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Central Asia link to metro attack poses problem for Russia

Bichkek - The deadly bombing of the metro in Russia's Saint Petersburg has shone a fresh spotlight on extremism coming from ex-Soviet Central Asia after authorities said the attacker was from the region.

US diplomat Solomon, who helped normalize China relations, dies

Washington - Top US diplomat and China scholar Richard Solomon, who played a leading role in the opening of relations with Beijing under Richard Nixon in the 1970s, has died at the age of 79, the State Department said on Wednesday.

900 mn in Asia had to pay bribes in last year: report

Bangkok - More than a quarter of people living in Asia had to pay a bribe while trying to access a public service in the past year, a watchdog said Tuesday, calling on governments to root out endemic graft in the region.

Thai police seize record three tonnes of pangolin scales

Bangkok - Thai customs police on Thursday unveiled a massive three-tonne cache of seized pangolin scales intended for Asia's lucrative wildlife markets, where feverish demand for the "scaly anteater" has turned it into the most trafficked mammal on earth.

Thai police seize record three tonnes of pangolin scales

Bangkok - Thai customs police on Thursday unveiled a massive three-tonne cache of seized pangolin scales intended for Asia's lucrative wildlife markets, where feverish demand for the "scaly anteater" has turned it into the most trafficked mammal on earth.

Thai police seize record three tonnes of pangolin scales

Bangkok - Thai customs police on Thursday unveiled a massive three-tonne cache of seized pangolin scales intended for Asia's lucrative wildlife markets, where feverish demand for the "scaly anteater" has turned it into the most trafficked mammal on earth.

What now for the TPP?

Toukyo - After Donald Trump vowed to abandon the Trans-Pacific Partnership, here are some key questions about a huge trade pact that supporters said would write the rules for 21st century commerce -- but which might now be doomed.- What is the TPP?

Five key moments for China's Evergrande

Bejing - Key moments in the history of Guangzhou Evergrande, who won their sixth consecutive Chinese Super League title last week and are touted as Asia's first superclub:Relegated for match-fixingIf ever there was a cloud that had a silver lining.

Google, FB team up to build undersea cable from U.S. to Asia

Facebook and Google have teamed up to take part in the construction of a high-capacity internet cable connecting North America and Asia.

Zika virus likely to spread in Asia Pacific: WHO

Manila - The Zika virus is set to spread through Asia, the World Health Organization warned Monday, with hundreds of cases reported in Singapore and two Thai babies diagnosed with Zika-linked microcephaly.

Obama says US is 'here to stay' in Asia

Vientiane - Barack Obama, on his final visit to Asia as US president, insisted Tuesday renewed American engagement with the region would endure after he left the White House."America's interest in the Asia-Pacific is not new. It's not a passing fad.

2.6 billion people in Zika risk areas in Africa, Asia: study

Paris - At least 2.6 billion people, over a third of the global population, live in parts of Africa, Asia and the Pacific where Zika could gain a new foothold, researchers warned Friday, with 1.2 billion at risk in India alone.

Snapchat 'Yellow Face' lens slapped as offensive

San Francisco - Vanishing message app Snapchat made a photo lens quickly disappear after an online uproar branding it an offensive stereotype of Asians worthy of the label "Yellow Face.

Tokyo seeks to pressure Beijing on S China Sea ruling

Ulan Bator - Tokyo raised pressure on Beijing at an Asia-Europe summit Saturday to respect an international tribunal's ruling that dismissed its claims to much of the South China Sea.

Europe-Asia summit condemns terrorism after Nice attack

Ulan Bator - Leaders of Asia and Europe condemned international terrorism at a summit in Mongolia Friday, as an attack in Nice drew attention away from Beijing's rejection of a tribunal ruling dismissing its extensive South China Sea claims.

Europe-Asia summit condemns terrorism after Nice attack

Ulan Bator - Leaders of Asia and Europe condemned international terrorism at a summit in Mongolia Friday, as an attack in Nice drew attention away from Beijing's rejection of a tribunal ruling dismissing its extensive South China Sea claims.

Europe-Asia summit condemns terrorism after Nice attack

Ulan Bator - Leaders of Asia and Europe condemned international terrorism at a summit in Mongolia Friday, as an attack in Nice drew attention away from Beijing's rejection of a tribunal ruling dismissing its extensive South China Sea claims.

Kuwait sets minimum wage for maids in first for Gulf

Kuwait City - Kuwait has set a minimum wage for its hundreds of thousands of mostly Asian domestic staff, the first country in the Gulf to do so, local media reported on Thursday.

Australian vigils for gay community after U.S. massacre

Sydney - The Sydney Harbour Bridge was lit with the colours of the rainbow on Monday as hundreds of Australians gathered to stand in solidarity with the global gay community after the worst mass shooting in modern US history.

China says it doesn't fear 'trouble' in S. China Sea

Singapore - An Asian security summit ended in discord Sunday after China denounced US "provocations" in the South China Sea and declared it does not fear trouble in the contested waters.

US vows 'actions' if China builds new S. China Sea structures

Singapore - Chinese construction on a South China Sea islet claimed by the Philippines would prompt "actions being taken" by the United States and other nations, US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter warned Saturday.

Thailand asks China, rivals to look beyond border rows

Singapore - Thailand on Friday urged China and rival claimants to the South China Sea to look beyond border disputes and find ways of cooperating in order to ease tensions in the region.

Chinese military moves key issue at Singapore forum

Singapore - Asia's largest annual security forum opens Friday in Singapore with territorial disputes in the South China Sea, North Korea's military provocations and Islamist extremism expected to dominate discussions.

PepsiCo accused of human rights violations

Global food giant PepsiCo has been accused of continuing human rights violations and anti-trade union practices in relation to factories in the Indian state of West Bengal.

El Nino dries up Asia as its stormy sister La Nina looms

Withering drought and sizzling temperatures from El Nino have caused food and water shortages and ravaged farming across Asia, and experts warn of a double-whammy of possible flooding from its sibling, La Nina.

France visitor numbers up in 2015 despite attacks

Paris - The number of foreign visitors to France grew in 2015 despite jihadist attacks in Paris thanks to a sharp rise in tourists from Asia, Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said Friday.

Severe dry spell parches Asian farmlands

Bangkok - The severe drought now ravaging across Asia is taking a heavy toll on crops as the region desperately needs water to irrigate parched farmlands.

Central Asia strongman regimes challenged by stuttering economies

Ashgabat - Pensioner Anna Kovalyova, 63, would struggle to make ends meet on her pension worth $250 if it was not for the subsidies from the authorities in Turkmenistan that make water, gas and electricity almost free.

South African private army protects world's largest rhino farm

- The world's largest rhino farm looks like a vast fortress and is guarded by a private army.

Pound takes hit in Asia on 'Brexit' fears

Toukyo - The pound dropped in Asian trading Monday, after news the mayor of London will campaign for Britain to leave the EU added to uncertainty over the country's future in the bloc.
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