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Nobel Peace Winners Stress Education for All

Pakistan’s Malala Yousafzai and India’s Kailash Satyarthi have highlighted the importance of uniting people across borders and religions by educating children and freeing them from poverty.

China Worries May Boost Indonesia Defense Spending to $20Bln Annually

Indonesia’s defense spending could grow to US$20 billion annually by 2019 to protect its sovereignty, including in South China Sea territory near China’s claims.

Nuts! Korean Flight Delayed by First Class Spat

A recent Korean Air Lines flight was delayed when its chairman’s daughter ordered a senior crew member off the plane.

Embassy Steps in on Malaysia Murder Case

The Burmese Embassy in Malaysia is verifying police claims that at least 15 detained murder suspects are Burmese nationals, the embassy said on Tuesday.

Indians Ask What Has Changed Since Delhi Gang Rape as Uber Driver Accused

The alleged rape of a woman by a taxi driver sparks debate over whether India has become safer after a notorious gang rape in 2012.

Philippine Storm Weakens After Leaving 21 Dead

Typhoon Hagupit weakens into a tropical storm after leaving at least 21 people dead and forcing more than a million into shelters.

China Sentences Eight to Death for Attacks in Xinjiang

A Chinese court has convicted eight people on charges of leading terror groups and masterminding attacks which left 46 people dead in the country’s west.

Ex-Czar’s Arrest Makes China’s Xi Stronger

The criminal case against China’s ex-security chief not only plays to public demands to curb corruption—it leaves Xi more solidly in control than ever.

Japan PM Abe on Track for Landslide in Weekend Poll

The incumbent Liberal Democratic Party is set to sweep Japan’s lower house of parliament, the result of widespread dissatisfaction with the main opposition party.

No Major Damage in Philippine Typhoon, at Least 3 Dead

Typhoon Hagupit weakens after leaving at least three people dead and sending more than a million others into shelters in the Philippines.

Hong Kong Protesters Weigh Next Move as One Suggests Blocking Govt, Not Roads

Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong weigh their options on whether to call off more than two months of street demonstrations or change tactics.

In North Korea, Hackers Are a Handpicked, Pampered Elite

Despite its poverty and isolation, North Korea has poured resources into a sophisticated cyber-warfare cell, believed to be responsible for hacking into Sony Pictures computers.

Philippines Braces for Powerful, Erratic Typhoon

A wide swath of the Philippines, including the capital Manila, braces for a dangerously erratic and powerful typhoon approaching from the Pacific.

Obama Says China’s Xi Has Consolidated Power Quickly, Worrying Neighbors

The US president says his Chinese counterpart has consolidated power faster than any Chinese leader in decades, raising human rights concerns and worrying China’s neighbors.

Indonesia May Disband or Relocate State Oil Trader in Corruption Crackdown

Indonesia may force state giant Pertamina to disband its Singapore trading unit or relocate it to bring more transparency to operations.

Hong Kong Protest Leaders Surrender to Police

Three founders of a campaign that helped spark pro-democracy protests surrendered to police Wednesday, saying the time has come to end increasingly violent street demonstrations.

Pope Francis Takes Center Stage in New Filipino Musical

Filipino priests sing and dance in a new musical based on the life of Pope Francis aiming to draw more young people to the church.

US Defends Asian Alliances Against China Criticism

The Obama administration has disputed veiled Chinese criticism of America’s alliances in the Asia-Pacific, saying the region would be more volatile without them.

Rattled by Chinese Submarines, India Joins Other Nations in Rebuilding Fleet

India speeds up a navy modernization program and leans on neighbors to curb Chinese submarine activity in the Indian Ocean, as Beijing expands its fleet.

Taiwan, Hong Kong a Challenge for China

An electoral pummeling for Taiwan’s pro-Beijing ruling party and pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong have delivered a reality check to Chinese President Xi Jinping.