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Ex-Japan navy official clarifies Tokyo's defense obligations in Taiwan Strait conflict

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — In the event of a Taiwan contingency, Japan would only be obligated to defend its territory, former Japanese navy Rear Admiral Yamamoto Katsuya said on Monday (Feb. 19). ...

Indonesia elections: What you need to know

Indonesia, the world's largest Muslim-majority nation, is holding elections on February 14, in which people will cast their ballots to elect not only a new president and vice president but also me...

Indonesia election: Candidates hold final campaign rallies

Indonesia's presidential candidates held their last election rallies on Saturday before the February 14 vote. There is now a cooling-off period ahead of the election on Wednesday which is the lar...

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen calls for solidarity in final Lunar New Year address

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — In her final Lunar New Year address on Thursday (Feb. 8) as president, Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) called on the people of Taiwan to stand together to protect the country. She i...

'Open warfare': Philippines' Marcos-Duterte alliance crumbles

MANILA, Feb 2 (Reuters) - The alliance between Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr and his predecessor Rodrigo Duterte disintegrated this week when they accused each other of using drugs - a rift...

Taiwan's KMT legislators must show who they vote for as legislative speaker

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Kuomintang (KMT) legislators will be required to show which candidate they have chosen to lead the Legislative Yuan when the law-making body meets for its first session on...

Hong Kong leader starts push for new security laws, says city 'can't afford to wait'

HONG KONG, Jan 30 (Reuters) - Hong Kong's leader confirmed on Tuesday his intention to tighten national security laws to build on sweeping legislation China imposed in 2020, saying the city "...

Sultan Ibrahim of Johor sworn in as Malaysia's 17th king

Billionaire Sultan Ibrahim Iskandar of the southern state of Johor was installed as Malaysia's 17th king on Wednesday. He replaces Al-Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, who will return to lead his...

French lawmakers vote to enshrine abortion in constitution

France's lower house of parliament, the National Assembly, on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a bill that would enshrine a woman's right to an abortion in the French Constitution. The measure...

South Korea's Yoon blocks new probe of 2022 Halloween crowd crush

SEOUL, Jan 30 (Reuters) - South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol blocked on Tuesday a bill to launch a new probe into a Halloween crowd crush that killed 159 people in Seoul's Itaewon district in 20...

India: Macron attends India's 75th Republic Day parade

French President Emmanuel Macron was chief guest at India's annual Republic Day celeberations on Friday in the capital New Delhi. Indian President Draupadi Murmu escorted Macron in a ceremonial h...

Third parties in Taiwan face rough road

TAICHUNG (Taiwan News) — The Taiwan People’s Party (TPP) under Chair Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) has managed to carve out a position as Taiwan’s only significant third party, which is fairly rem...

France's Macron visits India, eyes trade deals

French President Emmanuel Macron arrived in India on Thursday for a two day visit that includes a red carpet welcome ceremony, talks on potential trade and defense deals, and celebrations for India...

India envoy hails growing Taiwan-India relations

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — India-Taipei Association (ITA) Director-General Manharsinh Laxmanbhai Yadav praised deepening India-Taiwan relations during a celebration of India’s Republic Day on ...

How Germany fudges the math on NATO and Ukraine

German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius, the man tasked with modernizing the Bundeswehr, Germany's armed forces, has been in office for a year. He's the most popular minister in Chancellor Ola...