U.S. Military to Begin Drills to Evacuate Americans From South Korea

The military’s plan to practice evacuating noncombatants, despite being a routine exercise, raises concerns because of heightened tensions with North Korea. Source: World

North Korea’s Threat Pushes Japan to Reassess Its Might and Rights

The limits of missile defense and a pacifist Constitution are weighing on the debate over how Japan should respond to the North’s nuclear program. Source: World

Kim ‘Is Begging for War,’ Nikki Haley Says, but Urges More Diplomacy

North Korea showed signs of preparing for another missile launch, a South Korean defense official said. Source: World

A Pacifist Japan Starts to Embrace the Military

As the North Korean missile threat grows, there are signs that Japan’s citizens are moving away from the country’s postwar pacifism. Source: World

North Korea Fires Missile Over Japan

Pyongyang carried out one of its most provocative missile tests in recent years, prompting Japan to issue an alert for residents to take cover. Source: World

India, U.S. and Japan Begin War Games, and China Hears a Message

The Indian Navy also announced a plan to station warships to monitor movement through the Strait of Malacca, where many Chinese vessels enter from the South China Sea. Source: World

Indian Army Ties Kashmiri Man to Jeep and Parades Him Through Villages

Video showing the man apparently being used as a human shield heightened tensions with Kashmir’s separatist movement, which has repeatedly called for election boycotts. Source: World

On State TV, Chinese Forces Storm a Compound a Lot Like Bin Laden’s

A news broadcast showed the police training at a replica of the house where Osama bin Laden was killed in 2011. It took an eagle-eyed viewer to point it out. Source: World

Russia Stirs Friction in Balkans, as NATO Keeps an Uneasy Peace

Russia is again stirring tensions in the volatile Balkans, at a moment when NATO and the European Union are distracted with other crises. Source: World

Iraq Starts Offensive to Retake Western Mosul From ISIS

Planes dropped leaflets urging Islamic State fighters to raise a white flag. Source: World