Thailand | Protest on wheels in Bangkok seeks government’s ouster

A long line of cars, trucks and motorbikes wended its way yesterday through the Thai capital Bangkok in a mobile protest against the government of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha. The

Vietnam | Harris says she urged Hanoi to free political dissidents

U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris said she raised issues of human rights abuses and restrictions on political activism in her conversations with Vietnamese leaders this week, but offered no indication

Harris: US to provide Vietnam 1 million more vaccine doses

The United States will provide an additional 1 million coronavirus vaccine doses to Vietnam, Vice President Kamala Harris announced today (Wednesday), offering additional aid to a country currently grappling with

SINGAPORE | Harris rebukes China in major speech on Indo-Pacific

U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris delivered a sharp rebuke to China for its incursions in the South China Sea, warning its actions there amount to “coercion” and “intimidation” and affirming

Indonesia | Afghans protest Taliban, demand resettlement

Hundreds of Afghan refugees living in Indonesia, mostly members of the Hazara ethnic minority, held a rally yesterday decrying the Taliban’s takeover of their country and calling for resettlement in

Diplomacy | Harris meets with Singapore officials to begin Asia visit

The White House yesterday announced a series of new agreements with Singapore aimed at combating cyberthreats, tackling climate change, addressing the COVID-19 pandemic and alleviating supply chain issues. The announcements

Afghanistan | Biden warns of IS threat to Kabul evacuation

President Joe Biden is raising concerns that the Islamic State poses a threat as American troops seek to evacuate thousands of U.S. citizens and Afghan allies from Afghanistan. Biden in remarks

China both worries and hopes as US departs Afghanistan

In the U.S. departure from Afghanistan, China has seen the realization of long-held hopes for a reduction of the influence of a geopolitical rival in what it considers its backyard. Yet,

‘Imbecilic’: Ex-UK leader Tony Blair slams Afghan withdrawal

Tony Blair, the British prime minister who deployed troops to Afghanistan 20 years ago after the 9/11 attacks, says the U.S. decision to withdraw from the country has “every Jihadist

Afghanistan | Woman in limbo at Kabul airport after Taliban sweep

With hundreds of Afghans rushing the tarmac of Kabul’s international airport desperate to flee the return of the Taliban, a young Afghan woman stood in limbo between two worlds. In one

Taliban vow to respect women, despite history of oppression

The Taliban vowed yesterday to respect women’s rights, forgive those who fought them and ensure Afghanistan does not become a haven for terrorists as part of a publicity blitz

Taliban encounter Afghan cities remade in their absence

Ezanullah, one of thousands of young Taliban fighters from the countryside who rode into Afghanistan's capital over the weekend, had never seen anything like it. The paved streets of Kabul were

Europe urges unity on Taliban but is quiet on failed mission

European leaders said yesterday (Macau time) they will press for a unified international approach to dealing with a Taliban government in Afghanistan, as they looked on with dismay at the

China blames US over Afghanistan, but says will work with it

  China has expressed a willingness to hold talks with the U.S. to promote a “soft landing” in Afghanistan, while heavily criticizing Washington and again demanding that the Biden administration halt

Afghanistan | Chaos as thousands flee after Taliban takeover

Thousands of people packed into the Afghan capital’s airport yesterday, rushing the tarmac and pushing onto planes in desperate attempts to flee the country after the Taliban overthrew the Western-backed

Japan marks 76th anniversary of WWII defeat; no Suga apology

Japan marked the 76th anniversary of its World War II surrender yesterday with a somber ceremony in which Prime Minister Yosihide Suga pledged for the tragedy of war to never

Breaking News: At least 304 dead, 1,800 hurt as powerful quake slams Haiti

A powerful magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck southwestern Haiti on Saturday (Sunday, Macau time), killing at least 304 people and injuring at least 1,800 others as buildings tumbled into rubble. Prime

North Korea vows stronger attack capabilities over allied drills

The powerful sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ripped South Korea for proceeding with military exercises with the United States that she said are an invasion rehearsal and

Afghanistan | Taliban press on, take another provincial capital

The Taliban yesterday took control of another provincial capital in Afghanistan, an official said. The city’s fall was the latest in a weekslong, relentless Taliban offensive as American and NATO

Indonesia | Volcano churns out fresh clouds of ash, lava

A volcanic eruption on Indonesia’s turbulent Mount Merapi churned and boiled yesterday, sending renewed flows of lava and ash down its slopes for a second day. Pyroclastic flows — avalanches of

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