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South Korea marks 'comfort women' memorial day

Asia Pacific / Politics Aug 14, 2019

South Korea marks 'comfort women' memorial day

South Korea on Wednesday observed its official "comfort women" memorial day for a second year, with a ceremony commemorating Korean women who worked in Japanese military's wartime brothels, including those who did so against their will. The memorial day was marked as relations with Japan ...

Airport beatings spark soul-searching over Hong Kong's radicals

Asia Pacific Aug 14, 2019

Airport beatings spark soul-searching over Hong Kong's radicals

Shocking scenes of pro-democracy protesters at Hong Kong's airport beating two men accused of being infiltrators have sparked soul-searching within the movement over whether a minority of radicals are undermining their cause. Debate has appeared on web forums used by protesters — and one group ...

Trump bows to economic fears in move to delay China tariffs

Business Aug 14, 2019

Trump bows to economic fears in move to delay China tariffs

U.S. President Donald Trump bowed to pressure from American businesses and concerns over the economic fallout of his trade war with China, delaying the imposition of new tariffs on a wide variety of consumer products including toys and laptops until December. Tuesday's move to at ...

Narita ponders future after Delta's farewell

Business / Corporate Aug 14, 2019

Narita ponders future after Delta's farewell

Narita International Airport may find it hard to retain its standing as a pan-Asian transport hub after Delta Air Lines Inc. decided to leave. The U.S. airline plans to transfer all U.S.-Tokyo flights to Tokyo International Airport at Haneda in March 2020, when new routes ...

Samsung embroiled in 'One China' row after K-pop star pulls out

Asia Pacific Aug 14, 2019

Samsung embroiled in 'One China' row after K-pop star pulls out

The world's No. 1 smartphone-maker Samsung Electronics Co. became the latest global brand to face criticism Wednesday for damaging China's "territorial integrity," with a Chinese K-pop star ending an endorsement contract. The row broke out after Chinese viewers noticed that the South Korean tech giant ...

China says protesters like 'terrorists'; airport reopens

Asia Pacific Aug 14, 2019

China says protesters like 'terrorists'; airport reopens

China's Hong Kong liaison office said Wednesday that anti-government protesters were no different from "terrorists," and U.S. President Donald Trump said Chinese troops were moving to the border with Hong Kong and urged calm. The Beijing-based Hong Kong and Macao Affairs office Wednesday said extremely ...

Measles cases tripled this year, WHO says

World / Science & Health Aug 14, 2019

Measles cases tripled this year, WHO says

Measles cases nearly tripled globally during the first seven months of the year compared to the same period in 2018, the World Health Organization said Tuesday, amid growing concern over public resistance to the vaccine. So far this year, 364,808 measles cases were reported around ...

Trade spat sees K-pop caught in the middle

Music Aug 14, 2019

Trade spat sees K-pop caught in the middle

by Patrick St. Michel

The Japanese debut performance of Korean pop group Stray Kids planned for next month should be an unquestionably good thing. The fledgling male outfit has been gaining steam since emerging in 2017, with its nine members having already played shows in Southeast Asia, Australia, ...