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Saudi crown prince gifted golden gun in Pakistan

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 23:00
A delegation of Pakistani senators sprang a surprise Monday during a visit by Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, presenting him with a gold-plated submachine gun.

South Korea government backtracks after saying K-Pop stars look 'too similar'

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 20:55
South Korea's government has withdrawn guidelines that criticized the "similar appearance" of K-pop stars and aimed to diversify the industry, following an outcry from fans of the wildly popular music genre.

Facing an aggressive Beijing, Taiwan's president issues a warning to the world

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 12:47
Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen has sent out a warning to Asia in the face of mounting aggression from Beijing.

Pair of rare oarfish discovered alive in Japan

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 10:46
Fishermen were stunned to discover two deep-sea fish believed to be ancient harbingers of earthquakes and tsunamis alive in nets in the Japanese island of Okinawa.

Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan speaks out on Kashmir violence

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 17:33
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has offered to assist with investigations into the deadly bomb attack on a convoy of soldiers in Indian-administered Kashmir.

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen will run for re-election in 2020

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 15:29
Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen says she will run for re-election as the island's leader in 2020, despite her flagging popularity and growing hostility from Beijing.

Former New Zealand leader: 'We need to learn to listen to China'

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 12:26
A former New Zealand prime minister has lavished praise on China as the country's current leader continues to deny reports of a rift between Wellington and Beijing.

Hong Kong intends to jail vaping offenders

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 07:23
The Hong Kong government wants a blanket ban on e-cigarettes to protect young people, but will it harm the health of smokers hoping to quit?

Indian troops killed in militant clash in Kashmir

Mon, 02/18/2019 - 18:14
Four Indian army personnel were killed Monday in a gunfight with militants in the Pulwama district of Indian-administered Kashmir, just days after a car bomb was detonated in the same area, killing 40 paramilitary soldiers.

Saudi crown prince builds ties with Asian powers in an effort to improve image

Mon, 02/18/2019 - 17:13
Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has signed agreements worth $20 billion with Pakistan at the start of an Asian tour widely seen as an attempt to bolster ties and improve the kingdom's image after a troubling year.

Japan's Abe refuses to deny that he nominated Trump for Nobel Peace Prize

Mon, 02/18/2019 - 13:11
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has refused to deny that he nominated US President Donald Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts in helping to ease tensions with North Korea.

In the new Malaysia, signs of an older, uglier politics

Mon, 02/18/2019 - 09:09
In a swanky shopping mall underneath Kuala Lumpur's iconic Petronas Towers, a traditional Chinese lion dance is attracting a crowd of delighted shoppers.

India's fastest train breaks down, day after launch

Sun, 02/17/2019 - 17:00
India's fastest train broke down on its first trip, just a day after being inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

India election 2019: The key statistics

Sun, 02/17/2019 - 11:47
With general elections due by May, India will embark on the world's biggest exercise in democracy over the coming months.

India's most important election in decades in looming. Here's what you need to know

Sat, 02/16/2019 - 12:39
India is just months away from general elections, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party facing what looks like an increasingly close contest.

Maria Ressa's arrest spells more trouble for press freedom in increasingly illiberal Asia

Sat, 02/16/2019 - 11:11
The arrest of Maria Ressa, a Time Person of the Year, award-winning journalist and frequent critic of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, has renewed fears for the future of press freedom in the southeast Asian nation and around the region.

Xi Jinping's global dreams hit a wall amid growing backlash against China

Sat, 02/16/2019 - 07:37
With the shock election of anti-globalist Donald Trump to the US presidency still fresh in their minds, international leaders watched with anticipation as Chinese President Xi Jinping stepped up to the podium at Davos in January 2017.

Kashmir attack: Why the timing could drive tensions in South Asia

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 19:31
Once again, geopolitical tensions are rising on the Indian subcontinent. And the timing, just ahead of India's general elections, could drive the mercury even higher in the coming days and weeks.

Chinese Communist Party propaganda? There's an app for that

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 16:30
If you feel your understanding of "Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism With Chinese Characteristics for the New Era" is a bit rusty, you're in luck.

India says Pakistan had 'direct hand' in Kashmir attack

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 14:30
India said there was "incontrovertible evidence" that Pakistan had a "direct hand" in an attack on a convoy that killed 37 paramilitary soldiers in Indian-administered Kashmir.