• Tue
  • Sep 30, 2014
  • Updated: 7:23pm

A controversial Buddhist cleric from Myanmar has announced he is linking up with hardline monks in Sri Lanka, alleging that their religion is under threat from Muslim extremists.

30 Sep 2014 - 8:27am

South Korea's efforts to rid itself of a reputation for casual racial discrimination and overbearing ethnic nationalism will come under scrutiny this week from the UN's top expert on racism.

Updated 30 Sep 2014 - 6:59pm

The suddenness of the eruption of Japan's Mount Ontake volcano is an extremely rare phenomenon which makes it impossible to take precautionary measures, according to a French specialist.

30 Sep 2014 - 4:26am

Thousands of Philippine and American soldiers began annual war games yesterday near disputed waters in the South China Sea.

30 Sep 2014 - 6:43am

India's new prime minister, once shunned by Washington, received a raucous reception in New York's famed Madison Square Garden, where he appealed for help from Indian-Americans to help develop his...

29 Sep 2014 - 9:23pm

Myanmar's national government has drafted a plan that will give about a million members of the persecuted Rohingya Muslim ethnic minority a bleak choice: accept ethnic "reclassification" and the...

28 Sep 2014 - 5:18am


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The advent of electronic money and payments via the internet, on top of the widespread use of credit cards in Japan, means that the public is using far fewer coins and banknotes than in the past...

28 Sep 2014 - 5:16am

Violence broke out in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu after Jayalalithaa Jayaram was jailed in a corruption case that has run for nearly two decades.

29 Sep 2014 - 8:00pm

Remnants of volcanoes and deep trenches have been discovered on the seabed of the southern Indian Ocean by experts mapping the underwater terrain as part of the search for Malaysian Airlines...

28 Sep 2014 - 5:16am

One is an intellectual high- achiever with a famous temper who proudly describes himself as a "free spirit". The other is a former foreign minister who believes the title of President of...

28 Sep 2014 - 6:47am

Lawmakers in the conservative Muslim Indonesian province of Aceh passed a law yesterday that punishes gay sex by public caning and subjects non-Muslims to the region's strict interpretation of...

29 Sep 2014 - 8:05pm

Phnom Penh and Canberra signed a controversial agreement to resettle Australia-bound refugees in Cambodia, a deal the UN criticised as a "worrying departure from international norms".

27 Sep 2014 - 8:35am

Young North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is suffering from “discomfort”, state media has said in the first official acknowledgement of ill health after a prolonged period out of the public eye.

27 Sep 2014 - 8:36am

Indonesian president-elect Joko Widodo accused his opponents yesterday of stealing "people's political rights" after the outgoing legislature voted to scrap the direct election of local officials...

27 Sep 2014 - 12:01am

Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha yesterday criticised television soap operas for promoting violence and divisions in society. He said he wanted scripts to encourage reconciliation, and would...

27 Sep 2014 - 12:08am

India and China have agreed to pull back troops ranged against each other on a remote Himalayan plateau, ending their biggest face-off on the disputed border in a year.

26 Sep 2014 - 8:05pm

A lawyer for a dementia-stricken Singaporean widow who claims to have been swindled out of her fortune by a Chinese tour guide is launching legal action to get it back.

27 Sep 2014 - 4:48am

A US court has ordered Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to answer allegations that he failed to stop anti-Muslim rioting when he was chief minister of Gujarat, overshadowing his first trip to...

26 Sep 2014 - 8:38pm

Indonesia’s voted on Friday to scrap direct elections for local leaders, despite angry protests against the move and criticism that it will roll back key democratic reforms.

26 Sep 2014 - 8:40pm

Speculation intensified yesterday that North Korea's young leader Kim Jong-un may be ill after he failed to take his customary seat as the country convened its rubber-stamp parliament.

26 Sep 2014 - 7:12pm

An American man recently sentenced by North Korea to six years of hard labour says he is digging in fields eight hours a day and being kept in isolation, but that so far his health is fine.

25 Sep 2014 - 9:42pm

When Sayaka Osakabe returned to work after a second miscarriage, one of the first questions her boss asked was whether she was having sex again.

25 Sep 2014 - 9:34pm

The Japanese probe into a battery problem that forced the emergency landing of a Boeing Dreamliner last year wrapped up yesterday with investigators saying they still have not found the root cause...

25 Sep 2014 - 9:44pm

Vietnam says it wants to be able to buy weapons from the United States and that China should not be alarmed.

26 Sep 2014 - 2:49am

With his penchant for mooning and blurting out risque spoonerisms, Crayon Shin-chan has met his match in Indonesian regulators, who have declared his antics as “borderline pornography”.

25 Sep 2014 - 5:26pm

Japanese and North Korean officials will meet in China next week for an update on the North's probe into the fate of Japanese citizens it kidnapped decades ago.

26 Sep 2014 - 2:53am


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