Apr 12, 2014

Top China activist defiant in court

A top Chinese legal activist defiantly denounced Beijing’s high court as “absurd” Friday as it upheld his prison sentence for supporting anti-graft protests, his lawyer said. Xu Zhiyong, 40, was sentenced to four years in prison in January for backing demonstrations in which a ...

Apr 12, 2014

Malaysia Airlines co-pilot 'made call'

The co-pilot of missing Malaysian Flight MH370 attempted to make a midflight call from his cellphone just before the plane vanished from radar screens, a report said Saturday, citing investigators. The call ended abruptly possibly “because the aircraft was fast moving away from the ...

Apr 12, 2014

China and India face huge cancer burden: experts

China and India are facing a cancer crisis, with smoking, belated diagnosis and unequal access to treatment all causing large-scale problems, experts said Friday. In a major report, published in The Lancet Oncology, more than 40 specialists warn that Asia’s big two emerging giants ...

Fading signals add urgency to search for missing Malaysian jet

Apr 12, 2014

Fading signals add urgency to search for missing Malaysian jet

The search for a missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner resumed Saturday, five weeks after the plane disappeared from radar screens, amid fears that batteries powering signals from the black box recorder on board may have died. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott warned Friday that signals ...

Prominent Chinese activist scorns court after prison term upheld

Apr 11, 2014

Prominent Chinese activist scorns court after prison term upheld

A prominent Chinese rights activist expressed defiance on Friday after a court upheld his four-year jail sentence, saying the pall of communism and dictatorship would eventually give way to freedom and justice. The ruling sparked fresh criticism from the United States, European Union and ...

Australian leader Abbott confident signals are from Flight 370

Apr 11, 2014

Australian leader Abbott confident signals are from Flight 370

Authorities are confident that signals detected deep in the Indian Ocean are from the missing Malaysian jet’s black boxes, Australia’s prime minister said Friday, raising hopes they are near solving one of aviation’s most perplexing mysteries. Tony Abbott told reporters in Shanghai that crews ...

China calls reining in North Korea 'mission impossible'

Apr 11, 2014

China calls reining in North Korea 'mission impossible'

The United States is giving China a “mission impossible” by insisting it exert pressure on neighboring North Korea to halt its nuclear arms program or face U.S. consequences, Beijing’s ambassador said. “We’re very often told that China has such an influence over DPRK” — ...

Apr 11, 2014

Evolving tale of two Chinas

by Kevin Rafferty

The fear that China may try to take over their island is what prompted Taiwanese students last month to protest a services trade pact with China then stage a "sunflower" sit-in of Taiwan's parliament.

New signal spurs search for missing MH370 black boxes

Apr 11, 2014

New signal spurs search for missing MH370 black boxes

The logging of a fifth signal spurred Friday’s hunt for missing Malaysian airliner MH370 as search crews work round-the-clock to find elusive wreckage in the southern Indian Ocean. The Australian-led operation out of a Perth air base is racing to gather as many signals ...

New possible pings detected in hunt for lost jet

Apr 10, 2014

New possible pings detected in hunt for lost jet

An Australian aircraft hunting for the missing Malaysian jet picked up a new possible underwater signal on Thursday in the same area search crews detected sounds earlier in the week that were consistent with an aircraft’s black boxes. The Australian navy P-3 Orion, which ...