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  • Declining crude prices

    Trouble ahead for autocracies that bank on oil reserves

    TOKYO -- There could be big trouble ahead for oil-producing autocracies. The sharp decline in international oil prices that has already battered their economies could weaken these governments' power bases. Flush with foreign currency earnings fr

    November 28, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Global auto sales

    Economic, political woes slow new-car sales in developing nations

    GUANGZHOU, China -- Economic and political uncertainties have slammed the brakes on new-car sales in emerging economies, and winning over these markets has once again become a pressing goal for the world's automakers. The number of new cars sold

    November 25, 2014 04:27 am JST
  • West isolates Russia

    Putin gets frosty reception from world leaders

    TOKYO -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has found himself increasingly isolated at recent summits as Russia comes under intense pressure from the international community for its ongoing conflict with Ukraine. However, he has found a rare frien

    November 20, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Pyongyang-Moscow connection

    North Korea eager to boost ties with Russia to fend off West

    MOSCOW -- Not ready to play the part of lone wolf on the international stage, North Korea is seeking to warm things up with Russia, a country that is also facing tough sanctions from the West. Choe Ryong Hae, a senior member of the ruling Worker

    November 20, 2014 05:25 am JST
  • Islamic State: The new face of terror

    In its quest to acquire manpower and support for its operations in Syria and Iraq, the Islamic State militant group is making deep inroads into Asia -- and achieving a level of success that al-Qaida could only have dreamed of. The growing presence o

    November 20, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Kamal Alam: Syria offers clues to Islamic State's future in Asia

    One of the more remarkable documents found in the Osama bin Laden compound included a letter to the Islamic State group of Iraq and Syria cautioning Abu Musab al-Zarqawi over his group's extreme violence. The insurgency in Fallujah and Tal Afar

    November 20, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Obama's uphill battle

    US president's armored car and gum-chewing drew lots of attention in China

    TOKYO - U.S. President Barack Obama was standing silently beside Chinese President Xi Jinping, who had a tight smile plastered on his face. Just then, Russian President Vladimir Putin came to stand on the other side of the Chinese leader. It was

    November 19, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • N. Korea's special envoy meets Putin, gives letter from Kim

    MOSCOW (Kyodo) -- A special envoy of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday met with Russian President Vladimir Putin, in Pyongyang's latest efforts to seek diplomatic and economic support from other countries as a possible counterbalance to Chi

    November 19, 2014 01:37 pm JST
  • Global economic amalgamation

    Can inequality be overcome in an increasingly integrated world?

    WASHINGTON -- In Estonia's capital Tallinn, the government has set up a business incubator that supports nearly 30 startup companies. Once part of the Soviet Union, Estonia has since become an Internet leader. Known as the "Silicon Valley of the

    November 17, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • UN security council tackles Ukraine crisis

    UNITED NATIONS -- Security Council members on Wednesday condemned Moscow for an increase in sporadic fighting in eastern Ukraine as reports of a stepped-up Russian presence there raise concerns about renewed military action. The United Nations S

    November 13, 2014 07:39 am JST
  • China flexes economic muscle at APEC summit

    BEIJING -- This week's Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit offered a bit of political theater starring Chinese President Xi Jinping, who used the opportunity to demonstrate China's economic might and diplomatic savvy. The leader of the worl

    November 13, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Keith B. Richburg: Facing 'pathological hatred' at home, Obama may find he can still lead during his Asia tour

    U.S. President Barack Obama arrived in Asia this week a damaged leader, weakened at home after midterm elections saw his Democratic Party rejected across the board and, most crucially, his Republican opponents take control of the Senate for the firs

    November 13, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Ex-officials say Japan-US security ties keep China in check

    TOKYO -- China will not be able to assert regional hegemony if Japan and the United States work together closely on security, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense Joseph Nye said at a Tokyo symposium of security experts in late October. Ny

    November 13, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Is a new Cold War in the making?

    TOKYO -- In mid-October, the Swedish military rapidly deployed ships, helicopters and other resources to track down a suspicious submarine-like object spotted in waters off the nation's capital, Stockholm. It was the first such large-scale milit

    November 12, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Ukraine dispute holding up Japan-Russia territorial talks

    BEIJING -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed Sunday to revive territorial negotiations, yet continuing tensions between Russia and the West over Ukraine will likely preclude any real headway. The two

    November 11, 2014 05:11 am JST
  • Vietnam's friendly Russian invasion

    Ho Chi Minh City -- Russian tourists are Vietnam's fastest growing visitor group by nationality, and increased 71% year on year to 298,000 arrivals in 2013. The figure is expected to reach 350,000 this year paving the way to achieve the goal of 1 mi

    November 10, 2014 10:55 pm JST
  • Abe, Putin agree to prepare for Putin's Japan trip next year

    BEIJING (Kyodo) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed Sunday in Beijing to begin preparations for the Russian leader to visit Japan at a time "suitable next year," a Japanese official said, in a move Tokyo

    November 10, 2014 09:55 am JST
  • Abe, Putin to discuss disputed islands next week

    TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin next week to revive territorial talks disrupted by the escalation of the Ukraine crisis. Abe sets off Sunday on a tour that will take him to China, Myanm

    November 8, 2014 01:42 am JST
  • Keith B. Richburg: Asia provides refuge from 'Obama derangement syndrome' -- but then what?

    U.S. President Barack Obama arrives in Asia in the coming days a damaged leader, weakened at home after midterm elections saw his Democratic Party rejected across the board and, most crucially, his Republican opponents take control of the U.S. Senat

    November 7, 2014 07:30 pm JST
  • Republican victory paves way for more paralysis in US

    WASHINGTON -- With the Republican Party capturing both houses in Tuesday's midterm elections, U.S. President Barack Obama will be fighting for key policies with an even more hostile Congress in his remaining two years in office. Given rising pub

    November 6, 2014 04:05 am JST