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Who collects costs for Donald Trump’s Taiwan call?

December 5, 2016 3:45:11 pm

China's irritation with the call has mostly been directed at the self-ruled island China claims as its own.

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UN chief Ban Ki-moon may be unwitting loser in South Korea presidential scandal

December 5, 2016 3:23:28 pm

Ban was until a month ago the front-runner in opinion polls to win the election, a race he was widely expected to contest from President Park's party.

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Taiwan urges calm from China after Donald Trump call

December 5, 2016 2:38:38 pm

In Taipei some said they now fear a Beijing backlash.

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China to simplify tax scheme after switch to VAT

December 5, 2016 2:26:44 pm

The change to a VAT tax, considered to be a more efficient way of taxing business, has gone relatively smoothly in China.

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Fukushima reactor briefly loses cooling during inspection

December 5, 2016 2:20:33 pm

The plant operator said cooling for the No 3 reactor, one of the three reactors that melted following the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, was out for nearly one hour today until a backup pump kicked in.

US: White man allegedly harasses hijab-clad ‘hero’ Muslim cop, calls her ‘ISIS’

December 5, 2016 2:12:25 pm

According to the police the man said, "ISIS (expletive), I will cut your throat, go back to your country!"

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We have lost everything: Syrians on return to ravaged Aleppo

December 5, 2016 2:09:26 pm

Abdul-Ghani Kassab, a senior official in the Aleppo governorate, said 750 families have returned to Hanano, which was home to tens of thousands before the conflict began.

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China presses in ‘mist canon’ to fight pollution

December 5, 2016 12:57:41 pm

With heavy smog covering Beijing, authorities are being forced to use the 'mist cannon', a large machine which dilutes haze and combats pollution.

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Recapture of Mosul ‘possible’ before next US administration: Pentagon chief

December 5, 2016 12:23:46 pm

The capture of Mosul, the largest city under IS control, is seen as crucial toward dismantling the caliphate the militants declared over parts of the Iraq and Syria in 2014.

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UN racism expert urges Australia to maintain hate speech law

December 5, 2016 12:23:01 pm

Removing Section 18 C of the Act would "open the door to racist and xenophobic hate-speech which has been quite limited thanks to this provision,'' said Mutuma Ruteere, UN racism rapporteur.

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Donald Trump criticises China over currency, South China Sea

December 5, 2016 11:59:00 am

President-elect Donald Trump has already infuriated China by talking over phone with the Taiwanese President

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Pentagon chief says satisfied with Japanese contribution to alliance

December 5, 2016 11:55:12 am

Japan is host to nearly 50,000 US troops and pays about $1.6 billion annually towards the cost of them being stationed, said Commander Gary Ross, a Pentagon spokesman.

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UK government’s Brexit plans in hands of Supreme Court

December 5, 2016 11:43:01 am

British PM Theresa May's government will ask Supreme Court justices to overturn a ruling that Parliament must hold a vote before Britain's exit negotiations can begin.

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South Korea’s President Park Guen-hye faces crucial week and impeachment push

December 5, 2016 11:39:07 am

South Korea President Park Guen-hye under pressure to step down by her own party and business groups set to give testimony to a parliamentary committee.

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Citing differences with President Duterte, Philippine Vice President quits Cabinet

December 5, 2016 10:13:57 am

In the Philippines, Presidents and Vice Presidents are separately elected and often come from rival political parties, like Duterte and Robredo.

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Amid praise from Bernie Sanders, Paul Ryan slams decision to deny permit for Dakota Access Pipeline

December 5, 2016 10:21:53 am

Bernie Sanders also said that the country should not increase its fossil fuel dependence and accelerate the crisis of climate change.

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Japan PM hopes for progress on peace treaty with Russia

December 5, 2016 9:31:34 am

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said over the weekend it would be difficult to close the gap in positions over a peace treaty and territorial dispute with Japan.

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New Zealand dollar skids after Prime Minister resignation, Italy vote

December 5, 2016 9:29:24 am

New Zealand PM John Key, who won praise for his economic stewardship after the global financial crisis, announced his resignation on Monday.

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Mass display of grief on late Thailand king’s birthday

December 5, 2016 9:27:42 am

Stricken with ill health in the last decade of his life, he missed his last two birthday appearances before his death aged 88 on October 13.

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Karachi hotel fire: 11 killed, 75 injured

December 5, 2016 4:13:53 pm

Three fire tenders of the fire brigade reached the site and started an operation to rescue the guests.

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Washington: Gunman charged after threatening restaurant hit by fake news

December 5, 2016 9:03:10 am

The suspect entered the restaurant and pointed a gun at a restaurant employee, who fled and notified authorities, police said.

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6.0-magnitude undersea quake hits eastern Indonesia

December 5, 2016 8:56:08 am

Indonesia experiences frequent seismic and volcanic activity due to its position on the Pacific "Ring of Fire", where tectonic plates collide.

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Italy referendum: PM Matteo Renzi steps down; populists look for quick vote to win power

December 5, 2016 8:02:52 am

Matteo Renzi, 41, has been Italy's youngest premier. He had bet his political future -- or at least his current premiership -- on a Yes vote win, and campaigned hard for a victory in recent weeks.

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US president-elect Donald Trump continues to defend his call with Taiwan’s leader

December 5, 2016 8:10:54 am

Chinese officials said they lodged a complaint with the US and reiterated a commitment to seeking "reunification'' with the island, which they consider a renegade province.

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US Secretary of State John Kerry accuses Israeli right of sabotaging peace process

December 5, 2016 7:51:07 am

US Secretary of State John Kerry dismissed the idea that more Arab states would strike peace deals with Israel without any moves towards an agreement with the Palestinians.