Protesters in HK to vote on staying in streets

HONG KONG (AP) — Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong plan to hold a spot referendum......

Womenomics to fuel Japan’s growth

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sets out to empower women as a pillar of economic......

Asian universities challenging Europe and America’s monopoly

At the beginning of October the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2014-2015 were released......

What is the Hong Kong government waiting for?

Talks were scheduled between the Hong Kong government and the protesters. They were held. Yet,......

Engineering: a tool for global development

Have you ever thanked an engineer for the last Snickers bar you devoured? Perhaps not. How......

Interview with HK chief greeted with derision and outrage

CY Leung digs himself a new hole in Hong Kong writes Philip Bowring for Asia......

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China, 21 other countries initiate new Asian bank

By Fri, Oct 24, 2014 11:23AM UTC

BEIJING (AP) — China and 21 other Asian nations have signed on to a new international bank for Asia opposed by Washington as an unnecessary rival to established institutions such as the World Bank....

Malaysian man crawls for 3 days after car smash

By Fri, Oct 24, 2014 10:56AM UTC

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Authorities in Malaysia say a man seriously injured in a car accident crawled through jungle for three days before happening upon an isolated village....

US, SKorea agree to delay wartime control transfer

By Fri, Oct 24, 2014 9:44AM UTC

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States has agreed to maintain wartime control of South Korean troops in the event of an attack by North Korea for the foreseeable future, delaying the transfer of authority to Seoul that had been scheduled for 2015....

Malaysia returning officer to NZ for assault trial

By Fri, Oct 24, 2014 9:38AM UTC

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's foreign ministry says a military official accused of assaulting a woman in New Zealand will be returned there Friday to face trial....

Separatists protest in Kashmir against Modi visit

By Thu, Oct 23, 2014 7:22PM UTC

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Shops and businesses are closed in Indian-controlled Kashmir because of a protest by separatist groups against a visit by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Police and paramilitary soldiers patrolled Srinagar, Kashmir's main city, to prevent demonstrations....

China opposes sending North Korea to international court

By Thu, Oct 23, 2014 7:11PM UTC

BEIJING (AP) — China says it's against referring ally North Korea to the International Criminal Court over its human rights record. The U.N. General Assembly's human rights committee is considering a resolution calling on the Security Council to take that step, citing the North's dismal and well-documented record of sprawling political prison camps, starvation and mass executions....

Australia weighs US request for Ebola Africa team

By Fri, Oct 24, 2014 1:32PM UTC View Comments

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's prime minister says he is considering a personal request from President Barack Obama to send a medical team to Africa to fight Ebola....

China launches experimental moon orbiter

By Fri, Oct 24, 2014 10:55AM UTC View Comments

BEIJING (AP) — China has launched an experimental spacecraft to fly around the moon and back to Earth in preparation for the country's first unmanned return trip to the lunar surface....

Malaysia returning officer to NZ for assault trial

By Fri, Oct 24, 2014 9:38AM UTC View Comments

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's foreign ministry says a military official accused of assaulting a woman in New Zealand will be returned there Friday to face trial....

Engineering: a tool for global development

By Thu, Oct 23, 2014 4:59PM UTC View Comments

Have you ever thanked an engineer for the last Snickers bar you devoured? Perhaps not. How about consulting an engineer for insight into the latest controversial, progressive art exhibition? Highly unlikely- but why? Because the study of engineering has little to do with confectionery and nothing to do with culture? Few statements could be further from the...

Rights group: Migrant workers abused in UAE homes

By Thu, Oct 23, 2014 11:25AM UTC View Comments

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A human rights watchdog says many women from Asia and Africa employed as domestic workers in the United Arab Emirates are exploited and abused in slave-like conditions....

UN inquiry head rejects N. Korea’s ‘honeyed words’

By Thu, Oct 23, 2014 9:41AM UTC View Comments

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The head of the U.N. commission of inquiry on North Korea says "a few honeyed words" by Pyongyang as it tries to avoid a referral to the International Criminal Court has not changed the human rights situation on the ground there....