Japan's ancient monarchy was in tumult Thursday, with the imperial household insisting its ageing emperor had no plans to abdicate after reports he wanted to step aside.
Japan's Emperor Akihito has expressed his intention to retire and relinquish his title in the next few years, the country's public television said Wednesday.
South Korea and the U.S. have decided to deploy the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense in the southern county of Seongju, North Gyeongsang province, and are ironing out details, local media reported Tuesday, July 12. Citing government sources, Yonhap News Agency said that delegations from the two countries have assessed that Seongsan village, Seongju county, is the most ideal location for the advanced missile defense system, and are set to make the official announcement next week.
An international tribunal ruling against Beijing's extensive claims in the South China Sea is the Asian giant's biggest diplomatic setback in years, leaving it facing a difficult choice between pragmatism and nationalism, analysts say.
Four days of deadly clashes between anti-India protesters and government troops have left hospitals in India's portion of Kashmir overwhelmed, with hundreds of wounded patients pouring in, doctors said Wednesday. The violence has left 31 dead and more than 1,400 injured.
The body representing Myanmar's top monks has distanced itself from a vocal Buddhist nationalist group, in an unprecedented blow to the anti-Muslim network blamed for a surge in sectarian violence across the country.
Historic rights, land reclamation and construction, violation of the Philippines' sovereign rights, the effect on marine environment and mainland China's actions aggravating the dispute -- these were the findings of the international Arbitral Tribunal.
Police in Thailand raided the office of an independent news website on Tuesday to look for leaflets urging a vote against a draft constitution proposed by the country's military government. They left empty-handed without making any arrests.
Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai is spending her 19th birthday in Kenya Tuesday visiting the world's largest refugee camp to draw attention to the global refugee crisis, especially as Dadaab camp faces pressure to close after a quarter-century.
Four Bangladeshi workers accused of planning to join the Islamic State group were jailed for between two and five years in Singapore on Tuesday for raising money to fund attacks in their homeland.