Asia & Pacific

Strong Quake Strikes Off West Indonesia; No Injuries, Damage

JAKARTA, Indonesia— A strong earthquake struck off western Indonesia on Tuesday, causing some residents to panic, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or...

  • The sun set over Banlung city in Eastern Cambodia, on Feb. 5, 2015. Two decades after a devastating civil war, Cambodia's recovery is taking off. (Valentin Schmid/Epoch Times)

    Cambodia is Staging an Impressive Comeback

    When a developing country loses 25 percent of its population, it’s hard to make a comeback. With the help of the international community, Cambodia is... Read more

  • Britain's Prince William is taken photos by well-wishers as he arrives at the Tsutaya bookstore at Daikanyama in Tokyo Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015. William visited the bookstore to launch a week-long public exhibition for the "Innovation is Great" campaign. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

    Prince William Evokes Diana Memories on Japan Tsunami Trip

    KORIYAMA, Japan—Britain’s Prince William is spending the latter half of his four-day stay in Japan, starting Saturday, in the country’s tsunami-ravaged northeast, a visit certain... Read more

  • Magnitude 7 Undersea Earthquake Shakes Southern Indonesia

    JAKARTA, Indonesia—A powerful undersea earthquake shook parts of southern Indonesia on Friday, but no major damage or tsunami were expected because of its depth. The... Read more

  • Bangladeshi social activists shout slogans as they participate in a torch rally held to protest against the killing of Avijit Roy, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. Roy, a prominent Bangladeshi-American blogger known for speaking out against religious extremism was hacked to death as he walked through Bangladesh's capital with his wife, police said Friday. (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad)

    Attackers in Bangladesh Hack to Death American Blogger

    DHAKA, Bangladesh— A prominent Bangladeshi-American blogger known for speaking out against religious extremism was hacked to death as he walked through Bangladesh’s capital with his... Read more

  • A reported explosion at the Westfield West City Mall in Auckland, New Zealand, has prompted evacuations. (Google Maps)

    Westfield West City Mall ‘Explosion’ Prompts Evacuation

    A reported explosion at the Westfield WestCity Mall in Auckland, New Zealand, has prompted evacuations. A fire also broke out following the alleged explosion. The... Read more

  • Former Maldives President and the then presidential candidate, Mohamed Nasheed, speaks to the media in Male, Maldives on Nov. 10, 2013. (Sinan Hussain/AP Photo)

    Detained Maldives’ Ex-leader Denies Ordering Judge’s Arrest

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka—A former president of the Maldives detained by police denied in court Thursday that he ordered the arrest of a top judge three... Read more

  • A young Malaysian boy prays, at an event for the missing Malaysia Airline Flight 370, at a shopping mall, in Petaling Jaya, on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, March 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Joshua Paul, File)

    Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370: Not Even a Piece of Debris Has Been Found and it’s Been One Year

    It’s been nearly a year since Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 went missing but there’s still not a single sign of the Boeing 777. A recent report... Read more

  • FILE - In this March 20, 2013, file photo, Singapore's first Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew attends the Standard Chartered Singapore Forum in Singapore. Lee's Office said in a statement Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015, that Lee, 91, was admitted to Singapore General Hospital on Feb. 5. The Prime Minister's office said his condition has stabilized and that he remains on mechanical ventilation in the hospital’s intensive care unit. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)

    Singapore’s Founder Sedated, on Life Support

    SINGAPORE— Singapore’s government says Lee Kuan Yew, the city-state’s founding father, remains on life support in intensive care being treated for severe pneumonia. A statement... Read more

  • Britain's Prince William, left, greets local officials at Hamarikyu Gardens after arriving in Tokyo Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. The Duke of Cambridge is on a four-day visit to Japan. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

    Prince William Starts First Japan Visit _ With Green Tea

    TOKYO— Britain’s Prince William is having afternoon tea on his first visit to Japan on Thursday, but it’s green and served by a master in... Read more

  • N. Korea Demands Higher Wages for Workers Employed by South

    SEOUL, South Korea— Officials say North Korea has told rival South Korea that it plans to raise the minimum wage for North Koreans employed by... Read more

  • An Afghan street vendor carrys a pot of salted peas on his head following snowfall in the old city section of Kabul on January 25, 2015. (WAKIL KOHSAR/AFP/Getty Images)

    At Least 108 People Killed in Afghan Winter Storm

    KABUL, Afghanistan—Avalanches caused by a heavy winter snow killed at least 108 people in northeastern Afghanistan, an emergency official said Wednesday, as rescuers clawed through... Read more

  • Indian sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik gives the final touches to his sand sculpture portraying two missing aircraft, Air Asia QZ8501 and Malayasia Airlines MH370 on Golden Sea Beach at Puri, east of Bhubaneswar on Monday. (STRDEL/AFP/Getty Images)

    New Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Theory: Was it Hijacked to Kazakhstan?

    It’s been almost a year since Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 disappeared seemingly off the face of the Earth, and the theories about its disappearance keep... Read more

  • U.S. Army, an Iraqi army trainee rehearses proper room clearing techniques under the supervision of a U.S. Marine during training (AP/ Master Sgt. Mike Lavigne, U.S. Army 1st Infantry Division)

    New Zealand to Send Troops to Iraq to Train Local Forces

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand—New Zealand will send a small number of troops to Iraq to help train local forces in their battle against the Islamic State... Read more

  • Former Maldives President and the then presidential candidate, Mohamed Nasheed, speaks to the media in Male, Maldives on Nov. 10, 2013. (Sinan Hussain/AP Photo)

    Maldives Blasts Foreign Concern Over Arrest of Ex-president

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka— The government of the Maldives on Tuesday criticized foreign countries and groups that expressed concern over its recent arrest of an ex-president,... Read more

  • (Screenshot/Korean CCTV uploaded to YouTube)

    See Moment When Korean Train Passengers Fall Through Sidewalk Sinkhole

    A video that apparently was captured in South Korea shows people falling through a sinkhole in the sidewalk. The people were getting off a train... Read more

  • Bangladeshi rescue workers carry the dead body of one of the victims after a river ferry carrying about 100 passengers capsized Sunday after being hit by a cargo vessel,in Manikganj district, about 40 kilometers (25 miles) northwest of Dhaka, Bangladesh, Feb. 22, 2015. ( A.M. Ahad/AP Photo)

    Death Toll Rises to at Least 70 in Bangladesh Ferry Disaster

    DHAKA, Bangladesh—The death toll from a weekend ferry disaster in central Bangladesh rose to 70 on Monday, as divers finished their search after the vessel... Read more