Asia Pacific Topics

Jan 10, 2017

South Korea court rejects Park's evidence on disaster mystery

The court hearing South Korean President Park Geun-hye’s impeachment trial on Tuesday dismissed as “unsatisfactory” attempts to explain her whereabouts during the 2014 Sewol ferry disaster. Parliament voted to impeach Park last month over an influence-peddling scandal that has brought hundreds of thousands of ...

Jan 9, 2017

Australian health minister stands down over expense claims

Australia’s heath minister temporarily stepped down Monday while her travel expense claims are investigated. The scandal surrounding Minister Sussan Ley’s expense claims could trigger the first reshuffle of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s Cabinet since his government was re-elected six months ago. Ley has been ...

Jan 6, 2017

Indonesia says only part of Australian cooperation halted

An Indonesian government minister clarified Thursday that the country was suspending only part of its military cooperation with Australia. Canberra promised that its investigation of an alleged insult of Indonesian beliefs was nearly complete. Australian Defence Minister Marise Payne said the issue began in ...

Indonesia backs down in Australia military row

Jan 5, 2017

Indonesia backs down in Australia military row

Indonesia appeared to back down Thursday from a decision to suspend all military cooperation with Australia in a row over teaching materials, with a senior minister saying only language training had been put on hold. The Indonesian military said Wednesday that military cooperation with ...