AP - ap.online.regional.asia http://www.comcast.net?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_ AP - ap.online.regional.asia News Sat, 29 Nov 2014 01:18:40 -0500 Taiwan local elections test pro-China ruling party Sat, 29 Nov 2014 00:52:51 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/asia/2014/11/29/AS--Taiwan-Elections/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_asia_AS--Taiwan-Elections c9d8ec1afb93944a:-4821094a:149e26d1966:-5d4e TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan's relations with historic foe China are playing a key role in local elections on the self-ruled island Saturday as the ruling Nationalist Party meets increased resistance to forging stronger ties with Beijing. Taiwan local elections test pro-China ruling party Fri, 28 Nov 2014 22:32:56 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/asia/2014/11/29/AS--Taiwan-Elections/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_asia_AS--Taiwan-Elections c9d8ec1afb93944a:-4821094a:149e26d1966:-5f2f TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan's relations with historic foe China are playing a key role in local elections on the self-ruled island Saturday as the ruling Nationalist Party meets increased resistance to forging stronger ties with Beijing. China activist pleads innocent in chaotic trial Fri, 28 Nov 2014 22:24:38 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/asia/2014/11/28/AS-China-Human-Rights-Activist/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_asia_AS-China-Human-Rights-Activist c9d8ec1afb93944a:-4821094a:149e26d1966:-63cd BEIJING (AP) — A leading Chinese rights activist who organized rallies for media freedom pleaded not guilty to charges of disturbing public order in an all-night trial in which the judge rejected his requests for food, a lawyer said. Animals sacrificed in Nepal to bring good luck Fri, 28 Nov 2014 10:48:05 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/asia/2014/11/28/AS--Nepal-Animal.Sacrifice/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_asia_AS--Nepal-Animal.Sacrifice c9d8ec1afb93944a:-4821094a:149e26d1966:-635b KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A festival believed to be the largest animal sacrifice ritual in the world began Friday in southern Nepal, where devotees believe the sacrifices bring good luck and a Hindu goddess will grant their wishes. Thai legislature approves ban on surrogacy Fri, 28 Nov 2014 10:06:48 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/asia/2014/11/28/AS--Thailand-Surrogacy/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_asia_AS--Thailand-Surrogacy c9d8ec1afb93944a:-4821094a:149e26d1966:-62f6 BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's interim parliament has given initial approval to a bill banning commercial surrogacy, the practice of hiring a woman to carry a fetus to term, a lawmaker said Friday. Oil plunge a panacea for much of world economy Fri, 28 Nov 2014 09:38:34 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/asia/2014/11/28/Oil.Prices-Asia/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_asia_Oil.Prices-Asia c9d8ec1afb93944a:-4821094a:149e26d1966:-6407 A renewed plunge in oil prices is a worrying sign of weakness in the global economy that could shake governments dependent on oil revenues. Yet it is also a bonus for consumers as prices fall at the pump, giving individuals more spending money and lowering costs for many businesses. Afghan official: Attack on army base kills 6 Fri, 28 Nov 2014 09:04:02 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/asia/2014/11/28/AS--Afghanistan/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_asia_AS--Afghanistan c9d8ec1afb93944a:-4821094a:149e26d1966:-6349 KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Insurgents killed six Afghan soldiers in an assault on an army base Friday that lasted more than 14 hours, a day after attacks on foreign targets in Kabul killed two British embassy employees. OPEC decision still reverberating round markets Fri, 28 Nov 2014 08:51:48 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/asia/2014/11/28/Financial.Markets/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_asia_Financial.Markets c9d8ec1afb93944a:-4821094a:149e26d1966:-644d LONDON (AP) — Oil stocks weighed on markets around the world Friday as crude prices hovered around four year lows in the wake of OPEC's decision to keep production steady. Malaysia Airlines apologizes for tweet, posts loss Fri, 28 Nov 2014 08:24:40 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/asia/2014/11/28/AS--Malaysia-Airlines-Earns/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_asia_AS--Malaysia-Airlines-Earns c9d8ec1afb93944a:-4821094a:149e26d1966:-637b KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia Airlines on Friday said its loss widened last quarter and apologized for a promotional tweet slammed as insensitive after two deadly passenger jet disasters this year. Sri Lanka candidate vows to protect incumbent Fri, 28 Nov 2014 07:55:53 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/asia/2014/11/28/AS--Sri.Lanka-War.Crimes/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_asia_AS--Sri.Lanka-War.Crimes c9d8ec1afb93944a:-4821094a:149e26d1966:-6389 COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's opposition presidential candidate vowed Friday not to support any international prosecution of incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa for alleged war crimes. Image of Asia: New officers join India's air force Fri, 28 Nov 2014 07:39:07 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/asia/2014/11/28/AS-Asia-Photo-Showcase/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_asia_AS-Asia-Photo-Showcase c9d8ec1afb93944a:-4821094a:149e26d1966:-6353 In this photo by Aijaz Rahi, an Indian air force graduate is tossed in the air by his colleagues after their passing out parade ceremony in Bangalore, India. A total of 121 officers, including 45 women, who completed their initial 74 weeks of training were inducted into the air force at Friday's event. India has stepped up recruiting and training of military personnel in its efforts to modernize the armed forces and meet its growing security interests. The country has become the world's biggest arms and defense equipment buyer in recent years and is expected to spend $80 billion over the next eight years to upgrade its military. Hong Kong protest movement's unlikely teen leader Fri, 28 Nov 2014 06:39:54 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/asia/2014/11/28/AS-Hong.Kong-Student.Leader/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_asia_AS-Hong.Kong-Student.Leader c9d8ec1afb93944a:-4821094a:149e26d1966:-6379 HONG KONG (AP) — At age 14, he stepped into the spotlight to take on — and ultimately help defeat — Hong Kong authorities' plans to launch a "national education" curriculum, calling it a ploy to brainwash the city's youth with unquestioned support for the Chinese Communist Party. Japanese paper regrets use of term 'sex slaves' Fri, 28 Nov 2014 06:18:15 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/asia/2014/11/28/AS--Japan-Sex.Slaves/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_asia_AS--Japan-Sex.Slaves c9d8ec1afb93944a:-4821094a:149e26d1966:-644e TOKYO (AP) — Japan's biggest newspaper apologized in print Friday for using the term "sex slaves" in its English-language edition to describe Asian women forced into Japanese military-run brothels during World War II. India believes its abducted workers in Iraq alive Fri, 28 Nov 2014 03:57:51 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/asia/2014/11/28/AS--India-Iraq-Kidnapped.Workers/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_asia_AS--India-Iraq-Kidnapped.Workers c9d8ec1afb93944a:-4821094a:149e26d1966:-63cc NEW DELHI (AP) — The Indian government believes 39 workers abducted nearly six months ago by the Islamic State group in Iraq are alive despite claims by one who escaped that the others had been killed. Violence in China continued despite crackdown Fri, 28 Nov 2014 02:42:51 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/asia/2014/11/28/AS-China-Xinjiang-Violence/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_asia_AS-China-Xinjiang-Violence c9d8ec1afb93944a:-4821094a:149e26d1966:-6419 BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities say in a six-month report card on their security crackdown in Xinjiang that they busted 115 terrorist gangs before they could unleash violence. But tallies of death tolls in the ethnically tense region suggest the violence has continued, and may even have intensified. Australia out of step with new climate momentum Fri, 28 Nov 2014 01:25:06 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/asia/2014/11/28/AS--Australia-Climate.Change/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_asia_AS--Australia-Climate.Change c9d8ec1afb93944a:-4821094a:149e26d1966:-642f CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who rose to power in large part by opposing a tax on greenhouse gas emissions, is finding his country isolated like never before on climate change as the U.S., China and other nations signal new momentum for action. Indonesian, 2 Filipinos convicted in 2002 bombing Thu, 27 Nov 2014 23:25:04 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/asia/2014/11/28/AS-Philippines-Terror-Convictions/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_asia_AS-Philippines-Terror-Convictions c9d8ec1afb93944a:-4821094a:149e26d1966:-6491 MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Philippine court has convicted an Indonesian militant and two Filipino extremists for their role in a 2002 mall bombing that killed at least 12 people and signaled the start of the alliance of two of Southeast Asia's most violent terrorist groups. Taliban attack rocks upscale Kabul district Thu, 27 Nov 2014 23:04:07 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/asia/2014/11/27/AS--Afghanistan/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_asia_AS--Afghanistan c9d8ec1afb93944a:-4821094a:149e26d1966:-68ab KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Taliban fighters staged an attack Thursday evening in an upscale district in the Afghan capital Kabul. Witnesses described multiple explosions and bursts of gunfire in the Wazir Akbar Khan district, which contains numerous foreign embassies and compounds housing international agencies and companies — as well as the homes of some senior Afghan government officials. Storm cuts power, lifts roofs in Australian city Thu, 27 Nov 2014 21:37:01 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/asia/2014/11/28/AS--Australia-Storm/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_asia_AS--Australia-Storm c9d8ec1afb93944a:-4821094a:149e26d1966:-6503 BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Brisbane, Australia's third-largest city, was lashed by its worst storm in decades, with wind, rain and hail lifting roofs, cutting power lines, flooding streets and injuring a dozen people, officials said. Japan inflation eases, other data mixed in October Thu, 27 Nov 2014 21:12:51 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/asia/2014/11/28/AS-Japan-Economy/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_asia_AS-Japan-Economy c9d8ec1afb93944a:-4821094a:149e26d1966:-6527 TOKYO (AP) — Japan's inflation rate edged lower in October, highlighting the difficulty Prime Minister Shinzo Abe faces in his campaign to overcome deflation in the world's third-largest economy.