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India PM Modi’s Yoga Offensive Gets Muslims Stressed

Narendra Modi’s efforts to seize on yoga as India’s signature cultural export have his Hindu nationalist allies swelling with pride, but leave minorities feeling marginalized.

India Tries to Assuage Burma After Cross-Border Raid Boasts

India sends an envoy to Burma to calm tempers over a cross-raid against insurgents that it trumpeted as a warning to countries harboring anti-India militants.

Police: Missing Malaysian Tanker Likely Hijacked by Pirates

A Malaysian tanker that went missing last week carrying fuel worth $5.6 million and 22 crew members is believed to have been hijacked by pirates.

Calls Grow for Inquiry into Alleged Australian People Smuggler Payments

Calls grew on Monday for an inquiry into reports that Australian officials paid people-smugglers bound for Australia thousands of dollars to turn their boat back to Indonesia

A Golden Chance for the Golden Land

The under-23 football team’s surprise run to the Southeast Asia Games gold medal game has been a lift to the collective conscience of Burma’s people.

Schools Reopen as South Korea Seeks Normality in MERS Outbreak

Thousands of South Korean schools that were shut by worries over Middle East Respiratory Syndrome reopen as the country seeks to return to normal.

Hong Kong Braces for Democracy Showdown as Electoral Reform Vote Looms

Hong Kong readies to vote on an electoral reform package backed by Beijing, while a weekend poll shows public support has shifted against the proposal.

China’s Senior Officials Find Comfort in Mythical Masters

Zhou Yongkang provides the latest example of a twisted relationship between the leadership of the Communist Party of China, which nominally espouses atheism, and spirituality.

Brief Raid by India in Faraway Burma has Pakistan Fuming

The Indian army’s brief foray this week into Burma to hunt militants has set alarm bells ringing in regional rival Pakistan.

Palau Burns Vietnamese Boats Caught Fishing Illegally

The Pacific nation of Palau, fighting a rising tide of illegal fishing, sets fire to four Vietnamese boats caught poaching marine life in its waters.

Former China Security Chief Sentenced to Life for Corruption

A court sentenced Zhou Yongkang to life in prison Thursday after convicting him of corruption in a secretly held trial, sparing him the death penalty.

Australia Sidesteps Charge That Officials Paid Migrant Boat

Australia’s prime minister has ducked allegations that officials from his country paid the crew of a boat carrying 65 migrants to return to Indonesian waters.

Indonesian President Looks to Open Neglected Papua Region

Joko Widodo wants to open up the remote and impoverished region of Papua, but will first need the backing of the military, parliament and separatists.

Jakarta’s Infamous Traffic Grief to Residents but Boon for Some

With the chaos of Jakarta’s traffic jams not looking to abate anytime soon, entrepreneurs are helping fellow commuters circumvent the world’s worst gridlock.

Japan’s ‘Survival Game’ Fans Play at Combat, Wary of War

Mock military exercises known as “survival games” are increasingly popular in Japan, where public opinion is divided on the merits of a pacifist constitution.

Malaysia Arrests Foreigner Over Nude Pictures in Quake Furor

Malaysian authorities arrest a foreigner for allegedly stripping naked on Mount Kinabalu, an act some have said angered the mountain’s spirits and caused an earthquake.

Indian Army Attacks Insurgents Along Burma Border

The Indian army on Tuesday attacked insurgent groups along its border with Burma, days after the rebels killed 18 Indian soldiers in an ambush.

Man Sues Chinese Actress over Her Intense Stare in TV Show

Rules making it easier to file lawsuits in China have led to concerns over frivolous claims, after a man claimed actress Zhao Wei stared at him too intensely through his TV set.

India’s Modi Draws Flak for ‘Despite Being a Woman’ Comment About Bangladeshi PM

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi sparks outrage after he praises his Bangladeshi counterpart for her courage to fight terrorism “despite being a woman.”

Chea Sim, Leader in Post-Khmer Rouge Cambodia, Dies at 82

Chea Sim, a key Cambodian political figure after the fall of the brutal Khmer Rouge regime, died on Monday.