World Bulletin / News Desk
Japan recalled its ambassador to South Korea on Friday after South Korean President Lee Myung-bak visited disputed islands believed to contain frozen natural gas deposits potentially worth billions of dollars.
Lee is the first South Korean leader to make the trip to the islands that have been a persistent irritant in relations between the two countries even after they moved on from Japan's colonial occupation to develop flourishing commercial ties.
The two sides have also worked together to try to rein in North Korea's nuclear weapons programme.
Japan issued a terse warning over the islands, known as Takeshima in Japanese and Dokdo in Korean, which lie equidistant from the two mainlands, and summoned South Korea's ambassador toTokyo to formally lodge a complaint.
Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba also said Tokyo had recalled its envoy to Seoul.
"The visit to Takeshima by President Lee is unacceptable in light of Japan's stance on this issue," Gemba was quoted as saying by Yonhap news agency.
Officials in South Korea said the visit was meant to highlight the islands' importance as a natural reserve and was not aimed at stirring up trouble.
"There shouldn't be anything unusual in a national leader visiting a place that is our territory," an official said.
Lee travelled to a larger island called Ulleungdo off the Korean peninsula's east coast, which is notdisputed, and made the final leg under tight security with military and coast guard escort.
Lee's stop on the islands was largely overlooked in South Korea, where he is in the final year of a mandatory single five-year term mired in corruption scandals involving former close aides and family members.
Muslim political organization Jamiat-e-Ulema cancels annual Eid celebration
Pro-democracy activists including high-profile student campaigner Joshua Wong draped a black flag over a statue symbolising Hong Kong's return to China in an early morning act of defiance.
US Pentagon chief Jim Mattis has labelled North Korea as "the most urgent and dangerous threat" while Trump has made halting Pyongyang's weapons programme a top foreign policy priority.
The defendants pleaded guilty and 16 were given nine- and 10-month sentences, which include time served since they were arrested in October, meaning they could be released over the next two months.
Military says it has taken action against more than 400 personnel over use of child soldiers
The burnings, to mark the UN's world anti-drugs day, follow another year of record seizures of narcotics from the remote borderlands of Myanmar, Laos, southern China and northern Thailand.
Thousands of emergency workers have been digging through rocks and earth since Saturday when a landslide entombed 62 homes in Xinmo, a mountain village in Sichuan province.
The gondola lift at Gulmarg claims to be the world's highest, ferrying passengers to a height of 4,100 metres (13,450 feet) for panoramic views of the snow-clad Himalayas.
The Airbus A330 from Perth to Kuala Lumpur experienced problems about 90 minutes into the journey.
Tokyo's moves aim to minimise Brexit's impact on Japanese companies as Britain negotiates its exit from the EU, the business daily Nikkei reported.
More than seven million people voted on June 4, testing the political temperature of a country rife with tension between Prime Minister Hun Sen and an embattled opposition determined to end his more than three-decade rule.
Oil tanker catches fire after overturning on national highway
Police shoot dead 1 of 2 attacks after officer stabbed
8-hour cease-fire could be immediately lifted if safety of troops, civilians threatened
The accord signed in 2015 aimed at curbing separatist uprisings in Mali's north after a 2012 rebellion was hijacked by jihadists, throwing the nation into chaos.