Russia may again block Antarctic marine protections

Delegations from Russia and Ukraine are among those meeting in Australia this week to decide the future of Antarctica’s pristine waters. Conservationists say new marine protected areas and

UN envoy says crisis deepens, taking ‘catastrophic toll’

The U.N. special envoy for Myanmar warned yesterday that the political, human rights and humanitarian crisis in the military-ruled Southeast Asian nation is deepening and taking

Women lawmakers outnumber men for first time

For the first time in New Zealand’s history, a majority of lawmakers are women. Soraya Peke-Mason from the liberal Labour Party was sworn in to

Strong quake injures dozens, shuts north Philippine airport

A strong earthquake rocked a large swath of the northern Philippines, injuring at least 36 people and forcing the closure of an international airport and the evacuation

New government to raise spending to boost slowing economy

Australia's new government released plans yesterday for more spending on families, the elderly, defense and its Pacific neighbors as the country braces for an economic slowdown

US vows full military defense of allies against North

The United States will make full use of its military capabilities, “including nuclear, conventional and missile defense,” to defend its allies Japan and South Korea, U.S.

Korean Air plane overruns Cebu runway, 173 people safe

A damaged Korean Air plane remained stuck in the grass at a central Philippine airport yesterday after it overshot a runway in rainy weather the night before.

Okada arrested in Manila, police shut down illegal online gambling operations

Japanese gaming tycoon Kazuo Okada was arrested by police authorities at Ninoy Aquino International Airport earlier this week, months after his group launched a “violent” takeover of

Sparkling fish, murky methods: the global aquarium trade

Millions of saltwater fish like these are caught in Indonesia and other countries every year to fill ever more elaborate aquariums in living rooms, waiting rooms and restaurants around the world with vivid, otherworldly life.

Agency says BTS members will serve in South Korea’s military

The members of K-pop band BTS will serve their mandatory military duties under South Korean law, their management company said yesterday, effectively ending a debate on

Graft convictions extend Aung Suu Kyi’s prison term to 26 years

A court in military-ruled Myanmar convicted the country’s ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi on two more corruption charges yesterday, with two three-year sentences to be served

Japan space agency rocket carrying eight satellites fails

Japan’s space agency said a rocket carrying eight satellites failed just after liftoff yesterday and had to be aborted by a self-destruction command, in the country’s

Mahathir, 97, to run in general elections

Malaysia's 97-year-old former leader Mahathir Mohamad announced yesterday he will defend his seat in the general elections expected next month, though he wouldn’t say whether he would

Government proposes taxing cow burps, angering farmers

  The government said the farm levy would be a world first, and that farmers should be able to recoup the cost by charging more for climate-friendly

Tourists flock to Japan after Covid restrictions lifted

Eager to admire colorful foliage, eat sushi and go shopping, droves of tourists from abroad began arriving in Japan yesterday, with the end of pandemic-fighting border

N. Korea launches two missiles toward sea after US-S. Korea drills

North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles toward its eastern waters yesterday, the latest of a recent barrage of weapons tests, a day after it warned the

Families leave offerings for children slain at Thai day care

Families offered flowers and dolls, popcorn and juice boxes to children massacred at a day care center in Thailand, part of a Buddhist ceremony held

North Korean missile launches are a test for Biden

A drumbeat of increasingly powerful North Korean missile launches. A U.S. aircraft carrier floats off the Korean Peninsula. North Korean warplanes buzz the border with South Korea.

37 dead, mostly preschoolers, in Thai day care rampage

A former policeman burst into a day care center in northeastern Thailand today (Thursday), killing dozens of children and teachers and then firing on more people as he fled in

North sends missile soaring over Japan in escalation

North Korea conducted its longest-ever weapons test Tuesday, a nuclear-capable ballistic missile that flew over Japan and could reach the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam and beyond,

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