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Stories with place: East Asia
  • new storyObama: China 'putting out feelers' about joining trade pact 
    Updated: Jun-03-15 2:18 pm

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says China has made inquiries about potentially joining a Trans-Pacific trade agreement in the future. The agreement now involves the U.S. and 11 other Pacific rim countries and is the central goal of the contentious trade debate now unfolding in Congress.

  • new storyWind damages wing of solar plane sidelined in Japan 
    Updated: Jun-03-15 2:16 pm

    NAGOYA, Japan - A solar-powered plane forced to land in Japan when it hit bad weather during its trip around the globe has encountered more challenges after wind gusts damaged a wing on the grounded aircraft.

  • new storyUS, India move forward on joint military research projects story has photos
    Updated: Jun-03-15 1:55 pm

    NEW DELHI - After several years of bureaucratic delays, the U.S. and India are moving ahead with two joint research projects for the military that officials hope will set the stage for greater defense cooperation in the years ahead.

  • new storyIn Tokyo, Philippine leader criticizes China over sea moves story has photos
    Updated: Jun-03-15 1:29 pm

    TOKYO - On his sixth visit to Japan in five years, Philippine President Benigno Aquino III on Wednesday criticized China's assertiveness in regional seas, a concern shared by both countries as they deepen their ties.

  • China escalates effort to recover missing from capsized ship story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Jun-03-15 11:30 am

    JIANLI, China - Chinese authorities deployed scores more divers and a large crane as they escalated efforts Wednesday to recover more than 410 people believed to be trapped inside an overturned river cruise ship.

  • Encouraging job market news sends US stocks higher story has photos
    Updated: Jun-03-15 9:45 am

    NEW YORK - U.S. stocks are opening slightly higher as traders welcomed some encouraging news about the job market.

  • US trade deficit drops sharply in April story has photos
    Updated: Jun-03-15 9:12 am

    WASHINGTON - The U.S. trade deficit declined sharply in April as exports posted a modest gain and imports fell, raising hopes that trade's drag on economic growth will ease in the current quarter.

  • Capsized Yangtze ship cited over safety problems 2 years ago story has photos
    Updated: Jun-03-15 7:25 am

    Eastern Star, the cruise ship that capsized in the Yangtze river with more than 450 people aboard, was cited for safety violations two years ago, records from a Chinese maritime agency show.

  • The Latest on China Boat Sinking: Pope prays for victims story has photos
    Updated: Jun-03-15 6:44 am

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  • Softbank invests $1B in SKorean e-commerce firm Coupang 
    Updated: Jun-03-15 6:37 am

    SEOUL, South Korea - Coupang, a South Korean online shopping site, has secured a $1 billion investment from Japanese Internet company Softbank Corp.

  • S. Korea test-fires missile that can strike all of N. Korea 
    Updated: Jun-03-15 4:56 am

    SEOUL, South Korea - South Korea on Wednesday successfully test-fired a domestically built ballistic missile that can hit all of North Korea, an official said, amid continuing animosity between the rivals over the North's push to bolster its nuclear and missile capabilities.

  • N. Korea races to boost power in time for party anniversary story has photos
    Updated: Jun-03-15 4:44 am

    PYONGYANG, North Korea - North Korea is racing to boost its electricity supply by up to 50 percent with the completion of several generating stations by the end of the year and is pushing alternative resources like solar - already used extensively in the countryside - to ease its chronic shortages, a government expert told The Associated Press in Pyongyang.

  • Taiwan candidate seeks to reassure US on China ties story has photos
    Updated: Jun-03-15 3:33 am

    WASHINGTON - Taiwan's opposition presidential candidate will look to reassure U.S. officials this week that victory in the January 2016 election for her party, which Beijing views with suspicion, won't revive tensions across the Taiwan Strait.

  • Yangtze River: Long river, long history, top tourist spot story has photos
    Updated: Jun-03-15 1:51 am

    BEIJING - The scene of a capsized cruise ship with hundreds on board is one of the longest and most famous rivers in the world. The Yangtze has dramatic cliffs, peaks and waterfalls that are often featured in Chinese paintings, but its importance goes far beyond that to its role as a major transportation artery that created some of the country's biggest cities.

  • China's tennis star Li Na gives birth to a baby girl 
    Updated: Jun-02-15 11:55 pm

    BEIJING - Chinese tennis star Li Na has given birth to a baby girl.

  • Brazil great Zico considering running for FIFA president 
    Updated: Jun-02-15 10:33 pm

    SAO PAULO - Brazilian soccer great Zico is considering running for the FIFA presidency, soon to be vacant after the announcement by Sepp Blatter earlier Tuesday that he will step down later this year amid a corruption scandal.

  • Olympic champion Nastia Liukin engaged 
    Updated: Jun-02-15 9:41 pm

    Nastia Liukin has some bling to go with her Olympic gold.

  • Sinkings in S. Korea, China present divers different tests story has photos
    Updated: Jun-02-15 9:51 am

    SEOUL, South Korea - As divers scramble to save hundreds trapped in a capsized cruise ship in China's Yangtze River, the scene in some ways evokes Northeast Asia's last major maritime disaster: the ferry sinking last year that killed more than 300 people off South Korea's southwest coast. Yet even at this early stage, there are far more differences than similarities.

  • Relatives of China boat passengers turn anger on govt 
    Updated: Jun-02-15 9:14 am

    SHANGHAI - Huang Jing rushed to the office of the Shanghai Xiehe Tourism Agency as soon as he heard Tuesday morning about the sinking of a riverboat cruise with his brother- and father-in-law and another 456 people on board.

  • Survivors pulled from China boat capsizing; hundreds missing 
    Updated: Jun-02-15 8:56 am

    JIANLI, China - Divers on Tuesday pulled three people alive from inside an overturned cruise ship and searched for other survivors, state media said, giving some small hope to an apparently massive tragedy with well over 400 people still missing on the Yangtze River.

  • South Korea reports its first 2 deaths from MERS virus 
    Updated: Jun-02-15 8:51 am

    SEOUL, South Korea - South Korea on Tuesday confirmed the country's first two deaths from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome as it fights to contain the spread of a virus that has killed hundreds of people in the Middle East.

  • South Korea reports 2 deaths from MERS story has photos
    Updated: Jun-01-15 11:40 pm

    SEOUL, South Korea - South Korea on Tuesday confirmed the country's first two deaths from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome as it fights to contain the spread of the virus that has killed hundreds of people in the Middle East.

  • Remains of Korean War POW finally home in Exeter for burial 
    Updated: Jun-01-15 3:37 pm

    EXETER, New Hampshire - The remains of a New Hampshire soldier who died after being wounded and taken prisoner during the Korean War returned Monday to his hometown of Exeter for burial with full military honors.

  • Solar Impulse plane lands in Japan to wait out bad weather story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Jun-01-15 2:23 pm

    TOKYO - A solar-powered plane attempting to circle the globe without a drop of fuel made an unscheduled landing late Monday in Japan to wait out bad weather.

  • Grimes travels to China for economic development trip 
    Updated: Jun-01-15 2:05 pm

    FRANKFORT, Kentucky - Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is in China this week to tout Kentucky's business climate and economic development opportunities.