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  • new storySouth China Sea watch: New islands rising, ASEAN worried story has photos
    Updated: May-07-15 3:05 am

    The dispute over the strategic waterways of the South China Sea has intensified, pitting a rising China against its smaller and militarily weaker neighbors who all lay claim to a string of isles, coral reefs and lagoons known as the Spratly and the Paracel islands. Only about 45 of them are occupied. The area is the third-busiest global shipping lane, rich in fish and potentially gas and oil reserves, but has emerged as a possible flashpoint involving world powers and regional claimants.

  • Japanese leader doesn't offer customary apology for WWII story has photos
    Updated: Apr-22-15 10:16 am

    JAKARTA, Indonesia - South Korea expressed deep regret Wednesday that Japan's leader did not repeat his predecessors' apologies for the country's aggression during World War II.

  • Japanese lawmakers visit shrine honoring war criminals story has photos
    Updated: Apr-21-15 9:52 pm

    TOKYO - More than 100 Japanese lawmakers paid respects Wednesday at a Tokyo shrine that honors Japan's war dead, including World War II leaders, but Cabinet ministers and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe did not participate in the spring ritual.