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Flags of the Solomon Islands and China near the Tiananmen Gate in Beijing in last July
Feb 26, 2024
China’s expansive diplomatic network still outstrips that of U.S.
Beijing had a larger footprint last year than Washington in key areas of geopolitical interest including the Pacific, East Asia and Central Asia.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy speaks during an event in Kyiv on Sunday.
WORLD / Politics
Feb 26, 2024
Zelenskyy says 31,000 troops killed as Ukraine seeks U.S. aid decision within month
The Ukrainian president said that 2024 will determine how the war will end, and called U.S. elections in November a potential tipping point.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida takes part in an online meeting of Group of Seven leaders at the Prime Minister's Office in Tokyo late Saturday, the second anniversary of Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
JAPAN / Politics
Feb 25, 2024
On Ukraine war anniversary, Kishida stresses need for unity as setbacks mount
The PM told G7 leaders that more "concrete actions" to support Kyiv are needed, vowing more Russian sanctions and condemning North Korean missile exports.
A screen grab shows Anton Kuznetsov, a fighter in the BARS 9 volunteer force of the Russian military, in an apartment in Balakliia, Ukraine, in September 2022
WORLD / Politics / FOCUS
Feb 25, 2024
How Russia's military uses volunteer fighters to plug gaps in Ukraine
Approach provides Moscow with an additional avenue from which to mobilize parts of the population, get them trained and provide additional mass.
A woman visits a makeshift memorial for late Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny in Moscow on Friday.
Feb 25, 2024
Navalny's 'tortured' body handed over to his mother
Family and supporters of Navalny have accused Vladimir Putin of having him killed, an accusation the Kremlin rejects.
A woman and children place flags for friends who are in the Ukrainian military at Independence Square in Kyiv on Saturday.
WORLD / Politics
Feb 25, 2024
Ukraine marks second anniversary of Russian invasion, determined despite setbacks
Western leaders gathered in Kyiv to pledge support for Ukraine amid U.S. reluctance, while its troops suffer growing losses on the battlefield.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg welcomes French President Emmanuel Macron at the NATO summit in Vilnius, Lithuania, in July 2023.
Feb 24, 2024
Europe’s east is losing faith in its west over arming Ukraine
The mood in diplomatic circles is that, should Russia ultimately win its war in Ukraine, Western Europe will not be forgiven.
U.S. House Speaker Mike Johnson walks out of a vote on Capitol Hill in Washington, on Feb. 15.
WORLD / Politics / FOCUS
Feb 24, 2024
U.S. House speaker must now confront his own party’s sabotage
Multiple senior House Republicans, granted anonymity to speak frankly, now portray Mike Johnson as an insecure leader who faces a steep learning curve.
For all of U.S. President Joe Biden’s talk about the sanctions, his team is still unwilling to go after revenue streams that experts argue would really cripple Russia’s economy, for fear of setting off broad shocks that could rebound on the U.S. economy.
WORLD / Politics / FOCUS
Feb 24, 2024
U.S. sidesteps riskiest sanctions in latest move against Russia
The U.S. is concerned that the toughest measures left in Washington's arsenal risk roiling the global economy.
A symbolic illumination called "Ray of Memory" is seen over the graves of Ukrainian soldiers who died in the war with Russia, at Lychakiv Cemetery in Lviv, Ukraine, on Friday.
WORLD / Politics
Feb 24, 2024
Ukraine on the defensive as Russia war enters third year
On Friday, more than 50 countries, including Japan and the United States, issued a joint statement blasting Russia for the invasion.
The mother of late Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, Lyudmila Navalnaya, delivers a video address in Salekhard, in the Russia's Yamal-Nenets region, in this image taken from video released Thursday.
WORLD / Politics
Feb 24, 2024
Russia threatening to bury Navalny on prison grounds, team says
Several leading Russian cultural figures and activists have called on authorities to release the opposition leader's body to his mother.
U.S. President Joe Biden speaks to the media about sanctions against Russia, following his meeting with late Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s widow and daughter in San Francisco on Thursday.
WORLD / Politics
Feb 24, 2024
U.S. targets Russia with hundreds of sanctions over Ukraine war and Navalny death
The measures targeted Russia's Mir payment system, financial institutions and its military industrial base, as well as other areas.
Ukrainian evacuees arrive at Tokyo's Haneda Airport in April 2022.
JAPAN / Society
Feb 24, 2024
90% of Ukrainian evacuees in Japan unwilling to return home
According to the survey of 153 Ukrainian evacuees last month, only 16, or 10.5%, said they would return home immediately if a cease-fire is reached.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida meets with Ukraine's prime minister, Denys Shmyhal, during the Japan-Ukraine Conference for Promotion of Economic Growth and Reconstruction in Tokyo on Monday.
Feb 23, 2024
Where others dither, Japan delivers on aid to Ukraine
Japan is doing all it can to prove to the Kremlin that it will ultimately be Ukraine, not Russia, that will prosper when the war is over.
Demonstrators protest the death of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny in front of the Russian Embassy in Berlin on Feb. 16.
Feb 23, 2024
Vladimir Putin must be shown the limits of his power
Navalny’s death deprives Russia of its most thoughtful and powerful opposition to President Vladimir Putin and his criminal clique.
A member of the Ukrainian State Emergency Service attends a transfer ceremony of special vehicles from Japan to Ukraine in Kyiv on Nov. 20, 2023.
Feb 23, 2024
An ominous portent emerges for Japan as Ukraine war enters third year
There are growing indications that the once-durable coalition of partners backing Kyiv’s war effort is crumbling — an ominous sign for Japan.
Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa (far left) hold talks with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken (center right) and South Korean Foreign Minister Cho Tae-yul in Rio De Janeiro on Thursday.
Feb 23, 2024
Japan, U.S. and South Korea agree on closer cooperation over North Korea
The countries' top diplomats also discussed efforts to maintain peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait and the ongoing Israel-Hamas war.
Members of the 31st Separate Mechanized Brigade fire at a Russian target in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine on Tuesday. Since Russia's invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, the United States and China and their allies are pulling apart, World Trade Organization economists say.
Feb 23, 2024
Global trade rift widening as Ukraine war passes two-year mark
There are clear signs that the global economy is fragmenting into two separate blocs, World Trade Organization economists say.
U.S. President Joe Biden embraces Yulia Navalnaya, the wife of Alexei Navalny, in San Francisco, on Thursday.
WORLD / Politics
Feb 23, 2024
Biden holds poignant meeting with Navalny's widow and daughter
The White House also announced fresh sanctions against Russia over the Kremlin opposition leader's death.
Yurii, 53, and Tetiana, 51, attend a rally of families of Ukrainian prisoners of war  in Kryvyi Rih, Dnipropetrovsk region, Ukraine, on Jan. 21.
Feb 22, 2024
How life in Ukraine has been shattered by two years of war
Even in remote villages, signs are everywhere of the two-year-old war that has irrevocably changed the face of Ukraine.


Hideo Shimoju points to a possible site that his fellow neighbors may relocate to. Such relocations have happened before, but not preemptively.
In disaster-prone Japan, some communities consider major moves