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Fall of Raqqa no end game for U.S. as Islamic State, other extremist threats persist, spread

via The Japan Times    Oct 18, 2017

Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighters ride atop of military vehicles as they celebrate victory in Raqqa, Syria, Tuesday. | REUTERS

The imminent fall of the Islamic State’s de facto capital leaves America a multitude of tasks to restore stability in the Middle East, starting with ...

Hopes fade in desperate search for scores still missing in Somalia’s largest terrorist bombing

via The Japan Times    Oct 18, 2017

A Somali volunteer prays at the scene of last Saturday's explosion in KM4 street in the Hodan district in Mogadishu Tuesday. | REUTERS

Anguished families scoured Somalia’s capital Tuesday in search of scores still missing from Saturday’s bomb blast that killed more than 300 people in one of ...

The enduring basis of strong India-Japan relations

By Ramesh Thakur
- via The Japan Times    Oct 18, 2017

Compelling economic and geopolitical factors are drawing Japan and India closer.

After huge yet unclaimed bombing deadly to over 300, Somalia fears renewed al-Shabab onslaught

via The Japan Times    Oct 17, 2017

As the toll rises above 300 from one of the world’s deadliest attacks in years, the al-Shabab extremist group has sent a powerful signal that ...

Ahead of important political event, Beijing imposes gag on domestic media coverage of North Korea

via The Japan Times    Oct 16, 2017

China’s propaganda authorities have issued an order barring domestic media outlets from doing original reporting on North Korean nuclear and missile issues, sources with knowledge ...

Al-Shabab mum as fatalities reach 231 and counting in deadliest single attack in Somalia history

via The Japan Times    Oct 16, 2017

Civilians carry the body of an unidentified man from the scene of an explosion in KM4 street in the Hodan district of Mogadishu Sunday. | REUTERS

The most powerful bomb blast ever witnessed in Somalia’s capital killed at least 231 people with more than 275 injured, a senator said Sunday, making ...

49ers players kneel again as talks loom over protest controversy

via The Japan Times    Oct 16, 2017

Members of the San Francisco 49ers kneel and stand during the playing of the National Anthem before an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins in Landover, Maryland, Sunday. Kneeling are (from left) strong safety Eric Reid (35), wide receiver Marquise Goodwin (11) and defensive back Adrian Colbert (38). | AP

Seven players for the San Francisco 49ers knelt during the U.S. national anthem Sunday at Washington in their first contest since prompting U.S. President Mike ...

Kenyan opposition leader Odinga, who withdrew from vote re-run, calls for protests despite ban

via The Japan Times    Oct 16, 2017

Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga, the presidential candidate of the National Super Alliance (NASA) coalition, addresses supporters during a rally in Mombasa, Kenya, Sunday. | REUTERS

Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga, who withdrew from a presidential election re-run set for Oct. 26 saying it should only take place once wide-ranging reforms ...

The Iran nuclear deal is bad — and necessary

By Ehud Barak
- via The Japan Times    Oct 16, 2017

So long as Tehran remains compliant, the nuclear deal — however bad it is — remains our best chance to prevent Iran from becoming a ...

Death toll from truck bomb blast in Somalia’s capital rises to 53

via The Japan Times    Oct 15, 2017

The death toll from the most powerful bomb blast witnessed in Somalia’s capital rose to 53 as hospitals struggled to cope with the high number ...

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