Russian forces leave Snake Island, keep up eastern assault
Russia on Thursday pulled back its forces from a strategically placed Black Sea island where they have faced relentless Ukrainian attacks, but kept up its push to encircle the last bulwark of Ukraine's resistance in the eastern province of Luhansk.
US professor recalls Hong Kong handover 25 years ago
China is holding a series of events to commemorate the July 1, 1997, handover of Hong Kong by the United Kingdom.
New Zealand designates Proud Boys a terrorist organization
New Zealand's government has declared that American far-right groups the Proud Boys and The Base are terrorist organizations.
USS Abraham Lincoln arrives in Hawaii for RIMPAC kickoff  
Navies from 26 nations are participating in RIMPAC, which runs to Aug. 4 in waters near Hawaii and Southern California.
Dictator’s son Marcos Jr. takes oath as Philippine president
Ferdinand Marcos Jr., the namesake son of an ousted dictator, has been sworn in as Philippine president.
Noise complaints more than double at Japan air base with arrival of Air Force fighters
Complaints typically fall off in June, when the Navy’s Carrier Air Wing 5 is at sea with the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, an official said. 
Hong Kong in limbo 25 years after British handover to China
Twenty-five years after Britain handed Hong Kong over to China, the city is in limbo.
US accuses companies in China of aiding Russia’s military
The United States has accused several companies and research institutes in China of supporting Russia’s military after the Ukraine invasion began, in one of the first concrete signs of Chinese entities allegedly helping Russia against Washington’s wishes.
Japan’s Kishida seeks major upgrade of NATO ties
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida called for a significant upgrade of his country’s ties with NATO, as he became the first Japanese premier to attend a summit of the alliance.
South Korea approves first homemade COVID-19 vaccine
South Korea has approved its first domestically developed COVID-19 vaccine for people 18 years or older. The newly developed vaccine was designed for the original version of the coronavirus, not the more transmissible omicron variant that wreaked havoc in the country earlier this year.
Tropical Storm 05W (Aere), # 7: Latest wind-forecast timeline
Okinawa can expect peak 52-mph sustained winds and 63-mph gusts at 1 a.m. Sunday. Bases remain in TCCOR Storm Watch.
Scout district in Japan recognizes first female Eagle Scout
For her project, Lillian Vogel renovated a garden at Yokosuka Middle School that had fallen into disrepair during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Australia prioritizes reducing emissions and cheaper EVs
Australia’s new government is putting climate change at the top of its legislative agenda when Parliament sits next month for the first time since the May 21 election, with bills to enshrine a cut in greenhouse gas emissions and make electric cars cheaper.
Australia talks down prospect of having nuclear subs by 2030
Australia's new defense minister is talking down the prospect of Australia acquiring U.S. nuclear-powered submarines by the end of the decade.
Mattis marries physicist in Vegas ceremony
Former Marine Gen. and Defense Secretary James Mattis married a physicist in a ceremony officiated by an Elvis impersonator Saturday in Las Vegas, according to reports.
Taiwan official pushes for approval of U.S. computer chip subsidies
Taiwan’s biggest semiconductor manufacturer has started building a computer-chip factory in Arizona and is hiring U.S. engineers and sending them to Taiwan for training, but the pace of construction will depend on Congress approving federal subsidies.
Embrace of NATO in China’s back yard stokes Xi’s worst fears
Ever since Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, China has blamed NATO for antagonizing Russia and accused the U.S. of seeking to set up a similar alliance in the Asia-Pacific. The presence of four leaders from the region in Spain this week will only make Beijing more paranoid.