Asia http://wnpr.org en 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 & L. Carol Ritchie 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' Something Cool: Photos Of Huge Snow Sculptures In China http://wnpr.org/post/something-cool-photos-huge-snow-sculptures-china The 26th Harbin International Snow Sculpture Art Expo is in full swing in China. Known as the largest festival of its kind the world, it's always pretty spectacular.<p>We thought we'd round up some pictures to give you a sense of the wonder: <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2013 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Something+Cool%3A+Photos+Of+Huge+Snow+Sculptures+In+China&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODM0MDY4MDEyMTY4NDA3MzI3YjkzMw004)"/></div><p> Sun, 22 Dec 2013 19:41:00 +0000 editor 14370 at http://wnpr.org Something Cool: Photos Of Huge Snow Sculptures In China Battle Of The Bottom Feeder: U.S., Vietnam In Catfish Fight http://wnpr.org/post/battle-bottom-feeder-us-vietnam-catfish-fight Bill Battle peers through the window of a pickup truck at his catfish farm, Pride of the Pond, near Tunica, Miss. The land is pancake-flat, broken up by massive ponds, some holding up to 100,000 pounds of catfish.<p>Cormorants fly low over the ponds, keeping an eye out for whiskered, smooth-skinned fish. Battle keeps a shotgun in the front seat; business is hard enough without the birds cutting into his profit.<p>Battle has been catfish farming for more than three decades. Catfish has always been popular in the South, but its popularity took off throughout the country in the 1980s. Mon, 16 Dec 2013 07:49:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 14006 at http://wnpr.org Battle Of The Bottom Feeder: U.S., Vietnam In Catfish Fight State TV: Chinese Spacecraft Makes Soft Landing On The Moon http://wnpr.org/post/state-tv-chinese-spacecraft-makes-soft-landing-moon A Chinese spacecraft made a soft landing on the surface of the moon on Saturday, China's state television is reporting.<p><a href="http://english.cntv.cn/live/">Televised images showed</a> the control room at the Aerospace Control Center in Beijing erupted into applause at about 8:10 a.m. ET. Sat, 14 Dec 2013 15:35:00 +0000 Eyder Peralta 13955 at http://wnpr.org State TV: Chinese Spacecraft Makes Soft Landing On The Moon Colonel Killed in Action to Receive Full Military Burial Friday http://wnpr.org/post/colonel-killed-action-receive-full-military-burial-friday <p>The remains of an Air Force colonel from New Haven <a href="http://www.1dayforthekia.org/col-francis-j-mcgouldrick" target="_blank">missing during the Vietnam War</a> have been identified and will be buried with full military honors in Arlington National Cemetery, according to the Department of Defense.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 13:28:37 +0000 Heather Brandon 13695 at http://wnpr.org Colonel Killed in Action to Receive Full Military Burial Friday Many Still Struggling in the Philippines http://wnpr.org/post/many-still-struggling-philippines <p>Stamford-based AmeriCares said it has shipped over $3 million in medical aid to the Philippines, with more to come.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 16:58:16 +0000 Ray Hardman 13464 at http://wnpr.org Many Still Struggling in the Philippines U.S. Flies B-52s Through China's Proclaimed Airspace http://wnpr.org/post/reports-us-flies-b-52s-through-chinas-proclaimed-airspace "A pair of American B-52 bombers flew over a disputed island chain in the East China Sea" on Monday, <a href="http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303281504579221993719005178" target="_blank">according to <em>The Wall Street Journal</em></a>, "in a direct challenge to China and its establishment of an expanded air-defense zone."<p>Citing "U.S. officials" as its sources, the <em>Journal</em> adds that Chinese authorities were not told in advance of the planes' flights.<p><strong>Update at 7 p.m. Tue, 26 Nov 2013 17:48:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 13023 at http://wnpr.org U.S. Flies B-52s Through China's Proclaimed Airspace Coming Home From Typhoon Haiyan http://wnpr.org/post/coming-home-typhoon-haiyan <p>Typhoon Haiyan reportedly killed more than 4,000 people and affected millions more when it struck the Philippines nearly two weeks ago. Among those touched by the storm were Jack and Fe Shanahan, a Connecticut couple with a home in one of the heavily affected towns.</p><p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 20:05:08 +0000 Jeff Cohen 12739 at http://wnpr.org Coming Home From Typhoon Haiyan AmeriCares Ships $1 Million in Medical Aid to the Philippines http://wnpr.org/post/americares-ships-1-million-medical-aid-philippines <p>Nearly two weeks ago Typhoon Haiyan, perhaps the strongest storm on record, ravaged the Philippines. Survivors in the hardest-hit parts of that island nation are still in need of the most basic supplies, like food, water and shelter. On Wednesday, Philippine officials estimated the death toll from the storm at 4,000.</p><p>Stamford, Connecticut-based AmeriCares has been in the Philippines since the day after the typhoon, delivering medical supplies, and helping to rebuild hospitals.</p><p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 18:25:11 +0000 Ray Hardman & Heather Brandon 12726 at http://wnpr.org AmeriCares Ships $1 Million in Medical Aid to the Philippines China Unveils Major Economic Changes http://wnpr.org/post/china-unveils-major-economic-changes We told you this morning about <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/11/15/245378020/china-eases-one-child-policy-ends-re-education-camps">changes announced in China</a> regarding the country's one-child policy, as well as an announcement that it was ending its system of labor camps. Fri, 15 Nov 2013 14:11:00 +0000 editor 12450 at http://wnpr.org China Unveils Major Economic Changes China Eases One-Child Policy, Ends Labor Camp System http://wnpr.org/post/china-eases-one-child-policy-ends-labor-camp-system China announced Friday that it is loosening its decades-old one-child policy, and abolishing its system of "re-education through labor" camps.<p>In order to have a second child, one parent would have to be an only child under the new rules. Fri, 15 Nov 2013 13:29:00 +0000 editor 12442 at http://wnpr.org China Eases One-Child Policy, Ends Labor Camp System