Asia

Merkel's deputy seeks economic pivot to Asia with Trump in office

German Economics Minister Sigmar Gabriel has called for a new economic policy towards Asia following the inauguration of Donald Trump as US president.

HRW: Duterte's drug war, Suu Kyi's Rohingya failure mark dismal 2016

An unprecedented level of extrajudicial killings in the Philippine drug war and Mynamar's failure to address a brutal crackdown on Rohingya Muslims highlight the grim state of human rights in Asia...

First tunnel linking Europe and Asia opens in Istanbul

The first transport tunnel linking Asia and Europe opened Tuesday in the Turkish metropolis Istanbul.

Scientists discover 163 new species in Asia's Mekong region

Scientists discovered 163 new species in Asia's Greater Mekong region last year, according to a report released Monday by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

Study finds nearly 385 million children worldwide live in poverty

Nearly 385 million children worldwide live in extreme poverty, UNICEF and the World Bank said Monday.

Asia needs 300 billion dollars a year to uphold Paris climate goals

Developing Asia needs to shell out 300 billion dollars every year if it intends to meet the goals agreed to at the 2015 Paris climate summit, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) said Tuesday.

Nepal failing to stop child marriage, says Human Rights Watch

Nepal’s poverty, traditional practices, patriarchy and gender discrimination have led to the country having one of the highest rates of child marriages in Asia, a leading rights group said...

Lego see slowdown in profit growth even as sales surge 10 per cent

Danish toy company Lego on Tuesday posted a slight drop in net profit for the first half of 2016, even as turnover rose 10 per cent, lifted by strong sales growth in Europe and Asia.

Seoul: North Korea "executes vice premier"

North Korea has executed one of its vice premiers by firing squad, a South Korean government official told dpa.

Report: North Korea lays mines along DMZ as South plays up defections

North Korean soldiers have been laying fresh landmines in the demilitarized zone (DMZ) separating their country from South Korea in recent weeks, reported South Korean news agency Yonhap Tuesday,...

Typhoon Mindulle batters Tokyo area, disrupting transport

A powerful typhoon accompanied by strong winds and heavy rain pounded eastern and north-eastern Japan Monday, disrupting transport in the regions.

15 illegal migrants found in cargo train in east Croatia

Railway workers found 15 illegal migrants of African and Asian background hidden in carriages of a cargo train in Slavonski Brod, eastern Croatia, and a police investigation is under way.

Chinese ships approach islets disputed with Japan

Japan lodged a protest with China Wednesday after four Chinese coast guard vessels entered what Tokyo regards as its territorial waters near a group of disputed islets in the East China Sea,...

South Korea defends plans to bolster security with missile system

South Korea's President Park Guen Hye defended plans to deploy a US missile defence system in the country on Monday, despite criticism from China and Russia.

South Korea pardons almost 5,000, including convicted business leader

South Korean President Park Geun Hye has granted amnesty to almost 5,000 convicted criminals