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24 APRIL 2016
China’s President says Communist leadership above religion
Chinese religious groups must obey the staunchly atheist ruling Communist Party, President Xi Jinping has told a key meeting on religion according to state media, as Beijing tightens controls on civil society organizations and churches.
23 APRIL 2016
Bangladeshi professor hacked to death in attack claimed by Islamic State militants
The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the hacking to death of a university professor in Bangladesh, accusing him of calling for atheism.
China hopes to formally join climate change agreement before September
China announced on Friday that it will finalize domestic legal procedures to ratify the Paris Agreement on climate change before the G20 Hangzhou summit in September this year.
Pakistan PM says to resign if found guilty in Panama Papers probe
Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday pledged to resign if a probe related to the Panama Papers tax scandal found his family had committed any wrongdoing
22 APRIL 2016
China approves Mars probe program
China’s Mars exploration program has been formally approved by the central authorities, Xu Dazhe, director of China National Space Administration, announced on Friday
Japan-made stealth aircraft takes to skies for 1st time
With an eye to the future, the nation’s first stealth airplane made its maiden flight on April 22, making Japan the fourth country in the world to successfully fly a manned stealth Aircraft.
21 APRIL 2016
China’s Xi moves to take more direct command over military
Chinese President Xi Jinping has assumed a more direct role over the country’s powerful armed forces as head of its increasingly important joint operations, displaying both his strong personal authority and China’s determination to defend its interests.
US, China envoys discuss N.Korea
A senior US official has stressed the importance of US-China cooperation in steadily implementing sanctions on North Korea for its nuclear test and missile launches. US special envoy for North Korea, Sung Kim, met with his Chinese counterpart, Wu Dawei, in Beijing on Thursday.
Laos elects new president and PM during inaugural National Assembly meeting
The meeting named 78-year-old Bounnhang Vorachit for the nation’s top post while Tongloun Sisoulith, 70, will take on the prime ministerial role.
Pakistan army sacks six senior officers amid corruption claims
At least six high-ranking Pakistani army officers, including a lieutenant-general and major-general, have been sacked amid corruption allégations.
Firing of top Hong Kong editor after Panama report rattles city’s media
The sudden sacking of a senior editor at Hong Kong’s Ming Pao newspaper after the paper ran a front-page expose of local figures based on the Panama Papers sent shockwaves through the city’s media industry onWednesday
China says population has reached 1.373 billion
China’s mainland population reached 1.373 billion at the beginning of November, up 33.77 million since the last census was held in 2010, the statistics bureau said in estimates published on Wednesday
18 APRIL 2016
Indonesia’s President Widodo begins landmark European tour
Indonesian President Joko Widodo has arrived in Germany at the start of a week-long visit to Europe, with strengthening trade ties and intelligence-sharing on his agenda
Chinese military plane makes first public landing on disputed South China Sea island
A Chinese military aircraft publicly lands at a new airport on an artificial island in the South China Sea for the first time, raising the prospect that Beijing could base fighter jets there.
16 APRIL 2016
Senior Bangladesh editor Shafik Rehman is arrested
Prominent Bangladeshi magazine editor Shafik Rehman has been arrested in Dhaka on suspicion of sedition, police and his family have said.
Indonesia moves jailed radical cleric Abu Bakar Bashir after charges of inhumane treatment
The Indonesian government moved the notorious radical cleric Abu Bakar Bashir from a prison island after lawyers demanded an end to his “inhumane” treatment. Bashir is known as the spiritual leader of the 2002 Bali bombers, who killed over 200 in the Indonesian tourist haven.
15 APRIL 2016
US reveals joint patrols in South China Sea with Philippines and will keep 300 troops including combat aircraft in region
The United States revealed for the first time that American ships have started conducting joint patrols with the Philippines in the South China Sea, a somewhat rare move not done with many other partners in the region
13 APRIL 2016
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
12 APRIL 2016
Cambodian court charges opposition leader Um Sam An over criticism of government
A prominent lawmaker has been arrested and faces up to five years in jail for his criticism of Prime Minister Hun Sen’s government. Cambodia’s border policy with Vietnam has been a source of controversy
Maritime SDF destroyers visit port in Vietnam for 1st time
For the first time since the end of World War II, Japanese destroyers dropped anchor at a Vietnamese port, signifying the two nations’ defense cooperation
China fuming over G-7 statement on South China Sea
A day after the G7 foreign ministers raised concerns over the troubling South China Sea dispute, after Beijing increased their territorial and military ambitions in the region – China has now lashed out
India, US agree to share military logistics; use each other’s land, air and naval bases
India and the United States have agreed in principle to share military logistics, the countries’ defence ministers said on Tuesday, as both sides seek to counter the growing maritime assertiveness of China. Washington has for years urged New Delhi to sign a Logistics Support Agreement that allows the two militaries to use each other’s land, air and naval bases for resupplies, repair and rest
11 APRIL 2016
Taiwan claims China has kidnapped eight of its nationals
Kenya acquitted a group of Taiwanese citizens in a cybercrime case last week, and then deported them to China. Taiwan says the forced departure constitutes an « abuction » of its citizens by Chinese authorities.
Kerry visits Japan’s Hiroshima memorial
US Secretary of State John Kerry has paid a historic visit to the Hiroshima memorial located on the site where American planes launched the world’s first nuclear attack. The blast and the radiation that resulted killed some 140,000 people
India Mends Ties With Maldives
In a signal of a revival in ties between India and the Maldives, the president of the Indian Ocean island country committed to what he called an “India-first” policy on a two-day visit to New Delhi
East Timor-Australia maritime border to be negotiated before United Nations after protests
East Timor is taking Australia to the United Nations to solve the dispute over its maritime border under international maritime law.
10 APRIL 2016
Student leaders unveil new Hong Kong political party
Joshua Wong and Mr Nathan Law, who spearheaded the Occupy movement in 2014, founded Demosisto with the aim of running in the Legislative Council elections in September
9 APRIL 2016
Taiwan names first ministers in new Cabinet
Mr Lin Chuan introduced the eight Cabinet members at a tea session with the media. The appointments include Mr Lin Hsi-yao as vice-premier, Mr Lin Tzou-yien as Minister for Health and Welfare, Mr Tung Chen-yuan as Cabinet spokesman and five ministers without portfolio
State media says North Korea has successfully tested an engine designed for a new intercontinental ballistic missile
Kim Jong Un reportedly said the successful outcome guarantees that North Korea will be able to carry out different types of nuclear attacks against enemy forces, including the United States
18 soldiers killed by Abu Sayyaf in the Philippines
At least 18 soldiers were killed and more than 50 others wounded on Saturday in fierce fighting with the armed group Abu Sayyaf and allied fighters on a southern island in the Philippines
8 APRIL 2016
Xinjiang seals US$2b in deals with Pakistan firms
Companies from China’s far western region of Xinjiang signed deals worth about US$2 billion with Pakistan this week during a visit to Pakistan by Xinjiang’s top official, who sought to cement ties with an important security partner
Myanmar: New Suu Kyi government releases 69 prisoners
A Myanmar court has freed 69 jailed students in the first wave of detainee releases after Aung San Suu Kyi pledged that the release of activists and political prisoners would be the first priority of her new government
Philippines gets US military aid boost amid South China Sea dispute
The United States has allocated more than US$120 million (85.19 million pounds) in military aid to the Philippines this year, the biggest in about 15 years, a senior Filipino diplomat said on Friday, amid rising tension with China over the disputed South China Sea
7 APRIL 2016
Nguyen Xuan Phuc elected Vietnam’s PM
Vietnam elected Thursday a new Prime Minister, Nguyen Xuan Phuc, to lead the emerging economy as it comes under increasing pressure to reform a scandal hit state-owned sector and banking system
6 APRIL 2016
Vietnam’s assembly ‘dismisses’ prime minister Nguyen Tan Dung
Vietnam’s prime minister has stepped down after 10 years in office, leaving behind a mixed legacy of promoting failed state enterprises, but at the same time attracting foreign investment and daring to challenge China
China pledges support for new Myanmar government
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi pledged Beijing’s support for Myanmar’s new government after holding talks with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi that touched on China’s sometimes controversial investment projects, including the suspended Myitsone dam.
5 APRIL 2016
China announces trade sanctions on North Korea,over nuclear tests banning gold imports and jet fuel exports
bbChina’s Commerce Ministry on Tuesday banned imports of gold and rare earths from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and exports to the country of jet fuel and other oil products used to make rocket fuel, a move in line with new United Nations sanctions on Pyongyang.
Indonesia sinks 23 foreign fishing boats
Indonesian authorities sank 23 foreign fishing boats on Tuesday (Apr 5), saying they were « operating illegally in the archipelago’s vast waters in continuation efforts for anti-poaching », China’s Xinhua news agency reported.
4 APRIL 2016
Vietnam seizes Chinese ship for trespassing
Vietnam has seized a Chinese ship and detained its captain and two sailors, accusing the crew of illegally intruding on its waters, state media said
Myanmar’s Suu Kyi drops two ministerial jobs, takes on spokeswoman role
Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi has dropped plans to run two major ministries but will act as spokeswoman for the country’s new president, a ruling party official said
47 Indian policemen get life sentences for 1991 Sikh killings
A court in northern India has sentenced 47 policemen to life in prison over the massacre of Sikh pilgrims 25 years ago. The killings were committed during an insurgency by Sikh militants in the region.
3 APRIL 2016
Japanese submarine, destroyers arrive in Philippines for port call near disputed South China Sea waters
A Maritime Self-Defense Force flotilla of three ships arrived in the Philippines early Sunday on a goodwill visit — the first to include a Japanese submarine in 15 years — amid China’s growing assertiveness in the region.
At the global Nuclear Security Summit, Pakistan soughtb greater acceptance as a responsible nuclear state.
Pakistan assured the international community that it was strongly committed to the objective and had been proactively engaged with efforts to promote nuclear safety and security.
Controversial Hong Kong movie wins ‘Best Film’ award
A controversial movie about the future of Hong Kong won the top prize at the city’s film awards on Sunday (Apr 3), after being a local box office hit but antagonising Beijing over its portrayal of the semi-autonomous territory in 2025
Maldives police arrest reporters at press freedom rally
Maldives police arrested 16 independent journalists while breaking up their demonstration against an alleged crackdown on freedom of speech in the politically troubled nation, private media outlets reported
2 APRIL 2016
Vietnam parliament swears in top policeman Tran Dai Quang as president
Vietnam’s parliament swore in Tran Dai Quang as president on Saturday (April 2), elevating the head of a controversial internal security agency to one of the communist nation’s most powerful political posts
1 APRIL 2016
North Korea to pursue more ‘nuclear deterrence’
North Korea pledged to pursue its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes in defiance of the United States and its allies with a top envoy saying there is now a state of « semi-war » on the divided peninsula.
31 MARCH 2016
Vietnam names first chairwoman of National Assembly
Veteran lawmaker and senior Communist Party official Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan was elected with 95.5 percent of votes after a poll in the country’s 500-strong legislative body early Thursday, state-run VTV said.
Thai junta grants police powers to Military
On the order of junta chief Prayuth Chan-ocha, a wide range of powers usually reserved for civilian police were bestowed to members of the military Tuesday night, ostensibly to carry out the junta’s policy of rooting out underworld influences and unduly “influential people” in the economy and society
30 MARCH 2016
Htin Kyaw sworn in as Myanmar’s first elected civilian president in décades
Mr Htin Kyaw, the man chosen by Aung San Suu Kyi to serve as her proxy, was sworn in as Myanmar’s president on Wednesday (March 30), becoming the country’s first civilian leader after decades of military rule since 1962
Dhaka court orders ex-PM Khaleda Zia’s arrest
A court in Bangladesh has ordered the arrest of former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia. Zia has been charged with involvement in firebomb attacks on a passenger bus that killed one and injured more than 30 people last year
29 MARCH 2016
China accuses Japan of threatening Pacific peace with military law
China has accused Japan’s “warlord” prime minister, Shinzo Abe, of threatening peace in the region, following the enactment on Tuesday of controversial laws allowing Japanese troops to fight on foreign soil for the first time since the end of the second world war.
China editor resigns over media censorship
Yu Shaolei, an editor at Southern Metropolis Daily, posted a resignation note online, saying he could no longer follow the Communist Party line.
28 MARCH 2016
Tokyo’s new ‘self-defence’ laws take effect, allowing Japan to fight in foreign wars
Japan’s new security laws took effect enabling its troops to fight overseas for the first time since the second world war in a landmark defence policy shift in a country with a war-renouncing constitution.
Largest opposition party formed in Japan
The largest Japanese opposition party since the Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s administration formed in late 2012 was established here on Sunday, eyeing confrontation with the Abe-led ruling bloc in the summer’s upper house election.
Bangladesh court upholds Islam as religion of the state
Bangladesh’s High Court on Monday rejected a 28-year-old petition calling for the removal of a constitutional provision recognising Islam as the official religion of the Muslim-majority South Asian nation.
27 MARCH 2016
At least 65 killed and 250 injured in blast at children’s park in Pakistan’s Lahore
At least 65 people were killed and more than 200 injured when an apparent suicide bomb ripped through the parking lot of a crowded park in the Pakistani city of Lahore where Christians were celebrating Easter Sunday
Thousands in Pakistan protest hanging of governor’s killer Mumtaz Qadri
Pakistan Army deployed troops on the streets of the capital Islamabad Sunday after thousands of stone-throwing supporters of Mumtaz Qadri, who was hanged in February, clashed with police in chaotic scenes.
26 MARCH 2016
Taiwan Kuomintang picks ‘Little Hot Chili Pepper’ Hung Hsiu-chu as new party chief
The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) elects former deputy legislative speaker Hung Hsiu-chu (洪秀柱) as the party’s first chairwoman in its more than 100-year history
25 MARCH 2016
US Intel officials: North Korea ‘probably’ has miniaturized nuke
Some U.S. intelligence analysts now believe that North Korea « probably » possesses a miniaturized nuclear warhead, several U.S. officials told CNN.
The Yangon Stock Exchange opens doors for first day of trading
The Yangon Stock Exchange is scheduled to come to life at 9:30 this morning when First Myanmar Investment shares become free to trade electronically, following a pre-launch lockdown during which even the FMI public relations team was turned away.
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.
Christian lawyer Zhang Kai released in China
A Chinese Christian lawyer who opposed a Communist Party campaign to remove crosses from churches has been released after seven months in detention, according to his social media accounts
23 MARCH 2016
Taiwan takes media on tour of South China Sea island claim
Taiwan flew international media to its largest island holding in the South China Sea on Wednesday in a bid to reinforce its territorial claims in the disputed and increasingly tense region.
China offers $11.5 billion in loans, credit to 5 Mekong River nations
Premier Li Keqiang said that China will be using money to build its influence with its neighbors in Southeast Asia, specifically, the five countries along the Mekong River
Protests in Vietnam as prominent blogger goes on trial
A prominent Vietnamese blogger was handed a five-year jail term on Wednesday (Mar 23) on anti-state charges, a heavy sentence that was roundly condemned by lawyers and media watchdogs as a « travesty of justice »
Malaysian ex-premier Mahathir sues PM Najib over 1MDB scandal
Malaysian former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad today filed a lawsuit against the current Prime Minister Najib Razak over the 1MDB financial scandal, prompting critics to call it a “political gimmick.”
22 MARCH 2016
Aung San Suu Kyi to be nominated to Burmese cabinet as foreign minister
Aung San Suu Kyi will be foreign minister in Burma’s first civilian government for decades, her party said on Tuesday, giving the democracy champion a formal post despite being blocked from the presidency.
21 MARCH 2016
China columnist Jia Jia detained by Beijing police, his lawyer says
A lawyer for prominent Chinese columnist Jia Jia, who went missing last week, has confirmed he has been detained by Beijing police
China to look at free trade, rail deal with Nepal
China agreed on Monday to consider building a railway into Nepal and to start a feasibility study for a free trade agreement with the impoverished, landlocked country, which has been trying to lessen its dependence on its big neighbor to the south, India.
20 MARCH 2016
Tibetans worldwide vote for government-in-exile
Tens of thousands of Tibetan exiles are voting around the world to elect a new prime minister and parliament for a second time since the Dalai Lama had stepped down as head of the government to focus on his role as a spiritual leader.
Indonesia to summon Chinese envoy after boat confrontation
Indonesia will summon the Chinese envoy in Jakarta after a confrontation between vessels from the two countries in the South China Sea, a minister said Sunday.
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. »
18 MARCH 2016
US agrees with Manila on bases in Philippines
Representatives of the US and the Philippines have reached a deal on five locations for US troops on the island country. The move comes as tensions with Beijing rise over territorial disputes in the South China Sea
Chinese journalist Jia Jia goes missing after letter critical of the president
17 MARCH 2016
Gambia, China resume ties in lieu of Taiwan
China resumed ties with former Taiwan ally Gambia on Thursday, ending an unofficial diplomatic truce between China and Taiwan following January’s landslide election of the leader of a pro-independence party as the self-ruled island’s president.
Chinese journalist ‘disappears’ while trying to fly to Hong Kong
Jia Jia, a Chinese journalist has reportedly disappeared while attempting to fly from Beijing to Hong Kong, stoking fears he has become the latest victim of a widening Communist party crackdown on dissent.h
16 MARCH 2016
Argentina sinks Chinese vessel, cites illegal fishing
Argentina’s coast guard says it sank a Chinese fishing vessel that was fishing in a restricted area off the South American country’s coast.
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.
Pakistan Supreme Court clears Musharraf to travel abroad
Pakistan’s Supreme Court has lifted a travel ban on former President Pervez Musharraf who is awaiting trial for treason and other charges.
15 MARCH 2016
Myanmar elects Htin Kyaw as first civilian president in decades
Myanmar’s parliament has elected Htin Kyaw as the country’s next president, the first civilian leader after more than 50 years of military rule.
Taiwan elected president Tsai names Lin Chuan as her premier
Lin Chuan has served as minister of finance and has a doctorate in economics, but Tsai said the Cabinet is to be focused on reform and communication
Korea leader orders nuclear warhead test, missile launches
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has ordered an imminent nuclear warhead explosion test and multiple ballistic missile launches, just weeks after being slapped with tough, new UN sanctions, state media reported Tuesday.
Pope: Mother Teresa to be proclaimed saint on 4 September, in Rome
Francis’ decision came in today’s ordinary public consistory for the canonisation of the blessed. The life of the « little sister » devoted to the poorest of the poor went from a shack in a Kolkata slum to a Nobel Peace Prize and global reach of the Missionaries of Charity
14 MARCH 2016
Japan’s opposition parties decide on new name after merger
The Democratic Party of Japan and the Japan Innovation Party, which agreed to merge last month, will call their new party Minshinto (democratic progressive party)http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/politics/AJ201603150033
13 MARCH 2016
China to establish maritime judicial center amid disputes
The head of China’s top court said the measure aims to ensure the country’s « national sovereignty, maritime rights and other core interests. » The move comes as China’s neighbors have contested Beijing’s maritime claims
Myanmar army frees 46 child soldiers: state media
Myanmar’s powerful military releases 46 child soldiers from service, state media reports, the latest move towards ending a scourge that has long beset the nation.
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
DPRK threatens preemptive retaliatory strikes
The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) said Saturday that the military will prepare for « preemptive retaliation strikes » as ongoing joint military exercises by South Korea and the United States continue
11 MARCH 2016
Japan marks fifth anniversary of Fukushima nuclear disaster
Ceremonies have been held across Japan to remember the lives lost five years after an earthquakes spawned a monster tsunami that killed 18,500 people and sparked a nuclear disaster.
North Korea’s Kim orders more nuclear tests: state media
The KCNA news agency said North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had called for an improvement in the country’s nuclear attack capability. He ordered more tests after watching the launch of two short-range missiles on Thursday
Beijing protests US’ frigate sale to Taiwan
The Chinese mainland lodged a protest Friday after the US State Department said it had authorized the sale of two surplus US Navy frigates to Taiwan for US$190 million, subject to congressional approval.
10 MARCH 2016
NLD names U Htin Kyaw for president
U Htin Kyaw has been named as Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s candidate for the presidency, ending four months of uncertainty following the landslide election victory of her National League for Democracy
China says Taiwan president-elect must prove does not back independence
Taiwan president-elect Tsai Ing-wen must « prove » her Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is not pro-independence before Beijing will deal with her, a senior member of China’s largely rubber stamp parliament said on Thursday
9 MARCH 2016
North Korea’s Kim says country has miniaturized nuclear warheads
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said the country has miniaturized nuclear warheads to mount on ballistic missiles and ordered improvements in the power and precision of its arsenal, state media reported on Wednesday.
8 MARCH 2016
South Korea slaps new sanctions on Pyongyang in wake of nuclear test and rocket launch
Seoul has said it will sanction new individuals and organizations in response to Pyongyang’s recent actions. The announcement comes a day after the US and South Korea began their largest military exercise in history.
China won’t budge on South China Sea sovereignty
China’s foreign minister took a hard line on Tuesday on the country’s claims to virtually all the South China Sea, saying Beijing will not permit other nations to infringe on what it considers its sovereign rights in the strategically vital area.
Full relaxation of child policy ruled out
China’s family planning policy will not change in the foreseeable future, and there are no plans for a complete relaxation currently, a top health official said Tuesday.
7 MARCH 2016
North Korea threatens US and S Korea with nuclear strikes
North Korea warned Monday that it would launch a “preemptive and offensive nuclear strike” against South Korea and the United States over their annual military exercises, while Seoul vowed a merciless response against any provocations from the North
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
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
Beijing steps up warnings on Taiwan independence
Beijing stepped up its rhetoric against Taiwanese independence on Saturday (Mar 5), with Premier Li Keqiang warning against « separatist activities » on the island and pledging to safeguard China’s « territorial integrity »
China announces 7.6-pct defense budget rise, lowest in six years
China on Saturday announced the country’s lowest defense budget increase in six years in the wake of rising economic headwinds and last year’s massive drawdown of service people
4 MARCH 2016
Japan to suspend construction for US base relocation in Okinawa
Japan’s government will accept a court-mediated settlement plan and suspend construction work for the planned relocation of a US airbase in Okinawa and will begin a new round of talks with local authorities who want the base moved off the island
Malaysia: Political allies and rivals sign declaration for Najib’s removal
Leaders from across Malaysia’s political spectrum joined Friday to call for a national movement to remove scandal-hit premier Najib Razak, in a dramatic escalation of a festering corruption crisis.
Loud and clear, Indian students send message of freedom
Freedom cries are back in the embattled campus of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), which has been at the centre of a nationalism debate after a few of its students were slapped with sedition charges
North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un has ordered his country’s military to be ready to use nuclear weapons at ‘any time’
Kim Jong Un has intensified his rhetoric regarding his country’s nuclear weapons arsenal. His commments follow a recent UN vote to impose unprecedented sanctions on Pyongyang
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
Tibetan in India Dies Days After Setting Himself on Fire to Protest China
A 16-year-old Tibetan student living in India has died three days after setting himself on fire to protest Chinese rule in Tibet, a hospital official said on Friday
3 MARCH 2016
Islamabad: Pope Francis accepts invitation to visit Pakistan
The Pakistani government has invited Pope Francis to visit the country and the pope has accepted, this according to a government press release that also noted that the pontiff prayed for “Pakistan and the victims of terrorism”.
China vows to take sanctions on North seriously
China said Thursday that it plans to follow the resolution unanimously adopted by the United Nations Security Council to impose the toughest-ever sanctions on Pyongyang for its nuclear and missile provocations
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
2 MARCH 2016
UN slaps North Korea with tough new sanctions
The UN Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution that significantly expands existing sanctions against North Korea, in response to the country’s recent nuclear test and rocket launch
1 MARCH 2016
Japan, Philippines sign deal for defense equipment transfer
The Foreign Ministry announced Monday that the Japanese and Philippine governments have signed an accord for the transfer of defense equipment and related technologies.
Burmese ‘Gypsy Writer’ Maung Tha Ya Dies At 86
Renowned Burmese writer Maung Tha Ya, author of over 60 books, passed away at age 86 in the US on Monday