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  • Oct 22, 2014
  • Updated: 4:26am

Shinzo Abe's swift replacement of two scandal-hit cabinet ministers this week shows the Japanese prime minister wants to move on quickly, even as a newly energised opposition scents blood.

22 Oct 2014 - 4:02am

Japan's millionaires increased their wealth at the fastest pace in the Asia-Pacific region last year as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's campaign for an economic revival drove a stock-market rally.

22 Oct 2014 - 4:02am

India is changing the way it maps pollution, with an update to its air quality index. In its initial phase, eight pollutants will be tracked in 46 cities with populations exceeding a million...

22 Oct 2014 - 4:02am

An anti-government TV news channel in Pakistan was taken off air for 15 days after a high court ruled that the broadcaster was "maligning" the country's judiciary, the country's media regulation...

22 Oct 2014 - 4:02am

Islamic authorities in Malaysia are conducting a probe into a controversial "dog-patting" event aimed at removing the stigma regarding man's best friend in the multi-ethnic, Muslim-majority...

22 Oct 2014 - 4:02am

Australia’s former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam, who established diplomatic ties with Beijing, died Tuesday, at the age of 98.

21 Oct 2014 - 11:55am

Hideaki Adachi was spotted unloading 17 sacks of films and magazines, which included around 500 VHS video tapes, from the back of a truck at a small park in the western Japanese city of Osaka.

21 Oct 2014 - 2:03pm


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A Japanese court has jailed a man for two years for making guns with a 3D printer in what is believed to be a first in a nation with strict gun controls.

21 Oct 2014 - 3:16am

US Secretary of State John Kerry appealed yesterday for Asian nations to step up their efforts to combat Islamic State extremists and the deadly Ebola virus.

21 Oct 2014 - 4:43am

Sri Lanka will hold a presidential election in January - almost two years ahead of schedule - with Mahinda Rajapaksa seeking a third term, the information minister said yesterday.

21 Oct 2014 - 4:43am

Two tourists were missing late Sunday after a speed boat carrying mostly Chinese tourists crashed into a fishing vessel between two Thai resort hubs, said local police. Several others were ”...

20 Oct 2014 - 7:17pm

Shinzo Abe suffered his biggest setback since taking office as his new trade and industry minister resigned and some media said his justice minister might also be replaced.

20 Oct 2014 - 6:35pm

Support for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's cabinet has fallen to 48.1 per cent, according to a new poll, as his government grapples with an unpopular plan to increase sales tax and a...

20 Oct 2014 - 7:19pm

Two US Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey planes took part in a tsunami disaster drill in Japan yesterday, despite protests from local people who question the safety of the tilt-rotor aircraft.

20 Oct 2014 - 5:10am

Rebooting a slowing economy in a nation of 250 million where inequality is rising, a looming decision on raising fuel prices and vulnerability to any US interest rate hikes would be enough to tax...

20 Oct 2014 - 7:22pm

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's right-wing party has snatched election victory in two key Indian states, tightening its grip on power after storming to government nationally five months ago.

20 Oct 2014 - 7:23pm

Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has met Pope Francis in Rome with both saying they were committed to restoring diplomatic relations.

20 Oct 2014 - 5:10am

Japan's newly appointed trade and industry minister plans to resign following reports that some of her support groups misused political funds, Japanese media said.

20 Oct 2014 - 7:25pm

A Malaysian government crackdown under its colonial-era Sedition Act is creating a climate of fear in the country, according to rising numbers of critics who say it could stunt a recent flowering...

20 Oct 2014 - 7:28pm

North and South Korean troops briefly exchanged fire on Sunday during the latest in a series of minor border skirmishes that have raised military tensions on the divided peninsula.

19 Oct 2014 - 7:47pm

The Foreign Ministry in Beijing last night lodged a protest with the Japanese embassy over a visit by three Japanese cabinet ministers to the controversial Yasukuni war shrine, Japanese diplomats...

20 Oct 2014 - 7:55pm

Tens of thousands of Pakistanis gathered to hear Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, the son of slain ex-prime minister Benazir Bhutto, address a rally billed as his formal political debut.

19 Oct 2014 - 6:27am

A prominent Thai scholar is the target of a criminal complaint for comments he made about a Thai king who died more than 400 years ago.

19 Oct 2014 - 6:27am

A South Korean official handling safety measures at a concert where 16 people died apparently committed suicide hours after the tragedy, which happened when a ventilation grate collapsed under the...

19 Oct 2014 - 6:25am

Just like that, Kim Jong-un was back. For weeks, the portly North Korean leader's sudden disappearance from public view was the source of wild theories.

19 Oct 2014 - 6:27am

Officials in Nepal have blamed the high death toll from last week's snowstorm in the Himalayas on "cheap" tourists who failed to hire guides to cross a mountain pass to save money.

19 Oct 2014 - 7:19am

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shook hands with Premier Li Keqiang in Milan yesterday, despite a mass visit by Japanese lawmakers to a controversial war shrine in Tokyo.

18 Oct 2014 - 3:50am


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