Politics & Economy

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono © Reuters

Japan seeks more active role in bringing peace to Middle East

Foreign Minister Kono preparing visits to Saudi Arabia, other nations in region

The Trump effect

South Korea rejects 'one-sided' US demands on trade pact

Revisions unnecessary as imbalance already easing, argues Seoul

Pyongyang provocation

Despite Trump's optimism on Pyongyang, tensions still high

North Korea issuing fiery criticism amid US-South Korea war games

Park Geun-hye scandal

South Korea's Park Geun-hye denies all charges at first hearing

Impeached, imprisoned former president says all charges based on speculation

Duterte's Philippines

One year on, Beijing steps up military drive in South China Sea

Hague ruling ignored as disputed Scarborough Shoal remains peaceful, for now