Francis's health issues raised questions on whether his Asia visit would go ahead

Pope Francis To Make 12-day Asia Trip In September

Pope Francis will visit Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, East Timor and Singapore in September, the Vatican announced Friday, an ambitious trip that could test the 87-year-old's increasingly fragile health.
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Smoke billows from the area of an Israeli air strike on the southern Lebanese village of Khiam near the border with Israel on April 8, 2024

Gaza War Rages As Hamas Studies Truce Proposal

Israel bombed targets in Gaza on Tuesday after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu insisted the army will destroy Hamas despite ongoing Cairo talks towards a ceasefire and hostage deal.
US President Joe Biden (L) and South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol tour a Samsung chip factory in 2022

South Korea To Invest $7 Billion In AI By 2027

South Korea will invest almost $7 billion in artificial intelligence by 2027 in an effort to become a global leader in cutting-edge semiconductors, President Yoon Suk Yeol said Tuesday.
Former US President and 2024 presidential hopeful Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the Hyatt Regency in Green Bay, Wisconsin, on April 2, 2024

Trump Says Up To States To Decide Abortion

But a comfortable majority of Americans think abortion should be legal in most cases, according to extensive polling, and around half of states have measures in place to protect access.
Rescuers search the Taroko National Park after an earthquake in Hualien

Taiwan Rescuers Free Nine From Cave After Quake

The official death toll from Wednesday's magnitude-7.4 quake still stood at 10, but the government in the hardest-hit area of Hualien county said two more people on a hiking trail were found with "no signs of life".
The US provides billions of dollars in military support to Israel per year

UN Rights Council Demands Halt To Arms Sales To Israel

The resolution -- which passed with 28 of the council's 47 member states voting in favour, six opposed and 13 abstaining -- marked the first time the United Nations top rights body has taken a position on the bloodiest-ever war to beset the besieged Palestinian territory.
US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen arrives in south China's Guangzhou late Thursday for days of meetings in which she will press Beijing on industrial overcapacity and other hot-button economic issues

Yellen In China To Press Officials On Industrial Subsidies

US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen arrived in China's Guangzhou on Thursday for meetings to press Beijing over fears the country's industrial subsidies for green energy, cars and batteries could flood global markets with cheap goods.