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Two of the five female ministers in Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Cabinet resigned on Monday over money scandals. Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Yuko Obuchi and Justice Minister Midori Matsushima quit within two months of becoming part of Abe's cabinet. Obuchi stepped down owning responsibility...

Report of misuse of political funds is forcing the newly appointed Japanese Economy, Trade and Industries minister Yuko Obuchi to resign. She has been projected as a possible candidate for the first woman premier. If she resigns, it would be a real blow to the Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who was trying...

The government of Spain's autonomous region of Catalonia has decided to go on with the planned independence referendum, but with a different legal frame work. Regional President Artur Mas said the November 9 vote will be non-binding, with the effect of an opinion poll. Addressing a news conference...

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who was not seen in public for more than a month amidst speculations about his health, on Tuesday gave a "field guidance" at a newly built housing complex for scientists in Wisong. It was his first public appearance since attending a concert with his wife on September...

South Korea and China agreed to renew the Korean Won-Chinese Yuan Bilateral Currency Swap agreement and keep its size as 64 trillion Korean Won or 360 billion yuan. The Bank of Korea said that the effective period will be 3 years from October 1, 2014 to October 10, 2017 and could be extended by agreement...

The European Commission announced this Friday new development funding of 1.4 billion euros to Afghanistan for the period 2014-2020. The funds will focus on vital sectors for growth and social stability, such as rural development and agriculture, health, and strengthening democracy in the country. Commissioner...

The U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrived in Tripoli today to urge Libyan parties to press forward on peace talks and restore stability to their crisis-ridden country. According to a statement released to the press, the Secretary-General will meet later today with the Deputy President of Libya's...