South Korea | Protesters call for ouster of justice minister

Thousands of protesters rallied yesterday in Seoul for the second consecutive week to call for the ouster of President Moon Jae-in’s hand-picked justice minister, whose family is at the center

Australia | Wildfires destroy up to 30 homes in New South Wales

About 500 firefighters were battling out-of-control wildfires in eastern Australia that have destroyed up to 30 homes. More than 40 bushfires were burning across New South Wales state. Temperatures were cooler

Samsung billionaire heir to cede board seat before bribery probe

Samsung Electronics Co.’s de facto leader, Jay Y. Lee, plans to give up his board seat after his directorship expires late October as he prepares for another trial over alleged

Japan protests to N. Korea over sea collision, vows firm steps

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said yesterday that Tokyo has lodged a protest with Pyongyang over a collision between a North Korean fishing boat that illegally entered Japan’s exclusive economic

North Korea decries breakdown of talks US says were ‘good’

North Korea and Washington had two different takes on their nuclear talks, with North Korea’s negotiator saying the talks had broken down but Washington maintaining the two sides had “good

North Korea hails sub-based missile that raises security stakes

North Korea called the first test of its new submarine-launched ballistic missile a major boost for its national security, saying it strengthens its hand to defend itself against adversaries. Yesterday’s report

New Zealand | Mosque shooting suspect drops bid to move trial

The man accused of killing 51 people at two Christchurch mosques abandoned his bid yesterday to move the trial to another New Zealand city. The unexpected development was welcomed by survivors

Tokyo Olympic organizers: 6,900 tickets bought through fraud

Tokyo Olympic organizers are investigating the fraudulent purchase of 6,900 tickets worth 180 million yen (USD1.67 million) that were obtained in an online lottery for Japan residents. “We are consulting with

N. Korea to Trump: Make ‘bold decision’ to revive diplomacy

North Korea accused the United States on Friday of failing to follow through on summit agreements between U.S. President Donald Trump and the country’s leader, Kim Jong Un,

Japan welcomes US trade pact, but automakers appeal for help

Japanese automakers yesterday urged the government to do more to support the industry after their government signed a trade deal with the U.S. that kept auto tariffs unchanged. Japan’s Prime Minister

North Korea-born YouTubers offer peek into lives in homeland

Wearing a fedora, Jang Myung-jin shouts “Hello, comrades!” as he starts his YouTube broadcast, titled “A North Korean man, Tango.” Then, he talks about whether North Koreans raise pet dogs,

Indonesia | Riot police clash with student protesters

Indonesian riot police shot multiple rounds of tear gas at thousands of stone-throwing students who attempted to reach Parliament in Jakarta yesterday to protest a new law that critics say

Australian capital legalizes recreational marijuana

Australia’s capital has become the first part of the country to legalize recreational marijuana for personal use. The Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly voted yesterday to legalize possession by adults of

Indonesia | Students rally against changes to corruption law

Police fired tear gas and water cannons yesterday to disperse thousands of rock-throwing students protesting a new law that they said has crippled Indonesia’s anti-corruption agency. Several thousand university students are

South Korea | Fourth swine fever case in a week confirmed

South Korea’s African swine fever crisis intensified yesterday with lab tests confirming the fourth case in a week from a farm near its border with North Korea. The discovery of still

Japan not inviting S.Korea to naval review amid dispute

Japan announced that it is not inviting South Korea to a multinational naval review it is hosting next month because their ties are badly strained over history, trade and defense. The

Duterte suspends any loan talks with backers of rights probe

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has suspended any negotiations over loans or grants from 18 countries that backed a U.N. human rights resolution calling for an inquiry into human rights conditions

Indonesia | Protesters burn buildings in Papua province

Hundreds of protesters in Indonesia’s restive Papua province set fire to homes and other buildings yesterday in a protest sparked by rumors that a teacher had insulted students, and a

Philippines confirms 2nd polio case after declaring outbreak

Philippine health officials on Friday confirmed a second case of polio in a 5-year-old child a day after declaring the country’s first outbreak in nearly

Japan accepts talks with South Korea on WTO arbitration

Japan announced Friday it will accept South Korea’s request for joint talks leading to arbitration by the World Trade Organization after Seoul filed a complaint with

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