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  • South Korea says North Korea fired a missile into the Sea of Japan

    South Korea says North Korea fired a missile into the Sea of Japan

    North Korea on Sunday morning deployed what may have been a ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan, South Korea officials said. The projectile was North Korea’s first missile test-firing since Donald Trump became U.S. president last month, and its first provocation since leader Kim Jong Un boasted...

  • In a shift, Trump endorses 'one China' policy in phone call with Xi Jinping

    In a shift, Trump endorses 'one China' policy in phone call with Xi Jinping

    Climbing down from a position that put the United States on a collision course with Beijing, President Trump has told Chinese President Xi Jinping in a telephone call that he would abide by the “one China” policy that effectively recognizes Beijing’s sovereignty over Taiwan. The belated concession...

  • Mattis arrives in South Korea to reassure nervous U.S. ally

    Mattis arrives in South Korea to reassure nervous U.S. ally

    America’s top defense official was expected to confront thorny policy issues in Asia — including North Korea’s advancing nuclear program and a planned missile defense system that has angered China — during his first official foreign trip. But a key goal for Defense Secretary James N. Mattis, analysts...

  • Afghans who helped the U.S. military worry they, too, will suffer under Trump's refugee ban

    Afghans who helped the U.S. military worry they, too, will suffer under Trump's refugee ban

    For seven years, Ekram Razeqy worked alongside U.S. forces in some of Afghanistan’s most volatile provinces, surviving roadside bombings and Taliban ambushes as an interpreter for American troops. Fearing he could be targeted by Taliban sympathizers when he returned to civilian life, he applied...

  • South Korean prosecutors seek to arrest Samsung's vice chairman following president's impeachment

    South Korean prosecutors seek to arrest Samsung's vice chairman following president's impeachment

    South Korean prosecutors on Monday sought a warrant for the arrest of the Samsung Group’s de facto leader — one of the nation’s wealthiest and most-powerful executives — in a bribery case related to last month's impeachment of the country’s president. Investigators allege that Lee Jae-yong, vice...

  • Trump's pick for secretary of State raises concern with aggressive comments about China

    Trump's pick for secretary of State raises concern with aggressive comments about China

    Did Rex Tillerson, President-elect Donald Trump’s choice for secretary of State, misspeak or did he intend to take a stand that if implemented could be interpreted by China as an act of war? Tillerson said during his confirmation hearing Wednesday that the United States would have to block China’s...

  • China ups pressure as Taiwan president extends its reach in the Americas

    China ups pressure as Taiwan president extends its reach in the Americas

    As a Chinese aircraft carrier floated ominously off her nation’s coast, Taiwan’s president short-hopped through the Americas this week, seeking to improve relations with the United States and Central America — while walking a fine line with Beijing. Early indications are that Tsai Ing-wen’s trip...

  • India to Amazon: We're not your doormat

    India to Amazon: We're not your doormat

    No diplomat wants his or her country to be stepped on. India’s foreign minister took that sentiment to another level. Sushma Swaraj lashed out at Amazon’s Canadian website after learning from a Twitter user that the online retailer was selling doormats in the design of the Indian flag. In a series...

  • U.S. military inquiry finds civilians were killed in battle in northern Afghanistan

    U.S. military inquiry finds civilians were killed in battle in northern Afghanistan

    The U.S. military acknowledged Thursday that 33 Afghan civilians were killed and 27 others wounded in a battle in northern Afghanistan in November involving U.S. and Afghan forces. The deaths occurred as U.S. warplanes launched airstrikes during an operation aimed at capturing Taliban commanders...

  • United Arab Emirates says 5 diplomats killed in Afghan blast

    United Arab Emirates says 5 diplomats killed in Afghan blast

    The death toll in two bombings in Afghanistan rose to 46 on Wednesday as the United Arab Emirates said five of its diplomats were killed in an attack in the southern province of Kandahar a day earlier. The federation of Persian Gulf sheikdoms said it would observe three days of mourning for its...

  • Taliban claims responsibility for attack killing 30 in Afghan capital

    Taliban claims responsibility for attack killing 30 in Afghan capital

    Two suicide bombs targeted a minibus in west Kabul on Tuesday, killing at least 30 people and wounding 80, Afghan officials said. A suicide bomber drove an explosives-packed vehicle toward the minibus as it neared the Afghan parliament building and then detonated the explosives, said Sediq Sediqqi,...

  • A rocky visit to Taiwan for Hong Kong pro-democracy leader Joshua Wong

    A rocky visit to Taiwan for Hong Kong pro-democracy leader Joshua Wong

    In the latest sign of tensions between Taiwan and mainland China, a young pro-democracy activist and three legislators from Hong Kong received protection in Taiwan when their visit prompted demonstrations by pro-Beijing groups. Two of the Hong Kong activists, Joshua Wong and Nathan Law, were reportedly...

  • As an angry China watches, Taiwan president takes a risky trip to the Americas

    As an angry China watches, Taiwan president takes a risky trip to the Americas

    Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, who rattled mainland China by phoning President-elect Donald Trump last month, leaves Saturday for a trip to the United States and Central America that will be closely watched for any further breaches in the delicate diplomatic protocol with Beijing. The journey...

  • An Indian charity battled caste-based discrimination for three decades. Then it became a target

    An Indian charity battled caste-based discrimination for three decades. Then it became a target

    Dudhabhai Kalabhai knew the rules: He could stand outside the village temple and join his hands in a quick, whispered prayer. He was not to linger or attempt to climb the steps. As a Dalit, part of the lowest rung of Hinduism’s ancient caste system, his mere touch, to some, would render the shrine...

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