asia & pacific
The Chinese observation ship shadowed the US aircraft carrier John C. Stennis in the Western Pacific on Wednesday as it joined warships from Japan and India for drills close to waters Beijing considers its backyard.
"It is with deep sadness that I have reason to believe that a Canadian citizen, Robert Hall, held hostage in the Philippines since September 21, 2015, has been killed by his captors," Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a statement.
The crackdown comes after the Islamic State claimed responsibility for three brutal hacking murders targeting religious minorities last week.
By VICE News
VICE News heads to Pakistan to unravel the country’s underground gay scene and examine the ways in which technology is being used to achieve sexual freedom.
By VICE News
In 2013, Pakistan's first website targeted to the LGBTQ community launched and immediately took off. In the next several months, the government would shut it down twice as the founder endured death threats and harassment.
American officials said the Chinese operation in international airspace on Tuesday was "unsafe", while China accused the US side of "deliberately hyping up the issue" and demanded an end to US surveillance flights in the area.
Three attackers on motorcycles slit the throat of 70-year-old Ananta Gopal Ganguly while he was en route to the temple he served in the district of Jhenaidah, located about 100 miles west the capital city.
By John Dyer
At least 29 people were killed last week when police in India ousted members of a religious sect from a public park where they had built a secretive mini-state.
"Your question is full of prejudice against China and arrogance," China's foreign minister Wang Yi told a reporter during a visit to Canada. "I don't know where that comes from. This is totally unacceptable."
The ban comes after a series incidents involving American personnel that heightened longstanding resentment against the US military's presence in the country.
By Tess Owen
Rodrigo Duterte, the tough-talking president-elect of the Philippines, campaigned on the single issue of crushing crime and the drug trade in the country.
The wife of a senior police official in Bangladesh known for battling Islamist militants was stabbed and shot to death in the port city of Chittagong.
Yamato Tanooka's parents left him on the side of the road to punish him for throwing rocks at people and cars in a mountainous region in Japan — but when they came back for him a few minutes later, he was gone.
On Sunday, the Times of India reported that Indian intelligence agencies had warned the Trudeau government that Hardeep Singh Nijjar was training youths near Mission, BC to use AK-47s and carry out attacks in India.
Thai authorities found 40 tiger cub carcasses in a freezer at a Buddhist temple that is being investigated for suspected links to wildlife trafficking and abuse.
A column carried on Tuesday by DPRK Today, one of the reclusive state's mouthpieces, described Trump as a "wise politician" and the right choice for US voters in the November 8 US presidential election.
An ex-US Army sniper instructor named Joseph "Rambo" Hunter was sentenced on Tuesday in US District Court after his notorious former boss aided the DEA in a sting operation.
North Korea has yet to successfully launch the "Musudan" — an intermediate-range ballistic missile theoretically capable of traveling the distance to Japan or the US territory of Guam.
Mass coral bleaching has destroyed at least 35 percent of the northern and central Great Barrier Reef, a major blow to the World Heritage Site that attracts about $3.59 billion US dollars in tourism each year.
The tough-talking Duterte, mayor of Davao City in the south, campaigned on the single issue of crushing crime and now faces a daunting task of fixing infrastructure, creating jobs and reducing poverty.