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Asian stocks up for second day on U.S. growth

Hong Kong - Tokyo shares led Asian stock markets higher on Friday after a surprisingly upbeat US economic growth report buoyed investors following a prolonged rout driven by concerns over China's economy.

Rescuers rush to mountainous region to find Indonesia plane crash

Jayapura - Scores of emergency workers in Indonesia were rushing Sunday to the mountains of Papua province after a commercial flight was reported missing and villagers reported seeing a plane crash.

Myanmar flood death toll tops 100, one million affected

Yangon - The death toll from severe flooding across Myanmar has topped 100, state media reported Monday, with nearly one million people affected as fears intensify for the country's crucial rice bowl region.

Myanmar villagers fight floods with just sand bags and hope

Myanmar's president called Thursday for the evacuation of low-lying areas as the Irrawaddy river threatened to breach embankments, leaving villagers with just sand bags to hold back churning waters that have hit much of the country.

Desperation in flood-hit Myanmar as death toll climbs

Yangon - Tens of thousands of people huddled Wednesday in monasteries and other makeshift evacuation centres in remote areas of Myanmar cut off by deadly floods, as rescuers struggled to deliver desperately needed aid.

Myanmar admits 'weak' flood response as monsoon misery spreads

Cox's Bazar - Myanmar's government on Tuesday admitted its "weak" response to massive floods had hampered evacuation efforts, as rain-battered Asian nations counted the rising cost of this year's monsoon.

Hundreds dead, millions displaced as monsoon heaps misery on Asia

Yangon - Monsoon rains have claimed hundreds of lives across Asia, authorities reported Monday, as rescuers scrambled to reach remote areas of India, Pakistan and Myanmar after flash floods and landslides.

UN warns Myanmar flood toll to rise as rains lash region

Yangon - The toll from flash floods and landslides in Myanmar caused by days of torrential rain is likely to rise, the UN warned Sunday, as monsoon downpours heaped misery on thousands across the region.

Scientists: Ban live salamander imports to stop deadly fungus

Scientists in the U.S. are calling for a ban on the import of live salamanders to save their wild brethren from a deadly fungus that has wiped out their populations in the Netherlands and caused a rapid decline in salamander populations across Europe.

Five fascinating facts that you may not know about sea turtles

Each year, in its quest for tasty jellyfish, the leatherback sea turtle travels an astounding 10,000 miles crossing the entire Pacific Ocean, in a journey that stretches from Asia to the U.S. West Coast from Washington to California.

Yukon fossil bones provide DNA, shakeup camel family tree

Ice age camel bones, discovered in the Yukon, are rearranging the camel family tree. Until their extinction around 13,000, western camels were quite common in western North America.

Asia security summit under guard after police shoot man outside

Singapore - An Asia-Pacific security summit was briefly put on lockdown Sunday after police shot dead a local motorist who tried to flee a checkpoint in a car later found to contain drugs, officials said.

China rejects US criticism of sea reclamations

Singapore - China on Sunday rejected US demands to stop reclamation works in the South China Sea, saying it was exercising its sovereignty and using the controversial outposts to fulfil international responsibilities.

US hits out at China over sea reclamation, vows more patrols

Singapore - 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.

U.S. threatening 'chaos' in Asia-Pacific: China

Bejing - China accused the United States on Thursday of threatening to sow "chaos" in the Asia-Pacific region by inciting countries whose territorial claims in the South China Sea clash with those of Beijing.

Meth seizures quadruple across much of Asia-Pacific: UN

Bangkok - Methamphetamine seizures across much of the Asia-Pacific region have quadrupled over five years, the UN said Tuesday, citing rising wealth as one reason for a boom in production and consumption.

May Day rallies in Asia as South Koreans clash with police

Seoul - South Korean workers clashed with riot police at a May Day rally in Seoul on Friday, vowing to wage an "all-out general strike" if the government pushes through with planned labour reforms.

Decision to execute foreigners sets Indonesia apart

Jakarta - While there are foreigners languishing on death row across Asia, where several countries impose the death penalty for drugs offences, it is rare for authorities to execute them.

China, Japan leaders meet but wartime legacy casts shadow

Jakarta - The leaders of China and Japan met Wednesday for only the second time since taking office, but the effort to repair badly damaged ties was marred after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe earlier failed to apologise for Tokyo's wartime aggression.

Asia, Africa to mark summit that forged post-colonial path

Jakarta - Asian and African leaders gather in Indonesia this week to mark 60 years since a landmark conference that helped forge a common identity among emerging states, but analysts say big-power rivalries will overshadow proclamations of solidarity.

Rangers protecting last white rhinos buoyed by social media help

He is the last male of his kind, and as such, he is under armed guard 24/7. There are only five northern white rhinos left in the world, and Sudan is one of them. Fortunately, his future may be a little bit brighter due to a social media campaign.

Asia rings in Year of the Sheep with fireworks, festivities

Bejing - Fireworks illuminated the skies across China as millions around Asia ushered in the Year of the Sheep on Thursday, kicking off festivities with an annual televised gala that got a thumbs down on social media for heavy Communist Party propaganda.

U.S. Navy censures three admirals in bribery scandal

Washington - The U.S. Navy said it has censured three admirals for their roles in a widening bribery scandal, the highest-ranking officers to be punished in the case so far.

World's poor headed for better lives in 2030: Gates

New York - The lives of the poor will improve faster in the next 15 years than at any time in history, billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates and his wife Melinda say.

'Fat Leonard' pleads guilty in U.S. Navy bribery scandal

Washington - A Malaysian contractor at the center of a corruption scandal rocking the U.S. Navy pleaded guilty to fraud charges, admitting to bribing officials with cash, prostitutes, Cuban cigars and Kobe beef.

Millions to welcome Pope on Asia trip

Manila - Pope Francis will immerse himself in some of Asia's most fervent Catholicism during a trip to the Philippines and Sri Lanka starting Tuesday, with millions of devotees set to turn out.

Asian stocks sink, euro near nine-year low

Hong Kong - Tokyo's Nikkei led an Asian share slump Tuesday following painful losses in New York and Europe, with fears sparked by the global slump in oil prices and the Greek political crisis.

Storms hamper recovery of bodies from AirAsia crash

Surabaya - Indonesian searchers recovered the bodies of seven of 162 victims believed to have perished in Sunday's crash of AirAsia Flight 8501 in the Java Sea off Borneo.

Prayers and tears as Asia mourns tsunami dead 10 years on

Ban Khao Lak - Tearful mourners lit candles on Friday to remember the 220,000 people who died a decade ago when tsunami waves devastated coastal areas along the Indian Ocean, in one of the worst natural disasters in human history.On December 26, 2004 a 9.

10 years on, lessons of Asian tsunami hit by 'disaster amnesia'

Phuket - Ten years after the deadliest tsunami on record wrought destruction across the Indian Ocean, creeping complacency is undermining a hi-tech warning system designed to prevent another disaster of such shocking magnitude.
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