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US calls North Korean claim of war declaration 'absurd'
The White House has dismissed as "absurd" an accusation by North Korea that US President Donald Trump had declared war on the Asian nation, with Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho claiming on Monday that Pyongyang could now shoot down US aircraft.
 
Japan to hold snap elections as North Korea crisis boosts Abe support
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Monday he would dissolve the lower house of parliament, paving the way for fresh elections at a time when tensions with North Korea have boosted the leader's polling support.
 
Australian support for same-sex marriage is falling, poll finds
Support for same-sex marriage in Australia is weakening as voters are being asked in a national postal survey whether to change the law to allow gay couples to legally wed.
 
US sends bombers along North Korean coast in 'clear message'
US Air Force bombers and fighter jets flew over international waters Saturday off the east coast of North Korea in a "demonstration of US resolve" in the face of Pyongyang's provocations, the Pentagon said.
 
Duterte administration unfazed by protests
While it welcomed Thursday's protests against the drug war and human rights violations under the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte, the Presidential Palace was confident that majority of Filipinos still supported the Philippine leader.
 
The rise of 'New Zealand's Justin Trudeau'
New Zealand's Labour Party leader Jacinda Ardern is looking back at a mind-boggling past seven weeks.
 
North Korea hits back at Trump, threatens H-bomb test in Pacific
Kim Jong Un describes Donald Trump as "deranged" and Pyongyang's foreign minister says North Korea may test a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific as the recalcitrant nation hits back at the US president after the latest attempt to curb its nuclear programme.
 
Rohingya in India are illegal immigrants, not refugees, minister says
Rohingya Muslims who entered India from Myanmar are not refugees but illegal immigrants and human rights should not be mistakenly used to avoid this reality, India's home minister says.
 
Seoul denies report of agreement with US on nuclear submarines
Unlike South Korea's conventional diesel-powered submarines, which have to emerge out of the water for oxygen every three to four days, nuclear-powered submarines can engage in underwater missions for up to a year, unless they surface for their sailors or supplies.
 
ISIS, Al-Qaeda drawn to crisis in Rakhine state
Counter-terrorism experts say the crisis has attracted the attention of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria as well as Muslim militants and hardliners in Indonesia and Malaysia.
 
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