Japan to supply Philippines with military equipment

Feb 28, 2016

Japan to supply Philippines with military equipment

Japan will sign an accord with the Philippines to allow Tokyo to supply military equipment to Manila, the first such Japanese defense pact in a region where both have expressed alarm over China’s island-building and other aggressive acts in disputed waters. Defense Secretary Voltaire ...

Four dead in protests for caste benefits in northern India

Feb 20, 2016

Four dead in protests for caste benefits in northern India

Hundreds of army and paramilitary soldiers on Saturday tried to quell protests by angry mobs demanding government benefits in a northern Indian state, with at least four people killed in clashes between security forces and protesters, officials said. The violence raged for a second ...

World has slipped into new 'Cold War': Russian PM

Feb 13, 2016

World has slipped into new 'Cold War': Russian PM

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Saturday that strains between Russia and the West have plunged the world into a “new Cold War.” With tensions high over the lingering Ukraine conflict and Russia’s backing of the Syrian regime, Medvedev said: “All that’s left is ...

Australia's new deputy prime minister elected unopposed

Feb 12, 2016

Australia's new deputy prime minister elected unopposed

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has inherited a hard-right climate-change skeptic for his deputy after the retirement of his current No. 2 on Thursday, an appointment that could block any revamp of an emissions trading scheme. Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce, an outspoken lobbyist for ...

Iran, China vow tighter ties as Xi visits

Jan 23, 2016

Iran, China vow tighter ties as Xi visits

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday hailed a “new chapter” in relations with China after talks with President Xi Jinping, who is touring the region to boost Beijing’s economic influence. The Asian giant and the Middle East’s foremost Shiite power aim to build economic ...