Many believe the recent ousting of Bolivian President Evo Morales is a consequence of his tight controls over the country's lithium resources.
Despite involvement in a number of conflicts in Eastern Europe and the Middle East, and accusations of interference in the US, Moscow enjoys increasingly positive perceptions.
Police said an acquaintance found the 28-year-old dead at her home in southern Seoul and reported it to authorities. The cause of death wasn’t immediately known.
Seoul and Tokyo are both major US allies, democracies and market economies faced with an overbearing China and the wayward North. But their relationship continues to be heavily affected by their history.
North Korea said it sees no legitimate reason for its leader Kim Jong-un to attend the ASEAN summit, accusing South Korea of harming relations by depending on the US in resolving inter-Korean issues.
Mark Esper and his South Korean counterpart announced that US and South Korea are postponing a joint military air exercise that North Korea has criticised as provocative.
Jody Williams, who is a Nobel Peace laureate, said lethal autonomous weapons are crossing a moral and ethical Rubicon and should not be allowed to exist and be used in combat or in any other way.
The storm hit southern parts of the country on Wednesday night, prompting flood warnings and triggering landslides in affected areas.
The launch came hours after a senior North Korean diplomat announced that North Korea and the United States have agreed to resume working-level nuclear negotiations this weekend.
The difficult relationship between two key US allies in Asia-Pacific has become a full-blown trade war, which is bound to have an impact on the global economy.
Nearly 22,000 pigs have been culled since the outbreak was first confirmed last week in the border towns of Paju and Yeoncheon, but officials have yet to identify the infection route.
The spectacular appointment as environment minister of the telegenic Shinjiro Koizumi, the 38-year-old son of much-loved former PM Junichiro Koizumi, set tongues wagging in Tokyo political classes as the Abe era draws to a close.
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