Asia Pacific Topics

Oct 23, 2014

China to send orbiter to moon and back: report

China will launch its latest lunar orbiter in the coming days in its first attempt to send a spacecraft around the moon and back to Earth. The spacecraft, which has not been named, will launch between Friday and Sunday, China’s official Xinhua News Agency ...

India launches index to measure air quality

Oct 18, 2014

India launches index to measure air quality

The country’s top environment official unveiled a government program Friday that will eventually measure air quality across India, home to some of the most polluted cities in the world. Over the next five years, the government will begin measuring eight major pollutants that affect ...

Oct 7, 2014

Dengue outbreak in southern China leaves at least six dead

The dengue virus has killed six people and infected more than 21,000 in southern China’s worst outbreak of the mosquito-transmitted disease in about two decades, officials said Tuesday. Authorities in worst-affected Guangdong province attribute the severity of this year’s outbreak to exceptionally hot and ...

Oct 4, 2014

Pakistan detects record number of polio cases

A health official in Pakistan said Saturday that authorities already have detected a record number of polio cases this year, blaming militants for the outbreak. Rana Mohammad Safdar, a senior official at the National Institute of Health in Islamabad, said doctors have discovered 202 ...