Asia & Pacific

Most recent Asia & Pacific blogs and columns

  • U.S. President Barack Obama, center, watches South Korean President Park Geun-hye, left, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, right, move to their seats at the opposite ends of the table to start their trilateral meeting on March 25, 2014.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

    South Korea Ferry Disaster May Cloud Obama Visit

    TOKYO— When President Barack Obama arrives in South Korea on Friday, he will be thrust anew into the role of consoler in chief in a... Read more

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    Anzac Day 2014: Westpac, Bank of NZ, ANZ, Kiwibank, Commonwealth Bank Open or Closed in New Zealand, Australia?

    Anzac Day in 2014 is on April 25 in both Australia and New Zealand. The day is a public holiday in both countries, meaning most... Read more

  • Members of the armed forces march during the National Commemorative Service at the National War Memorial on April 25, 2013 in Wellington, New Zealand.(Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

    Anzac Day 2014 New Zealand: What’s Open, Closed in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Queenstown? Banks, Restaurants, Warehouse, Countdown Hours?

    Anzac Day 2014 is here in New Zealand on April 25 and people are wondering what’s open or closed in cities across the country. The... Read more

  • In this Thursday, April 17, 2014 photo provided by the Australian Defense Force, the Phoenix International Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) Artemis is launched from the Australian Defense Vessel Ocean Shield in to the southern Indian Ocean in the search of the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Up to 11 aircraft and 12 ships continue to scan the ocean surface for debris from the Boeing 777 that disappeared March 8 en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board. (AP Photo/Australian Defense Force, Bradley Darvill) EDITORIAL USE ONLY

    Missing Plane Found? Malaysia Airlines Flight MH 370 Piece Didn’t Wash up on Australia Shore, Officials Say

     CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian officials said Thursday that after examining detailed photographs of unidentified material that washed ashore in the southwestern part of the... Read more

  • Coastguard boats and search and rescue teams take part in recovery operations at the site of the 'Sewol' ferry, off the coast of the South Korean island of Jindo on April 24, 2014.(Nicolas Asfouri/AFP/Getty Images)

    South Korea Ferry Toll Hits 156, Search Gets Tougher (video)

    As the 156th body was pulled from waters where the South Korean ferry sank a week ago, relatives of the missing are pressing the government... Read more

  • Nimdige Sherpa holds a portrait of her son Ang Kaji Sherpa, killed in an avalanche on Mount Everest, with her husband Ankchu Sherpa seated beside her in their rented apartment in Katmandu, Nepal, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Dozens of Sherpa guides packed up their tents and left Mount Everest's base camp Wednesday, after the avalanche deaths of 16 of their colleagues exposed an undercurrent of resentment by Sherpas over their pay, treatment and benefits. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

    Everest Climbing Season Suffers Cancellations After Avalanche

    KATMANDU, Nepal—Nepal’s attempts to salvage the Mount Everest climbing season fell flat Thursday as major expedition companies canceled their climbs and many Sherpas quit the... Read more

  • Singapore-owned tanker Naniwa Maru 1 is anchored at Klang port, Malaysia, Wednesday, April 23, 2014 after being robbed by pirates. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin)

    Pirates Raid Two Thai Tankers Near Malaysia

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia—Pirates pilfered diesel fuel from a Thai tanker off Malaysia’s east coast, making two attacks in a week and raising concerns of a... Read more

  • A mourner pays tribute to the victims of the sunken ferry Sewol near condolence flowers during a temporary memorial at the auditorium of the Olympic Memorial Museum in Ansan, south of Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, April 24, 2014. Divers made their way deeper Thursday into the submerged wreck of a ferry that sank more than a week ago as the death toll neared 160 and relatives of the more than 140 still missing pressed the government to finish the grim task of recovery soon. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

    Families of Ferry’s Lost Confront SKorea Officials

    JINDO, South Korea— Angry relatives of some of the more than 130 people still missing from the sinking of the ferry Sewol surrounded the fisheries... Read more

  • FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2013 file photo, a horse-drawn carriage stands in front of the Peace Palace, seat of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague, Netherlands, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013. The tiny Pacific nation of the Marshall Islands that was used for dozens of U.S. nuclear tests after World War II is taking on the United States and the world’s eight other nuclear-armed nations with an unprecedented lawsuit demanding that they meet their obligations toward disarmament and accusing them of 'flagrant violations' of international law. The suit was filed on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at the ICJ. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)

    Marshall Islands Sues Nine Nuclear Powers

    NEW YORK—The tiny Pacific nation of the Marshall Islands is taking on the United States and the world’s eight other nuclear-armed nations with an unprecedented... Read more

  • North Western Motorway Crash: Auckland Not Closed But Drivers Experiencing Delays

    A crash on the North Western Motorway in Auckland, New Zealand is causing serious delays on Thursday. The crash happened just after 5 a.m. and left... Read more

  • In this Thursday, April 17, 2014 photo provided by the Australian Defense Force the Phoenix International Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) Artemis is craned over the side of Australian Defense Vessel Ocean Shield before launching the vehicle into the southern Indian Ocean in the search of the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.  Up to 11 aircraft and 12 ships continue to scan the ocean surface for debris from the Boeing 777 that disappeared March 8 en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board. (AP Photo/Australian Defense Force, Bradley Darvill) EDITORIAL USE ONLY

    Missing Plane Found? Malaysia Airlines Flight MH 370 Search Turns up Material on Australia Shore

    CANBERRA, Australia  — Unidentified material that washed ashore in southwestern Australia and is being examined for any link to the lost Malaysian plane is unlikely... Read more

  • Pakistani journalists protest for their colleague Hamid Mir, who was shot and injured by gunmen in Karachi on Saturday, Monday, April 21, 2014 in Karachi, Pakistan. Police in Pakistan said gunmen shot the famous television talk show host amid a wave of attacks on journalists in the country. Police say Hamid Mir, a host on the private television broadcaster Geo, was wounded in the attack Saturday, April 19, 2014, near Karachi's airport. (AP Photo/Shakil Adil)

    Pakistan’s Army Wants TV News Channel Shut Down

    ISLAMABAD—Pakistan’s powerful army has asked a government regulator to shut down a leading private news channel over what the military calls “false” reports that the... Read more

  • A mourner weeps as he pays tribute to the victims of the sunken ferry Sewol in the water off the southern coast at a gymnasium, in Ansan, South Korea, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. The victims are overwhelmingly students of a single high school in Ansan, near Seoul. More than three-quarters of the 323 students are dead or missing, while nearly two-thirds of the other 153 people on board the ferry Sewol when it sank one week ago survived. (AP Photo/Korea Pool)  KOREA OUT

    SKorean City Full of Grief Prepares for More

    ANSAN, South Korea— The altar of the memorial is a wall of white and yellow flowers and greens, surrounding photos of 47 students and teachers... Read more

  • U.S. President Barack Obama steps down the ramp upon his arrival at Haneda International Airport in Tokyo, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Obama is in Japan for a three-day state visit. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

    Obama Opens Japan Trip at Famous Sushi Restaurant

    TOKYO— President Barack Obama is getting a lesson in the art of sushi making at a famous Tokyo restaurant with hard-to-come-by reservations. But Obama and... Read more

  • Nepalese rescue workers recover a survivor of an avalanche on Mount Everest on April 18, 2014. (Buddhabir RAI/AFP/Getty Images)

    Everest Climbs Increasingly Risky Due to Climate Change

    NEW DELHI—Climbing to the roof of the world is becoming less predictable and possibly more dangerous, scientists say, as climate change brings warmer temperatures that... Read more

  • U.S. President Barack Obama is welcomed by U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy upon his arrival at Haneda International Airport in Tokyo, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Obama is in Japan for a three-day state visit. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

    Obama Starts Four-Nation Asia-Pacific Trip in Japan

    TOKYO—President Barack Obama is opening a four-country visit to the Asia-Pacific region in Japan, but the West’s dispute with Russia over Ukraine is looming. Obama... Read more

  • This Joint Agency Coordination Centre map from April 23, 2014, shows the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in the southern Indian Ocean. (AP Photo/Joint Agency Coordination Centre)

    Material Washed Up on Australian Shore Possibly Related to Missing Malaysia Jet

    CANBERRA, Australia—Unidentified material that has washed ashore in southwestern Australia is being examined for any link to the lost Malaysian plane, authorities said Wednesday. Police... Read more

  • A relative of a passenger aboard the sunken Sewol ferry weeps as she awaits news on her missing loved one at a port in Jindo, South Korea, Tuesday, April 22, 2014. As divers continue to search the interior of the sunken ferry, the number of confirmed deaths has risen, with about 220 other people still missing.  (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

    As SKorea Ferry Toll Reaches 130, Anguished Cries Begin

    JINDO, South Korea — For a moment there is silence in the tent where bodies from the ferry disaster are brought for identification. Then the... Read more

  • Climbers descend Khumbu Icefall on their way back to Base Camo after summitting the 29,035-foot Mount Everest on May 22 2013. The Icefall is a river of ice that is constantly shifting punctuated by deep crevasses and overhanging immensities of ice that can be as large as 10-story buildings. it can take 12 hours to cross. (AP Photo/ Pasang Geljen Sherpa, FIle)\

    Mount Everest’s Khumba Icefall: A Known Danger

    NEW DELHI— On Everest, everybody knows that the Khumbu Icefall is dangerous. They’ve known it for generations, since the first great Everest mountaineer, George Mallory,... Read more

  • Vhong Navarro after he was beaten on January 22, left, and Deniece Cornejo in an undated picture. (Screenshot/ABS-CBN; Facebook)

    Vhong Navarro Case: One of Cedric Lee, Deniece Cornejo’s Group Wants to Reveal Extortion Plan

    One of Cedric Lee’s and Deniece Cornejo’s group wants to reveal the alleged extortion plan in the Vhong Navarro case. Lee, a Filipino businessman, and... Read more


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