Obama to bolster U.S. ‘rebalance’ to Asia

WASHINGTON (AFP) ― President Barack Obama will use an Asian tour beginning next week to bolster U.S. alliances in the region at a time of increased geopolitical tension.Obama is scheduled to visit Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and...

Malaysian jet search at ‘critical juncture’

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) ― The effort to find missing Flight MH370 is at a “very critical juncture,” Malaysia’s transport minister said Saturday as authorities mull whether to reassess a challenging search of the Indian Ocean seabed...

Japan begins work on surveillance unit near disputed islands

TOKYO (AFP) ― Japan broke ground Saturday on a coastal surveillance unit near a string of islands at the center of a bitter territorial dispute with China, a report said.Radar equipment will be installed on Yonaguni island to mon...

Iran says Arak heavy water reactor row all but resolved

TEHRAN (AFP) ― Iran’s dispute with world powers over its unfinished Arak heavy water reactor has been “virtually resolved,” it said Saturday, less than a month before nuclear talks seeking a permanent agreement.The facility ―...