Asia & Pacific

Most recent Asia & Pacific blogs and columns

  • In this map provided on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, by the Joint Agency Coordination Centre, details are presented in the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in the southern Indian Ocean. A robotic submarine looking for the lost Malaysian jet continued its second seabed search on Wednesday as up to 14 planes were to take to the skies for some of the final sweeps of the Indian Ocean for floating debris from the ill-fated airliner. (AP Photo/Joint Agency Coordination Centre) EDITORIAL USE ONLY

    Missing Plane Found? Submarine Hunts for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH 370 Black Boxes

    PERTH, Australia (AP) — A robotic submarine headed back down into the depths of the Indian Ocean on Friday to scour the seafloor for any... Read more

  • In this May 18, 2013 photo released by mountain guide Adrian Ballinger of Alpenglow Expeditions, climbers make their way to the summit of Mount Everest, in the Khumbu region of the Nepal Himalayas. An avalanche swept down a climbing route on Mount Everest early Friday, April 18, killing at least 12 Nepalese guides and leaving three missing in the deadliest disaster on the world's highest peak. (AP Photo/Alpenglow Expeditions, Adrian Ballinger)

    Mt Everest Avalanche Sweeps Down Killing 12 With 4 Missing

    KATMANDU, Nepal — An avalanche swept down a climbing route on Mount Everest early Friday, killing at least 12 Nepalese guides and leaving four missing... Read more

  • A Pakistani Islamic student leaves a library named after slain Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden at a Jamia Hafsa seminary in Islamabad on April 17, 2014. A religious school for women in the Pakistani capital Islamabad has renamed its library in honour of slain Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. The seminary is run by controversial hardline cleric Maulana Abdul Aziz, the imam of the city's Red Mosque, once notorious as a hideout for hardliners with alleged militant links. (Aamir Qureshi/AFP/Getty Images)

    Pakistani Madrassa Names Library After Bin Laden

    ISLAMABAD—A controversial Pakistani cleric who runs an Islamic seminary for girls in the capital of Islamabad has named the school’s newly built library in honor... Read more

  • South Korean Navy and Coast Guard personnel on a ship and boats search for missing passengers aboard the sunken ferry Sewol in the water off the southern coast near Jindo, South Korea, Friday, April 18, 2014. Investigations into South Korea's ferry disaster focused on the sharp turn it took just before it started listing and on the possibility that a quicker evacuation order by the captain could have saved lives, officials said Friday, as rescuers scrambled to find some 270 people still missing and feared dead. (AP Photo/Yonhap)

    Doomed Skorean Ferry’s Sharp Turn, Slow Evacuation Probed

    MOKPO, South Korea—The investigation into South Korea’s ferry disaster focused on the sharp turn it took just before it began listing and on the possibility... Read more

  • People proceed to an immigration checkpoint at a border crossing point of mainland China with Hong Kong on March 1, 2013. Hong Kong has no control over who immigrates to it from China. (Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images)

    7 Die in Shooting at China-Vietnam Border

    HANOI, Vietnam—A Chinese man who was being repatriated from Vietnam along with 15 other migrants seized a gun from a border guard on Friday, triggering... Read more

  • Rescuers carry a body bag containing the body of a victim of a boat that capsized off Panjang island in Central Java on Thursday, upon arrival at a port in Jepara, Indonesia, Friday, Aug. 16, 2013. An overloaded boat carrying Indonesians performing a traditional ceremony at sea to celebrate the end of Ramadan capsized in high waves Thursday, an official said. (AP Photo)

    Boat Capsizes in Indonesia; Dozens Missing, 7 Dead

    KUPANG, Indonesia— A boat loaded with people in a Good Friday procession capsized in high waves off eastern Indonesia, leaving dozens of people missing and... Read more

  • South Korean rescue team members gather to look for passengers near the buoys installed to mark the sunken 6,852-ton ferry Sewol in the water off the southern coast near Jindo, south of Seoul, South Korea, Friday, April 18, 2014. Rescuers scrambled to find hundreds of ferry passengers still missing Friday and feared dead, as fresh questions emerged about whether quicker action by the captain of the doomed ship could have saved lives. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

    Prosecutors Seek Arrest Warrant for Ferry Captain

    SEOUL, South Korea—Prosecutors say they’ve asked a court to issue an arrest warrant for the captain of the South Korean ferry that sank two days... Read more

  • In this May 18, 2013 photo released by mountain guide Adrian Ballinger of Alpenglow Expeditions, a climber pauses on the way to the summit of Mount Everest, in the Khumbu region of the Nepal Himalayas. An avalanche swept down a climbing route on Mount Everest early Friday, April 18, 2014, killing at least 12 Nepalese guides and leaving three missing in the deadliest disaster on the world's highest peak. (AP Photo/Alpenglow Expeditions, Adrian Ballinger)

    12 Killed, 3 Missing in Avalanche on Everest

    KATMANDU, Nepal—An avalanche swept down a climbing route on Mount Everest early Friday, killing at least 12 Nepalese guides and leaving four missing in the... Read more

  • A buoy is towed by a South Korea Navy boat to be installed to mark the sunken 6,852-ton ferry Sewol in the water off the southern coast near Jindo, south of Seoul, South Korea, Friday, April 18, 2014. Rescuers scrambled to find hundreds of ferry passengers still missing Friday and feared dead, as fresh questions emerged about whether quicker action by the captain of the doomed ship could have saved lives. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

    Vice Principal Saved From Korea Ferry Found Hanged

    SEOUL, South Korea—Police say a high school vice principal who had been rescued from a sinking South Korean ferry has been found hanging from a... Read more

  • Japan's Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi speaks during the 26th whale meat tasting event in Tokyo. Japan will target fewer whales when the Pacific hunt begins next week and will limit next season's Antarctic whaling to observation. The decisions came Friday, April 18, after the International Court of Justice ordered Japan last month to suspend Antarctic whaling. The court said the program was commercial, not scientific as Japan had contended. Hayashi said Friday that the Pacific catch target was being slashed to about 210 from the current 380. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

    Japan to Hunt Fewer Whales in Pacific This Season

    TOKYO—Japan will target fewer whales when its Pacific hunt begins next week and will observe them in the Antarctic next season with the aim of... Read more

  • Mon Han Bae, president of the Korean American Federation of Los Angeles, left, and Rev. John Jongdai Park, chairman of the Korean Churches for Community Dvelopment pray during a vigil for victims aboard the sunken South Korean ferry boat at the Korean Federation of Los Angeles Wednesday, Apr. 16, 2014. A ferry carrying 459 people, mostly high school students on an overnight trip to a tourist island, sank off South Korea's southern coast on Wednesday, leaving nearly 300 people missing despite a frantic, hours-long rescue by dozens of ships and helicopters. It was still unknown why the ferry sank, and the coast guard was interviewing the captain and crew. The Sewol, a 146-meter (480-foot) vessel that can hold more than 900 people, set sail Tuesday from Incheon, in northwestern South Korea, on an overnight, 14-hour journey to the tourist island of Jeju. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

    Released Transcript of Conversation Between SKorean Ferry, Shore

    SEOUL, South Korea—Following is the transcript released by the Ministry of Ocean and Fisheries of the conversation between Jeju Vessel Traffic Services Center (VTS) on... Read more

  • South Korean rescue team members prepare to search for passengers of a ferry sinking off South Korea's southern coast, in the water off the southern coast near Jindo, south of Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, April 17, 2014. Fears rose Thursday for the fate of more than 280 passengers still missing more than 24 hours after their ferry flipped onto its side and filled with water off the southern coast of South Korea. (AP Photo/Yonhap)

    Lee Joon-seok, Captain of South Korean Ferry, Delayed Evacuation

    MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — Fresh questions arose about whether quicker action by the captain of a doomed ferry could have saved lives, even as... Read more

  • Mt Everest Avalanche 2014 Update: 6 Dead, 9 Missing

    KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A Nepalese tourism official says six local guides have been killed and nine more are missing after an avalanche swept a... Read more

  • In this photo released by South Korea Coast Guard via Yonhap News Agency, South Korean rescue team boats and fishing boats try to rescue passengers of a ferry sinking off South Korea's southern coast, 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 a ferry carrying 459, most of them high school students, sank in cold waters off South Korea's southern coast. (AP Photo/South Korea Coast Guard via Yonhap) KOREA OUT

    South Korea Ferry Disaster: Chaotic Scene Described While Sinking

    MOKPO, South Korea — There was chaos and confusion on the bridge of a sinking ferry, with the captain first trying to stabilize the listing... Read more

  • Earthquake Today: 4.0 Quake Shakes Buildings in Tokyo, Witnesses Say

    An earthquake struck Japan on Friday, shaking buildings in Tokyo. Witnesses reported the shaking on Twitter and other social networks. “Just got rocked by a... Read more

  • Indonesians cast at polling station during the legislative election in Jakarta on April 9, 2014. Indonesians vote in parliamentary polls expected to boost the main opposition party and move their popular presidential candidate, 52-year-old Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo popularly known by his nickname 'Jokowi', a step closer to becoming the country's next leader in the July presidential election. (Bay Ismoyo/AFP/Getty Images)

    Asia’s Big Democracies Head to the Polls

    JAKARTA—Although rarely hyphenated in the manner of India-China, India and Indonesia perhaps have more in common with each other than any other two countries. These... Read more

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

    Deniece Cornejo Latest News: Cornejo Posts Bail, Urges Vhong Navarro: ‘Confess!’

    Deniece Cornejo hasn’t been deterred by her rape complaint against Vhong Navarro being dismissed by the Department of Justice and has posted bail in the... Read more

  • Vhong Navarro and Roxanne Cabanero. (Facebook)

    Vhong Navarro Latest News: Roxanne Cabanero Loses Job Over Accusing Vhong of Rape

    The latest news in the ongoing Vhong Navarro saga is that Roxanne Cabanero, one of the women to accuse Navarro of rape, has lost her... Read more

  • Deforestation for palm oil production in Malaysia. (Mongabay.com)

    Malaysia at Risk of Falling Behind in Push for More Sustainable Palm Oil

    The Malaysian state should play a more active role in supporting the transition toward less environmentally destructive palm oil production, says a coalition of Malaysian... Read more

  • Coast guard members search for passengers near a South Korean ferry (C) that capsized on its way to Jeju Island from Incheon, at sea some 20 kilometers off the island of Byungpoong in Jindo on April 17, 2014. (Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images)

    Captain of Sunken South Korean Ferry Apologizes (video)

    The captain at the helm of the ferry that sank off the coast of South Korea says he is sorry and deeply ashamed.…... Read more


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