Famed Japanese fashion designer Issey Miyake dies at 84

TOKYO — Issey Miyake, who built one of Japan’s biggest fashion brands and was known for his boldly sculpted, signature pleated pieces, has died. He was 84. Miyake died Aug. 5 of liver cancer, Miyake Design Office said Tuesday. Miyake defined an era in Japan’s modern history, reaching stardom in the 1970s among a generation … Read more

Rains in S. Korea turn Seoul’s roads to rivers, leave 8 dead

SEOUL, South Korea — Heavy rains drenched South Korea’s capital region, turning the streets of Seoul’s affluent Gangnam district into a river, leaving submerged vehicles and overwhelming public transport systems. At least eight people were killed and six others were missing. Commuters slowly returned to work Tuesday morning after emergency crews worked overnight to clean … Read more

Senior leader of Pakistani Taliban killed in IED attack, sources say | CNN

Islamabad CNN  —  A senior founding leader of the Pakistani Taliban was killed Sunday night in a targeted attack, according to two sources within the group’s leadership. The Pakistan Taliban, known as Tehreek-e-Taliban (TTP), is a US-designated foreign terrorist organization operating in both Afghanistan and Pakistan. TTP sources told CNN that senior commander Abdul Wali … Read more

China launches long-range airstrike drills around Taiwan

The Eastern Theater Command of the Chinese military said on Sunday around noon local time that it conducted live-fire drills in the waters and airspace around Taiwan “as planned.” “The drills focused on joint fire land strikes and long-range air strike capabilities,” the command said in a statement posted to its official account on the … Read more

Leading Taiwanese weapons developer found dead in hotel room

Ou Yang Li-hsing, 57, the deputy head of the military-owned National Chung Shan Institute of Science and Technology, was found dead in a hotel room in southern Pingtung County on Saturday morning, the institute said in a statement. When police arrived at the scene they determined he had suffered a heart attack, said Wang Chin-tsung, … Read more

Taiwan says multiple Chinese aircraft and vessels spotted in possible simulated attack

Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said some of the aircraft and vessels had crossed the sensitive median line in the Taiwan Strait that separates the island from the Chinese mainland. “Our military has broadcast warnings, deployed combat air patrol and naval vessels and activated land-based missile systems in response to the situation,” said the ministry. By 5 … Read more

Taiwan says China carrying out ‘possible simulated attack’

Taipei said that Chinese military drills involving naval and aerial forces that Beijing carried out on Saturday may be a “possible simulated attack” on the island. The operations are part of unprecedented military drills Beijing launched in retaliation for U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan. China also suspended climate and military talks with the … Read more

India facing football ban over ‘deviations’ from FIFA ‘roadmap’

FIFA also warned Indian football association it risks losing U17 Women’s World Cup too. FIFA has reminded India’s football association that it risks losing the upcoming Under-17 Women’s World Cup and faces a ban due to “deviations” from an agreed road map aimed at sorting out governance issues. In May, India’s highest court disbanded the … Read more

China blames Australia as row explodes

China just did the unthinkable, sending a missile over Taiwan for the first time ever. Then, shockingly, they blamed Australia for pushing the world closer to war. In what has been described as a “significant escalation”, Beijing overnight brought out the big guns and fired several missiles directly over the democratic island nation of 24 … Read more

Flash floods kill 550 in Pakistan in heaviest rains in decades

Government agencies and the army have set up aid and relief camps in flood-hit regions and are working to help relocate families and provide food and medicine. Aside from the fatalities, the flooding had damaged more than 46,200 houses, the National Disaster Management Authority said on Friday. “We’re doing our best to provide for extensive … Read more