For Families of Japanese Abducted by North Korea, Trump Visit Brings Spotlight

TOKYO — The Japanese was slightly awkward, the syntax not quite right. Roughly translated, it read, “Definitely welcome home.” The message, written by a former North Korean spy, referred to...

Coincidence or Message? A Timeline of Provocative Acts by North Korea

North Korea is well known for provocative acts aimed at its most immediate adversaries — South Korea, the United States and Japan. But Kim Jong-un, the 33-year-old leader who...

Winter Olympics’ Security on Alert, but Hackers Have a Head Start

The Department of Homeland Security is warning Americans planning to attend the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang that cybercriminals are likely to be targeting the Games. Officials in South...

Lonely Giant of the Taipei Skyline Is About to Get Some Company

TAIPEI — The Taipei 101 building, which was for five years the world’s tallest, has towered over the Taiwanese capital for more than a decade. Very much a build-it-and-they-will-come venture,...

Fate of Stateless Rohingya Muslims Is in Antagonistic Hands

SHAH PORIR DWIP, Bangladesh — A skinny finger of water separates Bangladesh from Myanmar, and the other night a group of men sat on the Bangladeshi side, peering into...

Six Years After Fukushima, Robots Finally Find Reactors’ Melted Uranium Fuel

FUKUSHIMA DAIICHI NUCLEAR POWER PLANT, Japan — Four engineers hunched before a bank of monitors, one holding what looked like a game controller. They had spent a month training...

A Radioactive Cloud Wafts Over Europe, With Russia as Chief Suspect

LONDON — Scientists across Europe have been puzzling about a phenomenon that seemed laden with mystery and menace in somewhat uneven proportions — a concentration of radioactive pollution caused...

Sea Shepherd Activists Halt Pursuit of Japanese Whalers

The environmentalist group Sea Shepherd has called off its annual pursuit of Japanese whaling ships in the Southern Ocean, according to the group’s founder, who said it cannot keep...

Xi Jinping Pushes China’s Global Rise Despite Friction and Fear

BEIJING — No part of the world seems too small, too near or too far for China’s globe-trotting president, Xi Jinping. He has traveled to the tiny Pacific islands of...

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