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01-18 Six million attend outdoor Pope Francis' Mass Rizal Park, Manila
C. 01-20 AirAsia flight QZ8501 'climbed too fast' Jakarta
D. 02-03 35 dead as plane crashes into Taiwan river Keelung river, Taipei, Taiwan
4. 03-04 US ambassador to South Korea injured in slash attack Sejong Center, Seoul, South Korea
F. 03-13 Dozens feared dead after Cyclone Pam hits Vanuatu Vanuatu, Melanesia
6. 03-22 Singaporeans mourn death of founding father Lee Kuan Yew Singapore
7. 05-12 North Korea Defence Chief Hyon Yong-chol 'executed' North Korea
I. 05-13 72 dead in Philippines slipper factory fire Valanezuela, Manila
J. 06-01 Boat with more than 400 people aboard sinks in Yangtze River Jianli, Hubei, Southern China

Summary.     Click for More > Bangkok bomb: Attack aimed to kill foreigners Chinese stocks continue to tumble   Chinese stocks continued to tumble though elsewhere in Asia losses were less severe than analysts had feared after Monday's dramatic fall 22 buildings collapse in landslide in Shenzhen industrial park
  Six million attend outdoor Pope Francis' Mass   Pope Francis has celebrated an outdoor Mass in front of unprecedented crowds. That would be a record for a papal event AirAsia flight QZ8501 'climbed too fast' 35 dead as plane crashes into Taiwan river   A plane belonging to Taiwanese carrier TransAsia Airways has crash-landed. Ten people were injured. More than 50 people were onboard US ambassador to South Korea injured in slash attack Dozens feared dead after Cyclone Pam hits Vanuatu Singaporeans mourn death of founding father Lee Kuan Yew   The government announced that Lee, 91, 'passed away peacefully' early Monday at a Singapore hospital North Korea Defence Chief Hyon Yong-chol 'executed'  Defence Minister Hyon Yong-chol has been executed, South Korea's spy agency has told parliament, according to media reports 72 dead in Philippines slipper factory fire   Boat with more than 400 people aboard sinks in Yangtze River   Passenger ship The Eastern Star carrying more than 444 people sank overnight in southern China, and seven people have been rescued Casualties in Tianjin port city explosions Map of port Tianjin China
Jan.2  Indonesia  More bodies of AirAsia Flight 8501 victims found
Jan.7  Indonesia  Tail of crashed AirAsia plane found
Jan.11  Indonesia  Divers retrieve 1 black box from crashed AirAsia jet
Jan.12  Indonesia  AirAsia cockpit voice recorder found
Jan.18   Manila
Jan.20   Jakarta
Jan.24  Tokyo  Japan PM Abe condemns hostage 'death' video
Feb.3   Taiwan
Mar.4   South Korea
Mar.7  Malaysia  MH370: Malaysia committed to search, says PM
Mar.13   Melanesia
Mar.22   Singapore
Mar.28  Singapore  Lee Kuan Yew: Singapore holds for funeral procession
Apr.15  South Korea  South Korea remembers ferry dead
Apr.28  Indonesia  Indonesia executions: Australia recalls ambassador
May.12   North Korea
May.13   Manila
Jun.1   Southern China
Jun.2  Southern China  Cries for help heard from capsized boat in Yangtze River
Jun.4  Southern China  Workers turn capsized China ship upright
Jun.5  Malaysia  Earthquake injures 11 climbers, strands 137
Jun.7  South Korea  Sixth Mers death in S. Korea amid sharp rises in cases
Jun.17  Hong Kong  Hong Kong lawmakers reject Beijing poll plan
Jun.27  Taiwan  Fire injures 500 people attending party at Taiwan water park
Jun.30  Sumatra  Indonesia transport plane crash death toll rises
Jul.2  Taiwan  Taiwan TransAsia pilot shut wrong engine
Jul.7  Shanghai  Chinese shares fall another 8% despite more measures
Jul.9  Indonesia  Indonesia closes five airports as Mount Raung erupts
Aug.5  Japan  Hiroshima marks 70 years since atomic bomb
 Malaysia  MH370: Reunion debris is from missing plane, says Najib
Aug.7  Taiwan  Powerful Typhoon Soudelor slams into Taiwan
Aug.8  Southern China  Typhoon Soudelor lashes southeast China
Aug.9  Southern China  Typhoon Soudelor: Trail of damage in south-east China
Aug.10  Northern Japan  Japan restarts first nuclear power plant since Fukushima
 Beijing  China devalues yuan currency to three-year low
Aug.12   China
  Massive explosions have hit a warehouse storing dangerous and chemical goods in the port area, leaving at least 17 dead and hundreds more injured.    Pictures and video showed flames lighting up th...
Aug.14  South Korea  Japan and South Korea mark 70 years since end of WW2
Aug.15  China  Evacuations as sodium cyanide found
Aug.16  Indonesia  Indonesia passenger plane wreckage found in Papua
Aug.17   Bangkok
Aug.20  South Korea  South Korea evacuation after shelling on western border
Aug.24  South Korea  South and North Korea agree deal to reduce tensions
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Sep.2  Beijing  China military parade commemorates WW2 victory
Sep.10  Japan  City of Joso hit by 'unprecedented' rain
Oct.17  Philippines  Philippines battered as Typhoon Koppu barrels in
Oct.26  Southern China  US Navy destroyer to near disputed China islands
Oct.29  Beijing  China to end one-child policy and allow two
Nov.7  Singapore  China and Taiwan leaders hail historic talks
Dec.17  Beijing  Beijing issues second ever pollution red alert
Dec.20   Southern China
Dec.28  South Korea  'Comfort women': Japan and South Korea hail agreement
Dec.29  North Korea  North Korea official Kim Yang-gon killed in car crash
Dec.31  Japan  New Year: Celebrations mark start of 2016





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More bodies of AirAsia Flight 8501 victims found   Tail of crashed AirAsia plane found   Part of the tail of crashed AirAsia flight QZ8501 has been found in the Java Sea, Indonesian searchers say. The tail houses the black boxes Divers retrieve 1 black box from crashed AirAsia jet AirAsia cockpit voice recorder found   Six million attend outdoor Pope Francis' Mass Map of Rizal Park Philippines


January 2015 ... more > Top ^
Jan.1  Indonesia  AirAsia: Flight attendant is first victims buried
Jan.2   Indonesia
 Indonesia  2 large objects found in AirAsia wreckage hunt
Jan.3  Indonesia  AirAsia QZ8501: 'Big objects' found in fuselage search
 Indonesia  AirAsia QZ8501: Plane search enters second week
Jan.6  Indonesia  Tail of AirAsia plane located in Java Sea
Jan.7   Indonesia  
Jan.8  Indonesia  'Pings' detected in AirAsia search
Jan.10  Indonesia  AirAsia QZ8501: Plane tail lifted from seabed
Jan.11   Indonesia
Jan.12   Indonesia
Jan.14  Indonesia  Divers examine fuselage under Java Sea
Jan.17  Southern Philippines  Pope Francis cuts short visit to typhoon-hit Tacloban
Jan.18   Manila  
  Pope Francis has celebrated an outdoor Mass in front of unprecedented crowds. That would be a record for a papal event
 Pope Francis had dedicated the service in part to the victims of Typhoon Haiyan
Jan.20   Jakarta     AirAsia flight QZ8501 'climbed too fast'
  The AirAsia flight that crashed in the Java Sea, killing 162 people, climbed too fast before stalling, Indonesia's transport minister has said
Jan.24  Tokyo  Japan checking 'hostage death' video  Indonesia  Indonesian rescuers try to lift fuselage of crashed AirAsia jetliner   Tokyo Japan PM Abe condemns hostage 'death' video
Jan.29  Malaysia  Malaysia: MH370 passengers and crew 'presumed dead'

February 2015 ... more > Top ^
Feb.3   Taiwan   35 dead as plane crashes into Taiwan river
Map of Keelung river Taipei Taiwan
  A plane belonging to Taiwanese carrier TransAsia Airways has crash-landed. Ten people were injured. More than 50 people were onboard
 Data from the black box flight recorders retrieved from the wreckage suggests the pilots shut down one engine after the other lost power
Feb.8  Sichuan  China executes 'mafia-style' mining tycoon Liu Han

March 2015 ... more > Top ^
Mar.1  North Korea  N Korea opens fire as drills start Mar.4   South Korea   US ambassador to South Korea injured in slash attack
Map of Sejong Center Seoul South Korea
  Mark W. Lippert was slashed by a man screaming about Korean unification Thursday morning in Seoul, and his assailant was immediately detained
 Beijing  China premier unveils economic goals Mar.7   Malaysia MH370: Malaysia committed to search, says PM Mar.13   Melanesia     Dozens feared dead after Cyclone Pam hits Vanuatu Map of Vanuatu Melanesia
  The death toll from a category five tropical storm that has hit islands in the South Pacific could run into the dozens, the UN's relief agency says
Mar.14  Melanesia  Race to aid Vanuatu cyclone victims Mar.15  Malaysia  Stunt planes crash in Malaysia while practicing for show  Melanesia  Pam 'wiped out' Vanuatu development Mar.22   Singapore   Singaporeans mourn death of founding father Lee Kuan Yew
  The government announced that Lee, 91, 'passed away peacefully' early Monday at a Singapore hospital
 A frail Lee was hospitalized in early February with severe pneumonia
Mar.28   Singapore Lee Kuan Yew: Singapore holds for funeral procession


April 2015 ... more > Top ^
Apr.15   South Korea South Korea remembers ferry dead
Apr.28   Indonesia   Indonesia executions: Australia recalls ambassador   Australia has recalled its ambassador from Indonesia after two Australian men were executed for drug smuggling

May 2015 ... more > Top ^
May.12   North Korea   North Korea Defence Chief Hyon Yong-chol 'executed'
  Defence Minister Hyon Yong-chol has been executed, South Korea's spy agency has told parliament, according to media reports
May.13   Manila     72 dead in Philippines slipper factory fire
Map of Valanezuela Philippines
  The bodies had been recovered from inside the Kentex Manufacturing Corp. factory. At least 30 people had been injured
May.14  Southern Thailand  Thailand moves away stranded migrant boat May.18  Bangkok  Thai ex-PM Yingluck Shinawatra arrives for trial May.19  Malaysia  Asia boat migrants: Nations hold emergency meeting May.31  China  Solar Impulse plane begins marathon Pacific flight

June 2015 ... more > Top ^
Jun.1   Southern China     Boat with more than 400 people aboard sinks in Yangtze River
Map of Jianli Hubei China
  Passenger ship The Eastern Star carrying more than 444 people sank overnight in southern China, and seven people have been rescued
 Southern China  5 people dead and hundreds missing in Yangtze River Jun.2   Southern China Cries for help heard from capsized boat in Yangtze River  Southern China  Hopes fade of finding Yangtze survivors Jun.4   Southern China Workers turn capsized China ship upright Jun.5   Malaysia Earthquake injures 11 climbers, strands 137  Southern China  Yangtze ship disaster: 331 confirmed dead Jun.7   South Korea     Sixth Mers death in S. Korea amid sharp rises in cases   A sixth person has died after contracting Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (Mers) in South Korea, amid a sharp rise in infections Jun.17   Hong Kong Hong Kong lawmakers reject Beijing poll plan Jun.27   Taiwan Fire injures 500 people attending party at Taiwan water park Jun.29  Japan  Japan bullet train passenger starts fire injuring eight Jun.30   Sumatra   Indonesia transport plane crash death toll rises   Indonesian officials say 122 people are now known to have been on board a military Hercules C-130 plane which crashed in a residential area of...

July 2015 ... more > Top ^
Jul.2   Taiwan Taiwan TransAsia pilot shut wrong engine
Jul.7   Shanghai Chinese shares fall another 8% despite more measures Jul.9   Indonesia Indonesia closes five airports as Mount Raung erupts Jul.27  Shanghai  China shares continue to slide after historic sell-off  China  Mother killed in escalator incident Jul.31  Beijing  Beijing chosen to stage Winter Games

August 2015 ... more > Top ^
Aug.2  Malaysia  MH370: Malaysia urges debris vigilance after part found Aug.5   Japan     Hiroshima marks 70 years since atomic bomb   Residents in the Japanese city of Hiroshima are commemorating the 70th anniversary of the first atomic bomb being dropped by a US aircraft   Malaysia     MH370: Reunion debris is from missing plane, says Najib   Part of the aircraft wing found on Reunion Island is from the missing MH370 plane, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has confirmed Aug.7   Taiwan     Powerful Typhoon Soudelor slams into Taiwan   Soudelor made landfall Saturday morning just north of the city of Hualien on the east coast of the island, bringing fierce winds and torrential... Aug.8   Southern China   Typhoon Soudelor lashes southeast China   A typhoon was pounding southeast China late Saturday, leaving more than a million homes without power after lashing Taiwan  Japan  Japan remembers Nagasaki atomic bomb, 70 years on Aug.9   Southern China Typhoon Soudelor: Trail of damage in south-east China
Aug.10   Northern Japan Japan restarts first nuclear power plant since Fukushima   Beijing China devalues yuan currency to three-year low Aug.12   China   Casualties in Tianjin port city explosions Map of port Tianjin China
  Massive explosions have hit a warehouse storing dangerous and chemical goods in the port area, leaving at least 17 dead and hundreds more injured
 Pictures and video showed flames lighting up the sky, and buildings are said to have collapsed
Aug.13  China  Chemical specialists sent to Tianjin  China  Fires still burning after Tianjin blasts Aug.14   South Korea Japan and South Korea mark 70 years since end of WW2 Aug.15   China Evacuations as sodium cyanide found Aug.16   Indonesia   Indonesia passenger plane wreckage found in Papua   The wreckage of the Trigana Air flight carrying 54 people has been found in the remote western Papua region, officials say  China  China Tianjin explosions: Premier Li Keqiang visits scene Aug.17   Bangkok   Bangkok bomb: Attack aimed to kill foreigners Map of Erawan Shrine Bangkok Thailand
  Thailand's defence minister has said those who planted a bomb at a shrine deliberately targeted foreigners to harm tourism and the economy
Aug.20   South Korea South Korea evacuation after shelling on western border  North Korea  North Korea orders troops on war footing Aug.24   South Korea South and North Korea agree deal to reduce tensions   Shanghai   Chinese stocks continue to tumble
  Chinese stocks continued to tumble though elsewhere in Asia losses were less severe than analysts had feared after Monday's dramatic fall


September 2015 ... more > Top ^
Sep.2   Beijing China military parade commemorates WW2 victory
Sep.10   Japan City of Joso hit by 'unprecedented' rain Sep.18  Tokyo  Japan to allow military role overseas in historic move

October 2015 ... more > Top ^
Oct.10  North Korea  North Korea holds huge parades for 70th anniversary Oct.17   Philippines Philippines battered as Typhoon Koppu barrels in
Oct.26   Southern China   US Navy destroyer to near disputed China islands   USS Lassen will sail near artificial islands built by China in the disputed waters of the South China Sea, US defence officials have said Oct.29   Beijing   China to end one-child policy and allow two   Couples will now be allowed to have two children, it said, citing a statement from the Communist Party

November 2015 ... more > Top ^
Nov.7   Singapore     China and Taiwan leaders hail historic talks   Chinese President Xi Jinping and Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou have held historic talks in Singapore - their first in more than 60 years

December 2015 ... more > Top ^
Dec.17   Beijing Beijing issues second ever pollution red alert
Dec.19  Beijing  China accuses US of B-52 'provocation' over Spratly Islands Dec.20   Southern China   22 buildings collapse in landslide in Shenzhen industrial park Map of Guangming New District Shenzhen China
  About 900 people have been evacuated, with four people pulled alive from rubble with minor or no injuries. At least 91 remain missing
Dec.23  China  China smog sparks red alerts in 10 cities Dec.28   South Korea     'Comfort women': Japan and South Korea hail agreement  The leaders have welcomed the agreement between their two countries to settle the issue of women forced to work in Japanese brothels during ... Dec.29   North Korea North Korea official Kim Yang-gon killed in car crash Dec.31   Japan New Year: Celebrations mark start of 2016