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Japan man arrested over drone found on PM's office roof

(AFP) - A Japanese man was arrested Saturday for allegedly flying a small drone with traces of radioactivity onto the roof of the Japanese prime minister's office, police said.Yasuo Yamamoto, 40, turned himself in to local police in Fukui prefecture, some 350 kilometres (220 miles) west of...

Updated : 2015.04.25 13:27

[Photo News] Volcano erupts

Updated : 2015.04.23 20:36

Taliban announce their spring offensive in Afghanistan

The Taliban said Wednesday their spring offensive in Afghanistan will begin this week, the first time the insurgents' annual campaign against the Afghan government will take place without NATO troops on the battlefield. In past years, spring and the melting of snow on the mountains along t...

Updated : 2015.04.22 21:27

France summons Indonesian ambassador over citizen on death row

France's Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius summoned the Indonesian ambassador on Wednesday to discuss the case of a Frenchman facing the death penalty for drug offences, a government spokesman told AFP. The summons came a day after Serge Atlaoui, 51, had an appeal rejected by Indonesia's Sup...

Updated : 2015.04.22 21:13

EU charges Gazprom, risking new front against Russia

The EU on Wednesday formally charged Russian gas giant Gazprom with abusing its dominant market position in Europe, risking a new battle with the Kremlin and deepening the crisis over Ukraine.The European Commission accused state-owned Gazprom with infringing the bloc's single market rules...

Updated : 2015.04.22 21:09

Thousands of Ethiopians march against Islamic extremism

More than 100,000 Ethiopians on Wednesday protested the killing of Ethiopian Christians in Libya and their own government's failure to raise living standards of the poor, with poverty fueling the flow of migrants through dangerous areas.The government-supported march at Addis Ababa's Meske...

Updated : 2015.04.22 20:59

China's Xi, Japan's Abe hold bilateral meeting in Jakarta

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held a bilateral meeting in Indonesia on the sidelines of an Asia-Africa summit on Wednesday, both Chinese and Japanese media report...

Updated : 2015.04.22 20:08

Abe stops short of WWII apology

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed “deep remorse” Wednesday for Japan’s World War II aggression at a summit attended by Asian leaders, but stopped short of repeating previous apologies in...

Updated : 2015.04.22 19:10

EU unveils migrant action plan as more boats in distress

EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini unveiled plans Monday to tackle a growing migrant crisis after telling member states they had "no more excuses" not to act as fresh distress calls rang out in the Mediterranean.   A day after a fishing vessel crammed with migrants capsized off ...

Updated : 2015.04.22 16:28

Pudong marks 25 dramatic years

The Pudong New Area in Shanghai is marking its 25th anniversary ― rising from rural farmland to become an engine for economic and social development in the city and the nation.During this time, with ...

Updated : 2015.04.21 19:27

Department stores and disappearing shoppers

A typical weekday evening in town in a major department store will see empty floors and sometimes more staff than shoppers.What ails retail in Singapore, especially in big department stores?Major depa...

Updated : 2015.04.21 19:26

[Photo News] Migrant boat disaster

Rescuers help children disembark in the Sicilian harbor of Pozzallo, Italy, Monday. About 100 migrants, including 28 children, were rescued on Sunday by a merchant vessel in the Sicilian Strait while ...

Updated : 2015.04.20 19:35

[Newsmaker] Opposition wins Finnish election, ousts P.M.

HELSINKI ― Finland’s opposition Center Party won Sunday’s general election, ousting Prime Minister Alexander Stubb’s left-right coalition after a campaign dominated by the country’s economic woes...

Updated : 2015.04.20 19:34

Iran, Afghanistan announce security cooperation against IS

TEHRAN (AFP) -- Afghanistan and Iran announced Sunday plans for enhanced security cooperation to combat threats from the Islamic State group, including possible joint military operations.Standing alongside visiting Afghan leader Ashraf Ghani, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said the tumult...

Updated : 2015.04.19 21:34

Christie, Perry keeping hope alive in New Hampshire

New Hampshire is the early primary state that likes to give second chances. It's where Bill Clinton became the "comeback kid" in 1992 and John McCain rose from a political grave in 2000.That's why New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and former Texas Governor Rick Perry, positioning themselv...

Updated : 2015.04.19 21:32