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  • Russia eases Turkey sanctions but won't budge on tomatoes

    ISTANBUL -- Russia has lifted some of its economic sanctions against Turkey, but it refuses to budge in one area: tomatoes.The sanctions began after Turkey downed a Russian warplane on the Turkish-Syrian border in November 2015.Russian President Vla

    May 28, 2017 11:00 am JST
  • Disappointment over OPEC decision weighs on crude

    VIENNA -- Crude oil sold off after the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and other producing nations failed to agree on deeper cuts in output at a conference here Thursday.OPEC and nonmember producers will instead extend their previo

    May 27, 2017 05:41 am JST
  • Richard Heydarian

    Duterte and Putin double act heralds new regional order

    "Historically, I have been identified with the Western world. It was good [while] it lasted," Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte told his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, in their first meeting in November last year on the sidelines of the Asi

    May 26, 2017 02:02 pm JST
  • Trump son-in-law Kushner under FBI scrutiny in Russia probe: media reports

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, a senior White House adviser, is under scrutiny by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the Russia probe, the Washington Post and NBC News reported on Thursday.Kushner is

    May 26, 2017 08:50 am JST
  • OPEC extends oil output cut by nine months to fight glut

    VIENNA (Reuters) -- OPEC decided on Thursday to extend cuts in oil output by nine months to March 2018, OPEC delegates said, as the producer group battles a global glut of crude after seeing prices halve and revenues drop sharply in the past three y

    May 25, 2017 08:50 pm JST
  • Pyongyang's missile advances have the world looking to China and Russia for leverage

    TOKYO North Korea's heightened missile threat highlights the failure of U.S.-led international pressure to deliver a punishing blow to the program, suggesting that a breakthrough may hinge on cooperation from China and Russia.Kim Jong Un's regime ha

    May 25, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Daiichi Sankyo aims for 50% overseas sales by 2020

    TOKYO -- Having stumbled in one international acquisition, Daiichi Sankyo is again sharpening its focus outside Japan, with the goal of earning more than half of its revenues abroad as soon as the first half of 2020.In fiscal 2016, Daiichi Sankyo ge

    May 25, 2017 05:45 am JST
  • Japan, Russia hit speed bumps on joint projects in disputed islets

    TOKYO -- Stalled negotiations have delayed a study Japan and Russia planned to launch this month on the feasibility of economic cooperation on disputed islets, as agreement proves elusive on such details as inspection sites and means of transport.Ru

    May 25, 2017 02:00 am JST
  • Raj Kumar Sharma

    Central Asia warily welcomes China's Belt and Road Initiative

    China's Belt and Road Initiative is making some leaders in Central Asia nervous as they welcome economic engagement with Beijing but remain wary of potential problems the project could unleash. Russia is not all happy, either.Central Asia is strateg

    May 24, 2017 08:45 pm JST
  • JGC to set up rehabilitation center in Russia's Far East

    TOKYO -- JGC will open a rehabilitation center in the Russian city of Vladivostok next spring in an effort to lessen its reliance on natural resources-related businesses.The Japanese plant engineering company will collaborate with Hokuto Social Medi

    May 23, 2017 12:30 pm JST
  • Pyongyang's missile advances have world looking beyond US

    TOKYO -- North Korea's heightened missile threat highlights the failure of U.S.-led international pressure to deliver a punishing blow to the program, suggesting that a breakthrough may hinge on Chinese and Russian cooperation.Kim Jong Un's regime h

    May 23, 2017 04:00 am JST
  • North Korean ship arrives at Russia's Vladivostok

    VLADIVOSTOK, Russia -- A North Korean ferry arrived at the port here on Thursday morning, marking the start of a new phase in Russo-North Korean ties and raising international eyebrows.The Mangyongbong, a cargo-passenger ferry, arrived at the port i

    May 18, 2017 12:55 pm JST
  • OPEC leans toward extending output cuts another nine months

    LONDON Members of OPEC are expected on May 25 to extend a deal with Russia and other major non-OPEC producers aimed at curtailing oil output.The new agreement will run for nine months through March 2018, according to people familiar with the matter.

    May 18, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • White House will not say if Israel provided info Trump discussed with Lavrov

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- The White House declined to comment on Tuesday on media reports that Israel was the source of sensitive information that President Donald Trump shared with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov during a White House meeting l

    May 17, 2017 12:24 pm JST
  • Trump asked Comey to end investigation of Michael Flynn: Source

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- U.S. President Donald Trump asked then-FBI Director James Comey to end the agency's investigation into ties between former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn and Russia, according to a source who has seen a m

    May 17, 2017 11:41 am JST
  • Trump revealed intelligence secrets to Russians in Oval Office: US officials

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) --President Donald Trump disclosed highly classified information to Russia's foreign minister about a planned Islamic State operation, two U.S. officials said on Monday, plunging the White House into another controversy just mon

    May 16, 2017 01:32 pm JST
  • Asian neighbors still leery of China's Belt and Road initiative

    BEIJING/NEW DELHI -- Many Asian countries, notably India, remain leery of throwing their support behind China's Belt and Road initiative, fearing that the efforts by Beijing to create a new sphere of economic influence in Asia could erode their own

    May 16, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • Missile strains international effort to corral Pyongyang

    TOKYO -- North Korea's latest missile launch Sunday came at a delicate time when the hard line formed by Washington, Tokyo and Seoul has been called into question by last week's election of South Korean President Moon Jae-in, a proponent of rapproch

    May 15, 2017 05:00 am JST
  • China pledges $124bn for new Silk Road, says open to everyone

    BEIJING (Reuters) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged $124 billion on Sunday for his ambitious new Silk Road plan to forge a path of peace, inclusiveness and free trade, and called for the abandonment of old models based on rivalry and diplomati

    May 14, 2017 01:03 pm JST
  • Global cyber attack slows but experts see risk of fresh strikes

    SINGAPORE/FRANKFURT (Reuters) -- A global cyber attack described as unprecedented in scale forced a major European automaker to halt some production lines while hitting schools in China and hospitals in Indonesia on Saturday, though it appeared to d

    May 13, 2017 11:30 pm JST