Watch live:
Actor Harrison Ford injured in single-pilot plane crash in California

Asia News

  • Death toll from latest Med migrant tragedy rises to 50

    Italy's coastguard rescued 127 people and recovered 10 bodies on Tuesday after a boat capsized off Sicily when the people on board rushed to one side of the vessel in a stampede to get onto the arriving coastguard boat. Di Giacomo said the latest deaths took the migrant death toll in the waters…

    AFP
  • Law unto itself: Thai junta fuels doubt by churning out legislation

    Almost 100 more laws are up for consideration, including major legislation to protect intellectual copyright and "digitize" Thailand's ailing post-coup economy. The NLA's feverish lawmaking, however, is causing increasing disquiet about erosion of freedoms. The NLA's members were handpicked by…

    Reuters
  • Aide: Indonesian leader to visit White House in June

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Indonesia's President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo is expected to visit the White House in early June to forge closer ties with the U.S., according to his chief of staff.

    Associated Press
  • European stocks firm as ECB's Draghi sounds fairly rosy tone

    LONDON (AP) — European stock markets rose strongly Thursday as European Central Bank President Mario Draghi sounded a fairly positive tone about the 19-country eurozone. Once his press briefing is over, the focus in the markets will turn to Friday's U.S. jobs data.

    Associated Press
  • Image of Asia: Well-wishes for the US ambassador in Seoul

    In this photo by Lee Jin-man, South Koreans hold candles in downtown Seoul in support of U.S. Ambassador Mark Lippert, who was slashed on his face and wrist by an anti-U.S. protester screaming demands for uniting North and South Korea. Earlier Thursday, South Koreans shouted slogans denouncing the…

    Associated Press
  • India, Bangladesh, China most at risk from river floods: study

    By Alister Doyle OSLO (Reuters) - India, Bangladesh and China are most at risk from river floods, with an increasing number of people threatened because of climate change and economic growth in low-lying regions, a study said on Thursday. The U.S.-based World Resources Institute think-tank and…

    Reuters
  • Thailand tests floating homes in region grappling with floods

    By Alisa Tang AYUTTHAYA, Thailand (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Nestled among hundreds of identical white and brown two-storey homes crammed in this neighborhood for factory workers is a house with a trick - one not immediately apparent from its green-painted drywall and grey shade panels. These…

    Reuters
  • China tries to ditch its coal addiction, reduce energy intensity

    By Chen Aizhu, Dominique Patton and Kathy Chen BEIJING (Reuters) - China will boost efforts this year to rid itself of a strong addiction to coal in a bid to reduce damaging pollution as well as cut the energy intensity of its economy, which is expected to grow at its lowest rate in 25 years. The…

    Reuters
  • Japan, China to hold first security talks in four years

    Japanese and Chinese officials will hold their first security talks in four years in Tokyo later this month, Japan's Foreign Ministry said on Thursday, the latest sign of a possible improvement in ties strained by a territorial dispute. Relations between the world's second- and third-largest…

    Reuters
  • China defense spending to grow 10.1 percent in 2015

    BEIJING (AP) — China said Thursday it will boost defense spending by 10.1 percent, a smaller rise than last year but in line with large annual increases that have drawn concern among the country's neighbors over Beijing's military and territorial ambitions.

    Associated Press
  • Deal with 72 Asiana passengers leaves many cases unresolved

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — While 72 passengers have settled their personal-injury claims stemming from the crash of an Asiana Airlines flight in San Francisco two years ago, other people are continuing their legal fight with the airliner and others involved in the accident that killed three Chinese…

    Associated Press
  • 7 fight for 3 seats representing Asia on FIFA ruling board

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Seven candidates are competing for three vacant Asia seats on FIFA's executive committee.

    Associated Press
  • Asian football chief unopposed for new term

    Asia's football chief is set for a new, four-year term and a powerful FIFA vice presidency after officials said on Wednesday that he will stand unopposed in elections next month. Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa will extend his stay as Asian Football Confederation (AFC) president at the vote…

    AFP
  • Global stocks mixed as investors eye European, US data

    BEIJING (AP) — European stocks mostly gained while Asian markets faltered Wednesday as investors monitored upbeat eurozone economic data and looked ahead to U.S. indicators.

    Associated Press
  • Exclusive: India expects better monsoon rains this year

    By Ratnajyoti Dutta NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India expects higher rainfall from the monsoon this year after patchy rains affected farm output last season, weather office sources told Reuters. If the outlook turns out correct, it will be another shot in the arm for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's…

    Reuters
  • Egyptians race to expand Suez Canal, hoping for trade surge

    ISMAILIA, Egypt (AP) — Bulldozers push earth and dredgers spit mud round the clock at Egypt's Suez Canal in a race to quickly expand the strategic waterway for two-way traffic, a project trumpeted by President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to revive both the country's damaged economy and visions of…

    Associated Press
  • China defense budget rise to defy slowing economy

    By Megha Rajagopalan BEIJING (Reuters) - China's defense budget this year will rise about 10 percent compared with 2014, a top government official said on Wednesday, outpacing the slowing economy as the country ramps up investment in high-tech equipment such as submarines and stealth jets. …

    Reuters