The worst earthquake to strike China in decades has killed as many as 9,000 people, according China's official media, but authorities still haven’t reached numerous areas whose dead could push the toll far higher.
The United Nations seeks a massive infusion of funding for Burma's cyclone relief effort, while a leading expert says the country's health infrastructure could be overwhelmed by disease outbreaks in the wake of Cyclone Nargis.
Burma’s reclusive military government has impounded U.N. aid in the wake of Cyclone Nargis, as the confirmed death toll reaches 60,000 and the top U.S. diplomat calls on the junta to reconsider.
Witnesses in Burma have been contacting RFA Burmese service staff with heartbreaking accounts of devastation, death, and a major humanitarian crisis in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Nargis. Read their first-hand accounts of the storm and its aftermath.
A trickle of tourists from other parts of China has resumed into the Tibetan capital, although few shops have opened in downtown Lhasa despite encouragement by local officials to do so. Phone services to the city have improved, and Tibetan students are being taken on "educational" trips by the authorities.
Even as Burma's state-run media report that officials are working hard to tackle the havoc wreaked by Tropical Cyclone Nargis, Burmese citizens complain that very little appears to be happening on the ground. They describe innumerable floating corpses, devastated infrastructure, and scarce water, food, and fuel.
As Burma reels from a devastating cyclone and tidal surge, officials set the death toll at more than 22,000 and rising—while a top U.S. diplomat in the country says the number of deaths could reach 100,000. Local residents say the government's response has been sorely inadequate, as an international rescue operation gets under way.
Hong Kong people turned out in force to protest the deadly Chinese crackdown of 1989, says a Hong Kong-based journalist jailed by China for almost three years on spying charges. But Ching Cheong also says the territory’s space for dissent has shrunk dramatically.
Deep in Tibetan Kardze, in China’s southwestern Sichuan province, Chinese authorities continually remove images of the Dalai Lama from display in a monastery. But the monks just keep replacing them.
A prominent ethnic Mongolian writer has had his home raided and is now being held there under tight surveillance after spending 20 days in detention. Overseas dissidents say China is cracking down on any ethnic minority groups in an attempt to blanket out any form of separatist sentiment ahead of this summer's Olympic Games.
More than 22,000 people have died and hundreds of thousands are without safe drinking water or shelter in Burma after a massive cyclone ripped through the impoverished Southeast Asian country. In one remote area, “15 whole villages have just disappeared,” one witness said.
As communication becomes more difficult with people living inside Tibet, cell phone conversations with family and friends overseas and second-hand accounts continue to describe events. For security reasons, we do not identify some of our sources by name in order to protect them from retaliation.
A Chinese journalist who spent three years in prison, feared missing after he failed to show up to deliver a keynote address at a Hong Kong media conference, has resurfaced in Beijing and apologized for his disappearance.
The unprecedented surge in global food prices is making life even more difficult for residents of impoverished Laos, where one provincial official is calling on the central government to provide food aid and step up irrigation efforts.
Southeast Asian countries are struggling to curb food prices as energy costs climb. Many governments have banned rice exports to safeguard supplies, but economists say restrictions only drive world prices higher.
One Chinese writer who tried to attend a symposium on press freedom was turned away by the Hong Kong authorities, while a journalist jailed after he broke sensitive political news for the New York Times failed to show up to fill his seat on the podium, organizers said.