The strongest tropical cyclone of 2014 is spinning toward Japan, maintaining winds around 165 miles per hour. Super Typhoon Vongfong is predicted to still be a Category 5 storm by the end of Wednesday, but is not expected to make landfall in Japan until early next week. Continue reading
Vitamin A deficiency is a deadly threat to kids and pregnant mothers in the Third World. In the Philippines, the best nutrient sources are rarely part of the daily diet, so researchers have tried adding vitamin A to rice, a staple food. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien investigates the debate that’s grown up over the development of golden rice, a genetically modified crop. Continue reading
40 United Nations peacekeepers from the Philippines escaped overnight after being surrounded since Thursday by Islamic militants in southern Syria, Reuters reports. Continue reading
The Philippine capital of Manila is now one of the most densely populated urban areas on earth. And with one of the fastest-growing populations in Southeast Asia, some people are forced to seek refuge in local cemeteries as squatters where they eat and sleep on top of tombs and mausoleums, because they have nowhere else to live. Continue reading
In the Philippines, amid a population explosion and staggering birth rate, caused partly by limited access to contraception or family planning advice, NewsHour Special Correspondent Mark Litke follows mothers and newborns from one of the busiest maternity wards in the world to the overcrowded slums where families live.
The Jose Favella Hospital in Manila has one of the busiest maternity wards in the world, with an average of 60 births per day. The Philippines is grappling with a population boom, where in the past three decades the number of residents has doubled from 45 million to 100 million.
Typhoon Rammasun, named after the Thai word for “Thunder God,” made landfall on the Chinese island of Hainan Friday killing at least one person. 130 mph winds and steady rain tore through the northern region of Hainan Friday as Rammasun continued towards the coast of mainland China and Vietnam. China has already endured rains and landslides that have taken over 45 lives in the past week. Continue reading
Eight months after Typhoon Haiyan, the strongest to ever make landfall, pummeled the city of Tacloban in the Philippines, reconstruction is still lagging and citizens are living in deplorable conditions. Continue reading
President Obama’s four-nation Asia tour marks a policy shift toward the continent, which has been overshadowed by international concerns in the Middle East, and now the Ukraine crisis. Gwen Ifill talks to former State Department Official Kurt Campbell and Michael Auslin of the American Enterprise Institute about the purpose behind the president’s trip. Continue reading
President Obama made Tokyo his first stop on tour of Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines. The trip is the latest step in a stated policy shift toward Asia and away from a decade of war in Iraq and Afghanistan. Gwen Ifill reports. Continue reading