References to PM Abe, wife and finance chief removed from documents tied to suspected scandal

References to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, his wife and Finance Minister Taro Aso were removed from documents related to a suspected cronyism scandal, according to the documents seen by Reuters, as concerns grew about a possible cover-up.

China’s determination to maintain peace in disputed territory ‘unchangeable, sincere’ – foreign affairs chief

Chinese Foreign Affairs Minister Wang Yi said China is always firm and has consistently dealt with the South China Sea issue responsively, taking into account the interests of its people, the facts of the history, the regional peace and the international rule of law.

PH military chief, ASEAN counterparts want peace in South China Sea

Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief-of-staff Gen. Rey Leonardo Guerrero strongly agreed with his nine other ASEAN counterparts on the “importance of maintaining and promoting peace and security in the South China Sea."

Gunman and three hostages found dead at California veterans home

(UPDATE - 1:25 P.M.) Three women and a gunman who held them hostage at a California veterans home were found dead late on Friday, bringing a tragic end to an all-day standoff with police at the sprawling facility, authorities said.

Trump says North Korea’s Kim promises to give up nuclear weapons, plans first-ever meeting

U.S. President Donald Trump said he was prepared to meet North Korea’s Kim Jong Un in what would be the first face-to-face encounter between the two countries’ leaders and potentially mark a major breakthrough in nuclear tensions with Pyongyang.

NASA’s Juno spacecraft shows Jupiter beneath the clouds

The interior of Jupiter is just as intriguing as the planet’s dazzling surface, with a swirling mixture of liquid hydrogen and helium at its center, vast atmospheric jet streams and exotic gravitational properties, scientists said on Wednesday.
China’s resolve to protect peace and stability in the South China Sea is unshakeable, Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Thursday.

Florida lawmakers pass gun-school safety bill three weeks after massacre

Florida state lawmakers gave final passage on Wednesday to a gun-safety package that raises the legal age for buying rifles and imposes a three-day waiting period on all firearms sales, while also allowing the arming of some public school personnel.

Former Russian spy, daughter poisoned with nerve agent – Britain

A nerve agent was used to deliberately poison a former Russian double agent and his daughter, Britain’s top counter-terrorism officer said on Wednesday, in a case that threatens to further damage London’s ties with Moscow.

Senators ask vote machine vendors about Russian access to source code

Two Democratic senators on Wednesday asked major vendors of US voting equipment whether they have allowed Russian entities to scrutinize their software, saying the practice could allow Moscow to hack into American elections infrastructure.

Rohingya genocide continues in Myanmar — U.N. official

Myanmar’s “ethnic cleansing” of Rohingya Muslims was continuing, a senior U.N. human rights official said on Tuesday, more than six months after insurgent attacks sparked a security response that has driven nearly 700,000 people into Bangladesh.

Florida Senate votes against arming most classroom teachers

Florida’s Republican-controlled Senate voted on Monday to generally exclude classroom teachers from a plan to allow school staff to carry firearms as part of a package of measures in response to a school shooting that took 17 lives last month.

Aid reaches Ghouta but retreats as Syrian govt presses assault

Aid trucks reached Syria’s eastern Ghouta region on Monday for the first time since the start of one of the war’s deadliest assaults, but the government stripped some medical supplies from the convoy and pressed on with its air and ground assault.