Thai opposition leads vote count, spelling possible end to military rule

With the majority of the votes counted, Pheu Thai and Move Forward had garnered well over 50 percent of the popular vote, according to the Election Commission.

By Rebecca Tan and Vasapa WanichwethinMay 14, 2023

Cyclone Mocha makes landfall in Myanmar; region braces for devastation

The cyclone hit near the border with Bangladesh, close to the world’s largest refugee camp. Hundreds of thousands of people have been evacuated.

By Niha Masih, Annabelle Timsit and Ian LivingstonMay 14, 2023

From Rahmbo to Rahm-bassador: How an unlikely diplomat has wooed Japan

He's hard-charging and sweary even by Washington standards, but super-polite Japan has taken a surprising shine to Ambassador Rahm Emanuel.

By Michelle Ye Hee LeeMay 14, 2023

Cyclone Mocha rapidly intensifies ahead of devastating landfall in Myanmar and Bangladesh

The storm had sustained winds of 150 mph late Saturday, or just shy of Category 5. Massive storm surge is likely near landfall in northern Myanmar.

By Ian LivingstonMay 13, 2023

Court releases Imran Khan from custody, easing Pakistani tensions for now

Bail could calm the protesters in Pakistan, but the opposition leader and former prime minister could still be rearrested on other charges.

By Pamela Constable, Rick Noack and Shaiq HussainMay 12, 2023

China, ever so tentatively, signals willingness to talk to U.S. again

Relations between Washington and Beijing hit new lows with the balloon incident, but there are signs that Chinese officials might be interested in talking again.

By Lily KuoMay 12, 2023

Myanmar military raids left trail of decapitated bodies, report finds

The junta has been beheading and dismembering suspected resistance members, according to Myanmar Witness, which investigates possible rights violations.

By Rachel PannettMay 12, 2023

Is it discrimination if you can’t bring your kids to a restaurant?

After a cafe turned away her family, a South Korean lawmaker vowed to ban "no-kid zones," which have generated heated debate around the world.

By Kelsey Ables and Andrew JeongMay 12, 2023

Elections could oust Thai military after a decade in power: What to know

Ruling military led by Prayuth faces challenge from Paetongtarn's Pheu Thai party and Pita's Move Forward party.

By Rebecca TanMay 12, 2023

Pakistani Supreme Court declares Imran Khan arrest unlawful

While Imran Khan could still face more legal scrutiny in the days ahead, the court decision constituted a major success for the opposition leader.

By Rick Noack and Shaiq HussainMay 11, 2023

Cyclone Mocha forming in the Bay of Bengal, with a disastrous landfall likely

The storm should become equivalent to a major hurricane, and maybe stronger than that, given favorable conditions for rapid intensification.

By Ian LivingstonMay 11, 2023

South Korea will be vulnerable to North’s drones for years, leak warns

THE DISCORD LEAKS | An incursion late last year exposed extensive weaknesses and shortcomings in South Korea’s air defense, U.S. intelligence indicates.

By Alex Horton, Min Joo Kim and Michelle Ye Hee LeeMay 11, 2023

To meet EV demand, industry turns to technology long deemed hazardous

Indonesia is richly endowed with nickel, but refining it for electric vehicle batteries poses a daunting environmental challenge.

By Rebecca Tan, Dera Menra Sijabat and Joshua IrwandiMay 10, 2023

Pakistan calls in military as protests mount over Imran Khan arrest

At least three regions requested military mobilization against Imran Khan supporters, and several protesters were reported killed.

By Rick Noack, Haq Nawaz Khan and Shaiq HussainMay 10, 2023

Thai voters could oust military from power — barring election fraud

Polling suggests Thai voters want change after a decade of military rule. But key institutions, from the senate to the election commission, could stand in the way.

By Rebecca Tan and Vasapa WanichwethinMay 10, 2023

An Erdogan defeat would mark a victory for liberal democracy worldwide

“If [President Recep Tayyip Erdogan] loses power via elections, that will give a lot of people hope that the autocratic surge can be reversed,” Turkish politics expert Gonul Tol said.

By Ishaan TharoorMay 10, 2023

Arrest of Imran Khan, Pakistan’s former prime minister, prompts violent clashes

Pakistan’s main opposition leader was arrested Tuesday, raising the stakes of the country’s political crisis and sparking clashes between supporters and police.

By Shaiq Hussain, Rick Noack and Haq Nawaz KhanMay 9, 2023

China raids another global business consultancy, cites spying concerns

Capvision offices in four Chinese cities were raided by spy agencies and regulators. Experts say the crackdown is the result of worsening U.S.-China relations.

By Christian ShepherdMay 9, 2023

Lost woman survives 5 days in the wild on a bottle of wine

Lillian Ip took a wrong turn and was stranded in the Australian wilderness. A teetotaler, she survived on a bottle of wine intended as a gift for her mother.

By Rachel PannettMay 9, 2023

Asia’s heat waves are a grim sign of the times

A severe heat wave unfurling across a wide swath of Asia is a grim augur of things to come.

By Ishaan TharoorMay 9, 2023