AP - ap.online.regional.asia http://www.comcast.net?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_ AP - ap.online.regional.asia News Tue, 27 Jan 2015 12:04:23 -0500 Purported IS message threatens Japanese, Jordanian hostages Tue, 27 Jan 2015 11:49:30 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/asia/2015/01/27/AS-Japan-Islamic-State/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_asia_AS-Japan-Islamic-State c9d8ec1afb93944a:-38a0ba8f:14ae3e28837:-2245 BEIRUT (AP) — An online message purportedly from the Islamic State group warned Tuesday that a Japanese hostage and Jordanian pilot the extremists hold have less than "24 hours left to live." Rebel killings of 44 commandos test Philippine peace deal Tue, 27 Jan 2015 11:28:15 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/asia/2015/01/27/AS-Philippines-Police-Commandos-Killed/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_asia_AS-Philippines-Police-Commandos-Killed c9d8ec1afb93944a:-38a0ba8f:14ae3e28837:-21a2 MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine officials asked lawmakers Tuesday not to withdraw their support from a new government peace deal with the country's largest Muslim rebel group after some insurgents were involved in a clash that killed 44 anti-terror police commandos. Pakistani military says its airstrikes killed 53 militants Tue, 27 Jan 2015 11:16:37 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/asia/2015/01/27/AS-Pakistan/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_asia_AS-Pakistan c9d8ec1afb93944a:-38a0ba8f:14ae3e28837:-2077 ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's military says its air force killed 53 militants in a tribal region near the Afghan border. Indonesian military halts recovery efforts for AirAsia plane Tue, 27 Jan 2015 10:13:30 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/asia/2015/01/27/AS--Indonesia-Plane/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_asia_AS--Indonesia-Plane c9d8ec1afb93944a:-38a0ba8f:14ae3e28837:-2157 PANGKALAN BUN, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's military has halted its recovery efforts for the crashed AirAsia plane, including attempts to locate more bodies and raise the fuselage from the Java Sea, an official said Tuesday. Philippines rejects US Marine's appeal to drop murder case Tue, 27 Jan 2015 09:34:46 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/asia/2015/01/27/AS-Philippines-US-Killing/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_asia_AS-Philippines-US-Killing c9d8ec1afb93944a:-38a0ba8f:14ae3e28837:-21c6 MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines on Tuesday rejected an appeal by a U.S. Marine that it drop a murder case against him in the death of a transgender Filipino woman last year. Obama promotes religious and gender equity in India speech Tue, 27 Jan 2015 09:30:05 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/asia/2015/01/27/AS-Obama/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_asia_AS-Obama c9d8ec1afb93944a:-38a0ba8f:14ae3e28837:-225e NEW DELHI (AP) — President Barack Obama gently nudged India Tuesday to fulfill its constitution's pledge to uphold the "dignity of the individual," drawing on his own experience as a minority in the United States as he closed out a three-day visit to New Delhi. Japan envoy hopeful about hostage release Tue, 27 Jan 2015 08:48:24 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/asia/2015/01/26/AS--Japan-Islamic.State/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_asia_AS--Japan-Islamic.State c9d8ec1afb93944a:-38a0ba8f:14ae3e28837:-2881 TOKYO (AP) — Delicate negotiations were underway Tuesday to secure the release of a Japanese hostage and a Jordanian pilot held by Islamic State militants, as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe faced questions over his government's handling of the crisis. India nuke deals still thorny for US despite 'breakthrough' Tue, 27 Jan 2015 08:30:02 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/asia/2015/01/27/AS--India-US-Energy/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_asia_AS--India-US-Energy c9d8ec1afb93944a:-38a0ba8f:14ae3e28837:-2135 NEW DELHI (AP) — India and America's declaration of a breakthrough in contentious nuclear energy cooperation has been met with a lukewarm response from industry and analysts. Few expect the potentially lucrative Indian market to suddenly become less complicated for U.S. nuclear companies. Stocks turn lower despite Asian gains, ahead of US data Tue, 27 Jan 2015 07:17:31 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/asia/2015/01/27/Financial-Markets/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_asia_Financial-Markets c9d8ec1afb93944a:-38a0ba8f:14ae3e28837:-21a1 LONDON (AP) — Stocks fell in Europe and were expected to open lower on Wall Street on Tuesday as investors looked to upcoming corporate earnings and economic data in the U.S. Earlier, Asian markets mostly closed higher. Image of Asia: After a day's work in Cambodian rice fields Tue, 27 Jan 2015 06:52:11 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/asia/2015/01/27/AS--Asia.Photo.Showcase/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_asia_AS--Asia.Photo.Showcase c9d8ec1afb93944a:-38a0ba8f:14ae3e28837:-214d In this photo by Heng Sinith, a farmer is silhouetted as he drives his water buffalo cart loaded with rice hay after his day's work at a paddy field in Samroang Kandal village on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. A little over half of Cambodia's labor force is engaged in agriculture, and about one-third of its gross domestic product comes from the agricultural sector. The government in 2010 targeted growth in rice production, hoping to boost exports and rural incomes. Rice production doubled from 2003 to 2013, from 4.3 million tons to 9.3 tons, according to the World Bank. But making a splash in the export market has been difficult, as neighbors Vietnam and Thailand are major exporters. Cambodian authorities had hoped to export as much as a million tons of rice by the end of this year. But milled rice exports reached just over 387,000 tons in 2014, up just 2.2 percent from 2013, according to the Agriculture Ministry. VOICES: What Japanese think about the hostage crisis Tue, 27 Jan 2015 06:37:05 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/asia/2015/01/27/AS-Japan-Islamic-State-Voices/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_asia_AS-Japan-Islamic-State-Voices c9d8ec1afb93944a:-38a0ba8f:14ae3e28837:-218e TOKYO (AP) — The Mideast is half a world away from Japan, and its troubles often seem so too. So Japan was shocked by a stark video from Islamic militants last week threatening to kill two Japanese hostages. Acclaimed Indian cartoonist R.K. Laxman dies at 94 Tue, 27 Jan 2015 04:56:01 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/asia/2015/01/27/AS--India-Obit-RKLaxman/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_asia_AS--India-Obit-RKLaxman c9d8ec1afb93944a:-38a0ba8f:14ae3e28837:-222c NEW DELHI (AP) — Acclaimed Indian cartoonist R. K. Laxman, creator of the innocuous character the Common Man, who held up a mirror to the absurdity and silliness of Indian politicians, has died of multiple-organ failure, his doctor said. He was 94. Japan turns to 'I am Kenji' Facebook page on hostage crisis Tue, 27 Jan 2015 02:27:36 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/asia/2015/01/27/AS--Japan-Hostage-Social.Networks/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_asia_AS--Japan-Hostage-Social.Networks c9d8ec1afb93944a:-38a0ba8f:14ae3e28837:-2205 TOKYO (AP) — The plight of freelance journalist Kenji Goto, taken captive by Islamic State group militants, has gripped Japan, and the people's hopes for his safety are now on Facebook with a simple, unifying plea: "I am Kenji." China's shadow looms large over Obama visit to India Mon, 26 Jan 2015 12:21:18 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/asia/2015/01/26/AS--Obama/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_asia_AS--Obama c9d8ec1afb93944a:-38a0ba8f:14ae3e28837:-28fe NEW DELHI (AP) — As President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met in New Delhi this week, the shadow of a third player hung over the talks: neighboring China, which has complicated relationships with both the United States and India. Indonesian rescuers fail again to lift fuselage of AirAsia Mon, 26 Jan 2015 10:57:04 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/asia/2015/01/26/AS--Indonesia-Plane/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_asia_AS--Indonesia-Plane c9d8ec1afb93944a:-38a0ba8f:14ae3e28837:-274d PANGKALAN BUN, Indonesia (AP) — The second attempt to lift the fuselage of the crashed AirAsia jetliner failed Sunday as the wreckage sank back to the ocean floor when a rope linking the lifting balloons broke. Markets shrug off victory of Greek anti-austerity party Mon, 26 Jan 2015 08:13:47 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/asia/2015/01/26/Financial.Markets/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_asia_Financial.Markets c9d8ec1afb93944a:-38a0ba8f:14ae3e28837:-29fb LONDON (AP) — Global financial markets shrugged off the election victory of an anti-austerity party in Greece, with most investors appearing to conclude on Monday that it is unlikely to lead the country to fall out of the euro. Toll of Filipino commandos killed in rebel clash rises to 43 Mon, 26 Jan 2015 07:07:03 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/asia/2015/01/26/AS-Philippines-Police-Commandos-Killed/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_asia_AS-Philippines-Police-Commandos-Killed c9d8ec1afb93944a:-38a0ba8f:14ae3e28837:-2851 MANILA, Philippines (AP) — At least 43 Philippine police commandos were killed in a fierce battle with Muslim guerrillas after launching an assault in which they may have killed one of Southeast Asia's most-wanted terrorists, officials said Monday. PM: Thai Airways won't go bankrupt but faces rehabilitation Mon, 26 Jan 2015 06:43:35 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/asia/2015/01/26/AS-Thailand-Thai-Airways/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_asia_AS-Thailand-Thai-Airways c9d8ec1afb93944a:-38a0ba8f:14ae3e28837:-2842 BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's beleaguered national airline will be saved from bankruptcy under a rehabilitation plan being worked out between the airline and government, premier Prayuth Chan-ocha said Monday. Australia's knighting of Prince Philip prompts puzzlement Mon, 26 Jan 2015 06:41:23 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/asia/2015/01/26/AS-Australia-Knighting-Prince-Philip/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_asia_AS-Australia-Knighting-Prince-Philip c9d8ec1afb93944a:-38a0ba8f:14ae3e28837:-2939 SYDNEY (AP) — Australia's prime minister on Monday dismissed criticism of his decision to make the husband of Queen Elizabeth II an Australian knight, saying Prince Philip has a long history of service Down Under. AirAsia scraps fuel surcharges as oil price plummets Mon, 26 Jan 2015 04:56:36 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/asia/2015/01/26/AS--Malaysia-AirAsia/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_asia_AS--Malaysia-AirAsia c9d8ec1afb93944a:-38a0ba8f:14ae3e28837:-293a KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Southeast Asia's biggest budget carrier AirAsia on Monday scrapped fuel surcharges on tickets following the decline in global oil prices.