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Amid Hacking Tensions, South Korea Proposes Resuming Talks With North

South Korea proposes resuming stalled talks with Pyongyang amid heightened diplomatic tension after Seoul’s key ally the United States blamed the North for a cyberattack.

Search Expands for Missing AirAsia Passenger Jet

Several countries have joined the search for a missing AirAsia jet that disappeared more than 24 hours ago on a flight from Indonesia to Singapore.

‘It Took Everyone in the Region by Surprise, Yet the Moken Survived’

American filmmaker Olivia Wyatt discusses her new documentary that explores the culture and mythology of the Moken—the nomadic “sea gypsies” of Burma and Thailand.

India Seeks Help From Bhutan, Burma to Hunt Down Militants

India seeks cooperation from Bhutan, Burma and Bangladesh in an offensive against tribal militants who have killed at least 80 people in Assam state.

Russia Offers Support to North Korea Amid Sony Hack

Russia offers sympathy to North Korea amid the Sony hacking scandal, saying the movie sparking the dispute is so scandalous that Pyongyang’s anger is “understandable.”

Asia Marks 10 Years Since Indian Ocean Tsunami

Beachside memorials and religious services are planned across Asia to mark the 10th anniversary of one of modern history’s worst natural disasters.

India’s Military Hunts Rebels After Deadly Attacks in Remote State

India deploys military helicopters to hunt down tribal militants in the northeastern state of Assam after rebels kill 75 people this week.

China Tightens Church Control Ahead of Christmas

Authorities in the eastern Chinese city of Wenzhou crack down on Christian communities, toppling crosses and banning all Christmas celebrations in kindergartens and grade schools.

Out of Tragedy, Fortune For Sri Lankan Tsunami Village

After being ravaged by the Boxing Day tsunami in 2004, Sri Lankan village Seenigama is bouncing back with the help of a local charity.

US Think Tank Proposes Shake-Up Of Taiwan Defense

In a new report, the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, a US think tank, advocates an “asymmetric approach” to Taiwan’s defense strategy.

Curfew in Indian State After Tribal Militants Kill 48

India imposes a curfew in parts of the northeastern state of Assam after rebels kill 48 people in a series of attacks.

US Calls Planned Thai Poll Delay to 2016 ‘Unwise’

Elections to return Thailand to democracy will come in February 2016 at the earliest, a Thai leader says, a delay Washington calls “unwise and unjustified.”

India Slashes Health Budget, Already One of the World’s Lowest

India cuts 20 percent of its healthcare budget, putting at risk disease control initiatives in a country with some of the world’s lowest health spending.

In Jakarta, That Sinking Feeling Is All Too Real

Rising seas combine with a subsiding cityscape in Jakarta, where an urban sprawl of 28 million people is sinking faster than anywhere else on Earth.

Cambodia Unlicensed Doctor Faces Murder Rap in HIV Outbreak 

An unlicensed medical practitioner suspected of negligently infecting more than 100 villagers in northwestern Cambodia with HIV is charged with murder and other crimes.

China to Investigate Former President Hu Jintao’s Top Aide

In further signs that President Xi Jinping is consolidating his power, his predecessor Hu Jintao’s top aide has been placed under investigation for disciplinary violations.

Obama Says Sony Hack Not an Act of War

US President Barack Obama says the massive hacking of Sony Pictures was not an act of war but instead was cyber-vandalism.

India Hindu Group to Press Ahead on Conversions in Challenge to PM Modi

India’s most powerful Hindu group vows to continue with a campaign to convert Muslims and Christians to Hinduism, stoking a sensitive debate that affects parliament.

10 Years On, Tsunami Warning Stumbles at ‘Last Mile’

A decade after the Indian Ocean Boxing Day tsunami killed more than 200,000 people, experts and officials say weaknesses remain in regional early-warning systems.

China Tightens Grip on Macau as Dissent Rises in Gambling Hub

Beijing is tightening its control after a series of grassroots protest actions in the former Portuguese colony and gambling hub.