Policy & Politics

In this screen grab from an Aug. 31 broadcast, police spokesman Prawut Thawornsiri shows an image of a Thai woman wanted in connection with the Bangkok bombing. She has been identified as Wanna Suansan, 26.

Bangkok bombing suspects

Police issue new warrants for Thai woman, foreign man

BANGKOK -- Thai authorities on Monday issued two fresh arrest warrants in connection with the deadly Aug. 17 bombing in Bangkok. One warrant is for a Thai woman, while the second is for an unidentified foreign man, police spokesman Lt. Gen. Prawu...

  • Malaysian demonstrations

    Najib clings to power despite renewed attacks by Mahathir

    KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia's embattled Prime Minister Najib Razak looks secure in office, for now, despite massive weekend street protests calling for his removal. The prime minister, under pressure since July over $700 million deposited in bank ac...

  • China investigation

    Corruption thought to be behind Tianjin blasts

    BEIJING -- Investigations into massive explosions that tore through an industrial area in the northeastern Chinese port city of Tianjin in mid-August have turned up the involvement of corrupt government officials and dubious entrepreneurs. At 11 ...

  • Collective self-defense

    Opponents of Japanese security bills miss the big picture

    TOKYO -- In diplomacy as in personal relationships, it pays to put yourself in your counterpart's shoes. Yet the debate over national security bills in Japan suggests some have difficulty seeing things from the perspective of the country's allies. ...

  • 42% support war statement

    Abe cabinet's approval rating bounces back to 46%

    TOKYO -- The approval rating for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's cabinet has rebounded after a dip in July, a Nikkei group poll conducted Friday through Sunday found. The rating improved 8 percentage points from July to 46%, while the disapproval rat...

  • Malaysia protesters face uphill battle to dislodge Najib

    KUALA LUMPUR (Dow Jones) -- Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets of Malaysia's capital to rally against Prime Minister Najib Razak's management of the economy and the debt problems at a state investment fund.

  • Huge protest in Tokyo rails against Abe's security bills

    TOKYO (Reuters) -- Tens of thousands of protesters gathered near Japan's parliament building on Sunday to oppose legislation allowing the military to fight overseas, the latest sign of public mistrust in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's security policy. ...

  • Whale meat arrives in Japan via Arctic Ocean for 1st time

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- A cargo ship carrying 1,816 tons of whale meat from Iceland arrived in Japan's Osaka port via the Arctic Ocean for the first time Sunday, after changing its conventional sea route via the Indian Ocean to avoid obstruction by antiwha...

  • Succession issue resolved

    Saudi King Salman shakes things up at the top

    TOKYO -- Saudi Arabia's new king has been shaking up the country's system of governance and power structure in a radical departure from the highly conservative regimes of his predecessors. Motivating this shift is the belief that the kingdom may crum...

  • Bangkok blast

    'Foreigner' arrested with explosives, passports

    BANGKOK -- The Royal Thai Police on Saturday afternoon arrested a man they believe was involved in the bombing of the Erawan Shrine on the night of Aug. 17 that left 20 people dead and injured more than 120. Police General Prawut Thavornsiri said...

  • Malaysian politics

    Peaceful protest hints at growing ethnic divide

    KUALA LUMPUR -- Tens of thousands of yellow-clad Malaysian protestors marched through Kuala Lumpur on Saturday to demand the resignation of scandal-mired Prime Minister Najib Razak. Joining the demonstrators at Malaysia's national mosque, Lim Kit...

  • China passes new pollution law, sets sights on coal consumption cap

    BEIJING (Reuters) -- Legislators have approved amendments to China's 15-year-old air pollution law that grant the state new powers to punish offenders and create a legal framework to cap coal consumption, the Asian giant's biggest source of smog. ...

  • Osaka mayor to create new party, could spark opposition realignment

    OSAKA (Kyodo) -- Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto said Saturday he plans to establish a new political party possibly within the year, deepening the strife within Japan's second-largest opposition party. The development could prompt a realignment within...

  • Bangkok blast

    Suspect arrested, Thai police say

    BANGKOK -- Police on Saturday arrested a man they believe to be involved in the recent bombing that killed 20 and injured more than 120 here. Thai media are reporting that the man was holding a Turkish passport and is 28 years old. Police on ...

  • Thousands join rally to pile pressure on Malaysia's PM

    KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) -- Thousands of protesters gathered in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday for a rally to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Najib Razak, bringing to the streets a political crisis over a murky multi-million-dollar payment made to a...

  • Changing tide?

    Park's support soars after South Korea's standoff with Pyongyang

    SEOUL -- South Korean President Park Geun-hye's approval rating has soared since the end of a military confrontation with the North this week, providing a tailwind for a leader struggling to build domestic policy successes. Research company Gallu...

  • Diet passes bill to increase women's workforce participation

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japan's upper house passed into law on Friday a bill aimed at increasing women's participation in the workforce as the country seeks to counter an expected labor shortage stemming from a decline in its population. Under the legis...

  • Rallying behind the leader

    Abe looks to easy win amid security bill challenges

    TOKYO -- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is eager to secure an unopposed victory in his party's upcoming presidential election as the parliament gets ready to vote on controversial national defense legislation that would greatly advance his security agenda...

  • Vigilance in the East China Sea

    Japan Coast Guard seeks 4.4bn yen to fend off Chinese fishing boats

    TOKYO -- The Japan Coast Guard will request 4.4 billion yen ($36.3 million) in its fiscal 2016 budget for beefing up security in the East China Sea. The move is in response to a sharp increase in Chinese vessels intruding in Japan's territorial w...

  • Party presidency

    Abe set to cruise to victory unopposed

    TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will likely be re-elected president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party unopposed as no challengers have come forward for a September poll. Campaigning is set to begin Sept. 8 for the LDP election, ...