AFGHANISTAN | Kabul, US sign security pact  to keep foreign troops

Afghanistan and the United States signed a security pact yesterday to allow U.S. forces to remain in the country past the end of year, ending a year of uncertainty over the

JAPAN | 5 more bodies found at volcano, death toll rises to 36

Five more bodies were found near the summit of a Japanese volcano yesterday, bringing the total presumed dead to 36, police said, as toxic gases and ash from the still-erupting

Mystery over Kim Jong Un fuels health rumors 

North Korea’s authoritarian leader makes no public appearances for three weeks, skipping a high-profile event he usually attends. An official documentary shows him limping and overweight and mentions his “discomfort.” What follows

AFGHANISTAN | Ashraf Ghani sworn in as president after disputed vote

Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai was sworn in yesterday as Afghanistan’s new president, replacing Hamid Karzai in the country’s first democratic transfer of power since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion toppled the Taliban. Moments after Ghani

JAPAN | More than 30 believed dead at erupting volcano

Rescue workers have found 30 or more people unconscious and believed to be dead near the peak of an erupting volcano in central Japan, local government and police said. Nagano prefecture posted

INDIA DIPLOMACY | Modi courts Indian-Americans at Madison Sq Garden

A day after addressing a hushed U.N. General Assembly, where headphone-wearing delegates rarely break into a smile, India’s new prime minister is assured a raucous reception as he addresses a crowd from

NORTH KOREA | US man’s prison life: Digging, isolation 

An American man recently sentenced by North Korea to six years of hard labor says he is digging in fields eight hours a day and being kept in isolation, but that so

INDIA | Modi looks to big US welcome, mended ties 

When India’s prime minister visits the United States this week, he’ll see a welcome normally reserved for rock stars — a sold-out appearance at Madison Square Garden. It’s a stunning rise for

Samsung to launch new phone in China before Apple

Samsung Electronics Co. said yesterday its latest Galaxy Note 4 smartphone will go on sale in China and South Korea later this month as its flagging mobile business tries to defend sales

SPACE | Mission accomplished: India joins Mars explorers

India triumphed in its first interplanetary mission, placing a satellite into orbit around Mars yesterday and catapulting the country into an elite club of deep-space explorers. In scenes broadcast live on

AUSTRALIA | Terror suspect had passport canceled 

A terror suspect shot dead after he stabbed two Australian counter-terrorism police officers had his passport canceled on national security grounds and had recently displayed what appeared to be a

PHILIPPINES | Aquino questions intent of China ships

Philippine President Benigno Aquino III said Tuesday his nation will stick up for its territorial rights in the disputed South China Sea and voiced concern that a recent mission by two

Offbeat | Drunk intruder causes stir at Asian Games village

Police have questioned a South Korean man who is accused of intruding into the Asian Games athletes’ village while he was drunk and yelling at athletes. The 53-year-old man allegedly followed food

KOREAS | Together at Asian Games, North and South still far apart 

When the first world record fell at the Asian Games — to a North Korean weightlifter — elated South Korean fans pounded drums and stood to cheer. Away from the stadiums,

AUSTRALIA | Abbott warns jihadists they face prison 

Australia’s prime minister warned yesterday that Australians who fight with the Islamic State group in the Middle East will be “jailed for a very long time” when they return home

INDIA | Tiger kills boy who climbed zoo enclosure

A white tiger killed a young man who climbed over a fence at the New Delhi zoo and jumped into the animal’s enclosure yesterday, a spokesman said. Despite repeated warnings that he shouldn’t

28 dead in landslides, floods in northeast India 

Landslides and flash floods triggered by two days of heavy rain have killed at least 28 people in India’s remote northeast, officials said yesterday. At least 14 people have been killed

The Buzz | Lunches dumped to avoid food-poisoning scare

Asian Games organizers discarded 76 packaged lunches prepared for athletes after inspectors found salmonella in meat samples on the weekend. Bruce Lee from the games’ organizing committee in Incheon said

INEQUALITY | Affluence eludes poor crowding into Asian cities 

Down a concrete path, between rail tracks that buzz with each approaching train and a river choked by plastic and raw sewage, Asih Binti Arif cradles her baby and reflects

AUSTRALIA | Gov’t to prohibit secret service torture 

The Australian government has bent to public pressure by proposing a specific prohibition on secret service officers torturing suspected terrorists. The government had planned to indemnify Australian Security Intelligence Organization officers

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