Aug 17, 2016

North Korean deputy ambassador to Britain reportedly defects

North Korea’s deputy ambassador in London has defected with his family, according to media reports, in what would be one of the highest-profile defections in recent years from the increasingly isolated country. South Korea’s JoongAng Ilbo newspaper reported on Tuesday that a high-profile diplomat ...

Aug 16, 2016

Philippines' Duterte jacks up budget to fight crime

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has announced a sharp increase in next year’s national budget to fund his controversial war on crime, with security forces to get big pay raises. The political outsider swept to a landslide election victory in May and immediately implemented an ...