Asia & Pacific

Japan’s Leader Vows to Accelerate Economic Measures, TPP

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivers his policy speech during a Diet session at the lower house of Parliament in Tokyo, Monday, Sept. 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivers his policy speech during a Diet session at the lower house of Parliament in Tokyo, Monday, Sept. 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

TOKYO—Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged Monday to accelerate his mix of policies to prop up Japan’s economic recovery and speed up parliamentary approval of...

  • South Korea's Minister of National Defence Minkoo Han delivers his speech during a plenary session at the 15th International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore on June 4, 2016. Han said South Korea will assassinate Kim Jong Un if a nuclear threat arise on Sept. 21. (ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

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  • Police cordon off a crime scene during an alleged shootout which killed 2 drug suspects in Manila, Philippines, on Aug. 10, 2016. (Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images)

    Philippine President Seeks Extension of Bloody War on Drugs

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  • Released Norwegian hostage Kjartan Sekkingstad carries a backpack as he boards a plane to take him to Davao city for an audience with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Jolo island, Sulu Province, in southern Philippines, on Sept. 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Nickee Butlangan)

    Norwegian Says His Philippine Kidnapping Was ‘Devastating’

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  • Refugees who fled the recent violence in South Sudan and crossed the border into Uganda arrive and await transportation from a transit center in the town of Koboko, Uganda, on Jan. 6 2014. (AP Photo/Rebecca Vassie)

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  • A Pakistani child who was injured in a suicide bombing is treated at a local hospital in Khar, Pakistan, on Sept. 16, 2016. (AP Photo/Anwarullah Khan)

    Bombing in Northwest Pakistan Mosque Kills 36

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  • Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, left, shakes hands with Philippine's President Rodrigo Duterte, right, as Laos' Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith, watches during the 19th ASEAN-China summit, in Vientiane, Laos, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)

    Philippine President Scrambles Diplomatic Relations With Long-Term Allies

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  • Police investigators examine the Gili Cat 2 boat following an explosion while it was enroute to nearby island of Lombok, at Padangbai Port in Karangasem, Bali, Indonesia, Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016.  Police on the Indonesian tourist island of Bali said Thursday a German woman was killed and about 20 other people injured in an explosion on a speed boat ferrying them to neighboring Lombok. (AP Photo)

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  • Former Filipino militiaman Edgar Matobato answers questions as he testifies before the Philippine Senate in Pasay, south of Manila, Philippines on Thursday Sept. 15, 2016. Matobato said that Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, when he was still a city mayor, ordered him and other members of a squad to kill criminals and opponents in gangland-style assaults that left about 1,000 dead. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

    Witness Says Philippine President Ordered Killings

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  • US military personnel lower the US flag at a memorial ceremony in honour of the 15th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York and Washington DC, at the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) headquarters in Kabul on September 11, 2016.      (WAKIL KOHSAR/AFP/Getty Images)

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  • A South Korean protester holds a South Korean national flag before a rally denouncing North Korea's latest nuclear test, in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Sept. 12, 2016. North Korea is capable of detonating another nuclear device anytime at one of its unused tunnels at the country's main atomic test site, Seoul official said Monday, three days after the country carried out its fifth bomb explosion. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

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  • U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks to reporters at the U.N. headquarters on Sept. 9, 2016. (Rick Bajornas/United Nations via AP)

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  • People watch a television news report, showing file footage of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, at a railway station in Seoul on Sept. 9, 2016. (Jung Yeon-je/AFP/Getty Images)

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  • Firefighters on a ladder spray water to put out the fire at a packaging factory in Tongi industrial area outside Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Sept. 10, 2016. A boiler exploded and triggered a fire at a packaging factory near Bangladesh's capital. (AP Photo/A. M. Ahad)

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  • A South Korean marine watches a TV screen reporting about North Korea's possible nuclear test at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Sep. 9, 2016. South Korea's Yonhap news agency said Seoul believes North Korea conducted its fifth nuclear test explosion on Friday. The letters on the screen read: "Explosion suspect." (Kim Ju-sung/Yonhap via AP)

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  • ASEAN leaders and U.S. President Barack Obama gather in Vientiane for the 28th and 29th ASEAN Summits held between September 6 to 8. (YE AUNG THU/AFP/Getty Images)

    US and Japan Back Up Allies at ASEAN Summit

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  • Ethan Gutmann at the Queensland Multicultural Centre, in Brisbane on Aug. 11, 2016. (NTD Television)

    Hard Hitting Organ Harvesting Documentary Concludes Australian Tour

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