SINGAPORE (AP) — Singapore’s prime minister warned that “aggressive preaching” by religious groups and attempts to convert others threaten the city-state’s stability.
SEOUL, South Korea — Kim Dae-jung — who survived assassination attempts and a death sentence during his years as a dissident to become president of South Korea, and whose unflagging efforts to reconcile with communist North Korea earned him the Nobel Peace Prize — died Tuesday, Aug. 18, hospital officials said. He was 85.
BEIJING (AP) — China will appeal a World Trade Organization ruling that ordered it to ease restrictions on imports of movies, music, and books in a case brought by Washington, a Commerce Ministry spokesman said Monday, Aug. 18.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea’s decision to restart tours run jointly with South Korea. Allowing reunions of families separated for decades by the peninsula’s war is aimed at obtaining much-needed foreign currency and leverage in negotiations with Washington and Seoul, experts said.
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan’s vice foreign minister resigned Tuesday, Aug. 18, to take responsibility for his agency’s initial rejection of aid from other governments following Typhoon Morakot, which claimed about 500 lives and caused an estimated $1.5 billion in damage.
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Hours before the art show was to open to the public, the censors arrived and the grilling began. Under their watchful gaze, the nine artists performed parts of their works, aware that every movement could arouse suspicion.
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese actress Noriko Sakai turned herself in to Tokyo police and was arrested on drug charges on Saturday, Aug. 8, according to local broadcaster NHK.
It was an unassuming trip.
Paige Stringer traveled to Vietnam for her work and discovered a cause so personal that she established a foundation to help raise funds for deaf children in Vietnam. Last year, Stringer, a freelance travel writer, was working on an article about customized vacations when she traveled to Vietnam and volunteered at a school for deaf children.
BEIJING (AP) — China locked down a remote farming town after three people died and 10 more were sickened with pneumonic plague, a lung infection that can kill a human in 24 hours if untreated.
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — An activist from military-ruled Myanmar who has documented human rights and environmental abuses, and a Thai scientist who devoted her life to finding a cheaper AIDS drug were among the 2009 winners of the Ramon Magsaysay Awards.