Asia Pacific Topics

Oct 5, 2015

Smog-shrouded Malaysia shuts schools for two days

Malaysia on Monday shut most schools nationwide for two days to protect children from a thick, noxious haze caused by smoke from burning forests in neighboring Indonesia. The haze, which has shrouded parts of Malaysia and Singapore for about a month, also spread to ...

Oct 4, 2015

Malaysia shuts schools as choking smog worsens

Malaysian authorities on Sunday ordered most of the country’s schools shut for two days because of possible health risks posed by the thick haze from Indonesian forest fires. The education ministry said all schools, except a handful in outlying areas, must close their doors ...

Oct 2, 2015

Indonesia forest fires could become worst on record: NASA

Forest fires blanketing Southeast Asia in choking haze are on track to become among the worst on record, scientists warn, with a prolonged dry season hampering efforts to curb the crisis. Malaysia, Singapore and large expanses of Indonesia have suffered for weeks from acrid ...

Australia to test shark deterrents after wave of attacks

Sep 30, 2015

Australia to test shark deterrents after wave of attacks

Australian shark experts will test cutting-edge technology — including electrical barriers powered by wave energy — following an “unprecedented” series of attacks on swimmers. The country has one of the world’s highest incidences of shark attacks and researchers from around the world met in ...

Sep 19, 2015

Traditional medicine feeds China's $2.7 billion cancer fight

With the world’s largest cancer epidemic, China has been one of the most rapidly expanding markets for oncologic drugs for years. Now, an alternative approach is growing about twice as fast: traditional Chinese medicines. Sales of traditional cancer treatments, often containing ingredients as unlikely ...

Sep 14, 2015

Hospitalized Thai king, 87, gets treatment for pneumonia

Thailand’s ailing King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world’s longest-reigning monarch, has been treated for lung inflammation and blood infection, the Royal Household Bureau said in a statement Sunday. An X-ray scan and lab tests conducted on the 87-year-old king found infection in his blood and ...

Sep 11, 2015

Pacific leaders at PNG meet fail to agree on climate change

A meeting of South Pacific nations has failed to reach agreement on tackling climate change, Kiribati President Anote Tong said Thursday after regional powers Australia and New Zealand refused to compromise. “It’s not the best outcome that we would have liked,” Tong said at ...

Sep 9, 2015

China aims to be first to land probe on dark side of moon

China’s space program says it plans to attempt the first-ever landing of a lunar probe on the moon’s far side. Zou Yongliao from the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ moon exploration department told state broadcaster CCTV on Wednesday that the Chang’e 4 mission is planned ...

Aug 31, 2015

Singapore softens ban on HIV-positive visitors

Singapore said Monday it has lifted a two-decade ban on HIV-infected people from entering the country, but will limit their stay to a maximum of three months. The Health Ministry said the ban was lifted on April 1, “given the current context with more ...