Severe tropical storm Trami triggers landslides and disrupts communications in Taiwan. The relief effort is underway in the Philippines after Trami caused flooding there.
Despite a tumultuous political relationship, China and Taiwan have always maintained a steady exchange of tourism. But a recent decline in Chinese tourists to Taiwan has highlighted just how vital this exchange is.
The issue of "comfort women" has long been a contentious one for Japan. The country occupied the Philippines during World War II but today it is a big supplier of aid and financial support.
Heckler & Koch's trial over an illegal deal with Mexico is about to begin in Stuttgart. The Oberndorf company has flooded the world's conflict zones with guns, most famously the G3 and the G36 assault rifles.
China has criticized the US decision to disinvite it from the RimPac drills it had participated in twice before. The Pentagon says China's "militarization" of the South China Sea is behind its decision.
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