Monday, December 9, 2013
South Korea said on Sunday it has extended its air defense zone to partially overlap with a similar zone declared by China two weeks ago that has sharply raised regional tensions.
Three Chinese ships entered disputed waters off Tokyo-controlled islands in the East China Sea on Sunday, the Japanese coastguard said, the first such incident since Beijing announced an air defense zone in the area last month.
Taiwan yesterday repeated calls for a peaceful resolution regarding recent issues surrounding mainland China's new Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) in the East China Sea, after South Korea yesterday announced an extension of its own ADIZ to an area partially overlapping with that of China's, a move which could further ratchet up tensions in the region.
Thai opposition lawmakers resigned en masse from parliament Sunday, deepening the kingdom's political crisis as anti-government protesters vowed a final showdown despite an election offer from the embattled prime minister.
Taiwan will change to a freeway toll collection system based on kilometers traveled by the end of the year, but freeway authorities said yesterday they could not pinpoint the system's launch date until final tests have been completed.
A stunning performance by an upstart anti-corruption party helped topple India's ruling Congress party in elections to New Delhi's state assembly Sunday, only months before the country goes to the polls.
A late fall cold snap that has gripped much of the country is being blamed for a handful of deaths and has forced people to deal with frigid temperatures, power outages by the thousands and treacherous roads.
Sunday, December 8, 2013
President Barack Obama on Saturday defended an interim deal with Iran to curb its nuclear program and, seeking to reassure Israel, pledged to step up sanctions or prepare for a potential military strike if Tehran fails to abide by the pact.
French soldiers were cheered by residents on Saturday as they began patrolling densely populated neighborhoods of Central African Republic's capital, Bangui, which has been rocked by waves of killings between Muslim and Christian communities.
President Nicolas Maduro faces his first electoral test since being elected nearly eight months ago, as Venezuelans go to the polls on Sunday to judge his government's response to their nation's mounting economic troubles.