• Democratization of ASEAN shows sluggish development

    Professor Bridget Welsh, a senior associate fellow from the Habibie Center, has expressed her concern over the sluggish process of democratization among members of the Association of the Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

  • Japan announces $10.6 billion in climate financing for 2020

    Gearing up for global warming talks in Paris next week, Japan said Thursday it plans to provide 1.3 trillion yen (US$10.6 billion) in climate financing a year for developing countries from 2020, including public and private funds.

  • China releases long-time journalist after she pleads guilty

    A 71-year-old Chinese journalist imprisoned on a state secrets conviction was released for medical reasons Thursday after pleading guilty during a closed-door appeal hearing, her lawyers and state media said.

  • Thai police allege armed plot by government opponents

    Thai police said Thursday they have uncovered a plot by opponents of the military government involving an armed attack during upcoming events commemorating the country's monarchy.

  • UN: No assurance all of Iran's nuclear program is peaceful

    Iran is reducing its nuclear activities under a deal with six world powers, but a senior UN official says he cannot guarantee that everything it is doing is peaceful.

  • Chinese gloat over Obama's turkey named Abe _ not Ah-bay

    President Barack Obama's pardoning of a turkey named "Abe" this Thanksgiving has led some Chinese to gloat at the Japanese prime minister's expense.

  • Beijing vows 'strong control' of population growth

    Beijing again vowed that it would strongly rein in its population growth and set a ceiling of 23 million as the capital grapples with a shortage of water resources and a looming limit in carrying capacity.

  • Thousands of children crossed US-Mexico border in October

    Nearly 5,000 unaccompanied immigrant children were caught illegally crossing the US border with Mexico in October, almost double the number from October 2014, according to US Customs and Border Protection data.

  • South Koreans mourn ex-President Kim in state funeral

    Thousands of mourners gathered at the lawn outside parliament Thursday to say their farewells to late former President Kim Young-sam, whose landmark 1992 election victory ended decades of military rule and ushered in a series of reform measures.

  • Turkey releases recording of warnings to Russian plane

    Turkey has released audio recordings of what it says are the Turkish military's warnings to the pilot of the Russian plane that was shot down at the border with Syria.

  • Calls for calm after IS vid shows ROC flag

    President Ma Ying-jeou on Wednesday called on R.O.C. nationals to stay calm as the government has been beefing up its counter-terrorist attack preparations after an R.O.C. flag was seen in the latest video reportedly released by Islamic State, the militant group also known as ISIS, ISIL and Daesh.

  • Study shows Chinese students spend three hours on homework per day

    Students in China's primary and secondary schools spend an average of three hours poring over homework assignments every day, twice the global average, according to a report by a Chinese online education institution.

  • Pope says Christian-Muslim dialogue 'essential' for peace

    Pope Francis told Christian and Muslim leaders in Kenya on Thursday that they have little choice but to engage in dialogue to guard against the "barbarous" Islamic extremist attacks that have struck Kenya recently, saying religious leaders must be "prophets of peace" in a world sown by hatred.

  • Report that Singapore has no objections to Indonesian plans to manage Riau airspace inaccurate: MFA

    Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) on Thursday (Nov 26) refuted a CNN-Indonesia report that cited Indonesian Cabinet ministers as saying that Singapore had no objections to Indonesia's plans to manage the entire Indonesian airspace and that the Republic supported Indonesia's intention to take over the airspace in three to four years.

  • 2 Koreas hold border talks to discuss improved ties

    Officials from the two Koreas met Thursday at a border village to try to realize high-level talks as part of their agreements that defused a military standoff in August.

  • Mexico says it's closing in on tiger that escaped month ago

    A tiger named "Ankor" marked a full month on the run Wednesday, having evaded capture since he escaped from a restaurant zoo and disappeared into what appears to be a very tiger-friendly habitat on Mexico's southern Pacific coast.

  • South Korea man gets 12 years for feeding ex-pupil feces

    A former South Korean university professor was sentenced to 12 years in prison on Thursday for habitually beating his former pupil and forcing him to eat human feces and drink urine.

  • Protesters to target Chicago shopping area on Black Friday

    Small groups of demonstrators gathered again Wednesday in Chicago to protest the death of a black teen shot by a white police officer, an incident captured on squad-car video that President Barack Obama called "deeply disturbing."

  • Ads featuring Nazi imagery pulled from New York City subway

    An ad campaign that featured Nazi imagery has been pulled from the New York City subway system.

  • Hotel and airline bookings for Paris down following attacks

    Occupancy rates at some Paris hotels have plunged by more than 30 percent in the days since the Nov. 13 terror attacks, according to a company that tracks hotel industry data.