KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A Malaysian rapper has been detained for allegedly insulting Islam in his latest music video.
Wee Meng Chee, popularly known as Namewee, was detained Sunday at Kuala Lumpur's airport as he returned from abroad. Police on Monday obtained a court order to hold the 33-year-old ethnic Chinese singer for four days to investigate him on suspicion of "defiling a place of worship with intention to insult religion."
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine senators have opened an inquiry into the killings of more than 1,700 suspected drug dealers and users amid a crackdown spearheaded by President Rodrigo Duterte, with witnesses accusing some policemen of killing suspects and being involved in the illegal drugs trade.
Sen. Leila de Lima, who heads the Senate committee leading the investigation, said Monday that she was worried about the widespread killings, and that law enforcers and...
TOKYO (AP) — Japan has protested to Moscow over the detention of a Japanese man visiting one of the disputed islands between the two countries.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Monday, however, the man's situation would not affect a planned meeting in September between Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The man was a translator for a Japanese group on a visa-free visit to Kunashiri, or Kunashir, island...
BERLIN (AP) — A member of Volkswagen's supervisory board is calling for a quick solution to a legal dispute between the automaker and two suppliers that has forced VW to suspend production of some models at German plants, affecting nearly 28,000 workers.
Volkswagen said last week that it would have to suspend production of the Golf and Passat at the Wolfsburg and Emden plants for around a week because the suppliers weren't delivering parts.
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnam says it's now safe to swim at most beaches in four central provinces where massive fish deaths occurred more than four months ago because of toxic chemicals dumped by a Taiwanese steel company.
However, the online newspaper VnExpress quoted Environment Minister Tran Hong Ha as saying it's still unclear whether it's safe to eat fish caught within 20 nautical miles (23 miles, 37 kilometers) off the coast of the four affected provinces....
LUCKNOW, India (AP) — Officials say at least 40 people have died and hundreds of thousands have been evacuated as floods hit vast swathes of central and eastern India.
Disaster management officials said Monday that days of heavy rain have caused the Ganges River and its tributaries to rise above the danger mark during the last 48 hours in some 20 districts of the states of Madhya Pradesh, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.
ISLAMABAD (AP) — A Pakistani court has ordered the father and ex-husband of a murdered British woman held for 14 days pending trial, apparently the latest case of so-called "honor killings" in Pakistan.
Chief investigator Abu Bakar Khuda Bux says the two suspects appeared on Monday before a court in the eastern Pakistani city of Jhelum, after the police investigation was completed.
Police have said that 28-year-old Samia Shahid, a British woman of...