Asia-Pacific ministers vow to fight IS

 Asia-Pacific ministers today vowed to counter violent extremism promoted by jihadist groups such as Islamic State at a two-day regional summit in Sydney, with Australia's Attorney-General saying their goal was to build societies resilient to terrorism.

Asia-Pacific remains firmly behind embattled Sepp Blatter
Asia-Pacific remains firmly behind embattled Sepp Blatter

There were a few fissures but no major cracks apparent in FIFA president Sepp Blatter`s bedrock of Asia-Pacific support as officials began returning to the region from the annual congress of soccer`s world governing body over the weekend.

US threatening 'chaos' in Asia-Pacific: China

China accused the United States on Thursday of threatening to sow "chaos" in the Asia-Pacific region by inciting countries whose territorial claims in the South China Sea clash with those of Beijing.

UN expert says secret trade deals threaten human rights

Secret negotiations on international trade deals threaten human rights, and the inclusion of provisions that would allow companies to sue states appears to violate human rights law, an independent United Nations expert said on Thursday.

If American "trumpet" was more certain in Asia-Pacific, it's helpful: India

India on Monday said if the American "trumpet" was more "certain" in Asia-Pacific region where the two countries have shared interest, it would be helpful.

Chinese woman contests for UN aviation chief's post

A Chinese woman is contesting to become the first female chief of the aviation arm of the UN, a post for which India is also likely to put up its candidature.

India looking forward to larger role in Asia-Pacific: President

Describing India and Singapore as integral part of the regional architecture in the Asia-Pacific region, President Pranab Mukherjee said India is looking forward to embark upon a larger role in the region with Singapore as its gateway to ASEAN.

China launches first Maritime Silk Road cruise liner

China on Monday launched its first cruise liner to sail via its ambitious transcontinental initiative Maritime Silk Road (MSR) on its maiden voyage during which it will visit three South-East Asian nations including Malaysia and Vietnam.

US ''primed to unlock potential'' of India ties: Obama
US ''primed to unlock potential'' of India ties: Obama

The White House released its first National Security Strategy since 2010 with President Barack Obama saying as part of its rebalance to Asia and the Pacific, the US was "primed to unlock the potential of its relationship with India."

Modi in Fiji: The marching Elephant & the flying dragon

Located in the heart of Pacific Ocean, Fiji, had it never so good in terms of international diplomacy as this week, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jingping coming over to strengthen bilateral ties and further their stakes in Oceania.

Asia's security must not be based on ''intimidation'': Obama
Asia's security must not be based on ''intimidation'': Obama

Security in the Asia-Pacific region must depend on international law and the peaceful resolution of disputes, not on "intimidation", US President Barack Obama said Saturday ahead of the G20 summit here, media reported.

APEC leaders seek free trade progress at annual summit

Asia-Pacific leaders gather Tuesday for the climax of their annual summit with region-wide free trade the key focus as they try to narrow differing views on how to achieve it.

Asia-Pacific rebalance to remain top priority for Obama

Ahead of President Obama's sixth trip to the Asia-Pacific region and his second this year one of his top aide has said the "Asia-Pacific rebalance" is going to be the top foreign policy priority of the Administration in the remaining two years.

US highlights importance of military engagement in Asia-Pacific

The US needs to remain closely engaged militarily with its Asian and Pacific allies, especially at a time when the region is watching with concern Russia`s behaviour toward neighbouring Ukraine, the country`s top Air Force commander for the Asia-Pacific region said Monday.

US will not be diverted from Asia: Obama

US President Barack Obama said Sunday that foreign policy crises elsewhere and domestic political strife would not distract America`s attention from a rising Asia.

India for building security architecture in Asia-Pacific: Menon

India is working with China, Japan as well as with its neighbours and friends to build a "security architecture" in the strategic Asia-Pacific region to help create an environment of development and prosperity, National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon has said.

Asia-Pacific cities first to usher in New Year

In Sydney, the fireworks will be launched from four sails of Sydney Opera House for the first time in more than a decade.

Indonesia tightens security for APEC summit

Indonesia, the host for this year`s Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, has tightened security on Bali Island, where the two-day summit will be held from Monday, as more leaders arrived.

Putin, Obama may discuss Syria next week in Bali: Kremlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Barack Obama may discuss the Syria crisis on the sidelines of an Asia-Pacific summit next week in Bali, a Kremlin aide said on Thursday.

Australian PM says warships could be moved north

Australia is seen as a critical pillar in the US "pivot" to Asia and the rebalancing of its military strategy.