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U.S. eyes October talks with North Korea on hunt for remains of war dead

via The Japan Times    Sep 21, 2018

Vice President Mike Pence (center) listens to retired Army Col. Richard Dean, vice chairman of the Korean War Veterans Memorial Foundation, followed by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, at the start of a ceremony to present a American flag to the Korean War Veterans Memorial Foundation that was used during a ceremony in Hawaii in August for the return of remains from the Korean War, Thursday at the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington. | AP

The U.S. hopes to begin face-to-face negotiations with North Korea next month on terms for resuming on-the-ground searches in North Korea for remains of American ...

Canada declares Myanmar treatment of Rohingya to be genocide

via The Japan Times    Sep 21, 2018

Rohingya refugees perform prayers as they attend a ceremony Aug. 25 organized to remember the first anniversary of a military crackdown that prompted a massive exodus of people from Myanmar to Bangladesh, at the Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia. Canadian lawmakers on Thursday unanimously voted to declare Myanmar's military action against the Rohingya people a 'genocide.' The House of Commons endorsed the findings of a U.N. fact-finding mission on Myanmar that found 'crimes against humanity have been committed against the Rohingya' and that these acts were sanctioned by top Myanmar military commanders. | AFP-JIJI

Canada’s Parliament has unanimously adopted a motion declaring crimes committed against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar to be genocide.The motion Thursday also endorsed the findings of ...

Kim wants another Trump summit to speed North Korea’s denuclearization and declare end to war: Moon

via The Japan Times    Sep 21, 2018

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (left) and South Korean President Moon Jae-in visit Mount Paektu, in North Korea, Thursday. A beaming South Korean President Moon, freshly returned home Thursday from a whirlwind three-day summit with Kim Jong Un, said the North Korean leader wants the U.S. secretary of state to visit Pyongyang soon for nuclear talks, and also hopes for a quick follow-up to his June summit with President Donald Trump. | PYONGYANG PRESS CORPS POOL / VIA AP

North Korea’s Kim Jong Un wants a second summit with U.S. President Donald Trump soon to hasten denuclearization, but a key goal is declaring an ...

U.N. chief urges Myanmar government to free Reuters journalists

via The Japan Times    Sep 21, 2018

An aerial view of Hla Phoe Khaung transit camp for Rohingya who decide to return back from Bangladesh, is seen in Maungdaw, Rakhine state, Myanmar, Thursday. | YE AUNG THU / POOL / VIA REUTERS

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday called on the Myanmar government to pardon and release two imprisoned Reuters journalists as soon as possible.“I hope that ...

China, seeking to subdue Muslim Uighurs in Xinjiang, separates children from families

By Yanan Wang,Dake Kang
- via The Japan Times    Sep 21, 2018

Adil, a businessman from Kashgar, China, with five children, shows an image of his family left behind in China while being interviewed in Istanbul. He got stuck in Turkey during a business trip after hearing that the Chinese government was seizing passports, and hasn't seen his children since. | AP

Every morning, Meripet wakes up to her nightmare: The Chinese government has turned four of her children into orphans, even though she and their father ...

China tightens embrace of Hong Kong with bullet train and other giant projects

By James Pomfret
- via The Japan Times    Sep 21, 2018

West Kowloon Station houses the Hong Kong terminal for the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link. | BLOOMBERG

Hong Kong’s first bullet train will glide out of a sleek harbor-front railway station bound for mainland China on Saturday, launching a new era of ...

An unholy row over Seoul church’s father-to-son inheritance and succession

via The Japan Times    Sep 21, 2018

Myungsung Church in eastern Seoul is one of the world's largest Presbyterian churches. | AFP-JIJI

One of the world’s largest Presbyterian churches has been engulfed by an unholy row after its pastor sought to pass the super-rich South Korean institution ...

Proliferation of marine parks in China fueling shadowy trade in cetaceans

By Farah Master
- via The Japan Times    Sep 21, 2018

Visitors watch a whale shark at the Whale Shark Aquarium of Chimelong Ocean Kingdom in Zhuhai, China, on Sept. 4. | REUTERS

Eight beluga whales jump in unison out of a bright blue indoor pool, flipping their tail fins and spewing fountains of water, as a packed ...

Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang dead at 61

via The Japan Times    Sep 21, 2018


Vietnam’s President Tran Dai Quang, a former police chief known as a tough politician with little tolerance for dissent, died Friday at age 61 after ...

As typhoons get stronger, Asia must build better, experts say

By Michael Taylor
- via The Japan Times    Sep 21, 2018

Population growth, rapid urbanization and unfettered development of coastal areas in the Asia-Pacific region are increasing the risk of heavy damage from powerful typhoons, experts ...

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