26 Feb 2015 : BEIRUT - An Australian who travelled to Syria to join Kurds battling jihadists has been killed, a monitor said Wednesday, adding he was the first Westerner to die fighting alongside the Kurds.
25 Feb 2015 : KABUL — An emergency official says at least 108 people are feared killed in Afghan avalanches amid a massive winter storm.
25 Feb 2015 : Vietnam has scaled down the construction plan for a new airport to serve Ho Chi Minh City by building only one runway instead of two.
25 Feb 2015 : Concerns about public-safety standards in South Korea have been fuelled by shocking CCTV images of a young couple being swallowed up by a sinkhole that opened at their feet on the sidewalk in Seoul.
25 Feb 2015 : BEIJING — A Chinese court on Wednesday sentenced an 81-year-old writer to jail on a charge of illegal business after he criticised the ruling Communist Party's propaganda chief in online essays, but the sentence was suspended, his lawyer said.
25 Feb 2015 : The Stock Exchange of Thailand's main index fell by 0.58% or 9.33 points to 1,589.33 on Wednesday.
25 Feb 2015 : The Philippines said Wednesday it would end Chinese technical involvement in running the country's power grid, partly due to national-security concerns.
25 Feb 2015 : SYDNEY — Australia plans to charge fees to foreign nationals buying residential property and fine those who break foreign investment laws in an attempt to cool one of the world's hottest property markets, but experts doubt it will make housing more affordable.
25 Feb 2015 : HONG KONG — Asian stocks ended mixed Wednesday despite another record close on Wall Street, after Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen dampened speculation of a rate rise before summer and as eurozone finance ministers backed Greek reforms.
25 Feb 2015 : Police have begun patroling on mountain bikes in Phitsanulok town centre, in a move that both saves energy and makes it easier and quicker to get to crime scenes in the often crowded downtown area.