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  • Personal data on millions

    Hacked information could give Beijing the US's spy network

    WASHINGTON -- The U.S. government has been rocked by revelations of a massive cyberattack. Hackers recently stole the personal information of up to 4 million U.S. federal workers from a database at the Office of Personnel Management. Washington

    June 27, 2015 05:00 pm JST
  • Yes or no to Europe?

    Greece's Tsipras calls referendum to break bailout deadlock

    ATHENS/BRUSSELS (Reuters) -- Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras called a referendum on austerity demands from foreign creditors on Saturday, rejecting an "ultimatum" from lenders and putting a deal that could determine Greece's future in Europe to

    June 27, 2015 12:16 pm JST
  • Telephone diplomacy

    Putin to visit Japan this year

    TOKYO -- Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected to visit Japan this year, a plan confirmed Wednesday night during telephone talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The 30-minute conversation was initiated by Japan. Abe seeks to use

    June 24, 2015 10:23 pm JST
  • Online security

    Undeclared cyberwar heating up

    WASHINGTON -- More skirmishes in an undeclared global cyberwar came to light in June, although none of the countries doing the fighting acknowledges the war is happening. As reports roll in of breaches of Western countries' computer networks by

    June 23, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Putin says necessary to hold meeting with Abe

    ST. PETERSBURG (Kyodo) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin said Saturday it is necessary to hold a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to discuss a decades-old territorial dispute. The Russian leader said in a meeting with the media

    June 20, 2015 09:27 pm JST
  • Territorial dispute gets trickier

    Russia eyes Kuril Islands economic zone

    SAINT PETERSBURG -- Russia plans to create an economic zone on the Kuril Islands that would offer tax benefits and simplified administrative procedures, a Russian minister told The Nikkei. In his first interview with a foreign media outlet, Alex

    June 20, 2015 07:53 pm JST
  • Precious metal price fall

    Palladium market hits low as Chinese auto sales flag

    TOKYO -- Palladium futures dropped to a 16-month low below $720 per troy ounce during pre-market trading in New York Friday, amid falling demand due to stagnant auto sales in China. Prices have fallen more than $80 from an early May high. On the

    June 20, 2015 12:14 am JST
  • New Asia Infrastructure Bank

    China will hold veto on key decisions: sources

    BEIJING -- China would hold more than a quarter of the voting rights at the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, giving Beijing the power to block capital increases and other important moves, people familiar with plans for the multilateral lender t

    June 17, 2015 12:18 am JST
  • Precious metals

    Platinum trading below gold as markets diverge

    TOKYO -- Platinum prices have been trailing gold prices since mid-January, with the gap having widened to about $90. The benchmark futures contracts for gold traded at about $1,180 per troy ounce during off-hours trading Tuesday. Meanwhile, the

    June 16, 2015 10:22 pm JST
  • Combating climate change

    Weak plans mean world set to overshoot temperature goal, says IEA

    LONDON (Reuters) -- Countries' current pledges for greenhouse gas cuts will fail to achieve a peak in energy-related emissions by 2030 and likely result in a temperature rise of 2.6 degrees Celsius by the end of the century, the International Energy

    June 15, 2015 09:01 am JST
  • Georgian flood

    Deadly zoo animals roam capital after floods kill 9 people

    TBILISI (Reuters) -- Deadly zoo animals were prowling the streets of Tbilisi on Sunday after floods that killed at least nine people damaged their cages, setting them free, local news agencies reported. Tigers, lions, bears and wolves were among

    June 14, 2015 08:15 pm JST
  • Sensitive negotiations

    Can Japan's Kishida open the door to a Putin visit?

    TOKYO -- The Japanese and Russian governments have begun negotiating for Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida to visit Russia sometime around autumn. Russia is also proposing that an economic mission made up of executives from Japanese businesses

    June 14, 2015 02:00 am JST
  • Power play

    Russia plots military buildup in Central Asia as counterweight to China

    MOSCOW -- Russia will enlarge its military presence in Central Asia to try to set the security agenda in a region where China is projecting economic power. Russia seeks to put itself on an equal footing with China as an opposing force to the Gro

    June 13, 2015 03:06 am JST
  • Yottabytes getting the jump on pirates

    TOKYO -- The year is 2050. An employee at Lloyd's of London is sitting at her desk observing real-time images from an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) the company deployed to follow a cargo ship it had insured. She picks up the phone and contacts the s

    June 11, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • The buzz about drones

    Drones can be used for a variety of purposes, from military to business and recreation. They are an exciting and increasingly affordable new technology, and many expect them to bring about an industrial revolution in the air. But the stealthy, unman

    June 11, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Michael Schrage: The uncharted territory between autonomy and ethics

    Few U.S. military assets inspire the executive-branch swagger that unmanned aerial vehicles -- also known as drones -- do. "If I'm president of the United States and you're thinking about joining al-Qaida or ISIL, I'm not going to call a judge,"

    June 11, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • James Coyne: Regulators race to keep up

    When a remotely piloted aircraft loaded with radioactive sand was found on the Japanese prime minister's office late April, it raised alarm over the security risks posed by the growing number of unmonitored drones buzzing around. When it comes t

    June 11, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Defending the 'status quo'

    G-7 rebukes attempts to redraw map

    KRUEN, Germany -- Reaffirming the rule of law and other shared principles, Group of Seven leaders indirectly criticized China for raising maritime tensions with its island-building activity and condemned Russia's seizure of territory in Ukraine.

    June 9, 2015 12:58 am JST
  • Japan PM urges ceasefire observance in talks with Ukraine's leader

    KIEV (Kyodo) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in Kiev on Saturday and urged the sincere implementation of a ceasefire after fighting broke out between government forces and pro-Russian separatists i

    June 6, 2015 11:50 pm JST
  • Targeting Russia, Brazil

    Mitsubishi Heavy to step up overseas compressor ops

    TOKYO -- Mitsubishi Heavy Industries will step up its compressor business in emerging markets, especially in Russia and Brazil, as part of efforts to boost natural resource-related orders. Mitsubishi Heavy plans to establish a joint venture with

    June 6, 2015 11:50 pm JST