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Pope kicks off Asia missionary boost in South Korea

A banner showing Pope Francis is displayed on the street in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. Pope Francis is scheduled to make a five-day trip to South Korea, starting Aug. 13 to participate in a Catholic youth festival and to preside over a beatification ceremony for 124 Korean martyrs.  AP PHOTO/AHN YOUNG-JOON

When Pope Francis was a young Jesuit, he wanted to follow in the great Jesuit tradition and become a missionary in Asia. Health problems kept him home, but he is finally getting his chance, traveling to Asia as the world’s most visible and popular Catholic missionary.

Posted: August 12th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Asia tourist boom sparks $100B airport building binge

Singapore’s budget terminal, which was demolished in 2012 to give way to a bigger facility that can accommodate 16 million passengers, more than double the present seven million capacity. Asian nations are rushing to build hundreds of new airports to cope with surging demand for air travel in the region.  AFP PHOTO/ROSLAN RAHMAN

Faced with snaking queues at immigration, overflowing baggage carousels and expensive flight delays, Asian nations are rushing to build hundreds of new airports to cope with surging demand for air travel in the region.

Posted: July 31st, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

As Vietnam’s women go abroad, dads tend the home

In this photo taken April 17, 2014, Pham Duc Viet works in his carpentry shop in Vu Hoi, Vietnam. Nine years ago, when Viet's wife moved to Taiwan to work as a maid, he took over her household chores and childcare responsibilities. Now his double duty is second nature. "There are lots of other guys around here who do the same thing," he said, adding that his wife plans to return home for good this year. AP

When his wife moved to Taiwan nine years ago to work as a maid — earning far more than she could in the rice paddies of this northern Vietnamese hamlet — Pham Duc Viet took over the household chores and raised their two children on top of his regular work as a farmer and carpenter.

Posted: July 17th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Asia fears China military conflict over sea claims–study

In this May 7, 2014 file photo released by Vietnam Coast Guard, a Chinese ship, left, shoots water cannon at a Vietnamese vessel, right, while a Chinese Coast Guard ship, center, sails alongside in the South China Sea, off Vietnam's coast as Chinese ships are ramming at Vietnamese vessels trying to stop Beijing from setting up an oil rig in the sea. AP FILE PHOTO

China’s neighbors are increasingly anxious that Beijing’s maritime disputes with countries like Vietnam and the Philippines will lead to military conflict, a US research group said in findings released Monday.

Posted: July 15th, 2014 in Asia & Pacific,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Housing Asia’s booming population

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By the end of 2014, elections will have been held in Bangladesh, Indonesia, India, Japan and hopefully Thailand. In 2016, the Philippines is set for its national elections where it will seat the 16th president of the Republic, along with several other key leaders.

Posted: July 11th, 2014 in Asia & Pacific,Featured Columns,Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

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