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  • Russian company to begin regular ferry service to North Korea in May

    MOSCOW -- A Russian company will begin a regular cargo-passenger ferry service between Russia and North Korea in May, The Nikkei learned on Wednesday.Vladimir Baranov, director general of Russia's InvestStroiTrest, the operator of the new regular ro

    April 19, 2017 12:50 pm JST
  • Jurek Martin

    Good morning Pyongyang

    More than 30 years ago while living in Japan I used to listen most mornings to Radio Pyongyang's English-language broadcasts. This was not a conscious decision. I would habitually tune into the BBC on short-wave, but just before 8.00 a.m. there woul

    April 14, 2017 11:30 pm JST
  • Prada turns to internet as Chinese shopping spree ebbs

    FLORENCE, Italy -- Italian luxury fashion brand Prada will expand its online sales platform, offering more products and adding new markets, in the face of falling sales at bricks-and-mortar stores.The company will open online stores for China, South

    April 14, 2017 01:22 am JST
  • Minxin Pei: The Syria airstrike takes the shine off the Trump-Xi summit

    Chinese and American leaders have held many summits since U.S. President Richard Nixon landed in Beijing in February 1972. Most of these summits produced results that improved or stabilized bilateral relations.The just-concluded talks between Chines

    April 13, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Russia wields veto on Western-led UN rebuke of Syria gas attack

    UNITED NATIONS -- Russia cast its eighth U.N. Security Council veto supporting the government of Bashar Assad since the Syrian conflict began six years ago, blocking a resolution Wednesday condemning the reported chemical weapons attack on the Syria

    April 13, 2017 06:50 am JST
  • Seeking to salvage ties, US and Russia agree on Syria probe

    MOSCOW (AP) -- Striving to salvage ties amid a fierce dispute over Syria, the United States and Russia on Wednesday agreed to work together on an international investigation of a Syrian chemical weapons attack last week that prompted retaliatory Ame

    April 13, 2017 04:19 am JST
  • Putin meets Tillerson as tensions rise over Syria

    MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin met with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Moscow on Wednesday as the two countries traded sharp accusations about a chemical weapons attack in Syria.Tillerson, making the first visit by a Trump

    April 13, 2017 01:32 am JST
  • Official: Russia knew Syrian chemical attack was coming

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The United States has concluded Russia knew in advance of Syria's chemical weapons attack last week, a senior U.S. official said Monday.The official said a drone operated by Russians was flying over a hospital as victims of the at

    April 11, 2017 07:21 am JST
  • G-7 meeting to focus on US attacks on Syria, North Korean tests

    LUCCA, Italy -- Foreign ministers from the seven leading industrial nations are gathering in the Italian city of Lucca on Monday afternoon. The talks will mainly focus on the growing tensions in Syria, as well as North Korea's missile and nuclear th

    April 10, 2017 02:30 pm JST
  • Assad says US missile strike failed to achieve goal

    DAMASCUS (Kyodo) -- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said Sunday that the recent U.S. missile attack on a Syrian air base failed in achieving its objective, the state-run SANA news agency reported Sunday.It said the objective was to raise "the moral

    April 9, 2017 11:14 pm JST
  • Russia warns of serious consequences from U.S. strike in Syria

    UNITED NATIONS/MOSCOW/BEIRUT (Reuters) -- Russia warned on Friday that U.S. cruise missile strikes on a Syrian air base could have "extremely serious" consequences, as President Donald Trump's first major foray into a foreign conflict opened up a ri

    April 8, 2017 01:17 pm JST
  • Singapore, Malaysian shares little changed as US strike on Syria dents risk appetite

    SINGAPORE (Nikkei Markets) -- Singapore shares ended little changed on Friday as a U.S. missile strike on Syria hurt investors' risk appetite, boosting demand for safe-haven assets. Malaysia shares recovered from losses to edge higher, helped by dem

    April 7, 2017 08:13 pm JST
  • The internet poised to dethrone TV as ad king

    PALO ALTO, U.S. -- Television's reign as the dominant advertising medium appears near its end, as sellers increasingly reach out to consumers through mobile devices.The rise of smartphones provides a tailwind for spending on internet ads, which is e

    April 7, 2017 08:00 am JST
  • Hedge funds suffer money exodus

    TOKYO -- Once wielding powerful influence on global financial markets, hedge funds are losing customers as more investors shun their high fees amid poor returns.Hedge funds tracked by Eurekahedge saw fund outflows of $60.7 billion by the end of Febr

    April 6, 2017 09:00 am JST
  • Tensions flare at UN as Russia races to defend Syrian regime

    UNITED NATIONS -- Tensions rose at the United Nations Security Council Wednesday as Russia sparred with the U.S. and other major Western powers over the latest allegations of the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime against civilians in the

    April 6, 2017 05:00 am JST
  • China has its eyes on water in Russian lake

    IRKUTSK, Russia -- A Chinese proposal to pump water from Lake Baikal, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and carry it across two borders to help alleviate water shortages seems to be a real problem solver.The Russian lake holds roughly 20% of the world's

    April 5, 2017 11:00 am JST
  • Central Asian man emerges as suspect in St. Petersburg metro blast

    MOSCOW (Kyodo) -- A man from Central Asia has emerged as the main suspect in the explosion that killed at least 11 people and injured 51 others in the St. Petersburg subway system on Monday, Russian media reported.Russian investigators say the blast

    April 4, 2017 02:33 pm JST
  • 11 killed in suspected suicide bombing on Russian metro train

    ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) -- A blast in a St Petersburg train carriage on Monday that killed 11 people and injured 45 was carried out by a suspected suicide bomber with ties to radical Islamists, Russia's Interfax news agency cited a law enfo

    April 4, 2017 09:31 am JST
  • Global debt hits $215tn in 2016, led by emerging markets -- IIF

    Global debt rose to 325 percent of the world's gross domestic product in 2016, totalling $215 trillion, an Institute for International Finance report released on Monday showed, boosted by the rapid growth of issuance in emerging markets.Global debt

    April 4, 2017 09:14 am JST
  • US assumes presidency of UN Security Council

    UNITED NATIONS -- Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N. under President Donald Trump, cited peacekeeping reform, human rights and North Korea among the new administration's priorities at a news conference Monday in her new role as president o

    April 4, 2017 07:24 am JST