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Japan and North Korea on Sunday held the first formal government-level talks in more than a year following a shift in Pyongyang's handling of past abductions of Japanese citizens.
Japan, North Korea hold first formal talks since '12 in efforts to normalize relations


North Korea vowed not to rule out a “new form” of nuclear test Sunday after the U.N. Security Council condemned its latest ballistic missile launch amid simmering tensions over Seoul's joint military drills with Washington.

Family members of Chinese passengers on board a missing Malaysian airliner arrived Sunday in Kuala Lumpur — some angrily seeking answers and others seeking closure — as the search for the plane intensified.

A warship with an aircraft black box detector was set to depart Australia on Sunday to join the search for the missing Malaysian jetliner, a day after ships plucked objects from the Indian Ocean to determine whether they were related to the missing plane. None were confirmed to be from the plane, leaving searchers with no sign of the jet more than three weeks after it disappeared.
Black box detector to join Malaysian jet search


Ship and plane crews Saturday searched a vast new area of the Indian Ocean for wreckage from a Malaysian plane that went missing three weeks ago, seeking closure for relatives and clues to the crash.

Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel will travel to China and Japan next week after hosting a meeting of Asian defense ministers in Hawaii, amid tensions between Beijing and Tokyo over a disputed island chain.

China on Friday berated Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for reportedly drawing an analogy between the Crimea crisis and a row between Beijing and Tokyo over disputed islands.

The Philippines on Friday signed contracts worth US$527 million to buy 12 fighter jets from South Korea and four combat utility helicopters from Canada to boost the capability of its air force, one of the weakest in Southeast Asia.

Planes are searching a new area of the Indian Ocean for possible signs of the Malaysian airliner after a new analysis of radar data suggests the plane flew faster than thought and used up more fuel, which may have reduced the distance it traveled, Australia said Friday.
Australia says planes checking new search area


A U.S. law firm said Wednesday it has initiated what it called the first civil legal proceedings over the crash of flight MH370 and said it planned to pursue lawsuits seeking “millions of dollars” for aggrieved families.
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