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Pirates Raid Japanese Oil Tanker Off Malaysia, Kidnap 3 Crew

Armed assailants managed to steal more than half the diesel carried in a vessel headed through the Malacca Strait on its way to Burma.

Obama Says Disputed Islands Within Scope Of US-Japan Security Treaty

US president begins a four-nation Asia tour where he will seek to assure allies of the United States’ support while not damaging ties with China.

As Nepali Sherpa Families Cremate Everest Victims, Anger Grows

Nepali families cremated eight sherpas as anger grows over the compensation that should be paid to victims of the single deadliest avalanche on Mount Everest.

Death Count in Ferry Sinking Tops 100

Officials say confirmed fatalities in the sinking of the South Korean ferry Sewol have reached 104, with nearly 200 people still missing.

Japan PM Makes Offering to Yasukuni Shrine, Angers China, South Korea

Shinzo Abe’s move is seen as provocative and comes as a Chinese maritime court seizes a Japanese-owned ship over wartime contractual dispute.

Group Concerned for Karen Activist Missing in Thailand

Human Rights Watch urges Thai authorities to investigate the disappearance of Por Cha Lee Rakcharoen, an ethnic Kachin environmental activist.

Malaysia, Flight 370 Relatives Talk Financial Help

As search continues for clues about the disappeared plane’s whereabouts, a Malaysian official suggests a government or airline fund could be set up.

Asia Seeks Obama’s Assurance in Territorial Spats

As Barack Obama travels through Asia this week, he confronts a region warily watching the crisis in Ukraine and considering its own tensions with China.

More Bodies Discovered in South Korean Ferry Sinking

As divers increasingly making their way into the South Korean ferry that sunk last week, there’s been a big jump in the discovery of corpses.

In Thai Peace Talks, a Challenge to Military Dominance

In the internal struggle over who’s in charge of ending a decade-old insurgency in Thailand’s south, the powerful army appears to be losing out.

‘Railway Man’ Revisits War Prisoner’s Horror and Forgiveness

New movie tells the story of a former British Army officer who was one of thousands forced by Japan to build the Thailand-Burma “Death Railway.”

Australian PM Confident Sounds Are From Flight 370

Signals thought to be from the missing flight’s black box have narrowed the search to an area of seabed about the size of Los Angeles.

Flaws Found in Thailand’s Human-Trafficking Crackdown

Thailand excludes Rohingya kept in camps in its southern provinces from a report to the US State Department, claiming they are only “smuggled.”

Philippines: Invite All Southeast Asia to Pacific Pact

A US-backed trade pact could cause resentment in Southeast Asia as it would advantage some nations in the region over others, a Philippine official says.

Russia Says Long-Sought China Gas Supply Deal Is Close

Russia hopes to sign long-sought deal to sell natural gas to China, an agreement that could help Moscow now that it is facing Western sanctions.

Indonesia Election Count Suggests Tougher Ride for Presidential Hopeful Jokowi

Indonesia’s likely next leader may have a bumpier-than-expected route to the presidential palace after his party fared less well than expected in parliamentary elections.

Philippine, Vietnamese Navies to Unite Against China Over Beers and Volleyball

A party on the Vietnam-held island of Southwest Cay is a sign of evolving partnerships across Asia driven by fear of China.

Indonesian Vote Colored by Corruption Fatigue and a Fresh Face

Indonesians vote in parliamentary elections, with the polls coming ahead of a presidential election in which the yet-to-be-chosen lawmakers will play a crucial role.

As Japan Weighs Energy Options, Costs Mount for Idled Reactors

The bill is coming due for another consequence of the Fukushima disaster—shutting down Japan’s 48 remaining nuclear reactors for costly safety reviews.

More Underwater Pings Heard in Hunt for Plane

An Australian navy ship has detected two new signals, but finding the wreckage of MH370 will be tough in seas about 4,500 meters deep.