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Japanese PM Kishida to address Congress, discuss Asia-Pacific tension

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida will head to Capitol Hill on Thursday for an address to U.S. lawmakers meant to underscore the importance of keeping a strong partnership between the two countries at a time of tension in the Asia-Pacific and skepticism in Congress about U.S. involvement abroad. Kishida was in Washington this week visiting President Joe Biden as the White House completed hosting each…

Ethnic guerrillas in Burma look set to seize an important town on the Thai border from the military

BANGKOK (AP) — Guerrilla fighters from Myanmar’s Karen ethnic minority claimed Monday to be close to seizing control of a major trading town bordering Thailand, as soldiers and civil servants loyal to the military government appeared to be preparing to abandon their positions. The occupation of Myawaddy town by the Karen National Liberation Army, the armed wing of the Karen National Union, or KNU, appeared…

Powerful earthquake rocks Taiwan, death toll rising, 800 injured

An earthquake rocked the entire island of Taiwan early Wednesday, killing nine, injuring hundreds, collapsing buildings in a southern city and sparking a brief tsunami warning for southern Japanese islands. Taiwan’s fire department said nine people have died in the mountainous, sparsely populated eastern county of Hualien, where the earthquake’s epicenter was located. More than 800 people were injured in the incident and authorities lost…

Powerful earthquake rocks Taiwan, buildings seen collapsed, causes tsunami warning in Japan

An earthquake rocked the entire island of Taiwan early Wednesday, killing four, injuring dozens, collapsing buildings in a southern city and sparking a brief tsunami warning for southern Japanese islands. Taiwan’s fire department said four people have died in the mountainous, sparsely populated eastern county of Hualien, where the earthquake’s epicenter was located. More than 50 people were injured in the incident. At least 26…

45 injured, some critically, in northwest Cambodia as train hits bus at crossing

Forty-five people were injured, five of them critically, when a train crashed into the side of a bus at a rail crossing in northwestern Cambodia Friday, police said. Gen. Sar Theng, the police chief for Pursat province, said the crash in Krakor district occurred around 11 a.m. when the bus attempted to cross the tracks even though the oncoming train had loudly sounded its horn…

Philippines issues ‘strongest protest’ after Chinese water cannon assault on navy boat

The Philippines lodged its “strongest protest” against Beijing on Monday and summoned a senior Chinese diplomat over a water cannon assault by the Chinese coast guard that injured Filipino navy crew members and heavily damaged their boat in the disputed South China Sea, officials said. Two Chinese coast guard ships hit a Philippine navy-operated supply boat with water cannons Saturday in the latest and most…

FBI returns 22 artifacts looted after Battle of Okinawa to Japan following Massachusetts family’s discovery

The FBI says it has returned 22 artifacts to Japan that were looted following the Battle of Okinawa after a Massachusetts family going through their late World War II veteran father’s personal effects discovered “what appeared to be very valuable Asian art.”  The artifacts, which had been missing for nearly 80 years, “date back to the 18th and 19th centuries, represent a significant piece of…

26 dead, 11 missing in Indonesia after flash floods and landslides on Sumatra island

Rescuers recovered more bodies as waters began to recede after flash floods and landslides caused by torrential rains on Indonesia’s Sumatra island, which have killed at least 26 people and left 11 missing, officials said Monday. Monsoon rains and rising rivers have submerged nine districts and cities in West Sumatra province since Thursday. Late Friday, a major mudslide caused a river to breach its banks…

China’s Belt and Road Initiative plagued by corruption and political backlash: report

China’s signature Belt and Road Initiative has failed to live up to Beijing’s original lofty goals, a new report by the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (FDD) claims. China celebrated the 10-year anniversary of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), Beijing’s ambitious infrastructure program that looked to link emerging markets and connect Asia with Europe and other parts of the world. President Xi Jinping…

Think the US exit from Afghanistan was bad? Look what’s brewing in the Pacific

You think America’s tail-between-its-legs departure from Afghanistan was bad? Something even worse is coming in the Pacific, albeit more quietly. U.S. defenses in the Asia-Pacific center on a defense line running from Japan to Philippines to Taiwan and on to Borneo. The so-called First Island Chain. Try defending against China along the first island chain without a secure “rear area” in the Central Pacific. And suppose…

Over 100 Burmese forces flee to Bangladesh amid clash with ethnic rebels

More than 100 members of Burma’s Border Guard Police have fled their posts and taken shelter in Bangladesh to escape fighting between Burmese security forces and an ethnic minority army, an official with Bangladesh’s border agency said Monday. It is the first time that Burmese forces have been known to flee into Bangladesh since an alliance of ethnic minority armies in Burma launched an offensive…

China sends several warplanes, navy ships toward Taiwan after U.S.-China talks

Taiwan’s defense ministry announced on Saturday that over 30 Chinese warplanes were headed toward its country, in addition to navy ships. Thirty-three aircraft were sent by the Chinese People’s Liberation Army from 6 a.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday, officials said. The aircraft included SU-30 fighters. Six Chinese navy vessels were also headed to Taiwan, and 13 of China’s warplanes crossed the median of the…

Taliban arresting women for ‘bad hijab’ as report says violence and detentions continue to rise

A new U.N. report has outlined how the Taliban in Afghanistan brutally enforces restrictions on women’s rights to work, education and freedom of movement. The report, published by the U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), which covers October to December of 2023, says that officials from the Department for the Propagation of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice enforce strict compliance of the hijab and…