Asia Pacific Topics

Chinese universities break into global top 100

Aug 15, 2016

Chinese universities break into global top 100

Universities from mainland China broke into the global top 100 in an annual ranking for the first time Monday, but the University of Tokyo topped the Asia-Pacific and Harvard remained the global No. 1 for the 14th consecutive year. Todai stood at No. 20 ...

Undermining China: towns sink after mines close

Aug 15, 2016

Undermining China: towns sink after mines close

Deep in the coal heartlands of northern Shanxi province, people in the village of Helin are fighting a losing battle as the ground beneath them crumbles. They are patching up cracks, rebuilding walls and filling in sinkholes caused by decades of coal mining. Around ...

Jul 13, 2016

Myanmar's top monks distance selves from Buddhist hardliners

The body representing Myanmar’s top monks has distanced itself from Buddhist hardliners behind an incendiary anti-Muslim campaign blamed for a surge in sectarian violence across the country. The Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee, which represents the upper echelons of the clergy in the overwhelmingly Buddhist ...

North Korea sends 'state-sponsored slaves' to Europe: rights group

Jul 6, 2016

North Korea sends 'state-sponsored slaves' to Europe: rights group

In an attempt to circumvent international sanctions aimed at starving it of cash over its nuclear weapons program, North Korea has been sending hundreds of “state-sponsored slaves” to work in European Union nations, rights campaigners said Wednesday. North Korean laborers commonly work 10-12 hour ...

Baby elephants become latest status symbol among Sri Lanka's rich

Jul 1, 2016

Baby elephants become latest status symbol among Sri Lanka's rich

Expensive and high-maintenance, baby elephants have become the ultimate status symbol for Sri Lanka’s wealthy elite — a trend that has horrified conservationists and prompted a government crackdown. Elephants are venerated in mainly Buddhist Sri Lanka and capturing them is illegal. Yet authorities say ...