North Korea ‘violates’ sea border with South amid drills – BBC News

BBC NewsA North Korean patrol boat violated a sea border with the South several times late on Monday, officials in Seoul say. The ship spent a few hours south of … Read More

China media: “Mafia-style” crimes – BBC News

BBC NewsNews of “mafia-style” crimes dominate press headlines on Friday, with media asking what “protections” alleged mobsters had in the past decade. Media have reported that Liu Han, ex-head of … Read More

UN documents North Korean torture chambers, prison camps … and luxury goods – Reuters

ReutersGENEVA Feb 17(Reuters) – United Nations human rights investigators on Monday issued a damning report cataloguing massive human rights violations in North Korea that they said amount to crimes of … Read More

Plane with 18 people missing in Nepal’s mountains – USA TODAY

USA TODAYKATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A Nepal Airlines plane with 18 people on board flying in bad weather is missing in Nepal’s mountainous west. Ram Hari Sharma of the Civil … Read More

Ukraine protesters offer goodwill gesture after detainees freed – Channel News Asia

Channel News AsiaProtesters occupying Kiev city hall said on Saturday they stood “ready” to vacate the premises, in a gesture of goodwill after authorities released all those detained in the … Read More

US, China promise closer cooperation on climate change – Fox News

Fox NewsBEIJING – The United States and China promised Saturday to cooperate more closely in combatting climate change following a visit to Beijing by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. … Read More

China says 11 ‘terrorists’ killed in new Xinjiang unrest – Reuters

ReutersBEIJING (Reuters) – Eleven “terrorists” were killed during an attack in China’s far western region of Xinjiang on Friday, state news agency Xinhua said, in the latest violence to hit … Read More

Shark fin demand down in S’pore amid extinction threat – Channel News Asia

Channel News AsiaThe demand for shark fin soup has been declining in recent years, according to restaurants, hotels and suppliers in Singapore, while observers say that sharks could still face … Read More

Thai protesters disrupt early voting for disputed election – Reuters

ReutersBANGKOK (Reuters) – Thai anti-government protesters surrounded almost half of the polling stations in Bangkok on Sunday, election officials said, chaining doors shut and forcing the cancellation of advance voting … Read More

State of Emergency Declared in Bangkok as Protests Grow Violent – Bloomberg

BloombergA protester holds a “Shutdown Bangkok” sign while sitting down with other demonstrators… Read More. A protester holds a “Shutdown Bangkok” sign while sitting down with other demonstrators to block … Read More

The Dolphin Hunt: Ambassador Caroline Kennedy’s Concern – ABC News

ABC Newstonight, and Caroline Kennedy making headlines this evening after a tweet she sent out. She, of course, is the ambassador to Japan now and clearly not in favor of … Read More

Analysis: Egypt vote muddies political outlook – Houston Chronicle

Houston ChronicleCAIRO (AP) — For all the self-congratulatory headlines in Egypt’s pro-military media, the results of last week’s constitutional referendum may have fallen short of the emphatic popular mandate the … Read More

Thai protesters march on, defiant after grenade attack – Daily News & Analysis

Daily News & AnalysisAn anti-government protester waves a Thai national flag during a rally at the Royal Thai Police headquarters in Bangkok. – Reuters. Anti-government protesters marched defiantly through Thailand’s … Read More

Thai protesters target revenue offices, government awaits graft ruling – Reuters

ReutersBANGKOK (Reuters) – Protesters in Thailand trying to force out the government marched on revenue offices on Thursday, but their numbers appeared to be dwindling and ministers said the movement … Read More

Egypt holds key vote on country’s new next charter – Houston Chronicle

Houston ChronicleCAIRO (AP) — Egyptians start voting Tuesday on a draft for their country’s next constitution, a vision for the nation’s future and a milestone in a military-backed roadmap put … Read More

Ukraine ex-minister Lutsenko ‘out of intensive care’ – BBC News

BBC NewsUkraine’s ex-Interior Minister Yuriy Lutsenko has been moved from intensive care after getting hurt in clashes in the capital Kiev, an MP says. He was “in a stable condition” … Read More

Run Run Shaw, Father of Hong Kong’s Movie Industry, Dies at 107 – Businessweek

BusinessweekRun Run Shaw, founder of Shaw Brothers (Hong Kong) Ltd., poses a photograph with his wife, right, and daughter, after receiving a Knighthood from the Queen in London on March … Read More

Egypt’s military-backed government declares Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist … – National Post

National PostEgypt’s military-backed interim government declares the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group. Egypt’s military-backed interim government on Wednesday declared the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group, criminalizing all its activities, its … Read More

Thai opposition party to boycott general election – Boston.com

Boston.comBANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s main opposition Democrat Party has announced that it will boycott February’s general election, deepening the country’s weekslong political crisis. The party’s leader, former Prime Minister Abhisit … Read More

Kim Jong-un’s Aunt Appears to Survive Husband’s Purge – New York Times

New York TimesSEOUL, South Korea — Kim Kyong-hee, the only aunt of the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, appeared to have survived the purge and execution of her husband, Jang … Read More

NKorea leader visits ski resort – Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning HeraldSeoul: North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has visited a ski resort under construction in the northeast of the country to check on the progress of his pet project. … Read More

China safely soft-lands rover on the moon, state media reports – Fox News

Fox NewsBEIJING – China on Saturday successfully carried out the world’s first soft landing of a space probe on the moon in nearly four decades, state media said, the next … Read More

Singapore PM condoles Indian’s death in accident – Press Trust of India

Press Trust of IndiaSingapore, Dec 9 (PTI) Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong today condoled the death of an Indian national who was killed in a road accident in the … Read More