New Zealand | Kim Dotcom fights US extradition in top court

Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom and three of his former colleagues yesterday took their fight against being extradited to the U.S. to New Zealand’s top court.

The Buzz | Indian theater and film personality Girish Karnad dies at 81

Girish Karnad, a top Indian playwright, actor and director and a rights activist, died yesterday after a prolonged illness. He was 81. India’s president and the prime

Diplomacy | Modi promotes ‘neighborhood first’ policy in Sri Lanka visit

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid a visit to Sri Lanka yesterday as part of his first overseas tour since being reelected this spring, emphasizing India’s “neighborhood first”

LGBT | Rights group cheers Bhutan’s move toward legalizing gay sex

A global rights group yesterday welcomed Bhutan’s move toward becoming the latest South Asian nation to decriminalize homosexuality. The tiny Himalayan kingdom’s lower house of Parliament voted

Strong winds delay retrieval of climbers’ bodies in India

Retrieving the bodies of five climbers of an international team from a notoriously dangerous Himalayan mountain isn’t immediately possible because helicopters are having difficulty operating due

Australia | Prosecutors: Cardinal’s convictions should stand

Australian prosecutors argued in court yesterday that child sex convictions against a Roman Catholic cardinal should not be overturned and said his accuser had been a

New Zealand | Judge allows images of man charged in mosque shootings

A New Zealand judge ruled yesterday that media outlets can now show the face of the man accused of killing 51 people at two Christchurch mosques.

Thailand | Prime minister has little to say about staying in power

Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha isn’t feeling chatty about being elected to stay on as premier. Prayuth stayed out of the spotlight yesterday, a

Thailand | Parliament convenes for vote likely to keep Prayuth PM

Thailand’s Parliament convened yesterday for a vote that is expected to keep Prayuth Chan-ocha as prime minister five years after he seized power in a military

Australia | Police raid public broadcaster over Afghan leak

Australia’s Federal Police raided the offices of the national public broadcaster yesterday in connection to a 2017 story based on leaked military documents that indicated the

Travel agencies say N. Korea planning to suspend mass games

North Korea will temporarily suspend the latest edition of its famous mass games, which involve thousands of performers working in precise synchronization, after the premiere

India | Authorities continue search for air force plane lost near China

Indian authorities are continuing to search for an air force plane that went missing on Monday near the border with China. The navy tweeted yesterday

Philippines | US to launch new program to fight extremism

U.S. and Philippine officials yesterday were discussing a new program to thwart efforts by Muslim extremists to recruit and mobilize followers in the country’s south after a

India Officials looking to recover bodies on Himalayan mountain

Indian officials were working on a plan yesterday to retrieve five bodies believed to be mountaineers from a team of international climbers that went missing on a notoriously dangerous

North Korea | Kim’s sister back in public eye at mass games

The powerful younger sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attended a public event in Pyongyang for the first time in more than 50 days,

Australia | Cardinal set to appeal child sex convictions

The most senior Catholic found guilty of child sex abuse will ask an Australian appeals court today to reverse convictions on charges of molesting two choirboys

North Korea | Top official reappears days after purge report

A senior North Korean official who had been reported as being purged over the failed nuclear summit with Washington was shown in state media yesterday enjoying

Samsung vows to keep up investment as trade war raises risks

Samsung Electronics’ Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong has vowed to keep up robust investments in key businesses as South Korea’s leading company weathers slowing demand and the

Troubled waters | China vows military action if Taiwan, South China Sea claims opposed

China’s defense minister warned yesterday that its military will “resolutely take action” to defend Beijing’s claims over self-ruled Taiwan and disputed South China Sea waters.

Koreas | US acting defense chief says major drills with South still on hold

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said yesterday that so far he sees no need to restore large-scale military exercises with South Korea that have been curtailed

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