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Strategic Trends

 2012

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With the wealth of information at our fingertips, it is sometimes hard to see the ‘’forest for the trees’’. In this Strategic Briefing, we will give you a current perspective on many of the trends that shape our world and their relevance to Biblical Prophecy. Now, more than ever, we need to stay informed about what is really going on.

What is REALLY going on in Syria, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt?
Who is going to deal with the nuclear Iran?
Will Israel go it alone?
What about America’s political future and what is on its' 2013 horizon?

Most Americans are totally unaware that the sacred Bill of Rights has been essentially
eliminated; how, when and by whom?

Europe - The State of Dis-Union and its Islamization.

Join Dr. Chuck Missler and Ron Matsen in the Executive Briefing Room of
The River Lodge, New Zealand, in an intensive summary of some of the
Strategic Trends that will impact all of us.

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Olympic Council of Asia head says he'll back Sepp Blatter

 
‎08 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎04:53:33 PMGo to full article
SYDNEY (AP) — The head of the Olympic Council of Asia, one of the continent's most powerful sports officials, says he will back Sepp Blatter for another term as FIFA president rather than his "brother" Prince Ali bin Al Hussein of Jordan.
 

Southeast Asia's aviation boom shows up patchy safety framework

 
‎08 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎02:57:08 PMGo to full article
By Anshuman Daga SINGAPORE (Reuters) - The rapid growth in Southeast Asia's airline industry is showing up the pressing need for reforms to the region's fragmented safety framework, with a lack of streamlined standards on air navigation and staff training. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has no regional agencies overseeing aviation safety or co-ordinating air traffic control, unlike in the more developed European market. ...
 

Europe leads stocks higher on stimulus hopes as oil steadies

 
‎08 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎02:46:35 PMGo to full article
People wait to cross a street in front of an electronic stock indicator of a securities firm in Tokyo Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015 as Japan's Nikkei 225, top right, surges 327.88 points to 17,213.21. Asian stock markets mostly rose Thursday, boosted by positive economic news from the U.S. and stabilization in oil prices after sharp falls. The Nikkei 225 rose 281.77 points or 1.67 percent and closed at 17,167.10 for the day. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)LONDON (AP) — Global stock markets rose Thursday, boosted by positive economic news from the U.S., expectations of stimulus in Europe and stabilization in oil prices after sharp falls.
 
 

Bosnia leads global search for missing with expertise on bones

 
‎08 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎02:28:23 PMGo to full article
File photo of forensic experts of ICMP working in the ICMP centre near TuzlaBy Daria Sito-Sucic TUZLA, Bosnia (Reuters) - Bosnia was still digging up the bones of its own when those of others began arriving in boxes from the tsunami-struck shores of Southeast Asia a decade ago. It coincided with Kathryne Bomberger's rise to head of the Bosnian-based International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP), created in 1996 on the initiative of Bill Clinton to unearth the secrets of gruesome death pits strewn across the Bosnian countryside following its 1992-95 war. ...
 
 

Monitors say voters obstructed in Sri Lankan election

 
‎08 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎12:40:20 PMGo to full article
Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa arrives to cast his vote for president elections at a polling station in Tangalle, about 220 kilometers (137 miles) south of Colombo, Sri Lanka, Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015. Monitors on Thursday expressed concerns that voters are being prevented from casting their ballots in some parts of Sri Lanka in an election where Rajapaksa faces a fierce political battle after Maithripala Sirisena, his onetime ally, suddenly defected from the ruling party to run against him. (AP Photo/Pradeep Dilruckshana)COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Election monitors said Thursday that voters in northern Sri Lanka were prevented from casting their ballots in an election that pits President Mahinda Rajapaksa against an ally who suddenly defected from the ruling party to run against him.
 
 

Image of Asia: Training for military combat in Korean winter

 
‎08 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎12:27:14 PMGo to full article
South Korea's Amry Special Warfare Command (SWC) soldiers aim their machine guns in a frozen river during a winter exercise in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015. About 200 SWC soldiers participated in this routine two-week winter drill. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)In this photo by Ahn Young-joon, South Korean special warfare soldiers aim their machine guns in a frozen river during 10 days of training to strengthen the military's winter weather combat capabilities. About 200 special warfare soldiers exercised on snow-covered ground, rappelled from helicopters and engaged in tactical skiing while shooting at virtual targets during the drills in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
 
 

Standard Chartered to axe further 2,000 jobs

 
‎08 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎11:58:35 AMGo to full article
The Standard Chartered logo outside a branch of the bank in Hong Kong on January 8, 2015Hong Kong (AFP) - Standard Chartered said Thursday it would close a swathe of its global equities business and axe 2,000 jobs around the world this year as it tries to make savings of $400 million as part of a structural overhaul.
 
 

Players to watch in Group B at the Asian Cup

 
‎08 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎09:56:16 AMGo to full article
FILE - In this Nov. 22, 2011 file photo, Uzbekistan's Server Djeparov, nominee for the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Player of the Year, speaks during a press conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. If the 2015 Asian Cup is wide open, Group B with Uzbekistan, China, North Korea and Saudi Arabia appears to be the toughest section of the draw to split. All four contenders have ambitions of making the latter stages. The Uzbek team will be led by playmaker Djeparov. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin, File)CHINA
 
 

Impeachment of ousted Thai PM could test fragile calm

 
‎08 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎09:10:31 AMGo to full article
Former Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra arrives at a hotel for a news conference in BangkokBy Amy Sawitta Lefevre BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's government on Thursday urged supporters of ousted Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to stay out of Bangkok when the legislature begins an impeachment hearing against her which could test a fragile calm under military rule. The case against Yingluck, Thailand's first woman prime minister who was ousted in May, days before her government was overthrown in a coup, begins on Friday and could see her banned from politics for five years. ...
 
 

Iran coach admits lack of preparation ahead of Asian Cup

 
‎08 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎05:59:57 AMGo to full article
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Iran coach Carlos Queiroz expects his side to advance past the group stage at the Asian Cup despite a lack of preparation.
 

Islamic State fighter praises attack on Paris satirical magazine

 
‎07 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎08:08:10 PMGo to full article
By Mariam Karouny and Yara Bayoumy BEIRUT/DUBAI (Reuters) - A fighter of the Islamic State militant group praised Wednesday's attack on a French satirical magazine that killed at least 12 people, telling Reuters the raid was revenge for insults against Islam. Hooded gunmen stormed the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo in the worst militant assault on French soil in recent decades. The dead included top editors at Charlie Hebdo, a publication renowned for lampooning Islam, as well as two police officers. ...
 

Violence against Sri Lanka opposition must stop as polls loom: rights body

 
‎07 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎06:02:23 PMGo to full article
Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa gestures as he addresses his supporters during his final rally ahead of presidential election in PiliyandalaBy Nita Bhalla NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Sri Lanka must take all necessary steps to ensure voters have safe and secure access as the country heads for one of the closest and most significant presidential elections in decades, Human Rights Watch said on Wednesday. There have been 420 incidents of violence and intimidation in the run-up to Thursday's vote which pits incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa against challenger Mithripala Sirisena, according to a local polling monitor. ...
 
 

Exclusive: Japan seeks to sell sub-hunting jet to UK as Abe pushes arms exports

 
‎07 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎04:27:56 PMGo to full article
Undated handout photo shows a Japan Maritime Self-Defense Forces P-1 submarine-hunting aircraft, manufactured by Kawasaki Heavy IndustriesBy Tim Kelly and Nobuhiro Kubo TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan is asking Britain to buy its P-1 submarine-hunting jet in a deal that could top $1 billion, a major step in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's push to arms exports after decades of self-imposed restrictions, people with knowledge of the proposal said. ...
 
 

Image of Asia: Honoring Sikhism's last guru in India

 
‎07 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎03:45:35 PMGo to full article
Sikh devotees gather to pay obeisance at a temple on the birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh, Sikhism’s tenth and last Guru in Jammu, India, Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)In this photo by Channi Anand, Sikhs gather under colorful streamers at a temple to pay obeisance on the birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh, Sikhism's 10th and last guru in Jammu, India. Devotees offered prayers and ate meals from the temples' community kitchens. Sikhism is the world's fifth-largest religion, and most believers live in India.
 
 

Global stocks rise on stimulus hopes, oil price stabilizes

 
‎07 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎03:09:10 PMGo to full article
Specialist Michael Pistillo, left, trader Edward Schreier, right, on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015. The U.S. stock market is edging higher in early trading as the price of oil extends its slump. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)LONDON (AP) — European stocks led global markets higher on Wednesday after weak inflation figures for the eurozone suggested the currency bloc can expect more stimulus. Oil prices stabilized after nearing six-year lows.
 
 

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga withdraws from Australian Open

 
‎07 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎11:40:16 AMGo to full article
PARIS (AP) — Still hampered by an injury to his right forearm, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has pulled out of the Australian Open.
 

London's FTSE stable at open

 
‎07 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎11:26:51 AMGo to full article
London's FTSE 100 index edged up just 0.03 percent to 6,368.23 points in early trade WednesdayLondon (AFP) - London equities were stable at the start of trading on Wednesday, following encouraging gains in Asia and as traders nervously eyed plunging oil prices and Greek woes.
 
 

Parts of SE Asia suffer slow Internet as undersea cable cut

 
‎07 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎11:22:25 AMGo to full article
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Parts of Southeast Asia are suffering slow Internet connections after an undersea cable linking the region to the U.S. was cut earlier this week.
 

Navy official is highest yet to plead guilty in bribery case

 
‎07 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎10:21:07 AMGo to full article
SAN DIEGO (AP) — As a U.S. Navy commander, Jose Luis Sanchez helped oversee operations in an area spanning Japan, Russia, Singapore, Australia and many other countries across Asia. Now, he is the highest-ranking official to plead guilty in a massive bribery scheme that has rocked the Navy.
 

Palestinian team aiming for knockout stage at Asian Cup

 
‎07 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎09:54:25 AMGo to full article
FILE - In this Sept. 19, 2014 file photo, Palestinian football players warm-up during a training session at the Asian Games athletes’ village in Incheon, South Korea, Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. Palestine’s football team makes its Asian Cup debut aainst defending champion Japan at Newcastle, Australia, Jan. 12, 2015. (AP Photo/Rajshekhar Rao, File)While it didn't generate anything remotely like the attention of Germany's 7-1 thrashing of Brazil at the World Cup, the Palestinian team's 1-0 victory over the Philippines in the AFC Challenge Cup final may have been one of the most significant international football results of 2014.
 
 

Asia stocks snap 2 days of losses, growth woes temper gains

 
‎07 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎05:36:31 AMGo to full article
Specialist Michael Pistillo, left, trader Edward Schreier, right, on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015. The U.S. stock market is edging higher in early trading as the price of oil extends its slump. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Asian stock markets snapped two days of declines Wednesday but gains were tempered by worries about the plunge in oil prices and renewed doubts about Greece's membership of the euro currency bloc.
 
 

US Navy commander pleads guilty in massive bribery case

 
‎07 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎02:02:57 AMGo to full article
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A U.S. Navy commander pleaded guilty Tuesday in a massive bribery scheme involving a longtime military contractor in Asia who allegedly offered luxury travel, prostitutes and other bribes to Navy officers in exchange for confidential information.
 

Slaves freed from SKorean salt farms face misery in shelters

 
‎07 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎02:01:44 AMGo to full article
In this Feb. 19, 2014 photo, a government official, foreground, meets with salt farm owners and workers as a part of human rights inspection on Sinui Island, South Korea. Life as a salt-farm slave was so bad Kim Jong-seok sometimes fantasized about killing the owner who beat him daily. Freedom, he says, has been worse. In the year since police emancipated the severely mentally disabled man from the farm where he had worked for eight years, Kim has lived in a grim homeless shelter, preyed upon and robbed by other residents. He has no friends, no job training prospects or counseling, and feels confined and deeply bored. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — Life as a salt-farm slave was so bad Kim Jong-seok sometimes fantasized about killing the owner who beat him daily. Freedom, he says, has been worse.
 
 

Kashmir shelling, spat over Pakistan aid mar run-up to Kerry trip

 
‎06 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎10:16:58 PMGo to full article
An Indian villager clears the debris from his house at Bainglad villageBy Frank Jack Daniel NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Reports of a $500-million Washington aid package to Pakistan and a period of intense border shelling in Kashmir have overshadowed the run-up to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's visit to India in the next few days.Kerry travels to India on Saturday to attend an investment summit promoted by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and held in his home state of Gujarat, the U.S. State Department said. It declined comment on media reports Kerry may also visit Pakistan. ...
 
 

European football leaders welcome Blatter challenge

 
‎06 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎10:01:21 PMGo to full article
FIFA Vice President Prince Ali bin Al Hussein of Jordan speaks during the Soccerex Global Convention 2014 in Manchester, north-west England on September 8, 2014European football leaders on Tuesday backed the move by FIFA vice president Prince Ali bin Al Hussein to challenge Sepp Blatter for the presidency of football's scandal-tainted world body. The 39-year-old Jordanian royal said he would seek to end "controversy" when he tries to stop Blatter securing a fifth term in the FIFA election on May 29. Prince Ali is an ally of UEFA president Michel Platini, an outspoken critic of Blatter's move to extend his rule. The prince is certain to get nearly all the 54 European votes in the election, but will face a tough battle to get the 105 votes needed from FIFA's 209 member federations.
 
 

Monitors: Military presence may deter Sri Lankan voters

 
‎06 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎08:54:24 PMGo to full article
Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa laughs during his final public rally for the presidential elections in Kesbewa, about 20 kilometers (12 miles) southeast of Colombo, Sri Lanka, Monday, Jan. 5, 2015. A confident Rajapaksa had called the election two years ahead of schedule, hoping to win a third six-year term before voters' memories faded of the defeat of the Tamil Tiger rebels. But an internal revolt now threatens his hold on power with Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena, a close Rajapaksa aide and No. 2 in the president's Freedom Party, defecting and announcing he would run as an opposition candidate in Thursday's election. Poster reads "Leader of the common.” (AP Photo/Sanka Gayashan)COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A monitoring group expressed concerns Tuesday that the military presence in the former war zone of northern Sri Lanka may lower voter turnout in the presidential election Thursday.
 
 

FIFA VP Prince Ali launches presidential bid against Blatter

 
‎06 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎08:17:20 PMGo to full article
FILE - In this Wednesday, March 21, 2012 file photo, FIFA Vice President Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan will stand for election in a bid to oust Sepp Blatter as leader of football's scandal-hit world governing body. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin, File)GENEVA (AP) — Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein has a daunting task ahead of him as he bids to end Sepp Blatter's 17-year grip on power at FIFA.
 
 

Almaty, Beijing hand over 2022 Winter Games bid documents

 
‎06 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎07:24:26 PMGo to full article
Members of the Almaty Olympic Winter Games 2022 candidate city, from left, Timur Dossymbetov, Secretary General,National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Zauresh Amanzhilova, Vice Mayor of Almaty City, shake hands next to IOC Sports Director Christophe Dubi and IOC head of Olympic bid city coordination Jacqueline Barrett at the International Olympic Committee (IOC) headquarters before submitting the candidature bid in Lausanne, Switzerland, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015. (AP Photo/Keystone,Anthony Anex)LONDON (AP) — The Kazakh city of Almaty came out battling Tuesday in its contest with rival favorite Beijing in the bidding for the 2022 Winter Games, portraying itself as the compact, affordable choice with "real winter weather" and "lots of natural snow."
 
 

India to hold Japanese gang rape ID parade on January 9

 
‎06 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎05:29:27 PMGo to full article
Indian police officials escort one of the six men accused of allegedly keeping a Japanese tourist as a sex-slave for several weeks to the Bankshall courthouse in Kolkata, on January 6, 2014Six men arrested for the gang rape of a Japanese tourist held hostage in India for nearly a month will appear in an identity parade later this week, a court said Tuesday. The six men detained for allegedly extorting more than $1,000 from the 22-year-old tourist and then keeping her as a sex slave for several weeks appeared before magistrates in Kolkata, said police and prosecutors. The court "ordered an identification parade of all six accused who have been arrested until now" to be held Friday, public prosecutor Dipnarayan Pakrasi told AFP after the hearing in the capital of West Bengal state. The victim's ordeal began in Kolkata shortly after she arrived on November 20.
 
 

Gulf shares nosedive on oil, global stocks rout

 
‎06 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎04:00:22 PMGo to full article
Emirati men sit under a stock market screen at the Dubai Financial Market (DFM) in Dubai, on January 30, 2011Stock markets in the energy-rich Gulf states nosedived on Tuesday as oil prices slumped and global markets were dragged down by a gloomy outlook for crude. US benchmark West Texas Intermediate for February delivery dropped below the $50 a barrel mark for the first time in more than five and a half years while Brent crude was hovering around $52 a barrel. The six Gulf states pump over 17 million barrels per day and oil income makes up around 90 percent of their revenues. All seven Gulf bourses have fallen since the start of the year as investor confidence is dented by the slide in oil prices.
 
 

Image of Asia: Showing off 17th century firefighting skills

 
‎06 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎12:11:07 PMGo to full article
Members of a traditional firefighting preservation group perform ladder stunts during the annual New Year's Fire Brigade Review in Tokyo, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)In this photo by Eugene Hoshiko, members of a traditional firefighting preservation group perform stunts atop a bamboo-and-rope ladder in Tokyo. The group holds a firefighting event each year where members demonstrate old techniques and hold drills for modern disaster preparedness. The fire review day commemorates the Great Fire of Meireki, which destroyed much of Japan's then-capital city of Edo in 1657. Wider streets and organized firefighting brigades were among the fire safety measures introduced in the rebuilt city, which is now Tokyo.
 
 

Asian stocks sink, euro near nine-year low

 
‎06 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎10:41:35 AMGo to full article
Currency dealers monitor exchange rates in a dealing room at the Korea Exchange Bank in Seoul on January 6, 2015Tokyo's Nikkei led an Asian share slump Tuesday following painful losses in New York and Europe, with fears sparked by the global slump in oil prices and the Greek political crisis. Investor fears intensified after oil prices fell below the psychological $50 a barrel mark owing to a global supply glut, weak demand and a stronger dollar. Hong Kong fell 0.99 percent, or 235.91 points, to 23,485.41 but Shanghai was flat, recovering early losses to edge up 0.93 points to 3,351.45 -- a five-and-a-half-year high.
 
 

Federal mediator to help West Coast ports contract dispute

 
‎06 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎08:51:41 AMGo to full article
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A federal mediator has agreed to intervene in stalled contract talks between West Coast dockworkers and their employers.
 

Is Europe ready for Greek Crisis 2.0?

 
‎06 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎12:13:40 AMGo to full article
The exchange rate of the US Dollar and the Euro, at top, is displayed in the window of a currency exchange office in Athens, on Monday, Jan. 5, 2015. The euro sank to a nine-year low Monday as new doubts surfaced about Greece's commitment to the common currency bloc. European stocks mostly rose while Asian markets were mixed. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Talk of Greece crashing out of the euro is back.
 
 

Japan's leader says he will express remorse for World War II

 
‎05 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎11:52:28 PMGo to full article
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, center, and his cabinet ministers, escorted by a Shinto priest, arrive at the Grand Shrine of Ise, central Japan, for offering a new year's prayer Monday, Jan. 5, 2015. Japanese Prime Minister Abe said Monday that his government would express remorse for World War II on the 70th anniversary of its end in August. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDITTOKYO (AP) — In a year that marks the 70th anniversary of World War II's end, a question weighs on the minds of policymakers in Asia and as far away as Washington, D.C.: What will Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe say about his country's role in the war?
 
 

FIFA visit Gaza to help rebuild stadiums

 
‎05 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎11:19:35 PMGo to full article
FIFA's senior development manager for Asia, David Borja arrives at his hotel on January 5, 2014 in Gaza CityA FIFA delegation arrived in the Gaza Strip on Monday to help with a rebuilding project for football stadiums damaged during last year's Israeli bombardment. The world football governing body is investing one million dollars (840,000 euros) to help rebuild stadiums in the Palestinian territory, many of which were damaged during the conflict between Israel and Hamas last July and August. "Once the 20 rebuilding projects are finished, FIFA president Joseph Blatter will come to inaugurate them," said David Borja, the FIFA delegate responsible for development in Asia.
 
 

Obama urged to push harder for pan-Pacific trade pact

 
‎05 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎08:49:55 PMGo to full article
WASHINGTON (AP) — A centrist U.S. think tank on Monday urged President Barack Obama to ramp up efforts to win support for a pan-Pacific trade pact, saying without it Asian nations will be skeptical of the administration's foreign policy pivot toward the region.
 

Image of Asia: Hindu devotees get warm before a river dip

 
‎05 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎03:53:28 PMGo to full article
Nepalese women devotees sit around a bonfire to warm themselves before they take holy deep in Salinadi River during the first day of month long Swasthani Bratakatha festiva in Sankhu, on the outskirts of Katmandu, Monday, Jan. 5, 2015. During this month-long festival, devotees recite Holy Scriptures dedicated to Hindu goddess Swasthani and Lord Shiva. Unmarried women pray to have a good husband while those married pray for the longevity of their husbands by observing a month-long fast. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)In this photo by Niranjan Shrestha, Nepalese women sit around a bonfire to warm themselves before they take a holy dip in the Salinadi River on the first day of the Swasthani Bratakatha festival in Sankhu, Nepal. During the monthlong festival, devotees recite Holy Scriptures dedicated to Hindu goddess Swasthani and Lord Shiva. Unmarried women pray to have a good husband while wives fast and pray for the longevity of their husbands. Hindu is the majority religion in this nation of 27 million people.
 
 

Euro sinks to 9-year low over Greece jitters, stocks drop

 
‎05 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎03:03:44 PMGo to full article
Kimono-clad employees greet their colleague at the Tokyo Stock Exchange during a first business day of the years trading in Tokyo, Monday, Jan. 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)The euro sank to a nine-year low Monday as new doubts surfaced about Greece's future in the common currency bloc. Global stock markets mostly fell, as did oil prices.
 
 

Abe says to stick to Japan apology in new WWII statement

 
‎05 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎10:26:42 AMGo to full article
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (R) visits the Ise shrine in Ise in Mie prefecture, central Japan on January 5, 2015Japan's conservative Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Monday he would release a fresh statement on World War II this year, but would stand by previous apologies for wartime misdeeds. The comment may help allay fears that the nationalist premier, who has equivocated on Japan's guilt for its formalised system of sex slavery, would play down a landmark 1993 statement on the subject which both China and South Korea say is vital to regional relations. During his first news conference of the year, the premier said he would record his government's thinking on the future when he issues the statement -- expected on August 15, the 70th anniversary of Japan's surrender. "During the past 70 years... Japan moved ahead as a pacifist nation and made a big contribution to peace, development and democratisation in the Asia-Pacific and the world," Abe told the conference near a Shinto shrine in Ise, central Japan.
 
 

Iran attempt to end 40 years of Asian Cup pain

 
‎05 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎10:03:43 AMGo to full article
SYDNEY (AP) — Iran's squad arrived in Australia for the Asian Cup aiming to end nearly 40 years of football heartache with a long overdue continental triumph.
 

Players to watch in Group B at the Asian Cup

 
‎05 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎09:07:29 AMGo to full article
FILE - In this Nov. 22, 2011 file photo, Uzbekistan's Server Djeparov, nominee for the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Player of the Year, speaks during a press conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. If the 2015 Asian Cup is wide open, Group B with Uzbekistan, China, North Korea and Saudi Arabia appears to be the toughest section of the draw to split. All four contenders have ambitions of making the latter stages. The Uzbek team will be led by playmaker Djeparov. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin, File)CHINA
 
 

In tough Group B, Uzbeks aim high at Asian Cup

 
‎05 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎09:06:56 AMGo to full article
FILE - In this Nov. 22, 2011 file photo, Uzbekistan's Server Djeparov, nominee for the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Player of the Year, speaks during a press conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. If the 2015 Asian Cup is wide open, Group B with Uzbekistan, China, North Korea and Saudi Arabia appears to be the toughest section of the draw to split. All four contenders have ambitions of making the latter stages. The Uzbek team will be led by playmaker Djeparov. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin, File)If the 2015 Asian Cup is wide open, Group B appears to be the toughest section of the draw to split. All four contenders — Uzbekistan, China, North Korea and Saudi Arabia — have ambitions of making the latter stages of the tournament.
 
 

Australia, SKorea under pressure to perform at Asian Cup

 
‎05 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎09:05:18 AMGo to full article
In this Tuesday, June 4, 2013 photo, Australia's Tim Cahill listens to the national anthem before their Asian zone Group B qualifying soccer match for the 2014 World Cup in Saitama, near Tokyo. Australia, featuring World Cup veterans Tim Cahill and captain Mile Jedinak, and Bayer Leverkusen forward Robbie Kruse, plays Kuwait on Friday in a litmus test for both team’s prospects in the group. (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama)MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Ange Postecoglou's Australia squad will carry a home-field advantage and plenty of pressure to perform when the Asian Cup kicks off on Friday.
 
 

AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Asia

 
‎05 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎08:44:06 AMGo to full article
In this Monday, Dec. 29, 2014 photo, crew of Indonesian Air Force C-130 airplane of the 31st Air Squadron scan the horizon during a search operation for the missing AirAsia flight 8501 jetliner over the waters of Karimata Strait in Indonesia. Search planes and ships from several countries on Monday were scouring Indonesian waters over which the AirAsia jet disappeared, more than a day into the region's latest aviation mystery. Flight 8501 vanished Sunday in airspace thick with storm clouds on its way from Surabaya, Indonesia, to Singapore. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)Search teams began to pull bodies out of the water off southern Borneo as another aviation tragedy struck Asia in the crash of AirAsia Flight 8501 carrying 162 people on Dec. 28. Many victims were Christian families flying from Surabaya to Singapore for a New Year's holiday. It was the third air disaster linked to Malaysia, where AirAsia is based, after the disappearance in March of a Malaysia Airlines flight bound for Beijing — none of which has been found — and the shooting down of a Malaysia Airlines plane above rebel-held eastern Ukraine in July.
 
 

Pope names 20 cardinals, many from developing world

 
‎05 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎07:42:25 AMGo to full article
Pope Francis greets the crowd from the window of the Apostolic Palace overlooking St. Peter's square during his Angelus prayer on January 1, 2015Pope Francis named 20 new cardinals, a majority of them from Africa, Asia and Latin America, increasingly key areas as the Roman Catholic Church's support shifts from its traditional European stronghold. In announcing the new voting cardinals on Sunday, Pope Francis said they come "from 14 countries from every continent (and) manifest the indissoluble links between the Church of Rome" and churches around the world. The list of newly named cardinals includes three from Africa, five from Latin America as well as a combined total of five from Asia and the Pacific. Bishop Soane Patita Paini Mafi of Tonga becomes the first cardinal from the Polynesian archipelago.
 
 

Defending champs Japan arrive without key defender

 
‎05 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎07:32:03 AMGo to full article
FILE - In this Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014 file photo, Japan national soccer team manager Javier Aguirre speaks during a press conference at the Japan Football Association headquarters in Tokyo. The Asian Cup will be part of a rapid getting-to-know-you phase for the bulk of teams and their coaches in Australia, adding an extra layer of difficulty to the continental championship. Aguirre was hired in August to replace Alberto Zaccheroni. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File)The Asian Cup will be part of a rapid getting-to-know-you phase for the bulk of teams and their coaches in Australia, adding an extra layer of difficulty — and intrigue — to the continental championship.
 
 

Pope picks 15 new cardinals reflecting diversity

 
‎04 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎08:31:54 PMGo to full article
Pope Francis speaks during the Angelus noon prayer from his studio window overlooking St. Peter's square at the Vatican, Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015. Pope Francis named 15 new cardinals Sunday, selecting them from 14 nations, including far-flung corners of the world such as Tonga, New Zealand, Cape Verde and Myanmar, to reflect the diversity of the church and its growth in places like Asia and Africa. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis named 15 new cardinals Sunday, selecting them from 14 nations including far-flung corners of the world such as Tonga, New Zealand, Cape Verde and Myanmar to reflect the diversity of the church and its growth in places like Asia and Africa compared to affluent regions.
 
 

Pope names 20 cardinals, emphasising non-Europeans

 
‎04 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎08:00:19 PMGo to full article
Pope Francis addresses the crowd from the window of his library during the Sunday Angelus prayer on St Peter's Square at the Vatican on January 4, 2015Pope Francis on Sunday named 20 new cardinals, a majority of them from Africa, Asia and Latin America, increasingly key areas as the Roman Catholic Church's support shifts from its traditional European stronghold. In announcing the new voting cardinals, Pope Francis said they come "from 14 countries from every continent (and) manifest the indissoluble links between the Church of Rome" and churches around the world. The list of newly named cardinals includes three from Africa, five from Latin America as well as a combined total of five from Asia and the Pacific. With the naming of Bishop Soane Patita Paini Mafi of Tonga, he becomes the first cardinal from the Polynesian archipelago.
 
 

Prayers held as weather blocks divers from AirAsia site

 
‎04 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎03:48:54 PMGo to full article
CORRECTS SECOND SENTENCE - Members of Mawar Sharon church attend a prayer service for the relatives of lost loved ones aboard the AirAsia Flight 8501, in Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015. About 40 members of the church were aboard the plane which crashed into the Java Sea a week ago. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)SURABAYA, Indonesia (AP) — Relatives of Air Asia Flight 8501 crash victims sought strength in prayer Sunday, one week after the disaster killed all 162 people on board, as rough weather again prevented searchers from reaching a large object on the ocean floor believed to be the plane's fuselage.
 
 

Wawrinka gears up for Australian Open at Chennai

 
‎04 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎11:31:49 AMGo to full article
Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland returns the ball to Spain's Rafael Nadal during third day of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)CHENNAI, India (AP) — Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka will sharpen his preparations for the defense of his only Grand Slam title at the Chennai Open this week.
 
 

AirAsia flight has parallels with 2009 ocean crash

 
‎03 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎09:30:22 PMGo to full article
FILE - In this Monday, June 8, 2009 file photo released by Brazil's Air Force, Brazil's Navy sailors recover debris from the missing Air France Flight 447 in the Atlantic Ocean. It took nearly two years to find the black boxes from Air France Flight 447, but the Rio de Janeiro to Paris flight that fell into the Atlantic Ocean in the early hours of June 1, 2009, could offer insight into what may have gone wrong on AirAsia's Flight 8501. (AP Photo/Brazil's Air Force, File)PARIS (AP) — The jet dropped from the sky swiftly, without a mayday call. It was quickly swallowed up by the waves.
 
 

US says NKorea sanctions step 1 in Sony response

 
‎03 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎07:05:55 AMGo to full article
In this Dec. 19, 2014 file photo, President Barack Obama speaks during a news conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. The U.S. is imposing sanctions on North Korea in retaliation for the cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment. President Barack Obama signed an executive order on Friday authorizing the sanctions. Although the U.S. has already sanctioned North Korea over its nuclear program, these are the first sanctions punishing Pyongyang for alleged cyberattacks. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)HONOLULU (AP) — The United States says its new round of sanctions against North Korea is just the opening salvo in its response to an unprecedented cyberattack on Sony. Yet there may be little else the U.S. can do to further isolate a country that already has few friends in the world.
 
 

AirAsia boss applies deft touch in crash response

 
‎03 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎03:28:29 AMGo to full article
FILE - In this Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 file photo, AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes walks upon arrival to visit the command center of the search operation for the victims of AirAsia Flight 8501 at the airport in Pangkalan Bun. From the highly visible compassion shown by Fernandes to details such as changing the airline’s bright red logo to a somber gray online, experts say the Malaysia-based budget carrier’s initial response to the tragedy is a textbook example of how to communicate in a crisis. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana, File)SURABAYA, Indonesia (AP) — If AirAsia bounces back from its first fatal disaster, much of the credit will go to its effusive founder Tony Fernandes and a well-oiled communications machine.
 
 

US stocks end mixed as manufacturing growth slows

 
‎02 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎11:41:59 PMGo to full article
FILE - This Oct. 8. 2014, file photo, shows a Wall Street address carved into the side of a building in New York. U.S. stocks are opening the year on a strong note, but energy stocks slipped as the price of crude oil resumed its slide, Friday, Jan. 2, 2015. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks got off to a sluggish start on the first day of trading in the New Year, ending the day mixed as a report showed that manufacturing growth slowed in December.
 
 

Matthew Franjola, AP reporter in Vietnam, dies

 
‎02 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎09:13:23 PMGo to full article
HARTFORD, Connecticut (AP) — Matthew Franjola, a reporter and photographer for The Associated Press who was among the last Americans in Saigon as it fell to the North Vietnamese in 1975, has died. He was 72.
 

France sends search experts to jet crash scene

 
‎02 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎12:01:23 PMGo to full article
PARIS (Reuters) - France's BEA crash investigation agency said a specialist black box search team and equipment arrived on Friday at the search area for the Indonesia AirAsia flight which crashed on Sunday en route from Indonesia to Singapore. The agency said a ship carrying two hydrophones, or underwater listening devices, was bound for the suspected crash site with French, Singaporean and Indonesian experts on board. ...
 

Image of Asia: Harvesting palm juice in Cambodia

 
‎02 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎11:58:10 AMGo to full article
Cambodian farmer Sam Leng, 42, climbs up a palm tree for collecting palm juice during a palm harvesting season at Prey Pong-Ro village on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Friday, Jan. 2, 2015. Leng earned on his collected palm juice about $5 a day as part of his daily income. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)In this photo by Heng Sinith, a Cambodian farmer climbs a sugar palm tree to collect palm juice. The farmer, 42-year-old Sam Leng, earns $5 a day by selling juice, a popular refreshment in Southeast and South Asia. It is extracted by cutting the stalk bearing the flowers and hanging a bamboo container to collect the juice, usually overnight. The sweet, fresh juice, normally harvested between November and March, is sold in containers carried by vendors over the shoulder or on bicycles.
 
 

'A living hell' for slaves on remote South Korean islands

 
‎02 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎07:52:40 AMGo to full article
In this Feb. 19, 2014, a salt farm owner walks around his salt farm on Sinui Island, South Korea. Slavery thrives on this chain of rural islands off South Korea’s rugged southwest coast, nurtured by a long history of exploitation and the demands of trying to squeeze a living from the sea. Five times during the last decade, revelations of slavery involving the disabled have emerged, each time generating national shame and outrage.(AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)SINUI ISLAND, South Korea (AP) — He ran the first chance he got.
 
 

'A living hell' for slaves on remote South Korean islands

 
‎02 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎05:17:33 AMGo to full article
In this Feb. 19, 2014, a salt farm owner walks around his salt farm on Sinui Island, South Korea. Slavery thrives on this chain of rural islands off South Korea’s rugged southwest coast, nurtured by a long history of exploitation and the demands of trying to squeeze a living from the sea. Five times during the last decade, revelations of slavery involving the disabled have emerged, each time generating national shame and outrage.(AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)SINUI ISLAND, South Korea (AP) — He ran the first chance he got.
 
 

Senegal's Mane faces nervous wait over injury

 
‎02 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎03:02:49 AMGo to full article
Southampton's Sadio Mane (R) vies with Arsenal's French defender Laurent Koscielny a match in Southampton, England, on January 1, 2015Southampton (United Kingdom) (AFP) - Sadio Mane will discover on Friday whether the injury he sustained in Southampton's 2-0 victory over Arsenal will rule him out of Senegal's African Cup of Nations campaign.
 
 

Italy takes control of drifting migrant ship

 
‎02 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎02:31:49 AMGo to full article
File picture shows a rescue helicopter landing at the Fortunato Cesari military airport in Galatina, southern Italy, on December 28, 2014Italian sailors on Friday managed to take control of a crewless merchant ship as it drifted toward the country's southern shores in rough seas with 450 migrants on board, in the second such incident in two days. Six coastguard officers were lowered from a helicopter onto the deck of the Ezadeen as it floated some 40 kilometres (25 miles) off Crotone on Italy's heel, the navy said. It marked the second such drama in days for Italy, which is struggling with a record wave of migrants making the perilous journey across the Mediterranean, after the navy on Wednesday stopped another crewless "ghost" ship with hundreds of migrants on board. Thousands of the refugees who have ended up in Italy this year had fled the war-torn country, but most have come via North Africa.
 
 

Image of Asia: Breaking ice on Kashmir lake

 
‎01 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎01:31:52 PMGo to full article
A Kashmiri boatman breaks the frozen surface of Dal Lake as they row past on a cold and foggy morning in Srinagar, India, Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015. Cold wave tightened its grip on the Kashmir valley as it continues to reel under intense cold wave for the past few days with widespread snowfall in the hilly areas. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)In this photo by Mukhtar Khan, a boatman in Kashmir in northern India breaks the frozen surface of Dal Lake. A cold wave tightened its grip on the Kashmir Valley, which is reeling under the harsh winter with freezing temperatures and widespread snowfall in the hills.
 
 

World ushers in 2015 as China suffers New Year's tragedy

 
‎01 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎12:38:39 PMGo to full article
New Year's Eve fireworks erupt over Sydney's iconic Harbour Bridge and Opera House during the traditional fireworks show held at midnight on January 1, 2015New York (AFP) - Millions of revelers took to the streets from Sydney to New York to usher in 2015 on Thursday, but celebrations turned to tragedy in China, where 35 people were killed in a stampede in central Shanghai.
 
 

US stocks head for sixth straight year of gains

 
‎31 ‎December ‎2014, ‏‎10:34:32 PMGo to full article
A trader wears glasses in the shape of 2015 while working on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange in New York, Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks drifted lower on the final day of 2014 but the market was headed for its sixth straight year of gains.
 
 

Catastrophe avoided as runaway ship stopped off Italy

 
‎31 ‎December ‎2014, ‏‎06:39:54 PMGo to full article
The Moldovan-flagged cargo ship Blue Sky M docked in the Italian port of Gallipoli on December 31, 2014Italy's coastguard said Wednesday it had narrowly averted a catastrophe by intercepting a runaway freighter that was on a collision course with the country's rocky shoreline with 768 people on board. In the second major maritime drama of recent days, officers revealed that the huge cargo ship's engine had been locked on with the steering set on a direction that would have led to it crashing ashore in the Puglia region on the "heel" of Italy. The coastguard, already working flat out because of the Norman Atlantic ferry disaster, scrambled two helicopters overnight after realising that the Moldovan-registered Blue Sky M, was headed for the rocks. In a tweet from its official account, the coastguard said a "massacre" had been avoided.
 
 

Image of Asia: Prayer before pope's Sri Lanka trip

 
‎31 ‎December ‎2014, ‏‎12:55:33 PMGo to full article
A Sri Lankan Catholic devotee prays at a church in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014. Pope Francis is scheduled to begin a three-day visit on Jan. 13, five days after the country’s presidential elections. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)In this photo by Eranga Jayawardena, a Roman Catholic devotee prays at a church in the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo. The Indian Ocean island nation, which was wracked by civil war with Tamil Tiger rebels that ended in 2009, is preparing to welcome Pope Francis on his three-day visit beginning Jan. 13. It comes five days after the country's presidential elections in which the two main candidates promised to refrain from violence. Ethnic and religious tensions remain high, with extremists among the majority Sinhalese and Buddhist population accusing minority Muslims and Christians of undermining their faith. Mobs have attacked churches and burned Muslim homes and shops over the past several months.
 
 

Afghan mountain hamlet a proving ground for army

 
‎31 ‎December ‎2014, ‏‎11:16:57 AMGo to full article
In this Dec. 24, 2014, photo, an internally displaced Afghan family sits on the ground after leaving their home during fighting in the Dangam district of Kunar province, Afghanistan. The mountains of Dangam in the remote eastern border region of Afghanistan are dotted with the smoke of mortars and rockets fired by Talban insurgents waging war on government forces as they attempt to establish a permanent presence now that the American soldiers who led the fight here for more than a decade have packed up and left. (AP Photo)DANGAM, Afghanistan (AP) — The smoke from mortar and rocket attacks rises from the mountains of Dangam in the remote eastern border region of Afghanistan as Talban insurgents battle government forces in a bid to establish a permanent presence now that the American soldiers who led the fight here for more than a decade have left.
 
 

Big winners in China's stock market boom

 
‎31 ‎December ‎2014, ‏‎10:05:28 AMGo to full article
BEIJING (AP) — 2014 was the Year of the Bull in China's stock market as the main index surged 54 percent, buoyed by hopes Beijing will do more to reverse a slowdown in the world's second-largest economy.
 

Crowded skies in Southeast Asia put pressure on pilots, air traffic control

 
‎31 ‎December ‎2014, ‏‎09:38:20 AMGo to full article
By Jane Wardell and Anshuman Daga SYDNEY/SINGAPORE (Reuters) - The sheer volume of flights in the skies over Southeast Asia is putting pressure on outdated air traffic control and on pilots to take risky unilateral action in crises such as that possibly faced by AirAsia Flight QZ8501. Pilots who have flown the Indonesia to Singapore route say it's not unusual for delays to requests to increase altitude to avoid bad weather - and for requests to eventually be rejected due to the number of other planes in the area. ...
 

China promotes governor of troubled Xinjiang to top energy post

 
‎31 ‎December ‎2014, ‏‎09:35:10 AMGo to full article
Nur Bekri, chairman of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, attends a news conference in UrumqiBEIJING (Reuters) - China has promoted the ethnic Uighur governor of the troubled far western region of Xinjiang to the country's top energy policy body, Chinese media reported on Wednesday, but left unclear who would replace him. Nur Bekri will become director of the National Energy Administration, and also a deputy head of the planning body the National Development and Reform Commission, respected business magazine Caixin said on its website. ...
 
 

Ex-Korean Air exec arrested over nut rage

 
‎31 ‎December ‎2014, ‏‎03:47:54 AMGo to full article
Cho Hyun-ah, center, former vice president of Korean Air Lines, is escorted by court officials as she leaves for Seoul Western District Prosecutors Office at the Seoul Western District Court Office in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014. A Seoul court is expected to decide Tuesday whether to issue an arrest warrant for Cho, who resigned as vice president at the airline earlier this month amid mounting public criticism over the incident that she forced a flight to return over a bag of macadamia nuts and a current executive for attempts to cover up the "nut rage" case. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean prosecutors have arrested a former Korean Air Lines Co. executive for allegedly endangering flight safety by delaying a plane because her macadamia nuts were not served the way she wanted, officials said Wednesday.
 
 

Italy takes control of migrant ship on collision course

 
‎30 ‎December ‎2014, ‏‎11:56:53 PMGo to full article
Map locates the area where Greek officials believe a distress call was sent by a passenger aboard a cargo ship.; 1c x 2 5/8 inches; 46.5 mm x 66 mm;ROME (AP) — Italian authorities took control Tuesday of a cargo ship carrying hundreds of migrants after the crew disappeared and set it on a programmed route to crash into a coast, officials said.
 
 

As U.S.-led combat mission ends, Afghan women fear oppression

 
‎30 ‎December ‎2014, ‏‎11:08:21 PMGo to full article
Barakzai speaks during an interview at a hospitalafter having survived an attack on November, in KabulThe Taliban often takes responsibility for suicide bombings - it did so for one against the British embassy that killed six people days later. Barakzai, 42, said Afghanistan's spy agency had warned her before about threats to her life from the insurgent group. Barakzai, a tireless campaigner for women's rights, has no shortage of potential enemies, including powerful warlords, as Afghanistan's regional chieftains are known. “Our Parliament is a collection of lords," Barakzai once famously said.
 
 

U.S. names more Iran targets for sanctions

 
‎30 ‎December ‎2014, ‏‎06:28:09 PMGo to full article
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Tuesday imposed sanctions on nine new targets, saying the entities and people targeted had supported Iran's efforts to avoid sanctions and backed the government's human rights abuses, including censorship. U.S. Treasury Department officials said in a statement the latest move was part of an effort to enforce existing sanctions while the United States and other countries continue to negotiate with Iran over its nuclear program. "Although we do not support the imposition of any new nuclear-related sanctions while negotiations are ongoing ... ...
 

Wreckage, bodies reveal jet's fate days after it disappeared

 
‎30 ‎December ‎2014, ‏‎05:13:06 PMGo to full article
Indonesia: Bodies found near site where plane disappearedPANGKALAN BUN, Indonesia (AP) — Family members of those aboard AirAsia Flight 8501 collapsed in agony Tuesday as images of debris and a bloated body flashed across Indonesian television screens, proof that the plane crashed into the sea two days earlier with 162 people on board.
 
 

Key developments in AirAsia jet crash

 
‎30 ‎December ‎2014, ‏‎04:12:20 PMGo to full article
Relatives of passengers of the missing AirAsia Flight 8501 react upon seeing the news on television about the findings of bodies on the waters near the site where the jetliner disappeared, at the crisis center at Juanda International Airport in Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia, Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014. Bodies and debris were seen floating in Indonesian waters Tuesday, painfully ended the mystery of AirAsia Flight 8501, which crashed into the Java Sea and was lost to searchers for more than two days.(AP Photo/Trisnadi)An AirAsia jet with 162 people on board crashed Sunday morning while flying from Surabaya, Indonesia, to Singapore on a scheduled two-hour flight. Here's a look at the latest developments:
 
 

Image of Asia: Welcoming the new year in Nepal

 
‎30 ‎December ‎2014, ‏‎02:28:08 PMGo to full article
A young Nepalese Gurung boy holds a flag of Nepal and walks in a parade to mark their New Year know as ‘Tamu Loshar’ in Katmandu, Nepal, Tuesday, Dec 30, 2014. The indigenous Gurungs, also known as Tamu, are celebrating their new year, welcoming the year of the Sheep. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)In this photo by Niranjan Shrestha, a young Nepalese ethnic Gurung boy holds a Nepalese flag and marches in a parade to welcome in the new year Tuesday in Katmandu. The Gurungs mark Dec. 30 — known as Tamu Loshar — with feasting and family gatherings, as well as traditional music and dance. Tuesday marks the beginning of the Year of the Sheep for Gurungs, who are also known as Tamu.
 
 

Rapid growth leaves Asian airlines searching for pilots

 
‎30 ‎December ‎2014, ‏‎12:27:06 PMGo to full article
A crew of an Indonesian Air Force C-130 airplane of the 31st Air Squadron, looks out of the window during a search operation for the missing AirAsia flight 8501 jetliner over the waters of Karimata Strait in Indonesia, Monday, Dec. 29, 2014. Search planes and ships from several countries on Monday were scouring Indonesian waters over which an AirAsia jet disappeared, more than a day into the region's latest aviation mystery. AirAsia Flight 8501 vanished Sunday in airspace thick with storm clouds on its way from Surabaya, Indonesia, to Singapore. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)NEW YORK (AP) — Every week, a combined total of 28 new planes roll off the assembly lines at Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier and Embraer factories — the fastest production rate in the history of commercial aviation. Most of those aircraft feed the insatiable demand in Asia.
 
 

5 things to know about aviation in Asia

 
‎30 ‎December ‎2014, ‏‎10:55:34 AMGo to full article
An AirAsia jet with 162 people on board disappeared Sunday while flying from Indonesia to Singapore. Here are five things to know about aviation in Asia, where growing demand is creating daunting safety challenges:

 

 
 

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2.     Somalia  

3.     Syria  

4.     Iraq  

5.     Afghanistan  

6.     Saudi Arabia  

7.     Maldives  

8.     Pakistan  

9.     Iran  

10.  Yemen  

11.  Sudan  

12.  Eritrea  

13.  Libya  

14.  Nigeria  

15.  Uzbekistan  

16.  Central African Republic  

17.  Ethiopia  

18.  Vietnam  

19.  Qatar  

20.  Turkmenistan  

21.  Laos  

22.  Egypt  

23.  Myanmar (Burma)  

24.  Brunei  

25.  Colombia  

26.  Jordan  

27.  Oman  

28.  India  

29.  Sri Lanka  

30.  Tunisia  

31.  Bhutan  

32.  Algeria  

33.  Mali  

34.  Palestinian Territories  

35.  United Arab Emirates  

36.  Mauritania  

37.  China  

38.  Kuwait  

39.  Kazakhstan  

40.  Malaysia  

41.  Bahrain  

42.  Comoros  

43.  Kenya  

44.  Morocco  

45.  Tajikistan  

46.  Djibouti  

47.  Indonesia  

48.  Bangladesh  

49.  Tanzania  

50.  Niger  

 

 

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