Hong Kong’s next leader John Lee meets Chinese premier

Hong Kong’s next leader John Lee yesterday received an official letter of appointment from Beijing, a month before he is due to take over the

New opposition leader says China ‘biggest issue’

Former Defense Minister Peter Dutton was chosen yesterday to lead Australia’s conservative opposition following the party’s election defeat nine days ago. Defeated Prime Minister Scott Morrison

Tokyo complains over Seoul marine survey in disputed waters

Japan lodged a complaint yesterday over a South Korean ship that was conducting a marine survey in waters near Japanese-claimed islands controlled by Seoul. Government

Ex-Malaysia PM: US-led trade group intended to isolate China

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad criticized a new U.S.-led economic grouping on Friday, saying it is intended to isolate China, and won’t benefit regional economic growth

Director Kore-eda returns to Cannes with film about baby box

Shoplifters director Hirokazu Kore-eda returns to the Cannes Film Festival with “Broker,” another tale of misfits from society’s margins. This time, the film centers on

Thai garment workers win USD8.3m in back pay after layoffs

More than 1,250 Thai workers who sewed bras for brands Victoria’s Secret, Lane Bryant and Torrid — and who were laid off last year without their

Rescuers close to plane that crashed in Nepal with 22 aboard

Rescuers zeroed in on a possible location of a passenger plane with 22 people aboard that is feared to have crashed yesterday in cloudy weather in

25 missing after cargo boat sinks in Indonesia

Rescuers in Indonesia were searching for 25 people who were missing after a cargo boat sank in the Makassar Strait in South Sulawesi province, officials said yesterday. 

Japan, US fly fighters after China drill, N. Korean missiles

Japanese and U.S. forces have conducted a joint fighter jet flight over the Sea of Japan, Japan's military said today (Thursday), in an apparent response to a Russia-China joint bomber

China wants ten Pacific nations to endorse sweeping agreement

EXCLUSIVE - China wants 10 small Pacific nations to endorse a sweeping agreement covering everything from security to fisheries in what one leader warns is a "game-changing" bid by Beijing

Premier Li congratulates Albanese on election win

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang wrote to congratulate Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese on his election victory, which some Australian media reported yesterday was a thawing of bilateral

Duterte hits Putin: I kill criminals, not children, elders

Outgoing Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte sharply criticized Russian leader Vladimir Putin for the killings of innocent civilians in Ukraine, saying while the two of them have

Biden launches Indo-Pacific trade deal, warns over inflation

President Joe Biden launched a new trade deal with 12 Indo-Pacific nations yesterday aimed at strengthening their economies as he warned Americans worried about high inflation

China becomes wild card in Sri Lanka’s debt crisis

China says its initiative to build ports and other infrastructure across Asia and Africa, paid for with Chinese loans, will boost trade. But in a cautionary

Pyongyang boasts recovery as WHO worries over missing data

North Korea yesterday added hundreds of thousands of infections to its growing pandemic caseload but also said that a million people have already recovered from suspected

Morrison won’t say who might attend Tokyo summit

Australia's opposition leader Anthony Albanese said yesterday that he will begin rebuilding trust in his nation if he wins weekend elections and attends a summit with

Activists ask top court to void Marcos Jr’s presidential win

Human rights activists have asked the Philippine Supreme Court to block Congress from proclaiming Ferdinand Marcos Jr. as the next president, alleging that he lied when he

Authorities report another fever surge amid Covid-19 crisis

North Korea yesterday reported another large jump in illnesses believed to be COVID-19 and encouraged good health habits, as a mass outbreak spreads through its unvaccinated

Kim blasts pandemic response as outbreak surges

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un criticized officials over slow medicine deliveries and mobilized the military to respond to a surge in suspected COVID-19 infections, as

Former Australian envoy says Sydney’s lost Pacific trust

A former Australian envoy to the Solomons Islands has accused Australia’s government of losing the trust of South Pacific island countries and of ushering in greater

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