Taipei (AFP) - Taiwan's top court ruled in favour of gay marriage Wednesday, a landmark decision that paves the way for the island to become the first place in Asia to legalise same-sex unions. Crowds of supporters cheered, hugged and...
Manila (AFP) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte warned Wednesday that martial law would be "harsh" and like a dictatorship, after imposing military rule in the south of the country to combat Islamist militants. Duterte declared martial law in the southern...
Manila (AFP) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law Tuesday in the southern region of Mindanao, after deadly clashes between security forces and Islamic State group-linked militants in a major city there. The announcement, made by his spokesman at...
Seoul (AFP) - South Korea's ousted president Park Geun-Hye was due in court Tuesday to face trial over the massive corruption scandal that led to her stunning downfall. The fallen head of state will be taken from the detention centre...
United Nations (United States) (AFP) - The UN Security Council on Monday vowed to push all countries to tighten sanctions against North Korea as it prepared for a closed-door meeting called in response to the latest missile launch. In a...
Seoul (AFP) - North Korea on Monday declared its medium-range Pukguksong-2 missile ready for deployment after a weekend test, the latest step in its quest to defy UN sanctions and develop an intercontinental rocket capable of striking US targets. The...
Taipei (AFP) - A court ruling in Taiwan this week could make the island the first place in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage, in a decision that would give activists around the region new hope in their quest for...
Seoul (AFP) - North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile on Sunday, the latest in a series of launches which have sparked international condemnation and threats of tougher UN sanctions. The US, South Korea and Japan sharply denounced the launch and...
Tehran (AFP) - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani appeared to have secured a convincing election victory with voters backing his efforts to rebuild foreign ties, as initial results were announced on Saturday.  With almost all votes counted, Rouhani looked to have...
London (AFP) - Military tensions on the Korean peninsula should not prevent the nuclear-armed North sending a team to the 2018 Winter Olympics in the South, according to the head of the Games organising committee Lee Hee-Beom. The former diplomat...
Tehran (AFP) - Iran criticised new US sanctions on its missile programme on Thursday, saying they would undermine the nuclear deal with world powers.  "Iran condemns the US administration's ill will in its effort to reduce the positive results of the...
Shanghai (AFP) - Chinese authorities have said 66 of the country's universities were affected by the global ransomware attack, but have rejected reports of widespread damage in higher-education computer systems as "malicious" hype. The China Education and Research Network, which...
Manila (AFP) - The Philippines and China will open bilateral talks on their dispute over the South China Sea next week, Manila's ambassador to Beijing said on Saturday. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has sought to deepen relations with China despite...
Jaipur (India) (AFP) - A wall crashed down on an Indian wedding party during a storm killing at least 24 people including four children and injuring many more, police said Thursday. The concrete wall fell on guests who had taken...
Seoul (AFP) - South Korea's new president was sworn in on Wednesday, just a day after a landslide election victory, and immediately declared his willingness to visit Pyongyang amid high tensions with the nuclear-armed North. Left-leaning Moon Jae-In, a former...
Seoul (AFP) - The projected winner of South Korea's presidential election is a former special forces soldier, pro-democracy activist and human rights lawyer. An exit poll forecast a landslide victory for left-leaning Moon Jae-In of the Democratic Party, giving him...
Seoul (AFP) - Left-leaning former human rights lawyer Moon Jae-In won South Korea's presidential election by a landslide Tuesday, according to an exit poll, sealing the momentum for change after a tumultuous scandal. The ballot was called to choose a...
Jakarta (AFP) - Jakarta's Christian governor was jailed for two years Tuesday after being found guilty of committing blasphemy, capping a saga seen as a test of religious tolerance in the world's most populous Muslim-majority nation. Islamic hardliners outside the...
Seoul (AFP) - South Koreans went to the polls Tuesday to choose a new president after Park Geun-Hye was ousted and indicted for corruption, and against a backdrop of high tensions with the nuclear-armed North. Voters have been galvanised by...
Seoul (AFP) - A foreign-funded university in North Korea confirmed Monday the arrest of a US citizen -- the second person linked to the school held in two weeks amid tensions on the peninsula. The detention of Kim Hak-Song means...
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