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  • Australian FM calls Indonesia to ease tensions: reports
    Australian FM calls Indonesia to ease tensions: reports Sat, Feb 21, 2015

    Foreign Minister Julie Bishop called on Indonesia to give two Australians on death row an "indefinite stay of execution" as she clarified her Prime Minister's comments linking their fate to aid, media reports said Saturday. More »

  • Indonesia delays execution of two Australians
    Indonesia delays execution of two Australians Fri, Feb 20, 2015

    Indonesia has delayed the execution of two Australian drug smugglers by up to a month, backtracking on an earlier pledge to put the pair before the firing squad by the end of February. More »

  • Indonesia delays execution of Australian convicts
    Indonesia delays execution of Australian convicts Fri, Feb 20, 2015

    VP's office says execution held for "between three weeks to one month" as Australia seeks pardon for drug smuggling duo. More »

  • Today in History Fri, Feb 20, 2015

    Today is Friday, Feb. 20, the 51st day of 2015. There are 314 days left in the year. More »

  • Australian PM plays down bullying allegations in spat with Indonesia
    Australian PM plays down bullying allegations in spat with Indonesia Thu, Feb 19, 2015

    By Jane Wardell SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott attempted on Thursday to play down allegations of bullying Indonesia as a diplomatic rift deepens between the uneasy neighbours over Jakarta's planned executions of two Australian drug smugglers. Australia has been pursuing an eleventh-hour campaign to save Myuran Sukumaran, 33, and Andrew Chan, 31, convicted in 2005 as the ringleaders of the "Bali Nine" plot to smuggle heroin out of Indonesia. Abbott drew strong criticism from Jakarta on Wednesday for linking his pleas for clemency for the pair to Australia's aid to Indonesia after the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. More »

  • Oz PM: Indonesia Owes Us In Execution Row
    Oz PM: Indonesia Owes Us In Execution Row Wed, Feb 18, 2015

    Australia's Prime Minister has said the country will feel "grievously let down" if Indonesia executes two Australians on death row despite the A$1billion in help it gave following the 2004 tsunami. Tony Abbott's comments drew an angry response from Indonesia and marked an escalation in the war of words between the two neighbours over the cases of Myuran Sukumaran, 33, and Andrew Chan, 31. The pair are members of the so-called Bali Nine, convicted in 2005 as the ringleaders of a plot to smuggle £2m of heroin out of Indonesia. Mr Abbott said he continued to make "the strongest possible personal representations" to Indonesian President Joko Widodo. More »

  • Threats have no place in diplomacy, Indonesia tells Australia
    Threats have no place in diplomacy, Indonesia tells Australia Wed, Feb 18, 2015

    Indonesia's foreign ministry told Australia Wednesday that nobody responds well to threats as tensions mount over the looming execution of two Australian drug smugglers. More »

  • Australia ratchets up pressure on Indonesia over executions
    Australia ratchets up pressure on Indonesia over executions Wed, Feb 18, 2015

    By Charlotte Greenfield and Matt Siegel JAKARTA/SYDNEY (Reuters) - Indonesia owes it to Australia not to execute two Australian drug offenders on death row, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Wednesday, ratcheting up a diplomatic war of words that is threatening to sour relations between the neighbours. Australia has been pursuing an eleventh-hour campaign to save the lives of Myuran Sukumaran, 33, and Andrew Chan, 31, two members of the so-called Bali Nine, convicted in 2005 as the ringleaders of a plot to smuggle heroin out of Indonesia. Indonesia has harsh penalties for drug trafficking and resumed executions in 2013 after a five-year gap. Abbott urged Indonesia to remember the devastating 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, saying Australia would feel "grievously let down" if the executions proceeded despite the roughly A$1 billion in assistance it rendered after the disaster that killed hundreds of thousands of people in Indonesia's Aceh province. More »

  • Australia links tsunami aid to fate of drug smugglers
    Australia links tsunami aid to fate of drug smugglers Wed, Feb 18, 2015

    Indonesia critical of PM Abbott's remarks as diplomatic spat worsens ahead of pair's execution by firing squad. More »

  • Top Asian News at 3:00 p.m. GMT Tue, Feb 17, 2015

    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Now on the menu in Beijing for Chinese New Year: lots and lots of American lobster. Exports of U.S. lobster to China have rocketed in the past few years, largely to satisfy the appetites of the communist country's growing middle class, to whom a steamed, whole crustacean — flown in live from the United States — is not just a festive delicacy and a good-luck symbol but also a mark of prosperity. More »

  • Australia pleads with Indonesia over death row men
    Australia pleads with Indonesia over death row men Sat, Feb 14, 2015

    Prime Minister Abbott warns Canberra will make displeasure known should Indonesia execute two Australian drug smugglers. More »

  • Toyota sells 10.23mn cars in 2014, still world's top automaker
    Toyota sells 10.23mn cars in 2014, still world's top automaker Wed, Jan 21, 2015

    Toyota sold 10.23 million vehicles last year to remain the world's biggest automaker More »

  • Toyota sells 10.23mn vehicles in 2014, still world's top automaker
    Toyota sells 10.23mn vehicles in 2014, still world's top automaker Wed, Jan 21, 2015

    Toyota sold 10.23 million vehicles last year to remain the world's biggest automaker More »

  • Toyota still world's top automaker with 10.23 mn cars sold in 2014
    Toyota still world's top automaker with 10.23 mn cars sold in 2014 Wed, Jan 21, 2015

    Toyota sold 10.23 million vehicles last year to remain the world's biggest automaker More »

  • Toyota still world's top automaker with 10.23 mn vehicles sold in 2014
    Toyota still world's top automaker with 10.23 mn vehicles sold in 2014 Wed, Jan 21, 2015

    Toyota sold 10.23 million vehicles last year to remain the world's biggest automaker More »

  • Top Asian News at 8:30 p.m. GMT Tue, Jan 6, 2015

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea said Tuesday that rival North Korea has a 6,000-member cyber army dedicated to disrupting the South's military and government, a dramatic increase from an earlier estimate of 3,000 such specialists. Without elaborating, Seoul's Defense Ministry also said in a report that North Korea may also have gained the ability to strike the U.S. mainland because of its progress in missile technology demonstrated in recent long-range missile tests. It also said North Korea is advancing in efforts to miniaturize nuclear warheads to mount on such missiles. More »

  • Top Asian News at 12:30 p.m. GMT Mon, Dec 29, 2014

    SURABAYA, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesian helicopter searching for the missing AirAsia jetliner saw two oily spots in the water Monday, and an Australian search plane spotted objects elsewhere in the Java Sea, but it was too early to know whether either was connected to the aircraft and its 162 passengers and crew. In any case, officials saw little reason to believe AirAsia Flight 8501 met anything but a grim fate after it disappeared from radar Sunday morning over the Java Sea. Wary of bad weather, one of the pilots had asked to raise the plane's altitude just before it vanished, but was not allowed because another aircraft was in the way. More »

  • Top Asian News at 11:30 a.m. GMT Sun, Dec 28, 2014

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A massive sea search was underway for an AirAsia plane that disappeared Sunday while flying from Indonesia to Singapore with 162 people on board through airspace possibly thick with dense storm clouds, strong winds and lightning, officials said. More than 12 hours later, shocked family members huddled at the Surabaya airport from where the Airbus A320 had taken off, awaiting any news of the jetliner operated by an airline whose parent company is based in Malaysia. It is the third incident involving Malaysia this year following two of the worst aviation tragedies that hit Malaysia Airlines -- in March Flight 370 disappeared with 239 people and in July Flight 17 was shot down over Ukraine, killing all 298 people on it. More »

  • Top Asian News at 10:30 a.m. GMT Sat, Dec 27, 2014

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea has compared President Barack Obama to a monkey and blamed the U.S. for shutting down its Internet amid the hacking row over the movie "The Interview." The North has denied involvement in a crippling cyberattack on Sony Pictures, but has expressed fury over the comedy, which depicts the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Sony Pictures initially called off the release of the film, citing threats of terror attacks against U.S. movie theaters. Obama criticized Sony's decision, and the movie opened this past week. More »

  • Tsunami-hit nations mark 10th anniversary
    Tsunami-hit nations mark 10th anniversary Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    Memorial services held in Indonesia, Thailand and other countries a decade after massive waves killed 220,000 people. More »

  • 10th anniversary of tsunami is marked with tears
    10th anniversary of tsunami is marked with tears Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    PERELIYA, Sri Lanka (AP) — A packed train in Sri Lanka that was swept off the tracks by waves as big as elephants. A boat patrolling off Thailand's shore hurled more than a mile inland. Streets in Indonesia turned into roaring rivers that carried people to their deaths. More »

  • Candles, prayers and tears as Asia mourns tsunami dead 10 years on
    Candles, prayers and tears as Asia mourns tsunami dead 10 years on Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    Tearful mourners lit candles on Friday to remember the 220,000 people who died a decade ago when tsunami waves devastated coastal areas along the Indian Ocean, in one of the worst natural disasters in human history. More »

  • Asia remembers devastating 2004 tsunami with tears and prayers
    Asia remembers devastating 2004 tsunami with tears and prayers Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    By Gayatri Suroyo BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (Reuters) - Survivors of Asia's 2004 tsunami and relatives of its 226,000 victims cried and prayed as they gathered along Indian Ocean shorelines on Friday for memorials to mark the 10th anniversary of a disaster that still leaves an indelible mark on the region. When a 9.15-magnitude quake opened a fault line deep beneath the ocean on Dec. 26 a decade ago, it triggered a wave as high as 17.4 metres (57 feet) which crashed ashore in more than a dozen countries, wiping some communities off the map in seconds. ... More »

  • Tsunami Science: Advances Since the 2004 Indian Ocean Tragedy
    Tsunami Science: Advances Since the 2004 Indian Ocean Tragedy Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    The Indian Ocean tsunami was one of the worst natural disasters in history. The outpouring of aid in response to the devastation in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Thailand and elsewhere was unprecedented. Today (Dec. 26), on the 10th anniversary of the deadly tsunami, greatly expanded networks of seismic monitors and ocean buoys are on alert for the next killer wave in the Indian Ocean, the Pacific and the Caribbean. In fact, tsunami experts can now forecast how tsunamis will flood distant coastlines hours before the waves arrive. More »

  • Top Asian News at 9:30 a.m. GMT Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    KHAO LAK, Thailand (AP) — Crying onlookers took part in beachside memorials and religious services across Asia on Friday to mark the 10th anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami that left more than a quarter million people dead in one of modern history's worst natural disasters. The devastating Dec. 26, 2004 tsunami struck a dozen countries around the Indian Ocean rim, killing 230,000 people. It eradicated entire coastal communities, decimated families and crashed over tourist-filled beaches the morning after Christmas. Survivors waded through a horror show of corpse-filled waters. More »

  • The 9 at 9: St Stephen’s Day
    The 9 at 9: St Stephen’s Day Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    Catch up as you wake up and remember that tomorrow is Saturday! More »

  • Journalists share indelible memories, images from tsunami
    Journalists share indelible memories, images from tsunami Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    Some 230,000 people were killed in the Indian Ocean tsunami set off by a magnitude 9.1 earthquake on Dec. 26, 2004. A dozen countries were hit, from Indonesia to India to Africa's east coast. Scores of Associated Press journalists covered the disaster, and as the 10th anniversary approached, the AP asked 10 of them to describe the images that have stuck with them the most: More »

  • Tsunami memory: Awash in misery, a reason for joy
    Tsunami memory: Awash in misery, a reason for joy Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    Some 230,000 people were killed in the Indian Ocean tsunami set off by a magnitude 9.1 earthquake on Dec. 26, 2004. A dozen countries were hit, from Indonesia to India to Africa's east coast. Scores of Associated Press journalists covered the disaster, and as the 10th anniversary approached, the AP asked 10 of them to describe the images that have stuck with them the most. This is the last of their stories, which have been published daily since Dec. 17. More »

  • Asia marks 10 years since Indian Ocean tsunami
    Asia marks 10 years since Indian Ocean tsunami Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    KHAO LAK, Thailand (AP) — Beachside memorials and religious services were held across Asia on Friday to mark the 10th anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami that left more than a quarter million people dead in one of modern history's worst natural disasters. More »

  • Asia remembers devastating 2004 tsunami with prayers, memorial services
    Asia remembers devastating 2004 tsunami with prayers, memorial services Thu, Dec 25, 2014

    By Gayatri Suroyo BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (Reuters) - Survivors of Asia's 2004 tsunami and relatives of its 226,000 victims gather along shorelines of the Indian Ocean on Friday for prayers and memorial services to mark the 10th anniversary of a disaster that still leaves an indelible mark on the region. When a 9.15-magnitude quake opened a faultline deep beneath the ocean a decade ago on Dec. 26, it triggered a wave as high as 17.4 metres (57 feet) which crashed ashore in more than a dozen countries, wiping some communities off the map in seconds. ... More »

  • Thousands pray at Indonesian mosque that survived, ten years after tsunami
    Thousands pray at Indonesian mosque that survived, ten years after tsunami Thu, Dec 25, 2014

    By Gayatri Suroyo BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (Reuters) - Thousands of Indonesians gathered on Thursday to pray at a mosque that was one of the few buildings left standing in Banda Aceh, the city flattened by the Boxing Day tsunami that killed at least 226,000 people 10 years ago. Pictures of the 135-year-old mosque left isolated in a plain of desolation after almost everything around it was wiped away were among the most memorable from the disaster, caused by a freak wave triggered by a 9.1-magnitude earthquake off the coast of Indonesia's Sumatra island in 2004. ... More »

  • 2004 tsunami: Children in mud, lone mosque in Aceh
    2004 tsunami: Children in mud, lone mosque in Aceh Thu, Dec 25, 2014

    Some 230,000 people were killed in the Indian Ocean tsunami set off by a magnitude 9.1 earthquake on Dec. 26, 2004. A dozen countries were hit, from Indonesia to India to Africa's east coast. Scores of Associated Press journalists covered the disaster, and as the 10th anniversary approached, the AP asked 10 of them to describe the images that have stuck with them the most. This is the ninth of their stories, which are being published daily through Dec. 26. More »

  • Tsunami aid money 'not well spent'
    Tsunami aid money 'not well spent' Thu, Dec 25, 2014

    A key British figure in the tsunami recovery effort has criticised the way aid was spent on the tenth anniversary of the natural disaster. More »

  • Out of tragedy, fortune for Sri Lankan tsunami village
    Out of tragedy, fortune for Sri Lankan tsunami village Wed, Dec 24, 2014

    By Shihar Aneez SEENIGAMA, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - As towering waves came crashing into the southern coast of Sri Lanka on Dec. 26, 2004, Kushil Gunasekera gathered up his children and they ran for their lives to a nearby temple, the highest point they could find. Returning later to his village in Seenigama district, he found a heart-breaking scene of death and devastation: one in four had been killed by the Boxing Day tsunami that swept across the Indian Ocean. ... More »

  • 10 years after tsunami, Indonesian family reborn
    10 years after tsunami, Indonesian family reborn Wed, Dec 24, 2014

    MEULABOH, Indonesia (AP) — It all started with a dream that led to a chance meeting: A girl who had been swept away by the Indian Ocean tsunami a decade ago. More »