KOREAS | US man held for alleged attempt to swim to rival North

South Korean border guards arrested an American man who they believe was attempting to swim across a river into rival North Korea, a South Korean defense official said yesterday. The man

FIJI | Excitement and relief in landmark election 

There was excitement among thousands of voters and relief from the international community yesterday as Fijians cast ballots in a landmark election they hope will end more than a quarter-century

THAILAND | Police conduct autopsies on slain Britons

Police in Thailand said yesterday they have conducted autopsies on two British tourists whose bludgeoned bodies were found on a scenic resort island this week. DNA samples have also been collected from several people who

BANGLADESH | Court reduces Islamist  political leader’s sentence

Bangladesh’s Supreme Court commuted the death sentence of an Islamist political leader Tuesday whose conviction last year for war crimes during the nation’s 1971 war for independence sparked deadly protests. Delwar Hossain

PHILIPPINES | Lava flows from Mayon volcano, thousands flee

The Philippines’ most active volcano belched out huge lava fragments that rolled about a kilometer down its slope in an ongoing gentle eruption, prompting authorities to evacuate thousands of villagers,

AFGHANISTAN | Suicide bomber kills 3 NATO troops 

A Taliban attacker detonated his car bomb next to an international military convoy yesterday, killing three troops from the NATO-led force and wounding nearly 20 troops and civilians, officials said. Security

NEW ZEALAND | Eminem publishers sue National Party over ‘Lose Yourself’ song

The music publishers for American rapper Eminem filed a lawsuit yesterday against New Zealand’s ruling political party over the music it used in a campaign commercial. Detroit-based Eight Mile Style and Martin Affiliated

PAKISTAN | Militants attack post near Afghan border

A group of militants attacked a Pakistan army post from neighboring Afghanistan yesterday morning, sparking a shootout that left 11 insurgents and three soldiers killed, the military said, as government warplanes killed

THAILAND | Police hunt for killer of slain British tourists

Police on the scenic resort island of Koh Tao in southern Thailand conducted a sweep of hotels and workers’ residences yesterday searching for clues into the slayings of two British tourists whose

Thailand | 2 British tourists found dead on Koh Tao

Two British tourists were found battered to death yesterday on a beach on a scenic island in southern Thailand that is one of the country’s most popular diving destinations. Police described

INDONESIA | 4 suspected militants are China Uighurs

Four suspected Islamic militants arrested in Indonesia over the weekend are members of China’s ethnic Uighur minority community and were trying to meet Indonesia’s most wanted extremist, authorities said yesterday. Police said they

PHILIPPINES | Typhoon Kalmaegi blows out of Philippines

A fast-moving typhoon blew out of the northern Philippines yesterday after causing flash floods and landslides. Three people died when big waves and strong winds sank a stalled ferry over

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

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