World Bulletin / News Desk
The islands at the center of a territorial dispute between Japan and China were seized from the Chinese in 1895 and the Japanese government's recent purchase of them is "illegal and invalid," Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi said on Thursday.
"The moves taken by Japan are totally illegal and invalid. They can in no way change the historical fact that Japan stole the Diaoyudao and affiliated islands and that China has sovereignty over them," Yang told the United Nations General Assembly, using the Chinese name for what Japan calls the Senkakus.
Yang urged Tokyo to resolve the issue through negotiations.
Government-allied Moro group kills 5 Maute Group fighters during firefight in country's south
There have been a spate of kidnappings of Malaysian and Indonesian sailors at sea in recent months that have been blamed on the Abu Sayyaf.
Italian prosecutors suspect kickbacks worth about 10 percent of the deal -- 50 million euros -- were paid to Indian officials as bribes.
Beijing says its troops "peacefully liberated" Tibet in 1951, but many Tibetans accuse the central government of religious repression and eroding their culture.
Temporary port labourers at Hambantota port have been striking since Tuesday demanding that they be taken on as permanent employees of the state-owned Sri Lanka Port Authority, according to local officials.
The number of people displaced by a powerful earthquake that hit Indonesia on Wednesday has soared to at least 43,000
Emergency workers were using mechanical diggers and other equipment to remove mangled slabs of concrete and steel at the site, TV footage showed.
Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn holds emergency meeting as protests continue against impeached leader Park Geun-hye
Quake occurs day after 7.8 tremor damages around 30 buildings and prompts tsunami warning
Park's downfall was triggered by a scandal involving her close friend, Choi Soon-Sil, who is now awaiting trial on charges of using her presidential ties as leverage to squeeze tens of millions of dollars from local companies.
Police spokesman Ajith Rohana said 800 kilos (1,760 pounds) of cocaine was detected aboard a ship that arrived in the capital Colombo from Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah port.
Union criticizes silence of Islamic world and international community regarding Myanmar's campaign of extermination
6 other members of ISIL-linked group injured in clashes in majority Muslim province of Sulu
While floodwater in most affected areas starting to recede, authorities warn of landslides
The footage, which emerged earlier this week, shows the two-year-old screaming and crying as a man prods different parts of his body with the stun gun and later shoves an object down his throat.
Philippines president to arrive Dec. 13 at invitation of King Norodom Sihamoni, and will also hold bilateral talks with PM