Offbeat | Japan’s World War II film idol Rikoran dies at 94

Known as Shirley Yamaguchi in the U.S. and one of biggest Japanese film stars during and after World War II, Yamaguchi died of heart failure Sept. 7, according to Japanese

THAILAND | Rights group calls on junta to end repression 

An international human rights group yesterday called for Thailand’s ruling military to end what it says is a “disturbing pattern of repression” in the country since the army seized power in a

MYANMAR | 1 march, 11 sentences for activist

By marching through the traffic-choked streets of Myanmar’s busiest city, handing out leaflets that lambasted the new nominally civilian government, Htin Kyaw showed how much the country has changed since emerging from

PHILIPPINES | Autonomy bill aims to end conflict 

The Philippine president submitted a draft law to Congress yesterday that aims to end four decades of rebellion by Muslims in the south by granting them more autonomy in a

INDIA | Modi’s Kashmir flood relief may earn him Muslim goodwill

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi stepped up the military’s operation to save thousands from floods in Muslim-majority Jammu and Kashmir, where his Hindu nationalist party will contest elections this year. More

VIETNAM | Hanoi accuses China of beating fishermen

Vietnam has accused Chinese authorities of beating several of its fishermen and has demanded severe punishment for those involved in an incident that could increase tensions in a sea dispute

Offbeat | NZ lodge owner charged with assaulting 16 guests

The owner of a New Zealand tourist lodge has been charged with drugging and sexually assaulting 16 guests, most of whom were from overseas. Police said yesterday that Michael Harris was

AUSTRALIA | Shark kills man despite rescue bid

A man was killed in a shark attack yesterday at the popular tourist destination of Byron Bay on Australia’s east coast despite a beachgoer’s brave rescue attempt, police said. The beachgoer,

PAKISTAN | Death toll in Kashmir floods reaches 400 

The death toll from floods in Pakistan and India reached 400 yesterday as armies in both countries scrambled to help the victims and authorities in Islamabad warned of more flooding

JAPAN | New bio says Emperor Hirohito condemned WW2 involvement

Japan’s Imperial Household Agency has compiled a 61-volume biography of former Emperor Hirohito that portrays him as being distressed that he could not stop his country from going to war,

NORTH KOREA | Detained American gets trial date

Detained American Matthew Miller will be tried next Sunday, North Korean state media said, less than a week after the detainee made a rare foreign media appearance to plead for

NORTH KOREA | Foreign scientists seek volcano secrets

More than a thousand years ago, a huge volcano straddling the border between North Korea and China was the site of one of the biggest eruptions in human history, blanketing eastern Asia in its

MALAYSIA | Gov’t to send team to Ukraine jet crash site

Malaysia aims to send a search team to the crash site in Ukraine of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 before winter sets in to gather physical evidence to prove that it was shot

INDIA | Monsoon floods kill nearly 300 in Kashmir

Landslides and flash floods triggered by heavy monsoon rains have killed nearly 300 people in large swaths of northern India and Pakistan, officials said yesterday. Five days of incessant rain in

TERRORISM | Al-Qaida leader says it has expanded into India

Al-Qaida has expanded into India, the leader of the terror group said in a video released yesterday, vowing that its militants would bring Islamic law to the entire subcontinent and “wage

AVIATION | Malaysia Airlines scraps ‘bucket list’ promo title

Malaysia Airlines has scrapped the title of a competition asking people what activities and destinations are on their “bucket list,” acknowledging it was inappropriate given the two deadly disasters it has

INDONESIA | Fuel price hike looms for Jokowi

The first item on the to-do list of Indonesia’s president- elect is one that successive leaders have struggled with, and could be his toughest: how to wean the country off fuel

JAPAN | 5 women named to Cabinet, tying past high

Japan’s prime minister picked five women for his Cabinet yesterday, matching the past record and sending the strongest message yet about his determination to revive the economy by getting women

Tepco accused of unpaid wages in latest Fukushima plant lawsuit

Four workers at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s wrecked Fukushima plant have filed a lawsuit against the utility alleging unpaid wages for work they did at the site, according to the

PAKISTAN | Parliament meets over political crisis 

Pakistan’s lawmakers held an emergency session yesterday over the political crisis roiling the country as thousands of anti-government protesters remained camped out in front of the parliament building, demanding Prime Minister

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