Stories By 'The Straits Times'
The recent Tokyo municipal elections elicited some sharp reactions from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who deemed the outcome a “very severe judgment” on his administration and a wake-up call for his Liberal Democratic Party (LDP).
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The 48-hour extension of the deadline for Qatar to accept a list of demands, or face further sanctions, continues the ill-judged actions taken by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt against a small Persian Gulf neighbour.
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Asked to show up at polling booths for the fourth time in six weeks, French voters registered their fatigue with a turnout of just under 43 per cent.
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American President Donald Trump has shown a tendency to go where few of his predecessors have dared to tread.
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The decision by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt and other countries to sever ties with Qatar reveals the depth of political dissonance in the Middle East.
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The most reassuring signal from new South Korean President Moon Jae In is his willingness to go to Washington, Beijing, Tokyo and “even Pyongyang in the right circumstances” to help resolve the North Korean nuclear crisis.
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