By Jean H. Lee The Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — For weeks after North Korean guards seized Laura Ling and Euna Lee near its borders and took the American journalists to Pyongyang, citing on criminal charges, Ling and Lee’s families waited quietly for news about them.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Thousands of demonstrators protesting violence against Indian students filled the streets in Australia’s second largest city on May 31, as the foreign minister said the government was doing everything it could to solve the crime problem.
Nambaryn Enkhbayar and Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj By Ganbat Namjilsangarav The Associated Press ULAN BATOR, Mongolia (AP) — Mongolia’s opposition Democrats claimed victory this past Monday, May 25, in presidential elections after pledging to crack down on graft and to better distribute the country’s mining wealth.
By Young-Joon Ahn The Associated Press President Roh Moo-hyun BONGHA, South Korea (AP) — Bowing deeply and laying white chrysanthemums before his portrait, tens of thousands of mourners journeyed this past Sunday, May 24, to the southern village where former President Roh Moo-hyun killed himself by jumping off a rocky cliff overlooking his home.
By Indra Harsaputra The Associated Press SURABAYA, Indonesia (AP) — This past Friday, May 22, Muslim clerics debating the exploding popularity of Facebook in Indonesia said that followers could use the networking site to connect with friends or for work — but not to gossip or flirt.
By Mari Yamaguchi The Associated Press TOKYO (AP) — This past Friday, May 22, Japan welcomed the news that it had topped the world longevity ratings, but with its citizens living increasingly longer lives, it may soon become hard for the government to find enough young taxpayers to support them.
By Nina Huang Northwest Asian Weekly Born in December 1969, Jingjing Zhang followed an unlikely career path for a Chinese woman. She is known for her environmental activism and was recently recognized as the 2009 distinguished Severyns-Ravenholt Lecturer, where she spoke to more than 100 people about her life’s work and achievements.
SINGAPORE (AP) — The gay community in tightly controlled Singapore held its first-ever rally on Saturday, May 16, taking advantage of looser laws on public gatherings to call for equality.
By Christopher Bodeen The Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — This investment turned out to be as risky as it was risque.
By Jim Gomez The Associated Press MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines needs tougher laws to deal with the more than 1 million illegal firearms in the country, some of which may have been smuggled in from Afghanistan for use by Muslim guerrillas, officials said Monday, May 18.