Asia & Pacific

Most recent Asia & Pacific blogs and columns

  • Passengers from a ferry sinking off South Korea's southern coast, are rescued by South Korean Coast guard in the water off the southern coast near Jindo, south of Seoul, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. Nearly 300 people were still missing Wednesday several hours after the ferry carrying 477, most of them high school students, sank in cold waters off South Korea's southern coast. (AP Photo/Yonhap) KOREA OUT

    South Korea Ferry Disaster: Families Fear Death Count Will Spike Drastically

    MOKPO, South Korea — Fears rose Thursday for the fate of 289 passengers still missing more than 24 hours after their ferry flipped onto its... Read more

  • Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim (R) discusses with his lawyers Sankaran Nair (L) and Karpal Singh (C) at a cafeteria in Kuala Lumpur on August 9, 2010 during a break on his ongoing sodomy trial. Anwar, a former deputy premier who was sacked and jailed on separate sex and corruption counts a decade ago, is accused of having illicit sexual relations with 25-year-old Mohamad Saiful Bukhari Azlan, who was an aide in his office.  AFP PHOTO / Saeed KHAN (Photo credit should read SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)

    Karpal Singh Died: MP Killed in Accident in Malaysia, Reports Say

    Karpal Singh, a Malaysian opposition MP and lawyer, died in a car accident, reports said Wednesday. Gobind Singh Deo, his son, confirmed that he had... Read more

  • FILE - This aerial file photo taken in Aug. 2013,  shows No 4, 3, 2, 1, 5 and 6 reactors, from bottom to top, at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Futaba town, Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan. Eyeing dozens of aging reactors at home and hundreds of others worldwide that eventually need to be retired, Japanese industry sees a profitable market for decommissioning expertise.  (AP Photo/Kyodo News, File)

    Fukushima Radiation Report Released Two Weeks After Evacuees Get the Green Light to Return

    The Asahi Shimbun, Japan’s most widely distributed daily paper, reported that the government of Japan withheld findings about estimated radiation levels in the areas hardest... Read more

  • In this image taken from video released by News Y via Yonhap, passengers from a ferry sinking off South Korea's southern coast, are rescued by a South Korean Coast Guard helicopter in the water off the southern coast near Jindo, south of Seoul, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. Nearly 300 people were still missing Wednesday several hours after the ferry carrying 477, most of them high school students, sank in cold waters off South Korea's southern coast. (AP Photo/Yonhap) KOREA OUT

    Sewol Disaster: 283 Missing, 4 Dead in South Korea Ferry Accident Near Jindo

     MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — A ferry carrying 462 people, mostly high school students on an overnight trip to a tourist island, sank off South Korea’s southern coast on Wednesday, leaving more than... Read more

  • Pakistani men displaced with their families from Pakistan's tribal areas due to fighting between the Taliban and the army, chat while a woman collects wood to be used for heating and cooking in a poor neighborhood on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, Friday, March 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

    Pakistan Taliban Ends Ceasefire but Continues Peace Talks

    ISLAMABAD—The Pakistani Taliban says it will not renew a ceasefire it called to facilitate peace negotiations with the government but says talks will continue. In... Read more

  • South Korean rescue helicopters fly over a South Korean passenger ship, trying to rescue passengers from the ship in water off the southern coast in South Korea, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Yonhap)

    South Korea Ferry Sinks; 292 Missing, 4 Dead (+video)

    SEOUL, South Korea—A ferry carrying 459 people, mostly high school students on an overnight trip to a tourist island, sank off South Korea’s southern coast... Read more

  • Relatives weep as they wait for missing passengers of a sunken ferry at Jindo port on April 16, 2014 in Jindo-gun, South Korea. Four people are confirmed dead and almost 300 are reported missing. (Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

    Survivors Recall Early Moments of South Korea Ferry Rescue

    At this temporary shelter in Jindo, South Korea, the huddled survivors of a capsized ferry are still in shock. Their boat was carrying close to... Read more

  • In this Monday, April 14, 2014, photo provided by the Australian Defense Force Phoenix International's Chris Minor, right, and Curt Newport inspect an autonomous underwater vehicle before it is deployed from ADV Ocean Shield in the search of the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in the southern Indian Ocean. The search area for the missing Malaysian jet has proved too deep for the robotic submarine which was hauled back to the surface of the Indian Ocean less than half way through its first seabed hunt for wreckage and the all-important black boxes, authorities said on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Australian Defense Force, Lt. Kelli Lunt) EDITORIAL USE ONLY

    Missing Plane Found? Not Yet, But Malaysia Airlines Flight MH 370 Search Gets 2nd Submarine Dive

     PERTH, Australia (AP) — As a robotic submarine dived into the ocean to look for lost Flight 370, angry Chinese relatives stormed out of a... Read more

  • South Korean rescue helicopters fly over a South Korean passenger ship, trying to rescue passengers from the ship in water off the southern coast in South Korea, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. The South Korean passenger ship carrying more than 470 people, including many high school students, is sinking off the country's southern coast Wednesday after sending a distress call, officials said. There are no immediate reports of causalities. (AP Photo/Yonhap) KOREA OUT

    292 Missing, 4 Dead in South Korea Ferry Disaster

    SEOUL, South Korea— A ferry carrying 459 people, mostly high school students on an overnight trip to a tourist island, sank off South Korea’s southern... Read more

  • In this Monday, April 14, 2014, photo provided by the Australian Defense Force Phoenix International's Chris Minor, left, and Curt Newport inspect an autonomous underwater vehicle before it is deployed from ADV Ocean Shield in the search of the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in the southern Indian Ocean. The search area for the missing Malaysian jet has proved too deep for the robotic submarine which was hauled back to the surface of the Indian Ocean less than half way through its first seabed hunt for wreckage and the all-important black boxes, authorities said on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Australian Defense Force, Lt. Kelli Lunt) EDITORIAL USE ONLY

    Malaysia Airlines Plane in Afghanistan, Pakistan? Report Says Missing Flight MH 370 ‘Hijacked’ by Terrorists to Kandahar Province; Not Confirmed

    A report is saying that missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH 370 is located in Kandahar Province, and a terrorist named “Hitch” is behind the disappearance... Read more

  • Police officers bow to offer prayers in silence for the victims in Namie, near the striken TEPCO Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant in Fukushima prefecture on March 10, 2014, one day before the third anniversary of March 11 massive earthquake and tsunami. The 9.0 magnitude earthquake in 2011 sent a huge wall of water into the coast of the Tohoku region, splintering whole communities, ruining swathes of prime farmland and killing nearly 19,000 people. (Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP/Getty Images)

    Japanese Government Seeks Approval to Dump More Radioactive Groundwater Into Ocean

    By Ethan A. Huff, contributing writer to Natural News The Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), which is currently handling cleanup efforts at the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear... Read more

  • In this Monday, April 14, 2014, photo provided by the Australian Defense Force an autonomous underwater vehicle is deployed from ADV Ocean Shield in the search of the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in the southern Indian Ocean. The search area for the missing Malaysian jet has proved too deep for the robotic submarine which was hauled back to the surface of the Indian Ocean less than half way through its first seabed hunt for wreckage and the all-important black boxes, authorities said on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Australian Defense Force, Lt. Kelli Lunt) EDITORIAL USE ONLY

    Missing Malaysia Jet Update: Robot Sub Returns to Water After 1st Try Cut Short

    PERTH, Australia—A robotic submarine looking for the lost Malaysian jet began its second mission Tuesday after cutting short its first because the ocean waters where... Read more

  • New recruits of the Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry Regiment (JKLIR) march during the passing out parade at an Indian Army base on outskirts of Srinagar on April 5, 2014. Some 310 recruits were formally inducted into the Indian Army's JKLIR after completing 49 weeks of training. At least 47,000 people have died as a result of the insurgency in highly militarised Indian Kashmir, according to official count with separatists putting the toll twice as high. (Rouf Bhat/AFP/Getty Images)

    Why Is India Still the World’s Largest Arms Importer?

    India has been the world’s largest arms importer every year since 2010, as its defence industry struggles to keep up with its international ambitions. The... Read more

  • (Google Maps)

    Diego Garcia: Missing Malaysia Flight MH370, Philip Wood Are ‘Baseless Conspiracy Theories’ US Says

    The theories swirling around island base Diego Garcia–primarily that missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 was secretly taken there–are “baseless conspiracy theories,” the U.S. says. The... Read more

  • In this Monday, April 14, 2014, photo provided by the Australian Defense Force Phoenix International's Chris Minor, left, and Curt Newport inspect an autonomous underwater vehicle before it is deployed from ADV Ocean Shield in the search of the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in the southern Indian Ocean. The search area for the missing Malaysian jet has proved too deep for the robotic submarine which was hauled back to the surface of the Indian Ocean less than half way through its first seabed hunt for wreckage and the all-important black boxes, authorities said on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Australian Defense Force, Lt. Kelli Lunt) EDITORIAL USE ONLY

    Missing Plane Found? No, Submarine in Indian Ocean Again Deployed for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH 370 Black Boxes

    PERTH, Australia (AP) — A robotic submarine looking for the lost Malaysian jet began its second mission Tuesday after cutting short its first because the... Read more

  • Pakistani police officers escort Farman Ali, right, and Arif Ali, two brothers suspected of cannibalism to a local court in Sargodha, Pakistan, Tuesday, April 15, 2014. Police raided their house in central Pakistan Monday morning after neighbors complained of a horrible stench. Police officer Zafar Iqba said the men were previously jailed for two years on charges of digging up bodies, cooking and eating them in 2011. (AP Photo/M.I. Haq)

    Pakistan Cannibal Brothers Had Prior Cannibalism Conviction

    KHAWAR KALAN, Pakistan—Pakistani officials say two brothers arrested for the second time on accusations of cannibalism have appeared in court. Police official Abdur Rehman Khan... Read more

  • Supporters of Japan's whaling eat whale meat dishes during the 26th whale meat tasting event in Tokyo Tuesday, April 15, 2014. Hundreds of Japanese pro-whaling officials, lawmakers and lobby groups vowed to protect whale hunts despite the world court ruling that ordered the country’s Antarctic research culls must be stopped. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

    Japan Pro-Whaling Lobby Vows to Keep Killing Whales for Meat

    TOKYO—Hundreds of pro-whaling Japanese officials, lawmakers and lobby group members have vowed to continue whale hunts despite a world court ruling that halted the country’s... Read more

  • In this Monday, April 14, 2014, photo provided by the Australian Defense Force an autonomous underwater vehicle is prepared to be deployed from ADV Ocean Shield in the search of the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in the southern Indian Ocean. The search area for the missing Malaysian jet has proved too deep for the robotic submarine which was hauled back to the surface of the Indian Ocean less than half way through its first seabed hunt for wreckage and the all-important black boxes, authorities said on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Australian Defense Force, Lt. Kelli Lunt) EDITORIAL USE ONLY

    Robot Sub Abandons Malaysia Jet Black Box Search Due to Depth

    PERTH, Australia—A robotic submarine hunting for the missing Malaysian jet aborted its first mission after only six hours, surfacing with no new clues when it... Read more

  • Vhong Navarro after he was beaten, recovering in a hospital. (Screenshot/ABS-CBN)

    Ferdinand Guerrero, One of Vhong Navarro Beating Suspects, Tries to Flee Philippines

    Ferdinand Guerrero, one of the seven suspects in the Vhong Navarro beating case, tried to flee the Philippines. Guerrero was about to board a Cebu... Read more

  • (ABS-CBN)

    Jinkee Pacquiao, Manny Pacquiao’s Wife, in Tears As She Asks Manny to Retire

    Manny Pacquiao’s wife Jinkee Pacquiao believes that the time is now for the famed boxer and Filipino congressman to retire from boxing and focus on... Read more


    Top
    X