• Thai court charges disgraced 'jet-set monk' with rape

    A Thai court charged a disgraced former monk Thursday with the rape of an underage girl, fraud and money laundering, after he was extradited from the United States. Thailand is an overwhelmingly Buddhist nation with around 300,000 men in orange robes, but the clergy are beset by high-profile scandals. Wiraphon Sukphon, 37, was arrested on arrival at Bangkok's main airport late Wednesday from the US where he established an unofficial Buddhist teaching centre after fleeing Thailand in 2013.

  • Cheong gives Malaysia first gold ever at world aquatics meet

    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) - Jun Hoong Cheong won Malaysia's first gold medal ever at the world aquatics championships, upsetting the powerful Chinese team in women's 10-meter platform diving Wednesday night.

  • Trump says regrets hiring attorney general

    Donald Trump said he regretted his choice for attorney general Wednesday as he sought to protect himself from the growing firestorm over Russia's alleged election meddling which is engulfing his presidency. On the eve of the six-month mark of Trump's inauguration, it also emerged that senators will next week grill three of the pivotal players in the Trump campaign -- including his eldest son -- over swirling allegations of the presidential campaign's collusion with Russia. The announcements came as the Trump administration and the Kremlin tried to quell an uproar about a previously undisclosed meeting between Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin during this month's G20 summit.

  • MH370 search data unveils fishing hot spots, ancient geological movements

    By Tom Westbrook and Jonathan Barrett SYDNEY (Reuters) - Detailed sea-floor maps made during the unsuccessful search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, released by Australia on Wednesday, could help increase the knowledge of rich fisheries and the prehistoric movement of the earth's southern continents. High-priced fish such as tuna, toothfish, orange roughy, alfonsino and trevally are known to gather near the seamounts, where plankton swirl in the currents.

  • Less than 1 aircraft carrier? The cost of N. Korea's nukes

    When North Korea decided to go nuclear, it committed to a huge investment in a program that would bring severe sanctions and eat up precious resources that could have been spent boosting the nation's quality ...

  • Guangzhou, Kawasaki have banner bans upheld

    Chinese champions Guangzhou Evergrande and Japanese club Kawasaki Frontale had punishments for the display of controversial banners by their fans upheld by the Asian Football Confederation Appeals Committee on Thursday. Evergrande were fined $22,500 and handed a suspended two-match stadium ban after their fans unfurled banner reading "Annihilate British Dogs, Eradicate Hong Kong Independence Poison" during a match at Hong Kong's Eastern. Kawasaki Frontale were fined $15,000 and given a suspended one-match stadium ban for an offence during another Asian Champions League match on the same day, in their case against South Korea's Suwon Bluewings at the Suwon World Cup Stadium.

  • Philippine police arrest 43 foreigners for kidnap of Singapore woman

    By Karen Lema MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine police said on Thursday they had arrested 43 foreigners for kidnapping a Singaporean woman at a casino resort in the capital, highlighting security concerns that have scared high-stakes gamblers away from Manila. Police said the gang, including people from China and Southeast Asia, was believed to be a loan-shark syndicate targeting foreign high-rollers, with 11 similar cases reported since 2015. The Philippines is one of the fastest-growing casino hubs in Asia, after Macau and Singapore, with the opening of several resorts over the past two years.