An uncle and cousin comfort injured student Mohammad Baqair as he mourns the death of his mother, who was a teacher at the school attacked by Taliban gunmen in Peshawar, Pakistan, on Dec. 16. (AP Photo)
Taliban gunmen kill 141--mostly children--at school in Pakistan
PESHAWAR, Pakistan--In the deadliest slaughter of innocents in Pakistan in years, Taliban gunmen attacked a military-run school on Dec. 16 and killed 141 people--almost all of them students--before government troops ended the siege.
Pakistani volunteers carry a student injured in the shootout at a school under attack by Taliban gunmen, at a local hospital in Peshawar, Pakistan, on Dec. 16. (AP Photo)
UPDATE: Over 120 Pakistanis, mostly schoolchildren, killed by Taliban in high school attack
PESHAWAR, Pakistan--At least 126 people, most of them children, were killed on Dec. 16 when Taliban gunmen stormed a school in the Pakistani city of Peshawar, taking hundreds of students hostage in the bloodiest insurgent attack in the country in years.
China's oil drilling rig looms in the distance as a Chinese Coast Guard vessel patrols near the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea on May 28. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Vietnam's sea dispute arbitration case vs China promotes peace--Manila
MANILA--Vietnam has helped ensure peace in the South China Sea dispute with Beijing by following the Philippines in seeking U.N. arbitration, Manila said, despite the fact that Beijing has refused to take part.
In this Aug. 31, 2007 file photo, Thailand's Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, right, accompanied by his royal consort Princess Srirasm, center, shakes hands with Britain's Prince Andrew during a parade at the Merdeka Square in Kuala Lumpur, marking Malaysia's 50 years of independence from Britain. (AP Photo)
Thailand princess relinquishes her royal title
BANGKOK--The wife of Thailand's crown prince has relinquished her royal title, culminating a downfall that means she is no longer in line to become the Southeast Asian country's next queen.
A worker aboard a vehicle transports cargo at Chubu Airport. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Singapore to penalize 10 Japanese cargo transport companies for price fixing
SINGAPORE--Singapore’s anti-monopoly watchdog said Dec. 11 it will impose a fine totaling 7.15 million Singapore dollars (about 640 million yen, or $5.44 million) on 10 Japanese companies for forming a price cartel over air cargo transport.
The Kudankulam nuclear power plant constructed in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu with the assistance of Russia (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Russia agrees to build at least 10 nuclear reactors in power-starved India
NEW DELHI--Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and visiting Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed to strengthen bilateral ties, including a pledge by Russia to build 10 or more nuclear reactors in the South Asian country, during their one-day summit on Dec. 11.
Businessman and chairman of the Islamic State in Indonesia, Chep Hernawan, right, joins a prayer session in Cianjur in western Indonesia. (Masanobu Furuya)
Asian nations jittery about growing influence of militant Islamic State in region
Tycoon Chep Hernawan, Indonesia's top supporter of the Islamic State, visited an inmate in prison in the country's western Cilacap Regency last month. The inmate was none other than 76-year-old Abu Bakar Bashir, who has been incarcerated since 2011 over his involvement in a terrorist plot, and is also suspected of playing a role in the 2002 Bali terrorist bombings.
Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai holds up her medal during the Nobel Peace Prize award ceremony in Oslo on Dec. 10. (AP Photo)
Malala's moment: Nobel laureate gives primer in courage and peace
OSLO, Norway--The Pakistani teenager stood on the stage of Oslo City Hall as the youngest Nobel Peace laureate, smiling as she listened to the thunderous ovation.
Joint Nobel Peace Prize winners Malala Yousafzai, left, and Kailash Satyarthi attend a news conference in Oslo on Dec. 9, 2014. (AP Photo)
Malala, Satyarthi urge solidarity through education ahead of Nobel ceremony in Oslo
OSLO--Nobel Peace Prize winners Malala Yousafzai from Pakistan and Kailash Satyarthi of India on Dec. 9 stressed the importance of uniting people across borders and religions by educating children and freeing them from poverty.
Nobel Peace Prize co-winner Kailash Satyarthi during a recent interview at his office in New Delhi (Yoshihiro Kando)
INTERVIEW: Nobel Peace Prize winner makes plea to end child labor
NEW DELHI--Indian activist Kailash Satyarthi, co-winner of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, says child labor is a blot on the "face of humankind" that must be eradicated.
Residents clean their homes after strong waves from Typhoon Hagupit battered a coastal village in Legazpi, Albay province, eastern Philippines Dec. 8 as residents begin trickling back to their homes after the local government said the typhoon has passed their province. (AP Photo)
Manila braces for storm that has left 21 dead
SAN JUAN, Philippines--Typhoon Hagupit weakened into a tropical storm Dec. 8 after leaving at least 21 people dead and forcing more than a million people into shelters. But it spared most of a central Philippine region still reeling from last year's monster Typhoon Haiyan that left thousands dead.
Filipino children sleep as families seek refuge at a school used as an evacuation center as they prepare for Typhoon Hagupit in Legazpi, Albay province, eastern Philippines Dec. 6. (AP Photo)
Powerful typhoon slams into eastern Philippines
LEGAZPI, Philippines--Typhoon Hagupit slammed into the central Philippines' east coast late Dec. 6, knocking out power and toppling trees in a region where 650,000 people have fled to safety, still haunted by the massive death and destruction wrought by a monster storm last year.
In Vietnam, families prefer boys to girls, resulting in a serious shortage of girls. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Penchant for boys becoming a growing problem in Vietnam
HANOI--A traditional preference for male babies over females in Vietnam has resulted in boys far outnumbering girls, and experts and government officials are now considering measures to counter the disparity.
Min Ko Naing, one of the most prominent pro-democracy leaders in Myanmar, during an interview with The Asahi Shimbun on Nov. 27 in Yangon (Makoto Igarashi)
Leading Myanmar activist demands military relinquish political power
YANGON--Min Ko Naing, a prominent pro-democracy leader in Myanmar, called for revisions to the nation's Constitution, which affords the military a virtual stranglehold on political power, in an interview with The Asahi Shimbun on Nov. 27.
Aung San Suu Kyi (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Aung San Suu Kyi’s visit to China shelved for time being
YANGON--Nobel laureate and pro-democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi said Nov. 27 that her planned visit to China in December has been postponed.
Nagoya University President Michinari Hamaguchi, left, meets the Mongolian education minister in Ulan Bator on Oct. 13. (Nasuka Yamamoto)
Nagoya University opens satellite schools in Asia to lift international prestige
ULAN BATOR--Attempting to become “Asia’s hub university,” Nagoya University opened satellite schools in Mongolia, Vietnam and Cambodia in October to offer doctoral courses to elite students in the three emerging economies.
This photo released by the Philippine National Police Maritime Group shows live sea turtles which were seized by Philippine National Police Maritime Group from a foreign vessel flying a Chinese flag cruising in the waters off the South China Sea May 6, 2014. (AP Photo)
Philippines fines Chinese fishermen $102,000 each for poaching
PUERTO PRINCESA, Philippines--A Philippine court on Nov. 24 fined nine Chinese fishermen $102,000 each after they were caught with hundreds of sea turtles in a disputed shoal in the South China Sea amid a festering territorial standoff between the two sides.
A man walks near a billboard of a tour in Japan outside a Japan National Tourism Organization office in Bangkok on Nov. 19. (AP Photo)
Thai embassy posts manners guide to fix 'inappropriate' tourist behavior in Japan
BANGKOK--Thailand's Embassy in Japan has some tips for Thai visitors: Don't put your chopsticks in the serving bowl. If driving, stop for pedestrians at crosswalks. And just because you have kids doesn't mean you can cut the queue.
Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, with his wife, Veronica Tan, poses before taking the oath of office to become the governor of Jakarta on Nov. 19. (AP Photo)
Indonesian capital gets a Christian governor
JAKARTA--The first Christian governor of Indonesia's capital in 50 years was sworn in Nov. 19 despite loud protests from Islamic hard-liners who insisted Jakarta's top political job should go to a Muslim.
Soldiers of the Kachin Independence Army in Laisa, Myanmar, in November 2013 (AP file photo)
Myanmar's Kachin rebels say 23 cadets killed by army shell
YANGON, Myanmar--A Myanmar army shell killed 23 cadets of an ethnic insurgent group in the deadliest attack since a ceasefire agreement broke down in 2011, the group's deputy commander said on Nov. 20.

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