asia & pacific
By Tess Owen
"I appeal to the civilized world, including all those human rights bodies, to investigate the brutal murder of my brother and compensate his children" the brother of the late taxi driver Mohamad Azam said.
Cyber-security researchers found that the code used in three recent banks heists in Asia was the same type used to hack into Sony Pictures in 2014, which the FBI blamed on North Korea.
The US President laid a wreath at a memorial, talked about nuclear disarmament, and spoke with survivors, marking the first visit of an incumbent president to the site of the world's first atomic bombing.
A member of parliament for Australia's opposition center-left Labor party says Canada is the "obvious" choice for resettling refugees held in its offshore detention centers — and other government leaders and NGOs are supporting the idea.
Three Chinese citizens who worked for telecom titan Huawei, and a fourth who used to, have received letters informing them their permanent resident visas to Canada will be denied.
American Detained in North Korea Had 30 Guards to Himself — And They All Wanted to Know About the US
Kenneth Bae was imprisoned in a foreigners camp in Pyongyang for 735 days on charges of trying to overthrow the government. Now he's promoting a new book and campaigning for the release of a Canadian pastor who is going through the same thing.
South Africa saw a drop in the number of rhinos killed in 2015, but a record number of the animals were slaughtered in Namibia and Zimbabwe, primarily to satisfy Asian demand for rhino horn.
A VICE investigation has uncovered how North Koreans are working as forced laborers in the heart of Europe, with their wages directly filling Kim Jong-un's coffers with foreign currency.
Relations with Vietnam have become critical amid China's growing military might — so a historic embargo with a former foe still described as a "police state" is being lifted.
By Tess Owen
Two climbers died and two more are missing, but a woman set a new record for ascents by a female, and a combat amputee reached the summit for the first time.
The Islamic State has released a video that references riots in Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home state that killed hundreds of Muslims in 2002.
UN officials in Myanmar stamped out internal dissent while failing to protect the rights of the Muslim minority group, according to documents and internal reports.
By Matt Smith
Indian news outlets report that temperatures topped 50 degrees Celsius (124 Fahrenheit) in the northwest of the country and forecasters warn that heat waves are growing longer and more intense.
VICE News spoke to the Beijing indie group Birdstriking. Their debut album, which contains lyrics about government propaganda, was banned in China so they're now writing about Swansea City instead.
The Chinese jets reportedly came within 50 feet of a US military aircraft that the Pentagon said was carrying out "a routine US patrol."
More than 20 nonprofit groups, most of which work explicitly with gay and transgender communities, are being blocked from participating in a major United Nations session on AIDS.
Torrential rains have forced more than 223,000 people from their homes across the South Asian country. Seventeen bodies have been recovered, bringing the official death toll to 37 so far.
By Miriam Wells
Despite multiple major studies finding the opposite, Peter Dutton claimed refugees were uneducated and languish on unemployment queues, in comments condemned as offensive, xenophobic nonsense.
The president-elect plans to to fill his cabinet with women and ethnic minorities, but is also feared by those who document extrajudicial killings in the city he's governed.
Thousands of police are on the streets and pavements have reportedly been glued down as authorities brace for protests during the rare visit by a senior Chinese official.