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  • Exclusive: Widodo’s peace formula for South China Sea
    States involved in the South China Sea dispute should engage in “concrete cooperation” well before any code of conduct is developed, Indonesian President Joko Widodo has proposed. In an exclusive interview with This Week in Asia ahead of his visit to the Asean summit on Saturday, Widodo said that such cooperation would be an important step towards ensuring peace in the disputed waters. “In the transitional period before we have the code, the building block of trust is very...
  • 'Already dead'
    'The Hong Kong we know isn't dying. It's already dead,' says one young Hong Konger contemplating her future.
  • North Korea missile test: regime has 'disrespected China', says Trump
    US says initial indications suggest test was unsuccessfulRex Tillerson had warned of ‘catastrophic consequences’ of missile programDonald Trump has condemned North Korea, saying it “disrespected the wishes of China”, after Pyongyang test-fired a ballistic missile.The unsuccessful test comes as the United States pushed for tougher sanctions to curb the country’s nuclear threat. Continue reading...
  • North Korea crisis: North test-fires ballistic missile
    The test of a North Korean ballistic missile appears to have failed, South Korean military says.
  • Powerful quake shakes southern Philippines, tsunami warning raised
    Philippine officials say a powerful earthquake with a magnitude of 7.2 has struck off a southern province and prompted a local tsunami warning, but there are no immediate reports of damage or injuries. Renato Solidum of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology says the pre-dawn quake was centred at sea off Sarangani province and struck relatively deep below the seabed Saturday. The quake roused people from sleep, but there were no reports of casualties. Solidum says...
  • North Korea fails in another ballistic missile test, hours after China warns UN meeting that military action would lead to ‘bigger disasters’
    North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile Saturday in apparent defiance of a concerted US push for tougher international sanctions to curb Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons ambitions. The latest launch, which South Korea said was a failure, came just hours after US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned the UN Security Council of “catastrophic consequences” if the international community - most notably China - failed to pressure the North into abandoning its weapons programme....
  • Australia wants to avoid a Korean conflict at all costs – and with good reason | Antoun Issa
    A conflict could involve North’s neighbours – South Korea, China and Japan – which along with the US are Australia’s top four trade partnersAustralia may indeed be “blindly and zealously toeing the US line” with regards to North Korea – at least openly – but in truth, Canberra wants to avoid conflict with Pyongyang. There is much at stake for Australia should war resume on the Korean peninsula, after more than 63 years of tense calm. While Julie Bishop stands shoulder-to-shoulder with Mike Pence for the cameras, there is no doubt that, privately, Australian diplomats are offering their US counterparts advice geared towards resolving the North Korea dilemma peacefully.There is good reason to believe that the current rise in tensions is not simply the latest political ploy by Pyongyang, and that the Trump administration is indeed prioritising the situation. The US president, Donald Trump, reportedly told UN security council diplomats on Monday to “solve the problem” of North Korea’s nuclear weapons, while the entire US Senate was warned during an unusual briefing by the White House on Wednesday that Pyongyang posed “an urgent national security threat”. Continue reading...
  • Trump: US could have 'major, major conflict' with North Korea – video
    US president’s remarks are followed by a statement by his secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, to the UN security council in which he said the US would take military action if necessary to rein in Pyongyang’s nuclear ambitionsDonald Trump warns of a ‘major, major conflict’ with North Korea Continue reading...
  • Trump: US could have 'major, major conflict' with North Korea – video
    US president’s remarks are followed by a statement by his secretary of state, Rex Tillerson’s, to the UN security council in which he said the US would take military action if necessary to rein in Pyongyang’s nuclear ambitionsDonald Trump warns of a ‘major, major conflict’ with North Korea Continue reading...
  • Pope Francis visits bombed Coptic church during Egypt visit
    Francis is on a short visit to Egypt, where he has urged religious leaders to help end violence.
  • Group urges consumers to pick toxic-free aquatic toys
    QUEZON CITY, April 29 --As families plan for summer outings during the long weekend due to the ASEAN Summit and Labor Day, a chemical safety advocacy group reminded consumers to choose toxic-free swim
  • Thai Education Minister visits the Philippines
    QUEZON CITY, April 29 --HE Dr. Teerakiat Jareonsettasin, Thailand's Minister of Education and also the President of the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) Council, visited th
  • Friendly fire may have killed U.S. troops in Afghanistan - Pentagon
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two U.S. special forces troops killed in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday may have been struck by friendly fire in an operation targeting the emir of Islamic State militants in Afghanistan, the Pentagon said on Friday.
  • 'Apartheid' furor comes amid 50 years of Israeli occupation
    Labeling Israel's treatment of Palestinians as "apartheid" is like flinging a burning match into spilled gasoline — so combustible are the passions on both sides. Rima Khalaf did just that when a report commissioned by her UN agency accused Israel of having established an apartheid regime designed to dominate the Palestinian people as a whole.
  • Korean Peninsula: Conflict prevention 'our collective priority' but onus also on DPRK, says UN chief
    28 April 2017 -- Preventing armed conflict in north-east Asia is the international community's collective priority while the onus is also on the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to refrain
  • Rex Tillerson: North Korea nuclear drive risks 'catastrophic consequences'
    US secretary of state addresses special session of UN security councilChina and Russia warn US not to threaten military force to solve crisis Related: 'We are a target': South Korean village wakes up on frontline with North The US secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, has warned that failure to curb North Korea’s nuclear and missile abilities could lead to “catastrophic consequences”, while China and Russia cautioned Washington against threatening military force to solve the problem. Continue reading...
  • Pope denounces ‘demagogic’ populism, urges tolerance in visit to Egypt
    Pope Francis urged tolerance and denounced “demagogic” populism and violence committed in God’s name on Friday as he visited Egypt to promote dialogue with Muslims and support its embattled Christian minority. His visit comes as Egypt’s Coptic Christians reel from a series of jihadist suicide bombings in December and April that killed dozens of worshippers. Francis is scheduled to visit the Cairo church bombed in December alongside Coptic Pope Tawadros II. The 80-year-...
  • FIFA suspends Asian Confederation official Richard Lai after bribery guilty plea
    FIFA has provisionally suspended a senior Asian Football Confederation (AFC) official from all football-related activity for 90 days after he pleaded guilty to giving and taking bribes. Guam Football
  • Sieren’s China: Useful but illegal
    The Beijing authorities are cracking down on illegal shops, tearing down makeshift structures and forcing some small entrepreneurs to leave town. DW’s Frank Sieren has more:
  • Asia in 3 minutes: Facebook killing in Thailand, Facebook literature in India – and a stir over HD porn in Myanmar
    Killing of baby on Facebook sparks Thai police review of social media Two videos available for nearly a day that were broadcast on Facebook Live showed Wuttisan Wongtalay killing his 11-month-old daughter by hanging her by the neck from a building on Phuket island. He then killed himself in what police said was murder-suicide fuelled by jealousy, as Wuttisan believed his wife was going to leave him. The videos drew nearly half a million views before they were taken down and sparked outrage...

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