NORTH KOREA | Pyongyang court sentences American to 6 years hard labor

North Korea’s Supreme Court yesterday sentenced Matthew Miller, a U.S. citizen, to six years of hard labor for entering the country illegally and trying to commit espionage. At a trial that

PHILIPPINES | 110 rescued from ferry: ‘Death was in our minds’

Survivors from a ferry that sank after encountering steering problems in the central Philippines said yesterday that they were tossed about by the churning sea in darkness for six hours while

China issues travel warning for the Philippines 

China has warned its citizens not to travel to the Philippines after a Chinese teenager who worked in a family-run store was kidnapped and after government agents arrested a group of men

INDONESIA | Authorities nab 4 with suspected Islamic State ties

Indonesia’s elite anti-terrorism squad arrested seven suspected militants, including four Turks believed to be planning to join a jihadist group in eastern Indonesia with possible links to the Islamic State

This Day in History: 1950 – UN stages daring assault on Inchon

Inchon operates as a port for the South Korean capital, Seoul, and the offensive - the first major counter-strike of the war by the US-led allied forces and the South

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

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