Asia & Pacific


  • Panama's Vice President and Foreign Minister Isabel de Saint Malo (L) and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi chat during a ceremony on establishing diplomatic relations on June 13, 2017 in Beijing, China (Greg Baker - Pool/Getty Images)

    Taiwan Vows Defiance After China Takes Over Relations With Panama

    After Panama cut diplomatic ties with Taiwan and switched recognition to the Beijing regime in China, Taiwan’s government and public vowed to defy China’s latest... Read more

  • A Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) interceptor is launched during a successful intercept test, in this undated handout photo provided by the U.S. Department of Defense, Missile Defense Agency.  (U.S. Department of Defense, Missile Defense Agency/Handout via Reuters)

    Suspected North Korea Drone Spied on US Anti-Missile System

    SEOUL—A suspected North Korean drone had taken photographs of an advanced U.S. anti-missile battery in South Korea before it crashed while apparently on its way... Read more

  • Policemen and a security guard escorting a hotel worker is seen at the entrance of a hotel after a shooting incident inside Resorts World Manila in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines on June 2, 2017. (REUTERS/Stringer)

    Gunman Torches Philippine Casino, Killing at Least 36 People

    MANILA—A gunman burst into a casino in the Philippine capital on Friday, setting gaming tables alight and killing at least 36 people who suffocated in... Read more

  • (Copyright Pearl Gan in association with Oxford University Clinical Research Unit, vietnam; Eijkman Oxford Clinical Research Unit, jakarta and The Wellcome Trust)

    Capturing the Face of Malaria in Asia

    Malaria victims in Asia are usually poor, isolated and voiceless. It’s as if these people don’t truly exist. However, the situation there is steadily improving,... Read more

  • A World Health Organization (WHO) logo at their office in Beijing on April 19, 2013. (Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images)

    China Blocks Taiwan From Attending World Health Assembly

    The World Health Assembly (WHA), a meeting of the member states of the World Health Organization (WHO), is set to convene this week in Geneva,... Read more

  • Shen Yun dancers perform a classical Chinese dance number. (Courtesy of Shen Yun Performing Arts)

    Chinese Embassy Letter Exposes Effort to Block Shen Yun in Thailand

    Shen Yun Performing Arts, the premier classical Chinese dance company, was set to perform in Thailand for the first time in January. The theater was... Read more

  • In this image made from video by North Korean broadcaster KRT, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaks at the party congress in Pyongyang, North Korea, Saturday, May 7, 2016. North Korea will not use its nuclear weapons first unless its sovereignty is invaded, state media on Sunday, May 8, quoted Kim as saying during a critical ruling party congress. Kim also said he is ready to improve ties with "hostile" nations in a diplomatic overture in the face of international pressure over its recent nuclear test and long-range rocket launch. He called for more talks with rival South Korea to reduce misunderstanding and distrust between them and urged the United States to stay away from inter-Korean issues, according to the official Korean Central News Agency. (KRT via AP Video) NORTH KOREA OUT

    The ‘Self-Reliance’ of North Korea’s Desperate Leaders

    Brandishing nuclear bombs and ballistic missiles, North Korea has topped news headlines for the last decade as it has menaced its more prosperous neighbors. Even... Read more

  • The U.S. carrier group headed by carrier USS Carl Vinson. (Matt Brown/US Navy)

    After Xi-Trump Meeting, China and US Forces Reported Moving to Establish Presence Near North Korea

    According to South Korea’s Chosun.com, 150,000 medical and support personnel of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army have been mobilized along the Yalu River that separates... Read more

  • North Korean leader Kim Jong Un watched the ground jet test of a Korean-style high-thrust engine newly developed by the Academy of the National Defence Science in this undated picture provided by KCNA in Pyongyang on March 19, 2017. KCNA/via Reuters

    The Twisted Ideology Guiding North Korea’s Leadership

    Brandishing nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles, North Korea has topped news headlines for the last decade as it has menaced its more prosperous neighbors. Unlike the... Read more

  • In this handout image provided by the U.S. Navy, the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) March 15, 2009 in the Indian Ocean. (Petty Officer 2nd Class Dusty Howell/U.S. Navy via Getty Images)

    North Korea Threatens ‘Merciless’ Strikes Over US Carrier Presence

    The North Korean regime warned it would carry out “merciless” strikes against the United States and South Korea if an American aircraft carrier strike group... Read more

  • The border between China (L) and Vietnam (R) in the northern Vietnamese city of Lao Cai on May 9, 2014. Recent reports from Vietnam claim kidnapping and murder for organs to supply China’s transplant industry, raising questions about reform in China. (Hoang Dinh Nam/AFP/Getty Images)

    Organ Trafficking Claims From Vietnam Renew Concerns About Abuses in China

    Recent revelations from Vietnam about Chinese criminal gangs abducting innocents to harvest their vital organs are adding to longstanding concerns of widespread organ transplant abuse... Read more

  • Hazmat crews gather at the main hall of Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 in Sepang, Malaysia on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017. Malaysian police order a sweep of Kuala Lumpur airport for toxic chemicals and other hazardous substances following the killing of Kim Jong Nam. (AP Photo/Daniel Chan)

    Malaysia Says Airport Safe, Autopsy Shows Nerve Agent Effect

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia—Malaysia’s health minister said Sunday autopsy results suggested a nerve agent caused “very serious paralysis” that killed the exiled half brother of North... Read more

  • A tug pulls a coal barge in Samarinda, Kalimantan, Indonesia, on Aug. 26, 2016. (Ed Wray/Getty Images)

    Indonesia’s Last Stand for a Coal Industry in Peril

    Indonesia’s coal industry is trying to grow in a hostile climate. As the world moves to cut carbon emissions following the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement,... Read more

  • A North Korean military officer (R) and a North Korea man (L) standing behind a pile of coal along the banks of the Yalu River in the northeast of the North Korean border town of Siniuju, on December 14, 2012. On Feb. 18, the Chinese Commerce Ministry announced a suspension of all North Korean coal imports. (Wang Zhao/AFP/Getty Images)

    The Reasons Behind China’s Import Ban on North Korean Coal

    The Chinese regime recently said that it would suspend all coal imports from North Korea for a year. The move, according to analysts, could be... Read more

  • A man watches a TV news program reporting about North Korea's missile launch with a file image of a North Korean missile at the Seoul Train Station in Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017. North Korea reportedly fired a ballistic missile early Sunday in what would be its first such test of the year and an implicit challenge to President Donald Trump's new administration. Details of the launch, including the type of missile, were scant. The letters read "The ruling and the opposition parties denounce North Korea's missile launch." (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

    North Korea Reportedly Test Fires Missile

    North Korea reportedly fired a ballistic missile early Sunday in what would be its first such test of the year and an implicit challenge to... Read more

  • This aerial file photo taken in Aug. 2013,  shows No 4, 3, 2, 1, 5 and 6 reactors, from bottom to top, at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Futaba town, Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan.   (AP Photo/Kyodo News, File)

    Extremely High Levels of Radiation Detected at Japan’s Fukushima Plant

    Officials say they’ve detected the highest levels of radiation at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant since it was damaged in a massive earthquake six... Read more

  • A Chinese H-6K bomber patrols the islands and reefs in the South China Sea, in this file photo. (Liu Rui/Xinhua via AP)

    China Flies Bomber Around Disputed Spratly Islands: US Official

    A Chinese bomber was seen flying around the contested Spratly Islands in the South China Sea in an apparent show of force, according to a U.S... Read more

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    7.3 Earthquake Hits Near Philippines, Malaysia

    A significant, 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck under the Celebes Sea off the southern Philippines on Tuesday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The quake was measured... Read more

  • A Xian H-6 bomber (Wikimedia Commons)

    8 Chinese Military Planes Detected Flying Over Strait Near Japan

    At least eight Chinese military planes were seen flying over the Tsushima Strait located between Japan and South Korea. Japan’s Defense Ministry confirmed to the... Read more

  • South Korea's Constitutional Court holds a preparatory meeting to review the impeachment of President Park Geun-hye on corruption charges centered on an influence-peddling scandal involving a confidante in Seoul, South Korea on Dec. 30, The court on Friday said it cannot require Park to testify in her impeachment trial that enters the argument phase next week, dismissing demands by lawmakers who voted to remove her over a corruption scandal. (Yonhap via AP)

    S. Korea Court Says Park Won’t Testify in Impeachment Trial

    SEOUL, South Korea—South Korea’s Constitutional Court on Friday said it cannot require President Park Geun-hye to testify in her impeachment trial that enters the argument... Read more

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