Lee Kuan Yew in Tokyo in June 1992 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Lee Kuan Yew, founder of modern Singapore, dies at 91
SINGAPORE--Lee Kuan Yew, who founded modern Singapore and was both feared for his authoritarian tactics and admired for turning the city-state into one of the world's richest nations, died on March 23, the government said. He was 91.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo during an interview on March 21 in Bogor, Indonesia (Masanobu Furuya)
Indonesian President Widodo seeks greater defense cooperation with Japan
BOGOR, Indonesia--Indonesian President Joko Widodo is hoping to strike an agreement for greater defense cooperation with Japan, especially concerning protection of coastal areas, during his talks on March 23 with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
U.S. first lady Michelle Obama hugs Sohang Vean, a student at a local high school she was visiting, on March 21 on the outskirts of Siem Reap, Cambodia. (AP Photo)
Michelle Obama calls on Cambodian students to use education to demand more freedoms
SIEM REAP, Cambodia--Michelle Obama on March 21 urged Cambodian students to finish their education, follow their dreams and speak up to demand greater freedoms and more equality in their Southeast Asian country.
A large facility is undergoing construction by the Chinese on the Cuarteron Reef in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. (Provided by Filipino government sources)
China expands construction work on reefs in dispute with the Philippines
Angered by China's reclamation work on reefs in disputed waters in the South China Sea, Manila has taken steps to shore up its claim of sovereignty over the Spratly Islands.
Philip Blackwood, left, manager of V Gastro bar, is escorted by Myanmar police officers during his trial at a township court on March. 17 in Yangon, Myanmar. (AP Photo)
Myanmar court jails New Zealand man for insulting Buddha
YANGON--A Myanmar court on March 17 sentenced a New Zealand bar manager and his business associates to 2 1/2 years in prison for insulting Buddhism in an online advertisement that showed a psychedelic depiction of Buddha wearing headphones.
Nurul Izzah Anwar, a lawmaker and a daughter of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, speaks to protesters demanding Anwar's freedom in downtown Kuala Lumpur on March 7. (AP Photo)
Malaysian police arrest daughter of jailed opposition leader Anwar
KUALA LUMPUR--Malaysian police arrested the eldest daughter of jailed opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim for alleged sedition on March 16, a move slammed by critics as a clampdown on dissent.
In this image provided by UNICEF Pacific people scour through debris damaged and flung around in Port Vila, Vanuatu March 14 in the aftermath of Cyclone Pam. (AP Photo)
Aid workers say 8 people confirmed dead in Vanuatu cyclone
CHRISTCHURCH--At least eight people were confirmed dead in Vanuatu after a massive cyclone tore through the tiny South Pacific archipelago, and the death toll is likely to rise much higher once communications are restored with outlying islands, aid workers said March 15.
This March 13 image made from a video captured by an unmanned underwater probe and provided by Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Paul Allen shows what Allen’s team believes is a massive Japanese World War II battleship sunk off the coast of the Philippines. (AP Photo/ Paul G. Allen)
Japanese battleship Musashi blew up under water, footage suggests
Debris scattered over a large area at the bottom of the sea near the Philippines indicate that the massive Japanese World War II battleship Musashi had blown up in an undersea explosion 70 years ago after it sank beneath the surface.
Relatives of passengers on board the missing Flight MH370 protest near the Malaysian Embassy in Beijing on the one year anniversary on March 8. (AP Photo)
Malaysia Airlines says expired battery on MH370 did not hinder search
KUALA LUMPUR--Malaysia Airlines said on March 9 that an expired battery in the underwater locator beacon of the "black box" flight data recorder on missing Flight MH370 would have made no difference in the search for the plane.
A scene from video footage of the Musashi wreck taken by Paul Allen’s team and posted on his website. (From Paul Allen’s website)
Philippines to explore wartime Musashi wreck
HANOI--The Philippine government said it will mount an exploration of the sunken Japanese battleship Musashi, but ruled out salvaging the wartime wreck.
Police officers push student protesters onto the back of a truck in Letpadan, Myanmar, on March 6. (AP Photo)
Myanmar police crack down on protesters, detain 5 students
LETPADAN, Myanmar--Police cracked down on student protesters opposing Myanmar's new education law on March 6, roughly grabbing demonstrators and loading them onto trucks in the third such clampdown in as many days.
Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Indonesia rejects Australian proposal of prisoner swap for death row pair
JAKARTA--Indonesia rejected on March 5 an Australian proposal for a prisoner swap made in an 11th hour effort to save the lives of two Australian drug smugglers expected to face a firing squad within days.
Bow of the wartime battleship Musashi (From Paul Allen’s Twitter site)
Wreck of battleship Musashi said found off Philippines
MANILA--Microsoft Corp. co-founder Paul Allen announced he has found the sunken battleship Musashi, which with its sister ship Yamato was the pride of the Imperial Japanese Navy in World War II.
In this Feb. 3, 2015 photo, a visitor looks at photos at a commemorative event for the 70th year of the Battle for Manila at the Ayala Museum in suburban Makati, south of Manila. (AP Photo)
Forgiving but not forgetting: 70 years later, survivors want Battle of Manila remembered
MANILA--Seventy years have not dulled the memories of survivors of the monthlong Battle of Manila. The mass killings by Japanese forces, the loved ones lost and the desperation are etched in their minds, as is the elation when American forces finally rescued them in the closing months of World War II.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
India goes for growth, delays cut in fiscal deficit
NEW DELHI--India's Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Feb. 28 announced a budget aimed at high growth, saying the pace of cutting the fiscal deficit would slow as he seeks to boost investment and ensure that ordinary people benefit.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani addresses a new conference with U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter at the Presidential Palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015.  Carter made his international debut Saturday with a visit to Afghanistan to see American troops and commanders, meet with Afghan leaders and assess whether U.S. withdrawal plans are too risky to Afghan security.  (SAP Photos/Jonathan Ernst, Pool)
Afghanistan dialogue with Taliban could begin in March
KABUL--After more than a decade of warfare, negotiations between the Afghan government and the Taliban are set to begin, officials, diplomats and experts said as President Ashraf Ghani declared that peace is closer now than at any time since the war began following the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States.
Peleliu State Governor Temmy Shmull talks about the recovery of wartime remains of Japanese soldiers in an interview with The Asahi Shimbun in Koror, Palau, on Feb. 18. (Ayako Nakada)
Palau to help with recovery of remains of Japanese soldiers
KOROR, Palau--The governor of Palau’s Peleliu State pledged to cooperate in efforts to recover the remains of wartime Japanese soldiers ahead of a visit in April by Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko.
Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, left, and Chinese President Xi Jinping during a welcome ceremony in Beijing on Oct. 28, 2014. (AP Photo)
Afghans hope China will help persuade Pakistan to press Taliban
KABUL--Afghanistan arrested and handed over several Muslim Uighur militants from China's west in an effort to persuade China to use its influence with Pakistan to help start negotiations with the Taliban, Afghan security officials said on Feb. 20.
In this Jan. 25, 2015 file photo, U.S. President Barack Obama, left, participates in a tree planting ceremony at the Raj Ghat Mahatma Gandhi Memorial, New Delhi, India. (AP Photo)
India insists: Obama's tree is not dead
NEW DELHI--Officials in India want to make one thing clear: The tree that President Barack Obama planted in New Delhi three weeks ago is not dead.
An aerial photo taken over the Gaven Reefs in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea on Oct. 4, 2014 (Provided by a source)
China to project power from artificial islands in South China Sea
HONG KONG--China's creation of artificial islands in the South China Sea is happening so fast that Beijing will be able to extend the range of its navy, air force, coastguard and fishing fleets before long, much to the alarm of rival claimants to the contested waters.

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