President Barack Obama—for the first time as an incumbent U.S. president—clearly stated the Senkaku Islands in Okinawa Prefecture are subject to Article 5 of the Japan-U.S. Security Treaty, in a written reply to questions submitted by The Yomiuri Shimbun.
Naval officials from the U.S. and two dozen Asia-Pacific nations adopted an agreement Tuesday aimed at improving communication at sea to reduce the possibility of conflict amid rising friction between an increasingly assertive China and its neighbors.
Brunei has postponed its implementation of tough Islamic criminal punishments that were due to begin Tuesday and have drawn condemnation from the U.N.'s human rights office and rare criticism at home.
Indian election frontrunner Narendra Modi on Tuesday condemned virulent anti-Muslim remarks by a one-time associate as he sought to keep attention on his core message of development and corruption-free administration.
As the ferry sank, some crew members gave their lifejackets to passengers. One refused to leave until she shepherded students off the ship, and was later found dead. Others worked from rescue boats to break windows with hammers and pull people trapped in cabins to safety.
Vietnam Health Minister Nguyen Thi Kim Tien visited several hospitals in Hanoi on Monday to inspect progress made in containing the measles outbreak that has so far claimed 116 lives nation-wide.
Sixty percent of Japanese people support the country's whaling program, but only 14 percent eat whale meat, a new poll showed Tuesday.
The confirmed death toll from South Korea's ferry disaster rose sharply to more than 120 Tuesday as divers speeded up the grim task of recovering bodies from the submerged ship and police took two more of its crew into custody.
Nearly 150 Japanese lawmakers on Tuesday paid homage at the Yasukuni shrine which honors the nation's war dead, raising the stakes in an already tense region on the eve of U.S. President Barack Obama's visit.
Nepal agreed Tuesday to set up a relief fund for Sherpas who are killed or injured in climbing accidents, one of several key concessions to the mountain guides after Mount Everest's deadliest disaster.