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On 13 January in Asian history

ON 13 JANUARY IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on January 13, 2019

5 BC: Birth of Emperor Guangwu of Han, ruler of China who died on March 29, 57
https://www.wikiwand.com/en/Emperor_Guangwu_of_Han
http://totallyhistory.com/liu-xiu/
http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/133827-liu-xiu-decisive-emperor-of-great-mercy/

703: Death of Empress Jito of Japan, born in 645
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Empress_Jit%C5%8D

1338: Birth of Jeong Mong-ju, Korean civil minister, diplomat and scholar who died in 1392
http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Jeong_Mong-ju
https://www.museum.go.kr/site/eng/relic/represent/view?relicId=493

1666: French traveller Jean-Baptiste Tavernier arrives Dhaka and meest the governor Shaista Khan
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shaista_Khan

1842: Dr William Brydon, a surgeon in the British Army during the First Anglo-Afghan War, becomes famous for being the sole survivor of an army of 16,500 when he reaches the safety of a Garrison in Jalalabad
http://www.mapsofworld.com/on-this-day/january-13-1842-dr.-william-brydon-survivor-of-the-massacre-of-elphinstones-army-reaches-jalalabad 
http://www.khyber.org/publications/011-015/brydonreport.shtml
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/sole-british-soldier-escapes-kabul

1849: During the Second Sikh War, battle of Chillianwallah
https://www.britishbattles.com/second-sikh-war/battle-of-chillianwallah/

1849-01-13 Battle of Chillianwallah

1904: Treaty between China and the United States opening the Manchuria ports and the city of Mukden to foreigners

1904: The fourth and final Japanese appeal proposes that Russia concedes influence in Korea while Japan concedes influence in Manchuria, with Russia respecting Chinese territorial integrity in Manchuria – the appeal is regarded by Russia as an ultimatum

1906: Birth of Zhou Youguang, Chinese linguist, father of pinyin, who died on January 14, 2017
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-17455067
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/feb/21/china
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/01/zhou-youguang-google-honours-today-180112133907283.html

Zhou Youguang

1911: Birth of Chinese general Yang Dezhi who died on October 25, 1994
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yang_Dezhi
http://www.paulnoll.com/Korea/War/General-Yang-Dezhi.html

1926: Birth of Shakti Samanta, Indian director and producer who died on April 9, 2009
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/13-january-1926-shakti-samanta-film-director-was-born
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shakti_Samanta

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bd65JMx_l30

1932: Birth of Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun, bishop of Hong Kong from 2002 to 2009
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Cardinal_Zen
http://press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/en/documentation/cardinali_biografie/cardinali_bio_zen-se-kiun_j.html

1933: US Congress declares to be for the independence of Philippines despite a veto of President Herbert Hoover
https://kahimyang.com/kauswagan/articles/876/today-in-philippine-history-january-13-1933-the-hare-hawescutting-act-was-passed

1938: Birth of Shivkumar Sharma, Indian santoor player and composer
http://www.culturalindia.net/indian-music/classical-singers/shivkumar-sharma.html
http://www.santoor.com/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOeOBWJISMY

1941: Ye Ting, the commander of the New Fourth Army of the Communist Party of China, which is surrounded by Kuomintang forces is arrested has he goes to the nationalist forces headquarter to negociate
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ye_Ting

1946: The Committee of Three (USA, nationalists and communists) sign an agreement for a cease-fire and a reorganization of the Chinese forces integrating the communist forces

1948: Birth of Gaj Singh, Maharaja of  Jodhpur
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaj_Singh

1949: Birth of Rakesh Sharma, first Indian and 138th man to visit space
http://www.mapsofindia.com/who-is-who/miscellaneous/rakesh-sharma.html


 1950: Soviet resolution to grant the P.R.C. admission to the United Nations is defeated.The U.S.S.R. delegate stages a second walkout, announcing a Soviet boycott of the Security Council until it ousts the Nationalist Chinese delegate and seats Beijing

1951: Communist forces attack the French fortified defensive line around the Red River Delta (De Lattre Line) at Vinh-Yen, in an attempt to reach Hanoi (French victory on January 17)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Vinh_Yen

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1953: Norodom Sihanouk dissolves Cambodia National Assembly

1962: First Operation Farm Gate missions flown
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/first-operation-farm-gate-missions-flown

1962-01-13 Farm Gate

1964: Hindu-Muslim rioting breaks out in the Indian city of Calcutta resulting in the deaths of more than 100 people
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/january/13/newsid_4098000/4098363.stm

1968: Birth of Chara, Japanese singer and actress
http://www.jpopasia.com/celebrity/chara/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chara_(singer)
http://www.lastfm.fr/music/Chara

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rraaz68uJAY

1972: Nixon announces additional troop withdrawals from Vietnam
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/nixon-announces-additional-troop-withdrawals

1972: Birth of Park Jin-Young, Korean singer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Park_Jin-Young
http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=Park+Jin-Young&mid=70FA35505BA897727D1F70FA35505BA897727D1F&FORM=LKVR#

1973: Birth of Gloria Yip, Hong Kong actress and singer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gloria_Yip
http://www.staroriental.com/nav/soeg/thm,afr.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Q0T4jLuJGs

1975: First meeting of the China’s National people’s Congress since ten years. Amendment of the 1954 constitution

1975: Sultan Kudarat (1581-1671) of Mindanao, is hailed as national hero of the Filipino people
https://kahimyang.com/kauswagan/articles/875/today-in-philippine-history-january-13-1975-sultan-kudarat-was-hailed-as-national-hero-of-the-filipino-people
http://www.pinoystop.org/13-january-1975/

1976: Japan says it is ready to sign a peace treaty with China

1978:  Birth of Ashmit Patel, Indian actor
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashmit_Patel
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1483377/

1983: Birth of Imran Khan, Indian actor
http://www.koimoi.com/actor/imran-khan/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zEr2koV2s8k

1984: Birth of Aya Hirayama, Japanese actress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aya_Hirayama

1985: Madan Puri, Hindi and Punjabi film actor, passed away. Born in 1915
http://www.filmibeat.com/celebs/amrish-puri/biography.html

1988: Death of Taiwanese president Chiang Ching-kuo. Lee Teng-hui becomes the first native taiwanese president
http://www.encyclopedia.com/topic/Chiang_Ching-kuo.aspx

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chiang_Ching-kuo
http://biography.yourdictionary.com/lee-teng-hui
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/720.html

1992: Japan apologizes for forcing tens of thousands of Korean women to serve as sex slaves for Japanese soldiers during World War II
http://articles.latimes.com/keyword/koreans-women
http://www.nww2m.com/2012/01/comfort-women/

2008: Manmohan Singh is doing the first Indian Prime Minister visit to China since five years
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7185620.stm

2012: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announces that Washington will start the process of exchanging ambassadors with Burma
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16554415

2012: Hundreds of political detainees are freed from jails across Burma in the latest move by the government to introduce reforms
http://www.france24.com/en/20120113-hundreds-political-prisoners-burma-myanmar
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/NA14Ae01.html

2013: Death of Balagangadharanatha Swamiji, Indian religious leader, born on January 15, 1945
http://samvada.org/2013/news/balagangadharanath-swamiji-of-adichunchanagiri-mutt-passes-away-in-bangalore/
http://www.oneindia.com/2013/01/14/karnataka-mutt-head-balagangadhara-passes-away-1130604.html

2014: Death of Anjali Devi, Indian actress and producer, born on August 24, 1927 http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/chennai/veteran-actor-anjali-devi-dead/article5574548.ece
http://www.filmibeat.com/telugu/news/2014/legendary-telugu-actress-anjali-devi-died-86-129551.html#slidemore-slideshow-1

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U10Ba94SKvk

2015: In the first visit papal visit to Sri Lanka in more than 20 years, Pope Francis calls on the country to do more to seek the truth about its years of civil war
http://www.euronews.com/2015/01/13/pope-francis-calls-on-sri-lanka-to-do-more-to-seek-truth-about-civil-war/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30789124
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Pope-in-Sri-Lanka:-live-the-precepts-of-peace-present-in-religions-and-denounce-all-acts-of-violence-33174.html

2015: Indian Lt Gen JFR Jacob, 1971 Bangladesh war hero passes away
http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/1971-bangladesh-war-hero-lt-gen-jacob-passes-away/1/569308.html?utm_source=Offstumped&utm_medium=Offstumped&utm_term=Offstumped&utm_campaign=Offstumped

France and Asia-Pacific relations

13 JANUARY 2019

France returns to Laos

With a view to diversify foreign economic and foreign policy relations, Laos is developing contacts with France, whose colony it used to be in the past. Paris is seen as a remote neighbor of Laos, a partner in the economic and cultural spheres. Since 1991 Laos has been a member of the international organization for the cooperation of the francophone states “Francophone”. According to the French Embassy in Vientiane, the number of Laotians who speak French amounts to 3% and has been increasing over the past 12 years
https://moderndiplomacy.eu/2019/01/13/france-returns-to-laos/
http://www.vientianetimes.org.la/sub-new/Cooperation/Cooperation_France.php

11 JANUARY 2019

France to join North Korea surveillance at sea with Japanese navy

France Friday (Jan 11) agree to join Japanese navy patrols off North Korea in a fresh sign of efforts to deepen ties and military links between Tokyo and Paris, officials said
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/france-to-join-north-korea-surveillance-at-sea–11111648
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20190112_05/

6 JANUARY 2019

UK’s hopes of Indo-Pacific strike group with France premature

While London and Paris have been supporting each other’s navies and venturing further afield, experts warn there are limits
http://www.atimes.com/article/uks-hopes-of-indo-pacific-strike-group-with-france-premature/

5 JANUARY 2018

French MP denounces China’s threat of force against Taiwan

French parliamentarian Jean-François Cesarini said Wednesday that China’s desire to go to war with Taiwan is unacceptable, referring to Chinese President Xi Jinping’s (習近平) warning the previous day that China reserves the right to use force against Taiwan
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/acs/201901030009.aspx

25 DECEMBER 2018

China accuses France of siding with its allies after Paris call for Canadians’ release

Beijing on Tuesday hit back at France for siding with its “allies”, as the list of countries calling for the release of two Canadians detained in China continues to grow
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/2179462/china-accuses-france-siding-its-allies-after-paris-call

15 DECEMBER 2018

India, France hold talks on deepening bilateral ties

India and France on Saturday held discussions on deepening bilateral strategic partnership through cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region, defence, space and civil nuclear energy sectors
http://www.asianage.com/india/politics/151218/india-france-hold-talks-on-deepening-bilateral-ties.html
https://www.aninews.in/news/world/asia/pm-modi-meets-french-minister-le-drian201812151623130001/
https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/india/india-france-reiterate-resolve-to-jointly-fight-terrorism-1.60956521

3 NOVEMBER 2018

Vietnam and France businesses ink agreements worth US$10 billion

Vietnam and France support the signing of the EU – Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) and commit to free trade, the government portal reported during the current visit by the French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe to Vietnam
http://www.hanoitimes.vn/news/viet-nam/2018/11/81E0CEBD/vietnam-and-france-businesses-ink-agreements-worth-us-10-billion/
http://blog.vietnam-aujourdhui.info/post/2018/11/03/Vietnam-and-France-sign-deals-worth-over-%2410-billion
https://tuoitrenews.vn/news/politics/20181102/france-wants-vietnam-to-become-partner-of-reference-in-southeast-asia-pm-edouard-philippe/47494.html
http://en.rfi.fr/asia-pacific/20181103-french-pm-revisits-site-frances-painful-dien-bien-phu-defeat

29 OCTOBER 2018

China, France launch satellite to study climate change

China’s first-ever international cooperation satellite according to French space agency boss Jean-Yves Le Gall, took off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in north-west China’s Gobi Desert
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/china–france-launch-satellite-to-study-climate-change-10875674
http://en.rfi.fr/20181029-china-france-launch-climate-change-watching-satellite/

19 OCTOBER 2018

France to send aircraft carrier to Indian Ocean next year

France said on Friday (Oct 19) it would send its aircraft carrier to the Indian Ocean next year, to defend freedom of navigation at a time of growing Chinese assertiveness in disputed waters
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/france-to-send-aircraft-carrier-to-indian-ocean-next-year-10846386

Abe, Macron meet in France

Presidents Moon and Macron second summit

Seoul asks Paris to assist in getting tariff exemptions
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2018/10/356_257028.html

30 SEPTEMBER 2018

France promises aid as Indonesia quake toll tops 800

France has promised aid to Indonesia after Friday’s earthquake and tsunami on the island of Sulawesi. The death toll rose to 832 on Sunday and is expected to rise, with three French nationals, one Malaysian and one South Korean among the missing
http://en.rfi.fr/20180930-indonesia-quake-and-tsunami-kills-over-400/

18 SEPTEMBER 2018

Vietnam and France sign statement on defence ties

Vietnamese Defence Minister Ngô Xuân Lịch and his French counterpart Florence Parly signed a joint vision statement on defence cooperation for 2018-28 at their talks in Paris
http://vietnamnews.vn/politics-laws/466081/vn-france-sign-statement-on-defence-ties.html#1teqd6sPgQx4C4yl.99

11 SEPTEMBER 2018

Taiwan President meets French parliamentary delegation

The event showed that both countries shared the same values of freedom and democracy, leading relations to be close and to progress continuously, the Central News Agency quoted Tsai as saying
https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3527380
https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3526531

5 AUGUST 2018

How the French military’s ‘political messengers’ are countering Beijing in the South China Sea

France’s air and sea presence in the region asserts its support for a maritime security order based on shared rules and norms, writes Mathieu Duchâtel
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2157702/how-french-militarys-political-messengers-are

14 JULY 2018

Japan, France to cooperate on maritime security

The foreign ministers of Japan and France have agreed to launch a framework for dialogue on maritime security cooperation
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20180715_01/
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/07/14/national/politics-diplomacy/japan-france-sign-agreement-share-defense-supplies/#.W0pZLdIzY2w

Amid pomp and pageantry, PM Lee gets front-row seat to Bastille Day parade  

In a first for a Singapore leader, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong had a front-row seat to the French National Day parade on Saturday (July 14), joining a select group of world leaders accorded the rare honour
https://www.todayonline.com/world/amid-pomp-and-pageantry-pm-lee-gets-front-row-seat-bastille-day-parade
https://www.straitstimes.com/politics/rsaf-takes-part-in-flypast-at-french-national-day-parade-with-pm-lee-as-guest-of-honour

28 JUNE 2018

Hwang Sok-yong Wins French Prize for Asian Literature

Korean novelist Hwang Sok-yong has been awarded the Emile Guimet Prize for Asian Literature for his book « At Dusk. »
http://www.korea.net/NewsFocus/Culture/view?articleId=160749
http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2018/06/27/2018062701403.html

Our Defence Ties Have Never Been Stronger, Says French Ambassador To India Alexandre Ziegler

BW Businessworld chats with French ambassador to India Alexandre Ziegler on the growing ambit of the defence partnership between the two countries
http://businessworld.in/article/Our-Defence-Ties-Have-Never-Been-Stronger-Says-French-Ambassador-To-India-Alexandre-Ziegler/27-06-2018-153130/#.WzT9AJEb2mx.linkedin

25 JUNE 2018

Xi Jinping meets French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe

President Xi Jinping on Monday met with French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe in Beijing, saying China is willing to work with France to enrich the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries
http://chinaplus.cri.cn/news/politics/11/20180625/149127.html
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-06/26/c_137280241.htm
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2152433/china-expands-trade-france-bolster-european-ties-amid

19 JUNE 2018

France in S China Sea Puts Own Interests Instead of Countering Beijing – Analyst

France is present in the South China Sea to protect its own territorial interests rather than act as a counterweight to Beijing, French experts told Sputnik
https://sputniknews.com/asia/201806191065550871-france-china-sea-presence/

3 JUNE 2018

France, Britain to sail warships in contested South China Sea to challenge Beijing

France and Britain will sail warships through the South China Sea to challenge Beijing’s expanding military presence in the disputed waters, their defence ministers said on Sunday
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2149062/france-britain-sail-warships-contested-south-china-sea
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/france-urges-countries-to-respect-international-law-in-south-china-sea

31 MAY 2018

Scaling back of French reactor a blow for nuke fuel reprocessing

Japan’s hopes of keeping its nuclear fuel recycling program alive faces another major obstacle with signs from France that a reactor project there will be scaled back because of swelling construction costs
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201805310040.html

25 MAY 2018

Xi says he has full confidence in China-France ties

China is willing to work with France to enhance strategic coordination, stick to multilateralism, jointly address global challenges and promote world economic growth as well as facilitation and liberalization of trade and investment, so as to help safeguard a world order that should be peaceful, stable, open and inclusive, he said
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/64/239/236/1527254973071.html

17 MAY 2018

China, France agree on ‘three handles’ to boost cooperation

China and France have agreed to make use of « three handles » to comprehensively enhance practical cooperation between the two countries, visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Wednesday
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/158/6/64/1526568436925.html

2 MAY 2018

Australia, France sign agreements on military cooperation, cyberwar

Emmanuel Macron and Malcolm Turnbull have signed a series of agreements for closer military ties and cooperation on cyberwar, during the French leader’s Australian visit
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/australia-france-sign-agreements-on-military-cooperation-cyberwar
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/2144344/french-president-emmanuel-macron-vows-stand-against-chinese

1 MAY 2018

French President Emmanuel Macron in Australia for talks on trade, climate and defence

Fresh from his so-called « bromance » in Washington with US President Donald Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron is in Australia to bolster defence ties and continue his efforts to revive the fortunes of Europe
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/australianz/french-president-emmanuel-macron-in-australia-for-talks-on-trade-climate-and
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/french-president-macron-lands-in-sydney-for-talks-on-china-influence-trade

Taiwan, France team up to promote innovation collaboration

Taiwan should tap into France’s tech expertise as the two sides continue to boost exchanges through initiatives in the innovation industries, according to a CNA report published on Monday
https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3418989

27 MARCH 2018

Vietnam, France mark 45th anniversary of diplomatic ties

General Secretary of the Communist Party of Việt Nam’s (CPV’s) Central Committee Nguyễn Phú Trọng and French National Assembly (NA) President Francois de Rugy marked the anniversary of Vietnam-France ties
http://vietnamnews.vn/politics-laws/425208/vn-france-mark-45th-anniversary-of-diplomatic-ties.html#fTJlw10Brl3YfuSF.99
http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/government/197968/party-chief-expects-french-enterprises-to-succeed-in-vietnam.html
https://uk.reuters.com/article/us-france-vietnam-deals/frances-bouygues-edf-sign-deals-during-vietnam-leader-visit-idUKKBN1H320Q?rpc=401&

20 MARCH 2018

Indo-French naval exercise Varuna kicks off

The Indian and the French navies have launched Varuna 2018, a joint naval exercise, in Goa, India
https://navaltoday.com/2018/03/19/indo-french-naval-exercise-varuna-kicks-off-2/#.WrEsN6hDYM4.linkedin

12 MARCH 2018

French Navy ship visit to Philippines shows France commitment to security, freedom of navigation

The visit of a French Navy’s light patrol frigate to the Philippines shows France as a “Pacific power” that is committed to “security” and adherence to the principle of freedom of navigation in Southeast Asia, officials said after the Vendmiaire docked at a port in Manila on Monday
http://www.manilatimes.net/french-navy-ship-visit-to-ph-shows-france-commitment-to-security-freedom-of-navigation/385691
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/164912/philippines-france-south-china-sea-west-philippine-sea-military-cooperation-dispute-southeast-asia-defense-peace

10 MARCH 2018

Narendra Modi, Emmanuel Macron look to broaden ties as India, France ink 14 deals

India and France sign 14 pacts in areas ranging from defence to nuclear energy after extensive talks between PM Narendra Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron
http://www.livemint.com/Politics/lLHqPt12U2iD0H4GKNCq6M/Emmanuel-Macron-India-visit-Indian-French-firms-sign-16-b.html
http://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/modi-macron-ink-14-pacts-to-boost-india-france-ties-cos-sign-16-bn-deals-118031000463_1.html
http://www.freepressjournal.in/india/want-our-youth-to-recognise-indo-french-ties-pm-narendra-modi/1235515

Amid row over Rafale deal, India, France sign strategic defence pact on use of each other’s military bases

French President Emmanuel Macron has said defence ties with India had reached a new high after the two nations signed a key security accord for the Indian Ocean to counter China’s growing influence in the region
http://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/2018/mar/10/amid-row-over-rafale-deal-india-france-sign-strategic-defence-pact-on-use-of-each-others-military-1785092.html
https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/emmanuel-macron-india-visit-india-france-release-joint-statement-on-french-presidents-state-visit-1822217
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/india-france-security-accord-has-china-in-mind-10032788
http://www.newindianexpress.com/world/2018/mar/09/rafale-deal-win-win-but-details-cant-be-revealed-french-president-emmanuel-macron-1784174.html

8 MARCH 2018

Nissan in talks to buy France’s Renault stake in merger prelude

Renault SA and alliance partner Nissan Motor Co. are discussing plans for a closer tie-up in which the Japanese carmaker would acquire the bulk of the French state’s 15 percent Renault stake, people close to the matter said
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/03/08/business/corporate-business/nissan-talks-buy-frances-renault-stake-merger-prelude/#.WqF2EOjOU2x

1 MARCH 2018

French President Emmanuel Macron’s maiden visit to India likely to lead to exciting military commerce

French President Emmanuel Macron’s maiden visit to India on December 8 is likely to be leavened by two exciting items of military commerce, the sale of three additional French submarines and orders for 36 more Rafale fighter aircraft
https://www.indiatoday.in/magazine/up-front/story/20171120-french-president-emmanuel-macron-visit-india-military-commerce-1082490-2017-11-10
https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/french-president-emmanuel-macron-s-four-day-visit-to-india-begins-on-march-9-1180398-2018-03-01

21 FEBRUARY 2018

Hong Kong public will get chance to board French navy frigate Vendémiaire during coming port call

Based in Nouméa in New Caledonia, a French territory in the South Pacific, the Vendémiaire is currently on a three-month Asian mission, which includes sailings to Indonesia, South Korea, mainland China and Guam
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/community/article/2134087/hong-kong-public-will-get-chance-board-french-navy-frigate

20 FEBRUARY 2018

Singapore Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen conferred French Legion of Honour award

Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen was conferred France’s highest award –  Legion of Honour – awarded for both civilian and military merit regardless of citizenship, by French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday (Feb 19) in Paris
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/defence-minister-ng-eng-hen-conferred-french-legion-of-honour-9973070

27 JANUARY 2018

Japan, France reaffirm closer defense cooperation

The Japanese and French defense ministers reaffirmed closer defense cooperation in a meeting Saturday after agreeing the previous day to hold the countries’ first joint maritime defense exercises next month
https://asia.nikkei.com/Politics-Economy/International-Relations/Japan-France-reaffirm-closer-defense-cooperation
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20180127_15/
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201801250039.html

9 JANUARY 2018

 France’s Emmanuel Macron secures strategic access to Chinese markets

From high-end wine to the new « Silk Road, » France and China have agreed to enhance economic relations. For Beijing, that meant providing French companies better access to Chinese markets
http://www.dw.com/en/frances-emmanuel-macron-secures-strategic-access-to-chinese-markets/a-42084077
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/124/251/119/1515511101612.html
http://www.france24.com/en/20180109-france-china-macron-trade-markets-protectionism

5 JANUARY 2018

Macron’s upcoming China visit ‘of great significance’

French President Emmanuel Macron’s upcoming visit to China, scheduled from January 8 to 10, is of great significance to bilateral ties, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said at a daily press briefing
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/232/187/241/1515152590848.html
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20180105_11/

 

 

Main news on North Korea

13 JANUARY 2019

Trump suggests Vietnam for US-NK summit

US President Donald Trump suggested holding the anticipated second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Vietnam in mid-February, a Japanese newspaper reported Sunday
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20190113000135
http://english.donga.com/Home/3/all/26/1607852/1

4 JANUARY 2019

New North Korean diplomat defector Jo Song-gil was part of Pyongyang’s elite

North Korean acting ambassador said to be seeking asylum in Italy is from a “prestigious diplomatic family” with both his father and father-in-law having worked in Pyongyang’s foreign ministry, according to a senior defector
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2180751/new-north-korean-defector-was-part-pyongyangs-elite-according
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/01/04/jo-song-gil-north-korean-defector-pyongyangs-elite-has-vital/

20 DECEMBER 2018

Chinese and German scientists helping Pyongyang’s ‘dual-use’ nuclear technology

North Korea could be developing nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles in defiance of sanctions by collaborating with foreign scientists, especially Chinese and German, on « dual use » technology, a new report indicated Wednesday
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Chinese-and-German-scientists-helping-Pyongyang%26rsquo%3Bs-%27dual-use%27-nuclear-technology-45794.html
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/12/20/north-korea-may-have-used-foreign-scientists-nuclear-ambitions/

18 DECEMBER 2018

UN condemns North Korea rights violations and nuke spending

The U.N. General Assembly on Monday condemned North Korea’s “systematic, widespread and gross violations of human rights” and its diversion of resources into pursing nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles over the welfare of its people
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/un-condemns-north-korea-rights-violations-and-nuke-spending/
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=228287

6 DECEMBER 2018

New satellite images reveal North Korea is expanding key missile base

North Korea has significantly expanded and upgraded long-range missile sites, according to satellite images published by CNN, highlighting the lack of progress in negotiations with the US in the months since Kim Jong-un met Donald Trump
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/12/06/new-satellite-images-reveal-north-korea-expanding-key-missile/
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/dec/06/north-korea-secret-missile-site-upgrades-satellite-images

16 NOVEMBER 2018

Kim attends his first weapons test in almost a year

North Korea’s state media reported Friday that its leader, Kim Jong-un, supervised “a newly developed ultramodern tactical weapon test” at a defense institute, the first time in a year that Kim was officially described as overseeing a weapons experiment
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3055748
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/kim-jong-un-tests-new-ultra-modern-tactical-weapon
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/11/15/asia/kim-north-korea-missile-kcna-intl/index.html

9 OCTOBER 2018

Kim Jong Un invites pope to Pyongyang

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un plans to extend an invitation to Pope Francis. The head of the Roman Catholic Church has previously encouraged North and South Korea to resolve their differences through dialogue
https://www.dw.com/en/kim-jong-un-to-invite-pope-to-pyongyang/a-45809020
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-45796303

11 SEPTEMBER 2018

North Korea’s Kim Jong-un asks Donald Trump for another meeting in new letter

US President Donald Trump has received a letter from North Korean leader Kim Jong-un asking for a second meeting, and the White House is already looking at scheduling one, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders says
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-09-11/north-korea-kim-asks-trump-for-another-meeting-in-new-letter/10229870
https://www.trtworld.com/americas/north-korea-s-kim-asks-trump-for-another-meeting-20142
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2163632/north-koreas-kim-jong-un-asks-donald-trump-another-meeting-new

9 SEPTEMBER 2018

No ICBMs displayed at military parade celebrating N. Korea’s 70th birthday

Thousands of North Korean troops paraded through Pyongyang Sunday as the nuclear-armed country celebrated its 70th birthday, followed by artillery and tanks, but it refrained from displaying the intercontinental ballistic missiles that have seen it hit with sanctions
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=223262
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2018/09/103_255265.html
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/north-korea-military-parade-70th-anniversary-no-nuclear-missiles-weapons-denuclearisation-a8529666.html

4 SEPTEMBER 2018

Ju Kyu Chang, developer of North Korea missiles and nuclear weapons, dies at 89

A veteran North Korean official who was sanctioned for his suspected role in development of the country’s nuclear and missile technology has died, the North announced on Tuesday
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2018/09/103_254983.html
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2162615/ju-kyu-chang-developer-north-korea-missiles-and-nuclear-weapons

19 AUGUST 2018

North Korea to let U.N. aviation agency officials conduct on-site missile safety inspection

North Korea has agreed to allow International Civil Aviation Organization staff to conduct an on-site inspection to ensure the safety of international flights from the country’s missile launches, according to officials with the Montreal-based U.N. agency
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/08/19/asia-pacific/north-korea-agrees-accept-u-n-agency-staff-missiles/#.W3meK-gzY2w

9 AUGUST 2018

North Korea revives ‘axis of evil’ ties with Iran as denuclearisation talks falter

The arrival of North Korea’s foreign minister in Tehran just hours after Donald Trump had reinstated sanctions against Iran was “no coincidence”, analysts believe, and is designed to send the message that Pyongyang is reinforcing its alliances as denuclearisation talks with the US stall
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/08/09/north-korea-revives-axis-evil-ties-iran-denuclearisation-talks/
http://english.hani.co.kr/arti/english_edition/e_northkorea/856949.html

31 JULY 2018

North Korea is working on new missiles, say US spy agencies

US spy agencies are seeing signs that North Korea is constructing new missiles at a factory that produced the country’s first intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of reaching the United States, according to officials familiar with the intelligence
https://www.straitstimes.com/world/united-states/us-spy-agencies-north-korea-is-working-on-new-missiles
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-45015343

27 JULY 2018

North Korea hands over the possible remains of American war dead

A US Air Force plane carrying what are believed to be the remains of US troops killed during the Korean War some 65 years ago arrived Friday morning at Osan Air Base in South Korea
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/07/26/asia/north-korea-remains-american-troops-intl/index.html
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=221069
http://www.france24.com/en/20180727-north-korea-returns-usa-war-dead-korean-war-trump-kim-jong-un

20 JULY 2018

North Korea economy shrank sharply in 2017

North Korea’s economy contracted at the sharpest rate in two decades in 2017, South Korea’s central bank estimated Friday, in a sign international sanctions imposed to stop Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programs have hit growth hard
https://www.asiapacificstar.com/news/257704068/north-korea-economy-shrank-sharply-in-2017
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jul/20/north-korean-economy-sees-sharpest-decline-in-20-years-as-sanctions-bite
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20180720000444

15 JULY 2018

North Korea, U.S. held general-level talks on return of American war dead

Repatriating the remains of American troops killed in the Korean War was a promise made by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un during his summit with U.S. President Donald Trump in June
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=220383
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/07/15/north-korea-resume-search-remains-us-soldiers-korean-war/

12 JULY 2018

North Korea snubs US at planned meeting to discuss the returns of soldiers’ remains

North Korean officials did not turn up to Thursday’s scheduled meeting with the US military about repatriating the remains of the war dead, according to a US official with knowledge of the situation
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/2155041/north-korea-snubs-us-planned-meeting-discuss-returns-soldiers
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3050537

26 JUNE 2018

North Korean diplomat tells Japan not to meddle in denuclearisation

A North Korean diplomat to the United Nations advised Japan on Tuesday not to meddle in the process of denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2152635/north-korean-diplomat-tells-japan-not-meddle-denuclearisation
https://japantoday.com/category/politics/N-Korea-says-it-will-ignore-Japan-until-it-halts-military-buildup-drills

23 JUNE 2018

Kim Jong-un introduces new mandatory national oath ‘erasing his father and grandfather’ from text

Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, has introduced a new national oath playing down the achievements of his father and grandfather and instead praising his own ideology and leadership
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/06/23/kim-jong-un-introduces-new-mandatory-national-oath-erasing-father/
http://www.dailynk.com/english/a-new-oath-and-kim-jong-uns-leadership-grooming/

12 JUNE 2018

Singapore summit: The agreement signed by Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un in full

7 JUNE 2018

North Korea razing key missile test stand

New commercial satellite imagery indicates that North Korea is razing the missile test stand at the Iha-ri Driver Training and Test Facility north of the city of Kusong in the wake of Kim Jong Un’s April statement announcing a unilateral suspension of ballistic missile and nuclear tests
https://www.38north.org/2018/06/ihari060618/

2 JUNE 2018

Seoul, Tokyo clash on how North Korea should remove its missiles

Speaking at the Shangri-La Dialogue, Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera and South Korean Minister of National Defense Song Young-moo appeared to clash over the urgency in removing Pyongyang’s short-range ballistic missiles
https://www.cnbc.com/2018/06/02/seoul-tokyo-clash-onhow-north-korea-should-remove-its-missiles.html
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/06/02/563650/Japan-South-Korea-North-Korean-leader-Kim-Jongun-Singapore-Shangrila-Dialogue-security-forum-Itsunori-Onodera-Song-Youngmoo-James-Mattis
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20180602_13/

1 JUNE 2018

Trump: June 12 Meeting With N. Korean Leader Is Back On

In confirming the summit, Trump said he believed it would be a “very successful” meeting and “ultimately, a successful process.”
https://www.voanews.com/a/trump-expected-receive-personal-letter-north-korean-leader/4419314.html
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/06/02/asia-pacific/politics-diplomacy-asia-pacific/trump-says-kim-summit-june-12-puts-japan-south-korea-spot-economic-aid/#.WxJV1UiFM2w

31 MAY 2018

Russia’s Lavrov meets with Kim Jong Un, as Pompeo tries to salvage summit

Lavrov-Kim meeting in Pyongyang is the first time the Korean leader met a top Russian official
https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/05/31/615747709/russias-lavrov-meets-with-kim-jong-un-as-pompeo-tries-to-salvage-summit?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=news
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/05/russian-foreign-minister-sergey-lavrov-meets-kim-jong-180531104510394.html
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/russia-north-korea-meeting-invitation-putin-kim-jong-un-moscow-trump-a8377431.html

10 MAY 2018

Trump-Kim Jong-un summit set for Singapore on 12 June

US President Donald Trump has announced that he will meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore on June 12, where the pair are expected to discuss denuclearisation
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-44074257
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2145610/donald-trump-announces-he-will-meet-kim-jong-un-singapore-june

9 MAY 2018

Three US detainees freed in North Korea during Mike Pompeo visit

Three American prisoners have been freed from North Korea and are heading back to the US with Mike Pompeo, the US secretary of state, Donald Trump, the US president announced on Wednesday
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/05/09/three-us-detainees-freed-north-korea-mike-pompeo-visit/
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/05/09/asia/americans-detained-north-korea-intl/index.html

28 APRIL 2018

Australia, Canada and Britain to monitor North Korean ships via military aircraft

The aircraft will seek to determine if North Korean ships are violating UN sanctions by transporting prohibited goods. The announcement came a day after North and South Korea pledged to denuclearize the peninsula
http://www.dw.com/en/australia-canada-and-britain-to-monitor-north-korean-ships-via-military-aircraft/a-43577887
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20180428_09/

18 APRIL 2018

CIA boss Mike Pompeo held secret meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un

CIA Director Mike Pompeo made a secret visit to North Korea over Easter weekend and met with Kim Jong Un, according to media reports. Donald Trump said the meeting « went very smoothly and a good relationship was formed. »
http://www.dw.com/en/cia-boss-mike-pompeo-held-secret-meeting-with-north-korean-leader-kim-jong-un-us-media/a-43429344
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2018-04-18/north-korea-cia-boss-in-secret-talks-with-kim-jongun-ahead-of-possible-summit-with-donald-trump/1750338

31 MARCH 2018

North Korea: UN Security Council blacklists dozens of ships, companies over illegal smuggling

Shipping companies, individual ships and a Taiwanese man are named in the largest ever sanctions package agreed by the Security Council’s North Korea sanctions committee, accused of helping smuggle oil and coal
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2018-03-31/north-korea-un-security-council-blacklists-dozens-of-ships-companies-over-illegal-smuggling/1746410
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-03-31/un-blacklists-dozens-of-ships-companies-over-north-korea/9607202?section=world

25 MARCH 2018

Russia to build bridge to North Korea

Russia is connected with North Korea’s territory by the railway link over the Tuman River on the border. The construction of the new bridge is important for transporting goods without entering China
https://112.international/ukraine-top-news/russia-to-build-bridge-to-north-korea-26928.html

16 MARCH 2018

North Korea’s foreign minister visits Sweden amid Trump-Kim summit speculation

North Korea’s top diplomat met with his Swedish counterpart in a surprise visit to Stockholm. The visit has led to speculation that the talks could lay the groundwork for a meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/03/15/asia/north-korea-sweden-intl/index.html
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/north-korea-s-top-diplomat-in-surprise-visit-to-sweden-15967
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2137562/sweden-says-we-dont-think-we-can-solve-worlds-problems-after

12 MARCH 2018

North Korea silent on meeting with Donald Trump

North Korea has yet to respond publicly or privately to the decision by Donald Trump to attend a summit with its leader Kim Jong-un
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/03/12/north-korea-silent-meeting-trump/
http://www.todayonline.com/world/north-korea-cautious-announce-stance-summits
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-43368110

28 FEBRUARY 2018

Secret UN report reveals how North Korea is helping Syria build chemical weapons and missiles

North Korea appears to have stepped up its covert assistance to a Syrian government agency responsible for producing that country’s chemical weapons and advanced missiles, a UN panel has concluded in a confidential report
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2134998/secret-un-report-reveals-how-north-korea-helping-syria-build
http://www.france24.com/en/video/20180228-north-korea-sent-banned-items-syria-say-un-experts
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-02-28/north-korea-sending-equipment-to-aid-syrian-chemical-weapons/9493680?section=world

27 FEBRUARY 2018

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and his father ‘used Brazilian passports to apply for Western visas’

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and his late father Kim Jong-il used fraudulently obtained Brazilian passports to apply for visas to visit Western countries in the 1990s, five senior Western European security sources told Reuters
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/02/27/kim-jong-un-late-father-kim-jong-il-used-fake-brazilian-passports-to-apply-for-visas-report-says.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/2134985/north-korean-leader-kim-jong-un-and-his-father-used-brazilian

23 FEBRUARY 2018

US to impose ‘largest’ N Korea sanctions

The Trump administration on Friday imposed sanctions on more than 50 vessels, shipping companies and trade businesses – many Chinese – in its latest bid to pressure North Korea over its nuclear programme
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-43173487
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/2134523/trumps-toughest-ever-north-korean-sanctions-hit-more-50-ships

7 FEBRUARY 2018

Abe, Pence confirm pressure on N. Korea

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence confirmed on Wednesday that their two countries will continue to apply “maximum pressure” on North Korea, in cooperation with South Korea, to foil Pyongyang’s nuclear ambitions
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0004230644
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20180207_38/
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/02/07/mike-pence-announces-toughest-sanctions-ever-north-korea-vows/

5 FEBRUARY 2018

North Korean Special Operations Forces: Hovercraft Bases (Part II)

Satellite imagery analysis shows that North Korea continues to develop its conventional military forces in a few targeted areas in addition to its high-profile nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs. This is compatible with a broader North Korean strategy to develop stronger asymmetrical capabilities to offset the large imbalance of power between the DPRK and its neighbors
https://beyondparallel.csis.org/north-korean-special-operations-forces-hovercraft-bases-part-ii/

4 FEBRUARY 2018

German spy chief: Pyongyang procures missile parts via Berlin embassy

Germany’s BfV domestic intelligence agency has said that North Korea has been purchasing parts for its missile program via its embassy in Berlin
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/02/03/551183/north-korea-germany-missile
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-42935761

3 FEBRUARY 2018

UN reports says North Korea earned $200M from banned exports

North Korea « continued to export almost all the commodities prohibited in the resolutions, generating nearly $200 million in revenue between January and September 2017, » said the report by the experts
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/un-reports-says-north-korea-earned-200m-from-banned-exports-14835
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/north-korea-earned-us-200-million-from-banned-exports-sends-arms-9923290
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=213643

30 JANUARY 2018

UN warns sanctions starving North Korea children to death

The United Nations Children’s Fund has warned that hundreds of thousands of children could starve as a result of sanctions on North Korea. UNICEF said the inability of humanitarian staff to deliver aid there had put many children in lethal malnutrition condition
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/01/30/550718/North-Korea-sanctions-starvation

26 JANUARY 2018

Kim Jong-un’s young sister elevated to powerful position controlling North Korea state security

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un may have put his younger sister Kim Yo-jong in charge of the pariah nation’s powerful state security apparatus, it has emerged
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/01/26/kim-jong-uns-young-sister-elevated-powerful-position-controlling/
http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2018/01/25/2018012501295.html

23 JANUARY 2018

North Korea to change military founding day to Feb. 8

North Korea says it will change the founding anniversary of its military to February 8th, the day before the PyeongChang Winter Olympics open in South Korea
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3043713
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2130151/north-korea-plans-military-parade-eve-winter-olympics
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20180123_18/

21 JANUARY 2018

Who Is Behind the Illicit Transfer of Oil to North Korea?

The case of illicit tankers shipping oil to North Korea gets curiouser and curiouser
https://www.theepochtimes.com/who-is-behind-the-illicit-transfer-of-oil-to-north-korea_2419945.html

9 JANUARY 2018

Donors lose appetite for North Korean food aid

After a year of nuclear threats, fiery brinksmanship, and retaliatory sanctions, the global aid sector is at a crossroads with North Korea
http://www.irinnews.org/analysis/2018/01/09/donors-lose-appetite-north-korean-food-aid

8 JANUARY 2018

Another opportunity for diplomacy on North Korea

Top diplomats from the United States and Canada are seeking wider input around the North Korea issue. The so-called “Vancouver Group” offers an opportunity for countries around the world to discuss additional efforts to pressure North Korea and to develop creative diplomatic ideas
https://www.brookings.edu/blog/order-from-chaos/2018/01/08/another-opportunity-for-diplomacy-on-north-korea/

6 JANUARY 2018

Perception and reality on US-North Korea relations in 2018

The year 2018 is likely to prove a critical juncture in North Korea-US relations. At some point during the year, Pyongyang will decide whether to conduct an atmospheric nuclear detonation as the final proof of its nuclear deterrent capability
http://www.atimes.com/perception-reality-us-north-korea-relations-2018/

22 DECEMBER 2017

UN slaps new sanctions on North Korea in 15-0 vote

The resolution severely limits petroleum supplies to Pyongyang and demands that North Koreans working for Kim Jong Un’s regime abroad return home. The crippling sanctions follow North Korea’s latest missile test
http://www.dw.com/en/un-slaps-new-sanctions-on-north-korea-in-15-0-vote/a-41913360
http://www.france24.com/en/20171222-un-security-council-unanimously-votes-new-sanctions-north-korea
https://usun.state.gov/remarks/8238

19 DECEMBER 2017

US and UK blame North Korea for WannaCry cyberattack

The UK has joined the US in publicly blaming North Korea for the devastating WannaCry hacking attack earlier this year. The cyberattack took down computer systems in 150 countries and caused widespread chaos
http://www.dw.com/en/us-and-uk-blame-north-korea-for-wannacry-cyberattack/a-41852493
http://www.france24.com/en/20171219-usa-says-north-korea-directly-responsible-massive-cyber-attack-wannacry
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/dec/19/wannacry-cyberattack-us-says-it-has-evidence-north-korea-was-directly-responsible

11 DECEMBER 2017

UN warns tough North Korea sanctions risk hurting millions in need of aid

The UN rights chief told the security council on Monday that tough sanctions imposed on North Korea are complicating the delivery of desperately needed humanitarian aid and called for an assessment
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/dec/11/north-korea-sanctions-human-rights-toll-united-nations
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0004122631

5 DECEMBER 2017

Russia ‘increasing oil exports’ to North Korea

At a time when the United States is calling for more restrictions on fuel exports to North Korea, Russia may be attempting to avoid the total collapse of the regime in Pyongyang. Julian Ryall reports from Tokyo
http://www.dw.com/en/russia-increasing-oil-exports-to-north-korea/a-41656946

30 NOVEMBER 2017

UN divided over response to N Korea’s new missile test

The US is calling for more sanctions and the complete isolation of North Korea after another ballistic missile test. The United Nations Security Council has held an emergency meeting following Pyongyang’s latest launch
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/11/divided-response-koreas-missile-test-171130145040226.html

28 NOVEMBER 2917

North Korea fires ballistic missile, South Korea says

North Korea fired one ballistic missile from Pyongsong, a city in South Pyongan Province, at around 1817 GMT over the sea between South Korea and Japan, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said on Wednesday
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/north-korea-fires-ballistic-missile-says-us-and-south-korea-12694
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20171129_34/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/north-korea-fires-missile-for-the-first-time-in-more-than-two-months/2017/11/28/0c136952-d46c-11e7-9461-ba77d604373d_story.html?utm_term=.f173b4859335
http://www.latimes.com/world/asia/la-fg-north-korea-nuclear-missile-20171129-story.html

18 NOVEMBER 2017

Shadows of the past haunt Japan–North Korea relations

There are more than geostrategic, diplomatic and military factors behind the importance of Japan for North Korea and of North Korea for Japan: their present relationship is also rooted in history
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/11/18/shadows-of-the-past-haunt-japan-north-korea-relations/

15 NOVEMBER 2017

North Korea: coward Trump deserves death penalty for insulting Kim Jong-un

North Korea’s state media on Wednesday slammed Donald Trump for insulting leader Kim Jong-un, saying the US president deserved the death penalty and calling him a coward for cancelling a visit to the inter-Korean border
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2120006/north-korea-coward-trump-deserves-death-penalty-insulting-kim

16 OCTOBER 2017

European Union ministers ban all investments and oil exports to North Korea in punishing sanctions

The European Union imposed fresh sanctions on North Korea on Monday as part of international efforts to punish the pariah regime for its nuclear and ballistic weapons programmes
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2115618/european-union-ministers-ban-all-investments-and-oil-exports

8 OCTOBER 2017

North Korean leader promotes sister Kim Yo-jong

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has promoted his younger sister to a senior post in the one-party state, according to state media
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/10/north-korean-leader-promotes-sister-kim-yo-jong-171008172800383.html
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-10-09/kim-jong-uns-closest-aide-is-sister-kim-yo-jong/9030854?section=world
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20171008_18/

1st OCTOBER 2017

Italy orders North Korea ambassador home over missiles

Italy has ordered North Korea’s incoming new ambassador to leave the country in a protest over Kim Jong-Un’s missile launches and nuclear tests
http://eurasiadiary.com/en/news/world/194820-italy-orders-north-korea-ambassador-home-over-missiles

15 SEPTEMBER 2017

North Korea provokes again, fires another missile over Japan

In yet another provocation to the world, North Korea fired another missile that flew over Japan, deepening the regional tensions that have intensified over the last few months
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/news/254722988/north-korea-provokes-again-fires-another-missile-over-japan
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/09/north-korea-fires-missile-japan-170914221944101.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-41281050

12 SEPTEMBER 2017

North Korea: UN Security Council unanimously adopts new sanctions over nuclear test

The United Nations Security Council has unanimously voted to impose new sanctions on North Korea over its sixth and most powerful nuclear test
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-12/north-korea-un-unanimously-adopts-new-sanctions/8894362?section=world
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/09/security-council-slaps-sanctions-north-korea-170911221328811.html
http://www.trtworld.com/asia/north-korea-slams-un-sanctions-10420

8 SEPTEMBER 2017

Mexico expels North Korean ambassador over weapons test

Mexico has expelled North Korea’s ambassador in strong protest at Pyongyang’s recent missile and nuclear tests
http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/09/08/534431/Mexico-North-Korea-ambassador-Kim-Hyong-Gil-persona-non-grata

29 AUGUST 2017

North Korea fires missile over Japan, sharply escalating tensions

North Korea fired a missile that flew over Japan and landed in waters off the northern region of Hokkaido early on Tuesday, South Korean and Japanese officials said, marking a sharp escalation of tensions on the Korean peninsula
http://www.atimes.com/article/north-korea-fires-missile-japan-sharply-escalating-tensions/
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=208062
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170829_81/

26 AUGUST 2017

North Korea launches three missiles amid US-South Korea military drills

Two of the North’s missiles flew about 250km (155 miles) off the country’s east coast, the US military said, while one appeared to explode almost immediately
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/north-korea-missiles-short-range-donald-trump-kim-jong-un-military-drill-a7913806.html
http://www.euronews.com/2017/08/26/north-korea-fires-several-missiles-into-sea

23 AUGUST 2017

Kim Jong-un’s orders for more ICBMs raise alarms

Concerns are rising that North Korea may be planning more missile provocations over reports Pyongyang has ordered the production of intercontinental ballistic missile components to be increased
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20170823000705
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170823_20/
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2107962/north-koreas-leader-kim-jong-un-orders-production-more-rocket
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3037528

07 AUGUST 2017

Who are North Korea’s trading partners?

Despite being economically isolated, North Korea exports about $3bn worth of products and maintains trade relations chiefly with China, India, Pakistan, Burkina Faso, Russia, Thailand and the Philippines
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/interactive/2017/08/north-korea-trading-partners-170807142149131.html

5 AUGUST 2017

United Nations bans key North Korea exports over missile tests

The U.S.-drafted resolution bans North Korean exports of coal, iron, iron ore, lead, lead ore and seafood. It also prohibits countries from increasing the current numbers of North Korean labourers working abroad, bans new joint ventures with North Korea and any new investment in current joint ventures
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/08/security-council-vote-north-korea-sanctions-170805153043100.html
https://www.un.org/sc/suborg/en/sanctions/1718/resolutions
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-40838582

29 JULY 2017

North Korea confirms firing of another missile towards Japan

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said the second flight test of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) demonstrated that his country can hit the US mainland
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/07/north-korea-icbm-test-proves-strike-range-170729042200736.html
http://www.dw.com/en/north-korea-confirms-firing-of-another-missile-towards-japan/a-39879886
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-40760583

21 JULY 2017

What sanctions? North Korea economy grows at fastest pace in 17 years

North Korea’s economy grew at its fastest pace in 17 years in 2016, South Korea’s central bank said on Friday, despite the isolated country facing international sanctions aimed at curbing its pursuit of nuclear weapons
http://www.atimes.com/article/sanctions-north-korea-economy-grows-fastest-pace-17-years/

21 JULY 2017

Trump administration bans US travel to North Korea following the death of Otto Warmbier

Americans hankering for a drink at the Pyongyang beer festival or to run the city marathon in October are set to be sorely disappointed by a proposed US government ban on tourism to North Korea
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/21/trump-administration-bans-us-travel-north-korea-following-death/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-40680500

10 JULY 2017

North Korea’s surprising, lucrative relationship with Africa

North Korea’s commercial relationships are only one sign of the surprisingly close ties many African leaders have with the secretive, highly repressive Asian country
http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/content/analysis-north-koreas-african-connection

8 JULY 2017

US bombers drill near Korea DMZ in show of force

US bombers carried out a rare live fire drill in South Korea on Saturday (July 8), flying close to the DMZ in a show of force after Pyongyang’s latest missile test, the South’s defence ministry said
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/us-bombers-drill-near-korea-dmz-in-show-of-force
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/two-us-bombers-hold-firing-drills-with-south-korean-forces-9015252

4 JULY 2017

North Korea’s missile test: everything you need to know

Missile experts have examined data from the test to analyse whether North Korea’s claim of being able to reach ‘anywhere in the world’ is true
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/04/are-north-koreas-missile-claims-true-and-what-do-they-signify
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-17399847

North Korea claims it has test fired intercontinental ballistic missile – a weapon that ‘could reach Alaska’

North Korea claims to have conducted its first test of an intercontinental ballistic missile, a development that, if confirmed, could move the regime closer to being able to strike the US mainland and dramatically strengthen its hand in negotiations with Washington
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/04/north-korea-launches-ballistic-missile-japans-defence-ministry-says
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/04/donald-trump-attacks-kim-jong-un-twitter-north-koreas-latest/

20 JUNE 2017

North Korea’s Military Capabilities

North Korea has one of the world’s largest conventional military forces, which, combined with its escalating missile and nuclear tests and aggressive rhetoric, has aroused concern worldwide. North Korea spends nearly a quarter of its GDP on its military
https://www.cfr.org/backgrounder/north-koreas-military-capabilities?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+cfr_main+%28CFR.org+-+Main+Site+Feed%29

14 JUNE 2017

North Korea’ Hidden Cobra group behind eight years of hacks, says US

The US government is issuing a rare alert on the activities of a hacking group it dubs « Hidden Cobra, » saying the group is part of the North Korean government and more attacks are likely
http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/content/north-korean-cyber-group-behind-8-years-attacks-fbi

Chairman of China’s Anbang Insurance reportedly detained

8 JUNE 2017

North Korea launches missile salvo at area where US aircraft carrier fleet had sailed

North Korea has fired a volley of what appeared to be land-to-ship missiles, hours after a senior US official said the regime’s recent advances in missile technology were causing “great concern” in Washington
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/08/north-korea-launches-salvo-missiles-tests
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/north-korea-fires-suspected-land-to-ship-missiles-as-south-korea-delays-thaad-8927710

3 JUNE 2017

UNSC adopts resolution sanctioning more North Korean individuals, entities

In a unanimously adopted resolution, the 15-nation council decided to impose travel bans and asset freezes on 14 individuals and put sanctions on two companies, one bank as well as the Strategic Rocket Force of the Korean People’s Army
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=204787
http://www.france24.com/en/20170603-un-security-council-blacklists-north-korea-missile-tests
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/06/un-security-council-expands-north-korea-sanctions-missile-tests/#EiMhLDK0w8yYu8jF.97

27 MAY 2017

North Korean official accuses UN of refusing to discuss alternatives to sanctions

North Korea has slammed UN Security Council resolutions meant to restrict the country’s trade and international financial ties and accused Secretary General Antonio Guterres of ignoring multiple requests from Pyongyang to consider alternatives
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/2095906/north-korea-official-blasts-uns-refusal-weigh-alternatives-sanctions?cx_tag=recommend_desktop#cxrecs_s

21 MAY 2017

North Korea’s Unit 180, the cyber warfare cell that worries the West

North Korea’s main spy agency has a special cell called Unit 180 that is likely to have launched some of its most daring and successful cyber attacks, according to defectors, officials and internet security experts
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/north-koreas-unit-180-the-cyber-warfare-cell-that-worries-the-west

North Korea fires another ballistic missile despite sanctions threats

North Korea on Sunday test-fired a ballistic missile, the latest in a series of launches which have sparked international condemnation and threats of tougher UN sanctions
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2095114/north-korea-fires-unidentified-projectile-seoul-says
https://japantoday.com/category/world/seoul-says-north-korea-fires-an-unidentified-projectile

18 MAY 2017

Russia launches ferry connection with North Korea

The first ever ferry service linking Russia and North Korea was launched on Thursday, the company operating it said, hoping to serve tourists and North Korean workers
http://eurasiadiary.com/en/news/politics/140803-russia-launches-ferry-connection-with-north-korea
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2017/05/103_229411.html

14 MAY 2017

North Korea test-fires what could be new kind of longer-range missile

Launch on day of China’s ‘belt and road’ summit reflects Pyongyang’s determination to push ahead with its nuclear ambitions, analysts say
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2094267/china-again-calls-restraint-after-north-korean-missile
http://www.euronews.com/2017/05/14/north-korea-has-fired-a-ballistic-missile-according-to-reports-from-south-korea
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/may/13/north-korea-test-fires-projectile-believed-to-be-ballistic-missile

13 MAY 2017

North Korea open for US talks under ‘right conditions’

Pyongyang would have a dialogue with the Trump administration if the « conditions are there », Yonhap news agency quoted a senior North Korean diplomat, who handles relations with the US, as saying
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/05/north-korea-open-talks-conditions-170513151959644.html
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=203966

5 MAY 2017

North Korea CIA plot to kill Kim Jong-un allegation – full text

North Korea is accusing the US and South Korea of plotting to kill its leader, Kim Jong-un. Here is the full statement from the North Korean ministry of state security
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-pacific-39819922

29 APRIL 2017

North Korea conducts second failed ballistic missile launch in two weeks

In strong defiance of sanctions placed against it, North Korea test-fired another ballistic missile on Saturday, its second failed launch in the past fortnight
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/news/253001658/north-korea-conducts-second-failed-ballistic-missile-launch-in-two-weeks
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=203481
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39750240

11 APRIL 2017

North Korea tells America it’s ready for ‘war’ after the US Navy makes ‘reckless’ show of force

North Korea has denounced the US deployment of a naval strike group to the region, warning it is ready for « war » as Washington tightens the screws on the nuclear-armed state
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/04/11/south-korea-warns-north-provocations-us-navy-group-approaches/
http://www.dw.com/en/north-korea-denounces-us-naval-deployment-in-west-pacific/a-38376046
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/trump-says-us-ready-to-solve-n-korea-problem-without-china/3670130.html

5 APRIL 2017

North Korea launches ballistic missile ahead of Xi-Trump summit

North Korea fired a ballistic missile toward the Sea of Japan at 6:42 a.m. on Wednesday from the eastern coastal region of Sinpo. The missile flew about 60km before hitting the water, according to the South Korean military
http://asia.nikkei.com/Politics-Economy/International-Relations/North-Korea-launches-ballistic-missile-ahead-of-Xi-Trump-summit
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/04/north-korea-fires-ballistic-missile-sea-japan-170405005900793.html
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/news/252690136/north-korea-makes-itself-heard-as-trump-xi-prepare-to-meet-reclusive-nation-fires-another-ballistic-missile

22 MARCH 2017

North Korean missile explodes seconds after launch

A North Korean missile fired Wednesday morning exploded within seconds of launch, the South Korean and U.S. militaries said, a reassuring sign for those worried about the speed at which North Korea’s weapons program has been progressing
http://www.dw.com/en/latest-north-korean-missile-test-fails-seoul/a-38060304
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/22/north-korea-missile-test-failure

19 MARCH 2017

North Korea tests new rocket engine, which can be repurposed for use in missiles

North Korea has tested a powerful new rocket engine, state media said Sunday, with leader Kim Jong-un hailing the successful test as a “new birth” for the nation’s rocket industry
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2080244/north-korea-tests-new-rocket-engine-which-can-be-repurposed-use
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170319_12/
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/19/north-korea-rocket-test-overheated-relations-with-us-rex-tillerson-kim-jong-un

6 MARCH 2017

North Korea fires four ballistic missiles into Sea of Japan

North Korea launched four missiles Monday morning, a provocative barrage that coincided both with joint U.S.-South Korean military exercises on the southern half of the peninsula and with the opening of the annual National People’s Congress in China
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/north-korea-launches-another-missile-perhaps-one-that-can-reach-us/2017/03/05/943010ee-96e2-4ff4-83aa-2fe09cd65831_story.html?utm_term=.7eaf5c96a8f9
http://edition.cnn.com/2017/03/05/asia/north-korea-projectile/index.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/06/north-korea-fires-unidentified-projectile-into-sea-of-japan

25 FEBRUARY 2017

Plans for first post-Trump US contact with North Korea cancelled, says report

Plans for the first contact between North Korea and the United States after Donald Trump took office have reportedly been cancelled after the US state department denied a visa for the top envoy from Pyongyang
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/feb/25/plans-for-first-post-trump-us-contact-with-north-korea-cancelled-says-report
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/02/n-korean-envoy-denied-visa-first-talks-trump-administration-cancelled/

14 FEBRUARY 2017

North Korean leader’s half-brother killed by ‘poison needles’ in Malaysia

Kim Jong-nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, has been killed at an airport in Malaysia after being sprayed in the face by an unidentified liquid, police have said
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/02/14/kim-jong-uns-older-brother-killed-north-korean-spies-poison1/
https://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2017/feb/14/north-korean-leader-kim-jong-uns-brother-dies-in-malaysia-video-report
http://www.atimes.com/kim-jong-nam-murdered-poisoned-needles/

13 FEBRUARY 2017

International community condemns DPRK’s missile test-firing

The international community has generally denounced the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) over its latest test-launch of a ballistic missile on Sunday
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-02/13/c_136053978.htm
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/02/korea-declares-ballistic-missile-test-success-170213085718539.html

12 FEBRUARY 2017

North Korea fires ballistic missile, challenging Trump

North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan on Sunday in what appeared to be a move timed to follow the first summit between Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and US President Donald Trump in Washington
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/251655179
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/feb/12/north-korea-shoots-missile-500km-in-show-of-force-to-trump-says-south
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/north-korea-tests-ballistic-missile-does-not-appear-to-be-icbm/3512368.html

3 FEBRUARY 2017

North Korean spy chief sacked in latest purge, says South Korea

The head of North Korea’s spy agency has become the most senior victim of another round of apparent purges ordered by the country’s leader, Kim Jong-un, South Korean officials have said
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/feb/03/north-korean-spy-chief-sacked-in-latest-purge-says-south-korea
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/02/03/kim-jong-un-dismisses-head-spy-agency-south-korea-says/

18 DECEMBER 2016

Successfully consolidating power, Kim Jong Un marks five years as leader of North Korea

Taking over from his father, whose demise was observed at monuments and center plazas across the the nation, Kim has consolidated power over the last five years, especially with the execution of his powerful uncle and the purges that ensued
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/250283015

24 SEPTEMBER 2016

North Korea air show thumbs nose at sanctions

Just weeks after carrying out its fifth nuclear test, North Korea put on an unprecedented civilian and military air force display Saturday (Sep 24) at the country’s first ever public aviation show
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/north-korea-air-show-thumbs-nose-at-sanctions/3152704.html
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160924_20/

24 AUGUST 2016

North Korea fires submarine-launched ballistic missile towards Japan

North Korea fired a submarine-launched missile on Wednesday that flew about 500 km (311 miles) towards Japan, a show of improving technological capability for the isolated country that has conducted a series of launches in defiance of UN sanctions
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/north-korea-fires-submarine-launched-ballistic-missile-towards-japan
http://www.dw.com/en/north-korea-launches-ballistic-missile-from-submarine/a-19496546
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/aug/24/north-korea-tests-submarine-launched-ballistic-missile

17 AUGUST 2016

Top North Korean diplomat defects from London embassy

A top North Korean diplomat in London has defected because he is “sick and tired of Kim Jong-un’s regime”, according to a spokesman for the South Korean government
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/08/top-north-korean-diplomat-defects-london-embassy/
http://edition.cnn.com/2016/08/17/world/north-korea-diplomat-defects/index.html

3 AUGUST 2016

North Korea fires missile into Japan waters for first time

North Korea fired a ballistic missile directly into Japanese-controlled waters for the first time Wednesday (Aug 3), drawing an outraged response from Tokyo and ramping up tensions with the United States and South Korea
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/north-korea-fires-ballistic-missile-report
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36961395
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/246385091

19 JULY 2016

Pyongyang fires 3 missiles in protest of Thaad

Pyongyang fired three ballistic missiles early Tuesday into the East Sea, possibly in protest against Seoul and Washington’s decision to deploying an advanced missile defense system to South Korea
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3021519
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2016/07/116_209821.html
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160719_80/

9 JULY 2016

A North Korea’s submarine-launched missile test ‘fails’

North Korea fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) off its east coast on Saturday, but the missile failed in its initial flight stage, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2016-07/09/content_15460516.html
https://www.nknews.org/2016/07/north-korea-fires-sub-launched-ballistic-missile/
http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/national/2016/07/09/86/0301000000AEN20160709002253315F.html

6 JULY 2016

US sanctions N. Korean leader Kim Jong Un for rights abuses

The United States has imposed sanctions on North Korea’s top officials, including its leader Kim Jong Un, for human rights abuses. It is the first time the US has held Kim directly responsible for extreme rights abuses
http://www.dw.com/en/us-sanctions-n-korean-leader-kim-jong-un-for-rights-abuses/a-19384516
http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/northkorea/2016/07/06/0401000000AEN20160706013754315.html

23 JUNE 2016

North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un says new missile can strike US military bases in the Pacific

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un threatened United States military bases across the Pacific after North Korea’s test of a powerful new missile triggered emergency United Nations Security Council talks late Wednesday (June 22) on curbing Pyongyang’s nuclear programme.
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/north-koreas-leader-kim-jong-un-says-new-missile-can-strike-us-military-bases-in-the

22 JUNE 2016

North Korea carries out two banned mid-range ‘Musudan ballistic’ missile tests

North Korea conducted two back-to-back tests of a powerful new medium-range missile on Wednesday, with at least one launch ending in failure, South Korea’s Defence Ministry said.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/06/21/north-korea-test-fires-musudan-ballistic-missile/
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/1979187/north-korea-fires-two-powerful-mid-range-missiles-extending
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-06-22/north-korea-carries-out-two-backtoback-musudan-missile-tests-south-korea-says/1592454

7 JUNE 2016

The North Korea-Cuba Connection

Havana’s continued cooperation with Pyongyang is an alarming blow to the normalization process.
http://thediplomat.com/2016/06/the-north-korea-cuba-connection/

31 MAY 2016

North Korea’s fourth Musudan missile launch fails: South

North Korea launched a Musudan intermediate-range ballistic missile early Tuesday morning, but the launch ended in failure, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) and military sources said
http://atimes.com/2016/05/japan-puts-military-on-alert-for-possible-north-korea-missile-launch-nhk/

21 MAY 2016

North Korea’s Complicated Relationship With the Gulf

North Korea has had a relatively short and somewhat complicated relationship with the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)http://www.fairobserver.com/region/middle_east_north_africa/north-koreas-complicated-relationship-gulf-99077/

Top North Korean diplomat Kang Sok-ju who forged 1994 nuclear deal with the U.S. dies

Kang Sok-ju, a senior official of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), has died of cancer at the age of 76, the official Korean Central News Agency reported Saturday.
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/244265975
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2016-05/21/content_15436688.html

9 MAY 2016

Kim Jong-un is made chairman of Workers’ Party

North Korea on Monday 9 named Kim Jong-un as chairman of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK), in a move to further cement his grip on power. Kim’s appointment came on the last day of the Communist country’s biggest political gathering, held for the first time in 36 years, with over 3,000 participants unanimously supporting the motion
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/kim-jong-un-made-chairman-workers%E2%80%99-party
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/north-korea-stages-second/2773726.html

7 MAY 2016

Nobel laureates call for easing of sanctions on North Korea

During a week-long trip, three renowned scientists have seen for themselves the impact of international sanctions on North Korea. They say the quality of medical care and academic research has been weakened
http://www.dw.com/en/nobel-laureates-call-for-easing-of-sanctions-on-north-korea/a-19241661
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/nobel-laureates-call-easing-north-korea-sanctions-105940610.html?nhp=1

6 MAY 2016

North Korean leader trumpets nuclear program at congress

In the first congress of the ruling Workers’ Party in 36 years, he added that North Korea had had taken « magnificent » strides in its nuclear weapons program and would not be cowed by sanctions or international pressure
http://www.dw.com/en/north-korean-leader-trumpets-nuclear-program-at-congress/a-19240589
http://www.euronews.com/2016/05/06/north-korea-kicks-off-congress-but-foreign-invitees-refused-entry/
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/07/world/asia/north-korea-congress.html?ref=world&referer=http:/www.nytimes.com/pages/world/index.html?action=click&pgtype=Homepage&region=TopBar&module=HPMiniNav&contentCollection=World&WT.nav=page&nytmobile=0&_r=0

24 MARCH 2016

North Korea claims successful solid-fuel rocket engine test

North Korea said Thursday that it had successfully conducted a high-powered, solid-fuel rocket engine test, which if confirmed would be a major step forward in boosting its missile attack capability against South Korea and the United States.
https://www.yahoo.com/tech/north-korea-claims-more-progress-050215879.html
https://www.nknews.org/2016/03/north-korea-conducts-solid-missile-fuel-test/

19 MARCH 2016

U.N. Security Council condemns North Korea missile launches

The United Nations Security Council strongly condemned on Friday North Korea’s recent ballistic missile launches and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on Pyongyang to « halt these inflammatory and escalatory actions. »
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/asia/korean_peninsula/AJ201603190010
http://edition.cnn.com/2016/03/17/asia/north-korea-missile-launch/index.html

16 MARCH 2016

White House demands release of US student sentenced to 15 years hard labour in North Korea

The White House has urged North Korea to release a US student who was condemned to 15 years hard labour after allegedly stealing a propaganda sign from a hotel.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/12196295/White-House-demands-release-of-US-student-sentenced-to-15-years-hard-labour-in-North-Korea.html

12 MARCH 2016

North Korea submarine ‘missing’ as US-South Korea drills continue

A North Korean People’s Navy submarine is missing and presumed sunk, a U.S. official told USNI News on Friday
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35793980
http://atimes.com/2016/03/us-official-north-korean-submarine-is-missing-presumed-sunk/

3 MARCH 2016

North Korea fires 6 short-range projectiles in wake of UN resolution

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) fired six short-range projectiles on Thursday morning in an apparent show of force after new tougher sanctions resolution on Pyongyang was passed at the UN Security Council
http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/971652.shtml
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/north-korea-fires-short-range-missiles-after-new-un-sanctions

21 FEBRUARY 2016

North Korea new army chief after Ri Yong-gil ‘execution’

Ri Myong-su has been named army chief in North Korea, days after unconfirmed reports that his predecessor, Ri Yong-gil, had been executed.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35624820
http://atimes.com/2016/02/north-korea-confirms-new-military-chief-after-execution-of-top-official/

10 FEBRUARY 2016

South Korea halts joint venture after North’s tests

South Korea is to suspend operations at a jointly-run industrial park in North Korea following the North’s recent rocket launch and nuclear test.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35539346
http://news.yahoo.com/korea-suspend-operations-joint-kaesong-industrial-park-n-082439165.html
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/south-korean-firms-begin/2505228.html

Japan announces new sanctions on Pyongyang

Japan has decided to impose more sanctions against North Korea following the country’s launch of what it called a satellite-carrying rocket on Sunday. The launch is seen by the international community as a long-range ballistic missile test
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20160210_38.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/02/japan-slap-sanctions-north-korea-rocket-160210112644465.html

9 FEBRUARY 2016

North Korean satellite is in orbit, say Seoul and Washington

North Korea was successful in putting a satellite into orbit on Sunday, although it is not clear whether it is working, according to South Korea’s defence ministry
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/12147588/North-Korean-satellite-is-in-orbit-says-Seoul.html
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20160209000046

7 FEBRUARY 2016

UN Security Council ‘strongly condemns’ N. Korea rocket launch

« The members of the Security Council strongly condemn this launch, » read a statement presented by Venezuela’s UN Ambassador Rafael Ramiriez, who sits as the council’s president for February.
http://www.dw.com/en/un-security-council-strongly-condemns-n-korea-rocket-launch/a-19032563
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35518058
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/02/hold-emergency-summit-korea-rocket-launch-160207144308489.html

4 FEBRUARY 2016

DPRK ruling party convenes meeting to rout corruption

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea leader Kim Jong-un presided over a meeting of senior ruling party officials aimed at rooting out corruption and abuses of power ahead of a major congress to be held in May, its state media reported Thursday, calling the gathering the first of its kind.
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2016-02/04/content_15382933.html

8 JANUARY 2016

North Korea releases video of ‘new’ submarine-launched missile test

North Korea has released video footage of a purportedly new submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) test, three days after it claimed it had successfully tested its first hydrogen bomb
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-01-09/north-korea-releases-video-of-new-submarinelaunched-missile-test/1534114
http://www.euronews.com/2016/01/09/north-korea-releases-video-of-missile-test/
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20160109_24.html

7 JANUARY 2016

Why sanctions have failed to deter North Korea

As the UN considers imposing more sanctions on North Korea following its latest nuclear test, DW examines how effective such measures have been in deterring Pyongyang from advancing its nuclear arms program.
http://www.dw.com/en/why-sanctions-have-failed-to-deter-north-korea/a-18966019

DECEMBER 2014

UN General Assembly seeks North Korea ICC charges

The non-binding measure approved by a vote of 116 to 20 with 53 abstentions was hailed as a clear message about growing international concern over human rights violations in the reclusive communist country.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/450715/un-wants-north-korea-charged-at-icc
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30540379

27 NOVEMBER 2014

N Korean leader’s sister appointed in top job

North Korea has revealed that leader Kim Jong Un’s sister has been named as a senior official in the ruling Workers’ Party, strengthening analysts’ views that she is an increasingly important part of the family dynasty that runs the country.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/11/north-korea-leader-sister-appointed-top-job-20141127123414978909.html
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/n-korea-reveals-senior-rank-kim-jong-uns-little-sister

24 NOVEMBER 2014

Isolated N.K. boosts Russia ties

North Korea and Russia appear to be joining forces to ease their international isolation as the former strives to strengthen the bilateral relationship in a frantic search for outside economic assistance and diplomatic support
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20141124001002

 

Main news on South Korea

13 JANUARY 2019

South Korean defense budget to be increased 7.5% per year until 2023

The South Korean national defense budget is to be increased by an average of 7.5% each year between 2019 and 2023, for a total investment of 270.7 trillion won (US$242 billion) over the five-year period
http://english.hani.co.kr/arti/english_edition/e_national/878210.html

10 JANUARY 2019

Pres. Moon says Japan must adopt ‘humbler’ attitude to historical issues

President Moon Jae-in insisted that Japan needs to take a humbler approach in dealing with the bad blood caused by the two countries’ (quote) « unfortunate history, » referring to Japan’s colonization of Korea in the early 20th century
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=229485
https://asianews.network/2019/01/10/korea-seizes-japanese-companies-asset-over-wartime-forced-labor/
https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20190108/p2g/00m/0fp/083000c

7 DECEMBER 2018

South Korea Approves $300 Mln Deal to Buy US Missiles for Aegis System

South Korea has decided to purchase a new batch of SM-2 ship-to-air missiles from the United States to equip three new destroyers with the Aegis system, South Korean Defence Ministry’s procurement department said on Friday
https://sputniknews.com/military/201812071070475266-south-korea-us-missiles-aegis/

5 DECEMBER 2018

Seoul voices concerns as more Chinese military aircraft spread their wings in South Korean air defence zone

South Korea has voiced its frustration about repeated intrusions into its air defence identification zone by Chinese military aircraft, moves that analysts say reflect Beijing’s opposition to strengthening ties between Seoul, Tokyo and Washington
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/2176497/seoul-voices-concerns-more-chinese-military-aircraft-spread

28 NOVEMBER 2018

Korea successfully test-launched locally developed rocket

South Korea on Wednesday (Nov 28) successfully conducted a rocket engine test launch, officials said, paving the way for the development of its own space launch vehicle
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=227273
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20181128000771

27 NOVEMBER 2018

South Korea to buy Israeli early warning radar to deter North despite thaw

South Korea plans to buy two Israeli early warning radar systems, it said on Tuesday (Nov 27), as it reinforces air defences against North Korea despite fast-improving relations
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/south-korea-to-buy-israeli-early-warning-radar-to-deter-north-despite-thaw

26 NOVEMBER 2018

South Korean lawmakers land on disputed isle, prompting Japan protest

A group of South Korean lawmakers landed on an islet disputed with Japan in the East China Sea on Monday (Nov 26), prompting a protest from Tokyo and straining ties at a time when stalled talks over North Korea’s nuclear programme call for close coordination
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/south-korean-lawmakers-land-on-disputed-isle-prompting-japan-protest
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20181126_23/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02J6Q0fwU2A

21 NOVEMBER 2018

South Korea says it will dissolve Japan-funded ‘comfort women’ foundation

South Korea has said it would close a controversial Japanese-funded foundation set up to help former war-time sex slaves, a decision Japan said risked souring ties between the two countries
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/s-korea-to-close-japan-funded-comfort-women-foundation-japan-pm-abe-says-seoul-risks
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20181121000139
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/11/21/national/politics-diplomacy/south-korea-says-will-dissolve-japan-funded-comfort-women-foundation/#.W_W68OhKg2w

7 NOVEMBER 2018

South Korean Defense chief apologizes for military’s sexual assaults during 1980 democracy crackdown

Minister of National Defense Jeong Kyeong-doo has issued an official apology for the sexual assaults committed by South Korean soldiers during the harsh crackdown on the Pro-Democracy movement in the southwestern city of Gwangju,.. 38 years ago
http://www.arirang.com/News/News_View.asp?nseq=226135
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2018/11/356_258314.html

4 NOVEMBER 2018

US, South Korea set delayed military drills; North Korea urges end to pressure

The United States and South Korea will begin small-scale military drills on Monday (Nov 5) that were delayed during talks with North Korea, days after Pyongyang threatened to restart work on its nuclear programme if international pressure does not ease
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/us–south-korea-set-delayed-military-drills–north-korea-urges-end-to-pressure-10896580

1 NOVEMBER 2018

Korean top court rules religious belief valid reason for refusing military service

Korea’s top court recognized the right of people to refuse mandatory military service for their religious and conscientious beliefs in a landmark ruling, Thursday, creating a powerful precedent that could spare hundreds of young men from prison sentences every year
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2018/11/356_258021.html
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/s-korea-court-upholds-conscientious-objection-to-military/
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3055046

30 OCTOBER 2018

South Korean Supreme Court orders Japanese firm to pay compensation for Korean wartime forced labour

South Korea’s Supreme Court has ruled in favor of compensating four laborers who were forced to work at a Japanese steel mill during WWII. Tokyo decried the ruling as « unthinkable » and threatened a firm response
https://www.dw.com/en/south-korea-court-orders-japans-nippon-steel-to-compensate-forced-laborers/a-46083413
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=225716
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20181030_81/

19 OCTOBER 2018

What’s South Korea’s problem with refugees?

South Korea refused to grant refugee status to hundreds of Yemenis who fled the catastrophic war in their home country, allowing them to stay here only on temporary humanitarian visas
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2018/10/whats-south-koreas-problem-with-refugees/
http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2018/10/18/2018101801060.html

18 OCTOBER 2018

US opposed to Koreas’ plan for no-fly zone over border

The United States has opposed a plan by South and North Korea to set up a no-fly zone over their heavily fortified border – the latest sign of a rift between Seoul and its top ally
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/10/opposed-koreas-plan-fly-zone-border-181018095517327.html

5 OCTOBER 2018

Former president Lee Myung-bak sentenced to 15 years

The conservative politician will have to pay some 20 million dollars in fines and forfeiture. His charges include abuse of power and embezzlement. All living former South Korean presidents have been jailed after completing their mandate
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/10/05/former-south-korean-president-imprisoned-15-years-corruption/
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20181005000545

4 OCTOBER 2018

South Korea reiterates a demand that Japan should remove its “rising sun” naval flag from a warship participating in an international fleet review at Jeju island next week

Many South Koreans associate the symbol with Japanese military aggression during World War II and have expressed anger over the potential display of the alleged “war-crime flag” during the Oct. 10-14 event
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/s-korea-renews-call-for-japan-to-remove-rising-sun-flag/
http://japan-forward.com/japan-to-hoist-rising-sun-flag-in-international-fleet-review-despite-south-koreas-protests/
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20181004000538

25 SEPTEMBER 2018

New US-South Korea trade pact spurs hopes for Nafta, China deals

The signing of a renegotiated free-trade agreement between the US and South Korea is spurring optimism that export markets for American farm goods won’t shut down and may even expand
https://www.straitstimes.com/world/united-states/new-us-south-korea-trade-pact-spurs-hopes-for-nafta-china-deals

14 SEPTEMBER 2018

South Korea launches its first missile-capable submarine despite improved relations with the North

The Republic of Korea (ROK)’s President Moon Jae-in said Friday that his country will keep peace through strength as its security strategy amid thawing ties with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK)
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/09/14/south-korea-launches-first-missile-capable-submarine-despite/
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=223579

24 AUGUST 2018

South Korea’s ex-President gets prison time extended to 25 years

A South Koean appeals court on Friday increased the sentence of former President Park Geun-hye by one year to 25 years for the over the corruption that led to her impeachment last year
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2018/08/south-koreas-ex-president-gets-prison-time-extended-to-25-years/
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2018/08/251_254435.html
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20180824_27/

23 AUGUST 2018

Fears that suspension of US-South Korea military exercises may have dangerous repercussions

Government officials have played down the potential impact on military readiness and effectiveness, but defence experts issue warnings
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2161039/fears-suspension-us-south-korea-military-exercises-may

3 AUGUST 2018

S Korean President Orders Reform of Defense Intelligence Unit

The country’s Defense Ministry announced a plan to reform the DSC amid allegations that the unit considered the possibility of introducing martial law last year to quell protests against then-President Park Geun-hye
https://sputniknews.com/asia/201808031066921070-south-korea-defense-unit-reform/
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2018/08/205_253291.html
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3051

27 JULY 2018

Korea’s defense ministry unveils comprehensive military reform plan

It aims to use technology to build a more versatile, efficient and effective fighting force.
It’s a comprehensive plan called « Defense Reform 2.0 » that’ll cost around 240 billion dollars over the next five years
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=221070
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2018/07/205_252937.html

20 JULY 2018

South Korea court hands ex-president Park 8 more years in jail

The Seoul Central District Court ruled that Park, who already received a 24-year jail term over separate corruption charges, colluded with her former aides to cause the loss of government funds worth 3.3bn won ($2.91m) from the National Intelligence Service
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/07/south-korea-court-hands-president-park-8-years-jail-180720062410283.html
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2018/07/356_252587.html

4 JULY 2018

How sustainable is the China-South Korean thaw?

With North Korea apparently coming in from the cold, relations are also warming between South Korea and China. This is good news for Seoul
http://www.atimes.com/article/how-sustainable-is-the-china-south-korean-thaw/?utm_source=The+Daily+Report&utm_campaign=1c38851344-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_07_04_12_23&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1f8bca137f-1c38851344-31591405

1 JULY 2018

South Korea officially drops its maximum workweek to 52 hours to promote work-life balance

South Korea officially dropped its maximum workweek to 52 hours on Sunday (July 1), in an effort to improve the quality of life among its citizens by tackling the country’s notoriously long work hours
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/south-korea-officially-drops-its-maximum-workweek-to-52-hours
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20180701000048

29 JUNE 2018

US troops move into new Camp Humphreys after 70 tense years of military presence in South Korea’s capital

The United States formally ended seven decades of military presence in South Korea’s capital on Friday with the opening of a new headquarters farther from the tense border with North Korea
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2153146/us-military-moves-new-camp-humphreys-after-70-tense-years
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=219637

28 JUNE 2018

South Korea to offer alternative service for conscientious objectors

South Korea’s Constitutional Court on Thursday ordered the revision of current laws by next year to give conscientious objectors — those who refuse mandatory military service on grounds of conscience or religious beliefs — the option to perform an alternative service of a civilian nature
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20180628000835
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2152966/military-service-looms-star-soccer-player-son-south-korea-offers

US to Keep Current Number of Troops in South Korea – Defense Secretary

The United States will keep its current level of troops in South Korea in order to maintain Washington’s defense commitment to its Asian ally, US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Thursday, as quoted by South Korea’s Yonhap news agency
https://sputniknews.com/world/201806281065864497-us-troops-numbers-south-korea/
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=219557

Hwang Sok-yong Wins French Prize for Asian Literature

Korean novelist Hwang Sok-yong has been awarded the Emile Guimet Prize for Asian Literature for his book « At Dusk. »
http://www.korea.net/NewsFocus/Culture/view?articleId=160749
http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2018/06/27/2018062701403.html

23 JUNE 2018

Ex-South Korean premier and spy agency founder Kim Jong-pil dies

Kim Jong-pil, the founder of South Korea’s spy agency whose political skills helped him also serve twice as prime minister, first under his dictator boss and later under a man his agency kidnapped, has died. He was 92
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-06-23/ex-s-korean-premier-kim-jong-pil-spy-agency-founder-dies
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2152137/ex-south-korean-premier-and-spy-agency-founder-kim-jong-pil-dies
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=219306

13 JUNE 2018

Donald Trump’s announcement to end military wargames with South Korea leaves former general ‘speechless’

President Donald Trump’s announcement that the US would suspend military exercises with South Korea left one of their most experienced military leaders « speechless »
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-06-13/south-korean-military-leader-left-speechless-by-trump/9865724?section=world
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/south-korea-says-halt-to-us-drills-may-be-needed-to-help-10427042#cxrecs_s
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-44464241

South Korean ruling party sweeps local elections

The ruling Democratic Party of Korea (DPK) has swept the local elections as well as by-elections for 12 empty National Assembly seats
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2018/06/356_250624.html
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3049318

5 JUNE 2018

Philippines, South Korea sign 4 agreements to boost relations

South Korea has offered the Philippines $1 billion in official development assistance to help finance President Rodrigo Duterte’s “Build, Build, Build” infrastructure program
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/167509/ph-south-korea-sign-4-agreements-boost-relations
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=218371

2 MAY 2018

US troops ‘will stay in South Korea’ even if peace treaty is signed with North

South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Wednesday dismissed claims that US troops stationed in the country would have to leave if a peace treaty was signed with the North
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/05/02/us-troops-will-stay-south-korea-even-peace-treaty-signed-north/
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=217016

16 APRIL 2018

South Korean actress Choi Eun-hee, who was abducted by North Korea’s Kim Jong-il with her ex-husband, dies aged 91

South Korean actress Choi Eun-hee, who once escaped North Korea with her film-director ex-husband Shin Sang-ok after the pair were kidnapped on the orders of Kim Jong-il in 1978, has died aged 91 after an illness, according to local media
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2142004/south-korean-actress-choi-eun-hee-who-was-abducted-north-korea
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2018/04/121_247380.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-31628415

11 APRIL 2018

Korea-Japan foreign ministers hold talks on bilateral ties and N. Korea’s nuclear issue

The foreign ministers of South Korea and Japan have reaffirmed their mutual goal of denuclearizing the Korean peninsula and agreed to develop peaceful and progressive Seoul-Tokyo ties
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=216158
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2141315/south-korea-japan-vow-cooperate-resolving-issues-north-remain
https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20180411/p2g/00m/0dm/057000c

9 APRIL 2018

South Korea’s ex-president Lee indicted for corruption

Former South Korean president Lee Myung-bak was formally indicted for corruption Monday, becoming the latest of the country’s ex-leaders to face criminal charges
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/04/09/557898/South-Korea-Lee-Myungbak-Court
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=216067

6 APRIL 2018

Former S. Korean president Park Geun-hye sentenced to 24 years for corruption

South Korea’s disgraced former president Park Geun-hye was jailed for 24 years Friday (Apr 6) for corruption, closing out a dramatic fall from grace for the country’s first woman leader who became a figure of public fury and ridicule
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/former-south-korean-president-park-jailed-24-years-for-10109782
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=215980
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/04/06/korean-rasputin-68m-horse-park-geun-hye-fell-grace/

1 APRIL 2018

South Korea and US launch lower key army drills as tensions ease

An annual joint military exercise involving US and South Korean troops has kicked off. But the drill is not as high-profile as usual, amid an easing of diplomatic tensions on the Korean Peninsula
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2018/04/356_246548.html
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=215747

30 MARCH 2018

Seoul protests over disputed island claims in Japan’s textbooks

South Korea summoned Tokyo’s ambassador on Friday to protest over new educational guidelines requiring high school students to be taught that disputed islands belong to Japan
https://japantoday.com/category/politics/Seoul-protests-over-disputed-island-claims-in-Japan’s-textbooks
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=215712

26 MARCH 2018

South Korea’s Moon Jae-in proposes weaker presidential powers as jail looms for ex-leaders

South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Monday proposed weakening the powers of his office and lowering the voting age in a package of constitutional reforms, while allowing the head of state to be re-elected
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2138958/south-koreas-moon-jae-proposes-weaker-presidential-powers-jail
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=215547
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3046098

25 MARCH 2018

Korea, UAE pledges cooperation in defense

President Moon Jae-in and Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan agreed, Sunday, that defense cooperation is the core of relations between Korea and the United Arab Emirates (UAE)
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2018/03/120_246169.html

22 MARCH 2018

Ex-South Korean president Lee Myung-bak arrested ‘for taking US$10.2 million in bribes while in office’

Former South Korean president Lee Myung-bak has been arrested for allegedly taking 11 billion won (around US$10.2 million) in bribes while in office – making him the last of the country’s four living ex-leaders to be embroiled in a criminal inquiry
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2138505/arrest-warranted-reportedly-issued-former-south-korean-president
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3045997
http://english.hani.co.kr/arti/english_edition/e_national/837090.html

9 MARCH 2018

Paralympics start in PyeongChang

The Winter Paralympic Games have kicked off in PyeongChang. South Korea is hosting the Games for the first time
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20180310_02/
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20180309000702
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/north-korea-in-focus-as-biggest-paralympics-opens-15799

25 FEBRUARY 2018

Politicized Winter Olympics end in S Korea

The Winter Olympics have concluded in South Korea’s Pyeongchang amid highly politicized efforts to create a rapprochement between North Korea and its foes
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/02/25/553587/Winter-Olympics-Pyeongchang-Korea-conflict
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-02-25/winter-olympics-pyeongchang-closing-ceremony-farwells-games/9483274?section=world

13 FEBRUARY 2018

Disgraced ex-South Korean leader Park’s secret confidante Choi Soon-sil jailed for 20 years

The secret confidante of ousted South Korean president Park Geun-hye was convicted on Tuesday and jailed for 20 years for her key role in the scandal that brought down the head of state
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2133191/ex-south-korean-leaders-confident-choi-soon-sil-jailed-20-years
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=214040
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/02/korea-choi-soon-sil-jailed-20-years-corruption-180213140807619.html

9 FEBRUARY 2018

Winter Olympics in South Korea kicks off with colourful opening ceremony of fire and ice

The Winter Olympics sparks to life in a vivid, colourful ceremony of fire and ice in South Korea, and the diplomacy is just as choreographed in the stadium where leaders from nations that are sworn enemies sat close together
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2018-02-09/winter-olympics-in-south-korea-kicks-off-with-colourful-opening-ceremony-of-fire-and-ice/1735116
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/sports/2018/02/702_243916.html
https://www.newsday.com/sports/olympics/winter-olympics-opening-ceremony-pyeongchang-1.16656904
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QHyg0KcpDWw

3 FEBRUARY 2018

South Korea greets Russia as the bear turns east

In less than thirty years, previously non-existent diplomatic relations between Russia and South Korea have transformed into a formidable economic partnership. As of 2015, South Korea ranked as Russia’s seventh-largest trading partner for exports and imports
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2018/02/03/south-korea-greets-russia-as-the-bear-turns-east/

30 JANUARY 2018

South Korean ambassador to Singapore dismissed

South Korea’s ambassador to Singapore Lee Sang-deok has been dismissed from his post, the Korea Times reported on Jan 30
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/south-korean-ambassador-to-singapore-dismissed-report-9911316
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2018/01/356_243310.html

27 DECEMBER 2017

‘Comfort women’ row with Japan unresolved despite 2015 deal, S Korea says

South Korea says 2015 agreement with Japan over South Korean women forced to work in Japan’s wartime military brothels fails to meet the victims’ needs
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/-comfort-women-row-with-japan-unresolved-despite-2015-deal-s-korea-says-13651
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=212263
http://www.euronews.com/2017/12/27/a-comfort-women-deal-with-japan-failed-to-meet-the-victims-needs-says-south-korea

11 DECEMBER 2017

US, Japan and South Korea host joint missile tracking drills

The US, South Korea and Japan have started joint exercises to track missiles from North Korea, Seoul’s military has said. The two-day drills come just weeks after Pyongyang launched its most advanced missile to date
http://www.dw.com/en/us-japan-and-south-korea-host-joint-missile-tracking-drills/a-41732866
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/us-south-korea-japan-start-missile-tracking-drill-9487808

6 DECEMBER 2017

South Korea to build unit of swarming drones to counter nuclear-armed North

The South Korean army plans to create a combat unit of weaponised drones next year that would be capable of swarming nuclear-armed North Korea in the event of a conflict
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/12/06/south-korea-build-unit-swarming-drones-counter-nuclear-armed/

4 DECEMBER 2017

US, South Korea launch massive joint air exercise

Hundreds of aircraft including two dozen stealth jets began training Monday as the United States and South Korea launched a massive combined air force exercise
http://www.france24.com/en/20171204-usa-south-korea-launch-massive-joint-air-force-exercise
http://edition.cnn.com/2017/12/03/asia/north-korean-us-tensions-wargames-intl/index.html

18 NOVEMBER 2017

China wins its war against THAAD without firing a shot

A detente between China and South Korea may be good news for the Korean economy and a necessary step towards resolving the North Korea issue, but at the same time it threatens to degrade regional security for years to come
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/geopolitics/article/2120452/china-wins-its-war-against-south-koreas-us-thaad-missile
http://www.atimes.com/article/beijing-seoul-reset-doesnt-hurt-us-south-korea-ties/

3 NOVEMBER 2017

South Korea’s main opposition party strips impeached president of membership

South Korea’s main opposition Liberty Korea Party decided Friday to strip former president Park Geun-hye, who was impeached and stood trial over corruption charges, of her membership
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/4/241/174/1509711033814.html
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=210324

1 NOVEMBER 2017

South Korean President Moon Jae-in rules out developing nuclear weapons to guard against threat from Pyongyang

South Korea will not develop atomic weapons of its own despite the threat from the nuclear-armed North, President Moon Jae-in declared on Wednesday
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2117935/south-korean-president-moon-jae-rules-out-developing-nuclear
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20171101000973

31 OCTOBER 2017

South Korea, China agree to bring exchange, cooperation back onto ‘normal’ track

South Korea and China have agreed to put their bilateral relations back on the right track, apparently normalizing ties thathave been soured over the deployment of a U.S. missile defense system in South Korea, the foreign ministry said Tuesday
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2017/11/120_238499.html
http://english.hani.co.kr/arti/english_edition/e_international/816672.html
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3040177

27 OCTOBER 2017

Moody’s project Korea to post 3% GDP growth this year and 2.8% in 2018

Moody’s Investors Service says South Korea is on course to post three percent GDP growth this year, citing the country’s diversified and competitive economy with strong potential for high income levels
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=210043

13 SEPTEMBER 2017

South Korea tests new ‘stealth’ cruise missile in show against Kim Jong-un regime

The country’s military said the air-to-surface Taurus missile, fired from an F-15 fighter jet, travelled through obstacles at low altitudes before hitting a target off its western coast
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/north-korea-nuclear-crisis-latest-south-test-cruise-missile-kim-jong-un-regime-taurus-war-military-a7944691.html
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=208628
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-14/south-korea-conducts-advanced-missile-test-amid-north-threats/8943290?section=world

21 AUGUST 2017

US-South Korea hold military drills amid tension

The United States and South Korea have kicked off their annual military exercise, known as Ulchi Freedom Guardian
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-40957725
http://www.euronews.com/2017/08/21/us-south-korea-begin-wargames
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=207751

30 JUNE 2017

Moon and Trump discuss security, trade and future alliance at first summit

President Moon Jae-in faced a demand on Friday by U.S. President Donald Trump to resolve trade imbalance between the two countries and pay more of the cost for the presence of U.S. troops in Korea, while winning assurances for stronger defense measures to deter North Korea’s rapidly advancing threats
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20170701000014
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=205840
https://www.voanews.com/a/trump-working-on-equitable-trade-deal-welcomes-south-koreas-moon/3923073.html

20 JUNE 2017

Trump ‘furious’ over Seoul’s North Korea ‘appeasement’

South Korean leader Moon Jae-in will visit Washington next week amid reports that US President Donald Trump is vexed over delay in deployment of an anti-missile system and perception that Seoul is appeasing North Korea
http://www.dw.com/en/trump-furious-over-seouls-north-korea-appeasement/a-39327147

19 JUNE 2017

New South Korean president vows to end use of nuclear power

 South Korea’s new president, Moon Jae-in, has vowed to phase out the country’s dependence on nuclear power, warning of “unimaginable consequences” from a Fukushima-style meltdown
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/19/new-south-korean-president-vows-to-end-use-of-nuclear-power
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2098940/south-koreas-moon-scraps-plans-build-new-nuclear-reactors

18 JUNE 2017

UN veteran becomes South Korea’s first female foreign minister

South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Sunday appointed a veteran diplomat as the country’s first female foreign minister, tasked with easing tensions over North Korea’s nuclear ambitions
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2098841/un-veteran-becomes-south-koreas-first-female-foreign-minister
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=205356
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20170618000232

11 JUNE 2017

South Korea names new defence minister days after North tests new anti-ship cruise missile

South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in on Sunday nominated a former navy chief as his defence minister, the president’s office said, as the government faces challenges tackling North Korea’s rapidly developing weapons programme
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2097842/south-korea-names-new-defence-minister-days-after-north-tests

7 JUNE 2017

South Korea suspends deployment of more THAAD pièces

South Korea suspends any further deployment of a controversial US missile system to the country until an environmental impact assessment ordered by President Moon Jae-in is completed
http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/06/07/524463/South-Korea-THAAD-environmental-impact-assessment
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20170607000815

30 MAY 2017

Shocked’ South Korea leader Moon orders probe into why US delivered four extra THAAD launchers without telling him

South Korean President Moon Jae-in has ordered a probe into the introduction of four THAAD anti-missile launchers in addition to two deployed by the US military before his election, his spokesman said on Tuesday
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/2096212/shocked-south-korea-leader-moon-orders-probe-why-us-delivered
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=204592
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/s-korean-president-moon-orders-probe-secretive-installation-us-thaad-launchers

23 MAY 2017

Former South Korean president Park Geun-hye on trial for corruption

South Korea’s former president, Park Geun-hye, has denied corruption charges at the start of a criminal trial that could send the country’s first female leader to prison for life
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/may/23/former-south-korean-president-park-geun-hye-on-trial-for-corruption
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=204309

https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170523_39/

10 MAY 2017

South Korea’s new president Moon Jae-in sworn in, offers to visit N. Korea

South Korea’s new president was sworn into office on Wednesday, declaring that he is prepared to visit the nuclear-armed North “if the conditions are right”
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2093717/south-koreas-new-president-moon-says-will-visit-pyongyang-under
http://www.euronews.com/2017/05/10/south-korea-new-president-moon-prepared-to-visit-pyongyang
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/may/10/south-korea-new-president-moon-jae-in-meet-north-kim-jong-un

9 MAY 2017

Who is Moon Jae-in, South Korea’s new president?

Moon’s victory in the race to the presidential Blue House in Seoul could herald an era of rapprochement with North Korea, and an unlikely meeting of minds with Donald Trump over Pyongyang’s nuclear and ballistic missile programmes
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/may/09/moon-jae-in-the-south-korean-pragmatist-who-would-be-presidentc
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39860158

Liberal Moon Jae-in wins election by landslide

Left-leaning former human rights lawyer Moon Jae-in won South Korea’s presidential election by a landslide, an exit poll predicted when voting closed Tuesday
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2093638/moon-jae-projected-win-south-koreas-presidential-election
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20170508000895

2 MAY 2017

US anti-missile system operational in South Korea

The US military says its controversial Thaad missile defence system is now operational in South Korea
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39775854
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170502_08/
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/05/thaad-missile-defence-system-south-korea-170501204447184.html

30 APRIL 2017

South Korea confirms US will pay for THAAD after Trump uncertainty

South Korea said Washington had reaffirmed it would shoulder the cost of deploying the THAAD anti-missile system, days after US President Donald Trump said Seoul should pay for the US$1 billion system designed to defend against nuclear-armed North Korea
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/04/south-korea-confirms-us-will-pay-thaad-trump-uncertainty/#GfFH7Q1J3E2l5qUc.97
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=203506

20 APRIL 2017

Donald Trump accused of ‘shocking ignorance’ as he repeats Chinese claim that Korea was part of China

Donald Trump, the US president, has been accused of « shocking ignorance » after asserting that Korea « used to be a part of China » shortly after a meeting with Xi Jinping, the Chinese president
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/04/20/donald-trump-accused-shocking-ignorance-falls-chinese-claim/
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2089161/trump-claims-korea-actually-used-be-part-china-does-claim-stack
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3032502

17 APRIL 2017

Park Geun-hye: ex-South Korean president formally charged in corruption probe

South Korean prosecutors on Monday formally charged ex-President Park Geun-hye over a high profile corruption and influence-peddling scandal that has paralysed the country’s government for months
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/04/17/park-geun-hye-ex-south-korean-president-formally-charged-corruption/
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=203021

6 APRIL 2017

South Korea test fires 800km-range ballistic missile that can hit any part of North Korea

South Korea has successfully test-fired a home-developed ballistic missile with a range long enough to hit any part of North Korea, Yonhap news agency reported on Thursday (April 6)
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/south-korea-test-fires-800km-range-ballistic-missile-can-hit-any-part-north-korea
https://sputniknews.com/asia/201704061052339179-south-korea-launches-missile/
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2017/04/205_227066.html

5 APRIL 2017

Supporters of former South Korean president establish new political party

Supporters of former South Korean President Park Geun-hye have established a new political party with the aim of founding a conservative movement to exonerate the imprisoned former leader, local media reported on Wednesday
https://sputniknews.com/asia/201704051052309889-south-korea-park-supporters/
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20170405000920

3 APRIL 2017

The Democratic Party of Korea selects Moon Jae-in as its official presidential candidate

South Korean human rights lawyer Moon Jae-in won the liberal Democratic Party primary vote on Monday, setting him on course to become the next president and perhaps take a softer line on North Korea
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=202486
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2017-04/03/content_15595491.html
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170403_26/

31 MARCH 2017

South Korean ex-president Park Geun-hye arrested and jailed over corruption allégations

Park Geun-hye, the former South Korean president, has been arrested and jailed over a high profile corruption scandal that has already seen her ousted from office and prompted early élections
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/03/30/south-korean-ex-president-park-geun-hye-arrested-jailed-corruption/
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=202379
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2083625/court-approves-request-arrest-former-south-korean-president-park

30 MARCH 2017

South Korea, Vietnam aim for more muscular ties

Vietnam asks South Korea for backing in the South China Sea against China; Seoul wants more coordination with Hanoi on North Korea’s mounting threat. So are the two strong trade and investment partners set to upgrade their strategic ties into a more comprehensive bilateral Relationship?
http://www.atimes.com/article/south-korea-vietnam-aim-muscular-ties/

20 MARCH 2017

South Korea complains to WTO over China’s response to anti-missile system

South Korea has complained to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) about Chinese retaliation against South Korean companies over the deployment of a US anti-missile defence system in the South, the trade minister said on Monday
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/2080542/south-korea-complains-wto-over-chinas-response-anti-missile
http://www.bbc.com/news/business-39324536
http://www.dw.com/en/east-timor-holds-first-presidential-election-since-un-peacekeepers-left/a-38017195

14 MARCH 2017

US to deploy missile-capable drones on border with North Korea

The US has declared it will permanently station missile-capable drones in South Korea in the latest round of military escalation in north-eastern Asia
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/mar/14/us-to-deploy-missile-capable-drones-across-border-from-north-korea
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=201770
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170314_11/

11 MARCH 2017

South Korea election to be held by May 9 at latest

A South Korean presidential election to choose a successor to ousted leader Park Geun-hye will be free and fair and held by May 9 at the latest, the election commission chairman said on Saturday
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2017-03/11/content_15584329.html
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20170310000283

10 MARCH 2017

Park Geun-hye: South Korean court removes president over scandal

Park Geun-hye has become the first democratically elected South Korean president to be forced from office, after the country’s constitutional court upheld a parliamentary vote to impeach her over a corruption and cronyism scandal that could see her face criminal charges
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/10/south-korea-president-park-geun-hye-constitutional-court-impeachment
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39202936

http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2077737/princess-park-fulfilled-her-destiny-become-president-now-she-has

http://graphics.straitstimes.com/STI/STIMEDIA/Interactives/2017/03/south-korea-scandal/park-geun-hye.html

7 MARCH 2017

US starts deploying advanced anti-missile system THAAD in South Korea after defiant North’s latest test

The United States started to deploy the first elements of its advanced anti-missile defence system in South Korea on Tuesday after North Korea’s test of four ballistic missiles, US Pacific Command said, despite angry opposition from China
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/03/07/us-starts-deploying-anti-missile-system-thaad-south-korea-defiant/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39188826
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170307_80/

13 FEBRUARY 2017

S.Korea’s Saenuri Party adopts new name

South Korea’s ruling Saenuri Party has decided to take on a new name in the wake of a scandal involving President Park Geun-hye
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170213_27/

11 FEBRUARY 2017

China expels 32 South Korea missionaries amid missile defence tension

China has expelled 32 South Korean Christian missionaries, a Seoul official has said, amid diplomatic tens between the two countries over the planned deployment of a US missile defence system
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/feb/11/china-expels-south-korean-missionaries-amid-missile-defence-tensions

2 FEBRUARY 2017

In Seoul, US defence chief Mattis says South Korea alliance is ‘strong’

US Defence Secretary James Mattis has reassured the leader of South Korea that the alliance between the two nations remains strong
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38824008
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/south-korea-us-agree-to-push-missile-defence-system/3488708.html
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=200467

1 FEBRUARY 2017

Ban Ki-moon says he won’t run for South Korea’s presidency in surprise announcement

Former United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has declared that he won’t run for South Korea’s presidency. He had been expected to seek the position after a corruption scandal saw President Park Geun-hye impeached
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/02/01/ban-ki-moon-says-wont-run-south-koreas-presidency-surprise-announcement/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/former-un-chief-ban-ki-moon-will-not-run-for-president-of-south-korea/2017/02/01/b05c816d-9ce5-4c3a-84be-0e5b78890a17_story.html?utm_term=.3dc4f83cea74
ttps://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170201_28/

30 JANURY 2017

 In South Korea, the People’s Party refuses to accept Ban Ki-moon

 People’s Party Chairman Park Jie-won said Sunday his party cannot accept former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, a leading presidential hopeful, for now
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2017/01/356_222953.html

16 JANUARY 2017

Contentious US-Korea missile defense system delayed

The deployment of a controversial US missile defense system in South Korea designed to protect against North Korean aggression could be delayed, Seoul’s defense ministry said on Monday
http://www.dw.com/en/contentious-us-korea-missile-defense-system-delayed/a-37142121
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/biz/2017/01/123_222144.html
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20170116000839

8 JANUARY 2017

Beijing freezes military ties with Seoul

At least seven joint military events between Korea and China have been cancelled since Seoul agreed to deploy a U.S. antimissile defense system on the peninsula, according to a government insider
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3028404

South Korean monk self-immolates over ‘comfort women’ deal

 A South Korean monk set himself on fire to protest the government’s deal with Japan on compensation for wartime sex slaves. Japan’s PM Abe has also called on Seoul to remove a « comfort woman » statue as part of the deal
http://www.dw.com/en/south-korean-monk-self-immolates-over-comfort-women-deal/a-37053930
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2060309/south-korean-self-immolates-over-comfort-women-deal-japan-pm-abe

5 JANUARY 2017

President Park Geun-hye accused of ‘broadly and gravely’ violating South Korean constitution as impeachment trial begins

The Constitutional Court in South Korea has pushed ahead with the start of an impeachment trial against the country’s president, despite her refusal to attend.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38515236
http://www.euronews.com/2017/01/05/impeachment-trial-against-skorean-leader-goes-ahead-without-her
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/s-korea-presidents-lawyers-say-no-evidence-impeachment

27 DECEMBER 2016

Split in Saenuri Party is biggest in Korean history

The launch of the new conservative party, tentatively called the New Conservative Party for Reform (NCPR), is scheduled for Jan. 24, and it is guaranteed to upend the conservative’s strategy for the 2017 presidential race
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20161227000740
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/12/south-korea-29-lawmakers-leave-ruling-party-park-scandal/
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3027948

22 DECEMBER 2016

South Korean ruling party on the verge of splitting as fallout from presidential scandal intensifies

A split would complicate any presidential bid by outgoing UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who had been widely expected to compete as a centre-right candidate
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2056271/south-korean-ruling-party-verge-splitting-fallout-presidential
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=199036

9 DECEMBER 2016

Park Geun-hye: South Korean MPs vote to impeach president

South Korea’s parliament has passed a motion to impeach President Park Geun-hye over a scandal involving her and close aides. Park is to be suspended from her duties
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20161209_27/
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/dec/09/south-koreas-parliament-votes-to-impeach-president-park-geun-hye
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20161209000159

5 DECEMBER 2016

Korea raises 2017 defense budget to US$34 bil.

According to South Korea’s defense ministry on Monday, the defense budget for 2017 has been set at 34 billion U.S. dollars
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=198439

29 NOVEMBER 2016

South Korea’s embattled president offers to relinquish power

South Korean President Park Geun-hye on Tuesday (Nov 29) asked parliament to find a way for her to give up power and decide when she should step down amid an influence-peddling scandal, but the opposition said she was just trying to avoid impeachment
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/south-korea-s-embattled-president-offers-to-relinquish-power/3327044.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2050073/south-korean-president-park-geun-hye-offers-quit-if-parliament

23 NOVEMBER 2016

South Korea, Japan sign intelligence-sharing deal on North Korea

South Korea and Japan have signed a controversial agreement to pool military intelligence on Pyongyang’s nuclear program. The deal lets both countries bypass the United States when sharing information about North Korea
http://www.dw.com/en/south-korea-japan-sign-intelligence-sharing-deal-on-north-korea/a-36487953
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/s-korea-japan-sign-controversial-intelligence-deal

20 NOVEMBER 2016

South Korea prosecutors say President Park was accomplice in corruption scandal

South Korean prosecutors said on Sunday that they believed President Park Geun-hye was an accomplice in a corruption scandal that has rocked her administration, in a heavy blow to her fight for political survival
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/south-korea-prosecutors-say-president-park-was-accomplice-in/3303908.html
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20161120_17/

14 NOVEMBER 2016

Japan, South Korea ink controversial intelligence deal

South Korea and Japan reached a controversial deal on Monday (Nov 14) to share defence intelligence, Japanese officials said, despite protests from opposition parties and activists in Seoul
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/japan-south-korea-ink-controversial-intelligence-deal/3287968.html
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2016/11/116_218205.html

12 NOVEMBER 2016

Anti-government rally in Seoul largest in nearly 30 years

The biggest street protest in nearly three decades was held in the heart of Seoul with up to 1 million people calling for President Park Geun-hye to resign
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/massive-protest-heaps-pressure-on-south-korea-president/3283058.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37958037

8 NOVEMBER 2016

South Korea President Park willing to relinquish some power, asks parliament to nominate new PM

South Korean President Park Geun Hye said on Tuesday (Nov 8) that she will withdraw her nominee for prime minister if parliament recommends a candidate and is willing to let the new premier control the cabinet, seeking to defuse a crisis rocking her presidency
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/south-korea-president-park-says-willing-to-accept-parliaments-choice-for-pm-report
http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/2182893-south-korean-presidents-concession-could-spell-end-of-power/

4 NOVEMBER 2016

« My heart is breaking », says South Korean President Park Geun-hye in tearful apology

South Korean president Park Geun-hye’s has made a tearful apology for her role in a “heartbreaking” political scandal that has engulfed her administration – but it has failed to mollify opposition parties
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/my-heart-breaking-says-south-korean-president-park-geun-hye-tearful-apology
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/nov/04/tearful-south-korean-president-says-scandal-of-friends-influence-is-all-my-fault

2 NOVEMBER 2016

President Park appoints Kim Byong-joon as new prime minister

President Park’s designation of a liberal prime minister could mark the beginning of a politically neutral cabinet, one where the new prime minister would have greater power over domestic affairs, while the head of state would focus on external affairs, including diplomacy and defense. »
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=197177
http://edition.cnn.com/2016/11/02/asia/south-korea-park-guen-hye-choi-soon-sil/index.html

29 OCTOBER 2016

Mass protest in Seoul against South Korean President

Thousands of protesters held a candlelight rally in the South Korean capital on Saturday (Oct 29), calling on President Park Geun-hye to step down over allegations that allowed a close personal friend to meddle in state affairs
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/mass-protest-in-seoul-against-south-korean-president/3245888.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37809594
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/south-korea/the-female-rasputin-at-centre-of-s-korean-political-scandal-1.1920392

24 OCTOBER 2016

South Korea’s President Park Geun-hye calls for two-term, longer presidencies

The constitution should allow the president a second term in office and the terms themselves should be longer, according to President Park Geun-hye. Presidents are currently limited to a single five-year term
http://www.dw.com/en/south-koreas-president-park-geun-hye-calls-for-two-term-longer-presidencies/a-36137945
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/korean-president-proposes-constitutional-revision
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=196779

7 OCTOBER 2016

Is South Korea a ‘nation in trouble’?

The headlines in South Korea’s newspapers have been largely negative in recent months, dominated by scandal, political impasse and social unrest. But some say it shows the nation is evolving into a mature society
http://www.dw.com/en/is-south-korea-a-nation-in-trouble/a-35986516

30 SEPTEMBER 2016

South Korea announces new site for US missile shield as ties with Beijing worsen over Chinese fishermen’s deaths

 South Korea’s announcement on Friday of the final site of a US-built antiballistic missile system drew firm opposition in Beijing and a vow to take “necessary measures” to counter the shield
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2023956/south-korea-announces-new-site-us-missile-shield-ties
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-09/30/content_15504092.html
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3024381

14 SEPTEMBER 2016

U.S. doesn’t want to bring back its nukes to South Korea

A U.S. official Tuesday opposed growing calls for a reintroduction of American tactical nuclear weapons to South Korea in the wake of Pyongyang’s fifth nuclear test
http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/content/us-official-opposed-growing-calls-reintroduction-nukes-south-korea

11 AUGUST 2016

What would a Trump presidency mean for the US–South Korea alliance?

 Donald Trump has repeatedly questioned the value of forward deployment in US security strategy and has threatened to pull back from the alliance if South Korea, among other treaty allies of the United States, does not ‘reimburse us much more substantially. As a result, some analysts in the region are concerned about the effect of a Trump presidency
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/08/04/what-would-a-trump-presidency-mean-for-the-us-south-korea-alliance/

10  AUGUST 2016

South Korea’s ruling party elects new leader

South Korea’s ruling Saenuri Party has elected a new leader, Lee Jung-hyun. The lawmaker has close ties with President Park Geun-hye
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160809_33/
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20160810000846

8 JULY 2016

US and South Korea agree THAAD missile defence deployment

 The U.S. and South Korea have agreed to deploy an advanced military defense system that could intercept North Korean missiles following continued weapons testing by Pyongyang in defiance of U.N. résolutions
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3021051
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36742751
http://edition.cnn.com/2016/07/08/asia/north-korea-thaad-missile-deploy/index.html
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160708_27/

3 JUNE 2016

Korea and U.S. differ over Thaad parley

South Korea and the United States appeared to be at loggerheads on Friday over the deployment of an advanced missile defense system on the peninsula, particularly over whether the two would discuss the issue at an upcoming talk between their defense chiefs.
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3019592

1 MAY 2016

South Korean president visits Iran

South Korea’s president has arrived in Tehran in the first such high-level visit since the two nations established diplomatic ties in 1962
http://eurasiadiary.com/news/diplomacy/26378-south-korean-president-visits-iran
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3018209

13 APRIL 2016

After 16 years, South Korea ruling party loses parliamentary majority

South Korea’s conservative ruling party said it had « disappointed » voters after it suffered a serious setback in Wednesday’s general election, losing its 16 years of parliamentary majority
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/south-korea-ruling-party/2693618.html
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160414_05/
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2016/04/116_202544.html

6 MARCH 2016

South Korea, U.S. to kick off largest-ever joint exercise

South Korea and the United States will launch their largest-ever joint exercise this week to warn North Korea against further provocations, a South Korean military official said Sunday
http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/national/2016/03/06/17/0301000000AEN20160306000951315F.html
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3015869

04 MARCH 2016

Seoul and Washington postponed talks on Thaad finally get off the ground

Seoul and Washington officially launched talks Friday on the deployment of the U.S.-led Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (Thaad) system in South Korea, a bolstering of their joint missile defense posture that has been fiercely protested by some neighboring countries
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=188842
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3015830

22 FEBRUARY 2016

S Korea urges Japan to stop islets provocations

South Korea on Monday urged Japan to stop provocations over disputed islets lying halfway between the two countries as Japan sent a senior government official to attend the controversial « Takeshima Day » event.

http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2016-02/22/content_15388451.html
http://www.japantoday.com/category/politics/view/s-korea-protests-over-japan-sending-official-to-disputed-isle-event

13 FEBRUARY 2016

U.S. deploys more Patriot missiles in South Korea

The United States temporarily deployed an additional Patriot missile battery in South Korea in response to North Korea’s nuclear test and a long-range rocket launch, ahead of talks next week to set up an even more sophisticated U.S. missile defense in a move that has worried China and Russia.
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/asia/korean_peninsula/AJ201602130027
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=188207

27 JANUARY 2016

South Korean defense chief says Thaad must be considered

Minister of National Defense Han Min-koo said Monday that Seoul needs to seriously consider the deployment of a U.S.-led Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (Thaad) anti-ballistic missile system on the Korean Peninsula
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/defense-minister-south-korea-must-consider-thaad-anti-ballistic-missile-system

10 JANUARY 2016

U.S. B-52 bomber flies over S. Korea in solidarity after N. Korean nuclear claim

A B-52 bomber jet from Andersen Air Force Base in Guam flew over Osan, South Korea, on Sunday « in response to a recent nuclear test by North Korea, » United States Pacific Command said
http://edition.cnn.com/2016/01/10/us/b-52-south-korea/index.html
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=187136
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3013752

7 JANUARY 2016

Indonesia, South Korea sign $1.87 billion fighter jet development deal

Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) signed two separate contracts with the Indonesian defense ministry and the country’s state-run defense firm PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) in Jakarta, Thursday, to jointly develop Korea’s indigenous fighter jets
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2016/01/116_194922.html
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20160107000973

28 DECEMBER 2015

Korea and Japan reach historic agreement on sex slave issue

South Korea and Japan have reached a landmark agreement on the thorny issue of wartime sex slaves, known as comfort women, that has long strained relations
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=186676
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20151228_24.html
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/foreign-ministers-japan-and-republic-korea-comfort-women

20 DECEMBER 2015

Korea’s trade pacts with China, Vietnam, New Zealand go into effect

Korea’s free trade agreement with China took effect on Sunday, along with separate trade pacts with Vietnam and New Zealand
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=186402

5 DECEMBER 2015

Tens of thousands rally against South Korea president

Tens of thousands of protesters marched in the South Korean capital on Saturday accusing President Park Geun-hye of pushing pro-business labour laws and attacking personal and political freedoms.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/12/30000-hit-streets-skorea-anti-government-rally-151205111903538.html
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-12-05/south-korea-activists-protest-labour-policies-call-for-president-park-guenhyes-resignation/1522646
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35014582

30 NOVEMBER 2015

South Korea’s Assembly ratifies FTA with China

The National Assembly ratified a free trade agreement (FTA) with China, Monday, after weeks of tug-of-war negotiations over how to protect farming and other industries that will suffer from the deal
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/south-koreas-national-assembly-ratifies-free-trade-agreement-china
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=185755
http://koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/opinon/2015/12/202_192204.html

26 NOVEMBER 2015

S Korea holds state funeral for ex-president Kim Young-Sam

South Korea on Thursday buried former president Kim Young-Sam, following a snow-swept state funeral for the man whose 1992 election victory brought a formal end to more than 30 years of military rule
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=185648
http://koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2015/11/116_191878.html
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3012085
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/13eb5632-913c-11e5-94e6-c5413829caa5.html#axzz3sG4IhCUU

25 NOVEMBER 2015

New South Korea-U.S nuclear treaty goes into effect

A new nuclear treaty between South Korea and the United States came into effect replacing the one that had been in place for the last 42 years
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=185613
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/s-korea-us-ratify-new-civilian-nuclear-pact

21 NOVEMBER 2015

Former South Korean president Kim Young-sam dies at 87

Former South Korean President Kim Young-Sam, who became the country’s first civilian ruler after more than 30 years of military rule, died on Sunday, hospital officials said. He was 87
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/former-south-korean/2282504.html?cx_tag=undefined&cid=tg:recos:undefined:standard#cxrecs_s
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20151122000004

1 NOVEMBER 2015

South Korea, China, Japan put hostility aside at rare summit

South Korean President Park Geun-Hye and Chinese and Japanese premiers Li Keqiang and Shinzo Abe discussed a wide range of topics, from free trade to the threat of North Korea’s nuclear weapons programme
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/south-korea-china-japan/2232370.html
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20151101_23.html
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0002534535
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/11/01/national/politics-diplomacy/east-asia-leaders-agree-revive-annual-trilateral-summit/#.VjaVWzgQVjp

21 OCTOBER 2015

South Korean Seong-Jin Cho wins Chopin piano competition

South Korea’s Seong-Jin Cho, 21, has won the prestigious 17th international Frederic Chopin piano competition in the Polish capital, Warsaw
http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-34589558

16 OCTOBER 2015

Obama asks Park to speak out against China

US President Barack Obama has asked South Korean President Park Geun-hye to speak out against China when it fails to abide by international norms and rules
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20151017_12.html

South Korean Professors declare boycott against government-issued history text

Dozens of history professors from the country’s most prestigious universities, including Korea and Yonsei University, have issued statements against the government’s decision to publish a single history textbook starting in 2017
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=184276

13 OCTOBER 2015

South Korea to issue ‘correct history textbook’ to students

The South Korean government has said it will replace the country’s school history books with a single text, which will be called the « correct history textbook »
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/10/south-korea-write-correct-history-textbook-151012165855598.html
http://www.voanews.com/content/south-korea-accurate-history-textbook-mandate-stirs-controversy/3005216.html

22 SEPTEMBER 2015

U.S. denying Seoul key fighter jet technologies

Washington has rejected the transfer to Korea of four core technologies in F-35 stealth fighter jets that are needed to develop indigenous KF-X aircraft, the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) confirmed Tuesday
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3009537

Japan, US, S.Korea FM talks to be held on Sep. 29

The foreign ministers of Japan, the United States and South Korea will meet in New York next week to discuss the possibility of North Korea launching a long-range missile. A South Korean Foreign Ministry spokesperson on Tuesday announced that the meeting will be held on September 29th on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20150922_19.html

11 SEPTEMBER 2015

South Korea’s generation of discontent

In South Korea 410,000 young people in their 20s are looking for work and unemployed. This is up from 330,000 in 2013 and is a 15-year high. But this deepening societal crisis should come as little surprise
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2015/09/11/south-koreas-generation-of-discontent/

2 SEPTEMBER 2015

If China had to choose, it would be South Korea

South Korea is a liberal democracy, but China is still its largest trade partner. In recent years, South Korea’s trade with China has exceeded its combined trade with Japan and the US, which are its second and third largest trade partners.
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2015/09/china-choose-south-korea-150902073117753.html

26 AUGUST 2015

President Park to attend China’s war victory military parade

According to the Presidential office the decision to attend the September 3rd event at the Tiananmen Square, was made after considering Seoul’s friendly cooperative relations with Beijing, and hopes for Beijing’s future role in bringing peace and unification on the Korean Peninsula
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=182724
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/south-korean-president-geun-hye-attend-military-parade-Beijing

16 AUGUST 2015

After 70 years of turbulent transition, South Korea’s democracy faces new challenges

In the chaotic decades that followed the 1945 liberation from Japan’s colonial rule, South Koreans had limited rights to pick their own leaders, express political beliefs, and participate in any form of policymaking
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20150816000378

7 AUGUST 2015

Korean traditional dance master Lee Mae-bong dies at 88

Korean dance guru Yi Mae-bang died of a sudden illness stemming from old age at a hospital in Gangnam, southern Seoul, Friday morning. He was 88
http://koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/culture/2015/08/317_184412.html

17 JUNE 2015

South Korean defense budget plan is largest ever

The Ministry of National Defense has created its largest-ever budget proposal, mainly aimed at building deterrence infrastructure against North Korea’s nuclear and missile threats, which it submitted to the Ministry of Strategy and Finance
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3005528

3 JUNE 2015

South Korea test-fires missile that can strike all of the North

South Korea on Wednesday test-fired two ballistic missiles capable of hitting any part of North Korea, in an apparent response to recent bellicose boasts from Pyongyang about its nuclear and missile capabilities
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/southkorea/11649705/South-Korea-tests-missile-capable-of-reaching-deep-into-North-Korea.html
http://www.thanhniennews.com/world/south-korea-testfires-missile-that-can-strike-all-of-the-north-46196.html

1 JUNE 2015

China, S. Korea sign free-trade pact

China and South Korea on Monday formally signed a free-trade agreement that would remove most tariffs between Asia’s largest and fourth-largest economies, whose trade is already worth more than US$200 billion.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/579055/china-s-korea-sign-free-trade-pact
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/after-three-years-negotiations-south-korea-and-china-sign-free-trade-agreement
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?cid=1102&MainCatID=11&id=20150601000115

21 MAY 2015

Justice chief Hwang Kyo-ahn named new Korean P.M.

President Park Geun-hye on Thursday nominated Justice Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn as the new prime minister, calling him “the right man” to achieve political reforms proposed in the wake of a high-profile graft scandal involving her close confidants.
http://koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2015/05/116_179359.html
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20150521000952

18 MAY 2015

Korea, India to upgrade partnership

South Korean President Park Geun-hye and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi on Monday agreed to elevate the level of bilateral ties to a “special strategic partnership” and start negotiations to revise a comprehensive economic partnership agreement, which is equivalent to a free trade deal, by June next year
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20150518001199
http://koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2015/05/120_179172.html

27 APRIL 2015

South Korea’s prime minister Lee Wan Koo steps down over bribery scandal

Prime Minster Lee Wan Koo offered to quit last week, two months after taking the country’s No. 2 post. He was at the heart of a corruption scandal involving a dead businessman and other high-profile figures.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/132448/south-koreas-prime-minister-steps-down-over-bribery-scandal/
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20150427001263

16 APRIL 2015

Korea, U.S. form joint defense committee to counter N. Korean threats

Seoul and Washington have agreed to form a ‘Deterrence Strategic Committee.’The deal was signed by deputy-level defense ministers from South Korea and the U.S. in Washington on Wednesday, local time
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=178672
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20150416000945

14 APRIL 2015

Korea, Japan hold first security talks for 5 years

 South Korea and Japan on Tuesday held their first high-level security talks in more than five years despite simmering tensions over territorial and historical disputes
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/korea-japan-hold-first-security-talks-5-years-135959997.html

6 APRIL 2015

South Korea condemns Japanese books as bid to repeat ‘past mistakes’

South Korea condemned on Monday (Apr 6) Japan’s approval of textbooks that it said distorted history by claiming disputed islands, summoning Japan’s ambassador and warning that the approval was a sign Japan was prepared to repeat its colonial wartime past.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/south-korea-condemns/1769134.html
http://www.euronews.com/2015/04/06/school-text-books-fuel-south-korea-japan-island-dispute/

 

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13 JANUARY 2019

Human Rights Watch calls for sanctions against new Afghan defence minister Asadullah Khalid

International rights group Human Rights Watch (HRW) has urged major donors to impose sanctions on Afghanistan’s newly appointed acting defence minister over alleged war crimes and human rights abuses
https://in.reuters.com/article/afghanistan-rights/human-rights-watch-calls-for-sanctions-against-new-afghan-defence-minister-idINKCN1P70G4?rpc=401&
http://www.arabnews.pk/node/1434426/world

30 DECEMBER 2018

Taliban dismisses Afghanistan’s peace talk offer

The Taliban have rejected Kabul’s offer of talks next month in Saudi Arabia where the militants, fighting to restore strict Islamic law in Afghanistan, will meet U.S. officials to further peace efforts, a Taliban leader said on Sunday
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/12/taliban-dismisses-afghanistan-peace-talk-offer-181230082443475.html

26 DECEMBER 2018

Afghanistan postpones next year’s presidential election

The Afghan election commission says the delay in holding the presidential election will allow time to fix technical problems that surfaced during October’s parliamentary elections
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/afghanistan-postpones-next-year-s-presidential-election-22830
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/12/afghanistan-postpones-presidential-election-181226104721451.html

2 DECEMBER 2018

Senior Taliban commander Mullah Abdul Manan killed by US airstrike in Afghanistan

Abdul Manan, the Taliban “shadow governor” in the southern Helmand province, died of wounds sustained late on Saturday. Manan’s death was confirmed by the Taliban as a “big loss”. The group vowed it would not affect military operations
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/dec/02/us-airstrike-kill-senior-taliban-commander-afghanistan
https://www.khaama.com/taliban-calls-mullah-manans-death-a-major-loss-02862/

18 NOVEMBER 2018

Taliban hold talks with US envoy in Qatar

The Taliban have held three days of talks with U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad in the Gulf state of Qatar, where the Afghan insurgent group has a political office, a Taliban official and another individual close to the group said Sunday
https://www.foxnews.com/world/taliban-hold-talks-with-us-envoy-in-qatar
http://www.afghanistantimes.af/u-s-taliban-negotiate-possibility-of-election-delay/

9 NOVEMBER 2018

Kabul delegation, Taliban attend Afghan peace talks in Russia

Members of Afghanistan’s High Peace Council, a body overseeing peace efforts, met Taliban officials at a conference in Moscow on Friday and repeated President Ashraf Ghani’s offer of peace talks without pre-conditions
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/kabul-delegation-taliban-attend-afghan-peace-talks-in-russia-21534
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-46155189

25 OCTOBER 2018

Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Baradar set free in Pakistan

Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar was the Taliban’s number two and ran their insurgency until he was seized in a joint raid by the CIA and Pakistani intelligence officers in 2010
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/afghan-taliban-leader-mullah-baradar-set-free-in-pakistan-1.784297
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-45971366
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1833921/1-pakistan-releases-two-senior-afghan-taliban-commanders-say-sources/

20 OCTOBER 2018

Afghanistan votes amid polling chaos and Taliban attacks

Afghan voters faced shambolic polling arrangements and Taliban violence as the country turned out for its third parliamentary elections since the extremist regime was ousted in 2001
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/10/20/afghanistan-votes-amid-polling-chaos-taliban-intimidation/
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/at-least-130-casualties-in-chaotic-afghanistan-election-21006
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-45919057

18 OCTOBER 2018

Key Afghan police chief killed in shooting at governor’s compound after meeting with US general

Gen Abdul Razik was shot dead alongside the Kandahar spy chief and provincial governor shortly after a meeting with the top US military commander in the country
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/10/18/top-afghan-official-killed-shooting-governors-compound-meeting/
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-45899845
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/top-afghan-official-killed-in-shooting-in-kandahar-us-general-unhurt-20968

 

13 OCTOBER 2018

Taliban say ‘general’ discussion held with US special envoy

The Taliban held talks with the U.S. special envoy tasked with finding a negotiated end to Afghanistan’s protracted and increasingly bloody war, a Taliban official said Saturday
https://www.foxnews.com/world/taliban-say-general-discussion-held-with-us-special-envoy
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/taleban-confirm-meeting-with-us-peace-envoy-in-qatar

4 SEPTEMBER 2018

Founder of Afghan militant Haqqani network dies – Taliban

Jalaluddin Haqqani, founder of the militant Haqqani network, one of the most powerful groups in the Afghan insurgency, has died after a long illness, the Taliban announced on Tuesday
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/founder-of-afghan-militant-haqqani-network-dies-taliban-19986
https://www.afp.com/en/news/205/afghan-taliban-announce-death-haqqani-network-founder-doc-18u1354

26 AUGUST 2018

Head of Islamic State in Afghanistan killed, says government

The head of Islamic State in Afghanistan, Abu Saad Erhabi, was killed in a strike on the group’s hideouts in Nangarhar province on Saturday night, authorities said on Sunday
https://www.thenational.ae/world/mena/isis-leader-in-afghanistan-killed-in-strike-spy-agency-says-1.763750
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/08/isil-leader-afghanistan-killed-air-strikes-180826134946305.html
https://www.khaama.com/emir-of-isis-khurasan-killed-in-nangarhar-province-05827/

24 AUGUST 2018

Why are Kabul and Washington not participating in Moscow-led Taliban talks?

In an interview with DW, South Asia expert Michael Kugelman explains why Kabul and Washington turned down Moscow’s invitation to participate in an Afghanistan peace conference next month
https://www.dw.com/en/why-are-kabul-and-washington-not-participating-in-moscow-led-taliban-talks/a-45212728

2 AUGUST 2018

Three foreigners kidnapped and murdered in Kabul

Three foreigners were kidnapped in Kabul and found shot dead in a car on Thursday in the latest sign of the capital’s declining security
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/malaysian-among-3-foreign-workers-kidnapped-and-killed-in-afghan-10583392
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/three-foreigners-kidnapped-and-murdered-in-kabul/2018/08/02/916f643a-9644-11e8-a679-b09212fb69c2_story.html?utm_term=.f92a294f10c2

22 JULY 2018

ISIS claims suicide bombing targeting returning Afghan vice president

A suicide bomb blast has rocked Kabul airport shortly after Afghan Vice-President Abdul Rashid Dostum returned from self-imposed exile
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-44917583
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/isis-claims-suicide-bombing-targeting-returning-afghan-vice-president-1.752918
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/suicide-attack-near-kabul-airport-leaves-several-dead-officials-19076

11 JULY 2018

Britain to almost double troops in Afghanistan after US request

Prime Minister Theresa May announced the government will send an extra 440 troops, which would bring Britain’s total to about 1,100, to help Afghan troops fighting Taliban and Islamic State insurgents
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/britain-to-almost-double-troops-in-afghanistan-after-us-request/

30 JUNE 2018

Afghan government resumes Taliban offensive after ceasefire ends

Afghan security forces resumed offensive operations on Saturday after President Ashraf Ghani declared an end to the government’s unilateral ceasefire with the Taliban
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/06/30/afghan-government-resumes-taliban-offensive-ceasefire-ends/
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/06/30/asia/afghanistan-taliban-ceasefire-ends-intl/index.html

7 JUNE 2018

Afghan goverment Announces Ceasefire With Taliban

President Ashraf Ghani says the ceasefire starts from the 27th of Ramadan (June 12) to the fifth day of Eid-ul-Fitr (June 19)
https://www.tolonews.com/afghanistan/afghan-govt-announces-ceasefire-taliban
https://ariananews.af/president-ghani-announced-ceasefire-with-taliban/
https://www.khaama.com/nato-sg-welcomes-president-ghanis-announcement-for-ceasefire-with-taliban-05330/

30 APRIL 2018

Twin blasts kill dozens in Afghan capital, including nine journalists

Daesh said two of its suicide bombers had targeted the Kabul headquarters of Afghanistan’s intelligence services, while in a separate blast 11 children were killed in Kandahar
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/deadly-attacks-in-afghanistan-leave-42-dead-including-10-journalists-17087
https://www.tolonews.com/afghanistan/nine-journalists-killed-while-covering-kabul-explosion
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-30/afghanistan-bombing-kills-25-including-veteran-photographer/9711770?section=world

22 APRIL 2018

Blast at voter centre kills dozens in Afghanistan’s Kabul

A suicide bomber detonated his explosives outside the building in Kabul, killing at least 63 and injuring more than 100 others. Daesh has claimed responsibility for the attack
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/blast-at-voter-centre-kills-dozens-in-afghanistan-s-kabul-16921
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2018-04-22/islamic-state-claims-responsibility-for-attack-in-kabul-killing-more-than-50/1751308

11 APRIL 2018

What does Russia Want with the Taliban?

14 FEBRUARY 2018

Taliban publish letter calling on US to start Afghan peace talks

In an unexpected overture at a time of increasing bloodshed in Afghanistan, the Taliban have published an open letter expressing a desire for peace talks and calling on the “American people” and “peace-loving congressmen” to pressurise the Donald Trump administration into negotiations
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/feb/14/taliban-publish-letter-calling-us-start-afghan-peace-talks
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/02/13/552224/Afghanistan-government-Taliban-secret-talks-AP

2 FEBRUARY 2018

China in talks to help build base in Afghanistan’

China has been in talks with neighboring Afghanistan to help build a military base there, amid concerns about militants slipping into Chinese territory from the war-torn country, Afghan officials say
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/02/02/550987/China-Afghanistan-military-base-Wakhan-Corridor

27 JANUARY 2018

Kabul suicide attack: At least 95 killed by ambulance bomb claimed by Taliban

An ambulance packed with explosives blew up in a crowded area of Kabul on Saturday, killing at least 95 people and wounding 158 others, a health ministry official said, in an attack claimed by the Taliban
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/at-least-95-killed-158-wounded-in-kabul-car-bombing-14650
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-42843897

24 JANUARY 2018

Afghanistan attack: Save the Children suspends programmes

The UK charity Save the Children has temporarily suspended its programmes in Afghanistan after an attack on its offices in the city of Jalalabad
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-42808342
http://www.euronews.com/2018/01/24/bomb-blast-near-save-the-children-office-in-afghanistan

21 JANUARY 2018

Kabul attack: 14 foreign nationals and four Afghans dead after Taliban assault on Intercontinental Hotel

18 people have been killed in an attack on a luxury hotel in Kabul, Afghanistan. Gunmen, who were reportedly wearing suicide vests, entered the hotel on Saturday evening and began shooting before taking a number of staff and guests hostage. The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack
http://www.euronews.com/2018/01/21/afghan-armed-forces-end-deadly-siege
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-42766623
https://www.khaama.com/taliban-finally-claims-kabul-hotel-attack-as-all-5-assailants-killed-04309

11 JANUARY 2018

Afghan president pardons 75 prisoners loyal to former warlord Hekmatyar

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has granted clemency to 75 prisoners loyal to former warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar who reached a landmark peace deal with the government in Kabul in 2016
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/01/11/548579/Afghanistan-Ashraf-Ghani-Gulbuddin-Hekmatyar-prisoners-PuleCharkhi
http://ariananews.af/government-frees-75-prisoners-of-hezb-e-islami-from-prisons/

28 DECEMBER 2017

Afghanistan suicide bomb attack: Dozens killed in Kabul

A Shia cultural organisation was the target but the Afghan Voice news agency was also hit. So-called Islamic State said it was behind the attack
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-42500769
http://www.dw.com/en/why-is-islamic-state-targeting-shiites-in-afghanistan/a-41958793

10 DECEMBER 2017

These are Afghanistan’s best troops. The U.S. is backing a plan to create many more of them

The Crisis Response Unit, also known as the 222, is often the first to arrive and neutralize high-profile attacks — such as in March, when militants dressed in lab coats opened fire inside Kabul’s main military hospital, killing 50 people
http://www.latimes.com/world/asia/la-fg-afghanistan-special-operations-20171209-htmlstory.html

30 NOVEMBER 2017

Afghan Hindus and Sikhs Still Struggling

The tiny Hindu and Sikh community in the northern Afghan province of Baghlan say that growing discrimination is making their life increasingly hard
https://iwpr.net/global-voices/afghan-hindus-and-sikhs-still-struggling

16 NOVEMBER 2017

3,000 more US troops deployed to Afghanistan: Pentagon

The US Department of Defense has announced about 3,000 additional American troops have been deployed to Afghanistan under President Donald Trump’s new war strategy for the country
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2017/11/16/542465/3000-more-US-troops-deployed-to-Afghanistan

17 OCTOBER 2017

Suicide bombers, gunmen kill 71 in attacks on Afghan security forces

Two separate suicide and gun attacks on police and soldiers in Afghanistan left at least 71 dead and nearly 170 wounded on Tuesday (Oct 17) in the latest devastating assaults on beleaguered security forces
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/suicide-bombers-gunmen-kill-32-in-attack-on-afghan-police
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2017/10/17/538895/Afghanistan-Taliban-Paktia-Ghazni-Farah

12 OCTOBER 2017

Kidnapped Canadian-American family freed in gun battle after 5 years of captivity in Afghanistan

Canadian Joshua Boyle, his American wife Caitlan Coleman and their children are finally free after five years held hostage in Pakistan by the Taliban-linked Haqqani network
https://www.thestar.com/news/world/2017/10/12/kidnapped-canadian-family-released-after-5-years-of-being-held-hostage.html
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/10/12/557326885/u-s-woman-and-family-freed-after-5-years-in-captivity-in-afghanistan

31 AUGUST 2017

US defence secretary orders new troops to Afghanistan

The Pentagon has ordered new troops to Afghanistan, Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said on Thursday (Aug 31), 10 days after President Donald Trump announced a surge in US forces to battle advances by the Taliban
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/us-defence-secretary-orders-new-troops-to-afghanistan-9176362
http://ariananews.af/pentagon-reveals-real-number-of-troops-in-afghanistan/

22 AUGUST 2017

US President Unveils New Afghanistan, South Asia Strategy

President Donald J. Trump tonight unveiled an expansive new strategy for South Asia aimed at bolstering American security.The new strategy encompasses Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, the Central Asian nations and extends into Southeast Asia. He stressed the strategy will not have artificial timelines built into it
https://www.defense.gov/News/Article/Article/1284964/president-unveils-new-afghanistan-south-asia-strategy/
https://www.defense.gov/Videos/videoid/544991/
https://www.voanews.com/a/world-reacts-to-trumps-speech-on-new-afghanistan-strategy-/3995547.html

11 AUGUST 2017

ISIL lures jobless Afghans and Taliban with big salaries

The extremist group has made significant headway in Afghanistan and is recruiting villagers as well as its enemy, the Taliban, to paid jobs in order to expand its influence across the north, according to local Afghan officials
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/isil-lures-jobless-afghans-and-taliban-with-big-salaries-1.618823

22  JULY 2017

US airstrike kills 16 Afghan policemen in Helmand as Taliban leader’s son believed dead in suicide Attack

US airstrike has killed 16 policemen in Afghanistan, officials said Saturday, the latest setback to Washington’s efforts to bring peace to the war-torn country
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/22/us-kills-16-soldiers-helmand-airstrike-taliban-leaders-son-believed/
http://www.dnaindia.com/world/report-16-afghan-police-killed-in-us-strike-in-helmand-province-2510659

14 JULY 2017

ISIL leader in Afghanistan ‘killed in US raid’

The head of ISIL in Afghanistan, Abu Sayed, was killed in an attack on his headquarters in Kunar province earlier this week, the Pentagon said on Friday
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/07/isil-leader-afghanistan-killed-raid-170714192512285.html
http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/07/14/528477/US-Daesh-Afghanistan-isil-

29 JUNE 2017

US-led military alliance NATO agrees to boost troops in Afghanistan

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg says the US-led Western military alliance will increase the number of troops in war-ravaged Afghanistan
http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/06/29/526894/NATO-US-Jens-Stoltenberg–Afghanistan-Taliban
http://www.aljazeera.com/video/news/2017/06/afghans-doubt-increasing-foreign-troops-bring-real-change-170629075018693.html

16 JUNE 2017

US to send 4,000 more troops to Afghanistan

A White House official has confirmed that the US will deploy an additional 4,000 troops to Afghanistan. The move follows concerns from top commanders that the Afghan army is being pushed back by a resurgent Taliban
http://www.dw.com/en/us-to-send-4000-more-troops-to-afghanistan/a-39271721

13 JUNE 2017

Mattis admits that ‘we are not winning in Afghanistan right now’

The United States is not winning in Afghanistan. That’s according to U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, who testified before lawmakers during a Defense Department budget hearing
http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/06/13/525207/US-not-winning-in-Afghanistan-Mattis
https://www.voanews.com/a/3899681.html
http://www.dw.com/en/trump-gives-pentagon-freedom-to-set-troop-numbers-in-afghanistan/a-39243374

31 MAY 2017

At least 80 killed, hundreds injured in Kabul diplomatic quarter blast

At least 80 people were killed and hundreds wounded Wednesday when a massive truck bomb ripped through Kabul’s diplomatic quarter, shattering the morning rush hour and bringing carnage to the streets of the Afghan capital
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-40102903
http://www.dw.com/en/huge-explosion-in-kabul-extensive-damage-to-german-embassy/a-39056329

8 MAY 2017

Afghanistan IS head killed in raid – US and Afghan officials

The head of so-called Islamic State (IS) in Afghanistan, Abdul Hasib, has been killed in a military raid, US and Afghan officials have said
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39839339
http://www.dw.com/en/us-and-afghan-officials-is-leader-in-afghanistan-killed-in-military-raid/a-38747180

7 MAY 2017

50 Afghan soldiers killed, over 100 injured in retaliatory fire: Pakistan

Inspector General FC (IGFC) Major General Nadeem Ahmad on Sunday said that at least 50 Afghan soldiers were killed and over 100 injured when Pakistan responded to the firing by Afghan border police
https://www.thenews.com.pk/latest/203046-50-Afghan-soldiers-killed-over-100-injured-in-retaliatory-fire-Pakistan
http://www.dw.com/en/worst-border-clashes-in-years-are-afghanistan-and-pakistan-at-war/a-38743051

4 MAY 2017

Afghan warlord Hekmatyar returns to Kabul after peace deal

Veteran warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar has returned to the Afghan capital, eight months after signing a peace deal with the government
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39802833
https://www.dawn.com/news/1331049/kabul-uneasy-as-former-warlord-hekmatyar-returns-after-20-years
http://www.dw.com/en/can-warlord-hekmatyar-help-stabilize-afghanistan/a-38692319

2 MAY 2017

Trump’s Afghanistan policy will face big limitations

US President Trump has completed 100 days in office, yet his Afghanistan policy is vague and ambiguous. Expert Michael Kugelman tells DW the Trump administration is likely to come up with an Afghanistan policy soon
http://www.dw.com/en/trumps-afghanistan-policy-will-face-big-limitations/a-38661290

28 APRIL 2017

Taliban’s annual spring offensive under way

The Afghan Taliban announced Friday the start of their “spring offensive,” saying they would target foreign forces in the country and heralding a fresh round of fighting in the drawn-out conflict
http://www.atimes.com/article/talibans-annual-spring-offensive-way/
http://zeenews.india.com/world/taliban-announce-spring-offensive-vow-to-build-institutions-2000177.html

24 APRIL 2017

Afghan defense minister, army chief resign after deadly Taliban Attack

The Afghan minister of defense and army chief of staff have resigned over a major Taliban assault on an army base, the president’s office says. The news came as US Secretary of State Jim Mattis arrived in the country
http://www.dw.com/en/afghan-defense-minister-army-chief-resign-after-deadly-taliban-attack/a-38556314
https://www.dawn.com/news/1328928/afghan-defence-minister-army-chief-resign-after-taliban-attack

21 APRIL 2017

140 Afghan soldiers killed in Taliban Attack

Attackers talked their way onto the base disguised in Afghan army uniforms and driving military veichles before opening fire on soldiers eating dinner and leaving a mosque after Friday prayers
http://www.atimes.com/article/afghan/
http://www.euronews.com/2017/04/21/taliban-kill-dozens-at-afghan-army-hq
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39672357

17 APRIL 2017

Ex-Afghan president calls US bomb drop an ‘atrocity’: report

Hamid Karzai has spoken out against the US decision to drop the MOAB bomb on Afghanistan. His interview comes the same day a top Trump official tours South Asia to speak with regional leaders
http://www.dw.com/en/ex-afghan-president-calls-us-bomb-drop-an-atrocity-report/a-38455632

26 MARCH 2017

US air strike in Afghanistan kills senior al Qaeda leader Qari Yasin: Pentagon

A US drone strike in eastern Afghanistan on March 19 killed the senior al Qaeda military commander Qari Yasin, who has been linked to numerous attacks in Pakistan, the US military confirmed
http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2017/03/26/us-air-strike-in-afghanistan-kills-senior-al-qaeda-leader-qari-yasin-pentagon/
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/news/252555762/taliban-militant-who-hatched-the-plan-for-deadly-2008-islamabad-bombing-killed-in-us-drone-strike
http://www.tolonews.com/afghanistan/al-qaeda-‘leader’-killed-us-strike-afghanistan-pentagon

23 MARCH 2017

Afghan Taliban capture crucial town of Sangin

The Taliban have captured the crucial south Afghan district of Sangin after a year-long battle
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39365330
http://www.voanews.com/a/taliban-capture-key-southern-afghan-district/3778722.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/03/taliban-capture-key-afghan-district-9-police-killed-170323142927112.html

9 MARCH 2017

Pakistan indefinitely closes border with Afghanistan amid rising tension

Pakistan has indefinitely closed two border crossings with Afghanistan after opening them for two days to let through Afghans with visas, officials said on Thursday
http://zeenews.india.com/asia/pakistan-indefinitely-closes-border-with-afghanistan-amid-rising-tension_1984961.html
http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2017/03/09/pak-afghan-border-closes-for-indefinite-period/

4  FEBRUARY 2017

Afghan warlord Hekmatyar sanctions dropped by UN

The UN has dropped sanctions against former Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, paving the way for him to return to the country
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38867280
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/afghanistan/un-lifts-sanctions-on-notorious-afghan-warlord-1.1972844
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-02/04/c_136031737.htm

27 JANUARY 2017

Afghan Taliban’s new chief replaces 24 « shadow » officials

The leader of the Afghan Taliban recently replaced « shadow » governors in 16 of the country’s 34 provinces, as he sought to consolidate his influence over the insurgency, senior figures in the movement said this week
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/afghan-taliban-s-new-chief-replaces-24-shadow-officials/3472966.html

23 JANUARY 2017

Can Afghanistan’s Economy Rebound in 2017?

There’s no reason to think 2017 will be any better for Afghanistan than 2016
http://thediplomat.com/2017/01/can-afghanistans-economy-rebound-in-2017/

3 JANUARY 2017

Why is Russia so interested in Afghanistan all of a sudden?

 An increased Russian involvement in Afghanistan has surprised many observers. What does Moscow want to achieve in the war-torn country? After Syria, is another US-Russia conflict being played out in a different arena?http://www.dw.com/en/why-is-russia-so-interested-in-afghanistan-all-of-a-sudden/a-36989680

24 DECEMBER 2016

Iran, Russia See Opportunity to Encircle the US in Afghanistan

Moscow and Tehran see an opportunity to fatal distract the United States in Afghanistan
http://thediplomat.com/2016/12/iran-russia-see-opportunity-to-encircle-the-us-in-afghanistan/

16 DECEMBER 2016

The Tangled History of the Afghanistan-India-Pakistan Triangle

Kabul’s foreign policy approach has shifted between favoring India and Pakistan since the partition
http://thediplomat.com/2016/12/the-tangled-history-of-the-afghanistan-india-pakistan-triangle/

23 OCTOBER 2016

Afghanistan opium production up 43% – UN drugs watchdog

United Nations report says poppy cultivation in the war-torn country has risen to its highest level in more than 20 years
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37743433
http://www.atimes.com/article/opium-crops-spread-afghanistan-taliban-gains-ground/

18 OCTOBER 2016

More than 350,000 Afghan refugees have returned to their war-torn homeland from Pakistan this year

More than 350,000 Afghan refugees have returned to their war-torn homeland from Pakistan this year, UN data show, with the torrent of people crossing the border expected to continue
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/pakistan/350-000-afghan-refugees-return-from-pakistan-un-1.1914860

5 OCTOBER 2016

Afghanistan aid: Donors promise $15.2bn in Brussels

International donors have pledged $15.2bn (€13.5bn ; £11.9bn) in aid to help Afghanistan until 2020
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37560704
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2016-10/05/content_15506325.html

29 SEPTEMBER 2016

Afghanistan: Ghani, Hekmatyar formalise peace deal

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has formalised a peace treaty with Hezb-i-Islami, an armed group led by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, a deal the government hopes will lead to more agreements with other fighters
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/09/afghanistan-ghani-hekmatyar-sign-peace-deal-160929092524754.html

22 SEPTEMBER 2016

Afghanistan signs deal with militant Hekmatyar

The Afghan government has signed a peace agreement with Hezb-e-Islami, the country’s second largest militant group
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37438674
http://www.euronews.com/2016/09/22/peace-in-afghanistan-but-at-what-price
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/27405-govt-hizb-e-islami-peace-deal-draws-mixed-reaction

18 AUGUST 2016

Discord between Afghan unity government leaders intensifies

Calls for fresh elections have intensified in Afghanistan as the unity government leaders fail to resolve their dispute over power sharing. President Ghani and CEO Abdullah have yet to find a way to work in tandem
http://www.dw.com/en/discord-between-afghan-unity-government-leaders-intensifies/a-19485299

12 AUGUST 2016

IS leader in Afghanistan killed, US believes

Hafiz Saeed, leader of so-called Islamic State (IS) in Afghanistan and Pakistan, died in a US drone strike last month, the US believes
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37063654
http://atimes.com/2016/08/is-chief-for-afghanistan-pakistan-killed-by-us-drone/

31 JULY 2016

Kabul Slams China Over Reported Taliban Visit

 The Afghan government has shown its displeasure over reports that a Taliban delegation visited China, saying Beijing should not provide “a platform” to groups that are involved in the killing of Afghans
http://www.voanews.com/content/afghan-government-shows-displeasure-over-reported-taliban-china-visit/3442971.html
http://zeenews.india.com/news/asia/afghan-taliban-delegation-visits-china-to-discuss-unrest-sources_1913283.html

29 JULY 2016

Will WTO membership help improve Afghanistan’s economy?

On Friday, Afghanistan became the 164th country to join the World Trade Organization (WTO). after its upper house of parliament passed a final handful of laws that were required as preconditions for membership
http://www.dw.com/en/will-wto-membership-help-improve-afghanist

9 JULY 2016

NATO renews Afghanistan mission

NATO countries agreed on Saturday to extend their military mission in Afghanistan amid continuing threats from the Taliban
http://eurasiadiary.com/news/world/52151-nato-renews-afghanistan-mission
http://www.euronews.com/newswires/3217842-nato-allies-commit-around-1-billion-per-year-to-support-afghan-forces/

6 JULY 2016

Obama slows US troop drawdown in Afghanistan

The US will slow its troop drawdown in Afghanistan, leaving a force of 8,400 when President Barack Obama completes his term, the president announced on Wednesday in a blunt acknowledgment that America will remain entangled there despite his aspirations to end the war
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/07/06/obama-slows-us-troop-drawdown-in-afghanistan/
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/07/world/asia/obama-afghanistan-troops.html?ref=asia&_r=0

30 JUNE 2016

Taliban attack on Afghanistan police cadets near Kabul kills dozens

Taliban bombers have attacked an Afghan police convoy outside the capital Kabul, killing at least 30 people and wounding 50 others, officials say
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36671676
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/26044-taliban-suicide-bombers-hit-afghan-police–kill-30-wound-53

15 JUNE 2016

Pakistan and Afghanistan formally agree over ceasefire at Torkham

The border authorities of Pakistan and Afghanistan on Wednesday formally agreed over ceasefire at Torkham and waved white flags on both sides of the border
http://www.dawn.com/news/1265011/pak-afghan-forces-agree-on-ceasefire-at-torkham-border-wave-white-flags
http://nation.com.pk/national/15-Jun-2016/new-ceasefire-enforced-at-torkham-border

14 JUNE 2016

Pakistan, Afghanistan increase troops ar Khyber Pass border after clash

A Pakistani army officer died on Tuesday after being shot by Afghan forces in a border clash, Pakistan’s military said, a development likely to ratchet up tension between the neighbours who sources said were beefing up troop numbers on either side
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/pakistan/pakistan-afghanistan-increase-troops-at-khyber-pass-border-after-clash-1.1846138
http://www.voanews.com/content/afghanistan-pakistan-border-tensions/3375279.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/06/afghan-soldier-killed-border-clash-pakistan-160613075159320.html

6 JUNE 2016

Taliban ambush kills American photojournalist and translator in Afghanistan

A veteran American photojournalist and a translator working for National Public Radio were killed while accompanying Afghan troops in southern Afghanistan on Sunday 5, according to NPR and military officials.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/06/05/taliban-ambush-kills-american-journalist-and-translator-in-afgha/
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/25662-two-journalists-killed-in-helmand

5 JUNE 2016

Afghanistan: MP Sher Wali Wardak killed in Kabul bomb blast

Three civilians including an Afghan lawmaker Sher Wali Wardak were killed in Kabul on Sunday evening after an IED was detonated via remote control near the MP’s house
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/25661-kabul-blast-kills-three-including-mp
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36455738

25 MAY 2016

The new Taliban chief elected is Mawlawi Hibatullah Akhundzada

In a statement issued by the Taliban on Wednesday, the group confirmed the death of Mullah Mansour and added that Taliban’s Shura has selected Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada as their new leader
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/25487-haibatullah-named-talibans-new-leader
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/afghan-taliban-appoint-leader-mansours-death-045123915.html?nhp=1
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36377008
http://www.euronews.com/2016/05/25/afghan-taliban-names-haibatullah-akhunzada-as-its-new-chief/

22 MAY 2016

Afghan Taliban sources confirm death of leader in US attack

Taliban supremo Mullah Akhtar Mansour was killed in a US drone attack in Pakistan, senior militant sources told AFP on Sunday (May 22), adding that an insurgent assembly was underway to decide on his successor
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/afghan-taliban-sources/2807732.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36352559

21 MAY 2016

Afghan Taliban leader Mullar Akhtar Mansour believed dead after US airstrike

The Pentagon has announced that Afghan Taliban leader Mullar Akhtar Mansour has probably been killed in a drone strike in Pakistan. The raid was specifically targeting the fundamentalist leader, US authorities said.
http://www.dw.com/en/afghan-taliban-leader-mullar-akhtar-mansour-believed-dead-after-us-airstrike/a-19275462
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36351990

18 MAY 2016

Kabul signs draft peace deal with warlord Hekmatyar

Afghanistan has signed a preliminary agreement with the militant group Hezb-i-Islami. The deal with the anti-foreign forces group is being seen as a sign of success in Kabul’s peace efforts
http://www.dw.com/en/kabul-signs-draft-peace-deal-with-warlord-hekmatyar/a-19265788
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/25298-govt-to-bring-in-hekmatyar-and-members-giving-special-privilèges

16 MARCH 2016

NATO chief predicts another tough year ahead for Afghanistan

The head of NATO on Wednesday predicted a difficult fight ahead for Afghanistan as the government continues to battle the Taliban and other militant factions trying to assert their presence in the war-ravaged country.
http://news.yahoo.com/nato-chief-predicts-another-tough-ahead-afghanistan-112127733.html

5 MARCH 2016

Taliban rejects peace talks with Afghan government

Afghanistan’s Taliban has said it will not take part in peace talks with the government unless foreign troops leave the country. The group also said it wanted detained members of its ranks to be freed
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/03/afghan-talks-taliban-refuses-participate-160305135801134.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35736434

5 MARCH 2016

Taliban rejects peace talks with Afghan government

Afghanistan’s Taliban has said it will not take part in peace talks with the government unless foreign troops leave the country. The group also said it wanted detained members of its ranks to be freed
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/03/afghan-talks-taliban-refuses-participate-160305135801134.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35736434

2 MARCH 2016

Russia’s new role in Afghanistan

More than two decades after the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan, Moscow is once again seeking to play a major role in the country by boosting military and economic cooperation with Kabul
http://www.dw.com/en/russias-new-role-in-afghanistan/a-19087432

25 FEBRUARY 2016

Afghanistan war: Just what was the point?

According to the U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction (SIGAR — the U.S. government’s money watchdog there), the Taliban hold more territory now than at any time since 2001
http://edition.cnn.com/2016/02/25/asia/afghanistan-war-analysis/index.html

14 FEBRUARY 2016

Afghan civilian casualties hit a record 11,000 in 2015

The United Nations said in its annual report released on Sunday there were 3,545 civilian fatalities and 7,457 people wounded with children paying a particularly heavy toll, as Afghan security forces faced a surge in attacks by the Taliban and other armed groups.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/02/afghan-civilian-casualties-hit-record-11000-2015-160214071436972.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35572815

10 FEVRIER 2016

U.S. sends more troops to Afghanistan

Hundreds more U.S. troops are headed for Afghanistan’s strife-torn Helmand province to shore up security forces who have struggled in the face of sustained Taliban attacks, officials said.
http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/us-sends-more-troops-to-afghanistan/article8219631.ece?w=alauto

2 FEBRUARY 2016

U.S. airstrikes kill 46 militants, destroy IS radio in Afghanistan

A total of 46 militants were killed and a radio station belonging to the Islamic State (IS) group was destroyed after U.S.-led coalition forces carried out airstrikes in Afghanistan’s Paktika and Nangarhar provinces overnight, government officials said Tuesday
http://english.chinamil.com.cn/news-channels/international-military-news/2016-02/02/content_6885784.htm

29 JANUARY 2016

What does China want from the Afghan peace process?

China is one of four countries directly involved in talks aimed at resuming the stalled peace process between the Afghan government and the Taliban. DW takes a look at what’s driving Beijing’s diplomatic push
http://www.dw.com/en/what-does-china-want-from-the-afghan-peace-process/a-19011501

11 JANUARY 2016

Pakistan hosts four-way Afghanistan peace talks

Representatives from Pakistan, the USA, China and Afghanistan have met in Islamabad to discuss plans for peace negotiations with the Taliban. The Taliban, however, are not participating in the talks for now
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35279283
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/01/afghan-peace-talks-resume-pakistan-160111045824649.html
http://www.rferl.org/content/afghanistan-pakistan-talks-china-us/27480460.html

1 JANUARY 2016

At least two killed in bomb explosion at French restaurant in Kabul; Taliban claims attack

A Taliban suicide car bomber has struck a French restaurant popular with foreigners in Kabul, killing two people in a New Year’s Day attack that marks the latest in a series of brazen insurgent assaults
http://www.france24.com/en/20160101-taliban-kabul-french-restaurant-popular-expats

9 DECEMBER 2015

Afghan Taliban kill dozens at Kandahar airport

Dozens of people have been killed in a Taliban attack on a heavily fortified civilian and military airfield in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35043938 http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/12/taliban-kills-scores-ongoing-kandahar-airport-attack-151209153246413.html
http://www.dw.com/en/taliban-launch-deadly-attacks-across-afghanistan-amid-peace-conference/a-18908146

11 NOVEMBER 2015

Afghan Hazara killings spur thousands to march in Kabul

Afghan security forces have fired warning shots into the air at a protest in Kabul, injuring seven people, according to officials
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-34783511

26 OCTOBER 2015

The Taliban’s days are almost over

 To many of us in the country, the Taliban’s recent victory is due to serious weaknesses within the Afghan government rather than their own strength. Despite their recent military achievement, the demise of the movement as an alternative governing force has already begun
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2015/10/taliban-days-afghanistan-kunduz-pakistan-151025075020774.html

15 OCTOBER 2015

Barack Obama to keep US troops in Afghanistan through 2016, says ‘it’s the right thing to do’

US President Barack Obama has broken his promise to end the war in Afghanistan on his watch and will leave thousands of troops in the country when he departs the White House, passing the task of resolving America’s « longest war » on to his successor.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/11933444/Barack-Obama-to-slow-US-troop-withdrawals-from-Afghanistan-says-official.html
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/21903-govt-welcomes-obamas-decision

3 OCTOBER 2015

16 die at Afghan clinic after US airstrike; UN denounces act

An airstrike hit a hospital run by Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) in the Afghan city of Kunduz Saturday, killing at least 16 people in what the US military called possible “collateral damage” in the battle to oust Taliban insurgents
ttp://atimes.com/2015/10/afghan-airstrike-near-kunduz-msf-clinic-kills-3-staff-30-others-missing/
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/10/03/asia/afghanistan-doctors-without-borders-hospital/index.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/11909123/Kunduz-Nato-investigates-whether-US-air-strike-hit-hospital-latest.html

1 OCTOBER 2015

Afghan forces retake Taliban-held Kunduz city amid fierce clashes

Afghan troops recaptured the center of the strategic northern city of Kunduz on Thursday amid fierce clashes with Taliban militants, three days after losing the provincial capital in a humbling defeat for Kabul and its U.S. allies
http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/10/01/us-afghanistan-attack-idUSKCN0RU07Y20151001
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/714540/afghan-forces-retake-control-of-kunduz-from-taliban-govt

29 SEPTEMBER 2015

Afghan forces fight to retake Kunduz from Taliban

Afghan forces have been battling Taliban fighters to retake the city of Kunduz, a day after it fell to the insurgents in their biggest victory since their removal from power in 2001
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-34387914
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-09-29/afghan-forces-launch-operation-to-retake-northern-city-of-kunduz-from-taliban-militants/1498152

14 SEPTEMBER 2015

Taliban raid sees release of hundreds of Afghan prisoners

Among 150 Taliban militants thought to be among those released in pre-dawn attack on jail in Ghazni by insurgents said to be wearing Afghan police uniforms
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/11862939/Taliban-fighters-release-hundreds-of-prisoners-from-Afghan-jail.html

13 AUGUST 2015

Al-Qaeda’s Zawahiri pledges allegiance to Taliban head

The leader of al-Qaeda, Ayman al-Zawahiri, has pledged allegiance to the new head of the Afghan Taliban, Mullah Mohammed Akhtar Mansoor, whose appointment has caused divisions within the Taliban
http://www.euronews.com/2015/08/13/al-qaeda-leader-pledges-allegiance-to-new-taliban-chief/
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/08/al-qaeda-zawahiri-pledges-allegiance-taliban-mullah-mansoor-150813141523792.html

7 AUGUST 2015

35 dead, hundreds wounded as multiple bombings rock Kabul

Multiple bombings rocked Kabul Friday, killing at least 35 people and wounding hundreds more in the first major attacks in the Afghan capital since the announcement of Taliban leader Mullah Omar’s death
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/suicide-blast-hits-kabul-police-academy-casualties-feared-162156644.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/08/police-academy-kabul-hit-suicide-bomb-150807164338154.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33814737

30 JULY 2015

Mullah Omar: Taliban choose deputy Mansour as successor

The Taliban has appointed Mullah Omar’s deputy to replace him at the helm of the group, according to militant commanders
http://www.euronews.com/2015/07/30/taliban-names-new-leader-to-replace-mullah-omar/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33721074
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/20673-peace-talks-postponed-at-talibans-request-pakistan

29 JULY 2015

Afghan government said that Mullah Omar: Taliban leader ‘died in Pakistan in 2013

 “The government … based on credible information, confirms that Mullah Mohammad Omar, leader of the Taliban died in April 2013 in Pakistan,” the Afghan presidential palace said in a statement
http://www.dawn.com/news/1197114/mullah-omar-died-in-karachi-in-april-2013-afghan-govt
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33703097

26 JULY 2015

Taliban take remote Afghan police base after mass surrender

The Taliban took control of a large police base in a remote part of northeastern Afghanistan after some 100 police and border guards joined the insurgents following three days of fighting, security officials said Sunday
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2015-07/26/content_15295536.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33669344
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/20614-taliban-release-142-alp-and-border-police-officials

15 JULY 2015

Taliban leader Mullah Omar backs Afghan peace talks

The leader of the Afghan Taliban has given his backing to peace talks with the Afghan government, saying that the goal of the negotiations is an « end to occupation » by foreign forces
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33535905
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/07/taliban-leader-mullah-omar-backs-afghan-peace-talks-150715124016867.html
http://www.euronews.com/2015/07/15/taliban-leader-appears-to-approve-peace-talks-with-afghan-government/

11 JULY 2015

Islamic State leader in Afghanistan and Pakistan ‘killed by drone’

A former Taliban leader now thought to be ISIS’ leader in Afghanistan and Pakistan has been killed in a U.S. drone strike, Afghanistan’s intelligence agency said Saturday
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/07/11/asia/isis-leader-killed-afghanistan/index.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33492780

22 JUNE 2015

Taliban stages deadly attack on Afghan parliament

A Taliban suicide bomber and several gunmen have attacked the Afghan parliament, wounding at least 31 people and sending a plume of black smoke across Kabul
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/06/explosions-gunfire-rock-afghan-parliament-kabul-150622060232229.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33221051

19 MAY 2015

Pakistan, Afghanistan sign intelligence-sharing deal

The spy agencies of Pakistan and Afghanistan have agreed to share intelligence and bolster cooperation in their fight against the Taliban, the latest sign of a thaw in once-frosty ties
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/566407/pakistan-afghanistan-sign-intelligence-sharing-deal

14 MAY 2015

Nine foreigners among 14 killed by Taliban attack on Kabul guesthouse

Fourteen people have been killed in an attack on a Kabul hotel which was packed with foreigners awaiting a concert, according to Afghan officials
http://www.euronews.com/2015/05/14/taliban-targets-foreigners-in-kabul-guest-house-attack/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-32732083
http://www.france24.com/en/20150514-american-indians-dead-kabul-guesthouse-siege-taliban-afghanistan-pakistan

4 MAY 2015

Afghan Taliban stress preconditions for any peace talks

Taliban militants meeting Afghan officials in Qatar reiterated their hardline stance on peace talks Monday, ruling out negotiations until US forces leave the country and the insurgents are allowed to open a political office
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/551259/afghan-taliban-stress-preconditions-for-any-peace-talks

3 MAY 2015

The Foreign Ministry of Qatar confirms that Doha is hosting peace talks between Afghan officials and Taliban representatives in order to end the war in Afghanistan.

The dialogue « will be through open discussions about Afghan reconciliation between all parties in Afghanistan », the Qatar News Agency quoted Yousif Al Sada as saying
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/19352-doha-confirms-hosting-of-peace-talks-between-afghan-govt-and-taliban
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/04/world/asia/afghan-and-taliban-representatives-meet-in-

26 APRIL 2015

Has India lost Afghanistan to Pakistan?

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani is due to begin his first state visit to New Delhi this Monday. Almost seven months after becoming president, the three-day visit is a chance for Ghani to win hearts and minds in New Delhi
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2015/04/india-lost-afghanistan-pakistan-150426051958020.html

 21 APRIL 2015

Afghan cabinet nearly complete after months of delay

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has sworn in 16 new ministers – nearly completing his cabinet after months of delay
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-32391844

24 MARCH 2015

Obama halts Afghanistan troop withdrawal

The United States will keep its current level of 9,800 troops in Afghanistan through the end of the year, rather than reducing that number to 5,500 as planned, the White House said Tuesday.
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/03/24/politics/obama-afghan-president-ghani-meeting/index.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/world/507039/us-halts-afghanistan-pullout

23 MARCH 2015

Afghan president Ghani credits US role during first Washington trip

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has praised the US for the commitment shown to Afghanistan over 14 years during his first official visit to Washington.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-32021942

25 FEBRUARY 2015

Amnesty International reports increased human rights abuses in Afghanistan

The failure to implement the violence against women bill in Parliament, increased cases of sexual abuse against women, rising rates of child marriage, reduced representation for women on Provincial Councils and the undermining of women’s role in the peace negotiation process between the Afghan government and the Taliban were all factors cited
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/18369-amnesty-international-reports-increased-human-rights-abuses-in-afghanistan

22 FEBRUARY 2015

U.S. reconsidering 2016 Afghanistan troop withdrawal, defense chief says

President Barack Obama may change the United States’ plan to withdraw virtually all its troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2016, his new defense secretary said. An indication that the White House is considering extending the U.S. troop presence there beyond that year.
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/02/21/us/afghanistan-carter/index.html

18 FEBRUARY 2015

Afghanistan civilian casualties up 22% in 2014, UN says

A total of 3,699 Afghans killed and 6,849 injured made 2014 the deadliest year since the UN began keeping records in 2009.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-31515140

10 FEBRUARY 2015

Afghan president Ghani suspends Karzai’s request for Indian arms

Government sources have confirmed that President Ashraf Ghani has suspended a request made by former president Hamid Karzai in his final months in office that India supply Afghanistan’s military with heavy weaponry.
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/18152-president-ghani-suspends-karzais-request-for-indian-arms

9 FEBRUARY 2015

Afghanistan drone strike ‘kills IS commander Abdul Rauf’

He was a Taliban commander captured by the United States and held at Guantanamo Bay. But he was let go and returned to Afghanistan. Mullah Abdul Rauf went on to become a recruiter for ISIS in Afghanistan.
http://www.euronews.com/2015/02/09/suspected-afghan-isil-leader-killed-by-drone-strike/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-31290147

12 JANUARY 2015

Afghanistan Announces New Cabinet After Long Delay

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s office has announced nominees for the country’s cabinet after months of delays following a disputed election.
http://www.rferl.org/content/afghanistan-announces-new-cabinet/26788824.html?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=%2AAfPak%20Daily%20Brief&utm_campaign=2014_The%20South%20Asia%20Daily%2001.12.15
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/17804-nug-announces-cabinet-nominees?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=%2AAfPak%20Daily%20Brief&utm_campaign=2014_The%20South%20Asia%20Daily%2001.12.15

6 JANUARY 2014

Afghan president without cabinet after 100 days

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has marked 100 days in office as he continues to struggle to name a cabinet, creating a political stalemate that threatens to hamper the fight against the Taliban
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2015/01/afghan-leader-without-cabinet-after-100-days-20151614918125608.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/454701/100-days-in-power-for-afghan-president-but-no-government

28 DECEMBER 2014

In Afghanistan, ceremony marks end of Nato combat mission

A ceremony attended by Afghan and international dignitaries on Sunday at the ISAF headquarters in Kabul marked the end of NATO’s combat mission in Afghanistan and the start of it’s new « Resolute Support » plan.
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/17637-ceremony-marks-end-of-nato-combat-mission
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30616380

11 DECEMBER 2014

Suicide bomber attacks French school in Afghanistan

A teenage suicide bomber detonated explosives killing several and wounding 15 others during an event at a French-run high school in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul on Thursday, officials said, in an attack claimed by the Taliban.
http://www.france24.com/en/20141211-suicide-bomber-attacks-french-school-afghanistan/

8 DECEMBER 2014

Nato ends 13-year Afghanistan mission with Kabul ceremony

A ceremony has taken place in Kabul to mark the formal end of Nato’s 13-year combat mission in Afghanistan.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30377059
http://www.dawn.com/news/1149579/us-nato-end-afghan-combat-command-after-13-years

Nato ends 13-year Afghanistan mission with Kabul ceremony

A ceremony has taken place in Kabul to mark the formal end of Nato’s 13-year combat mission in Afghanistan.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30377059
http://www.dawn.com/news/1149579/us-nato-end-afghan-combat-command-after-13-years

4 DECEMBER 2014

Opening of the London conference on Afghanistan

Afghanistan’s new leaders are seeking to build bridges with the West at a conference in London as they struggle to bring peace while foreign combat forces withdraw after 13 years.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/12/afghan-leaders-seek-support-at-uk-conference-201412413464434398.html
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/17356-abdullah-british-foreign-minister-open-london-summit-proceedings

27 NOVEMBER 2014

The Afghan Senate approved the Bilateral Security Agreement and Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA)

After hours of discussions behind closed doors, 65 Senators approved of the security accords while five others objected.
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/17269-senate-approves-bsa-and-sofa

23 NOVEMBER 2014

Afghan lower house approves foreign troops staying on

Afghanistan’s lower house of parliament on Sunday approved agreements that will allow about 12,500 NATO-led troops to stay on next year as the national army and police struggle to hold back the Taliban.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/444993/afghan-lower-house-approves-foreign-troops-staying-on
http://www.defensenews.com/article/20141123/DEFREG03/311230020/Afghan-Lower-House-Approves-Foreign-Troops-Staying

Suicide blast at Afghan volleyball game kills around 50

About 50 people were killed and 60 others wounded when a suicide blast ripped through crowds at a volleyball game in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday (Nov 23), the deadliest attack in the country since 2011.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/suicide-blast-at-afghan/1489790.html

16 NOVEMBER 2014

Female Afghan MP survives suicide attack

Shukria Barakzaia, a high-profile advocate of women’s rights, slightly wounded in blast that kills three people
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30073189
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/11/female-afghan-mp-survives-suicide-attack-2014111672142481131.html

15 NOVEMBER 2014

Afghan, Pakistan leaders pledge to end turbulent ties

Pakistan and Afghanistan pledged to begin a new era of economic cooperation Saturday, with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani saying three days of talks had ended 13 years of differences
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/afghan-pakistan-leaders-pledge-end-turbulent-ties
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/afghan-pakistan-leaders/1474638.html

14 NOVEMBER 2014

Pakistani cleric tells Afghan president Ghani that war will continue until foreign troops go

Prominent Pakistani cleric and leader of Jamiat-e-Ulema-e-Islam Pakistan, Maulana Fazlurrahman, met with President Ashraf Ghani in Islamabad on Friday and warned that war would continue in Afghanistan until the complete withdraw of foreign troops.
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/17121-pakistani-cleric-tells-ghani-war-will-continue-until-foreign-troops-go

12 NOVEMBER 2014

Afghanistan sees rise in poppy cultivation

Opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan has reached a record high this year, a UN report has revealed, highlighting the failure of the US-led campaign to crack down on the lucrative crop.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/11/afghanistan-sees-rise-poppy-cultivation-20141112115426363345.html

26 OCTOBER 2014

UK troops leave Afghanistan after 13 years

British troops have ended combat operations in Afghanistan as they and US troops handed over two huge adjacent bases to the Afghan military, 13 years after a US-led invasion to topple the Taliban.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/10/uk-troops-leave-afghanistan-after-13-years-20141026145324123162.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-29776544

16 OCTOBER 2014

Afghan police capture senior Haqqani leaders

Afghan security forces say they have captured two senior leaders of al-Qaeda-linked Haqqani network. including a son of its founder.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/10/afghan-police-capture-senior-haqqani-leaders-20141016113728321132.html
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/16767-haqqani-network-dealt-blow-with-arrest-of-high-ranking-leaders

2 OCTOBER 2014

Afghan troop casualties at 7,000-9,000 this year: US

Afghan forces are suffering higher combat casualties this year, with up to 9,000 troops killed or wounded in battles with Taliban insurgents, the new US commander in Afghanistan said Thursday.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/435589/afghan-troop-casualties-at-7000-9000-this-year-us

30 SEPTEMBER 2014

Afghanistan signs deal keeping U.S. troops beyond 2014

The United States and Afghanistan signed a long-delayed security agreement Tuesday that will allow U.S. troops to stay in Afghanistan beyond the previous December deadline to withdraw.
http://edition.cnn.com/2014/09/30/world/asia/afghanistan-us-security-agreement/index.html?hpt=ias_c2
http://www.dawn.com/news/1135293/afghanistan-us-sign-long-awaited-security-pact
http://www.voanews.com/content/us-welcomes-signing-of-bilateral-security-agreement-with-afghanistan/2467098.html

29 SEPTEMBER 2014

Afghanistan’s Ghani sworn in as president

Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai was sworn in Monday as Afghanistan’s new president, replacing Hamid Karzai in the country’s first democratic transfer of power since the 2001 US-led invasion toppled the Taliban.
http://www.france24.com/en/20140929-afghanistan-ghani-president-inauguration/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-29375438
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2014/07/profile-ashraf-ghani-20147883632825529.html
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/16559-ghani-sworn-into-office

26 SEPTEMBER 2014

Afghan election results reveal Ghani as clear winner

Ashraf Ghani won Afghanistan’s disputed presidential election decisively with 55 per cent of the vote, results revealed Friday, after the figure was kept secret for five days over concerns that fraud allegations could trigger violence
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/afghan-election-results-reveal-ghani-clear-winner

21 SEPTEMBER 2014

Ashraf Ghani wins Afghan presidential election, signs deal with rival

Former finance minister Ashraf Ghani was declared the winner of Afghanistan’s contested presidential election on Sunday, hours after Ghani and the second-place finisher, Abdullah Abdullah, stood together to announce the formation of a long-awaited coalition government.
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/16458-ashraf-ghani-elected-next-president-of-afghanistan
http://www.france24.com/en/20140921-afghanistan-ghani-named-president-elect-power-sharing-agreement/
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/ghani-abdullah-agree-to-share-power-in-afghanistan-as-election-stalemate-ends/2014/09/21/df58749a-416e-11e4-9a15-137aa0153527_story.html

14 SEPTEMBER 2014

Punjabi Taliban to increase insurgency in Afghanistan

The Punjabi Taliban in Pakistan has said that the group will shift its focus to Afghanistan and fight the enemies of Islam on Afghan soil
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/16370-punjabi-taliban-to-increase-insurgency-in-afghanistan

5 SEPTEMBER 2014

Afghan audit ends but election puzzle still unsolved

A UN-supervised audit of votes cast in Afghanistan’s disputed election was completed Friday, officials said, but the results will not be known for days as the contentious process of invalidating fraudulent ballots continues.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/430711/afghan-audit-ends-but-election-puzzle-still-unsolved
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/16253-audit-process-completed-after-48-days-iec 

4 SEPTEMBER 2014

Islamic State claims Pakistan and Afghanistan for its ‘caliphate’

The Islamic State is challenging the Taliban and al-Qaeda in its Afghanistan and Pakistan heartlands and claiming both countries as part of its ‘caliphate’.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/11075390/Islamic-State-claims-Pakistan-and-Afghanistan-for-its-caliphate.html

27 AUGUST 2014

Afghan Presidential Candidate Abdullah Pulls Out Of Election Audit

Presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah boycotted the audit process, while the United Nations (UN) asked Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai to withdraw from the procedure stressing that the auditing and invalidation will continue without the presence of both camps, the UN announced
http://www.rferl.org/content/afghan-president-candidate-abdullah-pulls-of-election-audit/26552366.html
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/16130-audit-process-to-continue-without-candidates

23 AUGUST 2014

New Afghan president to take office September 2

Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Saturday his successor would take office on September 2, despite a slow-moving vote audit designed to eliminate fraudulent ballots cast for the two contenders.
http://tribune.com.pk/story/752996/new-afghan-president-to-take-office-september-2-karzai/

21 AUGUST 2014

Afghanistan: Kunduz Battle against Taliban led by released Taliban

Kunduz province has become the focal point of intense fighting between Afghan security forces and Taliban militants, with thousands of insurgents bearing down on Kunduz city. According to local officials, the Taliban offensive is being led by a man who the Afghan government recently released from prison.
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/16061-kunduz-battle-against-taliban-led-by-released-taliban

11 AUGUST 2014

Amnesty slams US over Afghan civilian deaths

 A report published by Amnesty International on Monday claims that at least 1,100 Afghan civilians lost their lives as a result of U.S. air strikes between the years 2009 and 2013. The report goes on to lambaste the U.S. military for never investigating the deaths or seeking to help those affected by them
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/15915–report-says-1100-afghans-killed-by-us-air-strikes
http://www.aljazeera.com/humanrights/2014/08/amnesty-slams-us-over-afghan-civilian-deaths-2014810104926293848.html

8 AUGUST 2014

Afghan leaders agree on national unity government

Afghanistan’s two feuding presidential candidates on Friday signed a deal confirming they would form a national unity government after an audit of votes is completed to decide the winner of the fraud-tainted election
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/southasia/2014/08/afghan-presidential-candidates-unity-government-20148811455553354.html
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/15882-candidates-sign-joint-declaration

5 AUGUST 2014

Afghan soldier guns down US general in Kabul

An Afghan soldier shot dead a US general on Tuesday at an army training centre in Kabul — the highest-ranking American officer to be killed since the September 11, 2001 attacks
http://edition.cnn.com/2014/08/05/world/asia/afghanistanviolence/?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=%2AAfPak%20Daily%20Brief&utm_campaign=2014_The%20South%20Asia%20Daily
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/06/world/asia/afghanistan-attack.html?ref=asia&_r=0
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/425190/afghan-soldier-guns-down-us-general-in-kabul

17 JULY 2014

Afghan Taliban conduct brazen attack on Kabul airport

Heavily-armed Taliban militants attacked the Kabul International Airport in the Afghan capital early Thursday, firing rockets and occupying two unused buildings before they were gunned down by Afghan security forces.
http://www.france24.com/en/20140717-afghanistan-kabul-airport-attack-taliban/
http://www.euronews.com/2014/07/17/afghan-forces-repel-taliban-attack-on-kabul-airport/

12 JULY 2014

All votes in disputed Afghan run-off poll to be audited: Kerry

Afghanistan’s feuding presidential rivals agreed Saturday to a full audit of every vote cast in the disputed runoff election, US Secretary of State John Kerry said following two days of frantic negotiations.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/420281/all-votes-in-disputed-afghan-run-off-poll-to-be-audited-kerry
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/15579-electoral-deadlock-broken

7 JULY 2014

Ghani leads Afghanistan presidential run-off

In an announcement on Monday, Ahmad Yousuf Nuristani of the Afghan presidential commission said Ghani, an ex-World Bank economist, was in the lead with 56.44 percent of the vote, while his rival Abdullah Abdullah, a former Afghan foreign minister, had 43.56 percent
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/07/ghani-leads-preliminary-afghan-poll-results-201477143524362866.html
http://www.france24.com/en/20140707-ghani-leads-abdullah-afghan-presidential-run-off-initial-results/
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/15518-abdullah-camp-rejects-preliminary-results

5 JULY 2014

Taliban set 200 fuel trucks on fire in Kabul

A Taliban bomb attack on the outskirts of Kabul set fire to some 200 fuel trucks that the militants claimed were supplying foreign troops in Afghanistan, officials said Saturday
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-28173990
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/419040/taliban-set-200-fuel-trucks-on-fire-in-kabul

27 JUNE 2014

Afghans protest over alleged poll fraud

Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah has led several thousand demonstrators through Kabul, upping the stakes in his protest against alleged election fraud that has triggered a political crisis
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/06/afghans-protest-over-alleged-election-fraud-201462773043508792.html
http://www.euronews.com/2014/06/27/thousands-protest-over-vote-fraud-allegations-in-afghanistan/

23 JUNE 2014

The Independent Election Commission’s (IEC) Secretariat Chief, Zia-ul-Haq Amarkhail, announces his resignation

The announcement came just a day after presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah released phone recordings of conversations allegedly between Amarkhail and members of the campaign team of his opponent, Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai. The recordings suggest a broad plot to conduct fraud during the runoff election, however, the identities of the voices on them have yet to be confirmed
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/15352-amarkhil-resigns-in-wake-of-fraud-allegations
http://www.tolonews.com/en/election-2014/15344-abdullah-team-releases-audio-recordings-implicating-amarkhail

22 JUNE 2014

Questions mount as Afghan ‘vote fraud’ tapes emerge

Potentially explosive audio tapes released in Afghanistan allegedly reveal a senior election official directing that ballot boxes be stuffed in the crucial presidential run-off
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27966126

21 JUNE 2014

Afghanistan elections: Kabul protests under way as Abdullah Abdullah boycotts vote count

Fears grow of unrest erupting over alleged fraud in Afghanistan’s election one week ago as supporters of presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah take to Kabul streets
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/10916412/Afghanistan-elections-Kabul-protests-under-way-as-Abdullah-Abdullah-boycotts-vote-count.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/416600/protests-in-kabul-deepen-afghan-election-impasse

20 JUNE 2014

Karzai calls on UN to help solve Afghan election crisis

Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Friday intervened for the first time in the country’s growing election crisis, backing a call for the United Nations to help solve a standoff over alleged fraud
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/416495/karzai-calls-on-un-to-help-solve-afghan-election-crisis

14 JUNE 2014

Afghans brave violence to elect new president

Voting in the second round of Afghanistan’s presidential election has ended with millions turning out to cast their ballots braving fresh attacks that left at least 14 people dead and 41 others injured
http://www.euronews.com/2014/06/14/afghanistan-votes-in-run-off-presidential-poll-in-defiance-of-taliban/
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/06/afghans-brave-violence-elect-new-president-2014614122014871960.html

6 JUNE 2014

Afghan candidate Abdullah Abdullah survives Kabul bombs

The front-runner in Afghan’s presidential election, Abdullah Abdullah, has survived a suicide bomb attack targeted at his convoy in Kabul
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27731116
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/06/afghan-presidential-candidate-survives-blast-201466931968347.html

27 MAY 2014

Thousands of US troops to stay in Afghanistan

US President Barack Obama has announced a pullout plan for Afghanistan that will leave 9,800 troops in the country after 2014, overriding previous plans of a complete withdrawal by the end of the year.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/05/thousands-us-troops-stay-afghanistan-201452719107242829.html

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-27593518

 

On 13 January in Taiwan history

ON 13 JANUARY IN TAIWAN HISTORY

Updated on January 13, 2019

1988: Death of Taiwanese president Chiang Ching-kuo. Lee Teng-hui becomes president
http://www.encyclopedia.com/topic/Chiang_Ching-kuo.aspx
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chiang_Ching-kuo
http://biography.yourdictionary.com/lee-teng-hui
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/720.html

 

Wars, conflicts and strategy on 13 January in Asian history

WARS, CONFLICTS AND STRATEGY ON 13 JANUARY IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on January 13, 2019

1842: Dr William Brydon, a surgeon in the British Army during the First Anglo-Afghan War, becomes famous for being the sole survivor of an army of 16,500 when he reaches the safety of a Garrison in Jalalabad
http://www.mapsofworld.com/on-this-day/january-13-1842-dr.-william-brydon-survivor-of-the-massacre-of-elphinstones-army-reaches-jalalabad 
http://www.khyber.org/publications/011-015/brydonreport.shtml
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/sole-british-soldier-escapes-kabul

1849: During the Second Sikh War, battle of Chillianwallah
https://www.britishbattles.com/second-sikh-war/battle-of-chillianwallah/

1849-01-13 Battle of Chillianwallah

1904: The fourth and final Japanese appeal proposes that Russia concedes influence in Korea while Japan concedes influence in Manchuria, with Russia respecting Chinese territorial integrity in Manchuria – the appeal is regarded by Russia as an ultimatum

1933: US Congress declares to be for the independence of Philippines despite a veto of President Herbert Hoover
https://kahimyang.com/kauswagan/articles/876/today-in-philippine-history-january-13-1933-the-hare-hawescutting-act-was-passed

1946: The Committee of Three (USA, nationalists and communists) sign an agreement for a cease-fire and a reorganization of the Chinese forces integrating the communist forces

1950: Soviet resolution to grant the P.R.C. admission to the United Nations is defeated.The U.S.S.R. delegate stages a second walkout, announcing a Soviet boycott of the Security Council until it ousts the Nationalist Chinese delegate and seats Beijing

1951: Communist forces attack the French fortified defensive line around the Red River Delta (De Lattre Line) at Vinh-Yen, in an attempt to reach Hanoi (French victory on January 17)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Vinh_Yen

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1962: First Operation Farm Gate missions flown
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/first-operation-farm-gate-missions-flown

1962-01-13 Farm Gate

1972: Nixon announces additional troop withdrawals from Vietnam
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/nixon-announces-additional-troop-withdrawals

2008: Manmohan Singh is doing the first Indian Prime Minister visit to China since five years
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7185620.stm

 

On 13 January in South Asian history

ON 13 JANUARY IN SOUTH ASIAN HISTORY

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1666: French traveller Jean-Baptiste Tavernier arrives to Dhaka and meets the governor Shaista Khan
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shaista_Khan

1842: Dr William Brydon, a surgeon in the British Army during the First Anglo-Afghan War, becomes famous for being the sole survivor of an army of 16,500 when he reaches the safety of a Garrison in Jalalabad
http://www.mapsofworld.com/on-this-day/january-13-1842-dr.-william-brydon-survivor-of-the-massacre-of-elphinstones-army-reaches-jalalabad 
http://www.khyber.org/publications/011-015/brydonreport.shtml
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/sole-british-soldier-escapes-kabul

1849: During the Second Sikh War, battle of Chillianwallah
https://www.britishbattles.com/second-sikh-war/battle-of-chillianwallah/

1849-01-13 Battle of Chillianwallah

1926: Birth of Shakti Samanta, Indian director and producer who died on April 9, 2009
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/13-january-1926-shakti-samanta-film-director-was-born
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shakti_Samanta

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bd65JMx_l30

1938: Birth of Shivkumar Sharma, Indian santoor player and composer
http://www.culturalindia.net/indian-music/classical-singers/shivkumar-sharma.html
http://www.santoor.com/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOeOBWJISMY

1948: Birth of Gaj Singh, Maharaja of  Jodhpur
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaj_Singh

1949: Birth of Rakesh Sharma, first Indian and 138th man to visit space
http://www.mapsofindia.com/who-is-who/miscellaneous/rakesh-sharma.html


1964: Hindu-Muslim rioting breaks out in the Indian city of Calcutta resulting in the deaths of more than 100 people
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/january/13/newsid_4098000/4098363.stm

1968: Birth of Chara, Japanese singer and actress
http://www.lastfm.fr/music/Chara

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rraaz68uJAY

1978:  Birth of Ashmit Patel, Indian actor
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashmit_Patel
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1483377/

1983: Birth of Imran Khan, Indian actor
http://www.koimoi.com/actor/imran-khan/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zEr2koV2s8k

1985: Madan Puri, Hindi and Punjabi film actor, passed away. Born in 1915
http://www.filmibeat.com/celebs/amrish-puri/biography.html

2008: Manmohan Singh is doing the first Indian Prime Minister visit to China since five years
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7185620.stm

2013: Death of Balagangadharanatha Swamiji, Indian religious leader, born on January 15, 1945
http://samvada.org/2013/news/balagangadharanath-swamiji-of-adichunchanagiri-mutt-passes-away-in-bangalore/
http://www.oneindia.com/2013/01/14/karnataka-mutt-head-balagangadhara-passes-away-1130604.html

2014: Death of Anjali Devi, Indian actress and producer, born on August 24, 1927 http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/chennai/veteran-actor-anjali-devi-dead/article5574548.ece
http://www.filmibeat.com/telugu/news/2014/legendary-telugu-actress-anjali-devi-died-86-129551.html#slidemore-slideshow-1

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U10Ba94SKvk

On 13 January in Southeast Asian history

ON 13 JANUARY IN SOUTHEAST ASIAN HISTORY

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1933: US Congress declares to be for the independence of Philippines despite a veto of President Herbert Hoover
https://kahimyang.com/kauswagan/articles/876/today-in-philippine-history-january-13-1933-the-hare-hawescutting-act-was-passed

1951: Communist forces attack the French fortified defensive line around the Red River Delta (De Lattre Line) at Vinh-Yen, in an attempt to reach Hanoi (French victory on January 17)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Vinh_Yen

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1953: Norodom Sihanouk dissolves Cambodia National Assembly

1962: First Operation Farm Gate missions flown
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/first-operation-farm-gate-missions-flown

1962-01-13 Farm Gate

1972: Nixon announces additional troop withdrawals from Vietnam
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/nixon-announces-additional-troop-withdrawals

1975: Sultan Kudarat (1581-1671) of Mindanao, is hailed as national hero of the Filipino people
https://kahimyang.com/kauswagan/articles/875/today-in-philippine-history-january-13-1975-sultan-kudarat-was-hailed-as-national-hero-of-the-filipino-people
http://www.pinoystop.org/13-january-1975/

2012: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announces that Washington will start the process of exchanging ambassadors with Burma
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16554415

2012: Hundreds of political detainees are freed from jails across Burma in the latest move by the government to introduce reforms
http://www.france24.com/en/20120113-hundreds-political-prisoners-burma-myanmar
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/NA14Ae01.html

 

On 13 January in Japan’s history

ON 13 JANUARY IN JAPAN’S HISTORY

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703: Death of Empress Jito of Japan, born in 645
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Empress_Jit%C5%8D

1904: The fourth and final Japanese appeal proposes that Russia concedes influence in Korea while Japan concedes influence in Manchuria, with Russia respecting Chinese territorial integrity in Manchuria – the appeal is regarded by Russia as an ultimatum

1968: Birth of Chara, Japanese singer and actress
http://www.jpopasia.com/celebrity/chara/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chara_(singer)
http://www.lastfm.fr/music/Chara

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rraaz68uJAY

1976: Japan says it is ready to sign a peace treaty with China

1984: Birth of Aya Hirayama, Japanese actress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aya_Hirayama

1992: Japan apologizes for forcing tens of thousands of Korean women to serve as sex slaves for Japanese soldiers during World War II
http://articles.latimes.com/keyword/koreans-women
http://www.nww2m.com/2012/01/comfort-women/