India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
India's Modi eyes breakthrough nuclear pact on Japan trip
NEW DELHI--India is hoping to win Japanese backing for a nuclear energy pact during a visit by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and lure investment into its $85 billion market while addressing Japan's concern about doing business with a nuclear-armed country.
In this photo released by China's Xinhua news agency, Vietnamese special envoy Le Hong Anh, left, poses with Liu Yunshan, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, prior to a meeting in Beijing on Aug. 27. (AP Photo)
China says it wants to mend ties with Vietnam
BEIJING--China's President Xi Jinping told a special envoy from Vietnam on Aug. 27 that both countries should be "friendly to each other" to help mend ties after a flare-up over sovereignty in the South China Sea, the official Xinhua news agency said.
A Toyota factory in Bangalore, India, operating at full capacity in 2010 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
India regulator fines carmakers $420 mln for anti-competitive practices
NEW DELHI--India's pricing regulator has fined more than a dozen global and local carmakers a total of 25.5 billion rupees ($420 million) after a probe found they had engaged in anti-competitive practices in the world's sixth largest auto market.
Ryoji Takayama (Photo by Ayako Nakada)
Former SDF member pursues 'peacekeeping mission' in Cambodia
Ryoji Takayama wasn't done with Cambodia after he returned to Japan at the end of the country's first undertaking in a U.N. peacekeeping mission in 1992.
Malaysian Army soldiers carry a coffin containing one of the bodies of the downed MH17 flight upon arrival at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, Malaysia Aug. 22. (AP Photo)
Malaysia receives bodies from Flight 17 crash
KUALA LUMPUR--The bodies and ashes of 20 Malaysians killed when Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over Ukraine in July arrived home on August 22, the first day of national mourning in the country's history.
Thai new Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha salutes upon arrival to attend an establishment anniversary of the 21st Infantry Regiment, Queen's Guard in Chonburi Province, Thailand, on Aug. 21. (AP Photo)
Thai junta leader appointed Prime Minister by hand-picked parliament
BANGKOK--Thailand's coup leader General Prayuth Chan-ocha was appointed prime minister on Aug. 21 by a legislature he hand-picked, giving the army chief a veneer of legitimacy even while the military presses on with efforts to silence its critics.
Nine unidentified infants were found in this condominium building in northern Bangkok on Aug. 5. Part of the photo is blurred for privacy reasons. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
DNA tests link Japanese man to 15 surrogate babies
BANGKOK--Preliminary DNA test results confirm a match between a Japanese man and 15 infants he was suspected to have fathered with Thai surrogate mothers, Thai police sources said Aug. 20.
Philippine marines keep an eye on Chinese naval activity Aug. 3 off the Sierra Madre, a World War II-era ship that was deliberately run aground on Ayungin Shoal in the Spratly Islands. (Shingo Kuzutani)
PHOTO: 'Just being there' is the mission of elite Philippine squad
SPRATLY ISLANDS--The Philippine marines guarding a key outpost to these disputed islands in the South China Sea pose no threat to anyone.
The dilapidated Sierra Madre, a former U.S. tank landing ship, in Ayungin Shoal of the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea on Aug. 6 (Shingo Kuzutani)
Philippines relies on ‘wreck’ to keep its outpost against China in Spratly Islands
SPRATLY ISLANDS--A rusting World War II-era hulk is all that is stopping China from seizing a vital reef in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea.
Nine unidentified infants were found in this condominium building in northern Bangkok on Aug. 5. Part of the photo is blurred for privacy reasons. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japanese suspect in Thai 'baby factory' scandal hands over DNA samples
BANGKOK--The lawyer of a Japanese man suspected of having fathered at least 12 babies using Thai surrogate mothers submitted DNA samples to Thai police on Aug. 18 in a bid to clear his name.
Indonesian president-elect Joko Widodo during an interview with The Asahi Shimbun in Jakarta on Aug. 11 (Tadao Onaga)
Indonesia ready to mediate sovereignty disputes in the South China Sea
JAKARTA--Indonesia's president-elect, Joko Widodo, is prepared to play peacemaker between China and countries in Southeast Asia that have sovereignty disputes in the South China Sea.
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan Fumio Kishida, left, addresses during the Foreign Ministerial meeting of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Japan, South Korea and China known as Plus-Three, as South Korea's counterpart Yun Byung-se, center, and Chinese counterpart Wang Yi, right, watch in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, on Aug. 9. (AP Photo)
Seoul blames Tokyo for 'damaging' ties at rare foreign ministers’ meeting
NAYPYIDAW, Myanmar--South Korea’s foreign minister lashed out at Japan over wartime history issues but agreed to deepen communications with his Japanese counterpart during their first meeting since September last year.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, right, meets with Vietnam's Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh, left, at a hotel during their meeting outside the venue of the 47th ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting in Naypyitaw on Aug. 9. (AP Photo/ Pool)
Kerry aims to calm South China Sea tensions
NAYPYITAW, Myanmar--U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in Myanmar seeking to calm tensions in the South China Sea between China and its smaller neighbors.
The son of a Japanese soldier, Bienvenido Toshio Shin, who was left behind in the Philippines after World War ll, is welcomed by his relatives at Kagoshima Airport in Kirishima, Kagoshima Prefecture. (Koki Nakamura)
Son of Imperial Japanese Army soldier visits father's homeland for first time
AIRA, Kagoshima Prefecture--A Filipino-Japanese man who was separated from his Japanese father because of World War II visited his father’s homeland of Kagoshima Prefecture for the first time on Aug. 7 and went to his father's grave and met relatives.
Ground crew stand near a Malaysia Airlines aircraft on the tarmac at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) in Sepang, Malaysia. (AP file photo)
Malaysia to delist loss-making flag carrier in major overhaul after 2 disasters
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--Malaysia's state investment company said Aug. 8 it plans to make Malaysia Airlines fully government owned, removing it from the country's stock exchange before carrying out a far-reaching overhaul of the carrier that is reeling from double disasters.
Police said nine unidentified infants were found in this Japanese-owned condominium building in northern Bangkok. (Ryosuke Ono)
9 infants found in Bangkok condos owned by Japanese man
BANGKOK--Thai authorities discovered nine unidentified infants in condominium units here owned by a Japanese man and are investigating possible human trafficking or other criminal intent.
Khieu Samphan, second from right, former Khmer Rouge head of state, and Noun Chea, left, who was the Khmer Rouge's chief ideologist and No. 2 leader, are seen on a screen at the press center of the U.N.-backed war crimes tribunal in Phnom Penh on Aug. 7. (AP Photo)
U.N.-backed tribunal sentences 2 top Khmer Rouge leaders to life in prison
PHNOM PENH--Three and a half decades after the fall of Cambodia's Khmer Rouge, a U.N.-backed tribunal on Aug. 7 sentenced two top leaders of the former regime to life in prison for crimes against humanity during the country's 1970s reign of terror that left close to 2 million people dead.
Thai surrogate mother Pattaramon Chanbua, a 21-year-old food vendor, poses with Gammy, a 9-month old boy who was born with Down syndrome on Aug. 3, at a hospital in southeastern Thailand. The case of an Australian couple accused of abandoning their baby with his Thai surrogate mother after discovering the child had Down syndrome, and taking home his healthy twin, has cast unfavorable light on the largely unregulated business of commercial surrogacy. (AP Photo)
Australians in surrogacy scandal offered to take Down syndrome baby
BANGKOK--The agent who brokered a surrogacy deal for an Australian couple at the center of a scandal that left a Thai mother caring for a baby with Down syndrome said on Aug. 6 the couple had offered to take the boy home with them along with his twin sister.
Children gather in front of a camera in a camp in Kabul in August 2013. (Provided by Fumikazu Nishitani)
Comic storytellers, magician plan to visit war-torn Afghanistan to entertain children
OSAKA--A traveling troupe including two “rakugo” comic storytellers and a magician plans to visit Afghanistan this month to bring much-needed laughter and supplies to children in the war-torn country where suicide bombings remain rampant.
Nepalese soldiers search for bodies of victims beneath the debris after a massive landslide in village Mankha, about 120 kilometers east of Katmandu on Aug. 3. (AP Photo)
More bodies recovered in Nepal landslide; 'no chance' of survivors among over 150 missing
KATMANDU--Rescuers recovered nine more bodies on Aug. 4 from a massive weekend landslide in northern Nepal, raising the official death toll in the disaster to 19, but say there is no chance of finding alive any of the more than 150 people believed still buried under the rubble.

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