Hiroshima police.

HEALTH | Noodles: Friend or foe? S. Koreans defend diet 

Kim Min-koo has an easy reply to new American research that hits South Korea where it hurts — in the noodles. Drunk and hungry just after dawn, he rips the

THAILAND | Junta leader nominated as next prime minister 

Three months after overthrowing Thailand’s last elected government, this Southeast Asian nation’s junta leader is stepping out of his army uniform for good — to take up the post of prime minister

JAPAN | 36 dead, 7 missing in Hiroshima landslide

Rain-sodden slopes collapsed in torrents of mud, rock and debris yesterday in the outskirts of Hiroshima, killing at least 36 people and leaving seven missing, police said. Public broadcaster NHK showed

NORTH KOREA | Pyongyang calls John Kerry ‘wolf with a hideous lantern jaw’

In its latest personal attack on a prominent official from a rival country, North Korea yesterday called U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry a wolf with a “hideous lantern jaw.” North Korea has unleashed

PAKISTAN | Lawmakers meet amid mass protests 

Pakistani lawmakers met yesterday as tens of thousands of protesters thronged outside the assembly calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif over alleged voting fraud. Sharif and other lawmakers

INDIA | Poachers now threaten lesser-known animals 

Wildlife poachers, hindered by India’s efforts to protect majestic endangered animals including tigers and rhinos, have begun to think smaller. And activists say scores of the country’s lesser-known species are vanishing from

AUSTRALIA | Tycoon lawmaker calls Chinese ‘bastards’ and ‘mongrels’ in TV tirade

A larger-than-life Australian mining magnate turned lawmaker, Clive Palmer, was widely accused yesterday of threatening Australia’s relationship with its biggest trading partner through an extraordinary tirade against China. The 60-year-old multi-millionaire called

PAKISTAN | Opposition gears for march on parliament 

Tensions rose in the Pakistani capital yesterday as an opposition rally prepared to march toward the Parliament and government headquarters in Islamabad later in the day and authorities beefed up

ANALYSIS | Francis gets crash course on Korea issue 

THE VIEW FROM THE PAPAL PLANE In a whirlwind five-day trip to South Korea, Pope Francis beatified 124 martyrs, kissed almost as many babies and rallied thousands of Asian youth. It might

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