Indonesia’s Crackdown on Gay Men: ‘It Doesn’t Get Better, Does It’

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Steven Handoko admits it wasn’t his most dignified moment. Naked as the day he was born, the bookish 25-year-old had been invited on stage by one...

Hiep Thi Le, Vietnamese Refugee Who Became Film Star, Dies at 46

Hiep Thi Le, who escaped Vietnam on a fishing boat when she was about 9 and a dozen years later became an unlikely movie star when she was cast...

Long Before Video, Japanese Fought Suicide in the ‘Sea of Trees’

AOKIGAHARA FOREST, Japan — Long before the YouTube star Logan Paul brought renewed notoriety to this primeval forest at the foot of Mount Fuji by posting a video of...

For Families of Japanese Abducted by North Korea, Trump Visit Brings Spotlight

TOKYO — The Japanese was slightly awkward, the syntax not quite right. Roughly translated, it read, “Definitely welcome home.” The message, written by a former North Korean spy, referred to...

In Indonesia, Women Begin to Fight ‘Epidemic’ of Street Harassment

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Tunggal Pawestri says she’ll never forget being groped on a public bus while traveling to her high school in Jakarta, the Indonesian capital, when she was...

New Photos Suggest Scale of Development on South China Sea’s Contested Islands

China has spent years building military outposts on a group of contested islands in the South China Sea — a project that has left the country at odds with...

Some Afghan Children Find an Alternative to Jail — for Now

KABUL, Afghanistan — On visiting days in the women’s wing of Pul-e-Charki prison in Kabul, Najia Nasim would regularly see a little girl named Dahlia waiting outside her mother’s...

Focus Turns to North Korea Sleeper Cells as Possible Culprits in Cyberattack

SEOUL, South Korea — They take legitimate jobs as software programmers in the neighbors of their home country, North Korea. When the instructions from Pyongyang come for a hacking...

Lonely Giant of the Taipei Skyline Is About to Get Some Company

TAIPEI — The Taipei 101 building, which was for five years the world’s tallest, has towered over the Taiwanese capital for more than a decade. Very much a build-it-and-they-will-come venture,...

What Is at Stake in Pakistan’s Election?

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Pakistanis will go to the polls on Wednesday to elect a prime minister, transferring power from one civilian government to another for only the second time...