Asia News

  • North Korea says it tried new fuel in satellite launch that ended in fiery explosion
    on May 28, 2024 at 8:33 am

    SEOUL — North Korea's latest satellite launch exploded in a fireball before dropping into the Yellow Sea just minutes after lifting off, but analysts say the attempt showcased new strides in the nuclear-armed country's race for space. North Korea said its latest attempt to launch a military […]

  • Thailand targets tourism boost with longer stays for visitors, students, 'digital nomads'
    on May 28, 2024 at 8:26 am

    BANGKOK — Thailand's government said on Tuesday (May 28) it had approved longer visa stay periods for tourists, postgraduate students and remote workers, and better visa conditions for retirees, in a move to boost its crucial tourism sector as its economy stutters. Starting in June, Thailand will […]

  • Philippine authorities say 7 dead after storm
    on May 28, 2024 at 3:57 am

    MANILA — The Philippine authorities said at least seven people had been killed by tropical storm Ewiniar, which hit the country on the weekend, and President Ferdinand Marcos Jr said on May 28 that search and rescue efforts would continue. Ewiniar brought strong winds and heavy rain in provinces south of […]

  • Pakistan temperatures cross 52 C in heatwave
    on May 28, 2024 at 2:57 am

    MOHENJO DARO, Pakistan — Temperatures rose above 52 degrees Celsius in Pakistan's southern province of Sindh, the highest reading of the summer and close to the country's record high amid an ongoing heatwave, the met office said on Monday (May 27). Extreme temperatures throughout Asia over the past […]

  • China's premier hails 'new beginning' with US-allied South Korea, Japan
    on May 28, 2024 at 2:16 am

    SEOUL — Chinese Premier Li Qiang praised what he called a restart in relations with Japan and South Korea as he met their leaders for the first three-way talks in four years on Monday (May 27), agreeing to revive trade and security dialogues hampered by global tensions. The Chinese premier met South […]

  • North Korea says latest spy satellite launch exploded in flight
    on May 28, 2024 at 1:36 am

    SEOUL — North Korea said its attempt to launch a new military reconnaissance satellite ended in failure on May 27 when a newly developed rocket engine exploded in flight. The attempt came just hours after Pyongyang issued a warning that it would try to launch a satellite by June 4, in what would have been […]

  • Indonesia's Mt Ibu erupts as agency warns local aviation authorities
    on May 27, 2024 at 8:34 am

    JAKARTA — A volcano on the remote Indonesian island of Halmahera erupted on May 27 spewing a grey ash cloud 6km into the sky, the country's volcanology agency said, adding it had issued a warning for aviation authorities managing local flights. This follows a series of eruptions in May after authorities noticed […]

  • Thai lawmaker sentenced to 2 years in prison for insulting monarchy, lawyer says
    on May 27, 2024 at 5:01 am

    BANGKOK — A Thai court on Monday (May 27) sentenced opposition lawmaker Chonthicha Jangrew to two years in prison on Monday for insulting the monarchy, her lawyer said, over a speech she made three years ago at an anti-government protest. Chonthicha, 31, denies the charge of lese majeste and has been […]

  • Millions without power as cyclone Remal pounds Bangladesh and India
    on May 27, 2024 at 3:49 am

    DHAKA/KOLKATA - Strong winds and heavy rain pounded the coastal regions of Bangladesh and India as severe cyclone Remal made landfall late on May 26, leaving millions without electricity after power poles fell and some trees were uprooted by gusty winds. The storm crossed the coastal regions of Bangladesh's Mongla […]

  • North Korea plans to launch satellite rocket between May 27 and June 4, Japan Coast Guard says
    on May 27, 2024 at 2:22 am

    TOKYO — North Korea has notified Japan of its plan to launch a rocket carrying a space satellite towards the Yellow Sea and east of Luzon Island between May 27 and June 4, the Japan Coast Guard said on Monday (May 27). The notice comes ahead of a trilateral summit meeting between Japan, South Korea […]