Asia & Pacific


  • 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

  • Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a speech during the Philippines-China Trade and Investment Forum at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Oct. 20, 2016. (Wu Hong/AP)

    Duterte: Filipinos May Be Able to Return to Disputed Shoal

    MANILA, Philippines—Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Sunday that Filipino fishermen may be able to return to the Chinese-held Scarborough Shoal in a few days after... Read more

  • Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a speech during the Philippines-China Trade and Investment Forum at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Oct. 20, 2016. (Wu Hong/AP)

    Philippine President Says He Won’t Sever Ties With US

    MANILA, Philippines—Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Friday he did not mean he would cut off ties with the United States when he said in China... Read more

  • A Filipino fisherman is seen past the US Navy amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay (LPD-20) during an amphibious landing exercise on a beach at San Antonio in Zambales province on April 21, 2015, as part of annual Philippine-US joint maneuvers some 220 kilometres (137 miles) east of the Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea. The Philippines voiced alarm April 20 about Chinese "aggressiveness" in disputed regional waters as it launched giant war games with the United States that were partly aimed as a warning shot to Beijing. AFP PHOTO/TED ALJIBE        (Photo credit should read TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)

    Philippine President Breaks Ties With US, Realigns With China and Russia

    The Philippines’ controversial President Rodrigo Duterte has been criticized for his violent campaign against crime, but it is the former mayor’s foreign policy overhaul that... Read more

  • A man takes cover as strong winds and rain topple trees while Typhoon Haima lashes Narvacan, Ilocos Sur, northern Philippines on Thursday Oct. 20, 2016. Super Typhoon Haima slammed into the northeastern Philippine coast late Wednesday with ferocious winds and rain that rekindled fears and memories from the catastrophe wrought by Typhoon Haiyan in 2013. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

    Typhoon Haima Leaves at Least 7 Dead in Northern Philippines

    VIGAN, Philippines—Super Typhoon Haima weakened and blew out to sea Thursday after smashing the northern Philippines with ferocious wind and rain overnight. Flooding, landslides and... Read more

  • Thailand King Bhumibol Adulyadej during the celebrations of the 60th anniversary of his accession to the throne in Bangkok, on  June 9, 2006. (Thai Government Public Relations Department via AP, File)

    King’s Death Leaves Thailand on Uncertain Path

    For decades, Thailand’s king was the unifying force of the country—leading the country through 10 military coups. But with the passing of King Bhumibol Adulyadej and the looming... Read more

  • Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte gestures during his address to a Filipino business sector in suburban Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines, on Oct. 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

    Duterte Acknowledges He Can’t Concede Sea Claims to China

    MANILA, Philippines—The Philippine president acknowledged Sunday that he can be impeached if he concedes his country’s territorial claims in the South China Sea in talks... Read more

  • A Thai woman weeps as she holds on to a portrait of Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej in a line to offer condolences for the king at Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, Oct. 14, 2016. Grieving Thais went to work dressed mostly in black Friday morning, just hours after the palace announced the death of their beloved King Bhumibol, the politically fractious country's unifying figure and the world's longest-reigning monarch.(AP Photo/ Gemunu Amarasinghe)

    Thai King’s Body at Grand Palace for People to Pay Respects

    BANGKOK—A white-and-blue van carrying Buddhist monks and the remains of King Bhumibol Adulyadej led a royal convoy Friday from a hospital to the Grand Palace,... Read more

  • Thais pray for Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej at Siriraj Hospital where the king is being treated in Bangkok, Thailand, Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016. The royal palace said in a statement late Wednesday that the 88-year-old king's blood pressure had dropped, his liver and kidneys were not working properly and he remained on a ventilator. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

    Thais Waiting for Word on King’s Health Pray, Offer Flowers

    BANGKOK—Hundreds of tearful Thais on Thursday were continuing to offer flowers and chant prayers for King Bhumibol Adulyadej outside the Bangkok hospital where the world’s... Read more

  • Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana speaks during a press conference at Camp Aguinaldo military headquarters in suburban Quezon city, north of Manila, Philippines, on Oct. 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

    Philippines Tells US No Joint Patrols in South China Sea

    SAN ANTONIO, Philippines—The Philippine defense chief said Friday he told the U.S. military that plans for joint patrols and naval exercises in the disputed South... Read more

  • A Filipino trader looks at an electronic board showing the exchange rates and a downward graph during afternoon trading at the Philippine Stock Exchange in the financial district of Makati, south of Manila, Philippines, on Sept. 30, 2016. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

    Uncertainty Over Philippine President Alarms Investors

    MANILA, Philippines—Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s anti-drug war and his outbursts in defense of the campaign have unnerved foreign investors in one of Asia’s fastest-growing economies... Read more

  • Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivers his policy speech during a Diet session at the lower house of Parliament in Tokyo, Monday, Sept. 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

    Japan’s Leader Vows to Accelerate Economic Measures, TPP

    TOKYO—Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged Monday to accelerate his mix of policies to prop up Japan’s economic recovery and speed up parliamentary approval of... Read more

  • North Korean defector Kim Jungah cries during an interview at her house in Gunpo, South Korea, on Sept. 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

    North Korean Defectors Sold as Brides in China Want Kids Back

    SEOUL, South Korea—After fleeing North Korea to avoid extreme poverty and oppression, the young woman allowed a stranger to arrange a marriage for her with... Read more

  • North Korean defector Park Kyung-hwa who works for a Seoul-based shortwave radio station targeting audience in North Korea, demonstrates how she records her broadcast at a church in Seoul, South Korea, on Aug. 25, 2016. Park, who fled the North in 2000 before being sold to a Chinese man, said she saw brokers grope other trafficked women many times. She said brokers kicked and beat her with wooden clubs for about 20 minutes when her first attempt to escape failed. (AP Photo/Jungho Choi)

    North Korean Defectors Who Became Chinese Brides End Silence

    SEOUL, South Korea—North Korean defectors who became brides for rural Chinese men, they faced another excruciating choice when they suffered abuse: to flee to South... Read more

  • An Indian Border Security Force soldier looks at the Pakistan side of the border through a binocular at Ranbir Singh Pura, about 35 kilometers (22 miles) from Jammu, India, on Sept. 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)

    India’s Prime Minister Says Pakistan a Haven for Terrorism

    NEW DELHI—India’s prime minister said Saturday that he would work to isolate Pakistan internationally, accusing his country’s archrival of trying to destabilize Asia by exporting... Read more

  • South Korea's Minister of National Defence Minkoo Han delivers his speech during a plenary session at the 15th International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore on June 4, 2016. Han said South Korea will assassinate Kim Jong Un if a nuclear threat arise on Sept. 21. (ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

    South Korea Will ‘Eliminate’ Kim Jong-Un, Says Defense Minister

    South Korean government officials have set forth a plan to protect its nation from North Korea’s nuclear threats. Defense Minister Han Min-koo revealed on Sept... Read more

  • Police cordon off a crime scene during an alleged shootout which killed 2 drug suspects in Manila, Philippines, on Aug. 10, 2016. (Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images)

    Philippine President Seeks Extension of Bloody War on Drugs

    MANILA, Philippines—The Philippine president said Sunday that he may need to extend a bloody government anti-drug campaign that has left more than 3,000 people dead... Read more

  • Released Norwegian hostage Kjartan Sekkingstad carries a backpack as he boards a plane to take him to Davao city for an audience with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Jolo island, Sulu Province, in southern Philippines, on Sept. 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Nickee Butlangan)

    Norwegian Says His Philippine Kidnapping Was ‘Devastating’

    INDANAN, Philippines—A Norwegian man freed by militants after a year of jungle captivity in the southern Philippines described the ordeal Sunday as “devastating,” carrying a... Read more

  • Refugees who fled the recent violence in South Sudan and crossed the border into Uganda arrive and await transportation from a transit center in the town of Koboko, Uganda, on Jan. 6 2014. (AP Photo/Rebecca Vassie)

    More Than a Million Refugees Have Fled South Sudan, UN Says

    AWEIL, South Sudan—More than one million refugees have fled South Sudan’s ongoing civil war, overwhelming aid agencies and creating one of the world’s worst humanitarian... Read more

  • A Pakistani child who was injured in a suicide bombing is treated at a local hospital in Khar, Pakistan, on Sept. 16, 2016. (AP Photo/Anwarullah Khan)

    Bombing in Northwest Pakistan Mosque Kills 36

    KHAR, Pakistan—A suicide bomber attacked a Sunni mosque in northwest Pakistan on Friday, killing at least 36 worshippers, officials said. Several children were also among those... Read more

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