This photo released by the Philippine National Police Maritime Group shows live sea turtles which were seized by Philippine National Police Maritime Group from a foreign vessel flying a Chinese flag cruising in the waters off the South China Sea May 6, 2014. (AP Photo)
Philippines fines Chinese fishermen $102,000 each for poaching
PUERTO PRINCESA, Philippines--A Philippine court on Nov. 24 fined nine Chinese fishermen $102,000 each after they were caught with hundreds of sea turtles in a disputed shoal in the South China Sea amid a festering territorial standoff between the two sides.
A man walks near a billboard of a tour in Japan outside a Japan National Tourism Organization office in Bangkok on Nov. 19. (AP Photo)
Thai embassy posts manners guide to fix 'inappropriate' tourist behavior in Japan
BANGKOK--Thailand's Embassy in Japan has some tips for Thai visitors: Don't put your chopsticks in the serving bowl. If driving, stop for pedestrians at crosswalks. And just because you have kids doesn't mean you can cut the queue.
Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, with his wife, Veronica Tan, poses before taking the oath of office to become the governor of Jakarta on Nov. 19. (AP Photo)
Indonesian capital gets a Christian governor
JAKARTA--The first Christian governor of Indonesia's capital in 50 years was sworn in Nov. 19 despite loud protests from Islamic hard-liners who insisted Jakarta's top political job should go to a Muslim.
Soldiers of the Kachin Independence Army in Laisa, Myanmar, in November 2013 (AP file photo)
Myanmar's Kachin rebels say 23 cadets killed by army shell
YANGON, Myanmar--A Myanmar army shell killed 23 cadets of an ethnic insurgent group in the deadliest attack since a ceasefire agreement broke down in 2011, the group's deputy commander said on Nov. 20.
U.S. President Barack Obama, left, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, center, and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shake hands at the start of their meeting in Brisbane, Australia, on Nov. 16. (AP Photo)
With eye on China, Obama seeks closer security ties with Japan, Australia
BRISBANE, Australia—Eyeing Chinese aggression, President Barack Obama and the prime ministers of Japan and Australia committed on Nov. 16 to deepen their military cooperation and work together on strengthening maritime security in the Asia Pacific.
Smoke rises from burning garbage as an Indian woman looks for recyclable material near resting greater adjutant storks at a dumping site on the outskirts of Gauhati, India Nov. 14. (AP Photo)
US-China climate pact puts pressure on India to act
NEW DELHI--This week's China-U.S. climate agreement between the world's top two polluting countries puts pressure on India, No. 3 on the list, to become more energy efficient and should encourage investment in renewable energy.
U.S. President Barack Obama, left, stands with Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi at her home in Yangon, Myanmar, on Nov. 14 (AP Photo)
Obama, in Myanmar, criticizes rule preventing Suu Kyi run
YANGON, Myanmar—U.S. President Barack Obama gave a blunt assessment on Nov. 14 of the need for further reform in Myanmar's move toward democracy, weighing into sensitive controversies over the treatment of religious minorities and a prohibition keeping opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi from running for president.
U.S. President Barack Obama, center, shakes hands with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, third from right, during a group photo session at the 9th East Asia Summit on Nov. 13 in Naypyitaw, Myanmar. Second from left is Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang. (AP Photo)
China offers ASEAN friendship, loans as South China Sea tension bubbles
NAYPYITAW--China's Prime Minister Li Keqiang proposed a friendship treaty with Southeast Asian countries and offered $20 billion in loans on Nov. 13 but held firm on the line that Beijing will only settle South China Sea disputes directly with other claimants.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe meets with leaders of ASEAN members in Naypyidaw, Myanmar, on Nov. 12. (Makoto Igarashi)
Abe pledges aggressive infrastructure support to ASEAN members
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe voiced his intention to aggressively provide assistance for infrastructure projects in Southeast Asia, his latest move to counter efforts by China to gain influence in the region.
Local children light candles for victims of Typhoon Haiyan on Nov. 8 in Tacloban, the Philippines. (Shingo Kuzutani)
PHOTO: Locals hold 24-km candlelight service on 1st anniversary of deadly typhoon
TACLOBAN, Philippines--Local residents here held a somber candlelight memorial for victims of Typhoon Haiyan on Nov. 8, the first anniversary since the super typhoon pounded the central Philippines with giant waves and monster winds, killing thousands.
Aung San Suu Kyi (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Aung San Suu Kyi to make first visit to China next month
YANGON--Myanmar democracy activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi will visit China for the first time since her release from house arrest four years ago, the National League for Democracy said Nov. 4.
Shop manager Masayuki Shimizu, barber Atsushi Ota and receptionist Hong Trang in front of the Ginza Matsunaga shop in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, in July 2014. (Manabu Sasaki)
Japanese barber finds some customers want more than just a cut in Vietnam
HO CHI MINH CITY--In a city where haircuts are still mostly obtained out of a chair on a street corner, a Japanese barber has found a demand for old-fashioned pampering in an upscale shop.
Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi, left, greets Vietnam's Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh, who is also foreign minister, before a meeting on bilateral cooperation in Hanoi on Oct. 27. (AP Photo)
China, Vietnam call for lasting solution to sea dispute
HANOI/ BEIJING--China and Vietnam agreed on Oct. 27 to use an existing border dispute mechanism to find a solution to a territorial dispute in the South China Sea, saying they did not want it to affect relations.
Cambodian workers peel off seals from used Japanese comic books in a factory in Phnom Penh on Aug. 29. (Manabu Sasaki)
Used Japanese comic books refurbished in Cambodia, get new life back home
PHNOM PENH--In a factory here in the nation's capital, a 19-year-old worker is standing in front of a pile of Japanese comic books on a worktable, applying oil to their price tag labels to soften them.
In this file photo, hospital personnel with the help of the relatives of the avalanche victims, shift the body of a victim onto a stretcher at a morgue at Teaching Hospital in Katmandu, Nepal. (AP Photo)
Nepal vows new safety rules for trekkers after deaths of 41 killed in blizzard, avalanches
KATMANDU--Nepal on Oct. 21 said it will introduce new rules, improve weather forecasts and better monitor the movement of trekkers after the Himalayan country's worst hiking disaster left dozens dead last week.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo, center, shouts "freedom" while raising his fist as he delivers his speech during his inauguration ceremony as the country's seventh president at the parliament building in Jakarta on Oct. 20. (AP Photo)
Reform-minded outsider Widodo takes the reins as new Indonesian president
JAKARTA--Indonesia's Joko Widodo took over as president of the world's third-largest democracy on Oct. 20, with supporters' hopes high but pressing economic problems and skeptical rivals set to test the former furniture businessman.
In this photo provided by the Nepalese army, a Nepalese army soldier searches for avalanche victims at Thorong La pass area in Nepal on Oct. 19. (AP Photo)
Nepal closes trekking route after 38 die in storm
KATMANDU, Nepal--Nepalese officials closed a section of a popular Himalayan trekking route on Oct. 19 after rescuers, overwhelmed with last week's snowstorms that killed at least 38 people, had to save new hikers who set out after the blizzards on the same deadly trails.
An injured avalanche victim from Israel hugs a friend after boarding an ambulance to head homewards at Ciwec Clinic in Katmandu, Nepal, on Oct. 18. (AP Photo)
Nepal snow storm death toll reaches 38 as rescuers spot 9 more bodies on trekking trail
KATMANDU, Nepal--A rescue helicopter spotted nine more bodies Oct. 18 on a trekking trail in northern Nepal, bringing the death toll to 38 from this week's series of snow storms and avalanches in the worst hiking disaster in the Himalayan nation.
Destroyed Buddhist petroglyphs from Chilas, Pakistan, in September 2014 (Provided by Hazara University)
New dam threatens 2,000-year-old Buddhist engravings in Pakistan
As the region of Chilas in northern Pakistan shakes under construction of a dam and renovation of a highway, centuries-old engravings from the early days of Buddhism carved on boulders may be lost forever, according to local archaeologists.
Remains dug up by residents of Tui Khiang village from a site said to be the location of Japanese soldiers' graves in Chin State, western Myanmar (Naoyuki Fukuda)
Time running out to find remains of Japanese soldiers from disastrous Battle of Imphal
TUI KHIANG, Myanmar--Seventy years have passed since the Battle of Imphal, where 30,000 Imperial Japanese Army soldiers were killed in action. In Chin, a state in western Myanmar where defeated Japanese troops passed through, the first serious effort in roughly 40 years to collect remains is set to begin.

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