East China Sea Japan’s military, among world’s strongest, looks to buildup

Dozens of tanks and hundreds of soldiers fired explosives and machine guns in drills yesterday on Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido, a main stronghold for a nation that is

Myanmar | Ousted Suu Kyi convicted in further blow to democracy

Aung San Suu Kyi, the civilian leader of Myanmar who was ousted in a de facto coup this year, was convicted on two charges yesterday and handed

Japan suspends new reservations on all incoming flights

Japan continued its aggressive stance against a new coronavirus variant yesterday, asking international airlines to stop taking new reservations for all flights arriving in the country until the end of

New Zealand to send military, police to Solomon Islands

New Zealand will send up to 65 military and police personnel to the Solomon Islands in the coming days after rioting and looting broke out there last week over several

India | Interfaith love a risk amid Hindu nationalist surge

Arbaz Mullah’s love story began, as romances often do, when he first laid eyes on the woman of his dreams, Shweta Kumbhar. Over nearly three years, their courtship in many ways

Widow of South Korean dictator issues apology over brutal rule

The widow of South Korea’s last military dictator issued a brief apology over the “pains and scars” caused by her husband’s brutal rule as dozens of relatives and former aides

Japan PM vows to step up defense amid China, North Korea threats

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, at his first troop review Saturday, renewed his pledge to consider “all options,” including acquiring enemy base strike capability, and vowed to create a stronger

South China Sea | Philippine supply boats reach marines at China-guarded shoal

The Philippine navy successfully transported food supplies to marines guarding a disputed shoal in the South China Sea yesterday, a week after China’s coast guard used water cannons to force

South China Sea | Xi says Beijing will not seek dominance over Southeast Asia

Chinese leader Xi Jinping yesterday said his country will not seek dominance over Southeast Asia or bully its smaller neighbors, amid ongoing friction over the South China

After slow starts, some Asian vaccination rates now soaring

When Cambodia rolled out  Now both countries boast vaccination rates that rank among the world’s best. They are two of several nations in the Asia-Pacific region

Indo-Pacific | Top US admiral warns about China threat at Halifax forum

The head of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command said yesterday the United States and its allies need to operate with a greater sense of urgency amid rising tensions and China’s

Interview | Filipino journalist Ressa reflects on Nobel Prize win at Harvard

One month since she was named the first Filipino to win the Nobel Peace Prize, journalist Maria Ressa says much still remains uncertain about her life. Will her battle against a

Australia | PM aims to protect, promote critical technologies

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison yesterday announced a new plan to protect and promote technologies critical to the national interest, in a challenge to China’s emerging dominance in key strategic

North Korea | Kim praises efforts to build ‘model’ city

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has returned from a monthlong break from public view to inspect a major development project near the border with China, which he said epitomizes

India Smog chokes Delhi as air pollution levels soar

Sky obscured by thick, gray smog. Monuments and high-rise buildings swallowed by a blanket of haze. People struggling to breathe. In the Indian capital, it is that time of the year

Myanmar | US journalist freed from jail with ex-diplomat’s aid

American journalist Danny Fenster, sentenced only days ago to 11 years hard labor in Myanmar, has been freed and is on his way home, former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N.

Myanmar | Political standoff leaves economy in tatters

The military takeover in Myanmar has set its economy back years, if not decades, as political unrest and violence disrupt banking, trade and livelihoods and millions slide deeper into poverty. The

Singapore | Top court delays appeal hearing on disabled man’s execution

Singapore’s top court yesterday postponed the appeal hearing for a Malaysian man on death row believed to be mentally disabled, after he was diagnosed with COVID-19, in a case that

Australia | PM announces policy to boost electric car sales

Australia’s prime minister yesterday announced plans to encourage people to buy electric vehicles weeks after his government was accused at a U.N. conference in Scotland of being a laggard in

Japan had no Covid-19 deaths first time in 15 months

Japan reported no daily deaths from COVID-19 on Sunday for the first time in 15 months, as infections decline rapidly in the country. Health officials yesterday said there were no deaths

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