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...

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...

Using Stealth, and Drones, to Document a Fading Hong Kong

HONG KONG — Three masked explorers appeared atop an apartment tower in Hong Kong’s North Point district and sent a black drone flying, over a clothesline, until it was...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

North and South Korean Officials Meet at Border to Discuss Summit Meeting

SEOUL, South Korea — Senior negotiators from North and South Korea met on their countries’ border on Thursday to prepare for the summit meeting planned for late April between...

Sina Doubles Down to Ward Off Activists After Proxy Fight

Sina, the Chinese internet company, won a proxy fight against an American hedge fund last week. On Tuesday, it doubled down to avoid further challenges from activist investors. Just days...