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  • Combating the Islamic State

    Russia, Turkey spar over alleged black-market oil

    MOSCOW -- Russia has accused Turkey of funding the Islamic State group through illicit oil purchases, threatening retaliation and reigniting complex historical tensions after the downing of a fighter jet. The Islamic State raises most of its fun

    November 28, 2015 07:45 am JST
  • Crude oil

    Prices may test $40 again as glut persists

    TOKYO -- The world continues to be awash in crude oil ahead of the OPEC meeting Dec. 4, raising the possibility that prices could again dip below $40 a barrel. This past Monday, Saudi Arabia indicated it was preparing to cooperate with other oil

    November 28, 2015 02:55 am JST
  • Vyacheslav Solomin

    Russian hydropower can help fight climate change in Asia

    The need to balance climate change with sustainable power supplies is one of the greatest challenges facing the global environment. The Nov. 30-Dec. 11 United Nations climate change summit in Paris will likely demonstrate that while there is widespr

    November 27, 2015 12:36 am JST
  • Middle East conflict

    Russia, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Turkey tussle over Syria, oil prices

    TOKYO -- Russia, Saudi Arabia and Iran have intensified diplomatic maneuvering over the ongoing Syrian conflict and crude oil prices. Turkey's recent shooting down of a Russian military airplane has further complicated the situation surrounding

    November 26, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • Syria crisis

    Regional fault lines impede united front against Islamic State

    MOSCOW/ISTANBUL -- After a brief flash of solidarity following the Paris terrorist attacks, the odds seem against the U.S., Europe and Russia joining forces to defeat the Islamic State group. The nations around warn-torn Syria are pursuing their

    November 26, 2015 07:30 am JST
  • Russia-Turkey tensions

    Plane shoot-down could hamper Islamic State fight

    MOSCOW/DUBAI -- The Turkish military's downing of a Russian fighter jet could worsen bilateral tensions already heightened by conflicting goals for Syrian intervention, possibly creating a rift in the alliance to fight the Islamic State militant gro

    November 25, 2015 06:05 am JST
  • Turkey downs Russian warplane near Syria border, Moscow denies airspace violation

    ANKARA/MOSCOW (Reuters) -- Turkish fighter jets shot down a Russian warplane near the Syrian border on Tuesday after repeated warnings over air space violations, but Moscow said it could prove the jet had not left Syrian air space. It was the fi

    November 24, 2015 08:20 pm JST
  • Iranian influence

    Shadowy general reshaping the Middle East

    TOKYO -- In late July, the commander of a shadowy and powerful Iranian military unit secretly visited Moscow. The Iranian military officer, who sports an impressive silvery beard, unfurled a map of Syria in front of Russian President Vladim

    November 22, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Russia

    Putin aims to mend fences with West via anti-terror fight

    MOSCOW -- The deadly rampage in Paris last week appears to be bringing Russia and the West closer in their fight against the Islamic State, providing President Vladimir Putin with an opening to end the country's international isolation. Group of

    November 20, 2015 05:35 am JST
  • Secrets of endurance

    China's slowing growth is casting a pall on the world economy. Low commodities prices have resource companies feeling the squeeze. New technologies are disrupting old industries. But in global business, the only constant is change. The question is,

    November 19, 2015 12:00 pm JST
  • TPP

    China, Russia protest trade pact as Philippines eyes entry

    MANILA -- The Philippines has joined the ranks of Asian nations looking to take part in the Trans-Pacific Partnership, while China and Russia are intensifying their criticism of an agreement that could threaten their regional ambitions. "I conve

    November 19, 2015 06:35 am JST
  • Two die in police raid targetting suspected Paris attack mastermind

    SAINT DENIS, France (Reuters) -- A woman suicide bomber blew herself up and another militant died on Wednesday when police raided an apartment in the Paris suburb of St. Denis seeking suspects in last week's attacks in the French capital. Offici

    November 18, 2015 10:20 pm JST
  • Putin vows payback after Kremlin confirms bomb downed Russian plane over Egypt

    MOSCOW (Reuters) -- President Vladimir Putin vowed to hunt down those responsible for blowing up a Russian airliner over Egypt and intensify air strikes against Islamists in Syria, after the Kremlin concluded a bomb had destroyed the plane last mont

    November 17, 2015 11:49 pm JST
  • Diplomacy

    Japan, Russia eye spring for Putin visit

    ANTALYA, Turkey -- Tokyo and Moscow will work toward realizing a Japan visit by Russian President Vladimir Putin next spring, months later than they previously intended. Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe agreed in November 2014 on suc

    November 17, 2015 06:10 am JST
  • G-20 summit

    Obama, Putin huddle but can't agree on Islamic State strategy

    ANTALYA, Turkey -- The deadly attacks in France forced Group of 20 leaders to show unity in the face of terrorism, but how tightly the U.S. and Russia will cooperate in fighting the Islamic State group remains to be seen. Turkish television caug

    November 17, 2015 03:31 am JST
  • Abe, Putin agree to keep dialogue over islands, shelve Japan visit

    ANTALYA, Turkey (Kyodo) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed Sunday to continue dialogue over the long-standing territorial dispute between the countries that has prevented the signing of a post-World War

    November 16, 2015 08:35 am JST
  • Paris attacks

    Fight against Islamic State dominates as G-20 leaders meet in Turkey

    BELEK, Turkey (Reuters) -- U.S. President Barack Obama and other world leaders arrived in Turkey on Sunday for a summit that has taken on new urgency after attacks in Paris pushed the fight against Islamic State militants to the top of the agenda.

    November 15, 2015 06:30 pm JST
  • Russia

    Central bank ready to confront any ruble sell-off: governor

    MOSCOW -- Russia's currency may endure another bout of volatility from external headwinds, central bank Gov. Elvira Nabiullina told The Nikkei on Friday, but she added that monetary policymakers are prepared to act to maintain financial stability

    November 14, 2015 09:30 pm JST
  • Japan names new envoys to Germany, India, Russia, other countries

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The Japanese government on Friday appointed new ambassadors to Germany, India, Russia and other countries. Toyohisa Kozuki, who was director general of the Foreign Ministry's European Affairs Bureau, will become ambassador to Ru

    November 13, 2015 11:26 am JST
  • China - Kazakhstan

    A border boomtown in the making

    KHORGOS, China/Kazakhstan -- China may be full of half-deserted shopping malls with few shops and even fewer shoppers, but developer Bao Jun thinks this previously remote border crossing is just the place for a new center. "We moved to Khorgos f

    November 12, 2015 12:00 pm JST