Japanese PM shakes up cabinet as anger grows over Unification Church ties

Voters’ support plummets over party’s ties to church Upheaval comes sooner than analysts expected The Church defends its right to participate in politics Kishida has only chosen ministers who will ‘review’ ties with the group TOKYO, Aug 10 (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida shuffled his cabinet on Wednesday as he battled growing public … Read more

UN chief calls for international access to Ukrainian nuclear power plant after new attack

Kyiv and Moscow blame the Zaporizhzhia plant UN’s Guterres: Any attack on nuclear power plant is ‘suicidal’ Two Ukrainian grain ships leave ports, 12 since last week Aug 8 (Reuters) – UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres demanded on Monday that international inspectors be given access to the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant after Ukraine and Russia swapped … Read more

Chinese and Taiwanese warships stare at each other as exercises are due to end

Chinese and Taiwanese ships turn on the high seas “cat and mouse” Four days of Chinese exercises must end at noon China warns US not to create bigger crisis TAIPEI, Aug 7 (Reuters) – Chinese and Taiwanese warships played “cat and mouse” on the high seas on Sunday, hours before the scheduled end of four … Read more

Hiroshima prays for peace, fears new arms race on anniversary of atomic bombing

TOKYO, Aug 6 (Reuters) – Bells rang in Hiroshima on Saturday as the city marked the 77th anniversary of the world’s first atomic bombing. Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, and soon after Russian President Vladimir Putin indirectly raised the possibility of a nuclear strike. The conflict has also heightened concerns about the safety of … Read more

US calls China’s military action on Taiwan unjustified, Beijing sanctions Pelosi

Taiwan downplays concerns China holds unprecedented military drills around Taiwan Follows US House Speaker Pelosi’s visit to Taipei China says it will sanction Pelosi for his ‘violent’ actions Japan’s Pelosi joins PM Kishida in condemning China TAIPEI, Aug 5 (Reuters) – China’s missile fire during military exercises around Taiwan constitutes an unwarranted escalation, U.S. Secretary … Read more

Pelosi praises Taiwan, says Asia trip shouldn’t change status quo

TOKYO, Aug 5 (Reuters) – Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi praised Taiwan on Friday, pledged U.S. solidarity and said her trip through Asia, which led to unprecedented military exercises by an angry China, was never intended to change the regional status quo. Pelosi and a congressional delegation were in Japan on … Read more

Chinese warplanes buzz line dividing Taiwan Strait ahead of Pelosi’s planned visit – source

TAIPEI, Aug 2 (Reuters) – U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi was due to arrive in Taipei later on Tuesday, sources briefed on the matter said, as several Chinese fighter jets flew near the median line dividing the Taiwan Strait, a source said. Reuters. China has repeatedly warned against Pelosi’s departure to Taiwan, which … Read more

On Navy Day, Putin Says US Is Russia’s Main Threat

SAINT-PETERSBURG, Russia, July 31 (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin on Sunday signed a new naval doctrine that makes the United States Russia’s main rival and defines Russia’s global maritime ambitions in crucial areas such as the Arctic and the Black Sea. Speaking at Russian Navy Day in the former imperial capital of Saint Petersburg founded … Read more