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North Korea Leader Kim Is Still in Charge, Has Leg Injury: Source

Kim Jong-un is in control of his government but has hurt his leg, a source says, dismissing speculation over his health and grip on power.

Hong Kong Protests Unresolved After Talks Collapse

Pro-democracy protests could drag on for days yet, after talks aimed at resolving a bitter standoff between the city’s government and student demonstrators collapse.

Bad Weather Strands 150 Sri Lankans in Burmese waters 

About 150 Sri Lankan fishermen are stranded in Burmese waters after drifting during bad weather, an official said Tuesday.

Hong Kong Protesters at a Crossroads

Despite any gains Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protesters might claim over the last 12 days, they will always come up against a formidable foe—mainland China.

For Kim-watchers, North Korean Anniversary on Friday is Pivotal

If North Korean’s Kim Jong Un does not appear at a key political event Friday, speculation will intensify over his health and grip on power.

Ancient Indonesian Cave Paintings Rewrite History of Human Art

Prehistoric cave paintings found on Indonesia’s Sulawesi Island shed new light on early human art, which previously was thought to have first appeared in Europe.

Small Stage Depicts Societal Shifts in Sri Lanka

Innovative local theater groups are leading the way in critiquing contemporary Sri Lankan society after a decades-long civil war.

US Works on Asia Ties Amid Mideast Focus

A military agreement with the Philippines and easing an arms embargo against Vietnam show the Obama administration wants deeper security ties with Asia.

Hong Kong Democracy Protests Fade, Face Test of Stamina

Pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong continue with hundreds of students remaining camped out in the city center after more than a week of rallies.

Indonesia Struggles With Islamic State Recruiting

As radicals from Indonesia depart to fight in Iraq and Syria, the government is limited in what it can do to prevent recruitment.

Thai Police: 2 Burmese Men Admit Killing British Tourists

Two Burmese workers confess to killing a pair of British tourists whose battered bodies were found on a Thai beach last month, Thai police say.

US Eases Ban on Lethal Arms Sales to Vietnam 

Washington eases its ban on sales of weaponry to Vietnam to help its maritime security in a sign of deepening ties between the former enemies.

North Korea Envoy Says Door Is Open on Nuclear Issues, Rights, Abductees

Pyongyang is ready to resume six-party talks on its nuclear program but must maintain readiness in the face of US threats, a senior envoy says.

Hong Kong Leader Refuses to Resign But Offers Talks With Protesters

Leung Chun-ying defies pro-democracy protesters’ demands to step down, with pressure also increasing from Leung’s backers in Beijing as protests in Hong Kong continue.

Burmese Worker Admits to British Murders in Thailand: Police

A Burmese man has confessed to the murder of two British tourists on a Thai island, Thai police say.

China Tells Foreign Countries Not to Meddle in Hong Kong

“Hong Kong affairs are China’s internal affairs. All countries should respect China’s sovereignty,” Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi says of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests.

Hong Kong Leader Plays Waiting Game, Protesters Demand He Resigns

Hong Kong’s leader is willing to let pro-democracy demonstrations in the city go on for weeks, while defiant protesters vow they will not budge.

India Set to Run Out of Critical Free Drug for HIV/AIDS Program

India could soon run out of a critical HIV/AIDS drug due to bureaucratic bungling, leaving more than 150,000 sufferers without life-saving medicine.

Indonesia’s Widodo Manages Hopes as Hostile Parliament Convenes

Incoming Indonesian president Joko Widodo is trying to manage the expectations as an opposition-dominated parliament likely to obstruct his ambitious reform program convenes.

Obama and Modi Work to Deepen Improving US-India Ties

The two leaders agree to deepen US-Indian cooperation on maritime security to ensure freedom of navigation, seemingly in response to China’s naval muscle-flexing in Asia.