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  • Typhoon heads toward Kyushu after slamming Okinawa

    TOKYO (AP) — A powerful storm slammed through the southwestern Japanese island of Okinawa, leaving at least 28 people injured and 63,000 homes without power before swerving toward the bigger island of Kyushu on Wednesday. The Okinawan government raised the injury toll to 28 from 17 the day...

  • North Korean leader limps at televised event

    TOKYO (AP) — As North Korea begins a 10-day period of mourning to mark the 20th anniversary of the death of its first leader, Kim Il Sung, Pyongyang watchers are paying closer attention to his grandson — who was shown on state media walking to his seat for a memorial event with a noticeable...

  • Expedience, pragmatism shape new Asian alliances

    TOKYO (AP) — Moscow is cozying up to its old rival China. China is holding hands with Seoul. Tokyo is striking deals with Pyongyang. In the ever-shifting game of Asian alliances, where just about everybody has a dispute over something or can actually remember a shooting war with their...

  • China holds ceremony to mark China-Japan war

    BEIJING (AP) — President Xi Jinping criticized people who "beautify the history of aggression" as China on Monday marked the 77th anniversary of the start of a war with Japan amid rising tensions between Beijing and Tokyo. This year's unusually high-profile commemoration of the 1937 Marco Polo...

  • North Korea to send cheering squad to Asian Games

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Monday it will send a cheering squad to the coming Asian Games in rival South Korea that its athletes plan to attend. A North Korean statement said the dispatch of its cheering squad to the games, set for Sept. 19 to Oct. 4 in the South Korean city of...

  • Pope's visit seen encouraging Catholics in Asia

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Asia has a special spot in the heart of Pope Francis, who looks forward to visiting the region to encourage Christians, especially those suffering or being persecuted, Manila's archbishop said Monday. Roman Catholics have long been a minority in Asia, with the...

  • Xi rebukes Japan for brutality in China, Koreas

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The leaders of China and South Korea expressed concern Friday about Japan's recent reinterpretation of its war-renouncing constitution and its re-examination of a past apology for wartime atrocities, a South Korean official said. Japan colonized the Korean Peninsula...

  • China leader snubs North Korea in visit to Seoul

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — With a single meeting Thursday, the leaders of China and South Korea simultaneously snubbed North Korea, bolstered their already booming trade relationship and gave the U.S. and Japan a look at Beijing's growing influence south of the Korean Demilitarized Zone. There...

  • China, South Korea agree to boost economic ties

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — China and South Korea on Thursday agreed measures that will expand the use of China's tightly controlled currency and boost trade as Xi Jinping made his first presidential visit to the Korean Peninsula. Expectations were high that Xi's summit with South Korea's...

  • Pacifist no more? Experts discuss Japan's military

    TOKYO (AP) — In one of modern Japan's biggest changes to security policy, its government decided this week to reinterpret Article 9 of its constitution to allow greater use of military force to defend other countries. The move sparked street protests amid fears it marks a reversal of Japan's...

  • North Korean ship symbolizes hopes for Japan ties

    WONSAN, North Korea (AP) — The barbecues are all fired up along the jetty and the beach is dotted with sunbathers. Divers plunge into the water in search of clams, which are dipped in hot sauce and eaten raw right there on the spot. Wonsan, a sleepy port on North Korea's east coast, is gearing...

  • N. Korea fires projectiles before Xi's Seoul visit

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Wednesday fired two short-range projectiles into waters off its east coast, South Korean officials said, on the eve of Chinese President Xi Jinping's talks in Seoul expected to focus on the North's nuclear weapons program. The launches, the third in a...

  • North Korea may have reverse-engineered a Russian cruise missile

    The North Korean military may have a new toy to add to its conventional arsenal: an anti-ship cruise missile identical to a modern Russian model. A North Korean propaganda film of the country's military capabilities devotes just a few frames to the new missile (at the very end, around 49:14)....



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