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Only conjecture

With regard to the "Zhongye Dao Crisis" provoked by Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI) of the Washington-based think tank, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the incumbent Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines Gen. Benjamin Madrigal Jr. has played down AMTI's report that Chinese vessels have been gathering near Zhongye Dao (Thitu Island), saying that no reports of increased number of Chinese vessels had been received, as quoted by The Philippine Daily Inquirer on February 14.
Source: Global Times | 2019/2/17 22:39:26

Japan to recognize indigenous Ainu people for first time

Japan's government introduced a bill Friday to recognize the country's ethnic Ainu minority as an “indigenous” people for the first time, after decades of discrimination against the group.
Source: AFP | 2019/2/15 22:13:42

S.Korea, DPRK hold talks in inter-Korean liaison office

South Korea and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) held talks Friday at the inter-Korean liaison office in the DPRK's border town of Kaesong, according to local media reports citing Seoul's unification ministry.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/2/15 16:52:32

Death toll in Indian-controlled Kashmir suicide attack rises to 40

At least 40 paramilitary troopers belonging to Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were killed and many others were wounded on Thursday in a suicide attack targeting their convoy in restive Indian-controlled Kashmir, officials said.
Source: CGTN | 2019/2/15 10:21:32

Thai court to hear case on princess political bid

Thailand's constitutional court on Thursday said it would hear a case to dissolve the party which proposed a princess for prime minister, an ill-fated candidacy which threatens to sink the election strategy of the powerful Shinawatra clan.
Source: AFP | 2019/2/14 21:38:40

Extreme training

A soldier is fed snake blood during the Cobra Gold multilateral military exercise in Chanthaburi, Thailand on Thursday. First held in 1982, the exercise serves to improve coordination between the armed forces of the US and Thailand.
Source: VCG | 2019/2/14 21:33:40

EU blacklists Saudi Arabia dirty money, upsets UK, US

The European Commission added Saudi Arabia, Panama and four US territories to a blacklist of nations it considers a threat because of lax controls on terrorism financing and money laundering, the EU executive said on Wednesday.
Source: Reuters | 2019/2/14 20:53:41

Campaigning opens in Okinawa US base relocation vote

Campaigning began Thursday ahead of a referendum in Japan's Okinawa on the controversial relocation of a US military base to a remote part of the island.
Source: AFP | 2019/2/14 20:53:40

Graduation day

South Korean seniors clad in traditional attire bow during a joint graduation and coming-of-age ceremony at Dongmyung Girls' High School in Seoul, South Korea on Thursday.
Source: AP | 2019/2/14 20:48:40

PNG recovers APEC cars, other vehicles not yet located

Papua New Guinea has recovered 40 Maserati cars that vanished after being controversially purchased for a recent APEC forum in the impoverished nation, but other vehicles bought for the event remain missing.
Source: AFP | 2019/2/14 18:08:43

Australia admits 'failing' to bring improvements to Aboriginal lives

More than a decade after vowing to "close the gap" between indigenous Australians and the rest of the country, the government on Thursday admitted it was still falling far short.
Source: AFP | 2019/2/14 18:08:42

South Korea pushes back Trump claim on troops

South Korea's presidential Blue House pushed back on Wednesday against comments by US President Donald Trump that suggested Seoul had agreed to pay $500 million more towards maintaining US troops in the country.
Source: AFP | 2019/2/13 21:38:41

Written in the stars

A hand-drawn map of constellations and planetary orbits shows Thailand in the throes of a "gateway" year of change, says astrologer Pinyo Pongcharoen - one of a legion of fortune tellers sought out by politicians in chaotic and unpredictable times.
Source: AFP | 2019/2/13 21:13:40

Acting Pentagon chief makes surprise Baghdad visit to conduct troop talks

Acting Pentagon chief Patrick Shanahan made an unannounced visit to Baghdad on Tuesday for talks on the sensitive issue of a continued US troop presence ­after Washington withdraws from neighboring Syria.
Source: AFP | 2019/2/13 19:53:42

Japan gay couples seek marriage rights in Valentine's lawsuit

Chizuka Oe and Yoko Ogawa have been together for 25 years, but when they submitted their marriage registration at a Tokyo town hall, they knew it would be rejected.
Source: AFP | 2019/2/13 19:48:41

Detention center to be reopened: Australia

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Wednesday announced the reopening of a controversial offshore migrant detention center on Christmas Island, doubling down on hard-line policies after a historic legislative defeat.
Source: AFP | 2019/2/13 19:48:40

Vietnamese foreign minister arrives in Pyongyang for three-day visit

A Vietnamese delegation led by Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh arrived here in Pyongyang on Tuesday, the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/2/13 10:29:02

Deal in principle reached to avoid new govt shutdown

US congressional negotiators on Monday reached a tentative deal to try to avert another partial government shutdown on Saturday, but congressional aides said it did not contain the $5.7 billion President Donald Trump wants for a border wall.
Source: Reuters | 2019/2/12 21:53:41