Asia News

  • Japan's leader sends offerings to controversial war shrine

    TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent religious offerings Tuesday to a Tokyo shrine that honors the country's war dead, including convicted World War II leaders, a likely signal that he won't pray there ahead of trips to an international conference and the United States.

    Associated Press
  • How countries cope with migrants arriving by boat

    Two recent shipwrecks in the Mediterranean Sea believed to have taken the lives of as many as 1,300 asylum seekers and migrants has highlighted the escalating flow of people fleeing persecution, war and economic difficulties in their homelands.

    Associated Press
  • World stocks rally on China measures, earnings

    HONG KONG (AP) — World stock markets rallied Tuesday, boosted by investor optimism over recent stimulus efforts, market reform measures in China and quarterly earnings from U.S. and European companies.

    Associated Press
  • Hun Sen hostility puts decade-old U.N. Khmer Rouge tribunal in doubt

    By Prak Chan Thul PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - Youk Chhang has spent 20 years documenting the horrors of Cambodia's Khmer Rouge "Killing Fields" regime and his team has provided half a million documents to a U.N.-backed tribunal building cases against those responsible. Millions of Cambodians living…

    Reuters
  • Ferry anger, corruption charges test South Korean president

    SEOUL (AP) — First it was the ferry sinking, which a year later still haunts Park Geun-hye's presidency: Seoul saw violent clashes over the weekend as enraged demonstrators accused Park of ignoring the alleged corruption and incompetence that cost South Korea 304 lives, mostly school kids.

    Associated Press
  • Philippines accuses China of turning water cannon on its fishing boats

    Filipino activists denounced China's coast guard on Tuesday for turning water cannon on Philippine fishing boats in disputed waters, near where hundreds of Filipino and American Marines landed on a beach in a mock assault. The presidential palace in Manila said China's coast guard used water…

    Reuters
  • Defiant Hong Kongers resist embrace of mainland China

    HONG KONG (AP) — All around Chow Tak-yee's neighborhood in the working-class edges of Hong Kong, the 26-year-old can feel the spreading influence of nearby mainland China on the prosperous, open-minded city she's always called home.

    Associated Press
  • UN refugee agency says Australia rejected Vietnamese at sea

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The United Nations refugee agency said Tuesday that it had raised concerns with Australian authorities that a boatload of Vietnamese asylum seekers had their refugee applications rejected at sea before the Australian navy secretly returned them to Vietnam.

    Associated Press
  • Pope condemns killings of Ethiopian Christians in Libya

    Pope Francis condemned the "continuing martyrdom" of Christians on Monday after 30 Ethiopians were shown being shot and beheaded in Libya on a video purportedly made by Islamic State militants. "With great distress and sadness I learn of the further shocking violence perpetrated against innocent…

    Reuters
  • Japanese PM Abe makes ritual offering at Yasukuni shrine

    TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday sent a ritual offering to a controversial Tokyo shrine for war dead, Jiji news agency said, a day before he makes remarks at an international summit that will be watched for his stance on Japan's wartime history. The tone of his…

    Reuters
  • Migrants' bodies brought ashore as EU proposes doubling rescue effort

    By James Mackenzie and Robin Emmott CATANIA, Italy/LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) - The European Union proposed doubling the size of its Mediterranean search and rescue operations on Monday, as the first bodies were brought ashore of as many as 900 people feared killed in the deadliest known shipwreck of…

    Reuters
  • US and Chinese investors buy Cirque du Soleil

    American private equity firm TPG and China's Fosun on Monday bought Canadian entertainment juggernaut Cirque du Soleil for an undisclosed sum as the carnival looks to expand in Asia. Chinese billionaire Guo Guangchang's Fosun, which in February won a bidding war for French holiday company Club…

    AFP
  • Russia in talks to bid for 2023 basketball World Cup

    SOCHI, Russia (AP) — The Russian sports minister said Monday he is in talks with the governing body of basketball for the country to bid to host the 2023 World Cup.

    Associated Press
  • China and Pakistan launch economic corridor plan worth $46 billion

    By Katharine Houreld ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - China and Pakistan launched a plan on Monday for energy and infrastructure projects in Pakistan worth $46 billion, linking their economies and underscoring China's economic ambitions in Asia and beyond. China's President Xi Jinping arrived in Pakistan to…

    Reuters
  • Thailand seizes 4 tons of elephant tusks smuggled from Congo

    BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand seized 4 tons of ivory hidden in bean sacks tracked from Congo in what authorities said was the biggest bust in the country's history, customs officials said Monday.

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  • Image of Asia: A rooftop refuge in a New Delhi slum

    In this photo by Bernat Armangue, an Indian man sleeps on the roof of his house in New Delhi. As temperatures rise above 100 degrees Fahrenheit in the Indian capital, slum dwellers take refuge from the heat on rooftop cots known as charpoys. The slum in the center of New Delhi is home to thousands…

    Associated Press
  • Literary biopic 'Golden Era' garners 5 Hong Kong film awards

    HONG KONG (AP) — "The Golden Era," a biography of Chinese novelist Xiao Hong, won top honors at the Hong Kong Film Awards, with its director Ann Hui claiming her fifth best director trophy.

    Associated Press
  • Ivory-smuggling destination Thailand makes 'biggest seizure' of tusks

    Thai customs officials have seized four tonnes of ivory worth $6 million, authorities said on Monday, in what the department called the largest bust of its kind in Thailand's history. The elephant tusks were hidden in bags containing dried beans in containers originating from the Democratic…

    Reuters