Asia News

  • Malaysian leader faces risk of criminal charges over fund

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's prime minister is facing the risk of criminal charges over allegations that hundreds of millions of dollars were funneled from an indebted state fund to his personal bank accounts, the first time a Malaysian leader has faced criminal allegations.

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  • US, wooing Vietnam, readies red carpet for communist chief

    HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnamese Communist Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong doesn't hold an official government post, but it's not surprising that he'll meet with President Barack Obama on his visit to the United States this week. He is the de-facto top leader of his country.

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  • Japan joins US-Australia war games amid China tensions

    The United States and Australia kicked off a massive joint biennial military exercise on Sunday, with Japan taking part for the first time as tensions with China over territorial rows loom over the drills. The two-week "Talisman Sabre" exercise in the Northern Territory and Queensland state…

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  • China lobbies hard ahead of Manila's South China Sea arbitration case

    By Greg Torode and Manuel Mogato HONG KONG/MANILA (Reuters) - China's claims to the disputed South China Sea will come under international legal scrutiny for the first time this week, but while Beijing has officially refused to take part in the case filed by the Philippines at a U.N. tribunal, it…

    Reuters
  • Will history repeat itself? The US women hope not

    VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Abby Wambach remembers the date by heart: July 17, 2011.

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  • Japan pledges $6 billion to Mekong nations as China prepares new bank

    By Kiyoshi Takenaka TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan said on Saturday it would extend around $6 billion in development aid to Mekong region countries, as China prepares to launch a new institutional lender seen as encroaching on the regional clout of Tokyo and ally Washington. Tokyo's planned assistance…

    Reuters
  • Vietnam Communist Party chief to make first US visit

    HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — The powerful head of Vietnam's Communist Party will travel to the United States for the first time next week, and said he expects President Barack Obama will visit Vietnam later this year.

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  • Yes or no? What Greece's landmark vote might bring

    LONDON (AP) — On his 10-year trip home, the Greek hero Odysseus at one point had to steer his ship and crew down a narrow stretch of water menaced on opposite sides by two sea monsters, Scylla and Charybdis.

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  • Turkey says to keep doors open for Uighur 'brothers', irking China

    By Tulay Karadeniz ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey vowed on Friday to keep its doors open to ethnic Uighur migrants fleeing persecution in China, a stance likely to exacerbate Ankara's row with Beijing over its treatment of the largely Muslim, Turkic-language speaking minority. U.S.-based Radio Free…

    Reuters
  • Syrian army bombards rebels trying to seize Aleppo

    By Tom Perry and Suleiman Al-Khalidi BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian government forces carried out heavy air strikes on rebel positions in and around the northern city of Aleppo on Friday, aiming to repel a major Islamist-led offensive on areas controlled by President Bashar al-Assad. Thursday's…

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  • Quake in rural China kills three, damages thousands of homes

    A strong earthquake hit a rural part of China's far western Xinjiang region on Friday, killing three people, injuring dozens and destroying or damaging thousands of homes, the government and state media said. The dead included a father and son, the government-run China National Emergency…

    Reuters
  • China air force uses drone for first time in Xinjiang quake

    China's air force dispatched a drone to the site of an earthquake in the far western region of Xinjiang on Friday to help in monitoring work, in what it said was the first time it had used an unmanned aircraft for such a task. China is developing an ambitious drone program for use at home, and…

    Reuters
  • Udinese presents Ali Adnan as first Iraqi player in Serie A

    UDINE, Italy (AP) — Fullback Ali Adnan Kadhim has been presented as the first Iraqi player in Serie A.

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  • Pakistan police arrest cleric who led mob attacking Christians

    By Mubasher Bukhari LAHORE, Pakistan (Reuters) - Pakistani police said on Friday they had arrested a Muslim cleric accused of leading a mob trying to kill a Christian couple for allegedly desecrating the Koran. Police rescued the Christians from the crowd near the eastern city of Lahore on…

    Reuters
  • Files reveal 'plan' to move HK residents to N.Ireland

    Weighed down by the sectarian conflict in Northern Ireland, British officials jokily discussed the possible benefits of relocating the entire population of Hong Kong to the province, newly released documents showed Friday. Government archives reveal how a proposal by an English academic to set up…

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  • Indonesian plane crash increases pressure for military overhaul

    The deadly crash of a 51-year-old Indonesian air force transport plane this week has turned the spotlight on the country's ageing military equipment and given new momentum to the president's plans to increase defence spending. It was the sixth fatal crash in the past decade involving an Indonesian…

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  • China angered by new U.S. military strategy report

    China's Foreign Ministry expressed anger on Friday after the Pentagon's updated National Military Strategy slammed Chinese claims in the South China Sea as aggressive and inconsistent with international law. China has become increasingly assertive in the South China Sea, building artificial…

    Reuters
  • EU leaders unlikely to attend Chinese military parade

    BEIJING (AP) — Top officials from the European Union probably won't attend a Chinese military parade marking the anniversary of the end of World War II in Asia, the organization's ambassador to Beijing said Friday, amid uneasiness about such displays of armed might in the tense region.

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