Sri Lanka court dashes president’s hope of longer term

President Maithripala Sirisena asked the supreme court whether he was personally exempt from the limit he introduced on presidential terms

Collapse at Indonesian stock exchange building injures at least 75 people

Those hurt mostly sustained injuries to their legs and arms, including broken bones, a spokesperson for one local hospital said

Thousands flee as lava oozes from Philippine volcano

Volcanologists have said it is a ‘quiet eruption’, but warned that it could lead to a hazardous explosion within days

Iranian oil tanker sinks, crew lost as environmental disaster threatens

All the condensate must burn off or the spill could be the biggest ever

China, still the world’s greatest consumer

From crude oil imports (which exceed those of the US) to more soybeans to feed its expanding hog farms, China is gobbling up all the world’s commodities

Iranian oil tanker blast forces rescue crew to retreat

Dozens of rescue boats from China and South Korea battle strong winds, high waves and poisonous fumes

Bitcoin mining in China is creating a greater demand — for electricity

China is the world’s largest electricity user and is keen to discourage bitcoin miners from drawing on the country’s low power prices

South Korea wants ‘heartfelt apology’ from Japan for war-time sex slaves

Seoul will not renegotiate the settlement deal agreed with Tokyo, but will no longer use Japanese money to compensate the survivors

Two Reuters journalists formally charged in Myanmar court

Charged with breaching a colonial-era secrecy law that carries up to 14 years in jail, human rights groups around the world are calling for their immediate ...

Tanker fire off China is burning off the oil on board — which is a good thing

The Sanchi is carrying 150,000 tonnes of cargo, nearly five times that of the Exxon Valdez that caused so much environmental damage in 1989

Historic Korean talks start with proposals for Winter Olympic

Seoul wants to raise the North’s nuclear programme at the closely watched talks at Peace House in Panmunjom truce village

Hated 92-year-old Mahathir Mohamadon to contest Malaysian election — on opposition ticket

He has made up with former nemesis opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, who was heir apparent to Mahathir until he axed Ibrahim in 1998 over political differences, ...

Bangladesh maintains ban on citizens marrying Rohingya refugees

Marriages with Rohingya were banned in 2014 to try to prevent hundreds of thousands of refugees living in Bangladesh from seeking a back door to citizenship

Ditch political feuds and focus on saving lives, says climate experts

Sharing information across borders is becoming increasingly important as climate change raises the risk of flooding and other natural disasters

Death sentence could await Vietnam oil executive in corruption trial

Court proceedings have begun against Trinh Xuan Thanh, the former head of PetroVietnam Construction, for alleged mismanagement and embezzlement

North and South Korea agree to first talks in two years

The Winter Olympics are proving a catalyst for a calming of tension on the Korean peninsula, with Washington and Seoul delaying military drills till after the ...

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