Taiwanese in Palau celebrate National Day underwater

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — One of the more unusual ways to celebrate Taiwan's National Day (Oct. 10) has emerged, with a video surfacing that shows divers holding both the flags of Taiwan and Pa...

Asia-Pacific countries begin to ease pandemic-related travel bans, but hurdles remain

Asia-Pacific countries including Singapore, Australia and Japan are gradually easing some international travel restrictions as coronavirus cases slow, in hopes of helping to revive their economies. ...

After 6 months stranded, Easter Islanders will return home

RUSSELL, New Zealand (AP) — About 25 residents from remote Easter Island who have been stranded far from their loved ones for more than six months because of the coronavirus will finally be able to re...

New Caledonia votes on becoming independent from France

NOUMEA, New Caledonia (AP) — Voters in New Caledonia turned out in large numbers Sunday to decide whether the archipelago in the South Pacific should get independence from France and break ties that w...

New Caledonia archipelago votes on independence from France

NOUMEA, New Caledonia (AP) — Voters in New Caledonia, a French archipelago in the South Pacific, were deciding Sunday whether they want independence from France in a referendum that marks a milestone ...

New Caledonia to vote on independence from France

NOUMEA, New Caledonia (AP) — Voters in New Caledonia, a French archipelago in the South Pacific, will choose whether they want independence from France in a referendum that marks a milestone in a thre...

At UN, nations urge overdue reckoning with colonial crimes

PARIS (AP) — Leaders of countries once subjugated to Western powers sent a pointed message at this year’s U.N. General Assembly: For those who think the word “colonialism” evokes a long-ago, no-longer...

Japan's newly minted prime minister steps into UN limelight

TOKYO (AP) — Considered something of a lightweight on foreign policy issues, Japan’s new prime minister has spent much of his career in the shadows, supporting previous leader Shinzo Abe with backroom...

Canceled flights strand 25 Easter Islanders for 6 months

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — For people around the world, the coronavirus has caused distressing separations and delayed homecomings. But the situation for a group of 25 residents from remote Easter...

For North Korea, UN membership is a key link to larger world

TOKYO (AP) — Hermit Kingdom? Not quite. To pay close attention to North Korean diplomacy is to notice the many ways it upends the stereotype of the isolated, nuclear-armed wildcard ...

Amid China's bumpy rise, Xi faces delicate moment at UN

TOKYO (AP) — The descriptions that China’s state media rolled out ahead of leader Xi Jinping’s speech Tuesday at the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations were hardly unexpected. ...

Today in History

Today in History Today is Saturday, Sept. 5, the 249th day of 2020. There are 117 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept....

Australia to phase out waste exports, boost recycling

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Australian government introduced legislation Thursday that would phase out exports of waste plastic, paper, glass and tires beginning January next year. ...

Testing traps to control lovely but destructive lionfish

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The quest is on for a better way to kill beautiful but brutally destructive lionfish than shooting them one by one with spearguns. The voraciou...

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Today in History Today is Monday, Aug. 24, the 237th day of 2020. There are 129 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August ...