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Asian nations scramble to contain pig disease outbreaks

Asian nations are scrambling to contain the spread of highly contagious African swine fever, with Vietnam culling 2.6 million pigs and China reporting more than a million dead in an …

Pentagon nominee focuses on China despite Mideast tensions

Tensions may be high in the Middle East, but the man chosen by President Donald Trump to run the Pentagon is turning his focus to China.

Taiwan approves same-sex marriage in first for Asia

Taiwan’s legislature voted Friday to legalize same-sex marriage, a first in Asia and a boost for LGBT rights activists who had championed the cause for two decades.

Deadly Bangladesh fire shows lapses in development

A fire in Bangladesh that killed at least 67 people in the oldest part of the capital shows the lapses in public safety that continue to plague the South Asian …

Thailand braces for powerful storm at southern beach towns

Thai authorities suspended ferry services and began evacuations Thursday ahead of a powerful tropical storm that is expected to pound the Southeast Asian nation’s famed southern beach resorts during a …

UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 4, 2018, 9:48 p.m.

Stranded people leave flooded airport after typhoon in Japan

People stranded at a flooded offshore airport overnight returned by boat and bus to the Japanese mainland Wednesday after a typhoon swept across part of Japan’s main island.

Asian shares dip amid growing worry over U.S.-Canada trade

Asian shares were mostly lower Monday amid worries about escalating trade friction between the U.S. and Canada, who have been unable to agree to a revamped trade deal but will …

Uber selling Southeast Asian business to regional rival Grab

Ride-hailing giant Uber is selling its business in Southeast Asia to regional rival Grab while gaining a robust stake in the fast-growing ridesharing, food delivery and financial services business.

Pence trip to Asia, Olympics aimed at countering North Korea

Vice President Mike Pence’s six-day swing through Asia, anchored by a stop at the Winter Olympics in South Korea, is set to focus less on sports than the host country’s …

Mattis cozying up to Vietnam amid China’s assertiveness

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is cozying up to senior Vietnamese officials, hoping to strengthen an Asian partnership in the face of China’s more aggressive military stance.

Vietnam escapes worst of typhoon that battered Philippines

A powerful storm that left a trail of death and destruction in the Philippines was downgraded to a tropical depression Tuesday and failed to make landfall in Vietnam.

UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 18, 2017, 7:03 p.m.

Get Bach to work: Company orchestras a German tradition

It’s hard to quantify, but the engineer and accountant musicians – and some business experts – argue that a symphony orchestra is an excellent model for the creative teamwork companies …

Pope leaves Bangladesh laughing after diplomatic tightrope

Pope Francis urged Bangladeshi priests and nuns to resist the “terrorism of gossip” that can tear religious communities apart, delivering one of his trademark, zinger-filled spontaneous speeches to the country’s …

UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 14, 2017, 6:50 p.m.

Trump in Asia: A break from the past but uncertain results

President Donald Trump declared his first Asian tour “tremendously successful” as he hopped on a plane bound for Washington. But when he landed at the White House late Tuesday he …

UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 13, 2017, 8:30 a.m.

In boost for India, Trump discovers ‘Indo-Pacific’ on Asia tour

Throughout his tour of five countries, Trump made a point of labeling the region the “Indo-Pacific.” Not “Asia.” And not the more common “Asia-Pacific,” which was what predecessor Barack Obama …

UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 12, 2017, 8:40 p.m.

His Asia trip winding down, Trump meets with allies

President Donald Trump is winding down his lengthy Asia trip with an international summit and a series of meetings with Pacific Rim allies, including his host in the Philippines who …

Trudy Rubin: Will Trump play North Korea roulette?

A snowball in hell probably has better prospects than a serious Trump effort at diplomacy, and he may leave empty-handed.

UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 5, 2017, 10:14 p.m.

In Japan, Trump pushes new trade deal, mourns Texas shooting

President Donald Trump opened his second day in Japan by pushing for stronger, more equitable economic ties between the allies, yet his message in Asia threatened to be overshadowed by …

UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 4, 2017, 10:30 p.m.

Trump calls Japan ‘crucial ally’ as he kicks off Asia trip

President Donald Trump praised Japan as a “crucial ally” and warned adversaries not to test America’s resolve Sunday as he opened a grueling and consequential first trip to Asia.

Trump visits Pearl Harbor, USS Arizona memorial

President Donald Trump paid a solemn visit Friday to Pearl Harbor and its memorial to the USS Arizona, a hallowed place he said he had read about, discussed and studied …

Trump extending Asia trip to attend East Asian Summit

President Donald Trump is extending his trip to Asia by another day to attend the East Asian Summit.

Asia braces for Trump and his unpredictable foreign policy

Donald Trump vowed a more “unpredictable” foreign policy when he campaigned for president. Mission accomplished, if the mood in Asia ahead of his first presidential trip to the region is …

White House: Trump will not visit DMZ during Asia trip

The White House says President Donald Trump will not visit the Demilitarized Zone during his upcoming trip to Asia – a break from many previous administrations.

UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 24, 2017, 8:39 p.m.

Coal-export terminal backer sues state over permit denial

A company proposing to build a terminal in Washington state to export U.S. coal to Asia sued the state Tuesday, arguing regulators unfairly denied the project a key permit.

UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 23, 2017, 6:48 p.m.

In Asia, Trump to warn North Korea but not likely visit DMZ

President Donald Trump is not planning to visit the border between North and South Korea known as the Demilitarized Zone when he visits Asia next month.

Asia’s glaciers face massive melt from global warming, study says

Scientists say one-third of the ice stored in Asia’s glaciers will be lost by the end of the century even if the world manages to meet its ambitious goal of …

UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 24, 2017, 2:09 p.m.

U.S. to limit visas from 4 nations that won’t take deportees

The Trump administration is poised to impose visa restrictions on four Asian and African nations refusing to take back their citizens who’ve been deported from the United States, officials said …

UPDATED: Wed., July 5, 2017, 8:10 p.m.

Group finds Asia’s performing elephants are treated harshly

An animal protection group wants tourists to know: That elephant you are thinking about riding during your vacation in Thailand is probably a miserable victim of abuse.

Pentagon chief says North Korea’s nuclear pursuits a ‘danger’

North Korea is accelerating its push to acquire a nuclear-armed missile capable of threatening the United States and other nations, and the U.S. regards this as a “clear and present …

As U.S. backs away from climate pledges, India and China step up

As the United States pulls back from its commitment to fight climate change, the world’s two other biggest polluters – India and China – are sounding the alarm. But neither …