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  • Top Asian News at 4:30 a.m. GMT Mon, May 18, 2015

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia launched high-level talks with its neighbors Sunday to try to solve the deepening problem of refugees stranded in boats off Southeast Asia's shores, but there appeared to be no quick solution to the crisis. Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah Aman met with his counterpart from Bangladesh, Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali, ahead of a meeting with the Indonesian and Thai foreign ministers scheduled for Wednesday, officials said. More »

  • Top Asian News at 3:30 a.m. GMT Sun, May 17, 2015

    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar refused to shoulder the blame for an escalating crisis involving thousands of persecuted Rohingya Muslims stranded at sea, and doubts whether it will attend a regional meeting in Thailand later this month to find an urgent solution on how to deal with the boats of refugees. Boats filled with more than 2,000 desperate and hungry people have landed in Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand, and thousands more migrants are believed to be adrift at sea after a crackdown on human traffickers prompted captains and smugglers to abandon their human cargo. More »

  • Top Asian News at 2:30 a.m. GMT Sat, May 16, 2015

    LANGSA, Indonesia (AP) — More than 1,000 people fleeing persecution in Myanmar and poverty in Bangladesh came ashore around Southeast Asia, describing killings, extortion and near-starvation after surviving a harrowing journey at sea. An increasingly alarmed United Nations warned against "floating coffins" and urged regional leaders to put human lives first. The United States urged governments not to push back new boat arrivals. More »

  • 10 Things to Know for Today
    10 Things to Know for Today Fri, May 15, 2015

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: More »

  • Top Asian News at 2:00 a.m. GMT Fri, May 15, 2015

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An audacious Taliban attack on a Kabul guesthouse that left 14 people dead, including nine foreigners, underscores the difficulties President Ashraf Ghani faces in providing even basic security following the withdrawal of international combat troops from Afghanistan. The hourslong siege, which ended early Thursday, was the deadliest in Kabul since the insurgents launched their annual "spring offensive" against Ghani's administration in late April, sparking fierce battles that have forced the government to concentrate resources on security at the expense of desperately needed reforms. More »

  • Top Asian News at 12:30 a.m. GMT Thu, May 14, 2015

    LANGKAWI, Malaysia (AP) — Another boat, this one crammed with 500 Rohingya Muslims and Bangladeshis, was found off Malaysia's coast, an activist and officials said, as the international community called on Southeast Asian governments to intensify search-and-rescue efforts at sea to care for those who washed up on their shores. Thousands of migrants are still believed stranded in the Malacca Strait and surrounding waters, after captains tied to trafficking networks abandoned ships, leaving behind their human cargo. More »

  • Australian foreign aid cuts would hit Indonesia deepest Tue, May 12, 2015

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Indonesia will suffer the deepest cut from Australia's plans to slash foreign aid by almost 20 percent in the next fiscal year. More »

  • Top Asian News at 10:30 p.m. GMT Mon, May 11, 2015

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Hundreds of migrants abandoned at sea by smugglers in Southeast Asia have reached land and relative safety in the past two days. But an estimated 6,000 Bangladeshis and Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar remain trapped in crowded, wooden boats, migrant officials and activists said. With food and clean water running low, some could be in grave danger. One vessel that reached Indonesian waters early Monday, was stopped by the Navy and given food, water and directions to Malaysia. More »

  • Top Asian News at 9:30 p.m. GMT Sun, May 10, 2015

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Manny Pacquiao lost his biggest fight in the ring, but that won't stop him from plotting a bigger comeback — in the political arena that is. In a country where elections are also entertainment and political programs secondary, candidates often win because of star power and money. More »

  • Top Asian News at 7:30 p.m. GMT Fri, May 8, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — China's rapidly expanding campaign to construct artificial islands, potentially for military use or airstrips, now totals about 2,000 acres (800 hectares) and could far outstrip that amount as the year goes on, a senior defense official said Friday. The new estimate, disclosed for the first time, comes as the Pentagon released its annual report on China's military power. The report warns that while Beijing's island construction intent is unclear, five emerging outposts could be used for surveillance systems, harbors, an airfield and logistical support. More »

  • Here’s What Happened Today: Thursday
    Here’s What Happened Today: Thursday Fri, May 1, 2015

    Bus strike, Jean Claude Trichet and the JNLRs had everyone talking today. More »

  • Here’s What Happened Today: Tuesday
    Here’s What Happened Today: Tuesday Tue, Apr 28, 2015

    Karen Buckley’s funeral, Baltimore riots, and deaths by firing squad had everyone talking today. More »

  • Australia: Corruption allegations raise doubts about Bali Nine convictions
    Australia: Corruption allegations raise doubts about Bali Nine convictions Mon, Apr 27, 2015

    Australia called for an urgent investigation on 27 April into reports alleging two Australian drug traffickers were sentenced to death in an Indonesian trial tainted by corruption. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop called on Indonesia to investigate the allegations before anyone is executed. "These allegations are very serious. They call into question the integrity of the sentencing process and it's a matter for Indonesia's judicial commission to investigate these matters and that underlines why we continue to request Indonesia to allow the judicial commission to finalise its review. More »

  • Factbox - Foreigners in Nepal at time of deadly earthquake
    Factbox - Foreigners in Nepal at time of deadly earthquake Mon, Apr 27, 2015

    MUMBAI (Reuters) - Here are details released by some foreign governments on citizens who were in Nepal at the time a strong earthquake hit on Saturday, killing more than 3,200 people. The 7.9-magnitude quake struck at midday on Saturday at a busy time of year for tourism-reliant Nepal's trekking and climbing season, with an estimated 300,000 foreign tourists in the country, several hundred of those on Mount Everest. Countries are listed in alphabetical order. - AUSTRALIA: 549 Australians registered as travelling in Nepal, 200 confirmed safe. No reports of Australian deaths. ... More »

  • Deadliest earthquakes of the past 30 years
    Deadliest earthquakes of the past 30 years Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    At least 1,170 people are known to have died in Nepal, officials say, after a powerful 7.8 magnitude quake rocked the country on Saturday. Below is a list of some of the world's deadliest earthquakes in the past 30 years. More »

  • The world's strongest earthquakes since 1900
    The world's strongest earthquakes since 1900 Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    A magnitude-7.8 earthquake shook Nepal's capital and the densely populated Kathmandu Valley on Saturday, the worst quake in the Himalayan nation in over 80 years. More »

  • Drone with 'minuscule' quantity of radiation lands on Japan PM's …
    Drone with 'minuscule' quantity of radiation lands on Japan PM's … Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    A drone marked with a radioactive sign landed on the roof of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's office on Wednesday and tested positive for a "minuscule" amount of radiation, media reported. Public broadcaster NHK said the bomb squad was called in to cart away the drone, which was carrying a small camera and a water bottle. The ruling was a boost for Abe, who wants to reboot nuclear power to help cut reliance on expensive fossil fuel imports. Japan, which has a proven track record in electronics and robotics, is looking to fast track industry-friendly regulation to give its drone sector an edge over the United States. More »

  • Where is Australia's aid agenda heading?
    Where is Australia's aid agenda heading? Tue, Apr 7, 2015

    Australia needs to think again about the way it sees foreign aid. More »

  • Southeast Asia faces increasingly intense climate events - analysts
    Southeast Asia faces increasingly intense climate events - analysts Thu, Apr 2, 2015

    By Joseph D'Urso LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Densely populated Asian islands and countries such as Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan and the Philippines and those in Southeast Asia particularly are likely to face more intense climate events in future, analysts said on Thursday. Islands are especially vulnerable when they have large populations and with much of their land exposed to storm surges and sea-level rises, according to research published by risk analysis group Verisk Maplecroft. Researchers found that Taiwan, hit last year by Typhoon Matmo, was most at risk and stressed the need for all sectors to understand the extent of exposure to extreme events and long-term climate change in countries deemed most vulnerable. "The potential impacts of climate change on physical structures, industrial processes, supply chains, and critical infrastructure are potentially devastating," researchers said in the report. More »

  • UPDATE 1-Southeast Asia faces increasingly intense climate events - analysts … Thu, Apr 2, 2015

    (Recasts, adds details) By Joseph D'Urso LONDON, April 2 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Densely populated Asian islands and countries such as Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan and the Philippines and those in Southeast Asia particularly are likely to face more intense climate events in future, analysts said on Thursday. Islands are especially vulnerable when they have large populations and with much of their land exposed to storm surges and sea-level rises, according to research published by risk analysis group Verisk Maplecroft. Researchers found that Taiwan, hit last year by Typhoon Matmo, was most at risk and stressed the need for all sectors to understand the extent of exposure to extreme events and long-term climate change in countries deemed most vulnerable. "The potential impacts of climate change on physical structures, industrial processes, supply chains, and critical infrastructure are potentially devastating," researchers said in the report. More »

  • Southeast Asia faces increasingly intense climate events - analysts - TRFN Thu, Apr 2, 2015

    By Joseph D'Urso LONDON, April 2 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Densely populated Southeast Asian island states such as Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan and the Philippines are likely to face more intense climate events in future, analysts said on Thursday. These islands are especially vulnerable because of their large populations and because much of their land is exposed to storm surges and sea-level rises, according to research published by risk analysis group Verisk Maplecroft. Eight of the 10 cities most at risk from such events are in the Philippines, according to a study by the same firm last month, which said the country had "poor institutional and societal capacity to manage, respond and recover from natural hazard events". Typhoon Haiyan killed 6,300 people in the Philippines in 2013, and the country is battered by more than 20 typhoons each year. More »

  • Second Quake As Major Tremor Hits Pacific
    Second Quake As Major Tremor Hits Pacific Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    An earthquake of 6.8 magnitude has struck off Samoa in the Pacific Ocean just hours after a major tremor rattled nearby Papua New Guinea. The epicentre of the second quake was 77 miles (124km) west-southwest of the capital Apia, at a depth of 72.2 miles. Earlier, vast swathes of the Pacific were put on high alert for "hazardous" tsunami waves after a powerful earthquake in Papua New Guinea. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre warned that waves measuring up to 10ft (3m) could hit Papua New Guinea and even reach parts of Russia. More »

  • Top Asian News at 5:30 a.m. GMT Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    SYDNEY (AP) — A powerful earthquake rattled the South Pacific nation of Papua New Guinea on Monday, generating a small tsunami and frightening locals near the epicenter, but prompting no reports of damage or injuries. A tsunami of half a meter (1.5 feet) was measured in the harbor of Rabaul, a town near the epicenter of the magnitude-7.7 earthquake, said Martin Mose, acting director for Papua New Guinea's National Disaster Center. The quake struck at a depth of 65 kilometers (40 miles), about 50 kilometers (30 miles) southeast of the town of Kokopo, near Rabaul, in northeastern Papua New Guinea, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. More »

  • Earthquake measuring 5.9 magnitude strikes in Moluccas, Indonesia - USGS Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    SYDNEY (Reuters) - An undersea earthquake measuring 5.9 magnitude struck in Moluccas, Indonesia on Sunday, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The quake, only 10 kms (six miles) deep, was 128 kms (80 miles) northwest of Ternate in the Moluccas. There were no immediate reports of damage. (Reporting by Michael Perry) More »

  • Today in History Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    Today is Saturday, March 28, the 87th day of 2015. There are 278 days left in the year. More »

  • Puzzling Layer of 'Stiff' Rock May Lurk Deep Inside Earth
    Puzzling Layer of 'Stiff' Rock May Lurk Deep Inside Earth Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    Earth is made up of a core of metal, an overlying mantle layer of hot rock and a thin crust on top. Oceanic plates collide with continental plates in areas such as the Pacific Rim, triggering earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. Subduction is a slow process, with a slab taking about 300 million years on average to descend, said study co-author Lowell Miyagi, a mineral physicist at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. Mysteriously, prior research that scanned Earth's interior found that many slabs appear to slow down and pool together in the upper part of the lower mantle, at depths of about 930 miles (1,500 km). More »

  • Don't just eat that ramen: Go to a museum and learn about it
    Don't just eat that ramen: Go to a museum and learn about it Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    TOKYO (AP) — There are two kinds of ramen in this world. There's the packaged staple of dorm-room cuisine, one of the most processed, industrialized foods ever invented. And then there's the trendy, artisanal, handmade soup that fans line up for hours to try. More »

  • Strong undersea earthquake hits eastern Indonesia
    Strong undersea earthquake hits eastern Indonesia Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A strong undersea earthquake struck off eastern Indonesia on Wednesday, but there are no immediate reports of injuries or damage and no tsunami warning was issued. More »

  • How to make women safer in disasters? Attack inequality Sat, Mar 14, 2015

    By Megan Rowling SENDAI, Japan (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Women's vulnerability to disasters is a sign not of weakness but of inequality, and barriers to women taking the lead in protecting themselves must be removed, top politicians and officials told a U.N. conference on Saturday. Philippine Senator Loren Legarda said statistics showed women face greater risks in times of disaster. Most residents trapped in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina were African-American women and their children, she said. Pregnant and lactating women have special needs that are often neglected, and women are more prone to sexual abuse, trafficking and other forms of violence in the aftermath of disasters, she said. More »

  • Australia offers to pay for 2 prisoners' keep in Indonesia
    Australia offers to pay for 2 prisoners' keep in Indonesia Thu, Mar 12, 2015

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia has offered to cover Indonesia's costs for keeping two Australian heroin traffickers in prison for life if Jakarta grants permanent stays of execution, the foreign minister said Thursday. More »

  • Indonesia Threatens Oz With A 'Human Tsunami'
    Indonesia Threatens Oz With A 'Human Tsunami' Wed, Mar 11, 2015

    A senior Indonesian minister has warned a "human tsunami" of asylum seekers will be unleashed on Australia if it keeps pursuing clemency for two drug smugglers. Andrew Chan, 31, and Myuran Sukumaran, 33, are due to be executed by firing squad after being convicted of drug smuggling in Bali 10 years ago. But a growing campaign to save the Australians has angered Indonesia, with security minister Tedjo Edhy Purdijatno warning its neighbour over asylum seekers. More »

  • Richard Branson joins clemency calls for Indonesia death row inmates
    Richard Branson joins clemency calls for Indonesia death row inmates Wed, Mar 11, 2015

    British businessman Richard Branson has joined calls for clemency for convicted foreigners on death row in Indonesia, as an Indonesian minister warned of a renewed influx of asylum seekers into Australia if it continues to push the issue. Virgin founder Branson said on 11 March he and fellow members of the Global Commission on Drug Policy had written to Indonesian President Joko Widodo, calling the planned execution of up to 11 foreigners a barbaric and inhumane form of punishment. More »

  • Virgin's Branson joins clemency calls for Indonesia death row inmates
    Virgin's Branson joins clemency calls for Indonesia death row inmates Wed, Mar 11, 2015

    By Jane Wardell SYDNEY (Reuters) - British businessman Richard Branson has joined calls for clemency for convicted foreigners on death row in Indonesia, as an Indonesian minister warned of a renewed influx of asylum seekers into Australia if it continues to push the issue. Virgin founder Branson said on Wednesday he and fellow members of the Global Commission on Drug Policy had written to Indonesian President Joko Widodo, calling the planned execution of up to 11 foreigners a barbaric and inhumane form of punishment. The planned executions by Indonesia of the death row inmates, most convicted on drug smuggling charges, have been condemned internationally. More »

  • No plane, many discoveries in yearlong search for Flight 370 Sun, Mar 8, 2015

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The yearlong search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has turned up no sign of the plane, but that doesn't mean it's been unproductive. It has yielded lessons and discoveries that could benefit millions, including coastal Australians, air and sea travelers and scientists trying to understand ancient changes to the earth's crust. More »

  • AP Essay: Of a plane still missing, and a planet still vast
    AP Essay: Of a plane still missing, and a planet still vast Sat, Mar 7, 2015

    The towering Danish ship Kobenhavn set sail from Argentina one December day, bound for Australia with five dozen souls aboard. Eight days later, as it traversed the South Atlantic, it radioed a nearby ... More »