TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - Rows of newly carved wooden uso birds are prepared ahead of the annual usokae ritual at Kameido Tenjin shrine in Koto Ward, Tokyo, on Thursday and Friday.

GUANGZHOU, China (The Japan News/ANN) - Chinese authorities investigating purported gene editing of babies have confirmed that Chinese researcher He Jiankui illegally researched the subject in pursuit of personal fame and gain, China’s official Xinhua News Agency has reported.

ISLAMABAD (Dawn/ANN) - ​The police (particularly in Sindh and Punjab) have become accustomed to glibly using the pretext of fighting terrorism to cover up egregious abuses of power. 

ISLAMABAD (Dawn/ANN) - It takes an outsider to point out the anger within us. Last week, a former US ambassador to Pakistan, Cameron Munter, spoke at an event, arguing that our anger prevents us from telling the good story about Pakistan to the world.

ISLAMABAD (Dawn/ANN) - A Senate panel on Monday lamented the presence of a US senator’s guard during his meeting with Prime Minister Imran Khan, terming it disgrace to the country. 

JAKARTA (The Jakarta Post/ANN) - The Business Competition Supervisory Commission (KPPU) will investigate alleged cartel practices after airlines recently raised airfares.

JAKARTA (The Jakarta Post/ANN) - President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo declared that convicted terrorist Abu Bakar Ba’asyir must express loyalty to the state ideology of Pancasila if he wants to be paroled.

YANGON, Myanmar (Eleven Media Group/ANN) - Search for missing Myanmar seamen from M.V London vessel that sank in China's sea has reportedly been stopped, and plans are underway to pay compensation according to the insurance rules and policies.

SEOUL (The Korea Herald/ANN) - The South Korean economy marked the slowest on-year growth pace last year in six years, amid shrinking corporate investment and slowing exports, central bank data showed Tuesday.

PHNOM PENH (The Phnom Penh Post/ANN) - The Ministry of Environment issued a statement on Monday on preventing forest fires in natural protected areas and biodiversity conservation corridors.