Category Archives: Asia

Borthwick joins England rugby team as forwards coach

After masterminding Japan's breakthrough performances at the recent Rugby World Cup, Eddie Jones & Steve Borthwick have been reunited in England's restructured coaching set-up. Borthwick, a former England captain, was…

Critics of Thai junta face charges of insulting monarchy

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's junta is stepping up its offensive against critics, with a military court on Tuesday sentencing a single mother to seven years in jail for posting material…

Dangers for journalists still high in 2015: watchdogs

Journalists faced ongoing threats of jail or abduction for their work in many areas of the world, with China & Egypt imprisoning the largest number of reporters, watchdog groups said…

Top Asian News 5:11 p.m. GMT

BANGKOK (AP) — The president of one of the world's biggest seafood exporters expressed frustration & promised alter Tuesday after saying an Associated Press investigation that linked slave-peeled shrimp to…

Closer Tony Barnette signs 2-year deal with Texas Rangers

DALLAS (AP) — Right-handed closer Tony Barnette has signed a two-year contract with the Texas Rangers after six seasons in Japan. The deal, including a club option for 2018, was…

North Korean girl band cancelled China debut over rumours of tryst between lead singer and Kim Jong-un

Kim Jong-un's hand-selected girl band Moranbong have called off their much-anticipated performance in Beijing amid rumours their show had to be cancelled because of controversy surrounding an affair between the…

Trial of China rights lawyer lasts three hours, police block court access

By Sui-Lee Wee BEIJING (Reuters) – The trial of one of China's most high profile human rights lawyers on charges of inciting ethnic hatred & provoking trouble lasted just three…

Top Asian News 11:00 p.m. GMT

SAMUT SAKHON, Thailand (AP) — Every morning at 2 a.m., they heard a kick on the door & a threat: Get up or obtain beaten. For the next 16 hours,…

Exclusive: Another U.S. patrol in South China Sea unlikely this year – officials

By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Navy is unlikely to carry out another patrol within 12 nautical miles of Chinese-built islands in the South China Sea this year…

Saudi Arabia announces 34-state Islamic military alliance against terrorism

By Noah Browning DUBAI (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia on Tuesday announced the formation of a 34-state Islamic military coalition to combat terrorism, according to a joint statement published on state…