Beijing combats garbage crisis with new trash incinerator

Beijing’s ecologists say officials will worsen the city’s deadliest environmental issue in their efforts to......

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......

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Nepal bus accident kills 9 and injures dozens

By Fri, Oct 24, 2014 7:22PM UTC

KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Police in Nepal say a bus crowded with people heading home for a Hindu festival has veered off a mountain highway, killing nine people and injuring dozens of others....

French journalists jailed in Papua, Indonesia

By Fri, Oct 24, 2014 7:06PM UTC

JAYAPURA, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesia court has sentenced two French television journalists to two and a half months in jail for illegal reporting in the easternmost province of Papua....

‘Karen rebel’ journalist shot dead by Burmese military

By Fri, Oct 24, 2014 6:43PM UTC

YANGON, Burma (AP) — Burma's press council says the army shot dead a freelance journalist who was detained while covering clashes between ethnic rebels and government troops along the country's rugged border....

British woman dies during Thai cosmetic surgery

By Fri, Oct 24, 2014 5:40PM UTC

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai authorities say a British woman has died under anesthesia during a corrective cosmetic procedure at the same Bangkok clinic. Public Health ministry executive Boonruang Triruangworawat said Friday she was operated on by a doctor who was not certified for cosmetic surgery. He has been arrested on charges of causing reckless death....

5 dead following Afghanistan insurgent attack

By Fri, Oct 24, 2014 5:22PM UTC

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Police in Afghanistan said that five people were killed and two injured when gunmen opened fire on a car in the eastern province of Nangahar on Friday. The attack took place as the car carrying a total of seven civilians was driving through Khogyani district around 6 am, said the spokesman for the provincial police, Hazrat Hussain Mashraqiwal....

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....

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....

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