Fear looms in Sri Lanka’s first post-Easter attack election

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Polls have opened in Sri Lanka’s presidential election after weeks of campaigning that largely focused on national security and religious extremism in the backdrop of the dea...

Sri Lankans seek security in post-Easter attack election

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Worries about Islamic extremism will be paramount for many Sri Lankan voters while others hope to block former leaders accused of human rights violations from returning to po...

Key factors in Sri Lanka’s presidential election

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankans are voting Saturday for a new president after weeks of campaigning that largely focused on national security and religious extremism in the backdrop of the deadly...

French filmmaker Tolt releases 'Don’t go to Taiwan'

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — French film director Benjamin Martinie, who goes by the handle "Tolt," has created a travel video introducing Taiwan with the contrarian title "Don't go...

From Paris, with love: Rodin's Thinker at Abu Dhabi Louvre

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — His head bent down, chin resting on one hand, a furrowed brow and pressed lips: The Thinker, possibly one of the most famous sculptures of all time, has found a ...

Nuclear weapons, interfaith ties top agenda for pope in Asia

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis will deliver messages opposing nuclear weapons, calling for peace and honoring victims of Japan's 2011 nuclear disaster during a visit to the country that is expected ...

India's moves in Kashmir raise tension in part next to China

LEH, India (AP) — Nearly two months after the Indian government changed the status of the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, new tensions are brewing in Ladakh, a remote and picturesque part of tha...

India's top minister promises non-Muslim citizenship bill

NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian Home Minister Amit Shah says that non-Muslim refugees will get citizenship before a controversial citizen registry has been finalized. The leader of Prime Min...

Thailand's king puts key army units under palace authority

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn has ordered some key army units to be transferred under his direct command in his latest move asserting the authority of the royal palace. ...

Ground broken at Taiwan-funded Syrian refugee center in Turkey

TAIPEI (CNA) — A groundbreaking ceremony was held for a Taiwan-funded refuge center in Turkey near the border with war-torn Syria Thursday. At the ceremony to mark the beginning of work on th...

Half the tigers rescued from Thai temple reported dead

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai wildlife officials say that more than half the tigers rescued three years ago from a Buddhist temple where they served as a popular tourist attraction have died of disease. ...

Pope’s visit to Thailand will also be a family reunion

UDON THANI, Thailand (AP) — Catholics in Thailand are celebrating the official announcement of the first papal visit in 35 years, but one 77-year-old nun in a far-flung corner of the country has...

Pope's visit to Thailand will also be a family reunion

UDON THANI, Thailand (AP) — Catholics in Thailand are celebrating the official announcement of the first papal visit in 35 years, but one 77-year-old nun in a far-flung corner of the country has a con...

Three contenders pick up registration forms for 2020 Taiwan presidential election

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Three contenders, including a leading member of the Formosa Alliance, turned up at the Central Election Commission (CEC) Friday (September 13) morning to pick up the forms...

Anti-bullying and rights defenders among Magsaysay awardees

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Five people were honored Monday as this year's winners of the Ramon Magsaysay Awards, regarded as Asia's version of the Nobel Prize, including a South Korean who helped figh...