National Bureau of Investigation agents secure alleged leader Grandeur Pepito Guerrero, center, of a group who call themselves as USAFE as he arrives for inquest proceedings at the Department of Justice in Manila on Sept. 2. (AP Photo)
Anti-China group nabbed for planned Manila attacks
MANILA--Philippine authorities said on Sept. 2 that they arrested three men linked to a group that was planning to set off firebombs at Manila's international airport and a major mall in the city to protest the government's alleged "soft" stance in its territorial dispute with China. The military, however, downplayed the planned attacks, saying the men were just seeking attention.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi at the State Guest House in Tokyo on Sept. 1 (Pool)
Japan and India vow to boost strategic ties during summit
Japan and India agreed on Sept. 1 to strengthen strategic ties as Asia's second and third biggest economies keep a wary eye on a rising China, and said they would accelerate talks on the possible sale of an amphibious aircraft to India's navy.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe welcomes Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the Kyoto State Guest House on Aug. 30. (Pool)
INSIGHT: Japan, India joining hands to counter China’s ‘String of Pearls’
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe took Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to a centuries-old Buddhist temple in Kyoto known for its five-storied pagoda and its tranquillity.
In Aug. 25, 2014 file this photo released by Thai Spokesman Office, Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha speaks after he accepted a written royal command issued by King Bhumibol Adulyadej certifying his appointment as the country's 29th premier in Bangkok. (AP Photo)
Thai junta leader stacks Cabinet with military men
BANGKOK--The general who transitioned from Thailand's junta leader to prime minister has awarded key Cabinet posts to his trusted allies from the armed forces, the latest in a series of moves that critics say will prolong the military's grip on power.
Newly constructed facilities on an artificial island on Johnson South Reef in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, on July 29 (Provided by Philippine military sources)
Photos reveal newly constructed Chinese military facilities in Spratly Islands
PHNOM PENH--China is rushing to build military-related facilities on reefs in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, aerial photos taken by the Philippine military show.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a news conference on Aug. 29 in New Delhi (Provided by the Indian government)
New Indian prime minister seeks strengthened security ties with Tokyo
NEW DELHI--On the eve of his first visit to Japan as India's new prime minister, Narendra Modi said Aug. 29 that he hoped the two countries will enhance their security ties.
In this June 5, 2014 file photo, Myanmar model May Myat Noe, winner of Miss Asia Pacific World 2014 pageant, waves a miniature flag of the country upon her arrival at Yangon International Airport in Yangon, Myanmar. (AP Photo)
Ex-Myanmar beauty queen accused of stealing crown
YANGON--Myanmar's first international beauty queen has absconded with her $100,000 crown after being stripped of her title for being rude and dishonest, organizers said August 29.
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.

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