China picks owners for 5 new private banks
2014-03-11 16:30:28 UTC
BEIJING (AP) — Ten companies including Internet giants Alibaba and Tencent have been picked to invest in China's first five privately owned banks, the industry's chief regulator said Tuesday.
The planned banks, part of sweeping reform plans ann...
Malaysian military says missing jet changed course
2014-03-11 16:21:22 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The Malaysian military has radar data showing the missing Boeing 777 jetliner changed course and made it to the Malacca Strait, hundreds of kilometers (miles) from the last position recorded by civilian authorities, a...
What is known about missing Malaysia Airlines jet
2014-03-10 16:47:59 UTC
An extensive search has revealed no sign of the missing Malaysia Airlines plane. What authorities say is known as of Monday evening:
— The Boeing 777 carrying 239 people lost contact over the sea between Malaysia and Vietnam; there was no sign ...
Investigators chasing 'every angle' on missing jet
2014-03-10 07:06:17 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Dozens of ships and aircraft have failed to find any piece of the missing Boeing 777 jet that vanished more than two days ago above waters south of Vietnam as investigators pursued "every angle" to explain its disappe...
Asian stocks tumble on weak China, Japan data
2014-03-10 05:57:07 UTC
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Asian stock markets sank Monday, battered by weak Chinese trade and a reduced estimate for Japan's economic growth. Shares in Malaysia Airlines tumbled on news of the weekend disappearance of one its jets enroute to Beij...
China's inflation rate eases to 2 pct in February
2014-03-09 06:35:19 UTC
BEIJING (AP) — China's inflation rate eased in February to 2 percent year-on-year amid signs the world's second-largest economy might be cooling.
The consumer price rise reported Sunday by the National Bureau of Statistics was down from January...
Japan sees future business in Fukushima cleanup
2014-03-08 09:29:21 UTC
TOKYO (AP) — There is something surprising in the radioactive wreck that is the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant: opportunity. To clean it up, Japan will have to develop technology and expertise that any nation with a nuclear reactor will on...
Frustration in Afghan women's rights struggle
2014-03-08 08:46:38 UTC
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — In 2009, the United States gave Wazhma Frogh the International Woman of Courage award for her women's rights activism in Afghanistan. Prominently displayed in Frogh's office is a picture of then-Secretary of State Hillary...
Malaysian Boeing 777 vanishes with 239 aboard
2014-03-09 08:15:21 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Military radar indicates that the missing Boeing 777 jet turned back before vanishing, Malaysia's air force chief said Sunday as authorities were investigating up to four passengers with suspicious identifications who...
Mamoru Samuragochi, Japan Beethoven sorry for fake work
2014-03-07 09:04:24 UTC
TOKYO (AP) — The man once lauded as "Japan's Beethoven" bowed repeatedly and apologized Friday at his first media appearance since it was revealed last month that his famed musical compositions were ghostwritten and he wasn't completely deaf.
Asia stocks up as Ukraine tensions continue to ebb
2014-03-06 05:52:26 UTC
TOKYO (AP) — Shares were mostly higher in Asia on Thursday as the standoff over Ukraine between Russia and the West continued to ease and the yen weakened.
Japan's Nikkei 225 stock average was up 1.5 percent at 15,120.01 as the dollar headed ba...
China blames separatists for knife attack; 33 dead
2014-03-02 07:20:23 UTC
KUNMING, China (AP) — More than 10 assailants slashed scores of people with knives at a train station in southern China in what state media said Sunday was a terrorist assault by ethnic separatists from the far west. Twenty-nine slash victims and ...
Coal crunch gives impetus to India's solar switch
2014-02-28 07:55:50 UTC
NEW DELHI (AP) — For six years in a row, India's monopoly coal producer has missed its production targets, leading to chronic electricity shortages and sending power producers scrambling for pricier imports. But what looks like a looming c...
US ambassador urges China to respect human rights
2014-02-27 08:24:48 UTC
BEIJING (AP) — The outgoing U.S. ambassador to Beijing urged China to respect the rights of peaceful political activists and said Washington is deeply concerned about the fate of a minority scholar charged with separatism.
Gary Locke made the c...
French automakers seek to catch up in China
2014-02-25 08:52:51 UTC
BEIJING (AP) — French automakers Renault and Peugeot are looking belatedly to China to revive their flagging fortunes but picked a tough time to try to expand.
Three decades after Volkswagen became the first global automaker to produce cars in ...
As tearful Korean reunions end, more seen unlikely
2014-02-25 08:10:00 UTC
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The 88-year-old North Korean man stretched his arms out the bus window to grasp the hands of his South Korean sister one final time before the end of rare reunions Tuesday between hundreds of family members separated for ...
265 Anne Frank books vandalized in Tokyo libraries
2014-02-22 08:31:38 UTC
TOKYO (AP) — Anne Frank's "The Diary of a Young Girl" and scores of books about the young Holocaust victim have been vandalized in Tokyo public libraries since earlier this year.
The damage was mostly in the form of dozens of ripped pages in th...
Koreas begin reunions of separated families
2014-02-20 08:37:53 UTC
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Elderly North and South Koreans separated for six decades are tearfully reuniting, grateful to embrace children, brothers, sisters and spouses they had thought they might never see again.
About 80 elderly South Koreans...
Before Korean family reunions, fears of false hope
2014-02-19 08:05:33 UTC
BUCHEON, South Korea (AP) — Kim Se-rin is sure he'll recognize his sister when they reunite — if they reunite — in North Korea this week, more than 63 years after war drove them apart. And he knows what he'll say.
"I will first hug her and ...
UN letter to Kim Jong Un warns on accountability
2014-02-18 07:58:38 UTC
GENEVA (AP) — A U.N. panel warned North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Monday that he may be held accountable for orchestrating widespread crimes against civilians in the secretive Asian nation, ranging from systematic executions to torture, r...
Thai police and protesters clash
2014-02-18 07:41:50 UTC
Thai police are confronting protesters at a site in central Bangkok, with several people injured and one police officer reported killed.
Police are trying to retake official buildings and sites that have been blocked by demonstrators.
Police raid Australian TV network over exclusive
2014-02-18 07:01:22 UTC
SYDNEY (AP) — Police, seeking to prevent a convicted drug trafficker from profiting from her life story, raided Tuesday the Sydney headquarters of a television network that is negotiating an exclusive interview deal.
Schapelle Corby has bee...
Bomb derails train in southwest Pakistan, kills 8
2014-02-17 07:02:55 UTC
KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — A bomb placed by an ethnic separatist group derailed a train in southwest Pakistan on Sunday, killing eight people, police and the militants said.
Three of the dead were children and another 20 people were wounded b...
Japan growth short of forecasts in Oct-Dec quarter
2014-02-17 06:24:26 UTC
TOKYO (AP) — Japan's economy grew slower-than-forecast in the last quarter of 2013, clouding the outlook for recovery ahead of a sales tax hike in April.
Government figures released Monday showed the world's third-largest economy expanded 1...
In Indonesia, Kerry urges action on climate change
2014-02-16 07:37:55 UTC
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is taking his case for action on climate change to Indonesia, where he will urge governments across Asia and beyond to step up efforts to combat the phenomenon.
In a speech in...