Asia & Pacific

  • Police investigators examine the Gili Cat 2 boat following an explosion while it was enroute to nearby island of Lombok, at Padangbai Port in Karangasem, Bali, Indonesia, Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016.  Police on the Indonesian tourist island of Bali said Thursday a German woman was killed and about 20 other people injured in an explosion on a speed boat ferrying them to neighboring Lombok. (AP Photo)

    German Woman Killed in Bali Boat Explosion, About 20 Injured

    BALI, Indonesia—A German woman was killed and about 20 other people were injured in an explosion Thursday on a speedboat that was ferrying them from... Read more

  • Former Filipino militiaman Edgar Matobato answers questions as he testifies before the Philippine Senate in Pasay, south of Manila, Philippines on Thursday Sept. 15, 2016. Matobato said that Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, when he was still a city mayor, ordered him and other members of a squad to kill criminals and opponents in gangland-style assaults that left about 1,000 dead. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

    Witness Says Philippine President Ordered Killings

    MANILA, Philippines— A former Filipino militiaman testified before the country’s Senate on Thursday that President Rodrigo Duterte, when he was still a city mayor, ordered... Read more

  • US military personnel lower the US flag at a memorial ceremony in honour of the 15th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York and Washington DC, at the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) headquarters in Kabul on September 11, 2016.      (WAKIL KOHSAR/AFP/Getty Images)

    Fifteen Years After 9/11, Afghan War Has No End in Sight

    Fifteen years after the Twin Towers were brought down by terrorist attacks on 9/11, the war in Afghanistan rages on. Taliban and other insurgent groups have... Read more

  • A South Korean protester holds a South Korean national flag before a rally denouncing North Korea's latest nuclear test, in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Sept. 12, 2016. North Korea is capable of detonating another nuclear device anytime at one of its unused tunnels at the country's main atomic test site, Seoul official said Monday, three days after the country carried out its fifth bomb explosion. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

    Seoul Says North Korea Capable of Next Nuclear Test Anytime

    SEOUL, South Korea—North Korea is capable of detonating another nuclear device at its main atomic test site any time it chooses, Seoul officials said Monday,... Read more

  • U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks to reporters at the U.N. headquarters on Sept. 9, 2016. (Rick Bajornas/United Nations via AP)

    UN Chief: Reducing Korea Tensions Key Issue

    UNITED NATIONS—Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Friday that reducing tensions on the Korean peninsula is one of the most serious issues facing the world because the... Read more

  • People watch a television news report, showing file footage of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, at a railway station in Seoul on Sept. 9, 2016. (Jung Yeon-je/AFP/Getty Images)

    Rhetoric or Real? North Korea Nuclear Test May Be a Bit of Both

    SEOUL, South Korea—North Korea’s latest nuclear test, its most powerful to date, is a game-changer … according to North Korea. As with anything reported by... Read more

  • Firefighters on a ladder spray water to put out the fire at a packaging factory in Tongi industrial area outside Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Sept. 10, 2016. A boiler exploded and triggered a fire at a packaging factory near Bangladesh's capital. (AP Photo/A. M. Ahad)

    23 Dead in Explosion and Fire at Bangladesh Factory

    NEW DELHI—A boiler exploded and triggered a fire at a packaging factory near Bangladesh’s capital on Saturday, killing at least 23 workers and injuring dozens,... Read more

  • A South Korean marine watches a TV screen reporting about North Korea's possible nuclear test at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Sep. 9, 2016. South Korea's Yonhap news agency said Seoul believes North Korea conducted its fifth nuclear test explosion on Friday. The letters on the screen read: "Explosion suspect." (Kim Ju-sung/Yonhap via AP)

    Seoul: North Korea’s 5th Nuke Test ‘Fanatic Recklessness’

    SEOUL, South Korea—North Korea said it conducted a “higher level” nuclear test explosion on Friday that will allow it to finally build “at will” an... Read more

  • ASEAN leaders and U.S. President Barack Obama gather in Vientiane for the 28th and 29th ASEAN Summits held between September 6 to 8. (YE AUNG THU/AFP/Getty Images)

    US and Japan Back Up Allies at ASEAN Summit

    At talks in Vientiane, Laos, American President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed backing for Pacific Rim nations threatened by Chinese expansion... Read more

  • Ethan Gutmann at the Queensland Multicultural Centre, in Brisbane on Aug. 11, 2016. (NTD Television)

    Hard Hitting Organ Harvesting Documentary Concludes Australian Tour

    SYDNEY, Australia―Multi-award winning film documentary “Hard To Believe”―an expose of organ pillaging from prisoners of conscience in China has wrapped up its premiere tour across... Read more

  • Stumps in a deforested area developed for a pulp and paper plantation in Sumatra, Indonesia, on July 11, 2014. (Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)

    Holding Banks Accountable for Funding Deforestation

    A new online platform traces the funds from companies that destroy rainforests in Southeast Asia to the banks around the world that finance them.  The... Read more

  • Hannnah Gavios was badly injured after she fell off a cliff to escape a sexual predator in Thailand on Sept. 2. (Facebook/Hannnah Gavios)

    American Woman Flees Sexual Predator, Falls Off Cliff in Thailand

    A teacher from New York is lucky to be alive after she fell 150 feet down a cliff while fleeing a sexual predator in Thailand... Read more

  • Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, center, arrives at the National Convention Center for scheduled bilateral meetings with ASEAN leaders on the sidelines of the 28th and 29th ASEAN Summits and other related summits Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016 in Vientiane, Laos. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

    Southeast Asian Summit Opens, Overshadowed by Duterte Flap

    VIENTIANE, Laos—A summit of Southeast Asian leaders to discuss issues ranging from terrorism to South China Sea tensions opened Tuesday, overshadowed by the Philippine president’s... Read more

  • People watch a TV news program reporting about North Korea's missile launch, at the Seoul Train Station in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Sept. 5, 2016. North Korea fired three ballistic missiles off its east coast Monday, South Korea's military said, in a show of force timed to the G-20 economic summit in China. The letters on the screen read: "North Korea fired three ballistic missiles." (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

    Seoul Says North Korea Fires 3 Medium-Range Missiles

    SEOUL, South Korea—North Korea on Monday fired three medium-range missiles that traveled about 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) and landed near Japan in an apparent show... Read more

  • Bangladeshi security personnel stand guard in front of Kashimpur Central Jail where Mir Quasem Ali, a senior leader of the main Islamist party Jamaat-e-Islami, is being held, in Gazipur, on the outskirts of Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Sept. 3, 2016. (AP Photo)

    Bangladesh Executes 5th Islamist Party Leader for 1971 War

    NEW DELHI—Bangladeshi authorities executed a top Islamist party leader convicted of war crimes involving the nation’s 1971 independence war against Pakistan, officials said. Mir Quasem... Read more

  • Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) personnel patrol the streets of Manila, Philippines, on Sept. 3, 2016, as Davao city and central Manila is placed on high alert following an earlier bomb blast. (Noel Celis/AFP/Getty Images)

    Philippine President Declares ‘State of Lawlessness’ After Bomb Kills 14

    DAVAO, Philippines—Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte declared a nationwide “state of lawlessness” Saturday after suspected Abu Sayyaf extremists detonated a bomb that killed 14 people and... Read more

  • Uzbek President Islam Karimov after greeting US Secretary of State John Kerry at Samarkand Airport in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, on Nov. 1, 2015. (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

    Uzbekistan’s Strongman Founding Leader Islam Karimov Is Dead, Now What?

    Uzbekistan’s leader Islam Karimov was confirmed dead on September 2 after reports surfaced last week that he was gravely ill. Islam Karimov, 78, had been the authoritarian ruler... Read more

  • In this May 10, 2016, photo, North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un watches a parade from a balcony at the Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

    South Korea Says Top North Korean Education Official Executed

    SEOUL, South Korea—North Korea has executed a vice premier and banished two other top officials to rural areas for re-education, South Korean officials said Wednesday. If... Read more

  • A file photo of piles of wood prepared to be burned by Korindo's palm oil plantation company PT Papua Agro Lestari in Papua, Indonesia. (Mighty)

    Consumers Help Change Notorious Palm Oil Industry

    Papua, Indonesia, has the country’s largest area of previously untouched rainforest. More than 300 indigenous tribes live there, including some that have had little contact... Read more

  • Mbah Gotho of Indonesia (YouTube/screenshot)

    Alleged World’s Oldest Person Found in Indonesia, Aged 145

    Mbah Gotho of Indonesia might be the longest living human being in recorded history, but he “just wants to die.” Gotho was born Dec. 31,... Read more

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