SRI LANKA | Train service back in former war zone

Cheered by tens of thousands of people, a train decorated with banana plants and colorful flower garlands arrived in Sri Lanka’s northern Tamil heartland yesterday, 24 years after the “Queen

MYANMAR | In Parliament, colorful hats cap divisions 

The only question opposition lawmaker U Win Htein asked Parliament last session was for permission to remove his silk turban, saying it was causing him headaches and hair loss. The

NOBEL PEACE PRIZE | 2 rival nations, 1 message of peace 

  One is Muslim, the other Hindu. One a Pakistani, the other Indian. One a school girl just starting out in life, the other a man with decades of experience. Despite their

TWIN STORMS | India lashed by strong cyclone; typhoon hits Japan 

Heavy rain and wind gusts ripped through a large swath of India’s eastern seaboard, uprooting trees and snapping power cables as a powerful cyclone swept through the Bay of Bengal and slammed

SEVERE WEATHER | Japan flight cancellations mount as typhoon disrupts travel

ANA Holdings Inc. and Japan Airlines Co., the nation’s two largest carriers, canceled more flights yesterday as typhoon winds disrupted travel for a second week. Typhoon Vongfong prompted ANA to cancel

North Korea | Kim Jong Un’s absence fuels leadership speculation

Kim Jong Un’s prolonged absence from public view, including skipping a session of parliament, has raised questions as to whether his disappearance has less to do with his health and

India-Pakistan border dispute | India warns Pakistan of heavy response if clashes persist

Indian Defense Minister Arun Jaitley warned Pakistan that it will face a heavy military response if it continues attacks along the disputed border of the nuclear-armed powers. “Pakistan is the aggressor,”

Official says beer bars are too hot in Vietnam

A ministry official is proposing that the temperature in restaurants selling beer in Vietnam should not exceed 30 degrees Celsius, a rule that will be hard to enforce considering outdoor

NORTH KOREA | Official publicly admits existence of labor camps 

A North Korean official publicly acknowledged to the international community the existence of his country’s “reform through labor” camps yesterday, a mention that appeared to come in response to a

AUSTRALIA | Gov’t plans ban on foreign ‘hate preachers’ 

Australia will soon introduce a system to ban foreign “hate preachers” from entering the country and will attempt to outlaw the radical Islamic group Hizb-ut-Tahrir under proposed tougher counterterrorism laws, the

INDIA-PAKISTAN BORDER DISPUTE | 3rd night of gunfire leaves 4 dead

Troops traded heavy fire between Pakistan and Indian-controlled Kashmir, killing at least four civilians and worsening tensions between the long-time rivals, officials on both sides said yesterday. The fire exchanges — which

SOUTH KOREA | Captain apologizes for leaving doomed ferry

The captain of a doomed South Korean ferry yesterday apologized for abandoning passengers but said he didn’t know his actions would lead to the deaths of more than 300 people,

KOREAS | North and South navy boats trade warning fire near border

Naval boats of North Korea and South Korea exchanged warning fire near their disputed sea border in the Yellow Sea, days after high-ranking officials from both countries agreed to seek

N KOREA | Smuggled phones help defectors send money home

A cellphone smuggled into North Korea helped Lee Seo Yeon take on two missions: one emotional, one financial. But at first, she feared there might be some mistake. Listening in Seoul, the 40-year-old

MYANMAR | Gov’t pardons over 3,000 political prisoners

The Myanmar government pardoned 3,073 prisoners yesterday as part of an amnesty that rights groups said included more than a dozen political prisoners, a month before a summit of regional leaders convenes

MALAYSIA | Authorities urged not to deport 155 Uighurs to China

Human rights groups have urged Malaysia not to deport 155 ethnic Uighur migrants, including 76 children, back to China, fearing they could face persecution. A senior Malaysian immigration official said yesterday that

JAPAN |Typhoon washes 3 US airmen out to sea

A powerful typhoon that washed three American airmen in Okinawa out to sea, killing at least one, slammed central Japan yesterday, stalling trains and flights and triggering mudslides, before swerving

INDIA-PAKISTAN BORDER DISPUTE | Kashmiris flee renewed shelling, 9 dead

Tens of thousands of villagers were fleeing their homes in Kashmir yesterday, as Indian and Pakistani troops bombarded each other with gunfire and mortar shells over the border separating Pakistan from India’s

FLIGHT MH370 | Deep seabed search begins in Indian Ocean waters

Investigators hunting wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 were set to scan the ocean floor in waters as much as 6.4 kilometers deep in the southern Indian Ocean yesterday, amid

KOREAS | Kim still secluded as advisers push for improved relations

The highest-ranking security advisers of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Park Geun Hye met for the first time and agreed to push for improved relations

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