Views on sexuality and gender issues in South Korea have been slowly changing, nevertheless, a strong bias against sexual minorities persists Military officials in South Korea will determine next week whether to discharge a soldier who recently undertook gender reassignment surgery, officials said... Read more
On the afternoon of Feb. 26, 2015, the artist Kubra Khademi strapped a suit of metal armor over her clothes and headed outside. The armor, which she had cobbled together in the workshop of a local blacksmith, had bulbous breasts and an ample bottom. It was the centerpiece of... Read more
BEIRUT, Lebanon — Under growing pressure at home and abroad, Iranian leaders attempted on Wednesday to calm domestic anger over the downing of a passenger jet last week, while lashing out at European nations that have formally accused Iran of breaking the 2015 agreement to curb its nuclear program.... Read more
TOKYO (BLOOMBERG) – Japan is not considering signing a regional trade pact without India, the top Japanese negotiator said on Friday (Nov 29), ahead of a series of diplomatic exchanges in the coming weeks that include a visit to Delhi by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. India announced this month... Read more
TOKYO (REUTERS) – Former Japanese Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone has died at the age of 101, NHK television said on Friday (Nov 29), after a career during which he hobnobbed on the world stage with Ronald Reagan, and battled with bureaucrats at home to enact sweeping reforms. But while... Read more
HONG KONG (AP) – Police in Hong Kong were preparing on Friday (Nov 29) to reopen access to a university campus after blocking it for 12 days to try to arrest protesters holed up inside. A team of about 100 officers had almost completed an operation to collect evidence... Read more
SYDNEY (AFP) – Protesters in smoke-covered Sydney kicked off a fresh round of global protests against climate change on Friday (Nov 29), with activists and schoolchildren picketing the headquarters of bushfire-ravaged Australia’s ruling party. Hundreds of people gathered at the conservative Liberal party’s offices to heed the call to... Read more
COLOMBO (BLOOMBERG) – Sri Lanka’s new government led by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa wants to undo the previous regime’s move to lease the southern port of Hambantota to a Chinese venture, citing national interest. Former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in 2017 changed the terms, saying it would be difficult to... Read more
SEOUL (REUTERS) – South Korea’s trade ministry said on Friday (Nov 29) it had agreed to hold senior-level talks with Japan in the third week of December to discuss export controls. The planned talks are aimed to contribute to resolving “pending issues” between the countries, the ministry said in... Read more
SEOUL (REUTERS) – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un oversaw a “successful test” of a super-large multiple launch rocket system and expressed “great satisfaction,” state media said on Friday (Nov 29). North Korea fired two short-range projectiles into the sea off its east coast on Thursday in what appeared... Read more