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Setting the record straight in Afghanistan: Need to explain what NATO really did

Setting the record straight in Afghanistan: Need to explain what NATO really did

ROMA: The former number two of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has insisted on setting the record straight on what happened in Afghanistan, making a clear distinction between what the Americans did and what the alliance did. “In Afghanistan, the mistakes made are there for all to see, but we must be careful not […]

Singapore keeps an eye on Kabul after aiding refugee pull-out

Singapore keeps an eye on Kabul after aiding refugee pull-out

By Ivan Lim Former AJA President, Contributor to AsiaN  SINGAPORE: During the last acts of the United States’ precipitous retreat from Afghanistan in mid-August, Singapore got a piece of action -helping in the historic, if chaotic, airlift of thousands of Americans and Afghans fleeing the Taliban forces closing in on the capital, Kabul. US President […]

Afghan evacuees in South Korea arrive at temporary shelter in Jincheon

Afghan evacuees in South Korea arrive at temporary shelter in Jincheon

JINCHEON: Hundreds of Afghan civilians who evacuated to South Korea seeking refuge from the Taliban in their homeland arrived at their temporary shelter in the country’s central region Friday, where they are expected to stay for about eight weeks. The group of 377 Afghans, including 180 children and infants, which landed at Incheon International Airport, […]

Korea’s foreign ministry calls in Japanese diplomat over Dokdo claim on Tokyo Olympic map

Korea’s foreign ministry calls in Japanese diplomat over Dokdo claim on Tokyo Olympic map

SEOUL: Korea’s foreign ministry called in a senior Japanese diplomat Tuesday to lodge a protest after a map on the Tokyo Olympic website showed South Korea’s easternmost islets of Dokdo as part of Japanese territory. Lee Sang-ryeol, director-general for Asia and Pacific affairs, was expected to express regrets when he meets with Hirohisa Soma, deputy […]

Shangri-la Dialogue in Singapore cancelled amid uncertain COVID-19 situation

Shangri-la Dialogue in Singapore cancelled amid uncertain COVID-19 situation

By Ivan Lim Former AJA President, Contributor to AsiaN SINGAPORE: Another high-level conference in Singapore has fallen victim to Covid-19 pandemic as the city-state sees little sign of the raging virus outbreaks receding soon. The Shangri-la Dialogue, as the annual summit of defence chiefs is called after the Shangri-la hotel venue, was to start on […]

Kyrgyzstan mourns victims of border conflict with Tajikistan

Kyrgyzstan mourns victims of border conflict with Tajikistan

By Nurzhan Kasmalieva BISHKEK: President of Kyrgyzstan Sadyr Zhaparov signed a decree, according to which May 1-2, 2021 are declared days of national mourning in the republic. According to the decree, as a result of the armed conflict on April 29-30, 2021, on the Kyrgyz-Tajik border in Batken Oblast of Kyrgyzstan, there are numerous casualties […]

ASEAN countries call for immediate cessation of violence in Myanmar

ASEAN countries call for immediate cessation of violence in Myanmar

JAKARTA: Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) leaders have called for an immediate end to the violence against protesters in Myanmar and for special envoys to be sent to push for inclusive dialogue there. At their in-person meeting in Jakarta with Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, Myanmar’s military leader, the leaders of the 10-member Association […]

Light overcomes Darkness. So will Myanmar.

Light overcomes Darkness. So will Myanmar.

SEOUL: Civil disobedience movements against Myanmar’s military coup have continued for two months. The world is watching the situation, but the suppression of violence by soldiers and police has not stopped. According to Myanmar’s human rights group The Assistance Association for Political Prisons, there were at least 275 deaths as of March 23. Myanmar’s military […]

Myanmar’s ‘22222’ anti-coup protest movement spreads across South Korea

Myanmar’s ‘22222’ anti-coup protest movement spreads across South Korea

SEOUL: Eight international students of the Korean Language Students Association from Myanmar’s Mandalay and Yangon University, including Daw Aye Aye Thin and Su Win Lai, have condemned the military coup in Myanmar on Monday afternoon in front of the Seoul United Nations Human Rights Office in Jongno-gu, Seoul. “The Myanmar military should stop the coup […]

Iran agrees to release sailors of seized South Korean oil tanker; captain to remain for management

Iran agrees to release sailors of seized South Korean oil tanker; captain to remain for management

SEOUL: Iran has agreed to release all sailors of a seized South Korean oil tanker except for the captain for its management, the foreign ministry confirmed Tuesday, capping weeks of tough negotiations between the two countries. The MT Hankuk Chemi, along with its 20 sailors, including five Koreans, has been held at an Iranian port […]

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