Category: Asia

Japan’s PM calls snap election

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he will dissolve the lower house of parliament and call fresh elections in October. Abe said at a news conference on Monday that he would dissolve the more powerful house in…

India arrests sect leader for allegedly raping woman

Indian police arrested a popular sect leader, the second in the past month, for allegedly raping a 21-year-old woman. Police officer Jaisingh Nathawat said the woman, whose parents have been followers of 70-year-old Kaushlendra Prapannacharya…

US urges Kurds to call off independence vote

The United States has put to one side its long-standing sympathy for its allies in the semi-autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan and sternly urged the region to call off its independence referendum. Iraqi Kurdish legislators…