Asian Muslims start Ramadan

Muslims in much of Asia began celebrating the holy month of Ramadan today, but in Indonesia even threats by hardliners to raid "sinful" bars could not stop football fans heading to nightspots to watch the World Cup.

UN urges Afghanistan, Central Asia to fight drugs

The UN has urged close coordination between Afghanistan and Central Asian countries to combat drug trafficking, media reported Friday.

"The members of the Security Council underlined the threat posed by illicit drug production, trade and trafficking to international peace and stability in the region," Xinhua quoted a statement issued by the UN as saying.

Obama hopes for Pacific trade deal by November

US President Barack Obama said Friday he hopes to have an agreement on framing a vast pan-Pacific trading block by the time he makes his next visit to Asia in November.

Southeast Asia hub of global pirate attacks: UN

Southeast Asia has become the world`s hotspot for pirate attacks after an international clampdown slashed the number of hijackings off the coast of war-torn Somalia, the UN said today.

Asia presents huge developmental potential for Islamic finance

Asia presents huge developmental potential for Islamic finance and is likely to be the main driver of Islamic banking growth in the near future given the untapped potential in India, Bangladesh and Indonesia, according to a report.

Japan`s Abe talks peace in Asia with Pope Francis

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe discussed ways of promoting peace and stability in Asia at a meeting with Pope Francis on Friday, the Vatican said in a statement.

Anti-Qatar World Cup campaign blasted as `racist`

Asia`s top Olympic official blasted accusations of corruption against Qatar`s 2022 World Cup campaign as being "racist" attacks on Arabs.

Delhi`s Barakhamba Road police station best in Asia: Survey

Delhi Police`s Barakhamba Road Station has been adjudged as the best police station in Asia, according to a survey conducted by a global alliance of NGOs.

Japan plans more proactive role in Asian security

Japan`s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe vowed Friday that his country would play a larger role in promoting peace in Asia, and called for the rule of law to be upheld in the region.

Abe to vow Japan`s security contribution in Asia

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will outline his vision for Japan`s defense role in regional security to promote peace and prosperity amid tension over China`s growing assertiveness and maritime activity.

`China, India can partner to reduce trust deficit`

China, which has surpassed the US in its contribution to development cooperation projects around the world, could cooperate with India in the area as a means of reducing the trust deficit that exists between the two countries, a Chinese official said.

US Defence Secretary Hagel to embark on Europe Asia trip

US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel would embark on a 12-day trip next week to Europe and Asia to discuss key regional and global issues with leaders of several countries, his spokesperson said.

Five suicide bombers carried out Xinjiang attack: Chinese state media

Five suicide bombers carried out the attack which killed 31 people in the capital of China`s troubled Xinjiang region, state media reported a day after the deadliest terrorist attack to date in the region.

No country should dominate Asia: Chinese president

Chinese President Xi Jinping Wednesday called for cooperation in development and security in Asia, adding that "no country should dominate" the continent.

China`s Xi issues veiled warning to Asia over military alliances

Chinese President Xi Jinping appeared to warn some Asian nations on Wednesday about strengthening military alliances to counter China, saying this would not benefit regional security.

UN says Asia`s demand drives global meth seizures

Asia`s robust economy and strong demand for drugs drove global production and trafficking of methamphetamine to record levels last year, with Japan one of the most lucrative markets, the United Nations said today.

Bangladesh ferry capsizes with 200 passengers aboard; 12 bodies found

A Bangladeshi river ferry with around 200 passengers on board capsized in a storm on Thursday, killing at least 12 people, and a rescue diver said he had seen more bodies inside the wreck.

Bangladesh ferry carrying hundreds sinks: officials

A heavily-laden ferry capsized and sank in central Bangladesh on Thursday after being caught in a storm, leaving at least nine people dead and hundreds more missing, police and officials said.

Ex-Man Utd midfielder Park Ji-Sung retires

South Korea`s former Manchester United star Park Ji-Sung announced his retirement on Wednesday, ending a trailblazing career that made him Asia`s most decorated player.

Polio outbreaks a public health emergency: WHO

Polio as a disease has been eradicated from India but some parts of the world still are at a risk. The World Health Organization has warned that the spread of polio has become an international public health emergency.