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  • Sep 2, 2014
  • Updated: 4:44am

Japan and India agreed yesterday to strengthen strategic ties as Asia's second and third biggest economies keep a wary eye on a rising China, and said they would accelerate talks on the possible...

2 Sep 2014 - 2:24am

Pakistani soldiers and paramilitary forces entered the headquarters of the state television channel PTV in Islamabad on Monday after a crowd of protesters stormed the building and took the channel...

1 Sep 2014 - 6:12pm

A blaze at a vast rubbish dump made up of six million tonnes of putrefying trash and toxic effluent has kindled fears that poor planning and lax law enforcement are tipping Thailand towards a...

Updated 2 Sep 2014 - 4:28am

Japan and Australia are leaning towards a multibillion-dollar sale by Tokyo of a fleet of stealth submarines to Canberra's military in a move that could rile an increasingly assertive China,...

1 Sep 2014 - 9:39pm

In a move to limit access to the internet, North Korea allows mobile phone SIM cards used by tourists to be active only for the duration of their visit, tourism sources say.

1 Sep 2014 - 9:50pm

An outbreak of mosquito-borne dengue fever in Japan – the first since the second world war – has affected 22 people, the nation's health ministry confirmed on Monday.

1 Sep 2014 - 6:06pm

Exhortations for Japanese to be prepared took on special meaning at yesterday's annual Disaster Prevention Day drill, with the government telling citizens to stock up on toilet paper.

1 Sep 2014 - 9:36pm


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British authorities funded a four-year-long intelligence operation in Nepal that led to Maoist rebels being arrested, tortured and killed during the country's civil war, according to the author of...

1 Sep 2014 - 4:23am

Pakistan's government said it was trying to reopen talks with opposition groups after bloody overnight clashes between police and protesters outside the prime minister's residence left three dead...

1 Sep 2014 - 4:23am

Now, 57 years after it was blown to smithereens, authorities in Sri Lanka plan to rebuild the centrepiece of the film Bridge on the River Kwai, to assuage the anger among locals over a...

1 Sep 2014 - 4:23am

UN peacekeepers from the Philippines clashed with Syrian rebels in the Golan Heights, activists and officials said, as the international organisation risked being sucked further into the conflict...

31 Aug 2014 - 4:28am

India plans to buy Boeing Chinook and Apache helicopters, an Indian defence ministry official says, in a deal valued at US$2.5 billion that could ease strained ties between New Delhi and...

31 Aug 2014 - 5:01am

Flamboyant Japanese wrestler-turned-politician Kanji "Antonio" Inoki kicked off his brand of sports diplomacy in North Korea yesterday ahead of an unusual two-day event featuring martial artists...

31 Aug 2014 - 4:54am

Myanmar's first census in three decades shows the country has a population of 51 million people, some nine million fewer than an earlier estimate.

31 Aug 2014 - 5:01am

A kiss is just a kiss, unless it is in the colourful world of Bollywood and it takes place between Pakistan's highest-paid female actor and an up-and-coming Indian screen star.

31 Aug 2014 - 5:01am

India’s new Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Japan on Saturday for a five-day official visit as their governments seek to boost security ties and counter an increasingly assertive China.

30 Aug 2014 - 10:52pm

Myanmar’s first international beauty queen has absconded with her US$100,000 crown after being stripped of her title for being rude and dishonest, organisers said.

30 Aug 2014 - 9:35pm

Malaysia Airlines will shed 30 per cent of its staff, cut routes and replace its CEO to stave off bankruptcy after two of its airliners crashed. Stakes may also be sold to outside investors under...

30 Aug 2014 - 4:46pm

Japan's government has requested a record defence budget and is also seeking a big increase in spending on diplomacy to counter the growing influence of China.

30 Aug 2014 - 4:34pm

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives in Japan today for a five-day visit that analysts believe could usher in a new relationship, spurred by the actions of China in recent years.

29 Aug 2014 - 11:29pm

North Korean bank official linked to state slush funds seeks asylum and flees with US$5 million

29 Aug 2014 - 11:22pm

A suggestion by the public housing authority that owners of noisy dogs consider "de-barking" their pets to avoid inconveniencing neighbours has angered animal- lovers and prompted ridicule on...

29 Aug 2014 - 11:29pm

A beauty queen from Myanmar who was stripped of the Miss Asia Pacific title for allegedly being rude and dishonest has run off with the US$100,000 jewelled crown, organisers of the South Korea-...

29 Aug 2014 - 11:29pm

A volcano erupted today in eastern Papua New Guinea, spewing rocks and ash into the air, forcing the evacuation of local communities and flights to be re-routed.

29 Aug 2014 - 6:03pm

A Japanese parliamentarian arrived in North Korea on Thursday with more than 20 pro-wrestlers to stage a rare combat sports extravaganza this weekend, saying that he will seek world peace from one...

1 Sep 2014 - 10:50am

A Thai court yesterday dismissed murder charges against former premier Abhisit Vejjajiva and his ex-deputy over a bloody 2010 protest crackdown, prompting relatives of the victims to criticise the...

29 Aug 2014 - 1:11pm

The search area for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in the southern Indian Ocean has been refined based on the latest analysis, officials said yesterday. They said the investigation...

28 Aug 2014 - 11:23pm


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