MANILA (Reuters) - Washington will raise its military assistance to the Philippines by about two-thirds, Manila's foreign ministry said on Wednesday, helping its oldest security ally in Asia defend vast maritime borders against what it sees as Chinese assertiveness. Full story
KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - High-profile shootings and a surge of deaths of suspects in custody are stoking public anger in Malaysia, piling pressure on the government to tackle crime and clamp down on police corruption and brutality. Full story
MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines will likely keep its peacekeeping forces in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights for six more months after securing U.N. assurances for the safety of its 342 soldiers in the ceasefire zone, Manila's foreign minister said on Wednesday. Full story
BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's 85-year-old King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world's longest-reigning monarch, is to leave the Bangkok hospital where he has been for almost four years to live at his palace by the sea, a government official said on Wednesday. Full story
Col. Bud Day, who earned 50 combat medals including a Medal of Honor, was credited as the man who saved Sen. John McCain’s life while the two were Prisoners of War. “Bud … wouldn’t let me die,” McCain said. “"To witness him sing the national anthem in response to having a rifle pointed at his face -
Bud Day served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam, receiving the Medal of Honor for heroism in Vietnam. Day was an Air Force fighter pilot in Vietnam when he was shot down and imprisoned with John McCain in the notorious Hanoi Hilton. NBC's Brian Williams and Tom Brokaw told Day's story November 6,
Several countries in Southeast Asia are dealing with heavy smog generated by fires in Indonesia. NBCNews.com's Dara Brown reports.
Wildfires have caused an air pollution crisis in southeast Asia. The air in smog-choked Singapore improved slightly Saturday, after planes in neighboring Indonesia waterbombed the wildfires that have blanketed the region with thick, choking smoke. NBC’s Lester Holt reports.
The smoky haze from fires burning in Indonesia is spreading to Malaysia and Singapore where the pollution index is the worst in 16 years. NBCNews.com's Dara Brown reports.
July 8, 2013 - Jakarta, Indonesia - Indonesian muslims looks for the crescent of the moon through a telescope ahead of the holy fasting month of Ramadan. The beginning of Ramadan is determined by the appearance of the crescent moon. (Credit Image: Â
An employee stands behind a MasterCard logo during the launch of the international credit card issuer's first ATM transaction in Myanmar, in Yangon in this file photo taken November 15, 2012. MasterCard Inc reported a higher-than-expected 21 percent rise in quarterly profit on Wednesday as more peo
A man runs past Development Bank of Singapore logos at a DBS function in Singapore in this July 5, 2013 file picture. Singapore's DBS Group Holdings Ltd said on July 31, 2013 it would not pursue a $7.2 billion takeover of Indonesia's PT Bank Danamon, a deal that had been stuck in limbo after regula