Central and Eastern Asia


    • 29 killed in attack on Iranian military parade

      29 killed in attack on Iranian military parade

      Gunmen disguised as soldiers attacked an annual Iranian military parade Saturday in the country's oil-rich southwest, shooting dead at least 29 people, including women, children and journalists, in the bloodiest assault to strike the country in recent years. According recent media reports Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the shooting rampage in Ahvaz dubbed a "terrorist" attack by the authorities, in which at least 57 people were also wounded.

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    • North, South Korea vow to end war

      North, South Korea vow to end war

      South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un declared they had made a major step toward peace on the Korean Peninsula during their third summit, signing a comprehensive set of agreements. The two leaders stood side by side after their second day of talks in Pyongyang as they announced the concrete moves they have made to bring peace to the Korean Peninsula once and for all - something they first committed to at their April summit.

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    • Inter-Korean summit starts today

      Inter-Korean summit starts today

      North Korean leader Kim Jong Un greeted South Korean President Moon Jae-in on his arrival in Pyongyang Tuesday for their third summit this year, as the two countries look to establish peace on the Korean Peninsula. The two leaders smiled and hugged at the foot of Moon's plane at Sunan International Airport, amid crowds of cheering North Koreans waving flowers and national flags, including those symbolizing a unified Korean Peninsula. The highly choreographed arrival was the first time Kim had greeted visitors at the airport since the young North Korean leader took power in 2011.

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    • Chinese building projects narrowing economic gaps, report say

      Chinese building projects narrowing economic gaps, report say

      Chinese-financed railways and other projects in Africa and Asia are helping to reduce economic inequality between regions in the countries where they are built, a group of multinational researchers said Tuesday. China’s Belt and Road initiative has prompted complaints about debt and unease about Beijing’s ambitions among governments from the United States to Russia to India. But a study led by AidData at the College of William & Mary in Virginia strikes a positive note.

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    • North Korean leader asks Trump for another meeting

      North Korean leader asks Trump for another meeting

      North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has sent a "very warm, very positive letter" to the US President Donald Trump requesting a follow-up meeting with him after the summit in Singapore earlier this year, the White House announced on Monday. "The primary purpose of the letter was to request and look to schedule another meeting with the president," White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters.

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    • Japan would boost missile defence in record military budget

      Japan would boost missile defence in record military budget

      Japan’s military wants record spending next year to help pay for major upgrades to defenses designed to shoot down North Korean ballistic missiles that Tokyo sees as a continued threat despite Pyongyang’s promise to abandon nuclear weapons. The Ministry of Defence budget proposal released on Friday calls for defense spending to rise 2.1% to 5.3 trillion yen ($48 billion) for the year starting 1 April.

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    • Iran opens lawsuit against US sanctions in ICJ

      Iran opens lawsuit against US sanctions in ICJ

      Iranian lawyers will ask the International Court of Justice on Monday to order the United States to immediately lift the latest sanctions ordered by the Trump administration against Tehran. According to the case filed with the ICJ, also known as the World Court, the renewed sanctions imposed by the United States are causing harm on Iran's already weak economy, as well as violate terms of a little-known 1955 Treaty of Amity and Economic Relations between the two countries and inflict "irreparable prejudice".

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