Analysts predict that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will be successful in his re-election bid in a September 20 party election.
But experts say its economy is strong enough to endure a drop in the rupiah.
Washington called back ambassadors from three former Taiwan allies in Latin America, and senators have introduced a bill that could do even more.
Climate rallies urge world to dump coal as Pacific warns of environmental disaster.
Sending a high-ranking official to attend celebrations marking North Korea's 70th birthday allows the Chinese president to dodge potential conflicts of interest.
Kim says he wishes to denuclearize and end hostilities with Washington before 2021.
Authorities in Henan aim to close at least two-thirds of the province's Christian churches.
Three mayors and two vice-mayors have been gunned down in the past three months.
China to cancel debt for some of Africa's least-developed countries, but it's nowhere near Africa's biggest lender.
Social media giant's action follows charges that posts fomented online hate speech.
In latest bold attack, anti-corruption commission busts 90 percent of council members in one Java city
Seven people dead, more than 100 injured and millions without power on Hokkaido island.