Rob McBride

Rob McBride

Asia Pacific

Historic year of inter-Korea relations sees drop in tensions

After a year of improving relations between North and South Korea, many Koreans are both hopeful and cautious about what the future may bring.

Historic year of inter-Korea relations sees drop in tensions

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Indonesia's poor bear the brunt of deadly tsunami

Survivors in the district of Banten begin rebuilding their shattered lives amid calls for better tsunami early warning system.

Indonesia's poor bear the brunt of deadly tsunami

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Indonesia rescuers hampered by rain after tsunami

Torrential rain on Java is threatening to cut off traffic on the main coastal road, upon which recovery efforts depend.

Indonesia rescuers hampered by rain after tsunami

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Indonesians call for better response to tsunami disaster

Government urged to provide more help after hundreds killed in devastation.

Indonesians call for better response to tsunami disaster

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South Korea approves $3.5bn in funding to cohost Olympics

The plan for South and North Korea to cohost the Olymics in 2032 has been approved and bidding preparation is under way.

South Korea approves $3.5bn in funding to cohost Olympics

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Myanmar coal mining 'causing environmental disasters'

Lack of regulation blamed for pollution in Shan State, where many Chinese companies are investing in hazardous mining.

Myanmar coal mining 'causing environmental disasters'

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Busan film festival launches after boycott ends

Over 320 films from 79 countries will be screened over the next 10 days in South Korea.

Busan film festival launches after boycott ends

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Nuclear disarmament to dominate Korea summit

In third meeting this year, leaders of North and South Korea will hold key talks centred on Pyongyang’s move towards denuclearisation.

Nuclear disarmament to dominate Korea summit

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North Korea marks 70th anniversary of nation’s founding

Five years since the last time the Arirang Mass Games were held, this year's celebrations highlight reunification and improved relations with the international community.

North Korea marks 70th anniversary of nation’s founding

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Hong Kong: New app helps people avoid pollution

A university team has developed a mobile app that gives real-time pollution readings at street level anywhere in the city.

Hong Kong: New app helps people avoid pollution

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Bodies of US soldiers killed during Korean War returning home

The remains of 50 US soldiers are just a few of the 5,300 estimated to still be in North Korea, but improving relations are giving rise to hopes that those bodies can be recovered.

Bodies of US soldiers killed during Korean War returning home

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Japan: Calls for better flood preparations after disaster

Japan has elaborate ways to deal with natural disasters, but unprecedented rains took people by surprise, killing at least 148 people.

Japan: Calls for better flood preparations after disaster