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  • New US sanctions on North Korea ships, Chinese traders

    New US sanctions on North Korea ships, Chinese traders

    The US government has proceeded to impose new sanctions on the Asian country of North Korea – targeting North Korean ships and Chinese traders.

  • Fear of volcanic eruption on Bali forces nearly 135,000 to flee to shelters

    Fear of volcanic eruption on Bali forces nearly 135,000 to flee to shelters

    Some tourists are having second thoughts about their holiday plans after several countries, including Singapore and Australia, issued travel advisories warning of the risk from the volcano.

  • Why China did not fight India at Doklam trijunction

    Why China did not fight India at Doklam trijunction

    Worried over the minatory Chinese rhetoric, Delhi had kept the US and the EU in the loop about all border developments in the event of a shooting war starting between the two Asian giants

  • 7.9 magnitude quake hits Indonesia, tsunami warnings canceled

    7.9 magnitude quake hits Indonesia, tsunami warnings canceled

    A massive quake struck on Wednesday off the Indonesian island of Sumatra, a region devastated by the 2004 Indian Ocean quake and tsunami, but initial fears of another region-wide disaster faded as tsunami warnings were canceled.

    Indonesian and Australian authorities called off their tsunami alerts within two hours of the 7.8 magnitude tremor, though it was still unclear if the quake had destroyed any buildings or killed people in Sumatra.

    A National Search and Rescue Agency official gave an initial report of some deaths, but later withdrew those comments.

  • Foreign secretaries to decide on future of BIMSTEC

    Foreign secretaries of BIMSTEC member countries will meet in Nepal in April to discuss on the future direction of the regional organisation.

    The commerce secretaries of the regional body, just prior to FS level talks, will sit together to discuss about proposed BIMSTEC free-trade agreement.

    The decisions were taken at a retreat in Dhaka on Tuesday where representatives all the seven countries took part with Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque in the chair.

    Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Thailand and Sri Lanka are the members of BIMSTEC.

  • China confirms first case of Zika virus

    China has confirmed its first case of the Zika virus in a man who had recently travelled to South America, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

    The virus, which is causing international alarm after spreading through much of the Americas, was detected in a 34-year-old man from Ganxian county in the eastern province of Jiangxi, Xinhua said, citing China's National Health and Family Planning Commission.

    Chinese health authorities downplayed the risk of the mosquito-borne virus spreading because of the winter cold, Xinhua added.

  • North Korea fires long-range rocket despite warnings

    North Korea has fired a long-range rocket, which critics say is a test of banned missile technology.

    A state TV announcer said North Korea had successfully placed a satellite in orbit.

    It appears the rocket was fired from a base in the north-west and passed over Japan's southern Okinawa islands.

    The launch was condemned by Japan, South Korea and the US, who have requested an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council later on Sunday.

  • North Korea advances ‘satellite’ launch

    North Korea has brought forward the possible date of a controversial "satellite" launch to as early as Sunday, regional governments say.

    The secretive state will launch the satellite-bearing rocket between 7-14 February, the Japanese government has said, according to reports.

    Pyongyang previously said the launch would take place between 8-25 February.

    The announcement was condemned by world powers, which say it is a cover for testing ballistic missile technology.

  • Deadly earthquake topples buildings in Taiwan

    An earthquake has toppled several buildings in the south Taiwan city of Tainan, killing at least five people.

    Rescue teams were trying to reach people trapped in rubble after the magnitude 6.4 quake struck early on Saturday as people were sleeping.

    A baby and one other person died after a high-rise residential block collapsed. More than 220 people have been rescued.

  • Why Asia should worry about Zika too

    It could be the plot of a dystopian thriller: the sudden outbreak of a disease that spreads almost invisibly, for which there is no cure and no vaccination, but which is linked to horrific deformity in babies and may cause some adults' immune defences to attack their own nervous systems.

    But Zika is no fiction.

    The spread of the disease across the Americas is being described as an "explosive pandemic" and now Asia is on alert.

  • Report: Military power in Asia ‘shifting against’ the US

    The balance of military power in Asia is shifting against the US as China makes aggressive territorial moves, a major independent report will warn on Wednesday.

    Barack Obama’s “pivot to Asia”, a major policy shift first outlined in 2011, is mired in confusion against a backdrop of a “significantly more complicated” international security picture, the researchers argue.

  • China just launched the most frightening game ever — and soon it will be mandatory

    As if further proof were needed Orwell’s dystopia is now upon us, China has now gamified obedience to the State.

  • China summons US envoy over Taiwan arms deal

    China has summoned a senior US envoy in protest after Washington announced it would sell two warships to Taiwan.

    Vice Foreign Minister Zheng Zeguang made "solemn representations" with Kaye Lee, the US charge d'affaires, China's foreign ministry said.

    The arms deal, worth $1.83bn (£1.22bn) comes as tensions rise over China'sisland-building in the South China Sea.

    Taiwan expressed gratitude to Washington for helping with its defence needs.

  • ‘Social media is not real life’

    An Australian teenager with more than half a million followers on Instagram has quit the platform, describing it as “contrived perfection made to get attention”, and called for others to quit social media – perhaps with help from her new website.

  • 17 killed in building collapse in central China

    A building collapsed during renovations in central China, killing 17 workers and injuring 23, officials said Saturday.

    The collapse happened Friday afternoon in the Wuyang County town of Beiwudu in Henan province while work was being done on the building's foundation, the county government said on its website. Forty people were pulled from the debris by early Saturday morning, including 17 killed and 23 injured — nine of them in serious condition.

  • Hong Kong ferry incident leave 124 injured

    At least 124 people were injured when a high-speed ferry travelling to Hong Kong from Macau hit an object in the water, say officials.

    The ferry, with 174 passengers and crew on board, lost power close to Lantau island, at about 18:00 local time (10:00GMT) and began taking on water.

    Marine police boats were sent to rescue the passengers, with local media saying many had injuries to limbs and faces.

    Some passengers waited on board to be rescued for several hours.

  • Hundreds see ‘floating city’ filmed in skies above China

    Onlookers, some who are said to have videoed the bizarre event, were said to be mesmerised  as a towering city of sky scrapers appeared from the clouds.

    First thousands reportedly saw a ghostly alien city floating over Foshan in the Guangdong province of China.

  • Philippines on alert as Typhoon Koppu nears

    The Philippines is preparing for a typhoon that is forecast to dump heavy rain and cause severe flooding when it arrives at the weekend.

    On Friday President Benigno Aquino warned people living in the path of Typhoon Koppu to be ready to evacuate.

    In a TV address, he said the storm could bring up to 12 hours' torrential rain and cause severe flooding.

    It was Mr Aquino's first such appeal since Typhoon Haiyan struck in 2013, leaving more than 6,000 people dead.

    Koppu is due to hit the northern island of Luzon early on Sunday.

  • Asian stocks consolidate gains

    Asian shares edged higher on Monday, consolidating recent rises as late gains in Wall Street on Friday and a rebound in the commodities complex prompted some investors to hunt for bargains while the dollar struggled.

    MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS was up 0.1 percent in early deals, rounding off impressive 10 percent gains so far this month as investors unwound some of their long U.S. dollar and short commodities and emerging markets trade.

  • Trans-Pacific free trade deal agreed

     The biggest trade deal in decades was struck on Monday.

    The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) cuts trade tariffs and sets common standards in trade for 12 Pacific rim countries, including the US and Japan.

    It marks the end of five years of often bitter and tense negotiations.

    Supporters say it could be worth billions of dollars to the countries involved but critics say it was negotiated in secret and is biased towards corporations.

    The deal covers about 40% of the world economy and was signed after five days of talks in Atlanta in the US.

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