Asia News

  • China stocks extend rout; Greece weighs on Asia sentiment

    HONG KONG (AP) — China's main stock benchmark plunged as much as 7 percent Friday as government stabilizing measures failed to reassure panicky investors while other Asian indexes fell ahead of Greece's weekend austerity referendum.

    Associated Press
  • Asian women's teams show up male rivals

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The contrast between the fortunes of Asia's women's soccer teams and their male equivalents could not be more striking.

    Associated Press
  • Three dead as 6.4 earthquake hits China's Xinjiang

    At least three people were killed and more than 20 injured when a strong 6.4 magnitude earthquake hit a rural part of China's far western Xinjiang region on Friday, Chinese officials said. "Currently, the earthquake has resulted in three deaths, including a father and son, and more than 20…

    Reuters
  • '80s file shows plan for Hong Kong 'plantation' in NIreland

    LONDON (AP) — A bizarre plan to relocate the entire population of Hong Kong to Northern Ireland was considered an option in the uncertain years before Britain handed back the former British colony to Chinese rule, formerly classified government files showed.

    Associated Press
  • France woos Chinese investors as PM wraps up fruitful trip

    French Prime Minister Manuel Valls promised Chinese investors "the best welcome in all of Europe" as his Beijing counterpart wrapped up a visit in which he signed billions of euros in accords with France. Chinese premier Li Keqiang inked more than 50 deals on his three-day visit to France which…

    AFP
  • North Korean defector lifts lid on world's most secret state

    By Emma Batha LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As a schoolgirl in North Korea, Hyeonseo Lee was forced to watch executions, denounce her friends for fabricated transgressions and dig tunnels in case of a nuclear attack. It wasn't until she left North Korea at the age of 17 that she began to…

    Reuters
  • China's Evergrande Taobao team applies for stock listing

    HONG KONG (AP) — Chinese soccer team Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao, owned by e-commerce giant Alibaba and one of the country's biggest property developers, could become the first club listed in Asia after applying to the Chinese stock market.

    Associated Press
  • Image of Asia: Gay wedding in Beijing

    In this photo by Mark Schiefelbein, Li Tingting is lifted off the ground by her wife Teresa Xu in Beijing, where the two announced an informal marriage. The prominent Chinese lesbian couple held a simple ceremony Thursday in their latest effort to push for legalization of same-sex unions in China.…

    Associated Press
  • Southeast Asia to set up fund to help boat people

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Southeast Asian countries will establish a humanitarian fund to help boatloads of Rohingya Muslim and Bangladeshi immigrants who have recently landed in Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar and Thailand, a Malaysian minister said Thursday.

    Associated Press
  • Indonesia to call off search for victims in deadly military plane crash

    Indonesian authorities will call off a two-day search for victims on Thursday after a military transport plane crashed into a residential area in Sumatra, killing around 140 people, the military said. The Hercules C-130B was carrying 122 passengers when it crashed into houses in the northern city…

    Reuters
  • Mexico drug lord's son freed, and arrested again

    The son of Mexico's most wanted drug lord was re-arrested Wednesday shortly after he had been freed for a second time in six months. Ruben Oseguera, alias "El Menchito," had been detained just a week ago over allegations that he is the second-in-command of the Jalisco New Generation drug cartel. …

    AFP
  • US warns of Russia, China military threat amid growing chaos

    America's new military strategy singles out states like China and Russia as aggressive and threatening to US security interests, while warning of growing technological challenges and worsening global stability. A somber report released Wednesday by General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint…

    AFP
  • Greece proceeds with vote plan as creditors rebuff overture

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The Greek government vowed Wednesday to go ahead with plans to have the people decide whether they want more austerity measures in exchange for a rescue deal. Greece offered more concessions to its creditors, but was rebuffed — Eurozone finance ministers refused to negotiate…

    Associated Press
  • Bangladesh-based poverty group founder wins World Food Prize

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A man who created a Bangladesh-based nonprofit organization credited with helping more than 150 million people out of poverty was named the winner of the 2015 World Food Prize on Wednesday.

    Associated Press
  • Lions returned to Rwanda 15 years after population wiped out

    PHINDA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE, South Africa (AP) — The sedated, blindfolded lions lay in the dirt, unwitting passengers about to embark on a 30-hour, 2,500-mile (4,000-kilometer) journey by truck and plane from South Africa to Rwanda, whose lion population was wiped out following the country's 1994…

    Associated Press
  • Suez eyes China waste, Asia expansion with Chonqqing deal

    By Geert De Clercq PARIS (Reuters) - French environmental services company Suez said on Wednesday it aims to enlarge its Chinese water and waste business and is looking for opportunities outside China through a new partnership with the city of Chongqing. Suez and its longtime Chinese partner NWS…

    Reuters
  • IOC hails Tokyo's frugal budget

    The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Wednesday sought to deflect attention from a row over Tokyo's planned National Stadium by praising organisers for keeping the 2020 Games budget in check. John Coates, chairman of the IOC's Tokyo 2020 coordination commission, told reporters Tokyo had…

    AFP