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Malaysia Releases Transcript of Last Words From Missing Plane

Malaysia releases the full transcript of communications between MH370 and local air traffic control before it dropped from civilian radar on March 8.

Climate Change Responses to Shape Asia’s Future

Extreme weather, rising seas and worsening scarcity of drinking water are forcing many Asian governments to confront the changes being wrought by a warming planet.

Anger in China at Brutality in Chemical Plant Protests

Photographs have surfaced on Chinese social media purportedly showing a brutal crackdown by security forces in the southern province of Guangdong.

Japan Relaxes Arms Export Regime to Fortify Defense

Japan eases weapons export restrictions in the first major overhaul of arms transfer policy in decades, as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe seeks to bolster defense.

Thailand OKs Extradition of Suspect in Arms Deal With Naga Rebels

A Thai court approved the extradition to India of a Thai man suspected of helping to sell nearly $2 million of arms to Naga rebels.

In Brussels, China Learns ‘Eurospeak’ to Seek Influence

Beijing’s growing realization that China needs strong influence in Brussels was cemented by President Xi Jinping’s visit to the European Union’s institutions this week.

North, South Korea Trade Artillery Rounds into the Sea

North Korea has objected to UN condemnation of its missile launches last week, and military drills in the south by US forces.

Thousands March in Thai Capital Against Government

Whistle-blowing protesters are back on the streets of Bangkok after a lull, and want to force reforms after February’s election was annulled by a court.

Geopolitical Games Handicap Malaysia Jet Hunt

The search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has involved more than two dozen countries and 60 aircraft and ships, but been bedeviled by regional rivalries.

Nationalism Takes Center Stage in Indonesia’s Election Campaign

As the electorate begins to have second thoughts about foreign investors’ growing role in the country, Indonesian politicians are tailoring rhetoric to match the mood.

Malaysia’s Thriving China Ties Tested by Missing Plane

Criticism from China over Malaysia’s handling of the search for a missing jetliner is threatening to cast a chill over one of Beijing’s closer relationships.

Grenade Attack on Thai Anti-Graft Office Ahead of PM Hearing

Grenades were thrown at the offices of Thailand’s anti-corruption agency, which has summoned the prime minister to answer charges of dereliction of duty next week.

Australia: ‘Credible lead’ Shifts Jet Search Area

Clearer weather on Friday means planes are able to hunt for clues in the ocean where it is believed flight MH370 may have crashed.

Philippines and Muslim Rebel Group Sign Peace Deal

The Philippine government signs a peace accord with the country’s largest Muslim rebel group, the culmination of years of negotiations.

Asia’s Hottest Property Market Is Also Its Most Unlikely – North Korea

Even though the buying and selling of houses and apartments is illegal, it is becoming more widespread and sophisticated in the socialist hermit state.

Satellite Clue Ends Wild Theories, Hope for Flight MH370

The disappearance of the Boeing 777 without warning or explanation captivated imaginations in part because of the near vacuum of firm information or solid leads.

North Korea Fires 2 Missiles as Its Rivals Meet

The leaders of South Korea, Japan and the United States met in the Netherlands on Tuesday to discuss the security threat from Pyongyang.

Abe Faces Push-Back in Aim to Free Japan Military From Constitution

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is hitting a speed bump in his drive to ease constitutional limits on Japan’s ability to fight abroad.

New-Style Indonesian Leader Takes on World’s Oldest Profession

Thousands of sex workers ply their trade in a massive complex named “Dolly” in Muslim-majority Indonesia’s Surabaya in East Java.

Officials: Missing Plane Went Down in Indian Ocean

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak says satellite data shows that MH370 was last heading toward “a remote location, far from any possible landing sites.”