Asia Pacific Topics

Feb 10, 2016

China confirms first case of Zika virus

China has confirmed its first case of the Zika virus in a man who had recently travelled to South America, the official Xinhua News Agency reported. The virus, which is causing international alarm after spreading through much of the Americas, was detected in a ...

'Humans caused extinction' of huge bird 50,000 years ago

Jan 31, 2016

'Humans caused extinction' of huge bird 50,000 years ago

The mystery behind the extinction of a huge flightless bird called Genyornis that flourished in the grasslands and woodlands of prehistoric Australia may have been solved, with burned eggshells as the clue and people as the culprits. Scientists said Friday burn patterns detected on ...

Tasmanian bush fires raze ancient World Heritage forests

Jan 31, 2016

Tasmanian bush fires raze ancient World Heritage forests

World Heritage-listed forests whose origins predate the age of the dinosaurs are being destroyed by raging Australian bush fires, with conservationists increasingly fearful they could be lost forever. Firefighters in Tasmania — an island state south of the mainland known for its cooler temperatures ...

Shark swallows shark in Seoul aquarium

Jan 30, 2016

Shark swallows shark in Seoul aquarium

Visitors to a giant aquarium in Seoul on Friday witnessed the gory aftermath of a territorial dispute between two sharks, which left one inside the gullet of the other. Staffers at the COEX aquarium said the fight between a 2.2-meter-long (7.2-foot) sand tiger shark ...