Investigators work the crime scene where Japanese national Kunio Hoshi was shot and killed in Mahiganj village in Rangpur district, Bangladesh, on Oct. 3. (AP)
Bangladesh denies IS claim of killing Japanese man
DHAKA--Bangladesh's government on Oct. 4 played down a statement by the Islamic State group that it was responsible for gunning down a Japanese man in the South Asian country, saying it would investigate the "fishy" claim.
Japanese man gunned down in Bangladesh, local police say
DHAKA--Police have said unidentified assailants have shot and killed a Japanese man in northern Bangladesh.
An Indian man cleans solar panels on a rooftop in Ahmadabad, India, on Oct. 1. India is pledging to reduce the intensity of its carbon emissions and increase the share of electricity produced from sources other than fossil fuels to 40 percent by 2030. (AP Photo)
India vows to cut carbon intensity in Paris pledge
NEW DELHI--As the last major economy to submit a target for a global climate pact, India is pledging to reduce the intensity of its carbon emissions and boost the share of electricity produced from sources other than fossil fuels to 40 percent by 2030.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo, center, with Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at a summit meeting of the Asian-African Conference in Jakarta in April (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan loses Indonesian high-speed rail link to China
JAKARTA--China outmaneuvered Japan in efforts to win a huge contract to build a high-speed rail link in Indonesia by offering to shoulder the entire financial burden of the project, sources said.
Police officers escort Adem Karadag, a key suspect in last month's Bangkok bombing, at Erawan Shrine for a re-enactment on Sept. 26. (Ryosuke Ono/ The Asahi Shimbun)
Police say they're ready to prosecute 2 for Bangkok bombing
BANGKOK--Thai police said on Sept. 26 that two men who were arrested in connection with August's deadly Bangkok bombing were the ones who carried out the attack and that authorities have gathered enough evidence to prosecute them.
A tourist walks along Malaysia's famous eatery street, Jalan Alor, a popular tourist spot in Kuala Lumpur on Sept. 25. (AP Photo)
Three detained in Malaysia after terrorism warning
KUALA LUMPUR--Malaysian police have detained three men, including two foreigners, for questioning over their possible involvement in terrorism after the U.S. and Australian embassies warned of a potential attack at a popular hawker street in Kuala Lumpur.
Finance Minister Taro Aso, third from right, inspects a Koyo Radiator Co. plant in the Thilawa Special Economic Zone in Yangon with Myanmar Vice President Nyan Tun, second from right, on Sept. 23. (Etsushi Tsuru)
Japan-backed special economic zone opens for business in Myanmar
YANGON--With extensive backing from Japan, Myanmar's first Special Economic Zone opened on the outskirts of the country's largest city on Sept. 23.
The Southern Sanctuary of the Western Prasat Top ruins of Angkor Thom in Siem Reap, Cambodia, on Sept. 23 after restoration (Kazuto Tsukamoto)
Nara institute fixes ancient Cambodian temple
SIEM REAP, Cambodia--An ancient structure in Angkor Thom has been restored by the Nara National Research Institute for Cultural Properties, the first time it has completed a project overseas.
A Thai man holds a portrait of King Bhumibol Adulyadej at Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok Sept. 15. (AP Photo)
International NY Times blocked in Thailand over king article
BANGKOK--The local printer of the International New York Times decided not to publish the edition on Sept. 22 in Thailand because of an article on the future of the Thai monarchy that it called "too sensitive to print" in the country, where strict laws limit open discussion of the royal family.
Commandos stand on alert outside an air force base in Peshawar, Pakistan, Sept. 18. (AP Photo)
Taliban attack on Pakistan base kills 29; 16 die in mosque
PESHAWAR, Pakistan--A brazen Taliban attack on a Pakistani military base on the outskirts of the northwestern city of Peshawar killed 29 people on Sept. 18, including 16 worshippers who were gunned down when the militants stormed a mosque inside the compound during prayers.
Pro-government "red shirt" protesters gather near Chinatown as they are blocked by riot police during a demonstration in Kuala Lumpur on Sept. 16. (AP Photo)
Malaysian police fire water cannons to disperse Malay protesters
KUALA LUMPUR--Malaysian police fired water cannons at ethnic Malays who turned unruly on Sept. 16 at a rally to uphold Malay dominance and support Prime Minister Najib Razak's government, following calls for Najib to step down over a $700-million financial scandal.
Vietnamese Communist Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, left, shakes hands with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, right, following their joint press announcement at Abe's official residence in Tokyo Sept. 15 (Pool Photo via AP)
Wary of China, Japan and Vietnam boost security ties
Vietnam agreed with Japan on Sept. 15 to step up security cooperation, becoming the latest Southeast Asian country to seek closer ties with Tokyo as China maintains an assertive posture in disputed waters in the South China Sea.
Abudusataer Abudureheman (Photo provided by Thai police)
Thailand seeks arrest of Uighur man in Bangkok bombing
BANGKOK--Thai authorities on Sept. 12 issued an arrest warrant for a 12th suspect in connection with last month's bombing at a Bangkok landmark that killed 20 people, identifying him as a 27-year-old ethnic Uighur from China.
Thailand’s Anti-Money Laundering Office Secretary General Seehanart Prayoonrat, center right, displays a chart of money flows of people suspected of links to the Aug. 17 bombing in the Thai capital Bangkok that killed 20 people during a press conference in Bangkok ,Thailand, Sept. 11.(AP Photo)
Thailand asks China to look for suspect in deadly bombing
BANGKOK--Thai authorities on Sept.11 cast a wider net in the search for the perpetrators of the Aug. 17 bombing in Bangkok that killed 20 people, asking China to check whether a prime suspect had fled there.
Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong waves as he and his wife Ho Ching leave after voting at a polling station in Singapore Sept. 11. (AP Photo)
Singapore ruling party wins elections, returns to power
SINGAPORE--As expected, the party that has ruled Singapore since it became an independent nation a half-century ago returned to power for five more years following a massive victory in general election Sept. 11.
Thailand's legislature, known as the National Reform Council, stands after they voted 135 against vs. 105 in favor with seven abstentions on the new draft Constitution on Sept. 6 in Bangkok. (AP Photo)
Thailand's military-installed legislature rejects draft of Constitution
BANGKOK--Thailand's military-backed legislature on Sept. 6 rejected an unpopular draft of a new Constitution, delaying a return to democracy following a coup last year.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo is between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, right, at a summit meeting of the Asian-African Conference in Jakarta in April. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Indonesia's decision to scrap bullet train plans baffles Japan, China
JAKARTA--Indonesia's 11th-hour decision to scrap plans for the nation's first high-speed railway has sown confusion among top investors China and Japan, potentially undermining the strong foreign investment that has been a rare economic bright spot.
This combination of file images released by the Royal Thai Police shows a sketch and a closed circuit television image of the main suspect in a bombing that killed a number of people at the Erawan shrine in downtown Bangkok on Aug. 17. (AP Photo)
Thai prime minister says main suspect in bombing arrested
BANGKOK--Thailand's prime minister says authorities have arrested a man they believe is the main suspect in a bombing at a shrine in central Bangkok two weeks ago that killed 20 people.
This image released on Aug. 31 by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) shows Wanna Suansun who police said is renting the second apartment which was raided by authorities in Min Buri, in Bangkok's outskirts, and where police found fertilizer, gun powder, digital clocks and remote-controlled cars whose parts can be used for detonation. (National Council for Peace and Order via AP)
Thai police seek 2 new suspects in Bangkok bombing probe
BANGKOK--Thai police issued arrest warrants on Aug. 31 for two more suspects, a Thai woman and a foreign man of unknown nationality, and released their images in the widening investigation into Bangkok's deadly bombing two weeks ago that yielded its first arrest over the weekend.
Thai police chief Somyot Pumpunmuang talks to reporters outside of an apartment on the outskirts of Bangkok, Thailand, on Aug. 29. (AP Photo)
Police arrest foreigner, find multiple passports in Bangkok bombing case
BANGKOK--Thai authorities arrested a foreign man they said had been holed up in a suburban apartment with bomb-making equipment and stacks of passports, the first possible breakthrough in the deadly bombing at a Bangkok shrine nearly two weeks ago.

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