North Korea deports US tourist and Korean War vet
2013-12-07 08:15:49 UTC
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Saturday freed an 85-year-old U.S. veteran of the Korean War after a weekslong detention, ending the saga of Merrill Newman's attempt to visit the North as a tourist six decades after he oversaw a group of ...
Amid political violence, Thai king urges stability
2013-12-05 07:10:24 UTC
BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand put politics aside Thursday to celebrate the 86th birthday of the country's revered monarch, who used his annual birthday speech to call for stability but made no direct reference to the crisis that has deeply divided the n...
China gives no ground to Biden in air zone dispute
2013-12-05 07:07:42 UTC
BEIJING (AP) — Giving no ground, Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. Vice President Joe Biden traded strong arguments Wednesday over China's contentious new air defense zone, with little indication of progress toward defusing a situation that is...
Asian stocks down over fears of Fed stimulus cut
2013-12-05 06:20:10 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Asian stocks were in the red Thursday after strong U.S. economic data renewed fears that the Federal Reserve may start cutting its monetary stimulus this month.
Japan's Nikkei 225 eased 0.4 percent to 15,343.01 and...
Diligent Asian students dominate global exam
2013-12-04 18:36:03 UTC
BEIJING (AP) — As a ninth-grader, Shanghai's Li Sixin spent more than three hours on homework a night and took tutorials in math, physics and chemistry on the weekends. When she was tapped to take an exam last year given to half a million students...
Thai protesters swarm into Government House
2013-12-03 06:23:37 UTC
BANGKOK (AP) — Thai anti-government protesters have broken through a gate and forced their way into the prime minister's office compound as police stood by and watched.
Hundreds of protesters poured onto the lawn of Government House, waving Tha...
In Tokyo, Biden drawn into China air zone dispute
2013-12-03 06:10:32 UTC
TOKYO (AP) — Hours after touching down in Asia on a long-planned trip, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is being pulled into a messy territorial spat between China and its neighbors.
Biden is meeting in Tokyo on Tuesday with Japanese Prime Ministe...
Thai protest leader vows to escalate offensive
2013-12-02 19:13:49 UTC
BANGKOK (AP) — A firebrand opposition leader vowed Monday to escalate his campaign to topple Thailand's government, and ordered his followers to storm Bangkok's police headquarters after they fought all day with riot police protecting heavily barr...
Strong earthquake hits Indonesia; no casualties
2013-12-02 06:48:32 UTC
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A strong, shallow earthquake rocked parts of eastern Indonesia early Sunday, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the 6.3-magnitude quake was centered 343 kilometer...
Police fire tear gas at protesters in Bangkok
2013-12-01 06:48:21 UTC
BANGKOK (AP) — Riot police fired tear gas at protesters trying to force their way into the prime minister's office compound and Bangkok's police headquarters on Sunday.
Reporters saw anti-government protesters trying to rip down concrete barrie...
NKorea says American apologizes for 'hostile acts'
2013-11-30 19:33:19 UTC
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea state media claimed Saturday that an elderly U.S. tourist detained for more than a month has apologized for alleged crimes during the Korean War and for "hostile acts" against the state during a recent trip.
China sends jets towards US and Japanese aircraft
2013-11-29 19:46:00 UTC
China scrambled fighter jets to investigate US and Japanese aircraft flying through its new air defence zone over the East China Sea on Friday as the regional clamour over the disputed airspace escalated.
The ministry of defence announced the m...
Asia stocks lower ahead of Europe data, US sales
2013-11-29 09:06:11 UTC
BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets were mostly lower Friday as traders awaited European inflation data and the first day of the U.S. Christmas shopping season.
The region's heavyweight, Japan's Nikkei 225, tumbled 0.8 percent to 15,607.75 after...
China sends warplanes into air defense zone
2013-11-29 08:38:32 UTC
BEIJING (AP) — China said it sent warplanes into its newly declared maritime air defense zone days after the U.S., South Korea and Japan all sent flights through the airspace in broadening defiance of rules Beijing says it has imposed over the Eas...
Thai protesters storm army headquarters
2013-11-29 08:33:38 UTC
BANGKOK (AP) — Protesters in Thailand stormed onto the grounds of the national army headquarters on Friday, breaking into their latest high-profile target in a bid to topple Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.
The crowd of about 1,200 people br...
Thai premier pleas for end to protests
2013-11-28 09:16:20 UTC
BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's prime minister begged protesters Thursday to call off their sustained anti-government demonstrations and negotiate an end to the nation's latest crisis.
Yingluck Shinawatra issued the plea even as she easily defeated a...
Japan leads Asian markets higher on yen weakness
2013-11-28 06:53:20 UTC
HONG KONG (AP) — Japanese stocks jumped Thursday as the yen lingered near a six-month low, leading a broader advance by Asian markets after U.S. benchmarks rose to record levels.
The Nikkei 225 advanced 1.2 percent to 15,631.35, driven by the J...
World stocks trade sideways ahead of US holiday
2013-11-26 10:07:50 UTC
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — World stock markets mostly traded sideways Tuesday after a lull in Wall Street's record-breaking run ahead of a U.S. holiday.
U.S. stocks have enjoyed seven weeks of gains, driven by the Federal Reserve's super easy m...
China looking for new markets in eastern Europe
2013-11-26 10:02:21 UTC
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang says Chinese investment in infrastructure construction, renewable energy and agriculture in eastern Europe will bring greater prosperity and jobs in the region.
Li said China's economi...
Typhoon ruined traditional, high-tech livelihoods
2013-11-26 10:00:24 UTC
TANAUAN, Philippines (AP) — As Typhoon Haiyan tore across the eastern Philippines, coconut plantations older than the fathers of the men who tend them were smashed like matchsticks and call centers that field customer service gripes from around th...
SC child taken 20 years ago safe in Australia
2013-11-23 21:50:57 UTC
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A woman accused of abducting her infant daughter from South Carolina 20 years ago has been located in Australia and is facing extradition back to the United States to face charges, federal authorities announced this week.
Spying furor exposes Indonesia-Australia relations
2013-11-22 08:59:36 UTC
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The fragile, odd-couple relationship between Australia and Indonesia, forever locked together by geography, has reached the latest of several historic dips. This time, the difference might be that it's the Australians wh...
Volcano raises new island far south of Japan
2013-11-21 06:08:23 UTC
TOKYO (AP) — A volcanic eruption has raised an island in the seas to the far south of Tokyo, the Japanese coast guard and earthquake experts said.
Advisories from the coast guard and the Japan Meteorological Agency said the islet is about 200 m...
Philippine corruption magnifies effects of typhoon
2013-11-18 15:04:15 UTC
TACLOBAN, Philippines (AP) — When a newspaper for Filipino workers in New Zealand told readers how to donate to the typhoon relief effort in their homeland, it mentioned agencies like the Red Cross but not a list of government bank accounts that t...
Ivory seizures swell hidden Hong Kong cache
2013-11-18 07:31:09 UTC
HONG KONG (AP) — When Hong Kong intercepted yet another huge shipment of illegal African ivory in early October, it added to a growing headache for authorities: What exactly do you do with one of the world's biggest stockpiles of elephant tusks?