Asia Pacific Topics

Nov 18, 2016

Chinese astronauts return from longest mission

China’s Shenzhou-11 spacecraft returned to earth Friday, bringing home two astronauts from the rising power’s longest-ever orbital mission in a milestone for its vaulting ambitions. China’s state broadcaster CCTV showed the return capsule’s separation from the Tiangong-2 space lab 393 kilometers (244 miles) above ...

Nov 18, 2016

China pair returning to Earth after monthlong space mission

China’s Shenzhou 11 manned spacecraft successfully separated from the orbiting Tiangong 2 space laboratory on Thursday to return to Earth with its two astronauts having completed the country’s longest manned space mission to date, the China Manned Space Agency said. The Shenzhou 11, carrying ...

Delhi state smog draws 'gas chamber' comparison

Nov 6, 2016

Delhi state smog draws 'gas chamber' comparison

Delhi state was compared to a “gas chamber” Saturday by its chief minister, as 1,800 schools were shut following one of the city’s worst-ever pollution spells. Thick smog has blanketed the capital for days, with local and central authorities meeting to resolve the crisis. ...

Pregnant foreign woman becomes Myanmar's first Zika case

Oct 28, 2016

Pregnant foreign woman becomes Myanmar's first Zika case

Myanmar’s first case of Zika infection has been identified in a pregnant foreign woman in the country’s largest city Yangon, state media reported Thursday night. Authorities confirmed the infection in the 32-year-old woman Wednesday following laboratory test, the report quoted the Ministry of Health ...

Oct 4, 2016

Study reveals Asian ancestry of Pacific Islanders

Ancient DNA has revealed the first inhabitants of Vanuatu and Tonga came from Asia, not other Oceanic populations as has long been assumed, a study published Tuesday found. The study sheds light on the last great human migration into unpopulated lands, when a people ...

First Thai babies diagnosed with Zika-linked microcephaly

Sep 30, 2016

First Thai babies diagnosed with Zika-linked microcephaly

Thai health authorities on Friday said microcephaly in two babies was caused by the Zika virus, in what is believed to be Southeast Asia’s first confirmed cases linking the sickness and the birth defect. The announcement could affect Thailand’s key tourism industry, one the ...

Sep 25, 2016

16 pregnant women infected with Zika in Singapore

A total of 16 pregnant women in Singapore are infected with the mosquito-borne Zika virus, local media reported Saturday. The Ministry of Health is exploring plans to set up a national surveillance program to monitor the development of babies born to Zika-infected women, the ...