Asia Pacific

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...

Debris recovered from Mauritius from missing MH370

Debris recovered from Mauritius from missing MH370

7 October 2016 – Debris recovered from the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius is from missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, according to a statement by Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai...

Mini Pepper robots start new jobs in Taiwan

Mini Pepper robots start new jobs in Taiwan

6 October 2016 – A shiny new cohort joined the workforce in Taiwan this morning, a troop of mini robots all going by the name “Pepper”, enlisted to entertain customers...