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South Korean ex-president Lee admits taking $100,000 from spy agency

Former South Korean president Lee Myung-bak has admitted receiving $100,000 from the state spy agency while still in office, reports said Thursday, after he faced a marathon interrogation by prosecutors over corruption allegations.
Source: AFP | 2018/3/15 22:38:42

Japanese minister may skip G20

Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso was preparing to skip a Group of 20 finance leaders' gathering in Buenos Aires next week, officials said on Tuesday, with the minister fighting to survive a cronyism scandal that has paralyzed parliament.
Source: Reuters | 2018/3/15 22:38:41

DPRK official daily brands US world's worst human rights abuser

The official daily of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Thursday branded the United States as the world's worst human rights abuser.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/3/15 20:20:23

US, Japan hold extended deterrence dialogue

The US State Department said Wednesday that the United States and Japan will hold an Extended Deterrence Dialogue (EDD) on March 14-16 at Naval Base Kitsap in Bangor, Washington State.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/3/15 8:30:10

DPRK daily accuses US of using sanctions to reverse detente on Korean Peninsula

An official media outlet of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Wednesday accused the United States of trying to reverse the detente underway on the Korean Peninsula with sanctions.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/3/15 8:26:31

Malaysian defenders slam police in Kim murder probe

The Malaysian police's investigation into the murder of the North Korean leader's estranged half-brother was "shoddy" and could result in an unfair trial, a court heard Wednesday.
Source: AFP | 2018/3/14 21:58:42

Japan PM denies any involvement in deal

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday remained steadfast that he and his wife were not involved in a discount land-sale deal that has seen the opposition call for the resignation of his ally, Finance Minister Taro Aso.
Source: Reuters | 2018/3/14 21:58:41

Facing down accusers

Former South Korean president Lee Myung-bak, who is accused of bribery, embezzlement and tax evasion, is presented as a suspect in Seoul Central District Prosecutor's Office on Wednesday. Lee faces nearly 20 criminal allegations, including receiving illicit funds of some 11.1 billion won ($10.4 million) from the state spy agency, individuals and businesses, including Samsung.
Source: IC | 2018/3/14 21:53:41

Singapore launches 'fake news' hearings

Singapore Wednesday launched public hearings on possible legislation to combat "fake news" which critics said could be used to curtail free speech.
Source: AFP | 2018/3/14 21:53:41

Cherry blossom weather

Visitors look at early flowering Kanzakura cherry blossoms in full bloom at the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden in Tokyo, Japan on Wednesday. Every year the Japanese Meteorological Agency and the public track the sakura zensen (cherry blossom front) as it moves northward up the archipelago with the approach of warmer weather.
Source: VCG | 2018/3/14 21:48:41

Nuclear reactor restarted in Japan, close to 2 other functioning units

Kansai Electric Power Co. on Wednesday resumed operations of its No. 3 reactor at its Oi nuclear plant on the Sea of Japan coast, despite ongoing local opposition.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/3/14 20:15:45

Ex-S.Korean president Lee Myung-bak appears for questioning over corruption charges

Former South Korean President Lee Myung-bak on Wednesday appeared before state prosecutors for questioning over multiple corruption charges including bribery, embezzlement and tax evasion, local TV footage showed.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/3/14 9:39:44

China mourns victims of Nepal plane crash as probe starts

China on Tuesday expressed deep condolences to victims and their families after a plane crashed in Nepal.
Source: Xinhua-AFP | 2018/3/13 23:13:42

Mattis says elements in Taliban open to peace talks

Elements of the Taliban are open to talks with the Afghan government, US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Tuesday as he arrived in Kabul on an unannounced visit.
Source: AFP | 2018/3/13 23:13:40

Japan cagey after talks with South Korea

Differences between Japan and South Korea on how to handle North Korea emerged on Tuesday with South Korea upbeat on prospects but a more cautious Japan demanding that North Korea account for Japanese people it says North Korea abducted decades ago.
Source: Reuters | 2018/3/13 22:23:39

After the fire

A general view of fire-gutted shanties at the Ilias Mollah Slum in Mirpur-12, Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Monday. Reports state hundreds of shanties were damaged by a fire that broke out early Monday. The fire service said there were no casualties reported and the cause of fire was unknown.
Source: IC | 2018/3/13 22:18:41

DPRK urges Global Fund not to stop grants on humanitarian grounds

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) has urged the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria to reconsider, on humanitarian grounds, its decision to close its grants to the country, the state-run media reported Tuesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/3/13 21:00:56

Russia to launch new test of Sarmat strategic missile

Russia will soon hold another pop-up test of its latest Sarmat intercontinental missile at the Plesetsk cosmodrome, said Valery Gerasimov, chief of the General Staff of the Russian Army on Tuesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/3/13 20:40:00