AP - ap.online.regional.asia http://www.comcast.net?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_ AP - ap.online.regional.asia News Wed, 01 Apr 2015 08:24:21 -0400 Image of Asia: Pyroclastic flows erupt from Mount Sinabung Wed, 01 Apr 2015 08:16:56 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/asia/2015/04/01/AS-Asia-Photo-Showcase/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_asia_AS-Asia-Photo-Showcase c9d8ec1afb93944a:7b6eb151:14c6ba1dea5:-7309 In this photo by Binsar Bakkara, Mount Sinabung releases pyroclastic flows as seen from Tiga Serangkai in North Sumatra province, Indonesia. Villages within 3 kilometers of the volcano have already been abandoned since Sinabung has erupted regularly since August 2010. Wednesday's activity did not change the volcano's alert status, which remains at the third-highest level, nor did it cause any casualties. More than 18,000 people have evacuated their homes near Sinabung, though most have returned and some resettled outside the danger area. The 2,600-meter (8,530-foot) volcano is among about 130 that are active in Indonesia. Before 2010, Sinabung was dormant for more than 400 years. Gloomy China, Japan data add to pressure for stimulus Wed, 01 Apr 2015 05:37:00 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/asia/2015/04/01/AS--Asia-Economy/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_asia_AS--Asia-Economy c9d8ec1afb93944a:7b6eb151:14c6ba1dea5:-733e BEIJING (AP) — China and Japan reported gloomy industrial data Wednesday, adding to pressure on leaders of the world's second- and third-largest economies to launch new stimulus. European shares reverse early losses on strong factory data Wed, 01 Apr 2015 04:52:22 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/asia/2015/04/01/Financial-Markets-/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_asia_Financial-Markets- c9d8ec1afb93944a:7b6eb151:14c6ba1dea5:-73ad TOKYO (AP) — European shares rebounded from early losses on Wednesday as a monthly survey showed factory output at a 10-month high in March, helped by strong growth in new business. Asian markets were lackluster after weak data from China and Japan. The world's oldest person, a Japanese woman, dies at 117 Wed, 01 Apr 2015 04:07:35 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/asia/2015/04/01/AS--Japan-World_s.Oldest.Person/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_asia_AS--Japan-World_s.Oldest.Person c9d8ec1afb93944a:7b6eb151:14c6ba1dea5:-7413 TOKYO (AP) — The world's oldest person, a Japanese woman, died Wednesday, a few weeks after celebrating her 117th birthday. South Korean man charged in knife attack on US envoy Wed, 01 Apr 2015 02:43:01 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/asia/2015/04/01/AS--SKorea-Ambassador.Hurt/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_asia_AS--SKorea-Ambassador.Hurt c9d8ec1afb93944a:7b6eb151:14c6ba1dea5:-73bd SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean prosecutors on Wednesday indicted a man who slashed the U.S. ambassador in Seoul last month on charges of attempted murder. Thousands strike at Nike, Adidas shoe factory in Vietnam Wed, 01 Apr 2015 02:20:25 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/asia/2015/04/01/AS--Vietnam-Shoe.Factory.Strike/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_asia_AS--Vietnam-Shoe.Factory.Strike c9d8ec1afb93944a:7b6eb151:14c6ba1dea5:-743e HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Thousands of Vietnamese workers at a major footwear factory were on strike for a sixth day Wednesday over a social insurance law in a rare challenge to government policy. Nepal says climbers returning to climb Mount Everest Wed, 01 Apr 2015 00:49:26 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/asia/2015/04/01/AS-Nepal-Everest/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_asia_AS-Nepal-Everest c9d8ec1afb93944a:7b6eb151:14c6ba1dea5:-7412 KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Climbers are returning to Mount Everest as the climbing industry recovers from last year's deadly disaster on the world's highest peak, a Nepalese mountaineering official said Wednesday. Surveys show China manufacturing weak in February Tue, 31 Mar 2015 23:34:39 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/asia/2015/04/01/AS-China-Manufacturing/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_asia_AS-China-Manufacturing c9d8ec1afb93944a:7b6eb151:14c6ba1dea5:-749d BEIJING (AP) — China's manufacturing was lackluster in February and industrial employers shed more jobs, two surveys showed Wednesday, adding to pressure on Beijing to shore up weakening growth in the world's second-largest economy. Japan tankan survey: businesses wary, spending plans flat Tue, 31 Mar 2015 21:18:20 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/asia/2015/04/01/AS--Japan-Economy/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_asia_AS--Japan-Economy c9d8ec1afb93944a:7b6eb151:14c6ba1dea5:-754f TOKYO (AP) — Japanese businesses remain wary over the outlook for the world's No. 3 economy and generally plan to reduce capital investment, according to a central bank survey released Wednesday. Taiwan to join China-led regional bank, Japan says not now Tue, 31 Mar 2015 17:24:03 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/asia/2015/03/31/AS-Japan-China-Asian-Bank/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_asia_AS-Japan-China-Asian-Bank c9d8ec1afb93944a:7b6eb151:14c6ba1dea5:-7ac4 TOKYO (AP) — Japan is not planning to join the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, its government spokesman said Tuesday, while Taiwan announced it would apply for membership, joining dozens of countries in signing up to an initiative opposed by Washington. Myanmar government, rebel groups sign draft cease-fire deal Tue, 31 Mar 2015 12:39:10 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/asia/2015/03/31/AS-Myanmar-Peace-Talks/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_asia_AS-Myanmar-Peace-Talks c9d8ec1afb93944a:7b6eb151:14c6ba1dea5:-7a59 YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar's government and 16 ethnic armed groups agreed Tuesday on the wording of a draft nationwide cease-fire agreement aimed at ending decades of civil unrest. Thai court gives 25-year jail sentence for defaming monarchy Tue, 31 Mar 2015 10:19:18 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/asia/2015/03/31/AS--Thailand-Monarchy/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_asia_AS--Thailand-Monarchy c9d8ec1afb93944a:7b6eb151:14c6ba1dea5:-7984 BANGKOK (AP) — A Thai military court sentenced a businessman to 25 years in prison on Tuesday on charges of defaming the country's monarchy in what appears to be the longest sentence handed down in recent years for the crime of lese majeste, a civil liberties lawyer said. Thai leader moves to lift martial law, impose absolute power Tue, 31 Mar 2015 09:38:42 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/asia/2015/03/31/AS--Thailand-Martial.Law/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_asia_AS--Thailand-Martial.Law c9d8ec1afb93944a:7b6eb151:14c6ba1dea5:-7a2b BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's military-installed prime minister said Tuesday he plans to lift martial law 10 months after staging a coup, but will invoke a special security measure that critics say is more draconian. 16 dead in Kashmir floods; storm kills 20 in eastern India Tue, 31 Mar 2015 09:29:13 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/asia/2015/03/31/AS-Kashmir-Floods/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_asia_AS-Kashmir-Floods c9d8ec1afb93944a:7b6eb151:14c6ba1dea5:-7a6c SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Rescuers recovered 16 bodies Tuesday from two houses hit by rain-triggered landslides in the Himalayan region of Kashmir, following its second major floods in six months. Elsewhere in India, fierce rain and lightning toppled houses and trees in Bihar state, killing 20 others. Roadside bomb kills 7 Afghans in eastern province Tue, 31 Mar 2015 09:15:58 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/asia/2015/03/31/AS-Afghanistan/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_asia_AS-Afghanistan c9d8ec1afb93944a:7b6eb151:14c6ba1dea5:-7a95 KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A deputy official says a roadside bombing in a remote province in eastern Afghanistan has killed seven people, all members of the same family. Indonesian prosecutors seek up to 18-year term for US couple Tue, 31 Mar 2015 09:15:32 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/asia/2015/03/31/AS-Indonesia-US-Woman-Dead/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_asia_AS-Indonesia-US-Woman-Dead c9d8ec1afb93944a:7b6eb151:14c6ba1dea5:-79f4 BALI, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian prosecutors on Tuesday sought jail sentences of 18 years for an American man and 15 years for his girlfriend if they are found guilty of murdering the woman's mother while vacationing on the resort island of Bali last year. Global stocks meander at quarter's end Tue, 31 Mar 2015 09:12:56 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/asia/2015/03/31/Financial-Markets/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_asia_Financial-Markets c9d8ec1afb93944a:7b6eb151:14c6ba1dea5:-7a00 LONDON (AP) — European stock markets drifted Tuesday despite further evidence of a burgeoning economic recovery across the 19-country eurozone. Trading, as is often the case at the end of the quarter, was impacted by traders looking to close out positions to make their books look as healthy as possible. Wild rhino chased into forest after deadly rampage in Nepal Tue, 31 Mar 2015 09:07:10 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/asia/2015/03/31/AS-Nepal-Killer-Rhino/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_asia_AS-Nepal-Killer-Rhino c9d8ec1afb93944a:7b6eb151:14c6ba1dea5:-7994 KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Forest officers and tamed elephants have chased a wild rhino back to the forest after it killed a woman and injured seven people in a rampage through a city in southern Nepal. Image of Asia: Drying chili peppers under the Cambodian sun Tue, 31 Mar 2015 08:51:20 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/asia/2015/03/31/AS--Asia.Photo.Showcase/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_asia_AS--Asia.Photo.Showcase c9d8ec1afb93944a:7b6eb151:14c6ba1dea5:-79a5 In this photo by Heng Sinith, a woman dries chili pepper on the ground near the Mekong River in Cambodia, where the three-month harvest season started in February. The people in Russey Chroy village, north of the capital Phnom Penh, harvest the peppers and dry them under the sun before selling them for about $1.50 per kilogram. The tons of dry chili peppers harvested by several thousand villagers in the area are sold locally or transported to be sold in neighboring Thailand. The crop is traditionally their main income, though the villagers also fish and plant rice and other crops. Tokyo ward 1st in Japan to recognize same sex marriage Tue, 31 Mar 2015 07:44:34 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/asia/2015/03/31/AS--Japan-Same.Sex.Marriage/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_asia_AS--Japan-Same.Sex.Marriage c9d8ec1afb93944a:7b6eb151:14c6ba1dea5:-7a63 TOKYO (AP) — Fumino Sugiyama will finally be able to marry his girlfriend of four years. He couldn't before, because same sex marriages weren't recognized in Japan, and he is legally a woman.