Obama visit lifts lid on Asia tensions

April 24, 2014 1:16 am

TOKYO: US President Barack Obama’s Asian tour starts in Japan on Wednesday, lifting the lid on a bubbling cauldron of regional animosities and exposing historical rifts. Obama touches down in Tokyo after nearly 150 lawmakers paid homage at a controversial … Read more »

New debris sighted in MH370 search

April 24, 2014 1:14 am

PERTH, Australia: Authorities are investigating whether “unidentified material” washed up on the southwest coast of Australia has any link to missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, officials said on Wednesday. “Western Australia Police have attended a report of material washed ashore … Read more »

Businesses linked to sunken ferry under fire

April 24, 2014 1:13 am

SEOUL: South Korean prosecutors on Wednesday raided businesses affiliated with the operator of a capsized ferry as part of a widening investigation into a disaster that has left 146 people confirmed dead and 156 still missing. The raids focused on … Read more »

China underground water polluted

April 24, 2014 1:12 am

BEIJING: Sixty percent of underground water in China which is officially monitored is too polluted to drink directly, state media have reported, underlining the country’s grave environmental problems. Water quality measured in 203 cities across the country last year rated … Read more »

Film shows efforts to protect Jewish refugees in Manila

April 24, 2014 1:12 am

Dick Frieder lived most of his life not knowing what his father did during World War II. It turned out he did something remarkable: He saved lives. The Frieder family saga is a little-known tale of how five businessman brothers … Read more »

Russia threatens retaliation if interests attacked

April 24, 2014 1:10 am

MOSCOW: Russia will respond if its interests are attacked in Ukraine, as they were in South Ossetia in 2008 which led to war with Georgia, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said  on Wednesday. “If we are attacked, we would certainly respond. … Read more »

New economic orders seen from Indonesia, India polls

April 24, 2014 1:08 am

As Indonesia and India conduct their respective polls, the two countries are seen setting different paths for their economies. According to an Bloomberg article written by Pankaj Mishra, “India and Indonesia, relegated to the ranks of the ‘fragile five’ economies, … Read more »

UN agency heads appeal for Syria access

April 24, 2014 1:07 am

GENEVA: The heads of five United Nations agencies on Wednesday made an impassioned call to both sides in Syria’s conflict to allow aid deliveries countrywide, end siege warfare and halt indiscriminate attacks on civilians. “The war escalates in many areas. … Read more »

Internet governance eyed in Brazil meet

April 24, 2014 1:06 am

SAO PAULO: A summit on Internet governance kicks off in Brazil on Wednesday, aiming for a new global partnership in the wake of revelations on US online surveillance. Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff called the gathering last year amid ire worldwide … Read more »

Venezuela govt, protestors set dialogue

April 24, 2014 1:05 am

CARACAS: A Venezuelan opposition coalition and President Nicolas Maduro’s government will meet for new talks aimed at ending more than two months of deadly anti-government protests, officials said on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila). “We have a date, Thursday, but we … Read more »