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Call for sanctions against N. Korea over abuses

Michael Kirby, chairperson of the commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.  AP PHOTO/ANJA NIEDRINGHAUS

The United Nations Security Council should slap targeted sanctions on North Korean officials responsible for grave human rights abuses, the head of a special UN inquiry said Thursday.

Posted: April 18th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Another jet-search unknown: How much it’s costing

A Chinese Ilyushin IL-76s aircraft taxies past another parked on the tarmac at Perth International Airport after returning from search operations for wreckage and debris of the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, in Perth, Australia, Monday, April 7, 2014. It’s not a question most governments involved in the hunt for Flight 370 care to answer: How much has the far-flung, month-long search cost? Several Chinese ships and planes have been involved in the search, but China’s foreign ministry did not respond to questions about the expense of the effort. (AP Photo)

It’s not a question most governments involved in the hunt for the Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 care to answer: How much has the far-flung, month-long search cost?

Posted: April 7th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

US sending 2 warships to Japan to counter North Korea

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera participate in a joint news conference at the Japanese Ministry of Defense headquarters Sunday April 6, 2014 in Tokyo, Japan. Secretary Hagel announced that the U.S. is planning to forward-deploy two additional AEGIS ballistic missile defense ships to Japan by 2017. AP

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel delivered a two-pronged warning to Asia Pacific nations Sunday, announcing that the U.S. will send two additional ballistic missile destroyers to Japan to counter the North Korean threat, and saying China must better respect its neighbors.

Posted: April 7th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

S. Korea tests missile bringing entire North in range

A South Korean marine LVT-7 landing craft sail to shores through a smoke screen during the U.S.-South Korea joint landing exercises called Ssangyong, part of the Foal Eagle military exercises, in Pohang, South Korea, Monday, March 31, 2014. South Korea said North Korea has announced plans to conduct live-fire drills near the rivals' disputed western sea boundary. The planned drills Monday come after an increase in threatening rhetoric from Pyongyang and a series of rocket and ballistic missile launches in an apparent protest against the annual military exercises by Seoul and Washington. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

South Korea said Friday it had successfully test-fired a new ballistic missile capable of carrying a one-ton payload to any part of North Korea.

Posted: April 4th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

North Korea fires 25 rockets into sea

This file photo taken on April 15, 2012 shows SA-3 ground-to-air missiles being displayed during a military parade in honor of the 100th birthday of the late North Korean leader Kim Il-Sung in Pyongyang.  North Korea test-fired ten short-range missiles into the sea, a South Korean news agency reported on March 16, 2014, the latest in a series of launches that have provoked criticism from Seoul and Washington.       AFP

North Korea test-fired 25 rockets into the sea on Sunday, South Korea’s defense ministry said, the latest in a series of launches that have provoked criticism from Seoul and Washington.

Posted: March 17th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Issues raised over US troops’ return to PH

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File photo by Jay Morales / Malacañang Photo Bureau).

Even before a final deal is concluded on a new agreement that will allow increased US military access to the country, the issues of constitutionality, Senate concurrence and Philippine control over areas of American presence have begun to be articulated inside and outside Congress.

Posted: March 16th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Japan scrambles jets against Chinese plane

In this  Sept. 2, 2012 file photo, the survey ship Koyo Maru, left, chartered by Tokyo city officials, sails around Minamikojima, foreground, Kitakojima, middle right, and Uotsuri, background, the tiny islands in the East China Sea, called Senkaku in Japanese and Diaoyu in Chinese. Japan’s Cabinet formally announced Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012 that the government will purchase several disputed islands that China also claims - a plan that Beijing said would be met with “serious consequences.” AP Photo/Kyodo News, File

Japan scrambled military jets Sunday to counter three Chinese military planes that flew near Japanese airspace, defense officials said.

Posted: March 9th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

World scrambles as Russia tightens grip on Crimea

Ukrainian soldiers, left and unidentified gunmen, right, guard the gate of an infantry base in Privolnoye, Ukraine, Sunday, March 2, 2014. Hundreds of unidentified gunmen arrived outside Ukraine's infantry base in Privolnoye in its Crimea region. The convoy includes at least 13 troop vehicles each containing 30 soldiers and four armored vehicles with mounted machine guns. The vehicles — which have Russian license plates — have surrounded the base and are blocking Ukrainian soldiers from entering or leaving it. AP

Warning that it was “on the brink of disaster,” Ukraine put its military on high alert Sunday and appealed for international help to avoid what it feared was the possibility of a wider invasion by Russia.

Posted: March 3rd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

North Korea test fires short-range missiles – Yonhap

Army soldiers pass by a barbed-wire fence during a military exercise in Paju near the border with North Korea,  South Korea, Friday, Feb. 28, 2014. AP

North Korea test fired two short-range missiles on Monday, the South’s Yonhap news agency reported, the second in series of launches that Seoul has denounced as a calculated provocation.

Posted: March 3rd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Panel: Japan should lift ban on collective defense

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. AP FILE PHOTO

A government panel will urge Japan to allow its military to help allies that come under attack, in a major reversal of the country’s ban on collective defense under its pacifist constitution.

Posted: February 4th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

US welcomes deal on relocating air base in Japan

US Defense secretary Chuck Hagel. AP FILE PHOTO

Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel on Friday praised a decision by Japanese officials to allow the relocation of a US air base in Okinawa, calling it a “milestone” for relations with Tokyo.

Posted: December 28th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Kim urges N. Korea military to bolster combat readiness

Kim Jong-Un. AP FILE PHOTO

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has urged the country’s military to bolster its combat readiness, saying a war could break out “without any prior notice”, state media reported Wednesday.

Posted: December 25th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

China was ‘irresponsible’ in stand-off at sea – US

Chuck Hagel. AP FILE PHOTO

China acted in an “irresponsible” way in a stand-off with a US naval ship this month in the South China Sea, American Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Thursday.

Posted: December 20th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

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