Top Olympic sponsor Toyota pulls Games-related TV ads

Toyota won’t be airing any Olympic-themed advertisements on Japanese television during the Tokyo Games despite being one of the IOC’s top corporate sponsors. The extraordinary decision by the country’s top automaker

Philippines | Military plane crashes, 45 dead, 49 rescued

A Philippine air force C-130 aircraft carrying troops crashed in a southern province after missing the runway yesterday, killing at least 45 military personnel while at least 49 were rescued

Myanmar junta gains hold on jade profits as fighting flares

The military takeover in Myanmar has given the junta full control of the country’s lucrative and conflict-ridden jade mining, providing it with profits and leverage for consolidating power, researchers said

Americans apologize to Tokyo court for role in Ghosn escape

Two Americans charged in Japan with helping Nissan’s former chairman, Carlos Ghosn, jump bail and escape Japan for Lebanon apologized yesterday in a Tokyo court. “I deeply regret my actions and

Popular ex-prosecutor in S. Korea launches presidential bid

South Korea’s former top prosecutor launched a bid to run in next year’s presidential election yesterday, vowing to unseat the current liberal government that he once worked for and that

Philippines | Democracy scion, ex-leader Benigno Aquino dies

Former Philippine President Benigno Aquino III, the son of pro-democracy icons who helped topple dictator Ferdinand Marcos and a defender of good governance who took China’s sweeping territorial claims to

Philippines | Duterte on possible ICC killings probe: ‘You must be crazy’

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said he’s ready to face possible charges in any local court for the thousands of killings under his anti-drug crackdown but never before the International Criminal

Japan announces easing of virus emergency ahead of Olympics

Japan yesterday announced the easing of a coronavirus state of emergency in Tokyo and six other areas from next week, with new daily cases falling just as the country begins

Singapore | City-state pledges reopening as mass vaccination speeds up

Singapore pledged it would not be left behind as developed economies reopen, marking an intention to shift away from the strict containment approach that’s helped some Asian places eliminate the

Vietnam | Health authorities to test all 9m residents in largest city

Vietnam plans to test all 9 million people in its largest city for the coronavirus and imposed more restrictions yesterday to deal with a growing COVID-19 outbreak. People in Ho Chi

Thailand’s daily COVID infections hit record, topping 1,300

Thailand reported more than 1,300 new COVID-19 infections yesterday, setting another daily record and adding pressure on the government to speed up a nearly nonexistent vaccination drive and do more

North Korea test-fires ballistic missiles in message to US

North Korea yesterday test-fired its first ballistic missiles since President Joe Biden took office as it expands its military capabilities and increases pressure on Washington while nuclear negotiations remain stalled. Japanese

White House: North Korea conducted short-range missile test

North Korea fired short-range missiles this past weekend, just days after the sister of Kim Jong Un threatened the United States and South Korea for holding joint military exercises. The missile

As virus-era attacks on Asians rise, past victims look back

Nearly a year after they were almost stabbed to death inside a Midland, Texas, Sam’s Club, Bawi Cung and his two sons all have visible scars. It’s the unseen ones though

‘Don’t worry, come forward’: Asian nations get first shots

Many nations in the Asia-Pacific region are rolling out the first shots for COVID-19 this week. Here's a look at major developments: SOUTH KOREA South Korea's top infectious disease experts warned that vaccines

Myanmar | More protests and funeral follow deadly shootings

Protesters gathered again yesterday all over Myanmar, a day after security forces shot dead two people at a demonstration in the country’s second biggest city. A funeral was also held

US charges North Korean computer programmers in global hacks

The Justice Department has charged three North Korean computer programmers in a broad range of global hacks, including a destructive attack targeting an American movie studio, and in the attempted

UN experts: North Korea using cyber attacks to update nukes

North Korea has modernized its nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles by flaunting United Nations sanctions, using cyberattacks to help finance its programs and continuing to seek material and technology overseas

Myanmar | Military stages coup, detains Aung San Suu Kyi

Myanmar’s military staged a coup yesterday and detained senior politicians including Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi — a sharp reversal of the significant, if uneven, progress toward democracy the

This day in history | 1973 First Open University degrees awarded

The first graduates from the Open University (OU) have been awarded their degrees after two years studying from home. Out of the 1,000 students who sat the final exams, 867 were

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