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A policeman wounded in the rescue operation evacuates with the help of his colleagues from Radisson Blu hotel, Bamako, Mali, Nov. 20, 2015. At least 22 people were killed on Friday after Malian forces staged a rescue mission to free hostages held by gunmen at Radisson Blu hotel in capital Bamako. Three Chinese citizens were killed and four other rescued in the attack, the Chinese Embassy in Mali confirmed to Xinhua on Friday. (Xinhua)

Nov. 20 Asia-Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT

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NEW DELHI -- All Indians trapped inside a Mali hotel had been evacuated by a joint team of UN, Mali and French soldiers on...
trade

Nov. 9 Asia-Pacific news summary at 1630 GMT

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CANBERRA -- The Australian Senate on Monday passes legislations surrounding the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA), clearing the final hurdle to enact the agreement....
Australia

Oct. 30 Asia-Pacific news summary at 1000 GMT

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CANBERRA -- Australia is expected to secure a vital free trade agreement with India before the end of the year, according to Trade Minister...
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

Oct. 28 Asia-Pacific News Summary at 1000 GMT

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SEOUL -- South Korean President Park Geun-hye and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will hold their first one-on-one summit in Seoul next week on...
China and Japan

Oct. 13 Asia-Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT

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TOKYO -- Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi and Head of the Japanese national security council Yachi Shotaro co-chaired the second China-Japan high-level political dialogue...
Photo taken on April 10, 2015 shows a general view of the Kabul city in Kabul, Afghanistan. (Xinhua/Ahmad Massoud)

Oct. 12 Asia-Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT

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BAMYAN, Afghanistan -- An army helicopter crashed in Afghanistan's central Bamyan province, killing two on board and injuring five others, spokesman for provincial government...
Australia

Oct. 9 Asia-Pacific news summary at 1000 GMT

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SYDNEY -- Senior officers from Australia and 19 other nations attended the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against ships in...

Oct. 4 Asia-Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT

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MANILA -- Over 120 fishermen remained missing in Ilocos region of northern Philippines even as Tropical Storm Mujigae (local name: Kabayan) has exited the...

Sept. 29 Asia-Pacific news summary at 1000 GMT

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NEW DELHI -- India's central bank, the Reserve Bank of India ( RBI), Tuesday cut its short-term lending rate by 50 basis points to...

Sept. 25 Asia-Pacific news summary at 1000 GMT

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SEOUL -- South Korea's multi-billion-U.S. dollar project to develop homegrown fighter jets was under the presidential office's investigation after the United States rejected the...
drones

Sept. 23 Asia-Pacific news summary at 1030 GMT

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SEOUL -- South Korea's arms acquisition agency said Wednesday that drones will be deployed to frontline units for surveillance of military activity of the...
Chinese commandos land on a "trade ship" from a helicopter as they take part in a joint escort exercise during Chinese and Malaysian first joint military drill, coded "Peace and Friendship 2015", in the Malacca Strait, Sept. 19, 2015. (Xinhua/Jiang Long) (zw)

Sept. 22 Asia-Pacific news summary at 1630 GMT

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SELANGOR, Malaysia -- The first joint military exercise between China and Malaysia, coded "Peace and Friendship 2015," wrapped up here on Tuesday, with both...

Sept. 21 Asia-Pacific news summary at 1045 GMT

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GHAZNI, Afghanistan -- A rocket fired by Taliban militants killed two children and injured seven others including four children in Ghazni province on Monday,...
Photo taken on April 10, 2015 shows a general view of the Kabul city in Kabul, Afghanistan. (Xinhua/Ahmad Massoud)

Sept. 16 Asia-Pacific news summary at 1100 GMT

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JAKARTA -- A powerful undersea quake measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale jolted eastern parts of Indonesia on Wednesday, but no tsunami warning was...

Sept. 14 Asia-Pacific news summary at 0630 GMT

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TOKYO -- Visitors around Mount Aso, a volcano and a tourist spot located in Kumamoto Prefecture in southwest Japan, have been ordered to evacuate...

Sept. 10 Asia-Pacific news summary at 1000 GMT

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NEW DELHI -- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday hit back at the country's main opposition Congress party chief Sonia Gandhi, barely two...
INDIAN FLAG

Sept. 9 Asia-Pacific news summary at 1000 GMT

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PHNOM PENH -- Indian Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari will pay an official visit to Cambodia from Sept. 15 to 17, where he will...
Volcano

Sept. 8 Asia-Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT

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JAKARTA -- Mount Gamalama volcano in eastern Indonesia erupted on Tuesday, spewing a column of ash by up to 1,000 meters to the sky,...
Japan Flag

Sept. 8 Asia-Pacific news summary at 0600 GMT

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TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was re-elected as the ruling Liberal Democratic Party's (LDP) chief without a vote as nobody filed candidacy...
Photo taken on April 10, 2015 shows a general view of the Kabul city in Kabul, Afghanistan. (Xinhua/Ahmad Massoud)

Sept. 7 Asia-Pacific news summary at 1630 GMT

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LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan -- Some 15 police personnel were feared killed overnight Sunday after coalition forces mistakenly attacked their vehicles in Afghanistan's southern province...

Sept. 7 Asia-Pacific news summary at 0630 GMT

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CANBERRA -- Australia's Treasurer Joe Hockey has warned colleagues that if the opposition blocks the China-Australia free trade agreement, China could walk away from...

Sept. 2 Asia-Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT

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BANGKOK -- A Thai court on Wednesday approved an arrest warrant for the eighth suspect in two recent bomb attacks in Bangkok, local media...

Aug. 31 Asia-Pacific news summary at 1000 GMT

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BANGKOK -- Thai authorities are hunting for a Thai woman after bomb-making materials were found in her rented apartment in Bangkok's Min Buri district,...
Australia

Aug. 28 Asia-Pacific News Summary at 1000 GMT

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SYDNEY -- Australians in remote areas shouldn 't hold their breath for the government to subsidize the cost of high quality, fresh food, Australian...
Tony Abbott

Aug. 28 Asia-Pacific news summary at 0600 GMT

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SYDNEY -- Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has urged the country's political opposition to listen to "decent" people like their former leader and Prime...

Aug. 25 Asia-Pacific news summary at 0630 GMT

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SYDNEY -- Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O'Neill is rolling out drought relief to the country's worst affected areas as the pacific nation...
India

Aug. 24 Asia-Pacific News Summary at 1000 GMT

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SRINAGAR, Indian-controlled Kashmir -- An Indian Air Force (IAF) MiG-21 crashed Monday in Indian-controlled Kashmir, officials said. According to officials, both...

Aug. 19 Asia-Pacific News Summary at 1000 GMT

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CANBERRA -- The French-led investigation team examining a flaperon found in La Reunion Island has concluded the first phase of inspection work, Australian Joint...
Australia

Aug. 14 Asia-Pacific news summary at 0600 GMT

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SYDNEY -- Australian port workers sacked last week via Internet will head back to work on Friday after winning a temporary reprieve, successfully arguing...
bombing

Aug. 10 Asia-Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT

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KABUL -- At least four people were killed and 15 others wounded after a suicide car bombing ripped through the front gate of Afghan...