Category Archives: Far East, South and Southeast Asia and Pacific Areas

Deadly fire at Japanese anime studio kills dozens

A man screaming “You die!” burst into an animation studio in Kyoto, Japan, and set it on fire Thursday, killing at least 33 people, according to authorities, shocking anime fans across the world.

Inside Kabul’s school for explosive detection dogs

At a facility in Kabul, Afghanistan canine conscripts are training for a life or death mission: learning how to sniff out explosives in a country where blasts from mines and homemade bombs kill and wound hundreds a year.

Jailed British-Iranian aid worker transferred to psychiatric facility in Iran

Jailed British-Iranian aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has been transferred from prison to a hospital psychiatric ward, the campaign group seeking to free her said on Wednesday.

US bans Myanmar army chief over Rohingya ‘ethnic cleansing’

The United States on Tuesday banned visits by Myanmar’s army chief and three other top officers due to their role in the “ethnic cleansing” of the Rohingya minority, urging accountability for their brutal campaign.

India delays moon launch an hour before liftoff

India on Monday postponed the launch of a lunar probe less than an hour before blast-off because of a technical problem, delaying its bid to become only the fourth nation to land a spacecraft on the Moon.

Hong Kong protesters escalate fight in suburbs

Tens of thousands rallied in a large Hong Kong suburb on Sunday, driven by abiding anger at the government’s handling of an extradition bill that has revived fears of China tightening its grip over the former British colony and eroding its freedoms.

Hong Kong protesters, police clash as demonstrations target Chinese traders

Hong Kong protesters clashed with police on Saturday in a town near the boundary with mainland China where thousands rallied against the presence of Chinese traders, seizing on another grievance following major unrest over an extradition bill.

Faced with labour shortage, Japan begins to open its doors to immigration

Immigration has long been a taboo subject in Japan, which is often described as a proudly homogeneous nation. But with an ageing population and a stubbornly low birth rate, the country is in the midst of its worst labour shortage in decades. Earlier this year, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government introduced new measures that will see hundreds of thousands of mainly blue-collar foreign workers come to Japan over the next five years. Our correspondents report.

Manila’s ‘trolley boys’ dodge traffic and death every day

The Philippines’ capital Manila is one of the most densely populated cities in the world and with public transport systems ill-equipped to cope, the daily commute can be a struggle. Eager to make some money offering an alternative are so-called “trolley boys”, who push hand-made platforms along the train tracks for paying customers. But the rails are still very much in use, and it’s dangerous work. We take a closer look.

Pregnant women, children killed in Papua New Guinea tribal violence

Twenty-four people have died — including two pregnant women with their unborn children — in tribal fighting in Papua New Guinea’s lawless highlands, prompting the prime minister on Wednesday to vow to avenge the brutal killings.

Pregnant women and children killed in Papua New Guinea tribal unrest

Twenty-four people have died — including two pregnant women with their unborn children — in tribal fighting in Papua New Guinea’s lawless highlands, prompting the prime minister on Wednesday to vow to avenge the brutal killings.

Pellegrin: Hong Kong protesters demanding much more from Carrie Lam

Hong Kong’s embattled pro-Beijing leader on Tuesday said a China extradition bill that sparked unprecedented political unrest “is dead” — but protesters immediately dismissed her comments, threatening more mass rallies. On Tuesday the city’s chief executive Carrie Lam admitted her administration’s attempt to introduce the bill was a “complete failure”, saying that her government would not seek to reactivate it in parliament. “There is no such plan. The bill is dead,” Lam said. But she once against refused to buckle to demands to completely withdraw the bill from the legislative agenda, provoking outcry from the anti-government camp.

Afghan-Taliban talks conclude in Qatar with ‘roadmap for peace’

An All-Afghan conference in Qatar that brought Afghanistan’s warring sides together concluded with a joint statement issued early Tuesday approving a “roadmap for peace” to try to end nearly 18 years of war.