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...

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,...

At 100 or So, She Keeps a Philippine Tattoo Tradition Alive

BUSCALAN, Philippines — She wakes up every morning at dawn and mixes an ink out of pine soot and water. She threads a thorn from a bitter citrus tree...

A Radiation Cloud, and a Mystery, From Russia

MOSCOW — When a container of radioactive waste exploded at the Mayak factory 60 years ago, in one of the worst accidents of the nuclear age, the incident 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...

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...

Volvo Ocean Race Yacht Involved in Fatal Accident Near Hong Kong

HONG KONG — A sailboat competing in the Volvo Ocean Race, a marquee around-the-world sailing competition, collided with a Chinese fishing vessel near Hong Kong early Saturday, killing one...

Tampered Documents Could Ensnare Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan

TOKYO — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan offered to resign a year ago if evidence emerged linking him to a sweetheart land deal. No such evidence ever surfaced,...

Rohingya Recount Atrocities: ‘They Threw My Baby Into a Fire’

COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh — Hundreds of women stood in the river, held at gunpoint, ordered not to move. A pack of soldiers stepped toward a petite young woman with light...

Adding to Olympic Nerves: A Wardrobe Malfunction on Ice

Yura Min and her ice dancing partner Alexander Gamelin had to overcome obstacles to make it to the Olympics. Their first performance would bring yet another one: a costume...