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Protestors hold a protest in Moscow on January 20, 2019, demanding to stop talks on assignation Kuril islands to Japan. – A few hundred of far-left protesters hold a demonstration against transfer of control of Kuril islands to Japan. (Photo by Alexander NEMENOV / AFP)

Russians protest Kuril islands handover to Japan

Hundreds of Russians protested against a feared giveaway of strategic islands to Japan on Sunday, two days before a key summit between the countries’ leaders in Moscow.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, welcomes Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono for their talks in Moscow Monday. Lavrov threw cold water on Tokyo's hopes for a quick return of the disputed Pacific islands, warning Japan that it must recognize them as part of Russia's territory as a starting point for talks. | AP

Russia: Kuril islands sovereignty not for discussion

Moscow's sovereignty over a chain of islands seized from Japan at the end of World War II is not up for debate, the Russian foreign minister has said after meeting his Japanese counterpart, adding that disagreements between the countries still obstruct the path to a peace deal.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (R) meets with his Japanese counterpart Taro Kono in Moscow on January 14, 2019. (Photo by Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV - AFP)

Russia, Japan meet on WWII dispute in Moscow

The foreign ministers of Russia and Japan met in Moscow on Monday pushing ahead with efforts to strike a peace deal and end a decades-old dispute over four strategic islands.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (left) meets with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

Mike Pompeo in Japan over North Korea

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Tokyo on Saturday for talks with Japanese officials ahead of his trip to North Korea.

Mike Pompeo eyes progress over Donald Trump-Kim Jong-un summit on Asia trip

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he hoped to accelerate a second summit between Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump as he kicked off an Asian trip Saturday that will feature a meeting with North Korea's leader.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has previously met with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

Pompeo to discuss North Korea with Japan, China and South Korea

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has arrived in Japan as part of his three-day East Asia tour aiming to make progress on convincing North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons.
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 2: Traders and financial professionals work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) at the opening bell, August 2, 2018 in New York City. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 125 points at the open on Thursday morning. On Wednesday, the Trump administration said that it is considering increasing the proposed tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese imports from 10 percent to 25 percent. Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Asian countries denounce ‘real threat’ of global trade war

Asian countries have voiced concern about the potentially devastating impact of a US-China trade war, with ministers calling for the acceleration of talks for a gigantic Beijing-backed free-trade deal that excludes the United States.
French President Emmanuel Macron (up L) and Chief of the Defence Staff of the French Army General Francois Lecointre (up R) and the French Republican Guard take part in the annual Bastille Day military parade on the Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris on July 14, 2018. Eric FEFERBERG / AFP

France marks Bastille Day with major military parade

Fighter jets streaked over Paris on Saturday as part of a massive military parade in a "demonstration of controlled force" on France's national day, due to be followed by a street party if "Les Bleus" win the World Cup.

US, South Korea confirm suspending military drills

US and South Korean officials confirmed Tuesday the suspension of scheduled joint military drills, making good on a pledge by President Donald Trump during his summit with North Korea’s leader.

US top diplomat Mike Pompeo warns North Korea peace goal still faces ‘risks’

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un understands that denuclearisation must happen "quickly", but he warned there are still risks that peace will not be achieved and sanctions must be maintained for now.

Japan awaiting results of investigation into who poisoned ex Russian spy – FM

Japan is waiting the results of an investigation into who poisoned former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter with a chemical substance in the UK city of Salisbury, and how the toxin was used, Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono said on Friday.

Kremlin: UK undermining relations with Russia over Skripal case

The UK is consciously undermining its relations with Russia by the ex-spy Sergei Skripal poisoning case and further London’s unfriendly steps may face reciprocal measures, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Wednesday.

Japan to recognise Palestine state – Abbas’s aide

Japan is to recognise the State of Palestinian says a senior Palestinian official.

North Korea to send 22 athletes to Pyeongchang Winter Olympics

North Korea will send 22 athletes to next month's Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang where they will join South Korean teammates as they march together at the opening ceremony, organisers say.

Rohingya refugees get $3m lifeline from Japan

Japan’s government has announced a grant of $3 million to Myanmar to help repatriate the Rohingya Muslims who have fled violence in troubled Rakhine state.

Japan rejects South Korea’s call for extra steps to help ‘comfort women’

Japan said on Tuesday it can “by no means” accept South Korea’s call for more steps to help “comfort women”, (girls and women forced to work in Japan’s wartime brothels).

UN chief warns ‘dangerous rhetoric, overconfidence’ increase risk of war in North Korea

UN Secretary-General António Guterres says he is deeply concerned about the risk of military confrontation on the Korean Peninsula, “as a result of miscalculation”.

Japan sanctions 19 coys over North Korea’s missile programme

Following North Korea’s defiant move towards the development of its nuclear programme, Japan’s Foreign Ministry says it has blocked the assets of 19 companies in an attempt to stop Pyongyang’s missile test.

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