Philippine Leader, Focused on War on Drug Users, Ignored Rise of ISIS

MANILA — It was classic bravado from the Philippines’ tough-guy president, Rodrigo Duterte. The Maute Group, a militant Islamist band fighting government troops near the southern Philippines city of Marawi...

The Superweirdo Behind ‘Thor: Ragnarok’

It was 394 days before the scheduled release of “Thor: Ragnarok,” and at 4:30 in the morning, the movie’s director, Taika Waititi, was already dressed for another long day:...

Mattis Visit to DMZ Highlights the North Korean Threat to Seoul

PANMUNJOM, Korea — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis’s visit to the Korean Peninsula’s extremely militarized demilitarized zone on Friday was meant to show American solidarity with South Korea against a...

Thailand Prepares for a King’s $90 Million Cremation Ceremony

BANGKOK — Capping a year of national mourning, Thailand will cremate its celebrated King Bhumibol Adulyadej on Thursday evening, in a $90 million ceremony that symbolizes both the bountiful...

As Malaria Resists Treatment, Experts Warn of Global Crisis

BU GIA MAP, Vietnam — When Tran Viet Hung was a soldier patrolling these forested hills in southern Vietnam six years ago, he came down with a fever and...

A War of Words Puts Facebook at the Center of Myanmar’s Rohingya Crisis

Myanmar’s government has barred Ashin Wirathu, an ultranationalist Buddhist monk, from public preaching for the past year, saying his speeches helped fuel the violence against the country’s Rohingya ethnic...

As Trump Unnerves Asia, China Sees an Opening

BEIJING — With America’s Asian allies unnerved by President Trump’s threat to bring “fire and fury” to North Korea, China sees a chance to capitalize on the fear and...

Prosecutors Question Park Geun-hye, Former South Korean Leader, in Corruption Inquiry

SEOUL, South Korea — Park Geun-hye, the now-former president of South Korea who this month was removed from office in a historic court ruling, was questioned at a...

Chinese State Media Denounce Rex Tillerson’s Call to Block Island Access

BEIJING — The Chinese state news media lashed out at Rex W. Tillerson, President-elect Donald J. Trump’s nominee for secretary of state, on Friday, warning that his call to...

North Korea Calls for Execution of Former South Korea President and Aide

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea issued standing orders on Wednesday for the “miserable dog’s death” execution of South Korea’s imprisoned former president and her spy chief, and improbably...