Cambodian growing export market for rat meat
2014-08-25 04:13:52 UTC
A unique harvest is under way in the rice fields of Cambodia where tens of thousands of wild rats are being trapped alive each day to feed a growing export market for the meat of rural rodents.
Popularly considered a disease-carrying nuisance i...
First remains of Malaysian MH17 victims arrive home
2014-08-22 07:02:01 UTC
Flags flew at half-mast in Malaysia on Friday as the remains of 20 of the country's nationals who perished in the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 arrived at Kuala Lumpur International Airport.
The flight from Amsterdam was met by relatives...
Australian fisherman killed by a giant saltwater crocodile
2014-08-19 18:40:37 UTC
A man has been killed by a giant saltwater crocodile as he was fishing with his wife in northern Australia.
The man, 57, was attacked by the 4.5-metre (15ft) reptile as he waded into the Adelaide River to unsnag his line, south of Darwin.
'Face-Kini': A novel way of protecting the skin from the sun
2014-08-18 04:30:27 UTC
Perhaps drawing inspiration from Spiderman, beachgoers in China's eastern city of Qingdao have come up with a novel way of protecting their skin from the sun.
They call it the "face-kini". It was first sported by middle-aged women as a practica...
Barack Obama banned from entering Chechnya
2014-07-26 22:22:13 UTC
Although Russia has not responded to US sanctions over the Ukraine crisis by putting a travel ban on President Barack Obama, there is one part of the country he is now barred from entering: Chechnya.
On Saturday Ramzan Kadyrov, the president of...
India doctors remove 232 teeth from boy's mouth
2014-07-24 20:40:01 UTC
Doctors in India have extracted 232 teeth from the mouth of a 17-year-old boy in a seven-hour operation.
Ashik Gavai was brought in with a swelling in his right jaw, Dr Sunanda Dhiware, head of Mumbai's JJ Hospital's dental department, told the...
Malaysia Airlines plane MH17 'crashes in Ukraine'
2014-07-17 19:19:02 UTC
A Malaysian airliner carrying 295 people has crashed in east Ukraine on a flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, amid allegations it was shot down.
Bodies are scattered around what is believed to be the wreckage of the jet near the village of G...
Two American tourists face trial over 'hostile acts'
2014-06-30 05:16:03 UTC
Two American tourists detained in North Korea face trial for charges including "perpetrating hostile acts".
The state-run KCNA news agency said on Monday that suspicions about "hostile acts" by Matthew Todd Miller and Jeffrey Edward Fowle had b...
Foreign investment into China falls in May
2014-06-17 08:38:06 UTC
Foreign investment in China fell in May to its lowest level in 16 months, partly due to slowing growth.
The government says China attracted $8.6bn (£5.1bn) in foreign direct investment (FDI) in May.
That is a 6.7% fall from the same period l...
MH370: searchers not looking in the best place
2014-06-17 08:21:40 UTC
The search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 is yet to target the most likely crash site, having been distracted by what is now believed to have been a bogus signal, satellite experts have claimed.
Scientists from Inmarsat, the Bri...
Japan defends plans to resume whale hunting
2014-06-11 18:00:44 UTC
Environmental groups are angered by Tokyo's intent to ignore a ruling by International Court of Justice and to use its "scientific whaling" program to justify a return to commercial whaling.
Restaurants across Japan are taking part in a "whale ...
India state minister playing down rapes
2014-06-05 16:49:10 UTC
Home minister in BJP-run Madhya Pradesh, a state minister from Indian prime minister Narendra Modi's ruling party has described rape as a "social crime", saying "sometimes it's right, sometimes it's wrong", in the latest controversial remarks by a...
Beijing massacre: Hong Kong vigil for the 25th anniversary
2014-06-04 22:42:00 UTC
Tens of thousands of people gathered in Hong Kong's Victoria Park on Wednesday to mark the quarter-century anniversary.
The names of those killed during the Tiananmen Square crackdown were read out over loudspeakers as people raised their candles...
China: 25th anniversary of the Beijing massacre
2014-06-04 10:24:28 UTC
Chinese security personnel have swamped Beijing's Tiananmen Square on the 25th anniversary of the Beijing massacre.
Foreign journalists were ushered away from the square and passers-by were searched and had their papers checked.
In recent we...
World's biggest greenhouse gas emitter may cap emissions
2014-06-03 17:58:34 UTC
China, the world's biggest greenhouse gas emitter, will limit its total emissions for the first time by the end of this decade, according to a top government advisor.
He Jiankun, chairman of China's Advisory Committee on Climate Change, told a ...
India's economic growth at an annual rate of 4.6%
2014-06-01 06:42:58 UTC
India's economic growth has remained subdued, due largely to a slowdown in the manufacturing sector, official figures have shown.
The economy grew at an annual rate of 4.6% between January and March, below analysts' forecasts and the same pace ...
China denounces US-Japan speeches
2014-06-01 06:37:03 UTC
Chinese army general Wang Guanzhong said Chuck Hagel and Shinzo Abe's comments at the Shangri-La Dialogue were "unacceptable".
Mr Hagel had earlier said China was "destabilising" the South China Sea.
Meanwhile, Japan's PM Shinzo Abe had vowe...
China 'destabilising' south-east Asia
2014-05-31 19:48:01 UTC
China's aggressive moves to claim jurisdiction over land and sky in the Asia-Pacific risk undermining peace and security in the region and beyond, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Saturday. Beijing scoffed at the "groundless" charges.
Thailand coup: Yingluck detained as roundup by military continues
2014-05-24 08:09:30 UTC
Thailand's army is holding the former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra in a “safe place”, an aide said on Saturday as the junta summoned nearly 200 other prominent politicians and activists, while public resistance to the military takeover becam...
North Korea fired near a South Korean warship
2014-05-22 23:17:10 UTC
North Korea fired into disputed waters near a South Korean warship on Thursday, a South Korean military officer has said.
The officer said North Korea fired artillery towards a naval ship engaged in a routine patrol mission near the countries' ...
Military coup: Thailand's army has seized power
2014-05-23 04:49:12 UTC
There were no reports of unrest on the streets of Bangkok early Friday. Overnight the country was under curfew, which the military had ordered in a bid to restore peace amid political upheaval which has pitted pro- and anti-government supporters a...
Asia Stocks: China factory data spark share rally
2014-05-22 06:27:49 UTC
After some economists shrugged off a series of weak China data in recent months, some are also shrugging off today’s strong China data.
Always the first to comment on HSBC’s China PMI is the bank’s own chief China economist Hongbin Qu. While Qu...
Thailand's acting PM has issued a plea for the army to act peacefully
2014-05-20 21:42:08 UTC
Thailand's acting PM has issued a plea for the army to act peacefully and within the constitution following its imposition of martial law.
Niwatthamrong Boonsongphaisan also said he had asked for new elections to be called for August.
Narendra Modi: 21st century belongs to India
2014-05-17 22:11:09 UTC
Tens of thousands of supporters welcomed the new prime minister, who until a few years ago was the little-known chief minister of the western state of Gujarat, but whose blending of nationalism with the promise of economic and cultural revival str...
BJP is leading in India's mammoth 9 phase general election
2014-05-16 05:22:16 UTC
The BJP is leading in 231 of 460 seats for which initial indications are available, while the ruling Congress party is leading in 48 seats.
Final results for the 543 seats are expected later on Friday.
Voter turnout was a record 66.38%, beat...