Asia & Pacific

  • Over 6,300 Falun Gong practitioners form an emblem of Falun Gong and the Chinese characters, truthfulness, compassion and forbearance at the Liberty Square in Taipei on Nov. 26, 2016. (Chen Po-chou/Epoch Times)

    Over 6,000 Gather in Taiwan to Form Emblem of Falun Gong

    TAIPEI, Taiwan—After two days of intensive labor and preparation, a huge symbol appeared center stage at Taiwan’s Liberty Square, named for its role in the island’s transition... Read more

  • Falun Gong practitioners rally outside Parliament House Canberra in October 2016. (Epoch Times)

    Australian Senate Moves Against Unethical Organ Procurement

    The Australian Senate passed motion 121 on Nov 24 that acknowledges the problem of unethical organ harvesting in foreign countries including forced organ harvesting from... Read more

  • Since it’s opening roughly 2 weeks ago, a skating rink in Japan's Space World theme park has been a popular attraction. However, in recent days, controversy erupted over the park's decision to freeze 5,000 dead fish into the ice. (AOL Screenshot)

    Japan’s Skating Rink Faces Backlash After Freezing Thousands of Fish into Ice (Video)

    Since its opening roughly 2 weeks ago, a skating rink in Japan’s Space World theme park has been a popular attraction. However, in recent days,... Read more

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    Rare ‘Thunderstorm Asthma’ Kills Several in Australia

    Six people have died and five remained on life support after a rare condition known as thunderstorm asthma struck Australia’s second-largest city, officials said on Sunday... Read more

  • Mr Craig Kelly, member of parliament for Hughes, speaks at Capital Hill spoke to the rally about "why I have been proud to be co-chairmen of the Parliamentary group against forced organ harvesting.” Canberra, Australia, Nov. 21, 2016. (Linda Zhang/Epoch Times)

    Australia: Falun Gong Practitioners Appeal to Stop Organ Harvesting

    On November 21, hundreds of Australian Falun Gong practitioners rallied in front of Capital Hill in Canberra to raise awareness of the ongoing human rights... Read more

  • FILE - In this May 10, 2016 file photo, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un waves at parade participants at the Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, North Korea.  South Korea's military says North Korea has fired a ballistic missile on Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016 into the sea. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)

    Kim Jong Un Writes 9-Page Letter to Donald Trump

    North Korea sent a nine-page letter to President-elect Donald Trump demanding that the United States halt “hostile nuclear threats” to the reclusive, communist state and... Read more

  • Firefighters and city officials check the water level at an estuary following a tsunami warning in Iwaki, Fukushima prefecture, early Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016. Coastal residents in Japan were ordered to flee to higher ground on Tuesday after a strong earthquake struck off the coast of Fukushima prefecture. (Kyodo News via AP)

    A Scare, Then Relief After Powerful Japan Quake and Tsunami

    TOKYO—At first, it was 2011 all over again. “It really came back. And it was so awful. The sways to the side were huge,” Kazuhiro... Read more

  • A powerful earthquake has hit off the coast of Japan on Monday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. (USGS)

    Offshore Quake Causes Tsunamis, Nuclear Worries in Japan

    A powerful earthquake off the northeast Japanese shore Tuesday sent residents fleeing to higher ground and prompted worries about the Fukushima nuclear power plant destroyed... Read more

  • Tsunami Warning Issued After Quake Off Fukushima in Japan

    TOKYO—An earthquake with preliminary magnitude of 7.3 has struck off the coast of Fukushima prefecture in Japan. A tsunami warning for waves of up to... Read more

  • A powerful earthquake has hit off the coast of Japan on Monday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. (USGS)

    Japan Earthquake: 7.4-Magnitude Hits Near Fukushima, Tsunami Warning Issued

    A powerful earthquake has hit off the coast of Japan on Tuesday morning, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency. Officials have issued a warning of a... Read more

  • (L to R) Graham Perrett, member for Moreton and Ken Lai, Brisbane's director-general of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office, Ms Wu, shop owner and two Taiwanese working holiday workers, Nov. 17, 2016. (Linda Huang/NTD Television)

    Australia’s Mixed Signals to Young Working Holiday Makers

    BRISBANE, Australia—Word of mouth is the best way to find regional places to work for the many young people who come to Australia for a... Read more

  • South Korean President Park Geun-hye, left, meets with National Assembly Speaker Chung Sye-kyun at the National Assembly in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. South Korean prosecutors have raided the Seoul office of Samsung Electronics in connection with a snowballing influence-peddling scandal involving President Park Geun-hye's longtime confidante. (Back Seung-yul/Yonhap via AP)

    South Korean President’s Concession Could Spell End of Power

    SEOUL, South Korea—Scrambling to defuse a massive scandal, South Korean President Park Geun-hye on Tuesday conceded to lawmakers the power to name her new prime... Read more

  • South Korean protesters stage a rally calling for South Korean President Park Geun-hye to step down in downtown Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016.  (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

    Tens of Thousands Call on South Korea’s President to Quit

    SEOUL, South Korea—Tens of thousands of South Koreans poured into the streets of downtown Seoul on Saturday, using words including “treason” and “criminal” to demand... Read more

  • South Korean President Park Geun-hye speaks during an address to the nation, at the presidential Blue House in Seoul Friday, Nov. 4, 2016. Park took sole blame Friday for a "heartbreaking" scandal that threatens her government and vowed she will accept a direct investigation into her actions amid rising suspicion that she allowed a mysterious confidante to manipulate power from the shadows. (Ed Jones/Pool Photo via AP)

    Voice Shaking, S. Korean Leader Says Scandal ‘All My Fault’

    SEOUL, South Korea—In an extraordinary display of abject apology during a moment of supreme crisis, South Korean President Park Geun-hye took sole blame Friday for... Read more

  • In this Monday, Oct. 31, 2016 photo, Choi Soon-sil, center, who is at the center of a political scandal, is surrounded by media upon her arrival at the Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office in Seoul, South Korea. South Korean prosecutors requested an arrest warrant Wednesday, Nov. 2, for the longtime friend of President Park Geun-hye over allegations of influence-peddling and other activities that have triggered a huge political scandal that threatens Park's leadership. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

    S. Korea Prosecutors Seek Arrest of Friend of President Park

    SEOUL, South Korea—South Korean prosecutors requested an arrest warrant for a longtime friend of President Park Geun-hye on Wednesday over allegations of influence-peddling and other... Read more

  • Choi Soon-sil, center left, a cult leader's daughter with a decades-long connection to President Park Geun-hye, is surrounded by prosecutor's officers and media upon her arrival at the Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Oct. 31, 2016. South Korea is hoping for answers Monday about its biggest scandal in years. At the center is Choi Soon-sil. Media speculation claims that Choi, who has no official ties to the administration, may have had a major role in government affairs by pulling strings from the shadows while exploiting her relationship with Park for money and favors. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

    Woman in Scandal Roiling S. Korea Says She ‘Deserves Death’

    SEOUL, South Korea—Telling reporters Monday that she “deserves death,” the woman at the center of a scandal roiling South Korea met prosecutors examining whether she... Read more

  • People watch a TV screen showing the news program about South Korean President Park Geun-hye's apology, at Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, on Oct. 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

    South Korean Protesters Call for President to Step Down

    SEOUL, South Korea—Thousands of South Koreans took to the streets of the capital on Saturday calling for increasingly unpopular President Park Geun-hye to step down... Read more

  • Chinese Coast Guard members approach Filipino fishermen as they confront each other off Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea, also called the West Philippine Sea, on Sept. 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Renato Etac)

    Philippines, US Verifying If Chinese Left Disputed Shoal

    MANILA, Philippines—The Philippines and the U.S. are verifying if Chinese coast guard ships left a disputed shoal after President Rodrigo Duterte reached out to Beijing,... Read more

  • Police inspect the contents of the vehicles following an operation Friday, Oct. 28, 2016 at Makilala township, North Cotabato province in southern Philippines. Philippine police say Mayor Samsudin Dimaukom of southern Datu Saudi Ampatuan township and nine others were killed before dawn in a gunbattle with anti-narcotics officers in one of the deadliest operations since President Rodrigo Duterte launched a crackdown on illegal drugs. According to Superintendent Bernard Tayong, Dimaukom has been named by Duterte as among many politicians suspected to be involved in illegal drugs.(AP Photo)

    Filipino Mayor Among 10 Dead in Clash With Anti-Drug Police

    MAKILALA, Philippines—Two months ago, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte publicly read out the names of a town mayor and more than 150 other officials he accused... Read more

  • Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, center, is escorted to the podium for a news conference prior to boarding his flight for a three-day official visit to Japan at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in suburban Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016. Duterte lashed out anew at the United States following Monday's interview with U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Russel who said that the Philippine president's controversial remarks and a "real climate of uncertainty" about the government's intentions have sparked consternation in the U.S. and other governments and in the corporate world. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

    Will He Chew Gum? Japan Wary of Philippine Leader’s Visit

    TOKYO—The outspoken Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte worries his Japanese hosts. Not just his policy toward the U.S. but also his informal style: Will he chew... Read more

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