The Buzz | Divers retrieve 6 more bodies from AirAsia crash

Indonesian divers have discovered six more bodies from the wreckage of the crashed AirAsia plane, bringing to 90 the total number bodies retrieved from the jetliner. AirAsia Flight 8501 crashed

North Korea | UN official: human rights, cult of Kim can’t coexist

  A campaign within the United Nations to haul North Korean leader Kim Jong Un before an international court for crimes against humanity has touched off a defensive fury in Pyongyang,

South Korea | Soldier sentenced to death for killing 5 comrades

A South Korean soldier was sentenced to death yesterday for killing five comrades and injuring seven others in a shooting and grenade attack last year, the Defense Ministry said. Shooting rampages

TERRORISM | Hostage killings highlight threat, meager options for Japan

  The killing of two Japanese taken hostage by the Islamic State group has violently driven home the high stakes Japan faces and limited options it can muster in such circumstances. It also offers

Gaming | Melco Crown opens new casino resort in Manila

The company’s co-chairman and CEO Lawrence Ho said the opening of the City of Dreams Manila is part of the company’s plans to have casinos across Asia. It operates casinos

Myanmar | Gate Suu Kyi spoke from to go up for auction

  The iron gate that stood in front of the home of Myanmar’s formerly imprisoned democracy icon, separating her from throngs of cheering supporters as she made speeches challenging the country’s

Australia | Contrite prime minister won’t appoint knights

  Prime Minister Tony Abbott, facing down a revolt from within his own government ranks, promised yesterday he would never again choose who gets an Australian knighthood and officially ditched his

Japan | Abe defends handling of hostage crisis

    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe defended his policy toward terrorism, as the flag at his official residence flew at half-staff yesterday in a mark of mourning for two hostages killed

Thailand | 1 hurt as small blasts rattle Bangkok mall shoppers

Police in Thailand yesterday were investigating a pair of bombings outside a luxury shopping mall in the heart of Bangkok, the first such violence reported in the capital since last year’s army

TERRORISM | Horror in Japan as Islamic State group beheads journalist

  Appalled and saddened by news yesterday of journalist Kenji Goto’s beheading, apparently by Islamic State extremists, Japan ordered heightened security precautions, but vowed not to give in to terrorism. The failure to save

Country mourns Kenji Goto as caring and courageous reporter 

Whether in tsunami-stricken northeastern Japan or conflict-ridden Sierra Leone, the stories of the vulnerable, the children and the poor drove the work of journalist Kenji Goto. The news of his purported

Singapore | New rules prevent Chinese tourists from visiting

New Chinese rules on outbound tours and to end illegal commissions was a major reason for the 26% drop in Chinese tourist arrivals from January to November 2014 considers the

Mongolia | PM asks voters to text a choice: Austerity or investment

Two months after winning office, Saikhanbileg, 46, took to national television on Wednesday to tell viewers they have a choice. He explained the economy is slumping along with foreign investment,

Worker dies on Taiwan film lot to be used for Scorsese movie

A worker was killed in an accident yesterday at a Taiwanese film lot during preparations for the shooting of a new Martin Scorsese movie, media reports said. Taiwan's Central News Agency

Japan | Islamic State extends hostage deadline until sundown

  Japan said it was putting its trust in Jordan to help gain the release of a Japanese journalist held by Islamic State militants, after the latest message purportedly from his captors

Indonesia | Investigators: Crashed AirAsia jet flown by co-pilot

Indonesian investigators announced yesterday the co-pilot of the crashed AirAsia jet was in controls when he struggled to recover the aircraft as stall warnings sounded. The Airbus A320-200 crashed into the

Malaysia | Aviation chief says MH370 crash an accident to clear compensation claims

Malaysia’s Civil Aviation Authority yesterday officially declared the crash of Flight 370 an accident, fulfilling a legal obligation that will allow efforts to proceed with compensation claims. Malaysia civil aviation chief Azharuddin Abdul

AUSTRALIA | Inquest: Sydney café hostage killed by police bullet

A hostage who died during a siege in a downtown Sydney cafe was killed when she was struck by fragments of a bullet fired from a police officer’s gun as

North Korea | Kim Jong Il demanded USD10 billion for summit: ex-Seoul leader

Late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il repeatedly pushed for summit talks with South Korea before his 2011 death but the plans failed because Pyongyang demanded USD10 billion and large-scale shipments

Thailand | Snails slither into spa scene

  The last time I encountered escargots they were served up by a French waiter, sizzling in garlic and herb butter. Now, one is slithering up the bridge of my nose

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