The Latest on a North Korean soldier’s defection to South Korea (all times local): 11:25 a.m.
South Korea says a North Korean soldier has safely defected to the South via a portion of the heavily fortified border rarely visited by outsiders.
U.S. military forces reportedly trained earlier this month for a mission that would put them on North Korean soil, with the objective of “infiltrating” and “removing weapons of mass destruction,” according to foreign military sources.
Burkina Faso’s government says it has suspended trade relations with North Korea to conform to United Nations Security Council sanctions over its nuclear weapons program.
The environmental group Greenpeace has called for an investigation into the relationship between paper giant Sinarmas and its wood suppliers after The Associated Press found substantial ties between them despite the Indonesian conglomerate’s assertions the suppliers are independent.
Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry will allow the mother and wife of an Indian naval officer facing the death penalty for espionage and sabotage to visit him in prison.
The Philippine defense secretary says he has removed the navy chief from his post after the latter defiantly opposed an already-approved deal to buy two frigates from a South Korean shipbuilder and caused delays to the acquisition of the warships.
German authorities have arrested an Afghan man accused of being a member of the Taliban.
A political crisis is looming in East Timor after a coalition of opposition parties rejected the new government’s policy program for a second time.
A conservation group says Japan’s lax controls over its domestic stock of ivory are encouraging illegal exports to other countries and undermining efforts to end trafficking in elephant tusks.
Myanmar’s military says a forensic investigation has begun after the discovery of 10 bodies in a mass grave in a village in troubled Rakhine state.
The Philippine president has declared a Christmas truce with communist guerrillas and urges them to reciprocate the goodwill gesture after recently scrapping peace talks with the insurgents and declaring them as terrorists.
The Indonesian plantation companies that grow the trees that become printer paper and tissue used in offices and homes from Asia to the U.S. have been accused of stealing village lands, clearing virgin forests and starting devastating fires in 2015 that hastened 100,000 deaths in Southeast Asia from air pollution.
The United States and Canada say nations from around the world will convene on Jan. 16 to show solidarity against North Korea’s nuclear program.
The family of a six-year-old Afghan migrant girl killed by a train on the Serbia-Croatia border has filed charges against the Croatian police for forcing them back over the frontier.
Philippine military officials say the country’s navy chief has been relieved from his post reportedly due to differences with other security officials over a frigate deal.
Indonesian officials say they have arrested three foreigners who were attempting to smuggle illegal drugs to the tourist island of Bali.
President Donald Trump’s “America First” strategy, detailed in a speech Monday, featured strong words about China and Russia, countries that the president described as “rival powers” to the U.S.
Myanmar and Bangladesh have formed a joint working group to oversee the repatriation of Rohingya refugees, but their return is likely to be delayed.
Soft toys on the beds and posters on the walls.