Central and Eastern Asia


    • India, Pakistan trade war

      India, Pakistan trade war

      India and Pakistan emerged at the bring of a full-fledged war as last Wednesday they both claimed they shot down each other's fighter jets, a day after Indian warplanes struck inside Pakistan territory for the first time since 1971 war, news wires reported. Both countries have ordered air strikes over the last two days, the first time in history, prompting world powers to urge restraint.

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    • Iran's foreign minister abruptly resigns

      Iran's foreign minister abruptly resigns

      Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has unexpectedly announced that he is stepping down. As a result, his sudden offer to step down has shocked Iran's political establishment and people, with many expressing worry the move could derail efforts to save a landmark nuclear pact, since Zarif played a prominent role in negotiating the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and major international powers.

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    • Israel builds new Gaza Strip border fence

      Israel builds new Gaza Strip border fence

      Israel announced it has started reinforcing its border fence with the Gaza Strip, erecting a galvanised steel barrier six-metre high that will run the length of territory. According to officials the "above-ground barrier" is aimed at preventing Palestinians, or as Israel calls them - 'terrorists',  from infiltrating the Jewish state's territory.

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    • Malaysia elects new king after shock abdication

      Malaysia elects new king after shock abdication

      Sultan Abdullah ibni Sultan Ahmad Shah, the ruler of the Malaysia state of Pahang, was named the country's new king Thursday following the unprecedented abdication of Sultan Muhammad V earlier this month. The 59-year-old Sultan Abdullah was elected to a five year term by the leaders of Malaysia's royal houses, known as the Conference of Rulers under a system of rotational monarchy that is unique to the country.

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    • Report unveils over 20 secret North Korean missile bases

      Report unveils over 20 secret North Korean missile bases

      With a second US - North Korea nuclear summit looming in late February, researchers have discovered a secret ballistic missile base in North Korea. But it is only one of as many as 20 undisclosed missile sites in the country, a new report from Beyond Parallel - a defense think tank, sponsored by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) reveals. News comes after an announcement Friday that President Donald Trump "looks forward" to meeting with Chairman Kim Jong Un next month "at a place to be announced at a later date" to continue talks on denuclearisation.

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    • Malaysia king abdicates in historic first

      Malaysia king abdicates in historic first

      The 49-year-old Sultan Muhammad V of Kelantan resigned as Malaysia's 15th king on Sunday, marking the first abdication in the nation's history and cutting short his five-year term. The royal palace decline to offer an explanation for why the king stepped down after serving only two years. It has also refused to comment on a widespread rumor that the ruler's departure was tied to his marriage to a former beauty queen in Russia during a recent medical leave.

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    • Japan population decline highest in history

      Japan population decline highest in history

      In 2018 Japan suffered its biggest natural population decline ever, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare reported last week. According to the figures presented, this year the "super-aged" nation also had a record-low birthrate, as the estimated number of babies born in 2018 dropped to 921,000 - the lowest since such statistics began in 1899. The number of newborns represents 25,000 less than a year earlier, and the figure remains under the 1 million mark for the third year running.

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