Pro-China Muizzu’s party sweeps Maldives parliamentary elections

Maldives President Mohamed Muizzu’s political party has swept parliamentary elections in a strong endorsement of his pro-China foreign policy, according to preliminary results reported yesterday by local

Two Japanese navy helicopters crash in the Pacific Ocean during training, leaving one dead and seven missing

Two Japanese navy helicopters carrying eight crew members crashed in the Pacific Ocean south of Tokyo during a nighttime training flight after possibly colliding with each

Once a fringe ideology, Hindu nationalism is now mainstream, thanks to Modi’s decade in power

Hindu nationalism, once a fringe ideology in India, is now mainstream. Nobody has done more to advance this cause than Prime Minister Narendra Modi, one of

People leave homes near erupting volcano, airport closes due to ash danger

Indonesian authorities closed an airport and residents left homes near an erupting volcano yesterday due to the dangers of spreading ash, falling rocks, hot volcanic clouds

Colorful roadshows and rallies mark election season

Every five years, the world’s most populous democracy holds a giant election for millions of Indians to cast their vote on a new parliament. And it

Apple CEO says company will ‘look at’ manufacturing in Indonesia

Apple CEO Tim Cook said the company will “look at” manufacturing in Indonesia as he met with Indonesian President Joko Widodo yesterday. “We talked about the

Tensions rise after a bishop and priest are wounded in a knife attack in a church

A teenager has been accused of wounding a Christian bishop and priest during a church service in a second high-profile knife attack to rock Sydney in

Marcos says ‘not one person died’ as police make huge drug bust

Philippine President  Ferdinand Marcos Jr. said yesterday police seized the largest haul of methamphetamine in the country in years without anybody being killed, in a subtle

Police probe why man who stabbed six people to death targeted women

Australian police are examining why a lone assailant who stabbed six people to death in a busy Sydney shopping mall and injured more than a dozen others

PM Lee to step down on May 15 and hand power to his deputy

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said yesterday that he will step down on May 15 after two decades at the helm, and hand power to his

Modi vows to boost social spending, make country into a manufacturing hub ahead of election

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday vowed to boost social spending, develop infrastructure and make India into a global manufacturing hub as companies shift away from

Thai foreign minister urges Myanmar’s military to avoid violent attack on border town its army lost

Thailand’s foreign minister late last week said he urged Myanmar’s military authorities not to violently respond to its army’s loss of an important border trading town to

Police identify the Sydney stabbing attacker who killed six people

Police identified yesterday the assailant who stabbed and killed six people at a busy Sydney shopping center before a police officer fatally shot him.

Ethnic Karen guerrillas claim to have seized key border town

Guerrillas from the Karen ethnic minority yesterday claimed to have captured the last of the army’s outposts in Myawaddy district in eastern Myanmar, virtually clearing the

Two navy pilots killed after training helicopter crashes near homes

A Philippine navy training helicopter crashed near a seaside city, killing the two pilots on board and narrowly missing a fruit market and neighborhood, where some horrified

Court sentences real estate tycoon to death in largest ever fraud case

Real estate tycoon Truong My Lan was sentenced yesterday to death by a court in Ho Chi Minh city in southern Vietnam in the country’s largest financial

Exit polls suggest big win by liberal opposition parties in parliamentary election

Initial exit polls suggested South Korea’s liberal opposition parties are expected to win a landslide victory in yesterday’s parliamentary election. The joint exit polls by South

Muslims celebrate Eid al-Fitr, festivities marred by war in Gaza

Muslims around the world celebrated the Eid al-Fitr holiday yesterday, marking the end of the Islamic holy month with family reunions, new clothes and sweet treats.

Biden to honor Kishida, reflect on Japanese growing clout on international stage

President Joe Biden is set to host Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida for talks on the delicate security situation in the Pacific and a glitzy state dinner,

Vatican’s top diplomat begins a 6-day visit aimed at normalizing relations

The Vatican’s top diplomat began a six-day visit to Vietnam yesterday as part of ongoing efforts to normalize relations between the two sides. Richard Gallagher, the

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