• Directory of Taiwan

BC-AS--Asian News Digest, AS

BC-AS--Asian News Digest, AS

SOUTHEAST ASIA — Alarm over North Korea's intercontinental ballistic missile tests, a germinal step to temper South China Sea disputes and unease over a disastrous siege by pro-Islamic State group militants will grab the spotlight in a meeting of Southeast Asia's top diplomats with their Asian and Western counterparts. By Jim Gomez and Teresa Cerojano. With PHILIPPINES-US-HUMAN RIGHTS. Sent 1,000 words.

CHINA-INDIA — Beijing is intensifying its warnings to Indian troops to get out of a contested region high in the Himalayas where China, India and Bhutan meet, saying China's "restraint has its limits" and publicizing live-fire exercises by the army in Tibet. By Louise Watt. Sent 600 words.

CAMBODIA-US PASSPORT — Cambodia's prime minister says he does not want his U.S.-born grandchild to have an American passport. Hun Sen says he is worried his 14-year-old grandchild could be eligible to fight for the U.S. military against other countries. By Sopheng Cheang. Sent 480 words, photo.

NEW ZEALAND-POLITICS — In the three days since she became New Zealand's opposition party leader, Jacinda Ardern has prompted a flood of donations, stood up for women in the workplace and transformed what had been a dull election campaign. Whether she can change her party's fortunes is unclear. By Nick Perry. Sent 600 words, photo.

PAKISTAN-POLITICS — Pakistan swore in its new Cabinet, following a week of turmoil that included the election of a new prime minister after the resignation of his predecessor who was dismissed from office by the country's Supreme Court for concealing family assets. By Munir Ahmed. Sent 430 words.

CHINA-INDIA — Beijing is intensifying its warnings to Indian troops to get out of a contested region high in the Himalayas where China, India and Bhutan meet, saying China has been restrained but "restraint has its limits." By Louise Watt.

AUSTRALIA-PLANE PLOT — Two men facing terrorism charges in Australia were involved in an aborted attempt to place an improvised explosive device on an Etihad Airways flight out of Sydney last month in a plot directed by the Islamic State group, police said. By Kristen Gelineau.

AUSTRALIA-TURNBULL-TRUMP — Australia's prime minister insisted his relationship with President Donald Trump was "warm," despite transcripts of a heated conversation in which the leaders sparred over a refugee deal. By Kristen Gelineau.

AFGHANISTAN-SUICIDE BOMBING— The Taliban took responsibility for a suicide attack on a NATO patrol north of Kabul that the U.S. military said killed one serviceperson. By Amir Shah.

VIETNAM-GERMANY— Vietnam said it regretted comments by the German Foreign Ministry accusing Vietnamese intelligence services of kidnapping a former Vietnamese oil executive who's wanted back home on embezzlement charges.

SYRIA-ESCAPING IS — They thought they were going to live in an Islamic utopia, with free education and health care, job opportunities and relief from debt. Those were the promises that lured an Indonesian family to the Syrian city of Raqqa. A 17-year-old girl who persuaded family members to move now tells of the injustice and brutality they found and their decision to escape. By Sarah El Deeb.

JAPAN-TOYOTA-MAZDA — Japanese automakers Toyota Motor Corp. and Mazda Motor Corp. are partnering in electric vehicles with a deal that may lead to setting up an assembly plant in the U.S. By Tom Krisher and Yuri Kageyama.

JAPAN-EARNS-TOYOTA — Toyota Motor Corp. says its fiscal first quarter profit rose 11 percent as sales improved around the world, including in the U.S., Europe and Japan. Toyota reported Friday an April-June profit of 613.0 billion yen ($5.6 billion), up from 552.4 billion yen a year earlier.



The editor in charge at the AP Asia-Pacific Desk is David Thurber. Questions and story requests are welcome. The news desk can be reached at (66) 2632-6911 or by email at The Asia Photo Desk can be reached at (81-3) 6215-8941. Expanded AP content can be obtained from For access to AP Exchange and other technical issues, contact or call (1) 877-836-9477.

Updated : 2022-01-26 07:38 GMT+08:00