No illegal trading of elephants in Bihar cattle fair

There is no illegal trading of elephants in Asia's largest cattle fair at Sonepur in Bihar that began on Wednesday, an official said.

Migrant workers in UAE exploited, abused: Report

Migrant domestic workers in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are beaten, exploited and trapped in forced labour situations, Human Rights Watch said in a report released Thursday.

Internet 'sleeps' in some parts of the world

Internet "sleeps" almost like a living creature in some parts of Asia, South America and Eastern Europe, say scientists who tracked Internet usage as it pulses across the globe daily.

Half-tonne of smuggled ivory seized in Saudi: Media

Authorities in Saudi Arabia say they have seized half a tonne of ivory being smuggled from Africa to east Asia.

Putin to meet with Western leaders on Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin is mounting a diplomatic blitz on the sidelines of a summit of European and Asian leaders in a bid to escape Russia's worst crisis with the West since the Cold War.

China accuses American hand behind Hong Kong protests

Accusing the US of "manipulating" the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, China on Saturday claimed that an American official, who was linked to the Tibetan and Xinjiang's separatist movements, met with key protest leaders.

Human-caused climate change blamed for some heat waves
Human-caused climate change blamed for some heat waves

Heat waves last year in Asia, Europe and Australia were influenced by human-caused climate change, but not all extreme weather events could be linked to global warming, scientists said Monday.

Islamic State ''brand'' gains ground among Asian militants
Islamic State ''brand'' gains ground among Asian militants

A threat by Philippine militants to kill a German hostage in a show of solidarity with Islamic State is the latest sign that the Middle East group`s brand of radicalism is winning recruits in Asia and posing a growing security risk in the region.

China hails India's Mars mission success as landmark progress
China hails India's Mars mission success as landmark progress

China today congratulated India for its successful Mars mission saying that it was not only a proud achievement for the country and Asia but also a "landmark progress" in mankind's exploration of outer space.

Asian Olympic chiefs open door to Oceania athletes
Asian Olympic chiefs open door to Oceania athletes

Asian Olympic officials have agreed to let countries from Oceania compete at the region`s next indoor Games, a significant move that could open the door for sporting powerhouse Australia to integrate more into Asia.

FIFA rankings continue to make dismal reading for Asia
FIFA rankings continue to make dismal reading for Asia

The FIFA rankings continued to make dismal reading for Asia with only two teams, Iran and Japan, in the top 50 of September`s list which was published on Thursday. Iran, Asia`s top-ranked team were a modest 44th, while Japan were four places below them. They were followed by Uzbekistan in 58th and South Korea a further five places adrift.

China, Russia to build seaport: Report

China and Russia will build one of the largest ports in northeast Asia on Russia`s Sea of Japan coast, reports said, in a further sign of the powerhouses` growing alliance.

Gujarat to get Asia’s first Ballistic Research Centre

India is all set to achieve self-reliance in testing of armoured vehicles, as Asia's first Ballistic Research Centre will soon be functioning at Gujarat Forensic Science University (GFSU) here.

Kei Nishikori bids for US Open title and Asian lift-off
Kei Nishikori bids for US Open title and Asian lift-off

 Japan`s Kei Nishikori, the first Asian man to make a Grand Slam final, faces fellow first-timer Marin Cilic for the US Open title on Monday hoping to open a new frontier in tennis in Asia.

Mayapuri market still does not have radiation check facility

Nearly four years after the Mayapuri scrap market in West Delhi was hit by a radiation leak, businessmen in the Asia's largest junk trade hub say no adequate preventive mechanism has been put in place by the authorities as promised after the incident.

Gujarat to get Asia's first Ballistic Research Centre

India is all set to achieve self-reliance in testing of armoured vehicles, as Asia's first Ballistic Research Centre will soon be functioning at Gujarat Forensic Science University (GFSU) here.

Seoul: Of trains, palaces, towers, surprisingly varied cuisine
Seoul: Of trains, palaces, towers, surprisingly varied cuisine

South Korea's hyper-efficient capital doesn't immediately spring to mind when you think of exotic Asian destinations. But this mega-city offers much to tempt travelers beyond a layover from the ultra-modern international airport in nearby Incheon.

China says "no change" in policy on improving ties with Japan

China on Thursday rejected remarks by former Japanese prime minister Yasuo Fukuda that Beijing had expressed willingness to improve ties between Asia`s two biggest economies, and said there was "no change" in its policy on Tokyo.

Honeybees came from Asia, not Africa: Study

Contrary to the general belief that honeybees originated from Africa, a new research indicates that the species actually came from Asia.

Pope warns of `cancer` of despair in South Korea sermon

Pope Francis warned of the "cancer" of despair that afflicts outwardly affluent societies and called on South Korean Catholics to reject "inhuman economic models" at a mass for 45,000 people on Friday on the first papal trip to Asia in 15 years.