Japan utility to scrap 4 more reactors in Fukushima

The operator of the nuclear plant wrecked by a 2011 earthquake and tsunami said yesterday that it will decommission four more reactors in northeastern Japan in

North Korea | Kim inspects new sub, wants country’s military bolstered

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has inspected a newly built submarine and ordered officials to further bolster the country’s military capabilities, state media reported yesterday,

Japan | Abe’s coalition still short of votes to change constitution

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling coalition secured a majority in Japan’s upper house of parliament in elections Sunday, but it lost ground and fell short of

Exit polls: Japan’s ruling bloc secures upper house majority

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling coalition appeared certain to hold onto a majority in Japan’s upper house of parliament following yesterday’s election, with exit polls indicating

Pakistan | Female suicide bomber strikes hospital, 9 killed

A female suicide bomber struck outside a hospital in Pakistan yesterday as the wounded were being brought in from an earlier shooting against police, in a complex

Philippines | 7,800 police punished for deadly drug raids

Thousands of Philippine police officers have received administrative punishments with more than 2,000 dismissed for wrongdoings during raids where drug suspects were killed under the president’s crackdown,

UN envoy says US sanctions on Myanmar generals inadequate

The U.N. special rapporteur for Myanmar said yesterday the U.S. didn’t “go far enough” in sanctions against four top Myanmar generals over the mass killings of minority

Japan | Man screaming ‘You die!’ kills nearly 30 at anime studio

A man screaming “You die!” burst into an animation production studio in Kyoto, Japan, and set it on fire early yesterday, authorities said, killing nearly 30

Thailand | With new Cabinet, country replaces junta with army allies

Thailand’s new Cabinet was sworn earlier this week, creating a nominally elected government after five years of military rule but keeping power in the hands of

Australia Fisherman finds message in a bottle written 50 years ago

A fisherman said yesterday he was looking for the author of a message in a bottle found off the southern Australian coast 50 years after it was

Cambodia | Authorities say plastic waste shipments came from US, Canada

Almost seven dozen shipping containers sitting in a Cambodian seaport that were found to be filled with plastic waste came from the United States and Canada, the

Philippines | Duterte ‘seriously considering’ cutting ties with Iceland

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is “seriously considering” cutting diplomatic ties with Iceland, which spearheaded a resolution that asked the U.N.’s top human rights body to look into

Afghanistan Radio station closes down following Taliban threats

A local radio station in eastern Afghanistan was forced to shut down after repeated threats from the area’s Taliban commander, the head of the station said yesterday. Ramez Azimi,

78 dead in Nepal as flooding wreaks havoc in South Asia

Monsoon flooding and landslides continued to cause havoc in South Asia yesterday, with the death toll rising to 78 in Nepal and authorities in neighboring northeastern

Drug seizure Thai police seize over a ton of crystal meth in raids

Police in Thailand said they have seized more than a ton of crystal meth and over 10 million methamphetamine tablets in a series of drug raids this

Myanmar | Court proceedings begin against child rape suspect

A court in Myanmar has begun proceedings against a suspect in the rape of a 2-year-old girl at her nursery school, in a case that has generated

S. Korea leader says Tokyo’s trade curbs will hurt Japan more

In his strongest comments yet on a growing trade dispute, South Korea’s president urged Japan yesterday to lift recently tightened controls on high-tech exports to South

Bangladesh | Ex-dictator H.M. Ershad dies at 89

Bangladesh’s former military dictator H.M. Ershad, who had seized power in a 1982 coup, has died. He was 89. Ershad had long been suffering from

Heavy rain leaves scores dead in Nepal, India, Bangladesh

Flooding and landslides triggered by heavy rainfall have killed at least 50 people in Nepal in the past few days, with more deaths reported across the

India prepares to land rover on moon in global space race

The Indian Space Research Organization plans to launch a spacecraft using homegrown technology on Monday, and it is scheduled to touch down on the moon Sept.

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