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South Korea's Park names new prime minister

South Korean President Park Geun-hye on Thursday selected her justice minister to become the new prime minister — a post that has become something of a poisoned chalice under her administration. Hwang Kyo-ahn, 58, was named as the new prime minister after his predecessor, Lee Wan-koo, was implicated in a ...

May 18, 2015

Kerry says North Korea far from resuming talks with U.S.

US Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday that recent North Korean “provocations” showed it was nowhere near taking the steps necessary for a resumption of denuclearization talks with Washington. Speaking at a news conference in the South Korean capital, Kerry also condemned “grotesque” ...

India's Modi marks year in office

| May 14, 2015

India's Modi marks year in office

Narendra Modi marks the first anniversary of his landslide election win in a bullish mood about his mission to transform India into a great power, despite doubts about the delivery of economic reforms. A year on from his victory, the prime minister’s domestic opponents ...

May 8, 2015

North Korea warns of strikes against South's navy

North Korea’s military warned on Friday of “unannounced targeted strikes” against South Korea’s navy, accusing the South of violating its territorial waters off the peninsula’s west coast, the scene of deadly naval clashes in the past. Pyongyang’s warning came during the annual crab fishing ...

Apr 27, 2015

China to merge scores of major state firms: report

China is considering merging scores of its biggest state-owned enterprises to create around 40 national champions from the existing 112, Xinhua, the nation’s official news agency, said Monday. The report said state firms would be merged or acquired, but gave no timelines or details ...