North Korea’s About-Face? It’s a Return to Form.

Yes, even dictators get cold feet. Wednesday’s news that North Korea was considering calling off Kim Jong-un’s planned June meeting with President Trump reflected a pattern by the unpredictable regime:...

China’s Last Cave Dwellers Fight to Keep Their Underground Homes

GEBENG, China — When armed bandits prowled this remote, mountainous stretch of the southwestern province of Guizhou in the chaotic years before the founding of modern China, the ethnic...

How Trump’s Iran Stance Could Affect a North Korea Deal

TOKYO — In announcing his decision to exit the Iran nuclear accord, President Trump said he also wanted to send a signal about the kind of hard bargain...

Pompeo Offers Olive Branch to North Korea Amid Mission to Free Americans

SEOUL, South Korea — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo extended an olive branch to senior North Korean officials on Wednesday: “All the opportunities your people so richly deserve” in...

Deadly Jail Riot Near Indonesian Capital Is Claimed by ISIS

JAKARTA, Indonesia — A deadly riot involving terrorism suspects inside a high-security detention center outside Indonesia’s capital stretched into Wednesday evening, officials said, and the media arm of the...

Gunmen Strike in Kabul, and More Rural Districts Fall to Taliban

KABUL, Afghanistan — Insurgents launched what appeared to be simultaneous attacks in the Afghan capital on Wednesday — one close to the Asian Development Bank’s offices in Kabul, and...

3 Americans Are Released From North Korea, Trump Says

SEOUL, South Korea — President Trump declared a diplomatic victory on Wednesday by announcing that North Korea had freed three American prisoners, removing a bitter and emotional obstacle ahead...

Walmart Takes Control of India’s Flipkart in E-Commerce Gamble

MUMBAI — Walmart said on Wednesday it reached a $16 billion deal to buy a majority stake in Flipkart, India’s leading e-commerce platform, in a sizable bet on a...

Malaysian Voters’ Choice: Entrenched Scandals, or the Old Guard

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Malaysians began voting Wednesday in a hard-fought contest between Prime Minister Najib Razak, who is accused of taking hundreds of millions of dollars in government...

What’s Kim Jong-un’s Last Name? Mike Pompeo Is Learning the Hard Way

HONG KONG — When Secretary of State Mike Pompeo briefly spoke with reporters on Tuesday ahead of a trip to North Korea, he answered questions about President Trump’s planned...