Passions run high ahead of Hong Kong debate on China-vetted democracy plan

Passions run high ahead of Hong Kong debate on China-vetted democracy plan

More than a thousand people converged on Hong Kong`s Legislative Council early on Wednesday before lawmakers debate a Beijing-backed electoral reform plan that could trigger fresh protests in the Chinese-controlled city.

Jun 17, 2015, 09:59 AM IST

Economic growth halves hunger in Asia over 25 years: UN

 Economic growth helped the Asia-Pacific region to halve the proportion of those who have too little to eat to 12 percent of its population over the past 25 years, meeting one of the UN Millennium Development Goals, U.N. officials said on Thursday.

Jun 09, 2015, 15:47 PM IST

Asia stocks retreat as US jobs data fuel rate hike talk

Asian markets mostly fell on Monday, with a better-than-forecast US jobs report fuelling talk of an early interest rate hike, while the dollar sat around 13-year highs.

Jun 08, 2015, 09:09 AM IST

Facebook Lite makes debut in Asia

Facebook on Thursday released a 'Lite' version of its application that was tailored for people using Android smartphones in places where wireless data bandwidth is scarce.

Jun 05, 2015, 04:20 AM IST

Wanted Thai general turns himself in on human trafficking charges

A three-star Thai general accused of involvement in human trafficking turned himself in to authorities on Tuesday, the most high profile among scores of suspects wanted as part of a police crackdown on the illicit trade. 

Jun 02, 2015, 16:06 PM IST
2026 World Cup to be held outside Asia: Sepp Blatter

2026 World Cup to be held outside Asia: Sepp Blatter

Newly re-elected FIFA President Sepp Blatter said here on Saturday that the 2026 World Cup will not be held in Asia.

May 30, 2015, 20:49 PM IST

US hits China over sea reclamation, vows more patrols

The United States on Saturday called for an immediate end to China`s intensifying reclamation works in the South China Sea and vowed to continue sending military aircraft and ships to the tense region.

May 30, 2015, 14:26 PM IST

'ASEAN important part of India's Asia-Pacific vision'

ASEAN is an important part of India's vision of an open, inclusive and rules-based security architecture in the Asia-Pacific region where disputes are resolved through dialogue and not unilateral show of force, Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh said today.

May 30, 2015, 12:45 PM IST
US hits out at China on sea reclamation at security summit

US hits out at China on sea reclamation at security summit

The United States on Saturday vowed to keep sending military aircraft and ships to disputed parts of the South China Sea and called for an immediate halt to reclamation works by Beijing in the tense region.

May 30, 2015, 09:55 AM IST

India can play major role in Asia: Singapore PM

India can play a major role in Asia if it opens up its economy and encourages foreign investments while actively participating in regional summits, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said on Friday.

May 29, 2015, 21:14 PM IST

China crushes half a tonne of ivory in symbolic gesture

China destroyed more than six hundred kilograms of ivory in front of media and diplomats Friday, as it seeks to shed its image as a global trading hub for illegal elephant tusks.

May 29, 2015, 10:56 AM IST

Asian shares edge down on US rate hike bets

Japan`s Nikkei stock index added 0.3 percent, getting a tailwind from a weaker yen and trade data released before market open showed a better-than-expected rise in April exports.

May 25, 2015, 08:06 AM IST

Asia's largest 'Cross' being built in Karachi

A 140-foot bullet-proof cross is being erected here in Pakistan's largest and most populous city by a devout Christian who calls it a "symbol of God".

May 22, 2015, 21:57 PM IST

Asia, Europe migrants putting our humanity to the test: Red Cross

Surging numbers of migrants risking their lives on rickety boats both in Southeast Asia and on the way to Europe are a test of the world`s humanity, the Red Cross chief told AFP in an interview.

May 21, 2015, 16:13 PM IST

The century belongs to Asia, says PM Modi at India-China Business forum

PM Narendra Modi while addressing at India-China Business forum in Shanghai says that the century belongs to Asia

May 16, 2015, 10:10 AM IST

US urges Asian nations not 'to push back' migrant boats

The United States on Friday upped the pressure on Southeast Asian nations, urging them not to float boatloads of desperate migrants back out to sea.

May 16, 2015, 00:39 AM IST

El Nino near-certain to last through summer: US climate centre

The El Niño climate phenomenon is almost certain to last through the Northern Hemisphere summer, the U.S. weather forecaster said, raising the chance of heavy rain in the southern United States as well as South America, and scorching heat in Asia that could devastate crops of thirsty food staples like rice.

May 15, 2015, 03:20 AM IST

Close Sino-India ties can usher revolutionary changes: Media

Revolutionary changes could take place in Asia if China and India forge closer ties overcoming mistrust, the Chinese state media said on Thursday as Prime Minister Narendra Modi began his three-day visit to the country.

May 14, 2015, 11:28 AM IST
Asia braces for crop damage as El Nino remains certain

Asia braces for crop damage as El Nino remains certain

In 2009, the El Nino brought the worst drought in four decades to India. It razed wheat fields in Australia and damaged crops across Asia. Food prices surged. A closely watched forecast by Japan will confirm its return this year as all but certain now.

May 12, 2015, 10:07 AM IST

Asian shares mostly lower on Wall Street loss, Greek fears

Tokyo slipped 0.51 percent and Hong Kong lost 0.36 percent while Seoul shed 0.12 percent and Singapore dipped 0.23 percent.

May 12, 2015, 08:30 AM IST