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China rebuffs Germany’s call for U.S. missile pact with Russia

via The Japan Times    Feb 17, 2019

China's top diplomat, Yang Jiechi, speaks during the Munich Security Conference in the German city on Saturday. | REUTERS

China rejected on Saturday German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s appeal to join a Cold War-era arms control treaty that the United States accuses Russia of breaching, ...

India hosts first world championships of ‘yoga on a pole’

via The Japan Times    Feb 17, 2019

An Indian performs at the Mallakhamb World Championships in Mumbai on Saturday. | AFP-JIJI

Wearing only underpants, Pavel Kalina twists his body up a wooden pole before performing a handstand at the top in the first world championships of ...

Male privilege: The rural Hong Kong men who have special rights

via The Japan Times    Feb 17, 2019

Democracy activist William Liu poses in the courtyard of Liu Man She Tong, an 18th-century ancestral hall belonging to his clan in Hong Kong's

Sitting in the spacious courtyard of an 18th-century ancestral hall belonging to his clan, William Liu defiantly rejects a lucrative birthright that his special status ...

India warns of ‘crushing response’ to Kashmir suicide attack

via The Japan Times    Feb 16, 2019

An activist with the youth wing of India's main opposition Congress party shouts slogans during a protest in New Delhi on Friday against an attack on a bus in south Kashmir a day earlier that killed 41 people and was the deadliest in the divided region's volatile history. | REUTERS

India’s prime minister warned of a “crushing response” to the suicide bombing of a paramilitary convoy in Indian-controlled Kashmir that killed 41 people and was ...

North Korea’s Kim ready to accept inspections of nuclear plant, South Korean presidential adviser says

By Youkyung Lee
- via The Japan Times    Feb 16, 2019

Moon Chung-in, a special adviser for foreign affairs and national security to South Korea President Moon Jae-in, speaks during an interview in Seoul on Friday. | BLOOMBERG

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was ready to accept the dismantlement and inspection of a high-profile nuclear plant, a South Korean presidential adviser said, ...

Models and posters of missiles ‘not necessary’ as North Korea marks birthday of late leader weeks before Trump-Kim meeting

via The Japan Times    Feb 16, 2019

People visit the statues of former North Korean leaders Kim Il Sung (left) and Kim Jong Il on Mansu Hill to pay respects in Pyongyang on Saturday as they mark the 77th anniversary of the birth of the late Kim Jong Il. | AP

North Korea on Saturday marked the birthday of late leader Kim Jong Il with no outward provocation against the United States, in the run-up to ...

Hong Kong proposes extradition pact with China and Taiwan

via The Japan Times    Feb 16, 2019

The Hong Kong government on Friday proposed an amendment to allow extradition of fugitives to jurisdictions including mainland China and Taiwan, in the wake of ...

In Myanmar, new parties challenge Suu Kyi’s grip on power

By Thu Thu Aung
- via The Japan Times    Feb 15, 2019

Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi arrives for a National Union Day reception to mark the country's 72nd anniversary in Naypyidaw on Tuesday. | AFP-JIJI

New political groups are emerging to contest Myanmar’s next election in 2020, aiming to challenge the hegemony of national civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi ...

Hong Kong snares record haul of rhino horns from South Africa

via The Japan Times    Feb 15, 2019


Hong Kong customs seized a record 40 kg (88 pounds) of rhino horns worth around 8 million Hong Kong dollars ($1 million) from Johannesburg en ...

Myanmar court sentences two to death for killing Suu Kyi aide

via The Japan Times    Feb 15, 2019

Kyi Lin and Aung Win Zaw arrive at Insein court in Yangon on Friday. | REUTERS

A court in Myanmar on Friday sentenced two men to death for the killing of a prominent Muslim lawyer who was a close adviser to ...

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