Japan counts down to cherry blossom fever

Japan’s cherry blossom season kicks off boozy parties across the country and draws tourists from far and wide, but the annual coming-of-spring ritual isn’t official until inspectors like Hisato Nishii sign off on it. Over the past few weeks, local weather offices have been sending civil servants like Nishii out to so-called barometer trees that […]


Modi’s party wins landslide victory in Indian battleground state polls

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist party won a landslide victory in India’s most important battleground state Saturday, in a personal triumph viewed as a massive show of confidence halfway into his first term. Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won a surprise absolute majority in Uttar Pradesh (UP), the country’s most populous state that is […]

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South Korean president forced from office as court upholds impeachment

In a historic, unanimous ruling Friday, South Korea’s Constitutional Court formally removed impeached President Park Geun-hye from office over a corruption scandal that has plunged the country into political turmoil and worsened the national divide. Two people later died during protests against the court’s decision, which capped a stunning fall for Park, the country’s first […]

Samsung chief faces bribery charges amid South Korea political crisis

The heir to the Samsung empire and four other top executives from the world’s biggest smartphone maker were indicted Tuesday on multiple charges including bribery and embezzlement, South Korean prosecutors said. “Special prosecutors today indicted Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Lee Jae-Yong… for bribery, embezzlement, hiding of assets overseas… and perjury,” said Lee Kyu-Chul, spokesman for […]