Category Archives: Asia

Turkey's Erdogan talks man on bridge out of suicide

Istanbul (AFP) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan used his celebrated rhetorical skills to save a life on Friday, preventing a man from jumping off Istanbul's Bosphorus Bridge. The man…

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China arrests third Japanese, detains another for spying: Tokyo

Tokyo (AFP) – Japan has confirmed Chinese authorities have arrested a third Japanese citizen & detained another on suspicion of spying. The series of arrests & detentions could strain already…

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Activists call for witness protection as major Thai human trafficking trial begins

By Alisa Tang BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Thai authorities must step up witness protection for a major human trafficking trial with the accused including an army general & one…

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Japan PM Abe's cabinet approves largest defence budget

Tokyo (AFP) – Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's cabinet on Thursday approved Japan's biggest ever annual defence budget, as the country bolsters its military amid territorial rows & concerns over China's…

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Image of Asia: Seen in the sky, Santa and a reindeer

In this photo by Shizuo Kambayashi, window cleaners Yuta Uetake, dressed as Santa Claus, & Toru Yamashita, dressed as a reindeer, work at a shopping mall in Tokyo on Christmas…

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Leading MMA promoter bans weight-cutting by dehydration

Manila (AFP) – Prominent Asian mixed martial arts promoter One Championship announced Thursday it is banning weight-cutting by dehydration, weeks after one of its fighters died, reportedly following an attempt…

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Foreigners drawn to Myanmar's bone-crunching kickboxing

Yangon (AFP) – A roar erupted at the Yangon ring as the home champion ploughed a right hook into his American opponent's face, crumpling him to the canvas in the…

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Okinawa countersues Japanese government over US base move

Tokyo (AFP) – The defiant southern region of Okinawa countersued Japan's government Friday over local resistance to a new US military base, the latest chapter in deepening mistrust between central…

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More than money: Employees in China demand cleaner office air

By Jessica Macy Yu BEIJING (Reuters) – It's not only approximately salaries, promotions & career prospects – many companies in China have found they need to offer cleaner air within…

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Media watchdog urges Turkey to halt press crackdown, free 3

ISTANBUL (AP) — The Committee to Protect Journalists is urging Turkey to end its crackdown on the press & has called for the release of three journalists working for Kurdish…

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