• Follow us


Asia-Pacific News

Coronavirus live updates: Diamond Princess passengers, including 14 2020-02-17 09:08:44The U.S. has facilitated the voluntary repatriation of more than 300 U.S. citizens who had been passengers on the Diamond Princess cruise ship.

China is sterilizing cash in an attempt to 2020-02-17 08:59:30Chinese banks have been ordered to disinfect cash before issuing it to the public in an effort to curb the spread of the new coronavirus that has so f

Coronavirus live updates: US confirms 14 new cases, 2020-02-17 08:18:48The U.S. has facilitated the voluntary repatriation of over 300 U.S. citizens who had been passengers on the Diamond Princess cruise ship.

Malaysia bars entry of MS Westerdam cruise passengers 2020-02-17 03:11:52The 83-year-old American woman arrived in Malaysia after leaving the MS Westerdam cruise ship that docked in Cambodia last week.

Chinese stocks up more than 2%, rest of 2020-02-17 03:09:13The pneumonia-like COVID-19 has already infected more than 70,000 people worldwide and killed over 1,700.

Singapore downgrades 2020 economic forecast amid coronavirus outbreak 2020-02-16 20:44:54Singapore's gross domestic product in 2020 could register a change of between -0.5% and 1.5%, said the country's Ministry of Trade and Industry.

Singapore will likely spend big to soften economic 2020-02-16 20:16:53Singapore's finance minister, Heng Swee Keat, is scheduled to deliver his annual budget speech on Tuesday.

Americans begin evacuating quarantined cruise ship in Japan; 2020-02-16 18:40:24China's National Health Commission reported that there were 2,009 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus and 142 additional deaths as of Feb. 15.

Taiwan confirms its first death, American cruise ship 2020-02-16 10:31:57An American cruise ship passenger tested positive for a second time after hundreds of passengers had already left the MS Westerdam.

WHO calls on world leaders to 'stop stigma 2020-02-15 19:28:40Chinese officials on Saturday reported 2,641 new coronavirus cases and 143 additional deaths in the last 24 hours.

The White House doesn't trust China's coronavirus numbers 2020-02-15 14:13:44U.S. mistrust of China goes as far back as the 1950s, when national authorities set unrealistic production quotas that led local officials to inflate

State Department will evacuate Americans from cruise ship, 2020-02-15 10:16:51China's National Health Commission reported an additional 143 deaths nationwide, as well as 2,641 new confirmed cases as of Feb. 14.

L.A. Times - Asia

India hastily builds wall along slum ahead of New! 2020-02-18 13:23:44India has hastily erected a wall in Gujarat ahead of a visit by U.S. President Trump and critics say it is designed to block the view of a slum area.

After learning Whitey Bulger was unwitting subject of New! 2020-02-18 10:04:02A juror in the murder and racketeering trial for the notorious Boston crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger says she regrets voting in 2013 to

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani wins reelection, months after New! 2020-02-18 09:36:37Afghanistan's election results were repeatedly delayed amid accusations of misconduct and technical problems with counting ballots.

Netanyahu corruption trial to begin in March, two New! 2020-02-18 09:25:19Israeli opposition leader Benny Gantz says he will work to mend ties with America's Democratic Party if he wins national elections next month.

Today's Headlines: Coronavirus disrupts the flow of business 2020-02-18 08:00:19The deadly respiratory disease, now known as COVID-19, is taking a toll on global trade.

Killing of 7-year-old adds to anger in Mexico 2020-02-18 03:27:10The killing of a 7-year-old girl on the southern outskirts of Mexico City has stoked rising anger over brutal slayings of women in Mexico.

Virus claims life of hospital director in hard-hit 2020-02-18 02:10:36Liu Zhiming is at least the seventh health worker to die of the COVID-19 disease among the more than 1,700 doctors and nurses who have become sick.

Museum's Rembrandt knockoff turns out to be the 2020-02-17 20:40:00A nearly 400-year-old painting that had long been attributed to someone in Rembrandt’s workshop has now been judged to have been a work of the D

Russian Tatars feel threatened as Putin pursues nationalist 2020-02-17 19:18:27Russia's parliament approves legislation ending the rights of the 85 regions, republic and territories to mandate compulsory regional language lesson

As leaders spar over homelessness in Austin, California 2020-02-17 17:37:28'No SF in TX,' Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican, tweeted. He has feuded over homelessness with Steve Adler, Austin's Democratic mayor.

Body of Pakistani reporter found hours after he 2020-02-17 06:11:51The body of a Pakistani journalist was found dumped in a canal just hours after he went missing while on his way to work, police said Monday. His fami

Truman and Coolidge go up, Jefferson and Jackson 2020-02-17 06:00:10On Presidents Day, it's worth noting that the way we remember our chief executives says more about the present than the past.

Asia - Voice of America

Yazidis Push for Reparation Bill in Iraqi Parliament New! 2020-02-18 23:45:45Yazidi Female Survivors Law was referred to Iraqi parliament by President Barham Salih in March 2019, and was seen by Yazidi leaders as important step

Dutch Court Orders Russia to Recompense Shareholders for New! 2020-02-18 23:42:11A $50 billion fine for seizure of the oil company

As Us Prepares For Deal with Taliban, Afghan New! 2020-02-18 23:27:59The news of a potential deal with the Taliban and subsequent intra-Afghan dialogue comes amid an ongoing political struggle

Sanders' Campaign to Request Iowa Recount New! 2020-02-18 21:39:17Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign plans to ask for a partial recount of the Iowa caucus results after the state Democratic Party releases the res

Report: Climate Disruption Threatens Health, Future of All New! 2020-02-18 20:37:28The heating up of the planet and damage to the environment, among other stresses, meant every child faced an uncertain future, according to an interna

Barr Under Fire as Public Uproar Over Justice New! 2020-02-18 20:04:11Week after attorney general overturns Justice Department's recommendation for stiff prison sentence for Trump's friend Roger Stone, public uproar ov

Valiant Canines Train for Snow Rescue Operations New! 2020-02-18 19:32:59When avalanches crash down mountainsides, it is a race against time to find those buried in the snow. Rescue teams rush to emergency sites. At that

Trump Blasts Proposed US Restrictions on Sale of New! 2020-02-18 19:23:37President Donald Trump said national security concerns, which had been cited as reasoning for the plans, should not be used as an excuse to make it di

Homeland Security Waives Contracting Laws for Border Wall New! 2020-02-18 18:53:57The Trump administration is waiving federal contracting laws to speed construction of a US-Mexico border wall, sparking criticism about potential for

Weinstein Rape Trial Jury Deliberates, Requests Blueprint of New! 2020-02-18 18:04:50The jury of seven men and five women begins their discussions after the judge warns Weinstein's lead defense lawyer against talking to the press unti

Judge Refuses to Put Off Stone Sentencing New! 2020-02-18 17:57:28Trump says conviction of longtime friend and confidant should be thrown out, alleging a biased jury

Travel Restrictions, Uncertainty at Home Cause Chinese Tourists New! 2020-02-18 17:32:43Southeast Asia's most populous country, Indonesia, has not had an incidence of coronavirus infection, despite being at crossroads of global trade and


Thai airports boost screening of Singaporean, Japanese passengers New! 2020-02-18 22:10:00Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports have increased the intensity level of screening for passengers from Japan and Singapore, putting them on the same

Woman gunned down in Bangkok mall shooting New! 2020-02-18 20:37:17A woman was killed Tuesday at a Bangkok mall in a shooting Thai police blamed on "jealousy", less than two weeks after a soldier went on a gun rampa

Coronavirus: Thieves steal 6,000 surgical masks in Japan New! 2020-02-18 19:36:57TOKYO - Thieves in Japan have made off with some 6,000 surgical masks from a hospital, with the country facing a mass shortage and a huge price hike o

Cambodia PM Hun Sen defends Westerdam ship docking 2020-02-18 05:23:14SIHANOUKVILLE, Cambodia - Cambodia's strongman premier defended on Tuesday (Feb 18) his decision to allow a US cruise ship to dock despite at le

Ex-coast guard chief charged over bungled South Korea 2020-02-18 05:18:31SEOUL - A former South Korean coast guard chief was indicted Tuesday (Feb 18) for allegedly bungling rescue operations at one of the country's deadli

Hong Kong man hands himself in after 29 2020-02-18 05:07:46A 49-year-old man surrendered himself to police on Monday night in connection with the discovery of 29 pets which were apparently hurled from a window

Thai army to transfer control of land after 2020-02-18 01:42:54BANGKOK - Thailand's army agreed on Monday to transfer management control of 160,000 hectares of commercial land to the finance ministry in a dr

'It's our nation's right to rely on the 2020-02-18 01:41:05Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto has reiterated the importance of praying amid the country's ongoing battle against China's coronavirus (COVID-

'Tiger widows' shunned as bad luck in rural 2020-02-18 01:19:09SHYAMNAGAR, Bangladesh - Abandoned by her sons, shunned by her neighbours and branded a witch. Ms Mosammat Rashida's crime? Her husband was killed b

Hong Kong restaurant doubles down on insistence it 2020-02-18 00:45:39The outspoken owners of a popular Hong Kong restaurant chain who supported anti-government protesters have doubled down on their insistence that staff

German man falls to his death from condo 2020-02-17 23:23:54A German man reportedly jumped from the fourth floor of a condominium building and died on Monday (Feb 17) morning, Pattaya police said. Police

Syringes, lab tubes found on Thai beach likely 2020-02-17 23:19:31Numerous syringes and lab tubes containing human blood found near a beach in Chong Samae San subdistrict, Chonburi province, on Sunday, which caused p