Asia Pacific

Philippines takes ASEAN helm at summit

Philippines takes ASEAN helm at summit

16 January 2017 – Members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) gathered in the Philippines yesterday for the launch of the nation’s president, Rodrigo Duterte, as chairman of...

Cambodia resettlement deal still stands

Cambodia resettlement deal still stands

14 November 2016 – The nascent refugee resettlement agreement between Australia and the United States will not affect Cambodia’s own voluntary transfer deal for refugees detained on the Pacific island...

Laos sanctions 50 provincial officials for corruption

Laos sanctions 50 provincial officials for corruption

09 November 2016 – Laos has sanctioned 50 provincial authorities in southern Salavan province for receiving bribes over the past five years, local media reported today. The inspection authorities estimate...

Pollution-hit China grabs global green bond lead

Pollution-hit China grabs global green bond lead

03 November 2016 – China is extending its dominance of the global market for green bonds, just as the Paris Agreement on climate change takes effect this week. The world’s...

Chinese couple steal a toilet seat from a Japanese hotel

Chinese couple steal a toilet seat from a Japanese hotel

19 October 2016 – A couple from China have been forced to post back a toilet seat they stole from a Japanese hotel. The couple were on a trip...

World’s oldest giant panda in captivity dies in Hong Kong

World’s oldest giant panda in captivity dies in Hong Kong

18 October 2016 – The world’s oldest ever giant panda in captivity died on Sunday aged 38 at a Hong Kong theme park, officials said. Jia Jia was put down...

Mourning Thais dye clothes as prices for black apparel surge

Mourning Thais dye clothes as prices for black apparel surge

17 October 2016 – Pop-up clothes dyeing centers are a new phenomenon in the Thai capital as black apparel becomes too expensive for many following the death of King Bhumibol...

Japanese man killed by iron pipe from Tokyo building

Japanese man killed by iron pipe from Tokyo building

14 October 2016 – An iron pipe that fell from near the 10th story of a building under construction in Tokyo’s Roppongi district struck a pedestrian on the head and...

Tributes pour in for Thailand’s King Bhumibol

Tributes pour in for Thailand's King Bhumibol

13 October 2016 – Tributes and messages of condolences are pouring in for Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej following his death this afternoon. King Bhumibol, 88, had been the world’s...

Toyota recalls 340,000 Priuses globally to fix parking brake issue

Toyota recalls 340,000 Priuses globally to fix parking brake issue

12 October 2016 – Toyota Motor Corp today said it was recalling around 340,000 of its latest Prius gasoline hybrid model in Japan and overseas to fix a parking brake...