Next phase of underwater MH370 search begins

Oct 6, 2014

Next phase of underwater MH370 search begins

The hunt for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 entered a new phase Monday as the underwater search for the aircraft resumed, officials said. Until now, experts had been concentrating on mapping the seabed in the southern Indian Ocean search zone where the plane carrying ...

Oct 1, 2014

Visa requirements eased for Indonesia, Philippines and Vietnam

The central government has relaxed visa requirements for visitors from Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam. The measure is part of a governmental bid to drive up the number of foreign tourists to 20 million a year by 2020, after hitting the previous target of ...

Oct 1, 2014

Consultants plead guilty to bribing Asian officials over ODA

The former president of a Tokyo-based consulting firm and two others connected with the company pleaded guilty on Wednesday to bribing officials in Vietnam, Indonesia and Uzbekistan to gain favor for Japanese-funded railway projects in those countries. Tamio Kakinuma, 65, and the others, former ...

Sep 10, 2014

Vietnam accuses China of beating fishermen

Vietnam has accused Chinese authorities of beating several of its fishermen and has demanded severe punishment for those involved in an incident that could increase tensions in a sea dispute between the communist neighbors. Vietnam’s Foreign Ministry posted a statement on its website late ...

Aug 29, 2014

Attempt to call missing jet may alter search area

Shortly after Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared from radar, airline officials on the ground tried repeatedly to call the crew of the Boeing 777 using a satellite phone that might have left clues to the jet’s flight path. Now an analysis of those failed ...

Asia's old communities vanishing amid rapid growth

Aug 28, 2014

Asia's old communities vanishing amid rapid growth

by Denis D. Gray

Century-old shop houses, twisting alleyways and temples scented with incense still pulsate with the old trades and time-honored rituals of families who have lived in Bangkok’s Chinatown for generations. But probably not for much longer. Jackhammers and cranes are closing in on one of ...