Asia Pacific


Moon Jae-in prepares for make or break inter-Korean summit with Kim Jong-un

South Korean president will push for North Korea to make bold moves when it comes to denuclearisation The South Korean president, Moon Jae-in, will seek to salvage stalled nuclear negotiations between North Korea and the US during a summit with Kim Jong-un in Pyongyang on Tuesday that could make or break his legacy. Moon said […]

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‘This is part of the plan’: new train blurs line between China and Hong Kong

The Vibrant Express connects Hong Kong with mainland China in 20 mins and the citys residents are nervous Inside the newly built West Kowloon terminus, its hard to know where Hong Kong stops and China begins. A restaurant on one floor is technically on Hong Kong soil. Just below it, a duty-free shopping area belongs […]

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Powerful earthquake hits Japanese island of Hokkaido

Cameras on island showed cities going dark as quake disabled power systems, leaving 3 million households without electricity Rescuers were rushing to unearth survivors and restore power after a powerful Japan is used to dealing with disasters, but the last few months have brought a string of calamities. The quake came on the heels of […]

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‘A huge win’: New Zealand brings in paid domestic violence leave in world first

MPs cheer after legislation passes to tackle what one called horrifying rates of family violence New Zealand has passed world-first legislation granting victims of domestic violence 10 days paid leave to allow them to leave their partners, find new homes and protect themselves and their children. MPs clapped and cheered as bill passed on Wednesday […]

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New Zealand bans all new offshore oil exploration as part of ‘carbon-neutral future’

Prime minister Jacinda Ardern says move will essentially take effect in 30 or more years time The New Zealand government will grant no new offshore oil exploration permits in a move that is being hailed by conservation and environmental groups as a historic victory in the battle against climate change. The ban will apply to […]

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Who are EXO the boyband about to thrill the Winter Olympics?

Sundays closing ceremony will feature one of K-Pops biggest acts, who fans say will deliver The worlds eyes will be on Pyeongchang on Sunday for the closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics and they are about to be introduced to South Koreas boyband sensation EXO. Fans say the EXO Official Instagram (@weareone.exo) on Feb 21, […]

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North Korea ‘sentences Trump to death’ for insulting Kim Jong-un

Regime-run newspaper says US president is hideous criminal after he said North was a cruel dictatorship and Kim short and fat North Koreas state media has criticised Donald Trump for insulting leader Kim Jong-Un, saying the US president deserved the death penalty and calling him a coward for cancelling a visit to the inter-Korean border. […]

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Qatar Airways plane forced to land after wife discovers husband’s affair midflight

Woman reportedly made such a ruckus after discovery that plane had no other choice but to make unscheduled landing A Qatar Airways plane has been forced to land midflight after a woman who used her sleeping husbands thumb to unlock his smartphone discovered he was having an affair. The couple and their child were flying […]

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Life at ‘the tip of the spear’: defiant Guam refuses to cower to Kim

Idyllic Pacific island relies on tourism and the US military to sustain it. When it comes to North Korea, islanders hope that peace wins over war White sand beaches, crystal clear water, sunny blue skies and palm trees. All the hallmarks of an island getaway perfect for ignoring the problems of the world unless that […]

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Chinese media warn Trump’s war of words with North Korea could spiral out of control

Communist party outlets cite a disaster in the making though some claim America has far more to lose than Kim Jong-un in a conflict An accidental spark could ignite a catastrophic conflagration in north-east Asia, Chinese state media has warned, after Donald Trump threatened to unleash fire and fury on North Korea. In one newspaper […]

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