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  • Strong quake damages homes in eastern Indonesia Wed, Nov 4, 2015

    A strong earthquake of magnitude 6.3 struck the eastern Indonesian island of Alor on Wednesday, severely damaging homes and other buildings, residents and authorities said. Indonesia's disaster management agency said there were no reports of casualties from the quake which also rattled neighbouring East Timor. "Some buildings were damaged including a relatively big church just near the border and telephone lines were temporarily damaged," said Daud, an official with the national disaster management agency. More »

  • Strong earthquake hits eastern Indonesia; no tsunami threat Wed, Nov 4, 2015

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A strong earthquake struck off eastern Indonesia on Wednesday, causing people to flee their homes in panic, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage, and authorities said there was no threat of a tsunami. More »

  • Top Asian News at 12:30 a.m. GMT Thu, Oct 29, 2015

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban have overrun a district in northern Afghanistan's Takhar province, and intense battles were underway Wednesday as government forces fought to retake it, an official said. Six Afghan security forces were killed in the fighting over Darqad district, which borders Tajikistan, according to Sonatullah Taimor, the spokesman for the provincial governor. The area was not affected by the earthquake that struck northern Afghanistan on Monday, with its epicenter in the neighboring province of Badakhshan, he said. More »

  • Top Asian News at 11:30 p.m. GMT Tue, Oct 27, 2015

    MINGORA, Pakistan (AP) — As the death toll in the massive earthquake that struck the remote Hindu Kush mountains soared above 300, officials on both sides of the Afghan-Pakistan border warned on Tuesday that casualty figures will likely leap once relief workers return from villages so remote they can only be accessed on foot or by donkey. Rescuers in both countries were struggling to reach quake-stricken regions as officials said the combined death toll from Monday's earthquake rose to 376. More »

  • Indonesia considers national emergency over forest fires - VP
    Indonesia considers national emergency over forest fires - VP Tue, Oct 27, 2015

    By Randy Fabi and Kanupriya Kapoor JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia is considering declaring a national emergency over fires that have been smouldering across the archipelago for weeks, sending haze drifting across much of Southeast Asia, the vice president said on Tuesday. The government would intensify efforts to contain the fires that have caused pollution levels across the region to spike to unhealthy levels, and forced school closures and flight cancellations, Vice President Jusuf Kalla said. "The problem is too big," Kalla said in an interview at his office in Jakarta. More »

  • Top Asian News at 10:30 p.m. GMT Mon, Oct 26, 2015

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's new Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's popularity is growing while opposition leader Bill Shorten's popularity has reached a new low, according to an influential new opinion poll. The poll by the Sydney-based market researcher Newspoll published on Tuesday validates the ruling Liberal Party's decision to dump Turnbull's unpopular predecessor, Prime Minister Tony Abbott, ahead of elections next year. More »

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  • Top Asian News at 8:00 a.m. GMT Mon, Oct 12, 2015

    BEIJING (AP) — The teenage son of a rights lawyer detained in a sweeping crackdown on civil society is under house arrest in northern China after being grabbed in Myanmar while trying to escape to the United States, a family friend said Monday. Bao Zhuoxuan, also known as Bao Mengmeng, is under 24-hour police surveillance at his grandparents' house in Inner Mongolia and is not allowed contact with the outside world, Liang Bo, a San Francisco-based family friend, said by phone. More »

  • Top Asian News at 6:30 p.m. GMT Sun, Oct 4, 2015

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The International medical charity Doctors Without Borders said on Sunday it had withdrawn from the northern Afghan city of Kunduz after a deadly airstrike destroyed its hospital and killed 22 people, as the U.S. and Afghan governments vowed to get to the bottom of the carnage. The humanitarian crisis in the city, which briefly fell to the Taliban last week before the government launched a counteroffensive, has been growing increasingly dire, with shops shuttered because of ongoing fighting and roads made impassable by mines planted by insurgents. More »

  • Top Asian News at 5:30 p.m. GMT Sat, Oct 3, 2015

    MAKASSAR, Indonesia (AP) — Rugged terrain and bad weather have hampered the search Saturday for a small passenger plane that went missing with 10 people on board in eastern Indonesia, officials said. The search was halted at dusk and would resume Sunday. The DHC-6 Twin Otter plane lost contact with air traffic controllers 11 minutes after taking off in good weather Friday from Masamba in South Sulawesi province, said Transportation Ministry spokesman Julius Barata. No distress signal was received. More »

  • Top Asian News at 3:30 p.m. GMT Thu, Oct 1, 2015

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan government forces pushed overnight into the strategic northern city of Kunduz that was captured by the Taliban earlier this week, forcing the insurgents to retreat amid heavy street battles that were still underway Thursday. But despite prompt claims from officials that much of the city had been liberated, by midday, residents remaining inside Kunduz and hunkering down at their homes said they could still hear explosions and shootings outside. More »

  • Magnitude 6.6 earthquake hits eastern Indonesia; 39 injured Fri, Sep 25, 2015

    MANOKWARI, Indonesia (AP) — A 6.6-magnitude quake hit in waters off Indonesia's easternmost province early Friday, injuring dozens of people, damaging buildings and sending panicked residents fleeing from homes, hotels and even a hospital. More »

  • Powerful underwater earthquake hits off east Indonesia
    Powerful underwater earthquake hits off east Indonesia Fri, Sep 25, 2015

    More than 60 people injured and 200 houses damaged after a 6.6-magnitude earthquake rocks eastern part of country. More »

  • Magnitude 6.9 quake hits off coast of Indonesia's Irian Jaya province - … Thu, Sep 24, 2015

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A strong earthquake measuring magnitude 6.9 struck off Irian Jaya in Indonesia on Thursday at a depth of 39.9 miles (64 km), the U.S. Geological Survey said. The quake hit 15 miles (24 km) north north-west of the city of Sorong, USGS said. There were no immediate reports of damage. (Reporting by Eric Walsh; Editing by Lisa Lambert) More »

  • Top Asian News at 2:30 a.m. GMT Fri, Sep 18, 2015

    AMBON, Indonesia (AP) — More than 2,000 fishermen have been rescued this year from brutal conditions at sea, liberated as a result of an Associated Press investigation into seafood brought to the U.S. from a slave island in eastern Indonesia. Dozens of Burmese men in the bustling port town of Ambon were the latest to go home, some more than a decade after being trafficked onto Thai trawlers. Grabbing one another's hands, the men walked together toward buses last week. As they pulled away for the airport, some of those still waiting their turn to go home cheered, throwing their arms in the air. More »

  • Undersea quake rocks eastern Indonesia; no tsunami warning Wed, Sep 16, 2015

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

  • Earthquake of 6.4 magnitude strikes in east Indonesia - USGS Wed, Sep 16, 2015

    JAKARTA (Reuters) - An earthquake of 6.4 magnitude struck on Wednesday near Indonesia's Moluccas islands, the U.S. Geological Survey said. There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties from the islands in the east of the archipelago. (Created by Robert Birsel) More »

  • Oceanic junk ranges from Legos to suspected jet wreckage
    Oceanic junk ranges from Legos to suspected jet wreckage Fri, Aug 14, 2015

    For years along the Cornish coast of Britain, Atlantic Ocean currents have carried thousands of Lego pieces onto the beaches. In Kenya, cheap flip-flop sandals are churned relentlessly in the Indian Ocean ... More »

  • After decade of peace, many in Aceh left behind
    After decade of peace, many in Aceh left behind Thu, Aug 13, 2015

    Fakhruddin Kasem hoped for a prosperous new life when Indonesia struck a deal to end a separatist conflict in Aceh, but a decade on the unemployed former rebel is so desperate he hopes to join the Islamic State group to make ends meet. More »

  • Indonesian quake kills teenager, damages buildings
    Indonesian quake kills teenager, damages buildings Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    A powerful earthquake rocked remote eastern Indonesia on Tuesday, killing a teenage boy who fell into a river as he fished and damaging several buildings. More »

  • Strong earthquake rocks Indonesia's Papua province Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    JAYAPURA, Indonesia (AP) — A strong earthquake struck Indonesia's easternmost province of Papua early Tuesday panicking people with at least one teenager missing after possibly drowning in a river. Several buildings and houses were either destroyed or damaged. More »

  • Powerful earthquake hits Indonesia's Papua
    Powerful earthquake hits Indonesia's Papua Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    Magnitude 7.0 quake strikes west of provincial capital Jayapura. More »

  • Strong quake hits off Indonesia, but no tsunami warning Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A strong earthquake hit off of Indonesia's main island of Java on Sunday afternoon, causing residents to pour into the streets, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage, and no tsunami warning was issued. More »

  • Top Asian News at 8:30 p.m. GMT Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    HONG KONG (AP) — Since China took control of Hong Kong from Britain in 1997, the city's billionaires have played a leading role in hewing the Asian financial center to Beijing's priorities. So too have a dwindling band of fishermen and farmers. The desire of China's communist leaders to enlist the tycoons' cooperation is understandable given the influence they have through their control of large swathes of the semiautonomous Chinese city's economy. Chinese President Xi Jinping last year summoned a group of them for an emergency meeting as political tensions in Hong Kong mounted. More »

  • Top Asian News at 10:00 a.m. GMT Sun, Jul 12, 2015

    BEIJING (AP) — China's official news agency said that 109 ethnic Uighurs who Thailand deported to China amid international criticism that the refugees could face persecution had been on their way to Turkey, Syria or Iraq to help wage holy war. On Thursday, Thai authorities sent back the Uighurs, who had been in Thailand for over a year and claimed to be Turkish, after determining they were Chinese. The repatriations were criticized by the U.N. refugee agency as "a flagrant violation of international law." Rights groups expressed fears that they could face torture. In Turkey's capital, Istanbul, protesters ransacked the Thai consulate to denounce the decision. More »

  • Top Asian News at 7:30 a.m. GMT Fri, Jul 10, 2015

    DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — At least 22 people were killed in a stampede in central Bangladesh early Friday when hundreds of people stormed the home of a businessman for a charity handout during the holy Muslim month of Ramadan, police said. Another 30 were injured and rushed to a hospital in Mymensingh, a town 115 kilometers (70 miles) north of the capital, Dhaka, said police officer Kamrul Islam. More »

  • Tsunami Survivor In Ronaldo Shirt Joins Top Team
    Tsunami Survivor In Ronaldo Shirt Joins Top Team Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    A boy who survived the Indonesian tsunami has described joining Sporting Lisbon's football academy as a "dream come true". Martunis, now 17, lived off dried noodles and puddle water for three weeks before he was discovered by rescue teams after the 2004 disaster. He was wearing a Portugal football shirt with Cristiano Ronaldo's name on the back and soon afterwards he was flown to meet the team, who created a fund to help his family rebuild their home. More »

  • Drilling, not quake, caused Indonesia mud volcano: paper
    Drilling, not quake, caused Indonesia mud volcano: paper Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    Geologists reignited the debate Monday about whether to blame nature or humans for the devastating eruption nine years ago of an Indonesian mud volcano still oozing its all-consuming sludge today. More »

  • Veteran Associated Press reporter, editor Laura Myers dies
    Veteran Associated Press reporter, editor Laura Myers dies Sat, Jun 20, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Laura Myers, a veteran Associated Press reporter and editor who led the news cooperative's coverage of foreign affairs as the country reeled from the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and spent the past five years covering politics for Nevada's largest newspaper, died Friday. More »

  • Giant 'Earth Stethoscope' Spies on Planet's Wonky Behavior
    Giant 'Earth Stethoscope' Spies on Planet's Wonky Behavior Fri, Jun 19, 2015

    The international system, called the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), has been spying on Earth for the past 18 years, but researchers are still finding fresh ways to interpret its data. Here's a look at four things the CTBTO can see, hear and sniff on planet Earth. The CTBTO began as an anti-nuclear network that would help countries monitor and ban rogue explosions in the atmosphere, underwater or underground. More »

  • SEA Games ends with moving tribute to earthquake victims Tue, Jun 16, 2015

    Singaporean president Tony Tan officially declared the Games over after Tan Chuan-Jin, the president of the SEA Games Federation, delivered an emotional closing speech, paying tribute to the victims of the Mount Kinabalu earthquake in nearby Borneo. Eighteen people, including a teacher and eight Singaporean primary school children died in the quake, which occurred on June 5, the same day as the Opening Ceremony for the SEA Games. Singapore and Malaysia both observed an official day of mourning with flags flown at half-mast and a minute's silence observed at all the SEA Games venues. More »

  • Top Asian News at 1:30 a.m. GMT Tue, Jun 9, 2015

    TRANG BANG, Vietnam (AP) — He stands in the northbound lane of Vietnam's Highway 1, traffic swirling around him, horns honking. He is pointing. Right there, he says — that's where it happened. That's where the screaming children appeared. That's where I made the picture that the world couldn't forget. Huynh Cong "Nick" Ut was 21 on that day more than half a lifetime ago when he stood on the same road, pointed his camera northeast and captured one of history's most famous images — a naked Vietnamese girl screaming and fleeing after South Vietnamese planes looking for Viet Cong insurgents attacked with napalm from the air. More »

  • Schooling makes it 4 from 4 in SEA Games swimming pool
    Schooling makes it 4 from 4 in SEA Games swimming pool Mon, Jun 8, 2015

    SINGAPORE (AP) — Joseph Schooling continued his perfect start to the Southeast Asian Games, winning two finals in meet record times Monday to give him four gold medals from four events in the pool. More »

  • Schooling opens his SEA Games account with 2 swimming golds
    Schooling opens his SEA Games account with 2 swimming golds Sun, Jun 7, 2015

    SINGAPORE (AP) — Joseph Schooling was the face of the Southeast Asian Games marketing campaign, entrusted to deliver gold medals and a high profile for Singapore. More »