Asia http://wnpr.org en Want Time Off To Watch The World Cup? China Has Just What The Doctor Ordered http://wnpr.org/post/want-time-watch-world-cup-china-has-just-what-doctor-ordered Need time off from work to watch the World Cup? If you're in China, no problem. Online stores there are providing fake doctor's notes — even extensive falsified medical records — to get you days of sick leave so you can enjoy your favorite teams.<p>The service may be particularly appealing, given the time difference with World Cup host Brazil. China is 11 hours ahead of Rio. So if you want to catch opening matches, you have to start watching at midnight, Shanghai time.<p>I'm not a big soccer fan, but I wanted to order my own doctor's note just to see how the process works. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 16:34:53 +0000 Frank Langfitt 23514 at http://wnpr.org Want Time Off To Watch The World Cup? China Has Just What The Doctor Ordered Japan Says It Wants To Resume Larger Annual Whale Hunt http://wnpr.org/post/japan-says-it-wants-resume-larger-annual-whale-hunt Japan, which earlier this year said it would scale back what it has described as "research whaling," is signaling that it wants to go back to a larger hunt.<p>"I want to aim for the resumption of commercial whaling by conducting whaling research," Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said.<p>Japan, which is a signatory to a 1986 International Whaling Commission moratorium, has nonetheless continued to hunt cetaceans using a loophole in the ban that allows taking some whales for scientific purposes.<p>Despite the claims of science, the meat from Japan's annual hunt in the Antarctic and along its Pacific c Mon, 09 Jun 2014 23:04:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 23336 at http://wnpr.org Japan Says It Wants To Resume Larger Annual Whale Hunt Karachi's Airport Reopens, One Day After Terrorist Attack http://wnpr.org/post/karachis-airport-reopen-one-day-after-terrorist-attack One day after it was the scene of a terrorist assault that left at least 23 people dead, the largest airport in Pakistan reopened for business Monday afternoon.<p>Gunmen who were reportedly disguised as security guards attacked Karachi's international airport in the middle of the night Sunday, and several explosions were heard in the fighting that followed.<p>The 10 attackers are among the dead at Jinnah International Airport, officials say. Mon, 09 Jun 2014 11:35:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 23282 at http://wnpr.org Karachi's Airport Reopens, One Day After Terrorist Attack North Korea Says It Has Detained Another U.S. Tourist http://wnpr.org/post/north-korea-says-it-has-detained-another-us-tourist North Korea said Friday that it has detained an American tourist, which if confirmed would bring the number of U.S. Fri, 06 Jun 2014 16:40:12 +0000 Camila Domonoske 23187 at http://wnpr.org North Korea Says It Has Detained Another U.S. Tourist For One Soldier At Tiananmen, A Day 'Never Forgotten' http://wnpr.org/post/one-soldier-tiananmen-day-never-forgotten Hour after hour passed as Chen Guang stood, gun trembling in his hands, behind the doors of Beijing's Great Hall of the people, waiting for the order to clear Tiananmen Square of its student protesters.<p>It was 1989, and Chen was a 17-year-old soldier from a small town whose life was changed by his role in the bloody crackdown. Mon, 02 Jun 2014 07:36:00 +0000 Louisa Lim 22893 at http://wnpr.org For One Soldier At Tiananmen, A Day 'Never Forgotten' Coup In Thailand: Military Seizes Control Of Country http://wnpr.org/post/coup-thailand-military-seizes-control-country Thailand's army is now running the country. Two days after declaring martial law — and saying it wasn't staging a coup — the military has changed its mind, Thailand's army chief says.<p>Gen. Thu, 22 May 2014 11:53:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 22303 at http://wnpr.org Coup In Thailand: Military Seizes Control Of Country Attack On Street Market In Northwest China Kills 31 http://wnpr.org/post/attack-street-market-northwest-china-kills-31 A coordinated attack on an outdoor market in northwest China has left 31 people dead and dozens wounded, prompting promises of a vigorous government response. Bombs and cars were used to inflict damage on people at the market.<p>The Chinese government called the early morning attack in Urumqi, the capital of the Xinjiang region, a "serious violent terrorist incident of a particularly vile nature," according to The Associated Press. Thu, 22 May 2014 11:06:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 22302 at http://wnpr.org Attack On Street Market In Northwest China Kills 31 Thai Army Declares Martial Law But Says It's No Coup http://wnpr.org/post/thai-army-declares-martial-law-says-its-no-coup Thailand's army has declared martial law less than two weeks after <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/05/07/310371675/thai-court-removes-prime-minister-yingluck-from-office">Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra was thrown out of office</a> by the country's Constitutional Court.<p>The Associated Press reports:<p><blockquote><p>"The army said in a statement that it had taken the action to 'keep peace and order,' and soldiers entered several private television stations that are sympathetic to protesters.<p>"A ticker on Channel 5, an army station, however, denied the military was taki Mon, 19 May 2014 23:57:17 +0000 Scott Neuman 22145 at http://wnpr.org Thai Army Declares Martial Law But Says It's No Coup Long-Lost Wreck Off San Francisco Recalls Anti-Chinese History http://wnpr.org/post/long-lost-wreck-san-francisco-recalls-anti-chinese-history Rewind to the year 1888: The 202-foot SS City of Chester, departing San Francisco harbor in thick fog, is nearly cut in two by the much larger liner Oceanic, arriving from Hong Kong. Within six minutes, the smaller ship disappears under the turbulent current near the site of the present-day Golden Gate Bridge, claiming 16 lives.<p>Now, fast-forward to Wednesday: <a href="http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2014/20140423_cityofchester_shipwreck.html">NOAA says</a> it's found the wreck of the City of Chester, which still ranks among San Francisco's worst maritime disasters. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:35:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 20722 at http://wnpr.org Long-Lost Wreck Off San Francisco Recalls Anti-Chinese History U.S. Says It's Monitoring For Possible North Korea Nuclear Test http://wnpr.org/post/us-says-its-monitoring-possible-north-korea-nuclear-test The United States is urging North Korea to refrain from a new nuclear test amid indications of "heightened activity" at Pyongyang's Punggye-ri test site.<p>"We have certainly seen the press reports ... regarding possible increased activity in North Korea's nuclear test site," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 22:52:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 20610 at http://wnpr.org U.S. Says It's Monitoring For Possible North Korea Nuclear Test Captains Uncourageous: Abandoning Ship Long Seen As A Crime http://wnpr.org/post/captains-uncourageous-abandoning-ship-long-seen-crime Cowardice comes in many forms, but there's a special sense of shame reserved for captains who abandon ship.<p>South Korean authorities <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/04/18/ferry-captain-left-third-mate-at-helm-korea-prosecutor/7855637/">have arrested</a> Capt. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:26:00 +0000 Alan Greenblatt 20392 at http://wnpr.org Captains Uncourageous: Abandoning Ship Long Seen As A Crime Japan Says It Will Temporarily Scale Back Whale Hunt http://wnpr.org/post/japan-says-it-will-temporarily-scale-back-whale-hunt Japan says it will kill fewer whales when its seasonal Pacific hunt begins next week and will only observe whales in the Antarctic, after a U.N. court ordered it to stop taking the marine mammals from the Southern Ocean.<p>Fisheries Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi said the Pacific catch target would be lowered to about 210 from the current 380. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:18:01 +0000 Scott Neuman 20387 at http://wnpr.org Japan Says It Will Temporarily Scale Back Whale Hunt Tragedy Atop The World: Everest Avalanche Kills At Least 12 http://wnpr.org/post/tragedy-atop-world-everest-avalanche-kills-least-12 At least 12 Sherpa guides died Friday on Nepal's side of Mount Everest when an avalanche buried them on the world's tallest mountain.<p>The death toll may go higher: <a href="http://www.thehimalayantimes.com/fullNews.php?headline=At+least+12+killed+in+Everest+avalanche&NewsID=412101" target="_blank"><em>The Himalayan Times</em> reports</a> that while 12 bodies have been recovered, an additional body "has been sighted buried in the snow," and that as the day ended another five Sherpas were still missing. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:56:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 20363 at http://wnpr.org Tragedy Atop The World: Everest Avalanche Kills At Least 12 Rescue Crews Dive For Hundreds Still Missing After Ferry Accident http://wnpr.org/post/hundreds-missing-after-ferry-sinks-south-korea-coast <h6>This post is being updated as news comes in.</h6><p>Unsuccessful in their attempts to find the missing in a sunken ferry off the southern coast of South Korea overnight, rescue divers resumed their search at day break Thursday, Jason Strother reports from Seoul.<p>A day after the boat began to sink, the cause of the accident is unclear and less than half of the passengers who were on board have been rescued, Strother tells NPR's Newscast Desk.<p>Most of those unaccounted for are high school students who were on a trip to a resort island.<p>The ship, which left the city of Incheon on South Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:03:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 20230 at http://wnpr.org Rescue Crews Dive For Hundreds Still Missing After Ferry Accident Indian Actors Dust Off Ancient Sanskrit Drama at Yale http://wnpr.org/post/indian-actors-dust-ancient-sanskrit-drama-yale <p>A troupe of actors from Kerala, India will perform an ancient, traditional drama known as Kudiyattam <a href="http://ism.yale.edu/event/guest-artist-nepathya-balivadham-kutiyattam">this weekend in New Haven.</a></p><p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 14:45:00 +0000 Ray Hardman 19590 at http://wnpr.org Indian Actors Dust Off Ancient Sanskrit Drama at Yale Feathers Fly As Top Turkish Officials Square Off Over Twitter Ban http://wnpr.org/post/feathers-fly-top-turkish-officials-square-over-twitter-ban A move by embattled Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/21/turkey-twitter-users-flout-ban-erdogan">shut down Twitter</a> in Turkey looks to be backfiring. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 15:12:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 18812 at http://wnpr.org Feathers Fly As Top Turkish Officials Square Off Over Twitter Ban Last Words From Cockpit May Be Clue To Jet's Disappearance http://wnpr.org/post/last-words-cockpit-may-be-clue-jets-disappearance <h6>We're updating this post as new information comes in.</h6><p>There's still no sign of <a href="http://www.npr.org/tags/287635756/malaysia-airlines" target="_blank">Malaysia Airlines Flight 370</a> or the 239 people on board.<p>The plane went missing March 8, less than an hour after taking off from Kuala Lumpur on what was supposed to be about a six-hour flight to Beijing.<p>It's thought the jet turned west, crossing back over Malaysia, before heading either north or south for at least six more hours. Mon, 17 Mar 2014 12:23:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 18547 at http://wnpr.org Last Words From Cockpit May Be Clue To Jet's Disappearance Flight 370: Investigators Seek Help, Motive For Jet's Disappearance http://wnpr.org/post/flight-370-investigators-seek-help-motive-jets-disappearance Malaysian officials are asking more than a dozen nations to help find the jetliner that went missing last weekend. The search area for the Boeing 777 was widely expanded Saturday; investigators are now looking for potential motives among the plane's crew and passengers to disrupt the flight.<p>The new call for help comes after ships and planes spent days looking for signs of the plane in the South China Sea. Sun, 16 Mar 2014 15:11:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 18515 at http://wnpr.org Flight 370: Investigators Seek Help, Motive For Jet's Disappearance Prime Minister: 'Deliberate Action' Disabled Missing Jet's Systems http://wnpr.org/post/prime-minister-deliberate-action-disabled-missing-jet-transponder Malaysia's prime minister says he is now certain that someone disabled the communication systems on the passenger jet that disappeared last week with 239 people aboard.<p>The missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 flew more than six and a half hours after its last communication with air traffic control, Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak said in a news conference early Saturday.<p>"These movements are consistent with deliberate action by someone on the plane," he said.<p>Investigators have now "refocused" their efforts on the plane's crew and passengers, Razak said. Sat, 15 Mar 2014 11:05:00 +0000 NPR Staff 18465 at http://wnpr.org Prime Minister: 'Deliberate Action' Disabled Missing Jet's Systems Boeing 777 Pilots: It's Not Easy To Disable Onboard Communications http://wnpr.org/post/boeing-777-pilots-its-not-easy-disable-onboard-communications Commercial aviation pilots tell NPR that they would have no idea how to disable all the systems designed to automatically communicate with ground stations, though they could probably figure it out from checklists and other documentation available aboard an aircraft.<p>Aircraft such as the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777, which disappeared over the Gulf of Thailand a week ago, are equipped with transponders that give their position to air traffic control. The transponders can be switched off with a flick of a switch. Fri, 14 Mar 2014 22:12:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 18461 at http://wnpr.org Boeing 777 Pilots: It's Not Easy To Disable Onboard Communications Missing Jet Reportedly Kept Sending Signals For 5 1/2 Hours http://wnpr.org/post/where-flight-mh370-clues-point-different-directions <strong>Update at 10:20 a.m. Fri, 14 Mar 2014 11:21:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 18421 at http://wnpr.org Missing Jet Reportedly Kept Sending Signals For 5 1/2 Hours Officials Dispute Report That Malaysian Jet Kept Flying For Hours http://wnpr.org/post/officials-dispute-report-malaysian-jet-kept-flying-hours <h6>This post is being updated.</h6><p>Just a few hours after a stunning report from <em>The Wall Street Journal</em> — headlined "<a href="http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304914904579434653903086282?mod=WSJ_hpp_LEFTTopStories&mg=reno64-wsj&url=http%3A%2F%2Fonline.wsj.com%2Farticle%2FSB10001424052702304914904579434653903086282.html%3Fmod%3DWSJ_hpp_LEFTTopStories" target="_blank">U.S. Thu, 13 Mar 2014 11:37:07 +0000 Mark Memmott 18354 at http://wnpr.org Officials Dispute Report That Malaysian Jet Kept Flying For Hours 'Trying To Make Sense' Of Malaysian Jetliner's Disappearance http://wnpr.org/post/trying-make-sense-malaysian-jetliners-disappearance <h6>This post is being updated throughout the day Sunday.</h6><p>After a second day of frantic searching failed to uncover the fate of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, ships and aircraft are combing over parts of the Gulf of Thailand and South China Sea where the jetliner is suspected of crashing with 239 people aboard more than 48 hours ago.<p>Vietnamese officials say search planes have spotted an object that could be debris from the jet — but darkness fell in Asia hours ago, complicating any attempts to verify or expand on that claim.<p>The flight's disappearance is a mystery that was deepene Sun, 09 Mar 2014 12:36:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 18117 at http://wnpr.org 'Trying To Make Sense' Of Malaysian Jetliner's Disappearance Knife Gang Attacks China Rail Station, Killing Dozens http://wnpr.org/post/knife-gang-attacks-china-rail-station-killing-dozens <strong>This post was updated at 9:20 p.m. ET.</strong><p>A gang of 10 knife-wielding men killed at least 29 people and wounded 130 others at a train station in southern China in what the government is describing as a "violent terror attack," Xinhua News Agency reports.<p>Four of the assailants were also killed by police, reports the Associated Press. One suspect was arrested.<p>Kunming Railway Station in Yunnan province was the site of the gruesome melee. Sat, 01 Mar 2014 19:03:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 17754 at http://wnpr.org Knife Gang Attacks China Rail Station, Killing Dozens Chinese Paper Calls Outgoing U.S. Envoy 'Yellow-Skinned, White-Hearted Banana Man' http://wnpr.org/post/chinese-paper-calls-outgoing-us-envoy-yellow-skinned-white-hearted-banana-man Gary Locke may have won over ordinary Chinese with his conduct in the country, but not everyone was impressed with the first Chinese-American to serve as the U.S. envoy to China.<p>NPR's Anthony Kuhn reported Friday for our Newscast unit about <a href="http://www.chinanews.com/gn/2014/02-27/5892576.shtml#0-tsina-1-40808-397232819ff9a47a7b7e80a40613cfe1" target="_blank">an opinion piece in <em>China News</em>, a Chinese state media outlet,</a> that called Locke, the outgoing U.S. Sat, 01 Mar 2014 13:32:00 +0000 Krishnadev Calamur 17706 at http://wnpr.org Chinese Paper Calls Outgoing U.S. Envoy 'Yellow-Skinned, White-Hearted Banana Man' Once Again, North Korea Fires Missiles To Send Message http://wnpr.org/post/once-again-north-korea-fires-missiles-send-message "North Korea fired four projectiles believed to be short-range ballistic missiles off its southeast coast Thursday," <a href="http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/northkorea/2014/02/27/0401000000AEN20140227009300315.html" target="_blank">South Korea's Yonhap News Agency reports</a>, citing a "South Korean defense ministry official" as its source.<p><a href="http://www.trust.org/item/20140227120122-y6vhr/" target="_blank">Reuters notes that</a> "the firing came days after the beginning of annual joint U.S. Thu, 27 Feb 2014 12:52:12 +0000 Mark Memmott 17638 at http://wnpr.org Once Again, North Korea Fires Missiles To Send Message Chinese Flock To The Countryside For A More Authentic New Year http://wnpr.org/post/chinese-flock-countryside-more-authentic-new-year China goes back to work Friday after a weeklong holiday marking the Year of the Horse. Thu, 06 Feb 2014 08:25:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 16544 at http://wnpr.org Chinese Flock To The Countryside For A More Authentic New Year In Pakistan, Another Bhutto Joins The Risky Family Business http://wnpr.org/post/pakistan-another-bhutto-joins-risky-family-business His grandfather was hanged by a military dictator. His mother was assassinated. One of his uncles was slain by the police. Wed, 05 Feb 2014 19:22:09 +0000 Philip Reeves 16515 at http://wnpr.org In Pakistan, Another Bhutto Joins The Risky Family Business Dozens Injured By Blast At Anti-Government Rally In Thailand http://wnpr.org/post/dozens-injured-blast-anti-government-rally-thailand At least 28 people were injured when a blast went off during an anti-government rally in Bangkok, Thailand on Sunday.<p><a href="http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303802904579329913068806566"><em>The Wall Street Journal</em> reports</a> the attack raises fear that the political crisis in the country is worsening. Sun, 19 Jan 2014 13:13:00 +0000 Eyder Peralta 15662 at http://wnpr.org Dozens Injured By Blast At Anti-Government Rally In Thailand Dennis Rodman Defends North Korean 'Basketball Diplomacy' http://wnpr.org/post/dennis-rodman-defends-north-korean-basketball-diplomacy In a combative interview from North Korea, former NBA star Dennis Rodman defended his "basketball diplomacy" in the repressive country and seemed to imply that he believes American businessman Kenneth Bae, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/05/02/180539176/detained-u-s-citizen-gets-15-years-hard-labor-in-north-korea">sentenced to 15 years' hard labor for allegedly trying to overthrow the Kim Jong Un regime</a>, is guilty.<p>Rodman <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/12/19/255557861/dennis-rodman-in-north-korea-to-open-doors-for-america">is in Pyongyang for his thir Tue, 07 Jan 2014 14:39:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 15071 at http://wnpr.org Dennis Rodman Defends North Korean 'Basketball Diplomacy'