Breaking: Japan's Abe vows to reform constitution despite no 'supermajority'

Publication date 22 July 2019 | 16:17 | ICT

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday pledged to keep alive his plans to amend the country's pacifist constitution, despite failing to secure a "supermajority" in upper house elections.



  • Farmers on cash trail with snail slime

    Publication date 22 July 2019 | 11:22 | ICT

    Giant snails inch across a plate of pumpkin and cucumber in central Thailand, an “organic” diet to tease the prized collagen-rich mucus from the molluscs, which to some cosmetic firms are now more valuable than gold.

  • More than 22,000 people rally in Moscow as election anger boils over

    Publication date 22 July 2019 | 11:10 | ICT

    More than 22,000 people packed a Moscow square on Saturday to demand free and fair local polls, incensed by the authorities’ refusal to put popular opposition candidates on the ballot.

  • Death toll climbs to 15 after huge blast at gas plant in central China

    Publication date 22 July 2019 | 11:05 | ICT

    The death toll from a huge explosion that rocked a gas plant in central China has risen to 15, state media said on Saturday.

  • Germany remembers heroes in Hitler assassination attempt

    Publication date 22 July 2019 | 11:03 | ICT

    Germany paid tribute on Saturday to Claus von Stauffenberg and others who sought to assassinate Adolf Hitler 75 years ago, a plot that was recognised only belatedly but which a resurgent far-right is now seeking to expropriate.

  • WHO: DR Congo Ebola outbreak ‘health emergency’ of int’l concern

    Publication date 19 July 2019 | 15:46 | ICT

    The World Health Organisation on Wednesday declared the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo a “public health emergency of international concern”, a rare designation only used for the gravest epidemics.

  • India demands Pakistan free accused ‘spy’

    Publication date 19 July 2019 | 15:31 | ICT

    India on Thursday demanded that Pakistan release an alleged spy after the International Court of Justice (ICJ) called for a review of a death sentence against him.

  • Oz onshore refugees stuck in legal limbo

    Publication date 19 July 2019 | 14:47 | ICT

    The Australian government has rejected calls to expedite visa applications of 30,000 asylum seekers who have been stuck in legal limbo in the country for more than five years, a report shows.

  • Arson attack kills 24 at Japanese anime studio

    Publication date 19 July 2019 | 14:44 | ICT

    A suspected arson attack on an animation production company in Japan killed 24 people and injured dozens more on Thursday, with flames gutting the building in the city of Kyoto.

  • Drug lord El Chapo sentenced to life

    Publication date 19 July 2019 | 12:01 | ICT

    Once one of the world’s most powerful and notorious criminals, Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was sentenced to life imprisonment on Wednesday – the mandatory punishment for a host of crimes spanning a quarter-century.

  • Washington kicks Turkey out of F-35 fighter jet programme

    Publication date 19 July 2019 | 11:57 | ICT

    The White House confirmed on Wednesday that Turkey would be excluded from Nato’s F-35 stealth fighter jet programme after it purchased a Russian missile defence system in defiance of warnings from Western allies.