Oil Spill Near Chennai, India, Threatens Wildlife

NEW DELHI — Thousands of volunteers and Indian Coast Guard personnel were working on Friday to clean sludge from shores near the southern city of Chennai nearly a week...

South Korea Removes President Park Geun-hye

SEOUL, South Korea — A South Korean court ousted the president on Friday, a first in the nation’s history, rattling the delicate balance of relationships across Asia at a...

Airbnb’s Rivals in China Hold Hands in a Nervous New Market

HONG KONG — Sun Huifeng liked the idea of tapping Airbnb or one of its rising local competitors to rent out his spare Beijing bedroom. The problem: He didn’t like...

Earthquakes, Oscars, Narendra Modi: Your Wednesday Briefing

Good morning. From volcanic rumblings to Manus Island refugees, here’s the news: • A tectonic drama on the Pacific Rim. Mount Kusatsu-Shirane erupted in Japan, setting off avalanches, killing a soldier...

In Japan, Voters Are Wary of Mothers in Public Office

TOKYO — Takako Suzuki is the youngest of the 707 lawmakers in Japan’s Parliament and the latest of a handful of members to give birth while in office. When Ms....

Zhou Youguang, Who Made Writing Chinese as Simple as ABC, Dies at 111

Zhou Youguang, known as the father of Pinyin for creating the system of Romanized Chinese writing that has become the international standard since its introduction some 60 years ago,...

Captive Priest Is Freed as Philippine Troops Close In on Militants

ILIGAN, Philippines — A Roman Catholic priest who was held hostage for months by Islamic State-inspired militants in the war-torn southern city of Marawi has been freed, the Philippine...

Guggenheim Exhibit With Video of Dogs Trying to Fight Stirs Criticism

Two weeks before a much-anticipated exhibition featuring Chinese conceptual artists opens at the Guggenheim, the museum is facing intense pressure to exclude one piece of art: a video of...

After North Korea Test, South Korea Pushes to Build Up Its Own Missiles

SEOUL, South Korea — The United States agreed to start negotiations to allow South Korea to build more powerful ballistic missiles in order to counter North Korea’s fast-advancing missile...

After North Korea Nuclear Test, Trump Saves Harshest Words for South Korea

WASHINGTON — President Trump on Sunday called North Korea’s biggest nuclear test to date “very hostile and dangerous,” but his most significant rhetorical escalation was against South Korea, a...