Asia & Pacific

Most recent Asia & Pacific blogs and columns

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

    Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Shot Down by US? Author John Chuckman Asks Questions About Missing Plane

    An author is claiming that missing Malaysia Airlines MH370 was shot down by U.S. forces–either deliberately or accidentally–and wants to cover it up, according to... Read more

  • Relatives prepare for the cremation of a Mount Everest avalanche victim in Kathmandu on April 21, 2014. (Prakash Mathema/AFP/Getty Images)

    Nepal Mourns Mount Everest Avalanche Victims (video)

    Three days after an avalanche killed 13 Sherpas on Mount Everest, a funeral procession was held for six of them in Katmandu.…... Read more

  • South Korean coast guards and rescue workers are seen at the accident site of the capsized South Korean ferry Sewol in Jindo on April 22, 2014. (Nicolas Asfouri/AFP/Getty Images)

    Death Toll in Korean Ferry Disaster Climbs Above 100 (video)

    More than 100 people have been confirmed dead in the wake of last week’s ferry disaster off the coast of South Korea.…... Read more

  • FILE - In this March 22, 2014 file photo, flight officer Rayan Gharazeddine on board a Royal Australian Air Force AP-3C Orion, searches for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 in southern Indian Ocean, Australia.  From the disappearances of aviator Amelia Earhart to labor union leader Jimmy Hoffa, there’s just something about a good mystery that Americans find too tantalizing to resist. Perhaps that's why the saga of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has continued to rivet the country long after people elsewhere have moved on. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith, File)

    Malaysia Airlines Hijacked to Afghanistan, Kandahar? Unlikely But Sea Hunt for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH 370 Goes Beyond Week

    Amid the hunt for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, there’s been a spate of conspiracy theories that have been going on, including one that claims... Read more

  • Relatives carry the body of one of the Nepalese climbers killed in an avalanche on Mount Everest, during the funeral ceremony in Katmandu, Nepal, Monday, April 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

    Nepal Agrees to Sherpa Relief Fund After Boycott Threat

    KATMANDU, Nepal—Nepal agreed Tuesday to set up a relief fund for Sherpas who are killed or injured in climbing accidents, one of several key concessions... Read more

  • A photograph of Nam Hyun-chul is shown by his uncle Lee Jong-eui during an interview at a gymnasium in Jindo, South Korea, April 19, 2014. Nam, 16, is among the 302 people dead or missing in last week’s South Korean ferry disaster. (AP Photo/Gillian Wong, File)

    Profiles of Some of the Dead and Missing From South Korea Ferry Sinking

    JINDO, South Korea—A bicycle, never ridden. A lipstick prank pulled off by old friends. Mother-daughter conversations that now burn in the memory, laden with regret... Read more

  • FILE - In this March 25, 2014 file photo, South Korean President Park Geun-hye, right, shakes hands with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, as U.S. President Barack Obama looks on before their trilateral meeting at the U.S. Ambassador's Residence in the Hague, Netherlands. Obama’s travels through Asia this week will underscore the renewed U.S. commitment to the region, with an eye both to China’s rising assertiveness and to the fast-growing markets that are the center of gravity for global growth. (AP Photo/Yonhap, Do Kwang-hwan)  KOREA OUT

    Obama Visit to Asia Seen as Counterweight to China

    TOKYO— President Barack Obama’s travels through Asia in coming days aim to reassure partners about the renewed U.S. commitment to the region, with an eye... Read more

  • A weeping relative of a passenger aboard the sunken Sewol ferry prays 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)

    Cries Of Anguish as SKorea Ferry Toll Tops 100

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

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    Diego Garcia Dispute: International Court to Look at Claim; Might End US Base There Amid Philip Wood Conspiracy

    The U.K.’s sovereignty over the Chagos Islands and the American lease on military base Diego Garcia–which has been subjected to Malaysia Airlines conspiracy theories in... Read more

  • A relative of a passenger aboard the sunken ferry Sewol in the water off the southern coast  watches finding the name of their relatives on the official list of the dead victims at a port in Jindo, South Korea, Monday, April 21, 2014.   (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

    Ferry Crew Actions ‘Unforgivable, Murderous Behavior,’ Says SKorean President

    JINDO, South Korea— South Korean President Park Geun-hye said Monday that the captain and some crew members of the sunken ferry committed “unforgivable, murderous behavior,”... Read more

  • Cedric Lee. (Screenshot/ABS-CBN)

    Vhong Navarro Latest News: Cedric Lee a Fugitive After Failing to Turn Himself In

    Cedric Lee, the Filipino businessman accused of heading an effort to set up and blackmail Vhong Navarro, is on the run as federal agents seek... Read more

  • Relatives of Nepalese climbers killed in an avalanche on Mount Everest, wait for the funeral procession to begin in Katmandu, Nepal, Monday, April 21, 2014. Buddhist monks cremated the remains of Sherpa guides who were buried in the deadliest avalanche ever recorded on Mount Everest, a disaster that has prompted calls for a climbing boycott by Nepal's ethnic Sherpa community. The avalanche killed at least 13 Sherpas. Three other Sherpas remain missing and are presumed dead. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

    After Mt. Everest Avalanche, Sherpas Consider Climbing Boycott

    KATMANDU, Nepal— Buddhist monks cremated the remains of Sherpa guides who were buried in the deadliest avalanche to hit Mount Everest, a disaster that has... Read more

  • In this Feb. 11, 2014 photo, a visitor stands near sculptures at Nanjing Massacre Memorial Hall in Nanjing, in eastern China's Jiangsu province. The Tokyo shrine and the memorial hall in Nanjing, as Nanking is now called, are physical embodiments of divergent views of history that still strain China-Japan relations, 70 years after the war. They complicate America's objective of maintaining peace and stability in the Pacific, as President Barack Obama starts a 4-country Asian tour in Japan this week. The implications are potentially serious, particularly over contested uninhabited islands called the Senkaku by Japan and Diaoyu by China. (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan)

    7-Decade-Old Incidents Fuel Current Japan-China Tension

    NANJING, China—Strolling through China’s sprawling memorial to a 1937 massacre by Japanese troops, a 64-year-old retired teacher said the incident remains an open wound. “Japan... Read more


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