International

Obama arrives in South Korea

United States President Barack Obama arrives in South Korea, as part of his tour in Asia with talks about Pyongyang a major topic in the talk. President Obama expressed his condolences regarding the South Korean ferry accident.

Ukraine forces kill up to 5 rebels, Russia starts drill near border

(Reuters) – Ukrainian forces killed up to five pro-Moscow rebels on Thursday as they closed in on the separatists’ military stronghold in the east and Russia launched army drills near the border in response, raising fears its troops would go in. Under an international accord signed in Geneva last week, illegal armed groups in Ukraine, including the rebels occupying about a dozen public buildings in the largely Russian-speaking east, are supposed to disarm and go home. […]

Obama lauds US-Japan ties in meeting with Prime Minister Abe

US President Barack Obama has met with Prime Minister Abe on his state visit to Japan, following a formal reception at the Imperial Palace. Tricky talks on a trade accord top the agenda, but both sides have reservations. Barack Obama said on Thursday in Tokyo that the disputed Senkaku Islands, called Diayou by China, were covered by a US-Japanese defense pact if they came under attack. Obama also said, however, that the US had no […]

Russia announces new exercises on Ukraine border

Russia’s defense minister has announced new exercises in regions bordering on Ukraine. Russian President Vladimir Putin earlier said Kyiv’s military operations in the east would “have consequences.” Russia’s announcement that maneuvers near the border had been resumed came after clashes in eastern Ukraine, with the interior ministry in Kyiv saying it had killed up to five militants. “We are compelled to react to such a situation,” Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu was reported as saying by […]