Filipinos are buying books to preserve the truth about the Marcos regime

The rush to buy books documenting Marcos’ destructive 21-year reign comes as his son, Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., assumes office after a landslide election victory in May. Marcos Jr. has never publicly acknowledged or apologized for the human rights abuses, corruption and theft that historians say took place under his father’s leadership. And there are … Read more

Sri Lankans celebrate after President Rajapaksa steps down – but larger problems loom

The President’s departure from office marks a major victory for the protesters, who for months have demanded the removal of both Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. Many in Sri Lanka blame Rajapaksa for the country’s worsening situation, with runaway inflation and shortages of basic goods such as fuel and food impacting everyday life. But … Read more

Outgoing Sri Lankan president lands in Singapore after fleeing uprising

Rajapaksa arrives on Saudi flight from Maldives Interim successor imposes curfew in Colombo Protesters hand back president, premier’s residences President ousted by unrest over economic meltdown COLOMBO / SINGAPORE, July 14 (Reuters) – Outgoing Sri Lankan president Gotabaya Rajapaksa landed in Singapore on Thursday after fleeing mass protests over his country’s economic meltdown, as troops … Read more

US Navy destroyer performs freedom of navigation exercise in South China Sea | CNN

Seoul, South Korea CNN – A US Navy destroyer sailed near a disputed South China Sea island chain on Wednesday, challenging the restrictions imposed by China and others on transit through the area. Lt. Nicholas Lingo, a spokesman for the US Navy’s 7th Fleet headquartered in Japan, said it was the second so-called freedom of … Read more

Japan’s ruling coalition makes strong election showing after Abe killing

TOKYO, Japan, July 10 (Reuters) – Japan’s conservative coalition government was set to increase its majority in the upper house of parliament in an election on Sunday, two days after the assassination of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, a dominant politician and power broker. . Abe, Japan’s longest-serving modern leader, was gunned down on Friday … Read more

What we know about the man suspected of shooting Shinzo Abe

Abe, 67, was pronounced dead by doctors at the Nara Medical University Hospital, at 5:03 pm local time on Friday, just over five hours after being shot while delivering a campaign speech in front of a small crowd on a street. Tetsuya Yamagami, 41, admitted to shooting Abe, Nara Nishi police said during a news … Read more

Japanese officials to discuss funeral arrangements for assassinated former leader Shinzo Abe

His widow, Akie Abe, traveled with her husband’s body from the central city of Nara back to Tokyo, where the family resides. Officials will now meet with the family to discuss funeral arrangements, Abe’s office told CNN. As Abe’s body arrived home, police continued to question the suspected gunman who had previously admitted the killing … Read more

British navy says it seized smuggled Iranian missiles

Royal Navy vessel HMS Montrose at sea during Baltic Operations in this photo taken June 15, 2014. Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Adam C. Stapleton / US Navy / Handout via REUTERS Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register RIYADH, July 7 (Reuters) – Britain’s Royal Navy said on Thursday one of its … Read more

Taliban supreme leader warns foreigners not to interfere in Afghanistan

The reclusive leader told the conference that Afghanistan “cannot develop without being independent,” according to state-run Bakhtar News Agency. “Thank God, we are now an independent country. (Foreigners) should not give us their orders, it is our system, and we have our own decisions,” Akhundzada added. In the speech, Akhundzada praised the Taliban’s takeover of … Read more

Taiwan accepts same-sex marriage, so why not adoption?

This year, in a landmark legal case, the two men became the first same-sex couple on the island to legally adopt a child neither of them are related to. Now they’re living their family dream with daughter Joujou, 4, in the southern city of Kaohsiung, in an apartment decorated with rainbow flags and family photos. … Read more