Blast in Nagorno-Karabakh injures more than 200 as thousands flee to Armenia, local official says

A powerful blast rocked the mountainous Nagorno-Karabakh region Monday evening as ethnic Armenians streamed out of the breakaway territory after the Azerbaijani military reclaimed full control of it in a lighting offensive last week.

Biden tells Pacific islands leaders that he hears their warnings about climate change and will act

President Joe Biden on Monday told leaders from the 18-member Pacific Islands Forum that he has heard their warnings about the impact of climate change on their region and that his administration is committed to helping them meet the challenge.

Space Force is boosting its footprint in Japan, top Guardian says in Tokyo

The US Space Force is expanding its presence in Japan with the transfer of an Army missile-tracking unit and possibly establishing a headquarters in the country, the Space Force commander said.

USS Ronald Reagan lingers longer during patrol’s midpoint break in Japan

The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan is late returning to its routine patrol, having missed five planned departure dates in the past week, according to the city of Yokosuka.

Japanese F-35 stealth fighter refuels with engines running for first time on Guam

The first “hot-pit” refueling of an F-35A Lightning II during the inaugural overseas deployment of Japan’s fifth-generation fighter jets took place on Guam.

Army specialist dies after vehicle strikes utility pole on Okinawa

Spc. Izaiah Sneed, who was assigned to Kadena Air Base, died in a car crash, police said.

Japanese students get crash course in American football at culture-exchange camp

American football provided the backdrop for a cultural exchange between U.S. and Japanese high school students over the weekend at this base south of Hiroshima.

South Korea seeks Xi’s visit to mark ‘turning point’ in ties

“It is expected that this will be a turning point in Korea-China relations,” Cho said. “This is the goal we must achieve.”

Leaders of Syria and China announce strategic partnership as part of Asian Games diplomacy

China and Syria announced the formation of a strategic partnership on Friday as Chinese leader Xi Jinping kicked off a series of diplomatic meetings ahead of the upcoming Asian Games.

US will establish diplomatic ties with the Cook Islands and Niue as Biden hosts Pacific leaders

President Joe Biden is set to establish diplomatic relations Monday with two South Pacific nations, the Cook Islands and Niue, as his administration aims to show to Pacific Island leaders that it is committed to increasing American presence in the region.

A small group of Lahaina residents returns to homes destroyed by deadly wildfire

Some Lahaina residents returned to their devastated properties Monday for the first time since the Hawaii town was destroyed by wildfire nearly seven weeks ago.

US ambassador to Japan calls Chinese ban on Japanese seafood ‘economic coercion’

U.S. Ambassador to Japan Rahm Emanuel accused China of using “economic coercion” against Japan by banning imports of Japanese seafood in response to the release of treated wastewater from the damaged Fukushima nuclear plant into the ocean, while Chinese boats continue to fish off Japan’s coasts.

China’s quest for human genetic data spurs fears of a DNA arms race

China offered multiple countries help with covid-19 testing during the pandemic. The payoff for Beijing included access to the DNA of millions of people.

Hawaii’s governor vows that tourists won’t displace Maui fire survivors

Displaced survivors of the Lahaina fire have been assured that they will not be forced to leave their hotels and other temporary accommodations once West Maui opens to tourism. In addition, the Army Corps of Engineers is expected to provide up to $1.5B in construction work to help with Lahaina’s recovery.

India’s Parliament passes law that will reserve a third of legislature seats for women from 2029

India’s Parliament has approved landmark legislation that reserves one-third of the seats in its powerful lower house and in state legislatures for women to ensure more equal representation, ending a 27-year impasse over the bill amid a lack of consensus among political parties.

US, Vietnam coast guard cooperation grows tighter after Biden visit

The U.S. and Vietnamese coast guards will expand a working relationship on the high seas in the wake of U.S. President Joe Biden’s visit, according to a top American diplomat.

North Korea’s Kim sets forth steps to boost Russia ties as US and Seoul warn about weapons deals

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered unspecified steps to further develop relations with Russia after his recent visit to the country as his foreign rivals warn that any cooperation on military weapons would be dangerous and bring consequences.