Australia has withdrawn its ambassador to Indonesia after it executed two Australian prisoners early Wednesday.
Trafficking of synthetic, or man-made, drugs is growing across much of Southeast Asia.
The United Nations said Wednesday that it was beginning to provide food and medicine around the town of Ghorkha, Nepal.
Nepal has declared three days of mourning for the victims of Saturday’s 7.8 magnitude earthquake that left nearly 5,000 dead and thousands more in desperate need of aid.
Indonesia has executed eight drug convicts, including several foreign nationals, despite strong opposition abroad.
U.S. President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe agreed Tuesday to complete a 12-nation Pacific Rim trade agreement.
The United States is defending the terms of its tentative agreement with Iran to limit its nuclear activities.
Leaders of the ten-nation member Association of Southeast Asian Nations are in Malaysia for two days of meetings.
Australian officials are working to save two of the country’s citizens from being executed in Indonesia.
Rescue teams and aid workers from around the world are arriving in Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu.