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  1. Pope Francis has repeatedly voiced a desire to visit Japan, home to some 450,000 Roman Catholics

    Pope Francis announces Japan visit in November

    Pope Francis announced Wednesday he will visit Japan in November, becoming the first pontiff to do so since John Paul II nearly 40 years ago.
  2. Malaysia and Indonesia are the world's top exporters of palm oil

    Malaysia could curb French purchases if palm oil use is restricted

  3. FILE PHOTO - Boy uses a bamboo stick to clean a river covered by rubbish in Bekasi

    'The trash never stops': Indonesia battles to clean up rivers

    Boys played and chatted on a rickety wooden ramp under a baking sun in West Java, while just below their feet flowed one of Indonesia's most ...
  4. Priyanka Gandhi Vadra

    Indian opposition leader Rahul Gandhi names popular sister to party post

    Indian opposition leader Rahul Gandhi appointed his charismatic sister to a senior party position on Wednesday (Jan 23) that officials say will ...
  5. Karolina Pliskova's reward for beating Serena Williams is a clash against Japan's Naomi

    Tennis: Pliskova slays Serena as Djokovic cruises into semis

    Serena Williams's bid for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title was brought to a halt in sensational style at the Australian Open Wednesday by ...
  6. Modi has long touted his remarkable backstory that saw him rise from humble origins as the son of a

    India's Modi recounts self-discovery solo jungle trips

    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has claimed he used to spend days "reflecting" alone in the jungle, in a new interview seeking to burnish his ...
  7. Indonesia floods

    Floods, landslides kill at least eight in Indonesia

    At least eight people have been killed and thousands forced to evacuate their homes after heavy rain triggered devastating flash floods and ...
  8. Tourist numbers surged last year in Macau despite the downturn on the mainland

    Gambling hub Macau shrugs off China downturn with tourist surge

    China's slowdown and simmering trade war with Washington appear to have had little impact on the gambling enclave of Macau which on Wednesday ...

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