Asia Pacific

Asia Pacific

Sen Lam

Asia Pacific

Asia Pacific brings you news and in-depth coverage of regional issues in Asia and the Pacific.

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Humpback Whale

North Pacific whaling unaffected by ICJ ruling, says Japan

Updated 1 April 2014, 12:26 AEST

Japan says its whaling programme in the northern Pacific will continue, despite a landmark decision by the International Court of Justice, banning its larger annual hunt in the Southern Ocean.

Australia plays down impact of ICJ ruling on Japan ties

Updated 1 April 2014, 12:27 AEST

The historic International Court of Justice ruling on Japan's whaling program follows eight months of deliberations, and ends a four-year campaign by Australia.

Palau to ban all tuna fishing in EEZ

Updated 1 April 2014, 12:27 AEST

Palau is set to create one of the world's largest marine sanctuaries, banning commercial fishing vessels from a 200 nautical mile Exclusive Economic Zone.

Vale Irene Fernandez - Fearless Malaysian champion of rights

Updated 1 April 2014, 13:34 AEST

One of Malaysia's most recognisable rights campaigner, Irene Fernandez has died of heart failure at the age of 67.

MH370 search highlights China's growing military reach

Updated 2 April 2014, 9:47 AEST

One of the largest maritime search operations is continuing in the southern Indian Ocean for debris from Malaysia Airlines flight MH 370.

Malaysian authorities clarify last words spoken from MH370 cockpit

Updated 1 April 2014, 12:29 AEST

Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak will travel to Perth on Wednesday to witness the search effort for missing flight MH370 and thank those involved.

Pressure mounts on Thai PM to go

Updated 31 March 2014, 12:31 AEST

Voting has taken place in Thailand without incident, for half of the 150-seat Senate.

Myanmar census prompts renewed sectarian violence

Updated 31 March 2014, 14:49 AEST

Myanmar has begun its first United Nations-backed census in 30 years.

Australia lifts Fiji travel bans after poll date announced

Updated 31 March 2014, 12:32 AEST

Australia has lifted all travel bans on senior members of the Fiji administration.

Climate change will push millions back into poverty - CARE

Updated 31 March 2014, 12:32 AEST

Climate change scientists have issued a grim warning at a meeting in Yokohama, Japan, that global food shortages could spark violence in vulnerable areas.

Journalist Ashish Khetan on his campaign rounds

Indian journalists turn to politics in growing numbers

Updated 31 March 2014, 12:35 AEST

A record number of journalists are contesting the coming elections in India .

ASIA REVIEW 29th March

Updated 28 March 2014, 18:40 AEST

This week on Asia Review - The Philippines sign an historic peace deal with Islamic MILF rebels; Bangkok braces for more protests; And India's transgender community gets electoral recognition, but why the muted response?

Applause and apprehension greet historic Philippine peace pact

Updated 28 March 2014, 13:44 AEST

After nearly forty years of conflict in the southern Philippines, the largest Muslim rebel group, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front has signed a peace treaty with the government.

UN backs Sri Lankan war crimes inquiry

Updated 28 March 2014, 13:41 AEST

The United Nations has launched an international inquiry into war crimes committed during Sri Lanka's civil war.

Cambodian government blames opposition for talks impasse

Updated 28 March 2014, 13:41 AEST

Negotiations on the reform of Cambodia's electoral system have all but collapsed, with the opposition now planning new mass rallies.

Supply of Tongan diplomatic passports to foreigners under scrutiny

Updated 28 March 2014, 13:42 AEST

Tonga's Auditor-General Pohiva Tu'i'onetoa says diplomatic passports have been given to Chinese nationals in contravention of government policy.

Japan, China top regional list of leading science researchers

Updated 28 March 2014, 13:43 AEST

The centre of scientific research is beginning to move east, with the Asia Pacific region making a big impression in science research globally.

Inspired Bougainville library wins overseas design accolades

Updated 28 March 2014, 13:45 AEST

A library and cultural centre in Bougainville incorporating both modern and traditional indigenous design elements has been gaining international recognition.

MH370: Satellite images detect mass of floating objects

Updated 27 March 2014, 13:55 AEST

There's been a significant breakthrough in the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.

WHO records new Asia milestone in fight against polio

Updated 1 April 2014, 14:24 AEST

The World Health Organisation says Southeast Asia is on track to being declared polio-free.

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