Ukraine requires 'sincere' peace efforts, pope tells Putin

Jun 11, 2015

Ukraine requires 'sincere' peace efforts, pope tells Putin

Pope Francis met privately with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Vatican on Wednesday, using the talks to call for a sincere effort aimed at bringing peace to Ukraine. Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi said their talks concentrated on the Ukraine conflict and ...

Mar 13, 2015

Stronger ties with ASEAN vital to Japan's security: ODA paper

Japan called for stronger ties with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in an annual report on foreign aid Friday, saying they were vital to ensuring its national security at a time when China’s influence in the region is growing. Seeing the 10-member regional ...

Conflict-hit east Ukraine struggles for festive joy

Dec 26, 2014

Conflict-hit east Ukraine struggles for festive joy

The big tree with the glimmering holiday lights is up but the festive spirit is missing on Lenin Square in the heart of east Ukraine’s rebel stronghold of Donetsk. Hundreds of people huddled in the drizzle for the traditional unveiling of the tree ahead ...

Ukraine votes for pro-West parties, peace talks

Oct 27, 2014

Ukraine votes for pro-West parties, peace talks

Pro-Western and nationalist parties swept Ukraine’s parliamentary election Sunday, exit polls showed, in a boost for President Petro Poroshenko’s anti-corruption reforms and his promise to make peace with pro-Russian rebels. The results indicated overwhelming consensus on Ukraine’s bid to steer from Russia’s orbit onto ...

Dec 24, 2013

The Emperor's call for peace

Emperor Akihito on Monday celebrated his 80th birthday, becoming the second emperor to have passed this milestone while on the throne, following his father, Emperor Showa.