Japan warns against speculative yen moves amid sharp declines

Finance minister says government and Bank of Japan are on same page in sharing concerns about the currency’s fall. Japanese Finance Minister Shunichi Suzuki has said that authorities stand ready to respond to speculative currency moves, a fresh warning that comes days after Tokyo intervened in the foreign exchange market to stem yen falls for … Read more

Typhoon Noru ‘intensifying explosively’ as it nears Philippines

Thousands of Filipinos flee their homes as an approaching storm rapidly intensifies into a super typhoon. Authorities in the Philippines have started evacuating people from coastal areas as a powerful typhoon barrels towards the heavily populated island of Luzon, where the capital Manila is located. Typhoon Noru became a super typhoon “after a period of … Read more

Russia’s Lavrov vows ‘full protection’ for any annexed territory

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says regions of Ukraine where widely-criticised referendums are being held will be under Moscow’s “full protection” if they are annexed, raising the prospect of the use of nuclear weapons if Kyiv tries to retake those territories. Lavrov’s comments at a news conference in New York City on Saturday came as … Read more

Malaysian PM laments lack of UN action on Myanmar crisis

Thousands have been killed since Myanmar’s military seized power in February 2021 from Aung San Suu Kyi’s government. Malaysian Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob has expressed his disappointment with the United Nations Security Council over its response to the continuing political crisis in Myanmar. Ismail told the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on Friday that … Read more

Death penalty commuted to life for China’s ex-security chief

Former deputy security minister Sun Lijun received 646 million yuan ($91m) in bribes between 2001 and 2020. China’s former vice minister of public security Sun Lijun has been given a suspended death sentence after being found guilty of taking tens of millions in bribes, manipulating the stock market, and possessing weapons illegally. The sentencing and … Read more

‘Even their remains should be in handcuffs’: Khmer Rouge vilified

Yath Run was just nine years old when the Khmer Rouge seized power in 1975. The victory of Pol Pot’s forces saw Yath Run separated from his parents and sent to a children’s labour camp in Cambodia’s rural northwestern Battambang province. Decades later, Yath Run’s anger has not dissipated for the regime that separated him … Read more

UN told Myanmar has gone from ‘bad to worse to horrific’

Special Rapporteur Tom Andrews says the people of Myanmar are increasingly frustrated with an international community they feel has failed them. Tom Andrews, the United Nations special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, has said that conditions for Myanmar’s 54 million people have gone from “bad to worse to horrific” since the military seized power … Read more

N Korea denies sending weapons to Russia, tells US to ‘shut up’

Pyongyang denies US claims of weapons sales to Russia amid war in Ukraine, condemns Washington’s ‘reckless remarks’. North Korea says it has never supplied weapons to Russia and has no plans to do so, condemning US claims of arms transfers for the Ukraine war as an attempt at “tarnishing” the country’s image. In a statement … Read more

US, South Korea exchange ‘frank views’ amid EV subsidies dispute

Tensions over economic issues come as South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol makes first US trip. The United States on Wednesday said its commerce secretary and South Korea’s trade minister exchanged “frank views” over Seoul’s pending legislation on network usage fees on foreign content providers and Washington’s electric vehicle credits during a meeting. The Inflation Reduction … Read more

China says will do all it can for peaceful Taiwan ‘reunification’

Beijing says the self-ruled island is part of China and has been increasingly assertive over its claim. Beijing says it is willing to make the utmost effort to strive for peaceful “reunification” with self-ruled Taiwan, after staging major military manoeuvres around the island in recent weeks. While China claims Taiwan as its territory, the island’s … Read more