Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on May 21 in Tokyo (Akiko Suzuki)
Mahathir tells Japan to use words--not force--to settle disputes
Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad called on Japan to refrain from needlessly offending neighboring countries and to pursue dialogue to resolve issues over territory and history.
Japanese national Masaru Kawada, center, is mobbed by the media upon arrival for his sentencing hearing at the district court in Pariaman, West Sumatra, Indonesia May 20. (AP Photo)
Japanese man gets life term in Indonesia drug case
PARIAMAN, Indonesia--A Japanese man who says he was deceived into carrying someone else's bag on a flight into Indonesia was sentenced to life in prison May 20 for smuggling methamphetamine into the country.
Construction work by China on Hughes Reef in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. The photograph was taken May 13. (Provided by Tuoi Tre)
Vietnam says China putting up large buildings on Spratly reefs
HANOI--China is erecting multistory structures on two reefs in the disputed Spratly Islands to bolster its claim in the South China Sea, Vietnamese newspapers reported May 19.
Migrants wait in their boat to be rescued by Acehnese fishermen on the sea off East Aceh, Indonesia, on May 20. (AP Photo)
Malaysia, Indonesia to let ‘boat people’ come ashore temporarily
KUALA LUMPUR--Malaysia and Indonesia said on May 20 they would offer shelter to 7,000 "boat people" adrift at sea in rickety boats but, anxious not to encourage a fresh influx, made clear that their assistance was temporary and they would take no more.
A sign has been placed in front of a collapsed stone pagoda at a central square in Bhaktapur, Nepal. (Akiko Suzuki)
Quake damage impeding UNESCO, Nepalese efforts to protect cultural heritage sites
BHAKTAPUR, Nepal--The Nepalese government is working with UNESCO officials to quickly ascertain the damage at World Cultural Heritage sites from the horrific April 25 earthquake, although the widespread scale of the devastation is hindering the process.
Veiled Muslim Rohingya women queue up for their meals during breakfast time at a temporary shelter in Lapang, Aceh province, Indonesia, on May 15. (AP Photo)
1,000 migrants land in Indonesia, Thailand in growing regional crisis
JAKARTA--More than 1,000 migrants came ashore in different parts of Indonesia and Thailand on May 15, becoming the latest refugees to slip into Southeast Asian countries that have made it clear the boat people are not welcome.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, left, and Chinese President Xi Jinping pose for a photo prior to their meeting in Xia'n, China's Shaanxi province, on May 14. (AP Photo)
India's Modi meets China's Xi amid warming ties
XI'AN, China--President Xi Jinping praised China's warming ties with India during a meeting on May 14 between the leaders of Asia's rising powers and rivals, which included a rare touch of personal diplomacy for a Chinese leader.
Kenichiro Toyofuku, who is said to be the closest Japanese to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, works in India to support Japanese companies. (Yoshihiro Kando)
Japanese closest to Indian prime minister serves as a liaison between both nations
NEW DELHI--In making a symbolic fashion statement, Kenichiro Toyofuku usually dons a "Nehru jacket" to show his Indian co-workers that he is their friend.
A Nepalese person injured in the May 12 earthquake brought from Charikot, Dolakha District, lies on a stretcher at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Katmandu. (AP Photo)
Officials urge people to evacuate damaged buildings after major Nepal earthquake
CHAUTARA, Nepal--Officials with bullhorns walked through the quake-damaged streets of this small Nepal town on May 13, calling for people to leave the damaged buildings.
Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, makes a statement watched by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi after signing agreements in New Delhi on Sept. 18, 2014. (AP Photo)
Personal diplomacy marks Modi's China trip amid warming ties
BEIJING--They are the strongest leaders to emerge in years from the world's two most populous nations, and appear to be trying to forge a strong working relationship.
Architect Yusuke Murakami’s easy-to-erect tent, which was originally intended for astronauts, in Bungamati, Nepal, on May 11 (Akiko Suzuki)
Japanese architect's space-age tent a boon for disaster victims
BUNGAMATI, Nepal--A tent intended for use by astronauts on the moon may prove a lifesaver as a shelter during times of natural disaster, such as the recent earthquake in Nepal that left tens of thousands homeless.
A "wounded suspect" is airlifted by a helicopter during a combined maritime exercise by Philippine and Japanese Coast Guards off Manila Bay in Philippines on May 6. (AP Photo)
Japan steps up maritime engagement with Philippines, Vietnam
MANILA/TOKYO--The Philippines and Japan held their first joint naval exercises in the South China Sea on May 12, while Japan's coastguard works with Vietnam this week, as Tokyo boosts maritime ties with two nations at odds with Beijing over the disputed waterway.
Nepalese people gather in a temporary shelter after another strong earthquake struck in Bhaktapur, Nepal, on May 12. (AP Photo)
UPDATE: Another major quake hits Nepal, killing at least 42
KATMANDU, Nepal--A major earthquake hit a remote mountainous region of Nepal on May 12, killing at least 42 people and injuring another 1,117, while triggering landslides and toppling buildings less than three weeks after the country was ravaged by its worst quake in decades.
Ethnic Rohingya women and children whose boats were washed ashore on Sumatra Island board a military truck to be taken to a temporary shelter in Seunuddon, Aceh province, Indonesia May 10. (AP Photo)
UPDATE: 1,600 Rohingyas, others land in Indonesia and Malaysia
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--About 1,600 Rohingya and Bangladeshi refugees have landed illegally in Malaysia and Indonesia in the last two days, apparently after human traffickers abandoned their virtual prison ships and left them to fend for themselves, officials said May 11.
Ramesh Guragain, right, inspects damage from the April 25 earthquake with Kimiro Meguro, professor at the University of Tokyo, in Katmandu on May 3. (Takuya Isayama)
Nepalese who studied quake engineering in Japan spreads quake-resistance efforts in Nepal
KATMANDU--While earthquake engineer Ramesh Guragain was enjoying a picnic with acquaintances in a suburb here on April 25, a strong tremor suddenly disrupted the festivities.
Armed personnel of Philippine and Japanese coast guards subdue a "suspect" during a combined maritime exercise by the two nations in the waters off Manila Bay in the Philippines on May 6. (AP Photo)
Philippines, Japan coast guards hold anti-piracy drills
ABOARD BRP BATANGAS, Philippines--Philippine and Japanese coast guard teams staged an anti-piracy drill on May 6, featuring the storming of a cargo vessel after a mock hijack, in a show of maritime cooperation between the two nations amid rising tension in Asian waters.
Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej, left, and Thai Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn, right, leave Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok May 5. (Daily News via AP)
Thailand's 87-year-old king makes rare appearance
BANGKOK--Thailand's revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej made a rare public appearance May 5 to mark the 65th anniversary of his coronation.
Thai police officials measure a shallow grave in Padang Besar, Songkhla province, southern Thailand May 2. (AP Photo)
Thai police dig up 26 bodies at suspected trafficking camp
PADANG BESAR, Thailand--Thai police trekked into the mountains and dug up 26 bodies from dozens of shallow graves at an abandoned jungle camp that's been linked to human trafficking networks, which activists say are "out of control" in the Southeast Asian country.
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak speaks at the ASEAN summit in Kuala Lumpur on April 27. (The Asahi Shimbun)
China maritime tensions dominate Southeast Asia summit
KUALA LUMPUR--Southeast Asian leaders edged closer to open criticism of China's land reclamation in the disputed South China Sea at a regional summit on April 27, as the Philippines drew the ire of Beijing which called its objections to the work "unreasonable."
Rescue workers remove debris as they search for victims of earthquake in Bhaktapur near Kathmandu on April 26. (AP Photo)
Desperate Nepalis flee capital as aftershocks spread fear
BHAKTAPUR, Nepal--Thousands of Nepalis began fleeing the capital Kathmandu on April 27, terror-stricken by two days of powerful aftershocks and fearing shortages of food and water after an earthquake that killed more than 3,200 people.

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