CANBERRA, Australia (AP) - The Australian government on Friday pledged to spend another 1 billion Australian dollars ($704 million) over nine years on improving the health of the Great Barrier Reef after stalling a UNESCO decision on downgrading the natural wonder's World Heritage status.
TOKYO (AP) - Marcelo Claure, who joined SoftBank Group after turning around one of its key investments, office-sharing business WeWork, is leaving, the Japanese technology company said Friday.
NEW DELHI (AP) - Google will invest up to $1 billion in partnership with India's Airtel to provide affordable access to smartphones to over a billion Indians and speed up use of cloud-based computing for business, the two companies said on Friday.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - South Korea plans next month to add hundreds of small neighborhood hospitals and clinics to treat the thousands more people expected to get COVID-19 during a developing omicron surge.
TOKYO (AP) - Toyota is working with Japan's space agency on a vehicle to explore the lunar surface, with ambitions to help people live on the moon by 2040 and then go live on Mars, company officials said Friday.
HONG KONG (AP) - Hong Kong is cutting the length of mandatory quarantine for people arriving from overseas from 21 to 14 days, even as the southern Chinese city battles a new surge in COVID-19 cases.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - North Korea said Friday its two latest rounds of weapons tests this week were successful while vowing to bolster its nuclear "war deterrent" and speed up the development of more powerful warheads.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - After spending two years in a strict lockdown because of the COVID-19 pandemic, North Korea may finally be opening up - slowly. The reason could reflect a growing sense of recognition by the leadership that the nation badly needs to win outside economic relief.
Current and former staffers have accused the top director of the World Health Organization in the Western Pacific of racist, unethical and abusive behavior that has undermined the U.N. health agency's efforts to curb the coronavirus pandemic.
QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) - Militants attacked a security post in a remote area of southwest Pakistan, triggering a firefight that killed 10 soldiers and an assailant, the military said Thursday.
NEW DELHI (AP) - India and five central Asian countries on Thursday decided to set up a joint working group for providing aid to Afghanistan to tackle the humanitarian crisis and the issue of recognition of the Taliban, an Indian official said.
MOSCOW (AP) - Fighting between the border guards services of Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan has wounded at least six people, local news reports said Thursday.
MANILA, Philippines (AP) - One of three Philippine election commissioners handling petitions to disqualify late dictator Ferdinand Marcos' son from the May presidential polls said Thursday that she voted in favor of the petitions and suspected there were efforts to nullify her vote against the leading candidate criticized by human rights groups.
PUL-E-ALAM, Afghanistan (AP) - A flickering flame of paper, rags and random twigs is the only heat Gulnaz has to keep her 18-month-old son warm, barely visible beneath his icy blanket as she begs on a bitterly cold highway on the road to Kabul.
BEIJING (AP) - For the thousands of athletes, journalists and others descending on Beijing for the Winter Olympics, China's strict pandemic measures are creating a surreal and at times anxious experience.
NEW DELHI (AP) - Tata Sons, India's oldest and largest conglomerate, has regained ownership of Air India, the country's debt-laden national carrier.
TOKYO (AP) - Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and the Japan Atomic Energy Agency have signed an agreement to participate in a next-generation nuclear energy project with TerraPower, a company started by Bill Gates.
BANGKOK (AP) - An aircraft from a company specializing in recoveries from oil spills arrived Thursday from Malaysia to join an urgent effort to clean up an oil slick before it could hit beaches in eastern Thailand, officials said.
TOKYO (AP) - Six people who were children living in Fukushima at the time of the 2011 nuclear disaster and have since developed thyroid cancer filed a lawsuit Thursday demanding a utility pay compensation for their illnesses, which they say were triggered by massive radiation.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - South Korea's top infectious disease expert defended the move to expand the use of rapid testing despite accuracy concerns, as the country broke its daily coronavirus record for the third straight day.