Japan is scheduled to launch the IKAROS spacecraft this week, which will be powered by wafer-thin solar sails. The craft is headed for Venus, making it the first to attempt interplanetary travel using only solar power.
More than 29 people have died since Thursday night in clashes between troops and antigovernment 'red-shirt' protesters. Leaders of the Thailand protests are calling for UN intervention, which the government so far rejects.
Prime Minister Hatoyama’s vow to reexamine agreed-upon plans to move the Marines from Futenma, their US base in Okinawa, nears a May 31 deadline. What many see as his mishandling of the issue may cost him in parliament.
As the UN considers whether to impose more sanctions on Iran for its nuclear plans, China is a key player. China gets 11 percent of its oil from Iran, and sees a double standard in the US position toward Iran's nuclear program.
Despite investing billions of dollars to create world-class seats of learning, China lags in a new list of Asia’s top colleges. Its highest-ranked Peking University came in 12th, down two spots from last year.
Philippines election results are 90 percent in after just two days, the result of a computerized system that yielded a much smoother turnaround than in previous polls. But other problems surfaced, including vote-buying and some violence.
The gender gap yawns wide, despite Japan's female astronaut and new antidiscrimination laws. The World Economic Forum recently downgraded Japan three spots to 101st place on its latest gender discrimination report.
Spoken English is no longer the official language in the Philippines. Filipino businesses bemoan the loss of Filipino English speakers. The government is responding with mandatory English proficiency classes in schools.
Wan Yanhai has left China for the United States, soon after fellow AIDS activists Gao Yaojie also left and Hu Jia was sentenced to jail. Beijing is putting more pressure on nongovernment organizations (NGOs).