• Mon, Oct 23, 2017
  • Abe says his priorities are North Korea and aging Japan

    Updated: Oct, 23, 201712:54 PM

    Fresh off a decisive election victory, Japan’s leader pledged Monday to tackle what he called Japan’s two national crises: the military threat from North Korea and an aging and shrinking population.
    Abe says his priorities are North Korea and aging Japan
    Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said at a news conference that he is committed to protect the Japanese people’s prosperity and peace from any contingency. He also referred to the Japanese kidnapped years ago and believed still held by North Korea.“I will pursue decisive and strong diplomacy to tackle North Korea’s missile, nuclear and abduction issues and put further pressure to get it to change its policy,” he said.His ruling coalition was returned to power in elections Sunday for Japan’s more powerful lower house. Abe said the result showed “strong support” and thanked the people for backing stability and his government’s policies.He promised a comprehensive package by the end of the year to deal with Japan’s demographic challenges, including investments in education, productivity improvements and pension system reform.
  • Pakistan Finance Minister appears before accountability court in Panama scandal Pakistan Finance Minister appears before accountability court in Panama scandal
    Updated: Oct, 23, 201712:50 PM

    Pakistan's embattled Finance Minister and ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif's close aide Ishaq Dar today appeared before an anti-corruption court here for the seventh time in his trial in a graft...

  • US wants Myanmar to set conditions for return of Rohingya US wants Myanmar to set conditions for return of Rohingya
    Updated: Oct, 23, 201710:59 AM

    The US wants Myanmar to set conditions for the return of Rohingya Muslims as it believes that this humanitarian catastrophe can be used by some as a way to foment hatred along religious lines and...

  • US police find body 'most likely' of missing Indian girl US police find body 'most likely' of missing Indian girl
    Updated: Oct, 23, 201710:02 AM

    Police in the US today discovered the body of a child, which they say is most likely of a three-year-old Indian girl who went missing two weeks ago.

  • Typhoon Lan: Hundreds of flights cancelled in Japan Typhoon Lan: Hundreds of flights cancelled in Japan
    Updated: Oct, 23, 201709:33 AM

    Torrential rains and strong winds from Typhoon Lan's passage across Japan on Monday caused the cancellation of hundreds of flights and the closing of highways.

  • ASEAN Defence Ministers begin security talks in Philippines ASEAN Defence Ministers begin security talks in Philippines
    Updated: Oct, 23, 201709:08 AM

    The ASEAN Defence Ministers began their high-level security dialogue on Monday to discuss security issues, including counter-terrorism, drug trafficking and maritime conflicts, facing the region.

  • Most Africa, Asia kids are ‘invisible’: World Bank Most Africa, Asia kids are ‘invisible’: World Bank
    Updated: Oct, 23, 201712:01 AM

    More than 1.1 billion people worldwide officially don’t exist, going about their daily lives without proof of identity. The issue leaves a significant fraction of the global population deprived of...

  • Parents of missing toddler want own child back from authorities Parents of missing toddler want own child back from authorities
    Updated: Oct, 22, 201711:59 PM

    The Indian-American parents of the missing 3-year-old adopted Indian girl are expected to appear in a court on Monday to fight to try to get back their other child, US media reported.

  • Death toll from Malaysia construction site landslide at 11 Death toll from Malaysia construction site landslide at 11
    Updated: Oct, 22, 201711:16 PM

    Eleven foreign workers were killed in a landslide at a construction site in northwest Malaysia on Saturday, authorities said.

  • Go home, Tillerson tells Iranian-backed militias in Iraq Go home, Tillerson tells Iranian-backed militias in Iraq
    Updated: Oct, 22, 201710:26 PM

    US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Sunday it was time for Iranian-backed militias and their Iranian advisers who helped Iraq defeat Islamic State to “go home” after a rare joint meeting with...