Asia News

  • South Korean court hears children's climate change case against government
    on April 23, 2024 at 8:59 am

    SEOUL — South Korea's Constitutional Court began hearing on Tuesday (April 23) a case that accuses the government of having failed to protect 200 people, including dozens of young environmental activists and children, by not tackling climate change. The proceeding is Asia's first such climate-related […]

  • Indonesia's biggest party confirms President Jokowi no longer a member after backing Prabowo
    on April 23, 2024 at 7:54 am

    JAKARTA — Indonesia President Joko Widodo and his son, incoming vice president Gibran Rakabuming Raka, are no longer members of the country's largest party after they backed rival candidate and election winner Prabowo Subianto, a party official said on Tuesday (April 23). Their exit will put the […]

  • Asia is most climate disaster-impacted region, UN meteorological agency says
    on April 23, 2024 at 6:56 am

    GENEVA — Asia was the world's most disaster-hit region by climate related hazards last year, the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) said, with floods and storms causing the highest number of casualties. In a report published on Tuesday (April 23), WMO said that 79 disasters linked to […]

  • Spot the difference: Hong Kong chef's tattered tee resembles $1,500 Balenciaga top, says netizen
    by Melissa Teo on April 23, 2024 at 6:02 am

    Most chefs would like to be recognised for their delicious food.  But for one particular chef in Hong Kong, however, it was his sense of fashion that stole the show.  In a Facebook group loosely translated as Hong Kong Teahouse and Delicious Food Focus Team, where users discuss food […]

  • North Korea conducts first 'nuclear trigger' simulation drills, state media says
    on April 23, 2024 at 1:33 am

    SEOUL — North Korea carried out its first nuclear counter-attack drills to simulate its "nuclear trigger" management system, guided by leader Kim Jong-un, as a clear warning to its enemies, state news agency KCNA said on April 23. North Korea fired several short-range ballistic missiles on April 22 toward […]

  • Series of earthquakes rattle Taiwan, centred on east coast
    on April 23, 2024 at 1:25 am

    TAIPEI — More than 80 earthquakes, the strongest of 6.3 magnitude, struck Taiwan's east coast starting Monday (April 22) night and into the early hours of Tuesday and some caused shaking of buildings in the capital Taipei, the island's weather administration said. The quakes were centred on the […]

  • China woman, pushed off cliff in Thailand by husband, meets rescuers 5 years later
    by Bhavya Rawat on April 22, 2024 at 10:47 am

    Wang Nan came face to face with death after she was pushed off a cliff by her husband. The Chinese national plunged 34m and was severely injured. If not for the quick response of park officials at the Pha Taem National Park on that morning in June 2019, the 37-year-old might not have survived. […]

  • Indonesian court rejects first of 2 petitions seeking election re-run
    on April 22, 2024 at 9:29 am

    JAKARTA — An Indonesian court on Monday (April 22) rejected in full a challenge from losing candidate Anies Baswedan seeking a re-run of February's presidential election and the disqualification of winner Prabowo Subianto and his running mate. The Constitutional Court ruled that there was no evidence of […]

  • North Korea fires ballistic missiles, South Korea, Japan say
    on April 22, 2024 at 8:28 am

    SEOUL — North Korea fired "several" short-range ballistic missiles on Monday (April 22) toward the sea off its east coast, South Korea's military said, drawing a swift condemnation from Seoul, which called it a grave threat to stability on the Korean peninsula. A Japanese government alert and its […]

  • Maldives pro-China ruling party tipped to win election
    on April 22, 2024 at 5:40 am

    MALE — The Maldives' ruling party is set to win a two-thirds majority in Sunday's parliamentary election, local media said, a result likely to push the Indian Ocean island nation further towards China and away from its longtime ally India. President Mohamed Muizzu's People's National Congress (PNC) is […]