Feb 17, 2015

Lawmakers get ready to lower voting age to 18 next year

The voting age for national elections will be lowered to 18 from the current 20, starting with the next Upper House election in summer 2016, as both ruling and opposition parties are set to submit the necessary legislation to the Diet as early as ...

Feb 15, 2015

Nigerian military repels Boko Haram attack on northeast town

Nigeria’s military Saturday repelled an attack on a northeastern town by Boko Haram Islamic extremists. Two air force jets joined soldiers in attacking the rebels after they assaulted Gombe in the morning. The Boko Haram fighters left in a convoy of vehicles carrying dozens ...

Feb 13, 2015

Burundi executed dozens of surrendered rebels: rights group

Burundian troops executed at least 47 surrendered rebels last month, part of a “broader pattern” of violence coming ahead of key elections, Human Rights Watch said Thursday, claims rejected by the government. Members of the ruling party’s youth wing known as the Imbonerakure also ...

Abbott pledge puts Japanese submarine deal in doubt

Feb 9, 2015

Abbott pledge puts Japanese submarine deal in doubt

Officials in Australia and Japan on Monday expressed skepticism and confusion over a pledge by Prime Minister Tony Abbott to give an Australian state-owned shipbuilder the option to tender for a major submarine contract, heightening the uncertainty around the project. Sources have said Australia ...