India | Police question Uber after rape allegation 

Indian police questioned an Uber executive yesterday about the company’s claim it conducts comprehensive background checks and a top official called for the taxi-booking service to be banned nationwide after

Philippines | Storm exits, sparing huge losses 

A storm that began as a frighteningly powerful typhoon started to blow away from the Philippines yesterday after leaving at least 21 people dead and forcing more than 1.6 million into shelters. Typhoon

North Korea | Pyongyang denies Sony Pictures hack, calls it ‘righteous deed’ 

North Korea released a statement yesterday that clearly relished a cyberattack on Sony Pictures, which is producing an upcoming film that depicts an assassination plot against Pyongyang’s supreme leader. While denying

Vietnam | 2nd blogger detained in crackdown 

Vietnamese police detained a second blogger in a week in the latest crackdown on dissent in the Communist country. Blogger and writer Nguyen Quang Lap was taken into custody and his

Philippines | No major damage as typhoon Hagupit hits; 3 dead 

Typhoon Hagupit knocked out power, left at least three  people dead and sent nearly 900,000 into shelters before it weakened yesterday, sparing the central Philippines the type of massive devastation

India | Woman accuses Uber taxi driver of rape

Investigators found a taxi that was abandoned by the 32-year-old driver, police officer Alma Ming said. Ming said the woman, who works at a finance company, was returning from a dinner

Philippines | Approaching storm brings back nightmare of Haiyan

Villagers fled coastal homes and sparked panic-buying in grocery stores and gas stations in the central Philippines yesterday as an approaching powerful storm brought back nightmares of last year’s deadly onslaught from

THAILAND | Myanmar migrants charged in British tourist deaths

The attorney general’s office presented the case to the court on the nearby island of Samui, and court officials said the two indicted men will attend a session on Monday

Cricketer Phillip Hughes laid to rest in hometown

The funeral for cricketer Phillip Hughes turned into a celebration of his life yesterday despite the grief and sorrow still evident from his death. Australia captain Michael Clarke and the

North Korea | Pyongyang’s fingerprints found in Sony hacking, experts say

North Korea may have had a hand in a digital attack against Sony Pictures that used destructive malware to disable systems and destroy data, according to two people with the

There can be only 1: N. Korean leader’s name banned

In North Korea, there can be only one Kim Jong Un. A South Korean official said yesterday that Pyongyang forbids its people from using the same name as the young absolute leader. The

India | Survivors mark 30th anniversary of Bhopal disaster 

Hundreds of survivors of the Bhopal gas leak took to the streets yesterday to mark the 30th anniversary of the world’s worst industrial disaster, with protests demanding harsher punishments for

South Korea | 11 more bodies recovered near sunken ship 

Fishermen recovered 11 more bodies from the western Bering Sea yesterday near where a South Korean fishing ship sank earlier this week. The bodies appear to be from the ship lost

Japan | Space explorer to blow crater in asteroid 

A Japanese space explorer took off yesterday on a six-year journey to blow a crater in a remote asteroid and bring back rock samples in hopes of gathering clues to

South Korea | Thanksgiving deals shift shopping habits 

South Korea does not celebrate Thanksgiving, but the hot deals at U.S. online retailers during the holiday season are changing the shopping habits of South Koreans who are aggrieved at

S. Koreans to light new frontline DMZ Christmas tree 

South Korea said yesterday it had approved a Christian group’s plan to set up and illuminate a large Christmas tree near the border with North Korea in spite of the almost certain fury it

North Korea | FBI investigates hacking of Sony Pictures computers

The FBI has joined the investigation of a possible North Korean cyber attack that crippled computers at Sony Pictures and led to the theft of some new movies. “The FBI is

South Korea | Over 50 missing after fishing vessel sinks in Bering Sea

South Korean officials expressed fear yesterday of a huge death toll after rescuers failed to find any of the more than 50 fishermen who went missing when their ship sank

Afghanistan | Suicide bombing at funeral kills 9

An Afghan official says a suicide bomber detonated his payload at a crowded funeral, killing two police and seven civilians. Taj Mohammed Taqwa, chief of the Burka district in the

South Korea | 52 missing after ship sinks in Bering Sea 

Rescuers searched yesterday for 52 people missing after a South Korean fishing ship they were working on sank in the Bering Sea, an official said. At least one person died. Authorities

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