Asia Pacific

Indonesian maleo conservation faced setbacks due to development and plans for a new capital city

A critically endangered bird that only exists on a few Indonesian islands is facing a new threat as the country builds a new capital hundreds of miles away.

National security advisers of US, South Korea and Japan will meet to discuss North Korean threat

The national security advisers of the United States, South Korea and Japan will meet in Seoul this week to discuss North Korea’s military threat and other issues as they continue to promote trilateral cooperation in Asia.

Indonesia ends search for victims of eruption at Mount Marapi volcano that killed 23 climbers

Indonesian authorities have ended the search for any more victims among climbers who were caught by a weekend eruption of the Mount Marapi volcano that killed 23 people and injured several others.

South Korea Olympic committee pushes athletes to attend navy boot camp, triggering rebukes

South Korea’s Olympic committee is pushing to send hundreds of athletes to a navy training center to enhance their mental toughness ahead of the Paris Olympics.

Arizona man charged over online posts that allegedly incited Australian attack in which 6 died

A U.S. citizen has been charged in Arizona over online posts that allegedly incited what police describe as a “religiously motivated terrorist attack” in Australia a year ago in which six people died.

Australian Parliament rushes through laws that could see detention of freed dangerous migrants

The Australian government has rushed legislation through Parliament that could place behind bars some of the migrants freed after the High Court ruled their indefinite detention was unconstitutional.

3 killed at massive fire in Pakistan’s largest southern city of Karachi, officials say

Officials say a massive fire has swept through a multi-story commercial building in Pakistan’s largest southern port city of Karachi, killing at least three people and damaging several shops.

Italy reportedly drops out of China Belt and Road initiative that failed to deliver

Media reports say Italy has formally withdrawn from China’s global Belt and Road initiative that seeks to deepen relations with foreign countries through infrastructure investments.

Top US and Chinese diplomats agree to build on recent progress in ties

The top U.S. and Chinese diplomats have agreed to build on recent progress in bilateral ties and work together to keep the Israel-Hamas conflict in Gaza from spreading.

Volkswagen-commissioned audit finds no signs of forced labor at plant in China’s Xinjiang region

An audit commissioned by Volkswagen has found no indication of forced labor at its plant in China’s Xinjiang region, where Western governments have accused the Chinese government of human rights violations against the Uyghur ethnic minority.

A Year in Power: Malaysian premier Anwar searches for support as frustration rises over slow reform

Marking his first anniversary of coming to power, Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahm admitted he was still struggling to win over ethnic Malay votes and acknowledged frustration over the slow pace of reforms.

These men once relied on the Aral Sea. Today, the dry land is a reminder of lost livelihoods

Brushing the dust from his hat and lying on the floor inside his home, Ali Shadilov recalls how he and other fishermen used to laugh at town elders who warned that the enormous sea they relied on was disappearing.

Australian government hopes to rush laws that could detain dangerous migrants

The Australian government hopes to rush legislation through Parliament that could place behind bars some of the migrants who have been freed since the High Court ruled their indefinite detention was unconstitutional.

Taliban’s abusive education policies harm boys as well as girls in Afghanistan, rights group says

A rights group says the Taliban’s education policies are harming boys as well as girls in Afghanistan.

At least 16 dead and 12 injured as passenger bus falls off ravine in central Philippines

Philippine officials say at least 16 people have been killed and 12 others injured when a passenger bus lost control while negotiating a downhill road curve in a central mountain village and plunged into a deep ravine.

Air Force identifies the 8 US crew lost in Osprey crash in Japan and recovers 6 bodies

Air Force Special Operations Command has recovered the remains of six of the eight service members who were lost when their Osprey aircraft crashed off the coast of Japan last week.

Papua New Guinea’s prime minister says he will sign a security pact with Australia

Papua New Guinea Prime Minister James Marape says he will sign a bilateral security pact with Australia during a visit this week.

Bus crashes in western Thailand, killing 14 people and injuring more than 30 others

A bus has crashed in western Thailand, killing 14 people and injuring more than 30 others. Officials said the accident occurred early Tuesday in Prachuap Khiri Khan province as the bus was traveling from the capital, Bangkok, to Songkhla province in the deep south.

A roadside bombing in the commercial center of Pakistan’s Peshawar city wounds at least 3 people

Pakistani authorities say a roadside bomb went off near a school in the country’s northwest on Tuesday, wounding at least three passersby and damaging windows of a nearby bank and several shops The bombing happened in the commercial center of Peshawar, the capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province bord

Photographers in Asia capture the extraordinary, tragic and wonderful in 2023

Individually, the photographs are the product of a moment, capturing glimpses of joy, grief, rage, hope, and resilience.

Heavy rains leave at least 12 dead before storm Michaung makes landfall on India’s southeast coast

A powerful storm has made landfall along India’s southeast coast, unleashing torrential rains and strong winds.

Thousands protest Indigenous policies of New Zealand government as lawmakers are sworn in

Thousands of protesters have rallied against the New Zealand government’s Indigenous policies as the Parliament convened for the first time since October elections.

UN warns that 2 boats adrift in the Andaman Sea with 400 Rohingya aboard desperately need rescue

The U.N. refugee agency has raised the alarm for an estimated 400 Rohingya Muslims believed to be aboard two boats reported to be out of supplies and adrift in the Andaman Sea.

North Korea accuses US of double standards for letting South Korea launch spy satellite from US soil

North Korea has accused the U.S. of double standards, slamming it for allowing rival South Korea to launch a spy satellite from U.S. territory after condemning the North’s earlier satellite launch.

Pakistan arrests 17 suspects in connection to the weekend bus shooting that killed 10

Pakistani police say they arrested at least 17 suspects in the weekend bus shooting that left 10 people dead and 25 others wounded, authorities said.

Divers find wreckage and remains from Osprey aircraft that crashed off Japan, US Air Force says

The U.S. Air Force says divers have discovered wreckage and the remains of five crew members from a U.S.

The North Korean leader calls for women to have more children to halt a fall in the birthrate

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un says it is a duty of women to halt a fall in the country’s birthrate.

Heavy rains lash India’s southern and eastern coasts as a powerful storm closes in

Heavy rains and strong winds are pelting India’s southern and eastern coastlines and states have been put on high alert after a deep depression over the Bay of Bengal intensified into a powerful storm.

Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Agnes Chow jumps bail and moves to Canada

One of Hong Kong’s best-known pro-democracy activists who moved to Canada to pursue her studies says she will not return to the city to meet her bail conditions.

China says a US Navy ship ‘illegally intruded’ into waters in the South China Sea

The Chinese military said that an American naval ship had “illegally intruded” on Monday into waters near the Second Thomas Shoal, the site of a hot territorial dispute between China and the Philippines in the South China Sea.

French foreign minister says she is open to South Pacific resettlement requests due to rising seas

French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna says she is open to any resettlement request from tiny South Pacific nations threatened by rising sea levels, similar to Australia’s agreement with Tuvalu.

1 person is dead and 11 missing after a landslide and flash floods hit Indonesia’s Sumatra island

Rescuers have recovered the body of a man buried under tons of mud and rocks following flash floods and a landslide that crashed onto a hilly village on Indonesia’s Sumatra island.

Strong earthquake that sparked a tsunami warning leaves 1 dead amid widespread panic in Philippines

A powerful earthquake that shook the southern Philippines has killed at least one villager and injured several others as thousands scrambled out of their homes in panic and jammed roads to higher grounds after a tsunami warning was issued.

Militants open fire at a bus in northern Pakistan, killing 9 people and injuring over 20 others

Militants opened fire at a bus in northern Pakistan, killing nine people including two soldiers, and injuring over 20 others, local police said.

India’s ruling BJP wins 3 of 4 states in elections that pitted Modi’s party against Congress

Results show India’s ruling Hindu nationalist party won in three of four state elections in a crucial vote that pitted the main opposition party against that of Prime Minister Narendra Modi before national polls next year.