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A Flavor Out of Favor: Dog Meat Fades in South Korea

Dog meat’s popularity is on the wane as younger generations in South Korea abstain from eating the centuries-old menu item.

Corrupt Chinese Hiding in Western Nations Elude Beijing’s ‘Fox Hunt’

President Xi Jinping struggles to expand his already far-reaching anti-corruption campaign to track down suspects who have fled abroad, often taking ill-gotten gains with them.

Vietnam Envoy to Visit China to Seek Thaw in Testy Ties

Vietnam sends an envoy to China to try to rebuild battered ties with its communist neighbor after they sank to their lowest in three decades.

Remote, Gas-Rich Islands on Indonesia’s South China Sea Frontline

A scattering of 157 mostly uninhabited islands may be a future flashpoint in the escalating dispute over ownership of one of the world’s busiest waterways.

Edible Insects a Boon to Thailand’s Farmers

Crisp and crunchy critters can provide much needed nutrition, and may even be catching on in countries that would once have turned their noses up.

India, Pakistan Intensify Cross-Border Firing as Ties Sour

At least four people were killed as troops intensified firing across the border over the weekend, straining relations between the arch rivals.

China Targets Ordinary Uighurs With Beards, Burkas

Restrictions on Islamic customs are not new but their enforcement has intensified this year in the wake of attacks Beijing has blamed on religious extremists.

Interpol Seeks Clues to Thai ‘Baby Factory’

Following a scandal involving surrogacy in Thailand, police raided a condo in Bangkok belonging to a 24-year-old Japanese man who has 16 babies.

Noodles: Friend or Foe? South Koreans Defend Diet

A new study raises concerns about the health hazards of consuming instant packaged noodles, but for many people in Asia they are a fast-food favorite.

Indonesia Court Upholds Widodo’s Presidential Victory

The country’s highest court unanimously rejects a last-ditch attempt by the losing presidential candidate to overturn the election result in the world’s third largest democracy.

Protesters Attack Police as India’s Assam, Nagaland Fight Over Territory

Residents of Guwahati turn on the state police, saying it failed to protect them from attacks by Naga tribesmen coming over the state borders.

Thai Junta Leader Appointed PM by Hand-Picked Parliament

Thailand’s coup leader is appointed premier by a legislature he hand-picked, giving the army chief a veneer of legitimacy to press ahead with military-backed reforms.

Indian Firms Tool Up for Defense Orders on Modi’s ‘Buy Indian’ Pledge

The new Indian prime minister wants to buy local as he steps up defense spending to narrow the gap with China’s modern armed forces.

Remains of Malaysian MH17 Victims to Be Flown Home

Forty-three Malaysians were among the 298 passengers and crew aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, which was shot down over Ukraine on July 17.

American Slain in Bali, Daughter Had Troubled Past 

A woman whose body was found stuffed in a suitcase on an Indonesian resort island was repeatedly and violently abused by her daughter.

Japan’s Polarizing PM Abe Learns the Long Game

One of Japan’s most polarizing prime ministers in decades may also have a good shot at becoming that rarity in Japanese politics—a long-serving leader.

America’s Cartoon Cat Garfield Gets TV Makeover in Indonesia

The animated television series based on the famous Jim Davis cartoon character is produced at a sprawling studio on an Indonesian resort island.

Chinese Military’s Ability to Wage War Eroded by Graft, Its Generals Warn

Chinese military officers as well as state media are questioning whether China’s armed forces are too corrupt to fight and win a war.

Thai Junta Boosts Spending on Defense, Education in Draft Budget

The country’s military rulers, who seized power in May after months of street demonstrations, expect the economy to expand next year.

Elderly Ex-Sex Slaves Want Solace, Help From Pope 

A group of former “comfort women” will sit in the front row during the last Mass of the pope’s five-day trip to South Korea.