Asia News

South Korean PM says MERS threat over; no new cases in 3 weeks

By Tue, Jul 28, 2015 11:54AM UTC

South Korean Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn says the country is now virtually free of the deadly MERS virus that killed 36 people and sickened nearly 200 since an outbreak was declared in May.

Malaysia taken off US human trafficking blacklist; no upgrade for Thailand

By Tue, Jul 28, 2015 8:34AM UTC

The U.S. State Department has followed up on its controversial proposal to take Malaysia off its blacklist of countries failing to combat modern-day slavery, leaving it open to criticism that politics is swaying the often-contentious rankings in its annual human trafficking report.

Strong earthquake rocks Indonesia’s Papua province

By Tue, Jul 28, 2015 8:00AM UTC

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A strong earthquake has rocked Indonesia’s easternmost province of Papua, but there are no immediate reports of injuries or damage. The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude-7.0 underground quake struck at 6:41 a.m. Tuesday (2141 GMT) and was centered 247 kilometers (153 miles) west of Jayapura,

Indonesia, Britain to step up efforts to fight Islamic State

By Tue, Jul 28, 2015 5:48AM UTC

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia and Britain have agreed to step up joint efforts to fight their shared enemy, the Islamic State group.

Chinese woman dies in horrific escalator accident, but saves son

By Mon, Jul 27, 2015 7:30PM UTC

A Chinese woman has died after being trapped in a shopping mall escalator, but not before pushing her 2-year-old son to safety.