General News

6 die in Indonesia riots; Widodo says he won't allow unrest

May 22, 2019

Indonesian President Joko Widodo says authorities have the volatile situation in the country's capital under control after six people died Wednesday in riots by supporters of his losing rival in last month's presidential election

Anti-groping smartphone app highly popular in Japan

May 22, 2019

A smartphone app developed by Japanese police is being widely downloaded by women trying to protect themselves from gropers on packed rush-hour trains

Taiwan navy holds drill amid China tensions

May 22, 2019

Taiwan's navy has held a major annual live-firing exercise off the island's east coast in an area increasingly threatened by Chinese ships and planes

Air China asks Boeing compensation for MAX 8 delays

May 22, 2019

Air China joins carriers asking Boeing for compensation for grounded 737 Max jetliners following two fatal crashes

Official count shows Widodo reelected as Indonesian leader

May 21, 2019

Indonesia's President Joko Widodo has been reelected with 55.5% of the vote in last month's election, official results show, though former general Subianto refuses to accept defeat and his campaign is planning street protests

South Korea vows to send aid to North quickly, may send food

May 20, 2019

South Korea has vowed to move quickly on plans to provide $8 million worth of medical and nutritional aid for North Korean children and is also considering sending broader food aid to the country, which says it's suffering its worst drought in decades

US ambassador in China makes rare visit to Tibet

May 20, 2019

U.S. ambassador to China Terry Branstad is making a rare visit to Tibet

Japan, China agree to boost relations ahead of Xi visit

May 17, 2019

Japan and China have agreed to boost their relations ahead of a planned visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping to Japan in June, his first since coming to power in 2013

Philippines recalls envoys in Canada over trash shipments

May 16, 2019

The Philippine foreign secretary says the ambassador and consuls in Canada are being recalled over Ottawa's failure to take back truckloads of garbage that Filipino officials say were illegally shipped to the Philippines years ago

Inmates riot, set fire at prison in western Indonesia

May 16, 2019

Security forces have retaken control of a prison in western Indonesia following a riot