International Relations

FIFA congress resumes after bomb threat in Zurich

ZURICH (Reuters) -- Swiss police said on Friday they were investigating an anonymous bomb threat at the FIFA congress in Zurich that led authorities to search the premises. The threat was made by telephone to a Zurich-based newsroom on Friday mor...

  • G-7 finance ministers to cooperate on Greece, other risks

    DRESDEN (Kyodo) -- The Group of Seven finance chiefs agreed in Dresden on Friday to cooperate in addressing imminent risks including the Greece financial crisis that could dampen the global economic recovery. In the wake of the yen's recent plung...

  • Philippine-Japan summit

    Aquino, Abe to discuss Beijing's South China Sea land reclamation

    MANILA -- Philippine President Benigno Aquino will meet with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe next week during a four-day visit to Japan where Beijing's massive land reclamation in the South China Sea is expected to be discussed. Aquino is expe...

  • Refugee crisis

    'Rohingya' taboo at 17-nation meeting

    BANGKOK -- Deferring to a Myanmar government demand, representatives at a meeting in Bangkok aimed at resolving Southeast Asia's ongoing maritime migration crisis are sidestepping using the term "Rohingya." "We are totally against the use of the ...

  • Thousands at risk

    Meeting in Bangkok addresses migrant crisis

    BANGKOK -- Delegates from Asian nations and international organizations got together in Bangkok on Friday to address the pressing issue of desperate migrants who are stranded on boats in the Indian Ocean. The meeting, "Special Meeting on Irregula...

  • Indian Ocean economic zone

    China-India rivalry grows over infrastructure projects

    TOKYO -- Huge demand for infrastructure improvements in emerging economies surrounding the Indian Ocean is attracting global businesses eager to work on them. Indian companies, though busy with local projects, are starting to aggressively take ...

  • Asia's migrant crisis meeting unlikely to yield solutions

    BANGKOK (Reuters) -- A meeting in Bangkok on Friday about Southeast Asia's migrant crisis is unlikely to produce a binding agreement or plan of action to save thousands of people believed stranded on boats in the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea, partic...

  • Taiwan election

    Pro-independence presidential hopeful to seek US support

    TAIPEI -- Tsai Ing-wen, chairwoman of Taiwan's main opposition party who is favored to win next January's presidential election, is heading to the U.S. on Friday to try and secure the backing of the island's most important strategic partner. Duri...

  • World soccer rocked by US, Swiss arrests of officials for graft

    ZURICH/NEW YORK (Reuters) -- The world's most popular sport was plunged into turmoil on Wednesday as seven senior soccer officials were arrested on U.S. corruption charges and faced extradition from Switzerland, whose authorities also announced a cri...

  • In Chinese theaters now

    Why 'Doraemon' release reflects better Sino-Japanese ties

    BEIJING -- The China release on Thursday of the Japanese animated feature "Stand By Me Doraemon," which hit Japanese screens last summer, hints at improved relations between the two Asian powers. It is the first new Japanese movie to be screened ...

  • Currency manipulation accusations

    Soft yen galvanizing hard-line US opposition to TPP

    WASHINGTON -- The dollar's climb against the yen, driven by an American economic recovery and expectations for an interest rate hike, could spell trouble for a key trade bill in the U.S. Congress as legislators demand unpalatable protections against ...

  • World soccer rocked by US, Swiss arrests of officials for graft

    ZURICH/NEW YORK (Reuters) -- The world's most popular sport was plunged into turmoil on Wednesday as seven powerful soccer figures were arrested on U.S. corruption charges and faced extradition from Switzerland, whose authorities also announced a cri...

  • Trouble in paradise

    Everyone wants a piece of the South Pacific

    FUKUSHIMA, Japan/SUVA -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was extremely busy in the runup to the 7th Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting (PALM7) on May 22 and 23 in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture. Japan hosts the summit-level meeting of Pacific island nat...

  • Abduction probe

    A year on, still no new answers from Pyongyang

    TOKYO -- North Korea's promise to search for Japanese spirited away by government operatives has yielded no visible progress after 12 months, prompting calls for renewed sanctions on the secretive state. Friday marks a year since a deal in Stockh...

  • Economic partnership

    EU focuses on substance over speed in Japan trade talks

    BRUSSELS -- The European Union is more focused on securing a meaningful economic partnership pact with Japan than reaching a quick agreement, European Council President Donald Tusk told Japanese reporters here Tuesday. Tusk answered questions alo...

  • TPP meeting ends without setting date for ministerial session

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Chief negotiators from countries involved in a Pacific Rim free trade initiative wrapped up their latest round of negotiations on Guam on Wednesday, without setting a date for a ministerial meeting to reach a broad agreement. The...

  • Malaysia deportation

    Activist Joshua Wong sent straight back to Hong Kong

    KUALA LUMPUR -- Local activists have condemned Malaysian authorities for denying entry to Joshua Wong, a student leader from Hong Kong, and accused them of kowtowing to China. Wong had been invited to address various forums in Malaysia ahead of t...

  • Washington scolds Beijing

    Tensions rise in the South China Sea

    WASHINGTON -- The U.S. and China are locked in an increasingly fierce war of words. Beijing's land reclamation on reefs in the South China Sea to build airstrips and other facilities is stoking tensions. The U.S. has declared that it will step up...

  • Japan's new defense posture

    Security law ups ante for SDF

    TOKYO -- The Abe government's legislative push to expand the scope of Self-Defense Forces operations overseas is raising international expectations for a bigger Japanese contribution to peacekeeping and humanitarian activities. But the bigger rol...

  • Li's South America tour

    Beijing strengthening regional clout to challenge US

    BEIJING -- Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has wrapped up a fruitful tour of South America that looks likely to expand Beijing's soft power in the region, capitalizing on waning U.S. influence there. Li's trip through Brazil, Colombia, Peru and Chile,...