Russian jets collide over Sea of Japan; 2 dead, 1 missing
MOSCOW (AP) — Two Russian fighter jets collided Friday during a training mission over the Sea of Japan, leaving two crewmembers dead and another one still missing, officials said.
The Defense Ministry said the two Su-34 jets, each with a crew of two, collided while maneuvering and went down 35 kilometers (22 miles) from the shore.
It said both crews bailed out and one crewman was quickly spotted and rescued by a helicopter. He was in good condition, according to the ministry.
Kremlin candidate wins Far East governorship in repeat vote
MOSCOW (AP) — Russians living in the far eastern region of Primorsky Krai elected a Kremlin-backed candidate for governor Sunday after the results from a previous election were thrown out due to alleged voting fraud.
Local election officials said the acting governor of the region, Oleg Kozhemyako, won 61.8 percent of the votes after more than 99 percent of the ballots had been counted in the Russian region on the Sea of Japan.
Column: A visit to Observation Post 717 in the DMZ
OBSERVATION POST 717, South Korea (AP) — The view into North Korea is spectacular from high above, a wide panorama stretching from craggy islands just off the coast to the mountains in the interior.
There was a lot to be seen on this beautifully clear day, even if the North Koreans themselves were not in a mood to come out and be watched.
Japan on alert as boats thought to be from North Korea found
TOKYO (AP) — Japan is stepping up patrols and urging local authorities and fishermen to be on the alert after several boats thought to be from North Korea, some carrying dead bodies, were found on its northern coast.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on a North Korean missile launch (all times local):
The U.S military says it tracked a North Korean missile for 37 minutes before it landed in the Sea of Japan.
The Hawaii-based U.S. Pacific Command said in a statement Tuesday that an intermediate-range ballistic missile was launched from near an airfield in North Korea.
NORAD, or the North American Aerospace Defense Command, said the missile did not pose a threat to North America.
North Korea test launched a ballistic missile that landed in the Sea of Japan, seen as a direct challenge to the new South Korean president, who took office earlier this month, as U.S., Japan and European navies gathered for military showcases in the region.
In other images from the Asia-Pacific region last week, Chinese President Xi Jinping posed with world leaders as China hosted the Belt and Road Forum at Yangi Lake in the outskirts of Beijing.
To back up Defense Secretary "Mad Dog" Mattis' warning last month, that the U.S. "remains steadfast in its commitment" to its allies, President Donald Trump is sending B-1 and B-52 bombers to Korea. Some 300,000 South Korean and 15,000 U.S. troops have begun their annual Foal Eagle joint war exercises that run through April. "The two sides are like two accelerating trains coming toward each other with neither side willing to give way," says Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, "Are (they) really...
Japan says isle name on 2018 Olympic website ’unacceptable.”
TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida says it is "unacceptable" that the official website for the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics refers to disputed isles in the Sea of Japan under the South Korean name "Dokdo."
The website introduces the islets by saying, "Dokdo holds a special place in the hearts of Koreans as they hold pride in defending Korea's easternmost reached territory."
Russian guards fire on North Korean ship, kill 1 fisherman
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia says one North Korean fisherman was killed and eight others injured when Russian border guards opened fire on a fishing trawler.
The Federal Security Service, which includes coastal and border guards, says the clash took place Saturday after the trawler Dae Yong No. 10 entered Russian waters in the Sea of Japan.
Chinese ships, planes hold war games in Sea of Japan
BEIJING (AP) — Chinese planes and ships held war games in the Sea of Japan last week, the military said, during which Beijing displayed its latest-generation frigate at a time of bitter territorial disputes with Asian neighbors.
The Defense Ministry said in a statement on its website late Saturday that the long-range exercises staged Friday pitted a red army against a blue one in a simulated bomber attack on a naval task force.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A medium-range ballistic missile fired Wednesday by North Korea flew about 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) and landed near Japan's territorial waters, Seoul and Tokyo officials said, one of the longest flights by a North Korean missile.
The U.S. Strategic Command said North Korea fired two presumed Rodong missiles simultaneously, not just one. The command said initial indications were that one of the missiles exploded immediately after launch,...
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A medium-range ballistic missile fired Wednesday by North Korea flew about 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) and landed near Japan's territorial waters, Seoul and Tokyo officials said, the longest launch by one of the North's weapons.
The U.S. Strategic Command, meanwhile, said North Korea fired two presumed Rodong missiles simultaneously on Wednesday, not the one. The command's statement said initial indications reveal one of the missiles exploded...
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese media say a man who turned up in a western port city over the weekend says he is North Korean and took a boat across the sea to defect.
The reports say the man was found Saturday in Nagato, a city across the Sea of Japan from the Korean Peninsula.
The national Asahi newspaper cited police as saying the man wants to defect. He told police he was born in 1990, but had no proof of identity.