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Pope Makes Tough Sell on Materialism in South Korea

Pope Francis tells young people in Daejeon to “reject inhuman economic models which create new forms of poverty and marginalized workers.”

Japan PM Sends Offering to War Dead Shrine, Cabinet Ministers Visit

Shinzo Abe choses not to visit the Yasukuni Shrine, in what is seen as an effort to avoid inflaming tense relations with China.

Police Test Mental Health of Daughter of American Tourist Killed in Bali

Indonesian police run psychiatric tests on the teenage daughter of an American woman found dead inside a suitcase on the resort island of Bali.

Pope Sends Good Will Message to China; Arrives in South Korea

Francis will spend five days in South Korea, a country of five million Catholics, on the first trip to Asia by a pontiff since 1999.

Kerry Eyes US-China Partnership Despite Tensions

Improving American cooperation with China is critical to maintaining stability and security in the Asia-Pacific, US Secretary of State John Kerry says.

Asean Paralysis Gives China Free Hand in South China Sea

A failed US effort to unite Asean strengthens China’s growing assertiveness in the South China Sea, and could affect US-Burma relations.

New Focus on Arms Industry Expansion in Southeast Asia

Regional countries are increasing domestic manufacturers of military hardware, reducing their dependence on American and European suppliers.

India’s Modi Accuses Pakistan of Waging Proxy War

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi accuses Pakistan of waging “proxy war” by sending militants to attack India in a trip to the disputed Kashmir region.

China Announces Birth of Rare Panda Triplets

Three panda cubs were born on July 29 in the southern city of Guangzhou in a further success for the country’s artificial breeding program.

China TV Series on Deng Stirs Questions on Political Openness

A new 48-part drama series chronicles the late Chinese Communist Party leader’s push toward market reforms in the 1970s and 1980s.

Asbestos Pushed in Asia as Product for the Poor

Outlawed in much of the developed world, asbestos is still going strong in the developing one, despite its well documented respiratory risks.

UN Chief Says Access Not a Must for Sri Lanka War Crimes Probe

Human rights chief says investigations into abuses in Syria and North Korea were credible despite the lack of access to those countries.

Philippine Ex-General in Kidnapping Case Captured 

Philippine security forces capture a fugitive former army general, fulfilling a promise by President Aquinio III to bring high-profile criminal suspects to justice.

China Cracking Down on Christian Groups Along North Korea Border: Sources

China cracks down on Christian charity groups near its border with North Korea, with hundreds of members of the community forced to leave the country.

China Rebuffs US Efforts on South China Sea Tensions

At a meeting in the Burmese capital, Naypyidaw, the US and the Philippines wanted Asean to adopt a freeze on provocative actions in the sea.

Australian Parents of Thai Surrogate Twin Say They Feared Losing Both Babies

The biological parents of twins caught up in a Thai surrogacy scandal claim they wanted both babies but the surrogate mother threatened to involve police.

US Urges India to Step Up as Regional Power

Ahead of Prime Minister Modi’s visit to Washington, the US urges India to bolster its role as a global power and force for regional stability.

US Call for South China Sea ‘Freeze’ Gets Cool Response From China

A U.S. proposal for a freeze on provocative acts in the South China Sea got a cool response from China and some Southeast Asian nations.

PNG Woman Leads Relocation of Island Community Hit by Climate Change

A paradise-like island in the southwest Pacific is one of the first places to fulfil scientists’ predictions that climate change will submerge many coastal communities.

Thai Case Casts Spotlight on Business of Surrogacy

An Australian couple is accused of abandoning their baby with his Thai surrogate mother after discovering the child had Down syndrome.