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Japan Government Demands TV Execs Discuss Problem Programs

TOKYO—Japan’s ruling party summoned executives from two leading television networks Friday in a move opponents said endangered press freedom. The Liberal Democratic Party’s panel on...




  • Ko Wen-je delivers a speech following his victory in the 2014 Taipei mayoral elections at his headquarters on Nov. 29, 2014 in Taipei, Taiwan. (Ashley Pon/Getty Images)

    Chinese Hackers Attack Computers in Taipei Mayor’s Office

    A computer in Taipei mayor Ko Wen-je’s office was the target of a cyberattack from China, according to a Taipei city government official. Lee Wei-bin,... Read more

  • Choi Yun-ah, sister of Danwon High School student Choi Yun-min, who died in the sinking of ferry Sewol, is interviewed by the Associated Press in Ansan, South Korea. Siblings, she says, often have no one else to turn to because they are afraid of putting more of a burden on their grieving parents. “Siblings are victims too, but no one in the world knows about it.” The Sewol ferry sank on April 16, 2014, killing 304 people including 250 Danwon High School students on a school trip. (AP/Ahn Young-joon)

    Survivors of South Korean Ferry Tragedy Struggle With Guilt

    ANSAN, South Korea—”Field Trip” is still written in big letters on a calendar hanging on Yang Jeong-won’s old classroom wall. The letters cover four days... Read more

  • Relatives of victims of the Sewol ferry disaster weep as they stand on the deck of a boat during a visit to the site of the sunken ferry off the coast of South Korea's southern island of Jindo, Wednesday, April 15, 2015. A solemn crowd of relatives of some of the 304 people _ mostly school kids _ who died in a ferry sinking gathered at a small South Korean port Wednesday, a day before the first anniversary of one of the country’s deadliest sea disasters. (Ed Jones/via AP)

    South Korea Ferry Victims Mourned One Year Later

    JINDO, South Korea—For those who lost loved ones in a ferry accident in South Korea, one year is not long enough to fill the void... Read more

  • In this Sunday, April 12, 2015 photo, Ismail Khan, long dominant figure in Afghanistan’s western province of Herat, speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Herat city, west of capital Kabul. Afghanistan could face a war with the Islamic State group if the government does not resolve internal differences and improve the security situation, one of the country’s most powerful warlords warned in an interview with the AP. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)

    Afghanistan Warlord Ismail Kahn Warns of Possible War With ISIS

    HERAT, Afghanistan—Afghanistan could face a war with the Islamic State group if the government does not resolve internal differences and improve the security situation, one... Read more

  • An injured passenger of an Asiana Airlines plane that skidded off a runway after landing at Hiroshima Airport is helped to get on an ambulance in Mihara, Hiroshima Prefecture, western Japan, Tuesday, April 14, 2015. (Shinpei Sakaguchi/Kyodo News via AP)

    Asiana Plane Skids Off Runway in Japan Injuring 20

    TOKYO—About 20 people were injured when an Asiana Airlines plane skidded off a runway Tuesday after landing in western Japan. Hiroshima airport reported that the... Read more

  • Children look on as residents attempt to save melon-headed whales beached on the shore of Hokota city, northeast of Tokyo on April 10, 2015. (TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP/Getty Images)

    150 Whales Just Beached Themselves in Japan, and Some Think It’s a Sign for Another Huge Earthquake

    More than 150 melon-headed whales beached themselves in Japan in the past week, which has ignited fears that another earthquake will hit the island nation... Read more

  • Afghan and U.S. soldiers gather at the site of a suicide attack that targeted a convoy of U.S. troops in Jalalabad, east of Kabul, Aghanistan, Friday, April, 10, 2015. An Afghan official says the bomb killed and wounded several civilians. The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack. (AP Photo)

    Taliban Extremists Attack and Kill 18 Afghanistan Soldiers, Behead Some

    KABUL, Afghanistan—Taliban fighters swarmed over Afghan army posts in the country’s northeast, killing at least 18 soldiers and beheading some in a major attack to... Read more

  • In this Friday, April 10, 2015 photo, Former defense minister Tholath Ibrahim arrives at the Criminal Court in Male, Maldives. The court sentenced Ibrahim to 10 years in prison on charges of detaining a senior judge, the same case in which former president Mohamed Nasheed has also been jailed in a trial widely criticized as politically motivated. (AP Photo/Mohamed Sharuhaan)

    Maldives Jails Former Defense Minister for 10 Years

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka— A court in the Maldives has sentenced a former defense minister to 10 years in prison on charges of detaining a senior... Read more

  • Thai police forensic officers investigate near an entrance to the Siam Paragon shopping mall in Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, Feb. 2, 2015. Police in Thailand on Monday were investigating a pair of bombings outside the luxury shopping mall in the heart of Bangkok, the first such violence reported in the capital since last year's army coup. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

    Thai Junta Links Samui Island Bombing to Political Opponents

    BANGKOK— A car bomb explosion that injured seven people on the popular resort island of Samui in southern Thailand may be linked to the country’s... Read more

  • U.S. military vehicles stage at the site of a suicide attack that targeted a convoy of American troops in Jalalabad, east of Kabul, Aghanistan, Friday, April 10, 2015. An Afghan official says the bomb killed and wounded several civilians. The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack. (AP)

    Bombings, Including Attack on US Troops, Kill 13 Afghans

    KABUL, Afghanistan—A suicide car bomber targeting a convoy of U.S. troops in eastern Afghanistan killed three Afghan civilians and wounded four on Friday, while in... Read more

  • Pakistan Frees on Bail Alleged Mastermind of Mumbai Attacks

    ISLAMABAD—The suspected mastermind of the deadly Mumbai attacks in 2008 was released on bail Friday by a Pakistani court — a move likely to further... Read more

  • President Barack Obama speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington about the breakthrough in the Iranian nuclear talks. (AP/Susan Walsh)

    White House: Iran Deal Requires Phased Sanctions Removal

    PANAMA CITY—The White House pushed back Friday against declarations from Iran’s leaders that any nuclear deal must include an immediate lifting of sanctions, indicating President... Read more

  • About 150 Dolphins Stranded on Beach in Japan

    TOKYO— About 150 dolphins beached themselves and became stranded on Japan’s northeastern coast, and people were working Friday to save them. The dolphins were lying... Read more

  • A South Korean activist (C) wearing a mask of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un holds a mock missile during a rally denouncing North Korea's rocket launch and the three-generational dictatorship, in Seoul on April 15, 2012. (JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images)

    US Views North Korea Nuclear Missile as ‘Operational’

    North Korea might be capable of making a nuclear weapon small enough to put on its intercontinental ballistic missile, a top U.S. airspace defense official... Read more

  • An Indonesian official put on wrist bands on recently rescued Burmese fishermen for identification purpose upon their arrival in Tual, Indonesia. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

    Number of Slaves Found on Indonesian Island at Almost 550

    JAKARTA, Indonesia—The number of enslaved fisherman found on a remote Indonesian island has now reached nearly 550, after a fact-finding team returned for a single... Read more

  • A life-size Godzilla head appears on a balcony of the eighth floor of Hotel Gracery Shinjuku at Kabukicho shopping district in Tokyo on April 9, 2015. The Godzilla is a main feature of the new commercial complex comprising a 970-room hotel, movie theaters and restaurants which will be open this month. (Toru Yamanaka/AFP/Getty Images)

    Godzilla Saves Tokyo? Radioactive Monster Named Resident and Tourism Ambassador

    TOKYO—Godzilla has stomped so many buildings in Japan that the irradiated monster was appointed special resident and tourism ambassador for Tokyo’s Shinjuku ward. A Godzilla-size... Read more


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