Asia News

Ponting fined by ICC after on-field incident

By Tue, Dec 28, 2010 10:02AM UTC

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Australia captain Ricky Ponting was fined 40 percent of his match fee by the ICC on Monday after arguing with umpires over an unsuccessful video review during the second day of the fourth Ashes cricket test against England. The International Cricket Council said Ponting was found

Afghanistan needs Pakistan help on security

By Tue, Dec 28, 2010 9:52AM UTC

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Afghan president’s spokesman says security cooperation with Pakistan is key if his nation is to be able to quell its virulent insurgency. Wahid Omar said on Monday that President Hamid Karzai discussed the issue with Pakistani officials during a recent mini summit in Turkey where

Poverty breeds new generation of Filipino rebels

By Tue, Dec 28, 2010 9:49AM UTC

MOUNT DIWATA, Philippines (AP) — Too poor to afford school beyond fourth grade in the southern Philippines, 19-year-old Johnny Buyo walked away from home six months ago to join the communist rebellion — one of Asia’s longest-running. He was handed a rusty M16 rifle, which he vowed to keep for

Analysts: NKorean provocations to increase in 2011

By Tue, Dec 28, 2010 9:28AM UTC

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea could fire missiles at South Korea next year, analysts predicted Monday, as the isolated North’s hostility toward the outside world deepens while it undergoes a hereditary transfer of power. Tensions are high on the Korean peninsula following a series of provocations from the

For Japan, 2010 was a year to forget

By Tue, Dec 28, 2010 9:25AM UTC

TOKYO (AP) — Japan has been overtaken by China as the world’s No. 2 economy. Its flagship company, Toyota, recalled more than 10 million vehicles in an embarrassing safety crisis. Its fourth prime minister resigned in three years, and the government remains unable to jolt an economy entering its third