Province in China to offer benefits to single parents, as birth rate drops

Sichuan, one of China’s most populous provinces, is expanding benefits to unmarried parents amid a looming demographic crisis.

By Meaghan TobinJanuary 30, 2023

Blast rips through police mosque in northwest Pakistan, killing at least 44

Police said the blast in Pakistan went off during afternoon prayers in the mosque when at least 150 people were inside.

By Haq Nawaz KhanJanuary 30, 2023

U.S. freestyle skiing gold medalist killed in avalanche in Japan

Kyle Smaine, a world champion in the halfpipe, was backcountry skiing when he was killed.

By Bryan Pietsch, Cindy Boren and Julia Mio InumaJanuary 30, 2023

Photos: Explosion kills dozens at mosque in northwest Pakistan

An explosion ripped through a mosque in a police compound in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar, bringing down the roof and killing at least 32 people, according to a hospital.

By Washington Post StaffJanuary 30, 2023

Why is a U.S. general predicting war with China by 2025?

"My gut tells me we will fight in 2025,” a four-star U.S. Air Force general predicted. What's happening in China that year that makes him think war is likely?

By Christian Shepherd and Pei-Lin WuJanuary 30, 2023

Winter has come for Afghanistan

“We don’t have time,” U.N. humanitarian chief Martin Griffiths said. “The winter is with us, people are dying, famine is looming.”

By Ishaan TharoorJanuary 30, 2023

House Republican warns of pending conflict with China

Rep. Michael McCaul, chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, agrees with a general's recent assessment that the U.S. and China could be at war within two years.

By Azi PaybarahJanuary 29, 2023

Radioactive needle in a haystack: Tiny capsule lost in rural Australia

The capsule, which contains cesium-137, a material used in gauges for mining, went missing somewhere along a more than 800-mile stretch of mostly rural road.

By Bryan PietschJanuary 29, 2023

Over 40 dead after bus falls off bridge and catches fire in Pakistan

The passenger bus was traveling too fast when it crashed into a pillar on a bridge, fell into a ravine and caught fire in Baluchistan province, officials said.

By Haq Nawaz Khan and Leo SandsJanuary 29, 2023

Who is Gautam Adani? Asia’s richest man is rocked by fraud claims.

The Indian energy billionaire and Narendra Modi ally denied charges leveled by Hindenburg Research, which triggered a massive sell-off of Adani company shares.

By Niha MasihJanuary 28, 2023

U.S. general warns troops that war with China is possible in two years

Gen. Michael Minihan cited presidential elections in both Taiwan and the United States in 2024 as part of his rationale.

By Dan LamotheJanuary 27, 2023

Business empire of Asia’s richest man hit by sell-off after fraud report

The sell-off came after Hindenburg Research in New York accused Adani of artificially boosting his share prices over the course of several decades.

By Gerry ShihJanuary 27, 2023

China, speeding through phases of covid, gets on with living with virus

Covid ripped through China following the end of all pandemic restrictions last month. Now, after three difficult years, many Chinese are ready to get on with their lives.

By Christian Shepherd and Pei-Lin WuJanuary 27, 2023

Marshall Islands, feeling neglected by the U.S., enjoys new leverage

The Pacific nation long felt the United States hadn't adequately compensated it for nuclear testing. Then along came China, and the Marshalls suddenly had power.

By Pete McKenzieJanuary 27, 2023

Winter temperatures in Afghanistan plunge to deadly low

Afghanistan's coldest winter in more than a decade has killed at least 162 people in about two weeks, officials said.

By Sammy WestfallJanuary 26, 2023

North Koreans, already struggling, now contend with cold snap, covid

Extreme cold has swept across northeastern Asia. But unlike in Japan, China or South Korea, many North Koreans don't have central heating — or even electricity.

By Min Joo KimJanuary 26, 2023

Clean-energy push puts abandoned Philippine nuclear plant back in spotlight

President Marcos looks to his father’s nuclear project, once dogged by scandal and safety concerns, as a solution to fossil-fuel challenges.

By Rebecca Tan and Jhesset O. EnanoJanuary 25, 2023

Censorship, arrests, power cuts. India scrambles to block BBC documentary.

The suppression of the documentary is raising alarm bells about eroding civil liberties in India under Modi’s BJP party.

By Gerry Shih, Karishma Mehrotra and Anant GuptaJanuary 25, 2023

These Russians, evading call-up to Ukraine, live in a Seoul airport

The men wanted to avoid being drafted into the Russian army so they made their way to South Korea, hoping to claim political asylum. It's not going well.

By Michelle Ye Hee LeeJanuary 25, 2023

Pakistan’s nationwide power cuts highlight escalating economic crisis

The country of 220 million was without electricity for hours despite power-saving measures. Economists warn funds for energy imports will last one more month.

By Pamela Constable and Shaiq HussainJanuary 24, 2023