Malaysia | Anwar makes final appeal in sodomy case

Malaysia’s top court yesterday began hearing a final appeal filed by opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim against a sodomy conviction widely regarded as a means to neutralize the threat he poses to

South Korea | Victim’s body found from sunken ferry

The first body found in three months was being recovered yesterday from the sunken South Korean ferry, increasing the official death toll to 295, officials said. The government task force said

North Korea Seoul officials say Kim Jong Un had ankle surgery 

South Korea’s spy agency said yesterday it has solved the mystery of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s 6-week public absence, which set off a frenzy of wild speculation around

Gender equality | India slides, US gains in gender gap rankings 

Indian women still face some of the world’s worst inequality in access to health care, education and work, despite years of rapid economic growth, according to a survey of 142

Australia | Teenager nicknamed ‘Ginger Jihadist’ features in second IS video 

An Australian teenage runaway, dubbed the Ginger Jihadist by the media, has been featured in a second Islamic State propaganda video. Australian media reported the latest YouTube video of 17-year-old Abdullah

South Korea | Prosecutors seek death penalty for ferry captain 

South Korean prosecutors yesterday demanded the death penalty for the captain of a ferry that sank in April, killing more than 300 people, and life sentences to three key crew

Indonesia | Jokowi names 8 women to new cabinet

Indonesia’s new president unveiled his Cabinet on Sunday, a compromise lineup featuring technocrats in key finance roles who will need to push painful reforms to fix the country’s slowing economy,

North Korea | Japanese in Pyongyang for talks on abductions 

A high-ranking Japanese delegation arrived in Pyongyang yesterday to assess the progress of a North Korean investigation into the fates of Japanese citizens who were abducted by North Korean agents

Australia | KKK trio test Parliament’s new face veil rules 

The men want Muslim veils that cover the face banned from the nation’s seat of government and said their stunt exposed inequality in the security system that allows visitors to

Ebola | Poor health systems in Asia cause for alarm 

The longer the Ebola outbreak rages in West Africa, the greater chance a traveler infected with the virus touches down in an Asian city. How quickly any case is detected —

North Korea | Pyongyang tries on the charm to avoid ICC referral 

For an envoy of the North Korean government, which virtually bans the average citizen’s contact with the outside world, Kim Ju Song looks breezily connected. A tablet computer is propped

North Korea | American detainee lands back home in Ohio

A U.S. man detained for nearly half a year in North Korea has landed back home. Officials say a plane carrying Jeffrey Fowle landed yesterday morning at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in

Philippines | Marine murder suspect guarded by US in camp 

A U.S. Marine suspected in the gruesome killing of a transgender Filipino was flown yesterday from his warship to the Philippine military’s main camp, where he will continue to be guarded by

Australia | Former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam dies

Gough Whitlam, a flamboyant Australian prime minister and controversial social reformer whose grip on power was cut short by a bitter constitutional crisis, died yesterday at the age of 98. Although

Nepal | Gov’t vows new rules after worst trekking disaster 

Nepal yesterday said it will introduce new rules, improve weather forecasts and better monitor the movement of trekkers after the Himalayan country’s worst hiking disaster left dozens dead last week. Tourism

Indonesia | Joko Widodo sworn in as new president

Joko Widodo completed a journey from riverside shack to presidential palace yesterday, cheered through the streets following his inauguration by tens of thousands of ordinary Indonesians in a reminder to

Japan | Trade, justice ministers quit amid scandals

Japan’s trade and justice ministers resigned yesterday after allegations they misused campaign funds in the biggest setback so far for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s conservative administration. The two ministers were among five

Nepal | Authorities to end rescue operation on trekking route

Nepal was wrapping up rescue operations in its northern mountains yesterday, saying all the hikers believed to have been stranded on a trekking route by a series of deadly blizzards are

South Korea | 2 Koreas exchange gunfire along border

Troops from the rival Koreas exchanged gunfire yesterday along their heavily fortified border in the second such shooting in less than 10 days, South Korean officials said. There were no reports of

S. Korea concert planner found dead after 16 die

A South Korean man involved in planning an outdoor pop concert where 16 people were killed after falling through a ventilation grate was found dead Saturday in an apparent suicide,

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