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Abe election gamble seems to pay off

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe swept to a resounding victory in a snap election Sunday, winning a mandate to harden his North Korea stance and energize the world's number-three economy.
Source: AFP | 2017/10/22 23:23:39

Bidding farewell

Dancers rehearse on Saturday in the pavilion where Thailand's late king Bhumibol Adulyadej will be cremated on Thursday. The kingdom has been prepping for the event since Bhumibol died at the age of 88 on October 13, 2016, triggering an outpouring of grief in a nation where the charismatic leader commanded a cult-like following. Photo: VCG
Source: VCG | 2017/10/22 22:33:40

Marawi in mourning

At first glance, the endless rows of devastated buildings could be the aftermath of a deadly earthquake. But the punctured, bullet-riddled walls tell the true story of the Philippines' longest urban war.
Source: AFP | 2017/10/19 21:03:39

Shattered European dreams

Tortured, sold as a slave three times and haunted with guilt after watching his cousin drown, Bangladeshi teenager Khaled Hossain fears he will never recover from the trauma of his failed attempt to reach Europe.
Source: AFP | 2017/10/17 19:43:40

Satire gone too far?

Cartoons targeting Rohingya Muslims are spreading rapidly across social media in Buddhist majority Myanmar, where public opinion on the country's refugee and humanitarian crisis stands in stark contrast to the outcry overseas.
Source: AFP | 2017/9/24 20:27:57

Life of a 'decader'

Accused murderer Manuel Cerna has been languishing in a Philippine jail for 15 years without a verdict, one of the countless inmates enduring interminable trials that are expected to get longer as an unrelenting drug war overwhelms the courts.
Source: AFP | 2017/9/5 19:23:39

Left leaderless

Thailand's generals could hardly have planned it better. Ousted Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has reportedly fled to Dubai before being due to appear in court to hear a verdict for negligence, leaving the populist movement that has dominated Thai politics for a generation leaderless and in despair.
Source: Reuters | 2017/8/27 19:38:40

'Iron friend'

China and Pakistan have enjoyed a strong relationship for more than 65 of those years. Global Times (GT) reporter Wang Bozun spoke to the Pakistani Ambassador to China, Masood Khalid, ahead of the celebration to discuss the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and bilateral relations.
Source: Global Times | 2017/8/13 22:08:39

Memoirs from 1947

Sitting in her Karachi home, Jamshed Jahan Ara looks straight into the camera as she explains in a trembling voice how her family fled India during Partition in 1947.
Source: AFP | 2017/7/27 21:08:39

'Girls as dessert'

When senior bureaucrats visited the remote Thai province where local official Boonyarit worked, the routine was often the same: welcome them with the finest food and drink and then bring out the teen girls, often referred to as “dessert.”
Source: AFP | 2017/6/25 23:03:40

Cold comfort for needy kids

Every year, more than 20,000 abused, delinquent, developmentally challenged or otherwise troubled Japanese children needing emergency housing pass through a system of shelters.
Source: Reuters | 2017/6/22 21:43:40

Womb for rent

Peeling a mango inside her rickety wooden shack, Chhum Long explains how her daughter's decision to nurture a Western couple's baby in her womb helped her family buy two desperately needed items: a metal roof and a motorbike.
Source: AFP | 2017/6/19 19:18:39

Dress to fight extremism

Clothing factories in Tajikistan are churning out brightly colored national dresses amid a surge in sales, and it's not just because of the arrival of spring. An increasing number of female officials, teachers and students have been wearing the Atlas and other traditional dresses following a recommendation by the Central Asian country's government.
Source: AFP | 2017/4/4 22:13:39

Underage laborers

Fourteen-year-old San Min Hteik had worked at the steel factory for less than a week when his hand got caught in a machine, a casualty of the economic boom driving more children into Myanmar's factories.
Source: AFP | 2017/3/22 23:33:40

Dreams on hold

Indian student Sunny Nair has always dreamt of working for a technology giant in the United States, but fears that President Donald Trump will crush his ambition in life.
Source: AFP | 2017/2/5 19:43:39

Kerry-Duterte meeting seeks to retain Manila's South China Sea stance: expert

The meeting between US Secretary of State John Kerry and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte in Manila on Tuesday is meant to "persuade the Philippines to remain tough on the South China Sea issue," Chinese expert said. Kerry will meet Duterte and Secretary of Foreign Affairs Perfecto Yasay to "discuss the full range of cooperation with the new administration," according to a press release on the US Department of State's official website.
Source: Global Times | 2016/7/27 1:08:00

Taliban says it won't impede aid

The Taliban urged aid agencies on Tuesday to move forward with the delivery of emergency relief supplies after a major earthquake hit remote mountainous regions of northern Afghanistan and Pakistan, killing at least 300 people.
Source: Reuters-Xinhua | 2015/10/28 1:13:01

A bold statement

On August 15, 1995, the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II, then Japanese Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama outlined his administration's views on WWII in what later became known as "The Murayama Statement." In this speech Murayama candidly reflected upon Japan's responsibilities to history and apologized for the "tremendous damage and suffering" Japan was responsible for during the war. To date, the Japanese cabinets that have followed Murayama's have upheld the statement during WWII anniversaries. Now, with the upcoming 70th anniversary of the end of WWII on August 15, the world has turned its attention to how incumbent Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will address the issue.
Source: Global Times | 2015/8/6 20:53:01