Japan votes in upper house election

TOKYO: Japanese voters cast ballots on Sunday (Jul 20) in an upper house election, with Shinzo Abe’s ruling bloc looking to protect its majority and keep on track plans to amend the country’s pacifist constitution. The 64-year-old Abe, who is on course to become Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, is also hoping to shore up his […]

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US-South Korean military exercise to proceed

ASPEN, Colorado: A top South Korean official on Saturday (Jul 20) said a US-South Korean military exercise would go ahead as planned next month, denying Pyongyang’s charges that holding it would breach an agreement made between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. “The nature of the exercise is not offensive … and […]

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Philippine police seek sedition charges against Vice-President Robredo, Duterte critics

MANILA: Philippine police have recommended sedition charges against the vice-president and other opposition figures, a move slammed on Friday (Jul 19) as an attempt to stifle dissent under President Rodrigo Duterte. Police allege that Vice-President Leni Robredo, Catholic Church leaders and opposition politicians plotted to destabilise the Duterte government by implicating him in the narcotics trade. […]

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Deadly Kyoto fire: What we know

TOKYO: Police are investigating a suspected arson attack at an animation production firm in the Japanese city of Kyoto that killed 34 people and injured dozens more. One suspect is in custody but the motive for the apparent attack remains unclear. Here is what we know: Advertisement Advertisement HOW DID THE FIRE BREAK OUT? Local […]

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