Matthias Williams
Simon Harris, Ireland's prime minister-in-waiting, is among a vanguard of European politicians embracing the Chinese-owned social media platform, calculating that the need to reach younger voters outweighs security concerns.
WORLD / Politics
Apr 9, 2024
European politicians embrace TikTok despite security fears
Ahead of elections, mainstream politicians are wary of ceding ground to fringe parties who have successfully exploited its short video format.
A screen at the headquarters of the Central Election Commission in Moscow shows the preliminary results of Russia's presidential election on Monday.
WORLD / Politics
Mar 19, 2024
West decries Putin's reelection while China and India vow closer ties
The contrasting reactions underscore the geopolitical fault lines that have gaped wider since Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine two years ago.
Spanish far-right Vox party leader Santiago Abascal (center) greets supporters as he arrives to deliver a speech at the party headquarters in Madrid on Sunday after Spain's general election.
Jul 25, 2023
Setback for Spain's Vox points to limits of European far-right advance
Vox's share of seats fell to 33 from 52, suggesting an electoral ceiling for some European far-right parties even though their rise has worried leaders from Brussels to Berlin.
Japan Times
Jun 7, 2023
Destruction of Kakhovka dam takes Ukraine war into uncharted territory
Kyiv and Moscow have blamed each other for the collapse of the dam, which sent floodwaters gushing toward surrounding towns and farmland and forced hundreds of civilians to flee.
Japan Times
Apr 17, 2023
Ukraine says it is finding more Chinese components in Russian weapons
Intelligence gathered by Ukrainian experts from the battlefield stated that Chinese-made parts were found in a navigation system in drones that had previously used a Swiss system.
Japan Times
Jan 6, 2023
'Feels like summer': Warm winter breaks temperature records in Europe
The unusually mild temperatures have offered some short-term relief for gas shortages, but activists are calling for faster action against climate change.
Japan Times
Mar 25, 2022
A month into war, communicator-in-chief Zelenskyy strives to keep eyes on Ukraine
While keeping the world engaged could get harder over time, for now the Ukrainian leader's ability to communicate is making a difference.
Japan Times
May 26, 2021
Death threats and arrests: Belarus opposition media struggles at home and abroad
The Belarusian Association of Journalists says 477 journalists were detained in 2020.
Japan Times
May 31, 2018
Kremlin critic Arkady Babchenko turns up alive after reported murder
A dissident Russian journalist who was reported murdered in Kiev dramatically reappeared alive on Wednesday in the middle of a televised briefing about his own killing by the Ukrainian state security service.


Traditional folk rituals like Mizudome-no-mai (dance to stop the rain) provide a sense of agency to a population that feels largely powerless in the face of the climate crisis.
As climate extremes intensify, Japan embraces ancient weather rituals