AP - ap.online.regional.asia http://www.comcast.net?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_ AP - ap.online.regional.asia News Thu, 18 Sep 2014 21:05:16 -0400 Islamic State plot in Australia raises questions Thu, 18 Sep 2014 20:53:34 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/asia/2014/09/18/AS--Australia-Terrorism/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_asia_AS--Australia-Terrorism c9d8ec1afb93944a:-ec04479:148593b024a:-456f CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Islamic State plot to carry out random beheadings in Sydney alleged by police is a simple and barbaric scheme that has shaken Australians. But terrorism experts on Friday questioned whether the ruthless movement had the capacity or inclination to sustain a terror campaign so far from the Middle East. Pakistan rescues thousands as floods hit south Thu, 18 Sep 2014 12:02:12 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/asia/2014/09/18/AS-India-Pakistan-Flooding/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_asia_AS-India-Pakistan-Flooding c9d8ec1afb93944a:-ec04479:148593b024a:-43a0 ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's disaster management agency said Thursday it had evacuated thousands of people stranded in parts of the country's south after it was hit by floods, as the military air-dropped rations and civil authorities sent truckloads of supplies to the regions where waters were receding after wreaking havoc. Kerry, Afghan candidate discuss vote impasse Thu, 18 Sep 2014 11:23:05 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/asia/2014/09/18/AS--Afghanistan/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_asia_AS--Afghanistan c9d8ec1afb93944a:-ec04479:148593b024a:-4414 KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry ratcheted up the pressure on Afghanistan's rival presidential contenders to reach a compromise on a national unity government, reminding them that Washington and the international community will withdraw financial support if they fail to strike a deal, a campaign official said Thursday. Minority scholar denies separatism at China trial Thu, 18 Sep 2014 11:04:21 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/asia/2014/09/18/AS-China-Minority-Scholar/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_asia_AS-China-Minority-Scholar c9d8ec1afb93944a:-ec04479:148593b024a:-455c URUMQI, China (AP) — A prominent Muslim Uighur scholar being tried on separatism charges told a court in far western China on Thursday that he never advocated the overthrow of Chinese rule in his native Xinjiang, according to his lawyer. India, China vow cooperation as troops face off Thu, 18 Sep 2014 10:31:19 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/asia/2014/09/18/AS--India-China/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_asia_AS--India-China c9d8ec1afb93944a:-ec04479:148593b024a:-45ba NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian and Chinese troops faced off at their countries' unmarked border in the Himalayas on Thursday as their leaders were promising to boost economic cooperation and substantially increase Chinese investment in India's infrastructure at a rare meeting. Thai military ruler apologizes for bikini comment Thu, 18 Sep 2014 07:20:19 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/asia/2014/09/18/AS-Thailand-Tourist-Deaths/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_asia_AS-Thailand-Tourist-Deaths c9d8ec1afb93944a:-ec04479:148593b024a:-44bb BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's military ruler apologized Thursday for suggesting that foreigners visiting the country's world-famous beaches might be unsafe wearing bikinis in the wake of the killing of two British tourists this week. World stocks higher after Fed as Scotland votes Thu, 18 Sep 2014 05:49:38 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/asia/2014/09/18/Financial.Markets/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_asia_Financial.Markets c9d8ec1afb93944a:-ec04479:148593b024a:-45bb SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — World stocks were mostly higher Thursday as Scotland voted in an independence referendum that could shake the U.K. economy and markets. Sentiment was underpinned by the Federal Reserve's signal it is not rushing to raise interest rates. Hyundai to pay $10B for land in Gangnam district Thu, 18 Sep 2014 04:40:21 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/asia/2014/09/18/AS-SKorea-Hyundai-Motor-Gangnam/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_asia_AS-SKorea-Hyundai-Motor-Gangnam c9d8ec1afb93944a:-ec04479:148593b024a:-45a3 SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A consortium led by Hyundai Motor Co. offered more than $10 billion for land in Seoul's tony Gangnam district where it will build a new headquarters. The sky high price surprised shareholders who sent the automaker's shares down nearly 10 percent. Even seemingly benign causes draw China crackdown Thu, 18 Sep 2014 03:27:40 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/asia/2014/09/18/AS--China-Civil.Society/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_asia_AS--China-Civil.Society c9d8ec1afb93944a:-ec04479:148593b024a:-4550 BEIJING (AP) — More than 30 people had gathered at Beijing's most august Buddhist temple to remember the siblings, children and parents lost exactly six months earlier when a Malaysia Airlines jet disappeared. They found themselves encircled by shouting police blocking them from speaking to reporters or entering the temple as a group. International monitors endorse Fiji election Thu, 18 Sep 2014 02:23:42 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/asia/2014/09/18/AS--Fiji-Election/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_asia_AS--Fiji-Election c9d8ec1afb93944a:-ec04479:148593b024a:-4570 SUVA, Fiji (AP) — A group of international observers who were scrutinizing this week's landmark Fiji election say the process was credible and the result should broadly reflect the will of voters. Minority scholar denies separatism at China trial Thu, 18 Sep 2014 01:28:37 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/asia/2014/09/17/AS--China-Minority.Scholar/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_asia_AS--China-Minority.Scholar c9d8ec1afb93944a:-ec04479:148593b024a:-4cd7 URUMQI, China (AP) — A Muslim Uighur scholar accused of separatism sought to show Thursday that his writings and classroom lectures, including rhetoric saying Chinese are dragons and Uighurs are wolves, were not a campaign to split his native Xinjiang region from China. Australian leader warns of planned random attack Thu, 18 Sep 2014 01:08:51 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/asia/2014/09/17/AS--Australia-Terrorism/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_asia_AS--Australia-Terrorism c9d8ec1afb93944a:-ec04479:148593b024a:-4895 SYDNEY (AP) — Counterterrorism raids in Sydney on Thursday were sparked by security intelligence that the Islamic State movement was planning a random, violent attack in Australia as a demonstration of its reach, the prime minister said. Bangladesh empowers parliament to impeach judges Thu, 18 Sep 2014 00:15:36 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/asia/2014/09/18/AS--Bangladesh-Parliament.Judges/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_asia_AS--Bangladesh-Parliament.Judges c9d8ec1afb93944a:-ec04479:148593b024a:-4606 DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh's parliament now has the authority to impeach Supreme Court judges after lawmakers late Wednesday voted to approve a much-debated amendment to the constitution. Asian stocks mostly down after Fed meeting Wed, 17 Sep 2014 23:34:52 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/asia/2014/09/17/Financial.Markets/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_asia_Financial.Markets c9d8ec1afb93944a:-ec04479:148593b024a:-4c4c SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Asian stock markets mostly fell Thursday after the U.S. Federal Reserve increased its estimate for the level of the central bank's benchmark interest rate by the end of 2015, surprising investors who expected a slower pace of rate hikes. Japan logs trade deficit for 26th month in a row Wed, 17 Sep 2014 22:53:52 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/asia/2014/09/18/AS-Japan-Trade/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_asia_AS-Japan-Trade c9d8ec1afb93944a:-ec04479:148593b024a:-46c0 TOKYO (AP) — Japan logged a 948.5 billion yen ($8.7 billion) trade deficit in August, the 26th straight month of red ink, as slack demand from China and the U.S. stymied exports, the Finance Ministry said Thursday. Japan, neighbors agree to moves to protect eels Wed, 17 Sep 2014 22:33:57 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/asia/2014/09/18/AS--Japan-Endangered.Eels/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_asia_AS--Japan-Endangered.Eels c9d8ec1afb93944a:-ec04479:148593b024a:-4657 TOKYO (AP) — Japan has agreed to cut purchases of eel fry from neighboring East Asian countries by 20 percent as part of moves to protect the endangered species. Fiji's military ruler headed for big election win Wed, 17 Sep 2014 21:27:59 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/asia/2014/09/17/AS--Fiji-Election/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_asia_AS--Fiji-Election c9d8ec1afb93944a:-ec04479:148593b024a:-4c4b SUVA, Fiji (AP) — Fiji's military ruler for the past eight years appeared to be headed to a decisive victory Thursday to become the South Pacific nation's elected leader. Australian police detain 15 people in the country's largest counterterrorism operation Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:46:41 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/asia/2014/09/18/AS--APNewsAlert/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_asia_AS--APNewsAlert c9d8ec1afb93944a:-ec04479:148593b024a:-4701 SYDNEY (AP) — Australian police detain 15 people in the country's largest counterterrorism operation. Thailand says no DNA match yet for slain Britons Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:16:16 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/asia/2014/09/17/AS--Thailand-Tourist.Deaths/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_asia_AS--Thailand-Tourist.Deaths c9d8ec1afb93944a:-ec04479:148593b024a:-4c2d BANGKOK (AP) — Police in Thailand said Wednesday that DNA samples from the bodies of two British tourists found bludgeoned on a resort island did not match any collected from 12 people who were among those in the area. Pakistan airstrikes kill 40 militants, army says Wed, 17 Sep 2014 11:27:03 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/world/asia/2014/09/17/AS-Pakistan/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_world_asia_AS-Pakistan c9d8ec1afb93944a:-ec04479:148593b024a:-4c1a ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's military launched airstrikes on five militant hideouts in a troubled tribal region near the border with Afghanistan on Wednesday, killing 40 suspected fighters as part of a massive operation that began this summer.