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Sabotage suspected in gas leaks from Nord Stream pipelinesSabotage suspected in gas leaks from Nord Stream pipelines Undersea gas leaks from two pipelines linking Russia and Germany are fueling suspicion of sabotage. Denmark's military reported two gas leaks from Nord Stream 1 and one at Nord Stream 2 on Tuesday. It says they occurred off the island of Bornholm in the Baltic Sea. Images showed a foamy white area on the water's surface. Danish authorities have banned maritime traffic within 5 nautical miles of the identified locations. The cause of the leaks is not yet known. But...  Tue, 27 Sep 2022 22:22:00 GMT
IAEA: New shelling and blasts at Zaporizhzhia nuclear plantIAEA: New shelling and blasts at Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant The International Atomic Energy Agency says the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine was hit by shelling and explosions again. The IAEA said shelling took place on Monday afternoon near the electrical switchyard a few hundred meters from the plant's training center. Two explosions occurred on Tuesday morning near a channel that carries water from a reservoir to the plant for its cooling system. The IAEA said there are no reports of damage to structures and equipmen...  Tue, 27 Sep 2022 21:24:48 GMT
Ex-exec of Tokyo Games 'lobbied for ad firm in sponsorship deal'Ex-exec of Tokyo Games 'lobbied for ad firm in sponsorship deal' A former executive of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic organizing committee is suspected of accepting a gratuity after he lobbied to steer a lucrative deal to an advertising agency. Tokyo prosecutors on Tuesday arrested Takahashi Haruyuki for the third time in the widening sponsorship scandal over last year's Games. He is accused of receiving about 100,000 dollars from a senior official of Daiko Advertising, Taniguchi Yoshikazu, who asked him to help the agency get involved i...  Tue, 27 Sep 2022 21:21:00 GMT
Iran, IAEA fail to bridge gaps in resumed talksIran, IAEA fail to bridge gaps in resumed talks Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency have resumed talks, but failed to find common ground over the nuclear watchdog's probe into Tehran's nuclear program. IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi and the head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization, Mohammad Eslami, met on Monday in Vienna. Grossi said the IAEA is ready to resolve issues quickly through dialogue, and asked Iran to cooperate in the probe into nuclear substances found at undeclared sites in the country between 2019 a...  Tue, 27 Sep 2022 18:06:00 GMT
Russian, Chinese naval ships sail past Izu IslandsRussian, Chinese naval ships sail past Izu Islands Japan's Defense Ministry says Russian and Chinese naval vessels have navigated near the Izu Islands apparently as part of their joint patrol in the Pacific Ocean. The ministry announced on Tuesday that three Chinese vessels, including a guided-missile destroyer, sailed between Sumisu and Tori islands on Monday. The ministry also said four Russian vessels, including a frigate, passed through Japan's contiguous zone just outside territorial waters between Hachijo and Mikura islands on Tuesda...  Tue, 27 Sep 2022 16:45:00 GMT
Russians fleeing Putin's mobilization orderRussians fleeing Putin's mobilization order Russian President Vladimir Putin's decision last week to call up 300,000 military reservists for the invasion of Ukraine is having a two-pronged effect. People are either joining the fight, or fleeing. In the southern Russian region of Rostov, would-be troops were seen arriving at a conscription office. Their families saw them off as they left for the frontlines. But many Russians who fall under the mobilization order clearly want out. Long traffic jams can be seen near the border with G...  Tue, 27 Sep 2022 16:42:29 GMT
Think tank: N.Korea could be 4 tests away from creating tactical nuclear weaponsThink tank: N.Korea could be 4 tests away from creating tactical nuclear weapons A South Korean think tank estimates that North Korea needs to conduct at least four more nuclear tests before obtaining tactical nuclear weapons. The Korea Institute for Defense Analyses presented the estimate in a brief submitted to a ruling party lawmaker on Monday. The institute is affiliated with the Defense Ministry. The institute says North Korea is believed to have spent 1.1 billion to 1.6 billion dollars on nuclear development since 1970, including six...  Tue, 27 Sep 2022 16:40:00 GMT
Truss, Modi tweet in Japanese to express condolences over AbeTruss, Modi tweet in Japanese to express condolences over Abe British Prime Minister Liz Truss has expressed condolences on social media over the death of former Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo. Truss posted a message on her Twitter account on Tuesday, the day of Abe's state funeral. She wrote in both Japanese and English, "His warm friendship with the United Kingdom over many years leaves a lasting legacy in the close ties of friendship our people enjoy today." Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who built friendly relations ...  Tue, 27 Sep 2022 12:46:00 GMT
Japan's former Prime Minister Abe's state funeral heldJapan's former Prime Minister Abe's state funeral held Japan's longest-serving prime minister is being remembered for his life's work and tragic death. Former Prime Minister Abe Shinzo was gunned down during an election campaign speech in July. Thousands gathered in Tokyo on Tuesday to mourn, while thousands of protestors took to the streets across Japan. The state funeral began with Abe's widow Akie carrying in her late husband's ashes. Japan's Self-Defense Force -- a group Abe fiercely supported throughout his tenure -- then honored him ...  Tue, 27 Sep 2022 12:43:12 GMT
Fresh arrest warrants in Tokyo Games bribery caseFresh arrest warrants in Tokyo Games bribery case Tokyo prosecutors have served a fresh arrest warrant to a former Tokyo Games organizing committee executive in connection with bribery. Takahashi Haruyuki was served the warrant on Tuesday on suspicion of accepting 15 million yen, or about 104,000 dollars, in bribes from Daiko Advertising over three years through this February. This is the third time that Takahashi has been arrested in the Tokyo Games bribery case. A new warrant was also served to Fukami Kazumasa, an acquaintance o...  Tue, 27 Sep 2022 12:31:00 GMT
UK: Putin may declare annexation of Ukrainian regions on FridayUK: Putin may declare annexation of Ukrainian regions on Friday Britain's defense ministry says Russian President Vladimir Putin is likely to declare the annexation of some regions in Ukraine on Friday after announcing the results of so-called "referendums" that have been held there. Pro-Russian forces began holding the votes last Friday in the eastern and southern regions under Russian control. They said voting will continue until 4 p.m. on Tuesday. Russia's state-run Tass news agency said that voter turnout exceeded 50 percent in the reg...  Tue, 27 Sep 2022 12:19:00 GMT
China cautions Japan over treatment of Taiwan at Abe's state funeralChina cautions Japan over treatment of Taiwan at Abe's state funeral China's foreign ministry has cautioned Japan over its treatment of Taiwan at the state funeral of former Prime Minister Abe Shinzo. Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin was asked at a news conference on Tuesday about delegates from Taiwan offering flowers at the funeral. Wang said Taiwan is an integral part of China, and that the "One-China Principle" is universally acknowledged by the international community. He urged Japan to abide by the principles of the four po...  Tue, 27 Sep 2022 11:07:35 GMT
Japanese opposition leaders question govt. decision on Abe state funeralJapanese opposition leaders question govt. decision on Abe state funeral The leader of Japan's largest opposition party says it is a serious problem that the government decided to hold a state funeral for former Prime Minister Abe Shinzo without the involvement of Parliament. Constitutional Democratic Party President Izumi Kenta said his party offers condolences on the death of Abe, who was gunned down during an election campaign speech. But he added that state funerals like the one held this time must not be allowed. Izumi also said his p...  Tue, 27 Sep 2022 10:31:05 GMT
Germany's former president attends Abe's state funeralFormer German President Christian Wulff attended the state funeral of former Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo on Tuesday. Wulff served as president from 2010 to 2012 in the administration of Chancellor Angela Merkel. The president of Germany largely plays a ceremonial role and represents the country as the head of the state. Wulff has visited Japan many times.  Tue, 27 Sep 2022 10:14:25 GMT
Bangladesh boat accident kills 61, dozens missingBangladesh boat accident kills 61, dozens missing A ferry carrying a group of Hindu pilgrims has capsized in Bangladesh, leaving 61 people dead and dozens missing. The boat sank in the northern Panchagarh district on Sunday. It was returning from a Hindu temple on the opposite side of the Karatoa River. Every year, tens of thousands of devotees visit the temple for their largest religious festival starting next month. Authorities are investigating the cause of the sinking. Initial reports suggest the ferry was carrying almost thre...  Tue, 27 Sep 2022 10:12:00 GMT
Protests against Abe's state funeral held across JapanProtests against Abe's state funeral held across Japan Protests against the state funeral of former Prime Minister Abe Shinzo took place across Japan on Tuesday, ranging from small gatherings to large-scale events. Participants said the state funeral was decided on without a proper rationale and the government should have fully explained the reasons for holding one to the public. One large demonstration started around 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday in central Tokyo, coinciding with the state funeral about 3 kilometers away. Organizers say about 15,0...  Tue, 27 Sep 2022 09:49:00 GMT
Philippine Vice President Duterte attends Abe's state funeralRepresenting the Philippines at the state funeral of former Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo was Vice President Sara Duterte, the daughter of former President Rodrigo Duterte. The former president is known to have been close to Abe. In 2017, he invited Abe to a meal at his home in Davao on the island of Mindanao. The vice president brought to Japan two condolence letters, one from her father and the other from President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.  Tue, 27 Sep 2022 09:32:00 GMT
Vietnamese President Phuc attends Abe's state funeralVietnamese President Phuc attends Abe's state funeral Vietnamese President Nguyen Xuan Phuc attended the state funeral of former Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo on Tuesday. Phuc and Abe had shared concerns about China's increasing military activities in the South China Sea, and agreed to strengthen maritime defense cooperation. Vietnam's government released a statement on Monday, calling Abe a close friend of the country's leaders and people.  Tue, 27 Sep 2022 09:31:45 GMT
Former French President Sarkozy attends Abe's state funeralFormer French President Sarkozy attends Abe's state funeral Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy attended the state funeral of former Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo on Tuesday. In October 2019, Sarkozy represented France at Emperor Naruhito's enthronement ceremony in Tokyo. On that occasion, he met Abe, who was then the prime minister. After Abe was shot to death in July, Sarkozy posted a condolence message on twitter, saying Abe was a great leader who had many achievements in Japan.  Tue, 27 Sep 2022 09:28:06 GMT
Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong attends Abe funeralSingapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong attends Abe funeral Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong attended the state funeral of former Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo on Tuesday. Lee expressed his deep condolences after Abe's death and posted a photo of the two taken together in Japan on social media. In 2015, Abe attended the state funeral of Lee Kuan Yew, the first Prime Minister of Singapore and the father of the current incumbent.  Tue, 27 Sep 2022 09:28:00 GMT
China represented by deputy head of political advisory bodyChina was represented at the state funeral of former Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo by Wan Gang, Vice Chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, a political advisory body. Wan served as China's Science and Technology Minister for 11 years from 2007, during which time he is said to have visited Japan several times. He is not known to have had links with Abe. The conference has 24 vice chairs, who are believed to be considered as prestigious as the country's vice premiers. China sent Vice President Wang Qishan to last week's funeral of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II. Wang acted as a special representative for President Xi Jinping.  Tue, 27 Sep 2022 09:11:57 GMT
Ministers meet in Tokyo to discuss emissions cutsMinisters meet in Tokyo to discuss emissions cuts Ministers from around the world are meeting in Japan to talk about collaborative efforts to cut carbon emissions. Representatives from more than 20 countries attended a meeting on Monday, the first day of Tokyo Green Transformation Week. Many attended in person. Some took part online. Japan's industry minister Nishimura Yasutoshi warned that abandoning fossil fuels too quickly could have heavy social and economic costs. He said the world needs to invest more in the transition proce...  Tue, 27 Sep 2022 09:11:00 GMT
UK's former PM May and foreign secretary attend Abe's funeralUK's former PM May and foreign secretary attend Abe's funeral Former British Prime Minister Theresa May attended the state funeral of former Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo on Tuesday. May was prime minister for three years from July 2016. Her tenure overlapped with that of Abe. May invited Abe to Chequers, the country house of the British prime minister, in April 2017 as the first foreign leader to be her guest there. She underscored the importance of ties with Japan for Britain's prosperity. British Foreign Secretary...  Tue, 27 Sep 2022 08:43:58 GMT
Qatar leader attends Abe's state funeralQatar leader attends Abe's state funeral The Amir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, attended the state funeral of former Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo on Tuesday. In a message of condolences just after Abe's death, the Amir said Abe was a true friend of Qatar and supported the strong relationship between Qatar and Japan.  Tue, 27 Sep 2022 08:33:20 GMT
Former Japanese Prime Minister Abe's state funeral heldFormer Japanese Prime Minister Abe's state funeral held Japan's longest-serving prime minister is being remembered for his life's work and his tragic death. Former Prime Minister Abe Shinzo was gunned down during an election campaign speech in July. Thousands gathered in Tokyo on Tuesday to mourn. Members of the Imperial Family and lawmakers from across Japan joined the leaders of all three branches of government for the state funeral. About 700 foreign representatives also attended. All stood in silent memory of the slain former prime min...  Tue, 27 Sep 2022 08:15:04 GMT
US Vice President Harris to visit inter-Korean DMZUS Vice President Harris to visit inter-Korean DMZ The White House has revealed that US Vice President Kamala Harris will inspect the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea on Thursday. Harris arrived in Tokyo on Monday to attend Tuesday's state funeral of former Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo. She is scheduled to visit South Korea on Thursday. A White House official said on Tuesday her visit will underscore the strength of the US-South Korea alliance and show Washington's commitment to the South's security in the face of any...  Tue, 27 Sep 2022 07:42:00 GMT
Cambodian prime minister attends Abe's state funeralCambodian prime minister attends Abe's state funeral Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen attended Abe's state funeral on Tuesday. Hun Sen posted a video on his social media account that includes pictures of him with Abe. He assigned flags to be flown at half-mast in July when Abe was shot and killed. Commenting on the shooting, Hun Sen said Abe was his long-time best friend and praised him for further promoting ties between Japan and Cambodia.  Tue, 27 Sep 2022 07:40:11 GMT
Taiwan's former prime minister and speakers of parliament attend Abe's funeralA former Taiwanese prime minister and two former speakers of parliament attended Abe's state funeral on Tuesday. The three include former speaker Su Jia-chyuan. He is the current head of the Taiwan-Japan Relations Association, an organization that works as a liaison with Japan. Former speaker Wang Jin-pyng also attended. The other attendee, Frank Hsieh, is a former prime minister who now heads the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in Japan. A spokesperson for Taiwan's presidential office said the delegation's attendance shows the solid friendship between Taiwan and Japan.  Tue, 27 Sep 2022 07:34:49 GMT
Jordan's King Abdullah attends Abe's funeralJordan's King Abdullah attended the state funeral of former Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo on Tuesday. King Abdullah is known for his close ties with Japan. He has visited Japan numerous times, including before his enthronement in 1999. The king repeatedly held direct talks with Abe.  Tue, 27 Sep 2022 07:34:34 GMT
South Korea's Prime Minister Han attends Abe's state funeralSouth Korean Prime Minister Han Duck-soo attended the state funeral of former Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo on Tuesday. Han is scheduled to hold talks with Japan's Prime Minister Kishida Fumio on Wednesday. He is also planning to meet Japanese political and business leaders during his visit. It is the first time in nearly three years for a South Korean prime minister to visit Japan. The last time was in October 2019, when then Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon attended Emperor Naruhito's enthronement ceremony.  Tue, 27 Sep 2022 06:59:42 GMT