Asia Pacific Topics

May 25, 2014

Chinese woman summits Everest

A Chinese woman became the first person to reach the summit of Mount Everest this season, officials said Saturday, but the climb was clouded by controversy because she took a helicopter part of the way. Wang Jing, 41, reached Everest’s summit late Friday, accompanied ...

Abbott apologizes for 'winking' at Aussie sex worker

May 22, 2014

Abbott apologizes for 'winking' at Aussie sex worker

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott acknowledged Thursday that he made a mistake by winking with a smile in a talk radio studio while listening to a phone sex worker complain on the air about welfare cutbacks. The gesture, captured Wednesday by a television camera ...

May 6, 2014

Australian police probe Packer street brawl

The boss of Australia’s Nine Network Tuesday admitted he was at fault over an ugly street brawl with billionaire gambling tycoon James Packer as police opened investigations into the fight. The casino mogul and his childhood friend David Gyngell, who had been his best ...

May 2, 2014

Chinese man seeks smog-based divorce

A Beijing man is seeking to divorce his wife after she took their son to a tropical province to escape the capital’s notorious smog, saying the long-distance relationship had destroyed their marriage. The man, identified only by his family name, Wang, married his wife ...

Apr 27, 2014

China to lock up rare-animal eaters

China will imprison people who eat rare animals for 10 years or more under a new interpretation of the criminal law, state media reported, as the government seeks to close a legal loophole and better protect the natural environment. China lists 420 species as ...

Erotic art offers glimpse of China's lost sexual philosophy

Apr 18, 2014

Erotic art offers glimpse of China's lost sexual philosophy

Ancient paintings of fornicating Chinese couples and phalluses made of stone are among items that Dutch art collector Ferdinand Bertholet hopes will help China reconnect with its sexually charged past. Explicit works spanning from the Han Dynasty (206 B.C. to A.D. 220) to the ...

Apr 17, 2014

Sri Lankans hunt for president's macaws

Four macaws belonging to Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa have escaped his tightly guarded residence in Colombo, his office said Wednesday, appealing for help in tracing the birds. “The president is very fond of these birds,” an official in his office said. The macaws ...