Japan elections: Vote scheduled for October 22

Japan will go to the polls in a week, after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called an early election.

Asia Pacific

Rohingya repatriation minister: Exodus may be 'planned'

The Myanmar government minister responsible for repatriating Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh has told Al Jazeera the Rohingya may have 'planned' their exodus to give the appearance of ethnic cleansing.

Asia Pacific

Busan Film Festival opens amid political controversy

Asia's biggest film festival has opened in South Korea.

Rodrigo Duterte

Duterte: Drug war shift to satisfy 'bleeding hearts'

President launches into curse-laden tirade at foreign critics of a campaign that has killed thousands of Filipinos.

Duterte: Drug war shift to satisfy 'bleeding hearts'


Floods and landslides kill 37; 40 missing in Vietnam

Casualties include four families whose houses were buried in a landslide early Thursday while they were sleeping.

Floods and landslides kill 37; 40 missing in Vietnam


Myanmar blocks UN investigators from areas of reported atrocities

The UN is accusing Myanmar's security forces of torture, killings and the rape of children, as part of what it says were "well-organised, coordinated and systematic attacks" against Rohingya.

Business & Economy

Japan steel giant's shares melt as misconduct scandal grows

The impact of the Kobe Steel scandal is starting to be felt. One of Japan's largest steelmakers has lost more than a third of its stock market value in a record two-day slide after admitting it falsified product data on its products.

Human Rights

Rohingya flee Myanmar due to hunger after atrocities

Access to Rohingya towns is severely restricted by Myanmar's government, preventing aid agencies from reaching them and resulting in warnings that a lack of food is leading to another wave of displacement.

South Korea

S Korea has military festival as N Korea rulers mark anniversary

South Korea has launched an annual military festival which they expect will attract at least one million visitors.


Japan's Abe faces challenges from new parties in snap election

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was hoping to take advantage of an opposition caught off guard by a snap election. But new political parties could make this election unpredictable.

Asia Pacific

Thai military ruler pledges elections in November 2018

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha announces elections after repeatedly delaying them since taking power in a coup.

Thai military ruler pledges elections in November 2018

Inside Story

Can fake news on social media be stopped?

Facebook says it has developed a tool to give users more context on what they read.

Asia Pacific

Australia court set to rule on MPs' dual citizenship cases

Australia's highest court is set to decide this week whether seven members of parliament should be sacked for having dual citizenship when they were elected, which is banned under the country's constitution.

Asia Pacific

ArtNext: Emerging Hong Kong artists showcase work

At Hong Kong's ArtNext exhibition, emerging artists have a platform to showcase their work.


Vietnam braces for heavy rain and flooding

Tropical Depression 23W has developed in the South China Sea threatening floods across parts of Indo-China.

Vietnam braces for heavy rain and flooding