PHILIPPINES | Soldiers clash with Muslim militants, 5 dead

Philippine troops attacked a Muslim militant hideout on southern Basilan island, triggering a clash that killed three Abu Sayyaf members believed to have been involved in the 2011 kidnapping of

MYANMAR | UN envoy worried over displaced Muslims

The new U.N. human rights envoy for Myanmar expressed serious concern about the conditions in camps for more than 100,000 mostly minority Muslims displaced by violence led by Buddhist extremists,

TAIWAN | Airline suspects bad weather caused crash

Stormy weather trailing behind a typhoon was the likely cause of a plane crash on a Taiwanese island that killed 48 people on board and injured 10 on the plane

US hails Indonesia democracy in turbulent SE Asia

President Barack Obama's quick congratulation of Indonesia's election victor Joko Widodo, even as the losing candidate rejected the result, underscores Washington's intent to deepen ties with Jakarta and support democracy

New constitution gives Thai junta sweeping powers

Thailand’s new temporary constitution allows the leader of the ruling junta to become interim prime minister and gives the military government sweeping powers in the run-up to a planned October

US Senate panel approves Vietnam nuke agreement

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has approved an agreement on civilian nuclear cooperation between the U.S. and Vietnam, as Washington looks to expand its relationship with its former Southeast Asian

S KOREA | Body of missing shipping tycoon found

South Korean police said yesterday that a badly decomposed body found surrounded by liquor bottles in a field last month was that of a fugitive billionaire businessman blamed for April's

PHILIPPINES | Army says 18 killed in rebel clashes

Breakaway Muslim rebels attacked army troops in two towns in the southern Philippines, sparking clashes that left 17 guerrillas and a soldier dead in a region where the government and

Filipino worker beheaded by militiamen in Libya

A Filipino construction worker kidnapped by militia men in Libya has been beheaded by his captors, becoming the first Filipino casualty in the renewed violence in the North African state,

INDONESIA | Jakarta governor Widodo wins election

Jakarta governor Joko Widodo, who captured the hearts of millions of Indonesians with his common man image, won the country's presidential election with 53 percent of the vote, final results

CAMBODIA | Political rivals say agreement reached

Cambodia's yearlong political deadlock appeared to be resolved yesterday as Prime Minister Hun Sen and his rivals agreed on political reforms and the opposition agreed in turn to end its

PHILIPPINES | Aquino hit with impeachment complaint

Twenty-eight people, including prominent activists and a retired Catholic bishop, filed an impeachment complaint yesterday against Philippine President Benigno Aquino III for his implementation of a major economic stimulus program

Indonesia election result on schedule as Prabowo seeks delay

Indonesia’s election commission is on course to release the results of the July 9 presidential election today, even as the team of ex-general Prabowo Subianto called for a delay. Prabowo’s team

MH17 | Anti-Russia sentiment running deep in Malaysia

Many Malaysians are urging their government and world leaders to take a tough stance against Russia after pro-Russia rebels allegedly shot down a Malaysia Airlines jet, with some calling for

AUSTRALIA | AIDS conference honors victims of jet crash

An international AIDS conference opened in Australia yesterday with a tribute to several delegates who were killed en route to the gathering when their plane was shot down over Ukraine. Officials

China joins counter-piracy part of Hawaii drills

China has been boarding ships looking for mock pirates and contraband as it joins the world's largest maritime exercises for the first time. Yesterday, Chinese sailors from the destroyer Haikou boarded

VIETNAM | As women go abroad, dads tend the home

When his wife moved to Taiwan nine years ago to work as a maid — earning far more than she could in the rice paddies of this northern Vietnamese hamlet

PHILIPPINES | Typhoon kills 12, spares Manila

A typhoon left at least 12 people dead, knocked out power in many areas, damaged a parked plane but spared the Philippine capital yesterday when its fierce wind shifted, officials

SOUTH CHINA SEA | Beijing moves oil rig out of waters Vietnam claims

China yesterday moved an oil rig out of waters claimed by Hanoi after two months of drilling that triggered a near-breakdown in ties between the neighbors and led to deadly

JAPAN | Nuclear plant deemed safe, nears restart

A Japanese nuclear plant won preliminary approval yesterday for meeting stringent post-Fukushima safety requirements, clearing a major hurdle toward becoming the first to restart under the tighter rules. The Nuclear Regulation

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