Asia
Myanmar among worst in US human trafficking report
Forced labor, denial of legal status to Rohingya among reasons Myanmar demoted to worst tier

UN chief welcomes Turkey-Israel rapprochement
Before meeting with Israeli president, Ban Ki-moon welcomes plan to restore Turkey-Israel ties

Myanmar gov't urged to uphold democratic principles
European Rohingya Council 'deeply surprised and saddened' government forcing Rohingya to self-identify as illegal immigrants

Chinese fishermen ignore SKorean-UN command crackdown
'Several' Chinese boats defy SKorea's joint military efforts with UN Command to stop illegal fishing in inter-Korean waters

Japanese cafe offers prickly comfort
Customers pay $9.23 for every 30 minutes they spend hanging with hedgehogs

Philippines must preserve democracy: outgoing president
Benigno Aquino III warns Filipinos of dangers of losing freedoms again as under late dictator Ferdinand Marcos

Russia using refugee crisis to divide the West: Experts
Moscow is using the media to sow doubt in Western societies about their strength and resilience, say foreign policy experts

Review petition for Jamaat-e-Islami's chief dismissed
Motiur Rahman Nizami was sentenced to death in 2014 on war crime charges

European concerns over Russia's 'foreign agents' law
Council of Europe lawmaker calls on Russia to align laws with international standards