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U.S. threatens ‘strongest’ sanctions unless Iran makes sweeping changes, exits Syria

via The Japan Times    May 22, 2018

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks in a meeting with a group of university teachers in Tehran Monday. In response to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's speech on Iran, President Hassan Rouhani described the speech as unacceptable and took issue with the fact that the secretary of state previously led the CIA, long demonized in Iran for its role in a 1953 coup. Pompeo in his speech on Monday demanded wholesale changes in Iran policies post-nuke deal. | IRANIAN PRESIDENCY OFFICE / VIA AP

The Trump administration on Monday demanded that Iran make wholesale changes in its military and regional policies or face “the strongest sanctions in history,” as ...

U.K. decontamination finished at shopping center after nerve agent attack on Russian ex-spy

via The Japan Times    May 22, 2018

A police officer stands on duty outside a pub that has been secured as part of the investigation into the poisoning of former Russian intelligence agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, in Salisbury, Britain, March 12. | REUTERS

A shopping center in the English city where a former Russian spy was found collapsed with his daughter after a nerve agent attack more than ...

25 African migrants come ashore in Brazil after sea rescue

via The Japan Times    May 21, 2018

In this photo released by Maranhao state, African migrants arrive after being rescued by fishermen, at the pier in Sao Jose de Ribamar, Brazil, Sunday. | CARLINHOS PEREIRA / MARANHAO STATE GOVERNMENT / VIA AP

Authorities say about two dozen African migrants have come ashore in northeastern Brazil after being rescued at sea by fishermen.The government of Maranhao state said ...

Greece’s outbound ambassador passes torch

By Louise George Kittaka
- via The Japan Times    May 21, 2018

Loukas Karatsolis, the outgoing Greek ambassador, met with The Japan Times at the embassy in April to share upcoming developments. He predicted a busy time ...

Caracas polls empty as Venezuelans apparently heed call to boycott election allegedly rigged in Maduro’s favor

via The Japan Times    May 21, 2018

Student desks block vehicle access near a polling station during the presidential election in Caracas Sunday. Amid hyperinflation and shortages of food and medicine, President Nicolas Maduro is seeking a second, six-year term in an election that a growing chorus of foreign governments refuse to recognize after key opponents were barred from running. | AP

Voting centers across Venezuela’s capital appeared largely empty for Sunday’s presidential election despite assurances from government officials that millions had turned out to vote by ...

German Nazi hunters in urgent race against time to track down last living war criminals

via The Japan Times    May 21, 2018

Jens Rommel, German prosecutor and head of the Central Office for the Investigation of National Socialist Crimes, stands in the archives room of the institution in Ludwigsburg, southwestern Germany, on April 19. | AFP-JIJI

Tucked away in the picturesque German city of Ludwigsburg, a tiny team of investigators tracks the last surviving Nazi war criminals across the globe and ...

Trump vs. ‘the resistance’ plays out in Washington courtroom

via The Japan Times    May 21, 2018

Chelsea Manning, left, cheers with Dylan Petrohilos, right, of Washington, as they attend a rally in support of the J20 defendants in Washington on May 11. Petrohilos was one of the people detained in Inauguration Day protests and the defendants face multiple felonies. | AP

When police arrested more than 200 anti-Trump protesters on Inauguration Day 2017, it touched off a long-term battle of wits and wills.On one side: a ...

Young filmmakers looking to follow in Hirokazu Kore-eda’s footsteps have their work cut out for them

By Mark Schilling
- via The Japan Times    May 21, 2018

Master class: Director Hirokazu Kore-eda poses with his Palme d'Or trophy at the Cannes Film Festival on May 19. He won the event's top prize for his film, 'Shoplifters.' | AFP-JIJI

Hirokazu Kore-eda joins a list of Japanese master filmmakers after winning the top prize at Cannes. The road he took to get to this point, ...

A trade war gets put ‘on hold’

via The Japan Times    May 21, 2018

U.S. President Donald Trump's desire for a successful summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, and a resolution to the nuclear standoff with North ...

Japan facing toughest security environment since World War II: Onodera

By Daisuke Kikuchi
- via The Japan Times    May 21, 2018

Junior officers of the Maritime Self-Defense Force prepare to undertake navigation training aboard the destroyer Makinami at the MSDF's naval base in Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, on Monday. | DAISUKE KIKUCHI

Amid the nuclear and missile threat posed by North Korea, Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said Monday that Japan is facing its toughest security environment since ...

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