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Sanctions disrupt aid agencies in North Korea

Ramped-up international sanctions on North Korea have inadvertently disrupted the already challenging work of aid agencies there, those in the field say, with risk-averse banks refusing to transfer funds needed to keep operations running.

Transnational crime booming across Southeast Asia: UN

Transnational crime is booming in Southeast Asia, the UN warned Thursday, aided by rapid regional economic integration and patchy cross-border police work.

Japan, China, South Korea consider autumn summit

Japan, China, South Korea consider autumn summit

China, Japan and South Korea are considering holding their first trilateral summit in three years, offering a potential stage for the first one-on-one meeting between Tokyo and Seoul`s leaders, the Nikkei business daily reported on Saturday.

US urges N Korea to drop `fantasy` of nuclear program

 North Korea must abandon its "fantasy" that it is free to pursue its nuclear program while seeking global help to prop up its economy, a top US official said Thursday.

Child abuse costs E Asia, Pacific $209 billion a year: UN report

 Child abuse and neglect are costing countries in East Asia and the Pacific an estimated $209 billion a year, equivalent to 2 percent of the region`s GDP, researchers said on Tuesday in the region`s first study of the economic impact of abuse.

China`s Xi says Japan friendship `worth cherishing`

China`s President Xi Jinping struck a friendly tone on relations with Japan Saturday, but touched on disputes over history which still add to tensions between the East Asian giants.

Quakes reveal deep secrets beneath East Asia

Using 3D supercomputer simulations of earthquake data, scientists have found hidden rock structures deep under East Asia.

China, Japan, South Korea to hold first FM talks in three years

China, Japan and South Korea will this week hold the first meeting of their foreign ministers for three years, Tokyo said today, the latest sign of a gradual thaw in East Asian relations.

China a beneficiary of greater Indian role in Asia Pacific: US

The US has said China would be a beneficiary of a greater role played by India in the Asia Pacific region, rejecting outrightly the concerns expressed in the Communist nation about the growing Indo-US relationship.

US supports active role for Japan in East Asia

 Two important wings of the Obama administration - the Pentagon and the State Department - came out in open support of an active role for Japan in the South China Sea, which has attracted a strong reaction from China.

200 million people moved to cities in East Asia in decade: World Bank

 Almost 200 million people in East Asia moved to urban areas in the decade to 2010, the World Bank said Monday, creating a massive challenge to the region`s planners.

World Bank trims China, East Asia 2014-2016 growth forecasts

The bank also trimmed its 2016 growth forecast for the region to 6.8 percent from 7.1 percent. 

China's military secrecy justifies surveillance flights: US official

The United States is justified in carrying out surveillance flights in East Asia, in spite of Chinese objections, given a lack of transparency in China`s military buildup, a senior US official said on Friday.

Earwax odour could reveal your gender, sexual orientation and health status

By using analytical organic chemistry researchers, who have tried to identify the presence of odor-producing chemical compounds in human earwax, have found that the amounts of these compounds differ between individuals of East Asian origin and Caucasians.

India, China discuss measures for border peace

Ahead of their talks between Special Representatives on the contentious boundary issue, India and China on Monday held the fifth meeting of the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on Border Affairs during which measures for maintaining peace and tranquility on the border were discussed.

US lawmakers urge tough stance on China sea claims

Lawmakers say the United States must not tolerate China`s use of military coercion in pursuit of its territorial claims in the seas of East Asia.

China, Japan, South Korea to jointly combat air pollution

To combat air pollution which has become a major problem in East Asia; China, Japan and South Korea have joined hands together. This step is to boost sustainable development for greater ecological improvement.

Death toll from Philippines typhoon crosses 6,000

The number of people killed from typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines crossed 6,000, authorities said Friday.

Ancient bones point to Native Americans` twin ancestry

In the "Out of Africa" theory, Homo sapiens left their ancestral home in east Africa around 50,000 years ago, heading north, west and south.

North Korea poses serious threat: US

An unpredictable North Korea, with its nuclear weapons and missile programmes, stands as a serious threat to the United States and East Asia nations.