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Japan says disputed islands 'illegally occupied by Russia'

TOKYO (AP) — Japan describes four islands whose ownership it disputes with Moscow as “illegally occupied by Russia” in the latest version of a diplomatic report released Friday, using stronger languag...

Japan's top envoy to bring back 20 Ukrainians from Poland

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi, who has been visiting Poland to assess how Japan can help displaced Ukrainians, said Monday he will bring 20 back to Japan with him, as Tokyo ...

Many in Mideast see hypocrisy in Western embrace of Ukraine

JERUSALEM (AP) — Within days of the Russian invasion, Western countries invoked international law, imposed crippling sanctions, began welcoming refugees with open arms and cheered on Ukraine's armed r...

Russian oil sale to India complicates Biden's efforts

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s campaign to unite the globe against the Russian invasion of Ukraine is being challenged not only by adversaries such as China but also by the world’s most popul...

India unsure of Russian arms to meet China, Pakistan threats

NEW DELHI (AP) — India is exploring ways to avoid a major disruption in its supply of Russian-made weaponry amid U.S. sanctions following Moscow's invasion of Ukraine, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi...

Movie 'Unchartered' banned in Vietnam for showing China's ‘infamous nine-dash line'

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Hollywood blockbuster "Uncharted" has been banned from screens across Vietnam due to "illegal images" that depict China’s "nine-dash lin...

Ferdinand Marcos Jr. talks up naval presence to defend territorial waters from Chinese intrusion

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has said the Philippines must build up its military presence in the South China Sea to defend its territorial waters against encroachment from China. ...

Islamic State hits back, aided by power vacuum in Iraq and Syria

Yousif Ibrahim no longer travels by night along the roads around his hometown of Jalawla in northeastern Iraq. He fears getting caught up in attacks by Islamic State. "The police and army don&...

Amnesty joins rights groups in accusing Israel of apartheid

JERUSALEM (AP) — Amnesty International said Tuesday that Israel has maintained “a system of oppression and domination” over the Palestinians going all the way back to its establishment in 1948, one th...

Australia, Japan sign defense pact as China concerns loom

SYDNEY (AP) — The leaders of Japan and Australia signed a “landmark” defense agreement Thursday that allows closer cooperation between their militaries and stands as a rebuke to China's growing assert...

Guatemalans protest killing of 12 people

SANTA CATARINA IXTAHUACAN, Guatemala (AP) — Hundreds of demonstrators laid coffins on a platform to block a highway in Guatemala Monday to protest the weekend killings of a dozen people. ...

12 killed in Guatemalan village plagued by land disputes

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — A dozen people were slain Saturday in a Guatemalan village that has been involved in a years-long territorial dispute with a nearby town, police said. The Natio...

A fragile partnership in Iraq tries to prevent IS revival

LHEIBAN, Iraq (AP) — As a backhoe dug up the ground to build trenches, Iraqi soldiers scanned the vast farming tracts for militants; not far away, their Kurdish counterparts did the same. ...

Japanese foreign minister reveals invitation from Chinese counterpart

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (王毅) invited his Japanese counterpart, Yoshimasa Hayashi, to come to China for an official visit during a phone call on Thursday (Nov. 18)...

Japan diplomat pulls out of U.S. news conference over islet dispute with S.Korea

Japan's vice foreign minister pulled out of a planned news conference with his South Korean and U.S. counterparts in Washington on Wednesday over a territorial dispute between the two U.S. allies,...