G7 Summit Japan: Global leaders tackle lack of "qualitative infrastructure investment" - IMF lowers growth forecast to 3.2% - Brent crude surges over $50
As Israel faces growing international isolation for its Palestinian policy, India has emerged as an economic and strategic partner. After a visit to New Delhi this week, Israeli PM Netanyahu sees promise for the future.
Pakistan has given millions of Afghan refugees in the country until the end of this month to return to their homeland. But refugees say the short deadline and no prospects for the future make their return difficult.
Tokyo and Canberra are taking steps to reinforce their security arrangements, with both governments concerned about an unstable and nuclear-armed North Korea and an assertive China. Julian Ryall reports.
China is shoring up its sphere of influence in Southeast Asia through aid and investment. By funding infrastructure and development, China can increase its economic and strategic leverage over poorer neighbors.
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