South Korea | Ex-justice minister summoned in financial probe

South Korean prosecutors yesterday summoned the former justice minister as they expand an investigation into corruption allegations surrounding his family that sparked huge protests. Cho

New Zealand | Lawmakers pass euthanasia bill, referendum next

New Zealand lawmakers yesterday voted in favor of a bill to legalize euthanasia, a watershed moment that ended a contentious two-year debate. But the final decision

South Korea | Court begins trial over Japan’s sexual slavery

A Seoul court yesterday began hearing a long-awaited civil case filed against the Japanese government by South Korean women who were forced to work in Japan’s

Aviation | US bars any new flights to or from Malaysia

Malaysia’s aviation-safety downgrade makes Asia the region with the most markets where airlines are restricted from U.S. airspace. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration cut Malaysia

Air quality sinks to ‘severe’ in haze-shrouded New Delhi

A thick gray haze blanketed India’s capital yesterday, with authorities attempting to reduce the pollution by sprinkling water to settle dust and banning some construction. The

Australia | Court to say if will hear Cardinal Pell’s appeal

The most senior Catholic to be found guilty of sexually abusing children will learn this week whether Australia’s highest court will hear his appeal against

Gambia takes Myanmar to top UN court over Rohingya campaign

Gambia filed a case yesterday at the United Nations’ highest court accusing Myanmar of genocide in its campaign against its Rohingya Muslim minority and asking the

Malaysia Ex-PM Najib ordered to enter defense in 1MDB case

A Malaysian judge yesterday ordered former Prime Minister Najib Razak to enter a defense at his first corruption trial linked to the multibillion-dollar looting at the

Vietnamese court finds Australian guilty of terrorism

A Vietnamese court on yesterday sentenced a 70-year-old Australian to 12 years in jail on terrorism charges, state media reported. The Tuoi Tre newspaper said Chau Van

Abusive South Korean facility exported children

A South Korean facility that kidnapped and abused children and the disabled for a generation was also shipping children overseas for adoption, part of a massive profit-seeking enterprise

Cambodia | Court eases detention of top opposition figure

A Cambodian court yesterday lifted some restrictions on detained opposition leader Kem Sokha, essentially freeing him from house arrest and taking some of the spotlight off

Pakistan opens visa-free border crossing for India Sikhs

The prime ministers of India and Pakistan inaugurated Saturday a visa-free border crossing for Sikh pilgrims from India, allowing thousands of pilgrims to easily visit

South Korea deports North Koreans who fled after killing 16

In an extremely unusual case, South Korea repatriated two North Korean fishermen yesterday after finding they had killed 16 other crew members on their boat and then

North Korea calls Abe an ‘idiot’ over criticism of weapons test

North Korea yesterday called Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe an “idiot” after he criticized a recent weapons test by the North. In a statement attributed

New Zealand | Gov’t passes law aimed at combating climate change

New Zealand lawmakers yesterday joined forces across the aisle to pass a bill aimed at combating climate change. The Zero Carbon bill aims to make

Farmers blamed for Delhi’s pollution say they are helpless

Indian farmers said they’re being unfairly criticized for causing the worst air pollution in the capital because of the burning of stubbles in fields. The

US sees Japan-South Korea thaw as last hope to save intel pact

The U.S. is encouraged that Japan and South Korea are showing their first signs of a thaw in their yearlong feud. But it’s unclear whether ties between the two American

Thailand set to hinder Cambodian opposition’s return plans

Plans by self-exiled leaders of Cambodia’s banned opposition party to return to their homeland hit a major roadblock yesterday when Thailand’s prime minister said their top leader would not be

South Korea offers to visit stalled joint tour resort in North

South Korean has offered to send a delegation to check on South Korean-built facilities at a long-stalled joint tourist resort in North Korea, Seoul said yesterday, as the North is

Used to impunity, Bangladesh elite face corruption crackdown

As gamblers called out bets around craps and roulette tables at a sports club in Bangladesh’s capital, dozens of black-clad security forces burst inside. Gamblers were ordered to the floor as

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