Latest East Asia News

Christians, hotel workers, tourists among Easter attack dead

Apr. 24, 2019 7:58 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — More than 350 people were killed in bombings of churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday. Some details on the victims: ___ SRI LANKA The vast majority of victims were Sri Lankan, many from the nation's Christian minority. Their names and details of their lives were slow...

With limos and private train, Kim Jong Un travels in style

Apr. 24, 2019 7:49 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — It's a short hop from Pyongyang to Vladivostok by plane. There's even a semi-regular flight. But for his first summit meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has once again opted to go by train. And while they aren't quite as flashy as the "Beast," which...

China rejects 'unfounded hype' after GE spying accusation

Apr. 24, 2019 7:39 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China's government on Wednesday rejected accusations that it steals technology after a former General Electric Co. engineer and his Chinese business partner were indicted on charges of industrial spying. The charges announced Tuesday come amid a tariff war between Beijing and Washington over...

Iranian leaders defiant in face of Trump's move on sanctions

Apr. 24, 2019 7:35 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian leaders are defiant in the wake of President Donald Trump's decision to impose sanctions on countries that import Iranian oil, vowing to respond to America's move. The U.S. announced the sanctions in November but some countries got temporary waivers that allowed them to import...

World stocks subdued as Wall Street eyes new record highs

Apr. 24, 2019 7:31 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Stock markets were subdued in Europe and Asia on Wednesday as investors look to corporate earnings for clues on whether the S&P 500 will hit another all-time record close. The FTSE 100 in Britain lost 0.3% to 7,502 while the CAC 40 in France was flat at 5,590. The DAX in Germany gained...

Seoul lawmaker: Top Kim Jong Un adviser removed from post

Apr. 24, 2019 7:20 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's most trusted policy adviser apparently has been removed from one of his posts, a South Korean lawmaker said Wednesday, a possible personnel reshuffle in the wake of the breakdown of the North Korea-U.S. summit in February. The head of the South...

Hong Kong sentences leaders of 2014 democracy protests

Apr. 24, 2019 6:46 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — A court in Hong Kong handed down prison sentences of up to 16 months Wednesday to eight leaders of massive 2014 pro-democracy protests on public nuisance offenses. The sentences are seen as an effort by the government of the semi-autonomous Chinese territory to draw a line under the...

10 Things to Know for Today

Apr. 24, 2019 6:21 AM EDT

Your daily look at late breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. SRI LANKA EASTER BOMBINGS DEATH TOLL RISES TO 359 The country's leaders vowed to overhaul the security apparatus amid a series of intelligence lapses before the attacks. 2. CRUCIAL SUMMIT IN FAR-EASTERN...

Beijing celebration of building binge overshadowed by debt

Apr. 24, 2019 6:15 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — A conference this week showcasing a Chinese initiative to help build ports, railways and other infrastructure in the developing world is casting a spotlight on complaints the projects leave some countries with too much debt. Asian and African leaders plan to press for relief from politically...

Japan reporter sues government after passport is invalidated

Apr. 24, 2019 6:15 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese journalist known for covering war zones has sued the Foreign Ministry after it invalidated his passport and demanded he surrender it, saying it deprives him of his right to travel and interferes with press freedom. Kosuke Tuneoka was stopped at Tokyo's Haneda airport in February on...