Chinese Warships Circle Japan, Provoking ‘Strong Concern’

Japan’s government said this week it spotted three Chinese warships “sailing an unusual route around the archipelago,” the South China Morning Post (SCMP) reported on Wednesday, noting that the sighting comes amid heightened tensions between Tokyo and Beijing over maritime territorial disputes.

AT SEA, OCTOBER 19: China's type 055 guided-missile destroyer Nanchang sails during the naval exercise Joint Sea-2021 on October 19, 2021 in the Western part of the Pacific Ocean. (Photo by Sun Zifa/China News Service via Getty Images)

China Opens Communism School for Politicians in Africa

A Chinese government-funded school touting the precepts of China’s ruling Communist Party recently opened near Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, the South China Morning Post (SCMP) reported on Tuesday, noting that the facility teaches “leadership” skills to local African politicians.

Natangue Ithete, assistant chief whip of the SWAPO Party, speaks during a seminar in Mwalimu Julius Nyerere Leadership School in Coast region, Tanzania on June 14, 2022. TO GO WITH "Xiplomacy: Xi's reply inspires African youths to promote China-Africa cooperation" (Photo by Xinhua via Getty Images)

Former U.N. Official Says Ethiopia Blocked Famine Declaration

A former U.N. employee alleged on Tuesday that the Ethiopian government intentionally prevented its representatives from declaring an official famine last year in the country’s northern Tigray region, which has been devastated by Ethiopia’s ongoing civil war, the media platform Devex reported.

A woman walks past a tent at the internally displaced persons (IDP) camp of Guyah, 100 kms of Semera, Afar region, Ethiopia on May 17, 2022. - Conflict erupted in Ethiopia late 2020 when the government sent troops in to topple Tigray's ruling TPLF party, saying it was in response …

Report: China, U.S. Defense Chiefs May Come Face to Face in Singapore

Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe and U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin may hold an in-person meeting on the sidelines of the “Shangri-La Dialogue” security summit in Singapore later this week, the South China Morning Post (SCMP) reported on Tuesday citing an anonymous source close to China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA).

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Indian Government Holds First Formal Talks with Taliban

An Indian governmental delegation met with leaders of the Taliban in Kabul on Thursday for the first time since the group seized control of Afghanistan in August 2021, Asian News International (ANI) reported, noting that the high-level meeting concerned bilateral relations and humanitarian aid.

In this picture taken on February 2, 2022, Afghanistan’s Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi speaks during an interview with AFP at his office in the foreign ministry in Kabul. - The Taliban are inching closer towards international recognition but any concessions Afghanistan's new rulers make will be on their terms, …

South Korea: Conservatives Cement Presidential Election Gains in Regional Vote

Members of South Korea’s ruling, conservative People Power Party (PPP) were projected to win at least 12 of 17 governmental posts in local elections nationwide on Thursday, Yonhap News Agency reported, noting that the PPP’s “landslide” victory would provide South Korea’s newly elected President Yoon Suk-yeol with “an added mandate” to push forward with his conservative agenda.

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - JUNE 01: South Korean people cast ballots for local elections to elect mayors, governors, council members and education superintendents nationwide at a polling station in Seoul, South Korea on June 01, 2022. (Photo by Young-Ho Lee / Sipapress / Pool/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Breakaway Georgia Region Suspends Referendum on Joining Russia

The president of Georgia’s South Ossetia region, a Russian-backed self-proclaimed separatist state, suspended on Monday a planned referendum that would have seen South Ossetians vote on formally joining the Russian Federation, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) reported Tuesday.

Georgian citizens gather to protest against Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia and Russia's occupation policy of Georgia to Abkhazia and South Ossetia in front of Georgian parliament in Tbilisi, Georgia, 20 September 2019. (Photo by Davit Kachkachishvili/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Sri Lanka Declares Second State of Emergency in a Month

Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa declared a state of emergency order on Friday night — his second such act since April 1 — after violent protests demanding Gotabaya’s ouster gained renewed momentum in Colombo earlier that same day, Sri Lanka’s Daily Mirror newspaper reported.

Police use a water canon to disperse university students protesting to demand the resignation of Sri Lanka's President Gotabaya Rajapaksa over the country's crippling economic crisis, near the parliament building in Colombo on May 6, 2022. (Photo by ISHARA S. KODIKARA / AFP) (Photo by ISHARA S. KODIKARA/AFP via Getty …

Nigeria: Mosque Fires Imam for Criticizing Government’s Failure to End Terrorism

Officials in charge of a mosque in Nigeria’s national capital, Abuja, fired the site’s chief imam, or prayer leader, on Monday after he recently delivered a sermon critical of Nigerian government officials, including Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, for failing to protect the West African nation from terror attacks, Nigeria’s Premium Times online newspaper reported.

Fulani muslim men pray in Masallacin Shehu Mosque, Sokoto, Sokoto State, Nigeria, on April 24, 2019. - Although it has lost its former political power, the Sokoto Sultanate Council continues to exist and the Sokoto Sultan -traditionally belonging to the Fulani People- is still a leading figure in Nigerian society. …

Japan Welcomes 20 Ukrainian Refugees Despite Strict Migration Laws

Japan’s government, which currently observes strict bans on foreign entries, made a rare exception to this policy on Tuesday when it welcomed 20 Ukrainians fleeing their country’s latest war with Russia into Tokyo on a government plane accompanying Japanese Foreign Minister Hayashi Yoshimasa upon his return from a recent trip to Poland.

Ukrainian refugees walk upon arrival from Poland at the Haneda Airport Tuesday, April 5, 2022, in Tokyo. Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi returned from Poland on Tuesday with 20 Ukrainians displaced by Russia's ongoing war on their country as Tokyo seeks to play a greater role in international support for …