Australia | Party accused of asking US gun lobby for money

Australia’s prime minister yesterday accused an influential minor political party of trying to “sell Australia’s gun laws to the highest bidders” by asking the U.S. gun lobby

Japan | Nissan said to have paid tuition for Ghosn children

Nissan Motor Co. paid tuition for all four of ousted chairman Carlos Ghosn’s children when they attended Stanford University between 2004 and 2015, according to people

Philippines | Ex-official: Duterte photographed with drug-linked Chinese

A former senior Philippine police official said President Rodrigo Duterte, who has faced widespread criticism over his deadly drug crackdown, has been photographed with two Chinese men involved

South Korea | Seoul says some N. Korean officials back at liaison office

South Korea said some North Korean officials returned to an inter- Korean liaison office yesterday, three days after the North abruptly withdrew its entire staff citing unspecified

Thailand | Parties jostle for power after first election since coup

A military-backed party that based on unofficial results won the most votes in Thailand’s first election since a 2014 coup said yesterdy it will try to form

Elections | Thais vote in long-delayed poll pitting junta versus critics

Nearly five years after a coup, Thailand voted yesterday in a long-delayed election pitting a military-backed party against the populist political force the generals overthrew. An

New Zealand | Thousands attend vigil to honor 50 mosque dead

Thousands of people gathered in the New Zealand city of Christchurch yesterday to listen to prayers, songs and speeches at a vigil to remember the 50 people

Border tensions | Pakistan showcases military even as tensions with India ease

Pakistan celebrated its national day on Saturday with a military parade showcasing its missiles, tanks and aircraft, even as the prime minister and his Indian counterpart exchanged

Elections | Thai PM hopeful wants constitutional changes

The leader of Thailand’s oldest political party said if he becomes prime minister after Sunday’s elections, he will make forceful but careful efforts to undo undemocratic

Australia | 2,000 people moved from powerful cyclone’s path

About 2,000 Australians were being moved inland yesterday from part of the northern coast ahead of a powerful cyclone expected to hit this weekend. Evacuees were

Buy-bust | Vietnam arrests 8 Chinese suspected of drug trafficking

Vietnamese police have arrested eight Chinese suspected of drug trafficking after seizing 300 kilograms of methamphetamine worth up to USD26 million. The state-run Tuoi Tre newspaper

Aviation| Official: third pilot helped on next-to-last Lion Air flight

The chairman of Indonesia’s transportation safety agency confirmed yesterday that a third pilot was in the cockpit of a Lion Air Boeing 737 Max 8 on a

New Zealand | ‘Military-style’ guns banned after mosque attacks

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern yesterday announced a ban of “military-style” semi-automatic firearms and high-capacity magazines like those used in the shootings at Christchurch mosques last

Kazakhstan | Leader hands over presidency, puts daughter in contention

Kazakhstan began a new political era, at least formally, as Kassym-Jomart Tokayev was sworn in as president yesterday, succeeding leader-for-life Nursultan Nazarbayev. One of his first acts

LGBT | Japan urged to stop requiring surgery for ID gender change

Rights Watch urged Japan yesterday to drop its requirement that transgender people be sterilized before their gender is changed on official documents. A 2004 law

Taliban kill 6 paramilitary troops in southwestern Pakistan

Pakistani authorities say militants overran a remote security outpost in southwestern Baluchistan province, killing six members of the paramilitary forces. The Pakistani Taliban — known as Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan —

Press freedom | Concern raised over S. Korean treatment of Bloomberg reporter

International journalists’ organizations are criticizing the status of press freedom in South Korea after the country’s ruling party singled out a Bloomberg reporter with South Korean nationality over

Thailand | Tycoon guilty in poaching case, cleared of panther charge

A Thai construction tycoon was convicted yesterday on charges related to a high-profile poaching case last year but was found not guilty of possessing the carcass of

Japan | Olympic Committee head resigns amid bribery scandal

Tsunekazu Takeda is stepping down as the president of the Japanese Olympic Committee amid a vote-buying scandal that French investigators suspect helped Tokyo land next

New Zealand | Citizens open to gun reform after massacre

The New Zealand leader’s promise of tightened gun laws in the wake of the Christchurch mosque shootings has been widely welcomed by a stunned population.

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