Indonesian presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto gestures during a press conference in Jakarta, Indonesia July 22. (AP Photo)
Ex-general to challenge Indonesian election defeat
JAKARTA--Indonesia's losing presidential candidate plans to file a legal challenge in the nation's highest court, his campaign said July 23, a move that may prolong the political uncertainty in the country's transition to democracy.
Presidential candidate Joko Widodo gestures after a news conference in Jakarta on July 22. (AP Photo)
Jakarta governor Widodo wins Indonesian presidency
JAKARTA--Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo, who captured the hearts of millions of Indonesians with his common man image, was declared the winner of the country's presidential election on July 22, calling it a victory for all of the nation's people.
Rescuers try to remove a steal frame from a collapsed concrete roof which has killed and injured a number of people after they took shelter during heavy rains in Shenzhen in south China's Guangdong province on July 18. (AP Photo)
Strongest typhoon in decades kills 17 in southern China; Philippine death up to 94
BEIJING--The strongest typhoon to hit southern China in four decades has killed 17 people after claiming at least 94 lives in the Philippines, officials said on July 20.
Actress Keiko Matsuzaka, center, and filmmaker Kazuki Omori, left, during a news conference to announce the production of “Have a last life in Vietnam” in Hanoi on June 3 (Manabu Sasaki)
Film in works about revival of elderly Japanese woman in Vietnam
HANOI--The true story of a Japanese woman who found new life in Vietnam at the age of 81 after developing senile dementia is being adapted into a feature film.
Vietnamese farmer and carpenter Pham Duc Viet stands at home in Vu Hoi, Vietnam. When his wife moved to Taiwan nine years ago to work as a maid--earning far more than she could in rice paddies in this northern Vietnamese hamlet--Pham Duc Viet took over the household chores and raised their two children on top of his regular work as a farmer and carpenter. Now, the double duty is second nature for Viet, 48, as it with many male neighbors. (AP Photo)
As Vietnam's women go abroad, dads tend the home
VU HOI, Vietnam--When his wife moved to Taiwan nine years ago to work as a maid--earning far more than she could in the rice paddies of this northern Vietnamese hamlet--Pham Duc Viet took over the household chores and raised their two children on top of his regular work as a farmer and carpenter.
Thai Premier Yingluck Shinawatra at a polling station in Bangkok during the country's general election on Feb. 2. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Thai junta gives ex-PM green light to go abroad
BANGKOK--Thailand's military government gave permission for former premier Yingluck Shinawatra to travel overseas for the first time since they overthrew her government in May, a spokesman said on July 17.
In this May 7, 2012 file photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, Haiyang Shiyou oil rig 981, the first deep-water drilling rig developed in China, is pictured at 320 kilometers southeast of Hong Kong in the South China Sea. China on July 16, 2014 moved an oil rig that it had deployed in a section of the South China Sea, triggering a dispute with Vietnam. Beijing deployed the massive rig in early May close to the Paracel Islands, triggering a furious reaction in Hanoi and the most serious uptick in tensions in the waters in years. (AP file photo/ Xinhua)
China ends drilling operations in disputed sea
SHANGHAI/ HANOI--A Chinese oil rig has finished drilling near the disputed Paracel islands in the South China Sea after finding signs of oil and gas and is being moved away from the area, more than two months after its deployment damaged relations with Hanoi.
Residents troop to an evacuation center as typhoon Rammasun is approaching to the northeastern Philippines, in Legazpi city, Albay province about 340 kilometers southeast of Manila, Philippines July 15.  (AP Photo)
Hundreds of thousands flee from Philippine typhoon
MANILA--Still haunted by a deadly typhoon that struck last year, hundreds of thousands of villagers fled from disaster-prone areas July 15 as a typhoon blew closer toward the northeastern Philippines, where it was expected to hit land at nightfall before barreling across densely populated regions toward the capital.
European foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, left, and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, right, wait for the start of closed-door nuclear talks in Vienna, Austria, on July 3. (AP Photo)
In compromise, Iran proposes IAEA oversight of uranium enrichment program
TEHRAN--Iran has offered a compromise proposal that would place its uranium enrichment program under the oversight of the International Atomic Energy Agency, an Iranian government source said.
Former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani in an interview with The Asahi Shimbun in Tehran (Daisuke Kanda)
Rafsanjani says Tehran ready to work with U.S., Iraq
TEHRAN--Iran is prepared to work with the United States to end the fighting in Iraq, according to former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe signs an agreement with Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on July 8 on defense equipment and technology exchanges. (Shogo Koshida)
Japan, Australia to develop closer defense ties with eye toward containing China
The close relationship being developed between Japan and Australia is being orchestrated with one target in mind: China.
In this image made from video released by Vietnam Coast Guard, a Chinese coast guard vessel, right, fires water cannon at a Vietnamese vessel off the coast of Vietnam after China deployed an oil rig in disputed South China Sea waters on May 4. (AP file photo/ Vietnam Coast Guard)
Chinese patrol ships arrest 6 Vietnamese fishermen
HANOI, Vietnam--Chinese patrol ships arrested six Vietnamese fishermen in waters off China's Hainan Island, officials said on July 4, an incident likely to heighten tensions between the nations as they spar over a territorial dispute.
Bhutanese Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay (Photo by Masanobu Furuya)
Bhutan looks to Japan’s green cars as road to happiness
The Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan has an enlightened plan to make its people even happier by spreading the use of eco-friendly vehicles in the country.
Photojournalist Bunyo Ishikawa poses in front of his pictures on Vietnam. (Yuki Takayama)
Photojournalist donating Vietnam War pictures to Ho Chi Minh City museum
Famed Japanese photojournalist Bunyo Ishikawa will donate 150 pictures of the Vietnam War and the postwar suffering caused by chemical defoliants to the War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh City.
Ethnic Uighur Muslims line up beside a police van in Khlong Hoi Khong of southern Songkhla province, Thailand, on March 15. Thailand said Saturday it suspected a group of 200 people recently rescued from a human trafficking camp were ethnic Uighur Muslims, as calls mounted from the international community to protect the group and ensure they are not forced back to China. (AP Photo)
U.S. says Thailand, Malaysia, Venezuela among worst human trafficking centers
WASHINGTON--The U.S. State Department downgraded Thailand, Malaysia and Venezuela on June 20 to its list of the world's worst centers of human trafficking, opening up the countries to possible sanctions and dumping them in the same category as North Korea and Syria.
Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi, left, shakes hands with Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh before their talks in Hanoi on June 18. (Pool)
China scolds Vietnam for 'hyping up' South China Sea oil rig row
HANOI/ BEIJING--China's top diplomat scolded Vietnamese officials during talks in Hanoi on June 18 for "hyping up" a row over a Chinese oil rig drilling in disputed waters in the South China Sea, in tough comments that suggest relations will remain rocky.
Chinese people chat in front of an administration office building for the Xisha, Nansha, Zhongsha islands in July 2012 on Yongxing Island, the government seat of Sansha City off China's Hainan province. (AP file photo)
China builds island school as Manila proposes ban on construction in South China Sea
BEIJING--China rejected a suggestion by the Philippines on June 16 for a regionwide ban on construction in the South China Sea after Beijing began building a school on a rugged outpost it created to strengthen its claims to disputed waters.
Thailand's Army commander Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha, left, arrives at the Royal Thai Army Club in Bangkok on June 13. (AP Photo)
Thailand says no policy to 'sweep and clean' illegal migrants
BANGKOK--Thailand's junta denied on June 16 that they were pursuing a "sweep and clean" policy of driving illegal foreign workers out of the country, despite mass departures by fearful Cambodians since the military took power last month.
Soldiers and police officers are on alert in Chiang Mai, Thailand, on May 26. (The Asahi Shimbun)
Thai military promises government by August, lifts curfew
BANGKOK--Thailand's ruling military government lifted a nationwide curfew on June 13 to bolster the country's vital tourism industry and promised to install an interim government in August.
A Tajikistan Drug Control Agency warehouse in Dushanbe where seized drugs are stored (Kazuhiro Sekine)
Afghan connection a headache for Tajikistan as it cracks down on drugs trade
DUSHANBE, Tajikistan--Stacked floor to ceiling, seized opium and hashish in a warehouse here is testimony to the thriving drug smuggling trade from neighboring war-torn Afghanistan.

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