Policy & Politics

Uzbekistan votes, to extend leader's reign to over three decades

ALMATY (Reuters) -- Uzbekistan on Sunday voted in a presidential election, in which veteran leader Islam Karimov runs virtually unopposed to extend his autocratic reign to more than three decades. Critics say the regime Karimov installed in his mai...

  • Russia, Brazil, Denmark are in

    AIIB to have more than 40 founding members

    BOAO, China/BERLIN -- More than 40 countries are likely to become founding members of the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. Russia is the latest to announce that it will participate in the AIIB. It did so Saturday when Igor Shuvalov...

  • Budget carriers left in lurch

    Japan denying all new flight requests from Thai airlines

    TOKYO -- Japan has notified Thailand that it will not approve any new regular international or chartered flights from the country. According to government sources, Japan is concerned with the Thai aviation authority's low standards. The move come...

  • New Zealand politics

    Key's by-election blow could pressure trade deals

    AUCKLAND -- Six months after a landslide election victory, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key's ruling National Party suffered a humiliating by-election defeat on Saturday that could threaten his minority government's ability to pass contentious leg...

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    Tokyo shows path to cutting emissions

    Innovative efforts in the Japanese capital show how local governments can lead the way in tackling climate change, writes Magali Dreyfus.

  • Auckland convention center

    Dream deal turns to nightmare for Key

    AUCKLAND, New Zealand -- It seemed to the New Zealand government like a dream deal: SkyCity Entertainment Group would build an international convention center in the country's biggest city at no cost to taxpayers in exchange for profitable extensions...

  • Boao Forum

    President Xi says China should not focus on growth rate only

    BOAO, China (Reuters) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Saturday that the country should not focus on its economic growth rate only, reiterating China's push for a more sustainable, higher-quality expansion. Chinese leaders have announced a...

  • Opinion & Analysis

    Indian foreign policy under Modi: The old order gives way

    Since his election last May, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has conducted a dramatic makeover of Indian foreign policy. Modi is able to act boldly thanks to his Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance government's commanding majo...

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    Singapore honors and mourns for Lee Kuan Yew

    People in Singapore hold public memorials and wait in lines for hours to remember and say goodbye to the city-state's founding prime minister Lee Kuan Yew, who died March 23. See other videos here.

  • U.S. defense chief lauds Japan bid for new security laws: lawmaker

    WASHINGTON (Kyodo) -- U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter commended Japan on Thursday for trying to make laws on expanded defense capability following last year's drastic change in the country's security policy, a senior Japanese lawmaker said. ...

  • No prescription needed

    Japan to make more drugs available over the counter

    TOKYO -- Japan's health ministry plans to solicit input from consumers and health insurers on prescription drugs they want over the counter, as part of a broader effort to make medication more accessible. The new framework, slated to launch withi...

  • India Internet

    Student helps topple controversial law

    NEW DELHI -- In a landmark judgment following a petition filed by a young law student, India's supreme court has struck down a "draconian" law that led to the arrests of several people for posting online comments deemed offensive by the authorities. ...

  • Taiwan to express desire to join China-led AIIB

    TAIPEI (Kyodo) -- Former Taiwanese Vice President Vincent Siew, in a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday, is expected to express Taiwan's desire to join the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, people close to Siew told K...

  • Japan successfully launches intelligence satellite

    TANEGASHIMA, Japan (Kyodo) -- Japan successfully launched Thursday morning a rocket carrying a backup optical satellite for the government's intelligence gathering program. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Lt...

  • Ready for action

    Japan commissions its biggest military ship

    TOKYO -- The Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Forces' largest ship ever went into service Wednesday, putting additional man- and material-carrying capacity at the ready for island defense and disaster relief. The 248-meter Izumo, dubbed "a helicopt...

  • New development landscape

    ADB chief sees possible joint financing with China-led AIIB

    TOKYO -- The Asian Development Bank is willing to co-finance projects with the new China-led development bank as long as certain conditions are met, ADB President Takehiko Nakao said Wednesday. "Joint financing could be a large component of a com...

  • Lee Kuan Yew

    A Singaporean farewell to the nation's founder

    SINGAPORE -- Singaporeans are bidding a final farewell to former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, who passed away at 91 on Mar. 23. Lee's body was moved to Parliament House on Wednesday morning, where thousands had gathered to pay respects to the man...

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    Indonesia plans new tax amnesty

    JAKARTA/HONG KONG -- Indonesia plans to offer a tax amnesty to support the government's bold goal of increasing tax revenues this year by 31% to finance costly infrastructure development. A previous amnesty program, which the government calls a "...

  • Wu'er Kaixi

    Tiananmen activist turns to Taiwanese politics

    TAIPEI -- One of the paramount changes brought by Taiwan's anti-China Sunflower Movement is the emergence of new parties and politicians eager to reshape the island's two-party politics. That certainly applies to Chinese dissident Wu'er Kaixi, who pl...

  • Cleaning house

    Riken changing leaders to rebuild damaged trust

    TOKYO -- Japan has appointed a new president for the Riken research institute in hopes of regaining credibility lost after a scandal surrounding now-retracted stem cell studies. Current President Ryoji Noyori has resigned, effective March 31, wit...