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  1. News - Asia - NORTH KOREA

    US Pacific fleet chief says North Korea is top security concern in Asia

    Posted Jan 22nd 2014, 04:58pm by Agence France-Presse in Singapore

    ... identification zone North Korea remains Washington’s “number one security concern” in Asia, the US Pacific Fleet commander said on Wednesday, despite simmering territorial disputes elsewhere ... US-hosted naval drills for the first time in June off Hawaii. The biennial Rim of the Pacific exercise, or RIMPAC, is billed as the world’s largest international maritime war games and will feature ...

  2. News - Asia - TRADE

    Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact risks splitting Asean, Manila warns

    Posted Apr 11th 2014, 11:03pm by AP

    ... Associated Press in Washington Manila says Trans-Pacific Partnership may cause resentment unless it includes all bloc's members US-backed trade pact seen as splitting Asean A US-backed Pacific free-trade pact could cause resentment in Southeast Asia, leaving some nations in the region better positioned to access the American market than others, a top Philippine official ...

  3. News - Asia - DIPLOMACY

    US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel boosts Mongolia ties as Asia trip ends

    Posted Apr 10th 2014, 10:26pm by AP

    ... a 10-day trip to the Asia-Pacific region, named the horse Shamrock. Tradition dictates the nine-year-old gelding be named after something of importance to the recipient, Hagel said. "Shamrock ... to the Asia-Pacific region," Hagel said, referring to the strategic "pivot" that China has eyed with concern. But Bat-Erdene ruled out the possibility of hosting US bases, which currently exist ...

  4. News - Asia - Flight MH370

    Travellers in Asia say how mystery of flight MH370 changed views on flying

    Posted Apr 14th 2014, 05:14am by AP

    ... Associated Press A month after Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 disappeared, air travellers across Asia reveal how the mystery has affected their attitude to flying 'What's ... happened, I think that stays the case." Sinead Boylan, 29 Boylan, of Liverpool, England, was flying from Bangkok to Australia after backpacking across Asia. "It's scarier than ...

  5. News - Asia - MILITARY

    Top US commanders in Asia question cuts in military spending

    Posted Mar 26th 2014, 09:21pm by AP

    ... Associated Press in Washington Pacific commanders say planned reductions in military spending could make American forces less able to respond to a regional crisis Top U.S. brass in Asia question budget cuts Top US military officers in the Asia-Pacific region said that budget cuts could hurt the ability of American forces to respond to a security crisis, including on the Korean ...

  6. News - Asia

    Asia-Pacific leaders seek ways to foster growth

    Posted Oct 06th 2013, 11:31am by AP

    ... he said at the annual meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum held amid tight security on the Indonesian resort island of Bali. “APEC is in the ideal position to help ... Indonesia will remain a land of opportunity and growth,” he said. Singaporean president Lee Hsien Loong said that Asia is pressing ahead with reforms as the U.S., China and Japan — the world’s No. ...

  7. News - Asia

    Almost one in four men admit to rape in huge Asia-Pacific study

    Posted Sep 10th 2013, 12:21pm by Associated Press

    ... Associated Press Almost one in four men in parts of the Asia-Pacific region said they had committed rape at least once, according to the first large studies of rape and sexual violence. One in 10 said they had raped a woman who was not their partner. International researchers said their findings should change perceptions about how common violence against women is and prompt ...

  8. News - Hong Kong - AVIATION

    This is your captain speaking… and his daughter, too: Cathay double-act are Asia's first

    Posted Dec 12th 2013, 05:54am by Ada Lee

    ... Ada Lee ada.lee@scmp.com This is your captain speaking … and his daughter, too Zoe Davies was walking on air yesterday after a lovely day out with her father- at the controls of a Cathay Pacific flight to Manila. The 35-year-old was first officer while father Stuart, 64, was captain, making them probably the only father-and-daughter team flying commercial Boeing 747s in Asia ...

  9. News - Asia - ENVIRONMENT

    Japan to halve bluefin tuna catch in Northern Pacific

    Posted Mar 10th 2014, 06:05am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Tokyo Japan to cut its catch of bluefin tuna Japan plans to slash by half the amount of juvenile bluefin tuna taken from the Northern Pacific starting next year, ... is significantly reduced, the Yomiuri said. Stocks of bluefin tuna aged four or older in the Northern Pacific are estimated at 26,000 tonnes, according to the agency. The Japanese plan is aimed ...

  10. News - Asia - Pacific

    Indonesian fisherman rescued in Pacific after tuna boat fire

    Posted Mar 03rd 2014, 06:34pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Tokyo An Indonesian fisherman was rescued on Monday floating in the Pacific, 24 hours after his tuna fishing boat was seen engulfed by fire. The man, identifying himself as Simon, was rescued by another fishing boat helping in the search for the Japanese-registered No 8 Kaisei-maru, which was found in flames on Sunday, about 410 kilometres south of Kochi ...




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