Lunar New Year at a public park in Beijing

What it means to be born in the Year of the Rabbit

East Asians around the world will ring in the Year of the Rabbit on Sunday, January 22.

 | Mary Chao

A girl wearing a face mask rides on a man's shoulders in Beijing, China

China records 1st population fall in decades as births drop

China's National Bureau of Statistics reported that the country had 850,000 fewer people at the end of 2022 than the previous year.

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A man cries as he waits to receive the body of a victim of a plane crash, at a hospital in Pokhara, Nepal

Flight data, voice recorders retrieved from Nepal crash site

Rescuers combed through debris scattered down a 984-foot-deep gorge for three missing people after a fatal plane crash in Nepal.

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Nepalese rescue workers and civilians gather around the wreckage of a passenger plane that crashed in Pokhara, Nepal.

68 dead, 4 missing after plane crashes in Nepal resort town

At least one witness reported hearing cries for help from within the fiery wreck, the country's deadliest airplane accident in three decades.

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Family members of the deceased wait for the cremation procedures at a funeral home in Shanghai, China.

China reports 60,000 COVID-related deaths, says peak passed

The death toll included 5,503 deaths due to respiratory failure caused by COVID-19 and 54,435 fatalities from other ailments combined with COVID-19.

 | AP and Scripps News Staff

Tetsuya Yamagami, the alleged assassin of Japan's former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Suspect charged with murder in assassination of Japan's Abe

Japanese law allows capital punishment for murder, but experts say the death penalty usually is handed down for multiple killings.

 | AP and Scripps News Staff

A woman arriving from China enters a COVID-19 testing center in South Korea

China halts visas for Japan, South Korea in COVID-19 spat

China threatened countermeasures last week against countries that had announced new virus testing requirements for travelers from the country.

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A relative of injured people reacts as she talks to a phone at a hospital following a traffic accident.

19 Dead In China Crash As Holiday Travel Rush Gets Underway

With the end of most COVID-19 restrictions, China is expecting to see a significant increase in people on the roads, especially around holidays.

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A woman looks after her elderly relative lying on a stretcher as patients receive intravenous drips in the emergency ward.

Beds Run Out At Beijing Hospital As COVID-19 Spreads

A growing number of governments, including the U.S., are requiring virus tests for travelers from China, saying China is not being transparent enough.

 | AP

Visitors are reflected on a window pane as a man counts Chinese currency notes

Beijing Threatens Response To Virus Measures From Other Countries

Australia and Canada this week joined a growing list of countries requiring travelers from China to take a COVID test prior to boarding their flight.

 | AP

Philippine Coast Guard rescue a woman from floods.

Floods In Philippines Leave 51 People Dead, Over A Dozen Missing

Over 4,500 houses were damaged by the floods, along with roads and bridges, and some areas still struggle with disrupted power and water supply.

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center, attends a ceremony of donating 600mm super-large multiple launch rocket system

North Korea's Kim Orders 'Exponential' Expansion Of Nuke Arsenal

Some experts say Kim's push to produce more nuclear weapons signals his intention to continue tests and ultimately solidify future negotiating power.

 | AP

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping via a video confer

Putin, Xi Vow Closer Ties As Russia Bombards Ukraine Again

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese leader Xi Jinping hailed strengthening ties between Moscow and Beijing during a virtual meeting Friday.

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Myanmar's ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi

Court In Myanmar Again Finds Suu Kyi Guilty Of Corruption

Suu Kyi's supporters and independent analysts say her numerous convictions are an attempt to legitimize the military's seizure of power in Myanmar.

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Residents gather near a ruined building at the scene of a massive fire at a Cambodian hotel casino.

More Victims Recovered From Cambodia Casino Hotel Fire

The death toll was expected to rise once rescuers are able to access victims who are believed to be under debris or in locked rooms.

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A fire burns through the Grand Diamond City Casino and Hotel in Cambodia.

Massive Fire At Cambodia Hotel Casino Kills At Least 19

The blaze, which started around midnight Wednesday, was put out over 12 hours later.

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An officer collects passports from residents for renewal and re-applications at a community police station in Beijing.

China To Resume Issuing Passports, Visas As Virus Curbs Ease

China stopped issuing visas to foreigners and passports to its own people at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020.

 | AP

A Chinese PLA J-16 fighter jet flying

China Sends 71 Warplanes, 7 Ships Toward Taiwan In 24 Hours

China's military harassment of Taiwan, which it claims is its own territory, has intensified in recent years.

 | AP

South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol

S. Korea Military Apologizes For Failing To Down North's Drones

South Korea's military scrambled warplanes and attack helicopters on Monday, but they failed to bring down any of the North Korean drones.

 | AP

A resident wears a mask as he stands near the Lama Temple in Beijing

Foreign Firms: China 'Turns Corner' By Ending Quarantine

China's government downgraded the official seriousness of COVID-19 and dropped a requirement for people with the virus to be quarantined.

 | AP

A North Korean flag flutters in the wind atop a 160-meter tower in North Korea's village Gijungdongseen.

S. Korea Launches Jets, Fires Shots After North Flies Drones

South Korea’s military detected five drones from North Korea crossing the border on Monday.

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An ambulance prepares to transfer a patient in critical care to other hospitals due to overcapacity.

Packed ICUs, Crowded Crematoriums: COVID Roils Chinese Towns

As China grapples with its first-ever national COVID-19 wave, emergency wards in small cities and towns southwest of Beijing are overwhelmed.

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A nurse gives a COVID vaccine to an old woman at a community health center in China.

'A Very Hard Road Ahead' For China As COVID-19 Cases Spiral

An abrupt reopening on Dec. 7 caught China under-vaccinated and short on hospital capacity.

 | AP

Flags of North Korea and South Korea flutter in the wind at the border area between the two countries.

North Korea Fires Ballistic Missiles After U.S.-South Korea Drills

South Korea's military detected the two missile launches from North Korea's capital region at around 4:32 p.m. Friday.

 | AP

A Thai warship sinking in the Gulf of Thailand.

Survivor Found From Thai Navy Ship That Sank Sunday

76 people have now been rescued, five have been found dead and 24 others are still unaccounted for, according to Thai Navy officials.

 | AP

The HTMS Sukhothai corvette warship lists off the coast of Prachuap Khiri Khan province, Thailand.

Thai Navy Searching For 31 Missing Sailors After Ship Sank

The HTMS Sukhothai corvette sank in the Gulf of Thailand after strong winds blew seawater on board and knocked out the ship's electrical system.

 | AP

A TV screen shows a North Korean rocket launch.

North Korea Says Latest Launches Tested Country's First Spy Satellite

The North's state media said Monday the test was done to assess the satellite's photography and data transmission systems.

 | AP

People watch a TV screen showing a news program about North Korea's missile launch.

North Korea Fires 2 Ballistic Missiles Capable Of Reaching Japan

The launches came after the North claimed to have performed a test to build a more powerful ballistic missile designed to strike the U.S. mainland.

 | AP

Fire and rescue team members look down on a landslide.

Malaysia Landslide Death Toll Rises To 24, 9 More Missing

Rescuers worked in teams Saturday to comb through debris as deep as 26 feet.

 | AP

U.S. President Joe Biden, right, and Chinese President Xi Jinping shake hands

U.S. Puts 3 Dozen More Chinese Companies On Trade Blacklist

The U.S. Department of Commerce is adding 36 Chinese companies to an export controls blacklist, citing concerns over national security.

 | AP