THAILAND | Junta leader nominated as next prime minister 

Three months after overthrowing Thailand’s last elected government, this Southeast Asian nation’s junta leader is stepping out of his army uniform for good — to take up the post of prime minister

JAPAN | 36 dead, 7 missing in Hiroshima landslide

Rain-sodden slopes collapsed in torrents of mud, rock and debris yesterday in the outskirts of Hiroshima, killing at least 36 people and leaving seven missing, police said. Public broadcaster NHK showed

NORTH KOREA | Pyongyang calls John Kerry ‘wolf with a hideous lantern jaw’

In its latest personal attack on a prominent official from a rival country, North Korea yesterday called U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry a wolf with a “hideous lantern jaw.” North Korea has unleashed

PAKISTAN | Lawmakers meet amid mass protests 

Pakistani lawmakers met yesterday as tens of thousands of protesters thronged outside the assembly calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif over alleged voting fraud. Sharif and other lawmakers

INDIA | Poachers now threaten lesser-known animals 

Wildlife poachers, hindered by India’s efforts to protect majestic endangered animals including tigers and rhinos, have begun to think smaller. And activists say scores of the country’s lesser-known species are vanishing from

AUSTRALIA | Tycoon lawmaker calls Chinese ‘bastards’ and ‘mongrels’ in TV tirade

A larger-than-life Australian mining magnate turned lawmaker, Clive Palmer, was widely accused yesterday of threatening Australia’s relationship with its biggest trading partner through an extraordinary tirade against China. The 60-year-old multi-millionaire called

PAKISTAN | Opposition gears for march on parliament 

Tensions rose in the Pakistani capital yesterday as an opposition rally prepared to march toward the Parliament and government headquarters in Islamabad later in the day and authorities beefed up

ANALYSIS | Francis gets crash course on Korea issue 

THE VIEW FROM THE PAPAL PLANE In a whirlwind five-day trip to South Korea, Pope Francis beatified 124 martyrs, kissed almost as many babies and rallied thousands of Asian youth. It might

PHILIPPINES | Manila protests Chinese ‘sovereignty patrols’

The Philippines will file a new diplomatic protest with China complaining about frequent patrols by Chinese ships in the South China Sea, the Department of Foreign Affairs said yesterday. The department’s spokesman, Charles Jose, said

INDONESIA | 2 foreigners still missing in boat sinking 

Rescuers yesterday safely recovered 13 more people from a tourist boat that sank after hitting a reef in central Indonesia, but were searching for a Dutch man and an Italian woman

NEPAL | Flood toll hits 101, fears of disease rise 

Nepalese authorities said yesterday they feared an outbreak of diseases as they attempt to reach thousands of people stranded by flooding that has already killed more than 100 people. The swirling

KOREA | Elderly ex-sex slaves want solace, help from pope

Lee Yong-soo hopes a meeting today with Pope Francis will provide some solace for the pain that still feels fresh more than seven decades after Japanese soldiers forced her into

PAKISTAN | Thousands of protesters rally demanding Sharif step down

Tens of thousands of protesters thronged the streets of Pakistan’s capital Saturday, defying pouring rain to answer the call of a fiery cleric and a cricket star-turned-politician who are both demanding the

SOUTH KOREA | North fires missiles as Francis calls for greater diplomacy

Pope Francis called for greater efforts toward reconciliation between North and South Korea at the start of the first papal trip in 25 years to the divided peninsula that he

PAKISTAN | Lahore braces as 1 million gather for opposition protest

Pakistan opposition leader Imran Khan was seeking to rally 1 million people yesterday for a march from Lahore to the capital to oust Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif over fraud allegations

TERRORISM | Report: Islamic State attracting SE Asian fighters

  Islamic State is attracting a growing number of militants from Southeast Asia to fight in Iraq and Syria, raising the risk they will return to carry out attacks in their

INDONESIA| US woman’s body found stuffed in suitcase on Bali

The body of a 62-year-old American woman was found stuffed inside a suitcase on the Indonesian resort island of Bali, and authorities on Wednesday arrested her daughter and her daughter’s boyfriend

INDIA | Asbestos pushed as product for the poor 

The executives mingled over tea and sugar cookies, and the chatter was upbeat. Their industry, they said at the conference in the Indian capital, saves lives and brings roofs, walls

AUSTRALIA| US secretary of state condemns severed head image 

  U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry yesterday described a photograph of a Sydney-born 7-year-old boy clutching the severed head of a Syrian soldier as “disturbing” and “grotesque,” and called for

US, Australia sign military cooperation pact

Lolita C. Baldor, Sydney The U.S. and Australia signed an agreement yesterday that will allow the two countries’ militaries to train and work better together as U.S. Marines and airmen deploy in and

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