Where 8-Year-Old Was Raped and Killed, Hindus Rally Around Suspects

Instead, you hear things like: Our land and their land. Us and them. “This is all a big conspiracy to demoralize the Hindus,” said Bhagmal Khajuria, an elder from a nearby village, who insisted that the eight men arrested in connection with the girl’s death had been framed. GILGIT-BALTISTAN Controlled by Pakistan Jammu and kashmir Controlled by India Who was behind this conspiracy, he was asked? “The separatists,” he grumbled, referring to Muslims in another part of this state, Jammu and Kashmir, who want independence from India. Many Indians had…

Why Won’t We Learn from the Survivors of the Rana Plaza Disaster?

Management turned the generators on. As they began to rumble, so did the building. “It felt like the floor under my feet was moving,” Mr. Hridoy said. “Then it was disappearing.” Ms. Begum, two floors below Mr. Hridoy, was sewing jeans for a French brand — she doesn’t remember which one — when the concrete ceiling fell on her, landing on her torso and her right hand. Her long hair became entangled in the sewing machine, she said, “and I couldn’t free myself because my hand was stuck.” Sixteen hours…

Top Indonesian Official, Long Seen as Untouchable, Gets Prison for Graft

The scandal has already led to the convictions of two other government officials. Dozens of other current and former lawmakers and senior political figures have been implicated. The conviction ends a nearly yearlong saga in which Mr. Setya played cat-and-mouse with Indonesia’s independent Corruption Eradication Commission, which is investigating the scandal surrounding the ID card program. For months during 2017, Mr. Setya failed to appear for questioning at the headquarters of the commission, claiming illness. During that period, he was hospitalized once for vertigo, supposedly after playing table tennis, and…

The Koreas Are Weighing a Peace Deal. Here’s What That Might Mean.

In 1948 the two sides formed their own governments, and in 1950 the North invaded the South. The United States led a United Nations force in alliance with the South, while China aided the North. The 1953 armistice was signed at Panmunjom, a village in what became the Demilitarized Zone, by Lt. Gen. William K. Harrison, an American and representative of the United Nations forces, and Gen. Nam Il, who represented North Korea and the Chinese forces. It was signed later by the North Korean leader, Kim Il-sung; Gen. Mark…

‘We Don’t Perform for People, We Perform for the Gods’

A community has formed around Chinese opera in Thailand, preserving one of the oldest dramatic art forms in the world. BANGKOK — “Anywhere they play in Bangkok, I’ll be there,” said Warin Nithihiranyakul, 73, a dedicated fan of the Sai Yong Hong Chinese Opera troupe for more than 10 years. While waiting for his friends to arrive, he helps out by starting to set up plastic red chairs for the audience to watch the evening’s performance in an area just south of Bangkok’s Chinatown. A devotee of 11 years, Wandee…

Fear and Hope in South Korea on Eve of Summit With Kim Jong-un

He capped weeks of diplomacy with Saturday’s announcement of an end to nuclear and long-range missile tests and the shutting down of a nuclear test site, saying he would now focus on rebuilding the economy. And he earlier told American and South Korean envoys that his country was willing to give up nuclear arms if it received the right incentives. Choi Hae-jong, 55, who runs a gas station in the provincial city of Ulsan, said he believed that Kim Jong-un would indeed bargain away his nuclear weapons if given the…

Fire at South China Karaoke Bar Kills 18, and Arson Is Suspected

The police did not identify a suspect or motive, nor did they say how many of the dead were found inside the bar. Often karaoke bars in China feature small rooms padded with carpet, and at least some of the dead may have been trapped in such rooms. The person believed to have started the fire had been in a quarrel beforehand and used a motorbike to block the only entrance to the karaoke club, then lit the fire at the door, a reporter for CCTV, the state-run broadcaster, said…

Waffle House, North Korea, Iran: Your Tuesday Briefing

Mr. Macron hopes to use his unusual bond with the president to make the case that the world is safer with the deal in place. Mr. Trump faces a May 12 deadline to decide whether to keep or abandon the accord. Iran’s foreign minister jumped in on Monday, warning that there would be no substitute for the accord if Mr. Trump tears it up. _____ • How to avoid American tariffs. Circuitous ocean routes that disguise the origins of cargo, called transshipments, are a popular option. President Trump has cited…

An Unpredictable Trump and a Risk-Prone Kim Mean High Stakes and Mismatched Expectations

Mr. Wellerstein is worried over the Trump administration’s fixation on hints that North Korea would consider “denuclearization,” which North Koreans tend to mean as gradual and mutual easing of tensions but which Americans read as complete North Korean disarmament — an expectation that Mr. Wellerstein called “bizarro” in his Twitter feed. The countries are already treating the meeting less as the start of a long and difficult process, in which both would need to make painful compromises for narrow gains, but as the culmination of what each seems to see…