Marine in Japan who refused COVID-19 vaccine is in brig facing new allegations
A Marine lance corporal in Japan who refused the COVID-19 vaccine has for a third time failed to board a U.S.-bound flight, this time to begin an administrative discharge based on new allegations, a Marine Corps spokesman said.
Marcos seeks foreign minister talks with China on sea feuds
China and the Philippines, along with Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan, have been locked in an increasingly tense standoff over their overlapping claims in the busy and resource-rich South China Sea, which is regarded as a potential Asian flashpoint.
Study suggests Earth’s inner core may be slowing its spin
The provocative findings come after years of research and deep scientific disagreements about the core and how it influences some of the most fundamental aspects of our planet.
Turbans or helmets? Indian army purchase revives debate over Sikh headgear
The Indian military is planning to buy thousands of helmets designed specially for Sikhs, forcing them to navigate the dueling mandates of religious and secular authorities.
AFN Now app will livestream NFL championship games, Super Bowl
The network will livestream next weekend’s NFC and AFC championship games and the Super Bowl on Feb. 12 after successfully testing the live function last weekend, AFN officials said.
Pentagon officials to visit major US bases in Japan to discuss civilian health care
News of two officials’ visit to Japan follows months of confusion after changes that abruptly limited on-base health care options for anyone other than those covered by the military’s Tricare Prime medical plan.
Amphibious warship constitutes a key piece of Taiwan’s defense against invasion
The Yushan, the largest ship in the Taiwanese navy, is the first of a planned fleet of four such vessels.
Thousands run first post-pandemic Frostbite road race at US air base in Japan
Japanese and American runners of all ages and abilities turned out for a run at Yokota Air Base.
Kishida prioritizes arms buildup, reversing low birthrate
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida says Japan faces the severest security environment in the region since the end of World War II and pledged to push a military buildup under a newly adopted security strategy.
Public viewing at palace for ‘last Hawaiian princess’
The casket bearing the 96-year-old heiress long considered the last Hawaiian princess went on public display Sunday in the downtown Honolulu palace that benefited from her wealth.
Chris Hipkins confirmed as New Zealand leader, picks deputy
Chris Hipkins has been confirmed as New Zealand's next prime minister and he chose Carmel Sepuloni as his deputy, marking the first time a person with Pacific Island heritage has risen to that rank.
Hiroshima Peace Museum visit likely to be on G7 summit itinerary
Arrangements are being made for the leaders of the Group of Seven nations to visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum when they visit Hiroshima for the G7 summit on May 19-21, several government sources said.
IAEA says Fukushima water release to follow safety standards
The head of a U.N. nuclear agency task force assessing the safety of Japan's plan to release treated water from the wreaked Fukushima nuclear plant into the sea says Japanese regulators have shown their commitment to comply with international safety standards.
Envoy says Taiwan learns from Ukraine war
Taiwan's top envoy to the U.S. says her self-ruled island's leaders are scrambling to adapt the hard-won lessons of Ukraine's conflict for their own deterrence and defense against any attack by China.
Chris Hipkins to be New Zealand's next prime minister
Education Minister Chris Hipkins is set to become New Zealand's next prime minister after he was the only candidate to enter the contest to replace Jacinda Ardern.
Marines, Honolulu police and federal agents hold raid exercises on Oahu
Under cover of darkness on Tuesday night, members of the Honolulu Police Department’s SWAT team, federal agents and members of the Marine Corps’ Okinawa-based Maritime Raid Force quietly made their way into Aloha Stadium as part of an urban combat training exercise.
What to know about the suspected Russian spy ship seen near Hawaii
Foreign military ships can legally enter the U.S. exclusive economic zone. But the Pentagon said it is “precarious timing” for a Russian vessel to be there.
India backs Sri Lanka to secure IMF bailout plan amid crisis
India's foreign minister said Friday his country has given financial assurances to the International Monetary Fund to facilitate a bailout plan to help neighboring Sri Lanka emerge from its worst economic crisis, in a first formal announcement from one of the island nation's creditors.
Moving US military stocks from South Korea for Ukraine leaves no readiness impact, Pentagon says
Drawing American military supplies from South Korea to assist Ukraine in its war against Russia will not affect U.S. military readiness on the Korean Peninsula, military officials said Friday.