Asia Pacific Headlines

  • There’s no need for New Zealand-style xenophobia to curb UK house prices

    To get to the root of our housing crisis let’s look closer to home rather than scapegoating foreign owners New Zealand’s ban on the foreign ownership of land and property has generated headlines around the world – and has clearly touched a nerve in the UK. But should we be doing the same in Britain? There are better ways to fix high house prices that don’t fan the flames of xenophobia. New Zealand has clearly become the destination of choice for a jet-setting elite. It’s a beautiful country,...

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  • China to send delegation for US talks to avert trade war

    New round of talks to take place in Washington ahead of threatened $200bn worth of tariffs on Chinese goods A Chinese trade delegation will visit the US this month to kick off a new round of talks, the first since negotiations broke down two months ago. China’s ministry of commerce said the US had invited a delegation, led by vice-commerce minister Wang Shouwen, to meet a group led by US Treasury undersecretary, David Malpass. Continue reading...

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  • Nauru hunger strike: 12-year-old boy at imminent risk of dying

    Island staff report a looming children’s health crisis ahead of Pacific Islands Forum A 12-year-old refugee boy on hunger strike on Nauru for more than a fortnight is at imminent risk of dying, medical staff on the island say, but efforts to move him to hospital care in Australia have foundered. He is one of several critical child cases on the island – including a 14-year-old boy with muscle wastage so severe he may never walk normally again, and a two-year-old child whose parents are too...

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  • Jailed for abortion: the 15-year-old girl failed by Indonesia

    A baby found buried in Jambi led to a six-month sentence for the teen who was raped by her brother Fika* gave birth alone in her room at night. The baby came out alive. According to her testimony, the 15-year-old from Sumatra cut the umbilical cord with a razor and then the baby went limp and died. She held it up, but it didn’t cry. Continue reading...

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  • Kim Jong-nam murder trial: two suspects await key Malaysia court ruling

    Judge to decide today if there is enough evidence against Siti Aisyah and Doan Thi Huong A Malaysian judge will deliver a key ruling today in the trial of two women accused of the assassination of Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korea’s leader, with their families hopeful they will be cleared. The court will decide whether there is sufficient evidence to support a murder charge against Siti Aisyah from Indonesia and Doan Thi Huong from Vietnam, who are accused of killing Kim at Kuala...

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  • Suicide bomber targets Shiite students in Kabul, killing 48

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide bomber struck a private education center in a Shiite neighborhood of Kabul on Wednesday where high school graduates were preparing for universi

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  • Diversity of responses to Israel boycott movement

    Readers react to a long read article on the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement Thanks so much for running Nathan Thrall’s comprehensive article on the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (‘Something needs to happen’, Journal, 14 August). I greatly appreciated its fair treatment of the BDS movement, its histories, strategies, and Israeli counterstrategies. Unfortunately, one area where it came up short was in not portraying the vibrant and growing Jewish support for BDS,...

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  • Bill banning sale of homes to foreigners attacked in New Zealand parliament

    The New Zealand government passed legislation on Wednesday which bans most foreigners who do not live in the country from buying existing homes, in an attempt to bring down house prices‘Tenants on our own land’: New Zealand bans sale of homes to foreign buyers Continue reading...

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  • Senior Chinese monk resigns amid sexual misconduct claims

    Controversy around Buddhist abbot Shi Xuecheng seen as sign of #MeToo’s rise in China One of China’s most high-profile Buddhist monks has resigned from a national post after reports of sexual misconduct, a religious association has said. The Buddhist Association of China said on Wednesday its president, Shi Xuecheng, had passed his duties to a deputy. Continue reading...

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  • 'Tenants on our own land': New Zealand bans sale of homes to foreign buyers

    Law aims to boost housing affordability after property prices rise more 75% in some parts of the country in four years

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  • Resignation syndrome: a true story

    We are crushing children between the erosion of all hope and our indiscriminate crueltySign up here to get an email whenever First Dog cartoons are publishedGet all your needs met at the First Dog shop if what you need is First Dog merchandise and prints Continue reading...

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  • Oil firms use secretive court hearing in bid to stop Vietnam taxing their profits

    ConocoPhillips and Perenco try to stop £140m levy from sale of oilfields in key case for tax avoidance by multinationals Two multinational oil companies have launched a pre-emptive legal strike, seeking to stop Vietnam from collecting taxes on the profits made in a major oil deal. An investigation by Finance Uncovered has found that ConocoPhillips and Perenco will attempt to stop the Vietnamese government from levying an estimated $179m (£140m) in taxes on the profits made from the sale of...

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  • World peace at last: Japan surrenders, archive 15 August 1945

    15 August 1945: Emperor to give orders to his army to stop all fighting Japan has surrendered. This was announced in London, Washington, Moscow and Chung-king at midnight last night. Broadcasting the news at that hour Mr. Attlee said : Related: 'Rain of ruin': how the Guardian reported the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima Continue reading...

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  • South Korean leader calls for train route to North Korea by end of year

    President Moon Jae-in says road and rail links should be established between the two neighbours The South Korean president has called for the creation of road and rail links between his country and North Korea by the end of the year. Moon Jae-in proposed creating a “Northeast Asian railroad community” between the two Koreas, the United States and four unnamed parties in a speech marking the 73rd anniversary of the end of Japanese colonial rule on the Korean peninsula. The presidential office...

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  • South Korea: #MeToo anger as politician found not guilty of rape

    Acquittal of Ahn Hee-jung, touted as a future president, is ‘incomprehensible’, says prosecution A former South Korean presidential contender accused of raping his female aide has been found not guilty, prompting anger from campaigners. Ahn Hee-jung’s case is by far the highest-profile in the country’s growing #MeToo movement. Before the accusations came to light he was widely seen as a strong candidate to replace President Moon Jae-in when his term ends in 2022. He stepped down immediately...

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  • 'Crisis point': New Zealand hit by primary school teacher strike

    Zoos, community halls and churches hold all-day events to help keep 400,000 children occupied Primary school teachers have gone on strike in New Zealand for the first time in 24 years, weeks after 30,000 nurses walked off the job. An estimated 29,000 teachers stopped work for a full day on Wednesday, demanding a pay rise from the government of 16% over two years. The industrial action affected 400,000 children. Continue reading...

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  • 'Mum, I was tricked': my daughter, the Kim Jong-nam murder suspect

    As judge prepares key ruling, Siti Aisyah’s mother recounts her daughter’s journey from aspiring TV star to suspected tool of North Korean regime In the beginning, there were a few times that Benah pretended not to know her daughter, Siti Aisyah. She just couldn’t face the questions. One day while Benah was visiting the doctor in town the receptionist recognised the name of her sleepy Javanese village, Rancasumur – a name popularised by the nightly news. “How far away is your house from Siti’s?”...

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  • Hong Kong activist decries 'colonial invasion' in defiant speech

    Andy Chan makes speech to foreign journalists in defiance of Chinese government A Hong Kong pro-independence activist has decried Beijing’s rule over the city as modern-day colonialism in a speech to a foreign journalists’ association that defied China’s demand that the event be cancelled. Beijing swiftly criticised the talk, saying freedom of speech in Hong Kong did not extend to discussion of independence, which it said was a threat to national security. “We express our indignation and condemn...

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  • Breakthrough as New Caledonia votes to protect coral reef

    The Pacific Island is home to one of the world’s most pristine coral reefs, boasting more than 9,300 marine species New Caledonia has agreed to tougher protections around a huge swathe of some of the world’s last near-pristine coral reefs, in a move conservationists hailed as a major breakthrough. The Pacific nation, a French overseas territory, is home to a rich array of wildlife including 2.5 million seabirds and more than 9,300 marine species such as dugongs and nesting green sea turtles,...

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  • The people left behind by Philippines' brutal war on drugs

    One year after visiting the Philippines to document the impact of President Rodrigo Duterte’s crackdown on drugs, photographer James Whitlow Delano returns to the city of Navotas, Metro Manila, to assess the impact of a campaign that has now claimed up to 20,000 lives Teenage widow Jasmine Durana dries off her 18-month-old daughter, Hazel, after a morning bath, before preparing a fire to make breakfast. Plastic jerrycans hang on the rafters behind her in the one-room slum dwelling she shares...

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  • Very fishy: China rules rainbow trout can be sold as salmon

    Much of what is sold as salmon in China is reportedly actually rainbow trout, so now the authorities are making it official In a move that customers have labelled very fishy, the Chinese government has ruled that rainbow trout can now be labelled and sold as salmon. The seemingly bizarre move comes after complaints earlier this year that rainbow trout was being mislabelled. Continue reading...

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  • Beijing blasts 'anti-China forces' for claim of million Uighurs in prison camps

    Foreign minister claims residents of Xinjiang are ‘living in peace and happiness’ after UN panel hears reports of secret internment camp Anti-China forces are behind criticism of policies in the far western region of Xinjiang, the Chinese foreign ministry has claimed, after a UN panel aired accusations that one million ethnic Uighurs may be held in internment camps. China has said Xinjiang faces a serious threat from Islamist militants and separatists who plot attacks and stir up tension between...

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  • New Zealand to consider miscarriage leave for parents in bid to tackle 'taboo' subject

    Women and their partners could be entitled to three days of paid bereavement leave after a miscarriage or stillbirth A bill legislating three days’ paid bereavement leave for women and their partners after a miscarriage will be considered by New Zealand’s parliament. The Labour MP Ginny Andersen, who sponsored the bill, said miscarriage was still a “taboo subject” in New Zealand and paid leave to grieve for the loss of a baby – at any stage of the pregnancy – would bring the subject into the...

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  • Biggest loser? Tongan PM challenges Pacific leaders to weight-loss battle

    Unusual initiative aims to galvanise citizens of Pacific nations, which have highest obesity rates in the world The prime minister of Tonga has urged fellow leaders of Pacific nations to join the fight against obesity, proposing they all participate in a year-long weight loss challenge. Related: Disney depiction of obese Polynesian god in film Moana sparks anger Continue reading...

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