Japan chalked up a goods trade surplus of ¥1.92 trillion ($17 billion) in the fiscal first half amid robust exports to Asia and the United States, but was squeezed by rising energy imports, government data showed Thursday.
Japan logs goods trade surplus
Sexual predators and human traffickers are flocking to Rohingya refugee camps on the Bangladesh-Myanmar border looking to exploit vulnerable women and children of the suppressed Muslim minority, aide groups warned.
Sex traffickers preying on Rohingya children: Report
A record number of minors were victims of crimes such as child pornography and prostitution through social media in the first half of 2017, Japan’s police data showed on Thursday.
Cases of minors falling prey to crimes via social media rise
South Korean President Moon Jae-in called on police officers Friday to focus only on protecting the lives and rights of the people, saying it was the people they must be most concerned about.
South Korean president urges police to better protect people
The leader of Pakistan’s Jamaat-ul-Ahrar (JuA), an offshoot of the country’s Taliban militant group, has been killed in a US drone strike in neighboring Afghanistan.
Pakistan’s Jamaat-ul-Ahrar leader killed in US drone strike in Afghanistan
North Korea has threatened to launch an “unimaginable” strike on the United States as massive joint US-South Korean naval drills are underway off the Korean Peninsula, involving colossal American aircraft carrier the USS Ronald Reagan.
North Korea threatens to launch ‘unimaginable’ strike on US
A Pakistani court has indicted former premier Nawaz Sharif and his family members on corruption charges, in a case that could ultimately see the former leader jailed.
Pakistan court indicts Sharif on corruption charges
Iranian and Russian ministers of defense emphasized on fighting violence, terrorism, and extremism on a phone conversation on Thursday and discussed the most recent international and regional developments.
Iran, Russia stress countering violence, terrorism, extremism
Beijing’s investments in the Himalayan Kingdom surged significantly since the country switched from monarchy to a republic in 2008 and has topped in commitments for the past five years.
China looks at Nepal as potential gateway to South Asia, expands footprints in market
Regime forces in Bahrain have fired tear gas to disperse dozens of demonstrators who had taken to the streets across the island country to protest Manama’s potential normalization of ties with Israel.
Bahrainis protest against Manama’s attempts to normalize ties with Israel

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