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  • Australia brings snake bite expertise to Myanmar

    BANGKOK -- Snake bites kill hundreds of people every year in Myanmar and leave thousands more with lifelong disabilities. Many could be saved if anti-venom treatments could be delivered faster, especially in rural areas, say experts. But decades of

    February 25, 2017 01:00 pm JST
  • Japan, China play for 'swing states' in regional trade game

    TOKYO -- Top negotiators from 16 Asia-Pacific countries representing roughly half the world's population and around a third of global trade will meet in Kobe next week to discuss a trade deal that some, like Japan, hope will bear fruit amid the grow

    February 25, 2017 04:00 am JST
  • Big in Asia but World Baseball Classic still seeks US home run

    The 2017 World Baseball Classic -- a popular international sporting event created by U.S.-based Major League Baseball -- will get underway in March amid its struggles to achieve the same worldwide recognition as the annual American World Series.The

    February 24, 2017 07:00 pm JST
  • Nano-satellites thrust Australia back into space

    SYDNEY -- A swarm of shoe-box sized satellites is scheduled to begin the first stage of a historic journey into space on March 19, when an Atlas V rocket blasts off from Florida's Cape Canaveral space center with the tiny satellites on board, along

    February 23, 2017 04:00 pm JST
  • BHP Billiton still wary despite return to profit

    SYDNEY -- BHP Billiton sees a "more uncertain" outlook for key commodities after a recovery in prices that made for a strong first half for the Anglo-Australian mining group.Growth in Chinese steel production is expected to taper off in the short te

    February 23, 2017 06:05 am JST
  • Japan's dairy import prices soar amid output cuts

    TOKYO -- Cheese and butter import prices are climbing as exporting nations in Oceania and Europe curtail production of raw milk, while the yen's weakness against the dollar could eventually have a ripple effect on domestic retail prices.Australian a

    February 18, 2017 06:00 am JST
  • China's Citic plans $1bn write-down on Aussie mine

    HONG KONG -- Citic expects to post an impairment loss of up to $1 billion on its iron ore project in Western Australia for the year through December 2016, the Chinese state-owned conglomerate said Wednesday. The company is scheduled to release its f

    February 16, 2017 01:00 pm JST
  • US set to overtake Australia in LNG exports

    SYDNEY -- Australia's expected ascendancy to global leadership in liquefied natural gas exports by 2019 could be short-lived, with rival suppliers in the U.S. on track to lift their own gas exports substantially in the 2020s on the back of an expect

    February 10, 2017 06:00 pm JST
  • Rio Tinto offloads assets while the (coal) price is right

    SYDNEY -- Higher thermal coal prices have given Rio Tinto a prime opportunity to unload assets, as it shifts away from the black stuff.In late January, the Anglo-Australian miner announced an agreement to sell subsidiary Coal & Allied Industries to

    February 9, 2017 06:20 pm JST
  • New Zealand central bank says may keep rates steady for years, protectionism key risk

    WELLINGTON (Reuters) -- New Zealand's central bank governor warned on Thursday the "protectionist risk" posed by the Trump administration is a major hazard, as it held the official cash rate steady at 1.75 percent, and flagged it could remain there

    February 9, 2017 11:30 am JST
  • Editorial: Don't give up on the TPP

    New U.S. President Donald Trump has signed a presidential directive to "permanently withdraw" the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership. With Washington out of the picture, the dream of building the world's largest free trade zone in the Asia-Paci

    February 9, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • South Korea, Australia agree to extend, expand currency swap deal

    SEOUL (Reuters) -- South Korea's and Australia's central banks said on Wednesday they will extend an existing currency swap agreement while roughly doubling it in size in a move aimed at strengthening trade and financial stability.The agreement betw

    February 8, 2017 02:25 pm JST
  • US to cooperate with South Korea, Australia over China, North Korea

    WASHINGTON (Kyodo) -- U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has affirmed close coordination with South Korea and Australia in dealing with terrorism, North Korea's development of missiles and nuclear weapons, and China's assertive territorial claims

    February 8, 2017 11:46 am JST
  • China makes neighborly greeting amid Australia's US strains

    CANBERRA -- China senses opportunity in frayed ties between the U.S. and Australia, aiming at a foreign ministers' meeting Tuesday to deepen economic relations with Canberra while girding itself against pressure from the Donald Trump administration.

    February 8, 2017 07:44 am JST
  • Work-life concerns drive Oceania leaders' departures

    SYDNEY -- Two of Oceania's top political leaders have stepped down to spend more time with their families, but there may also be another reason for them to retire in the prime of their lives.On Jan. 19, Mike Baird,48, announced he was resigning as p

    February 7, 2017 04:15 pm JST
  • Australia falls afoul of Trump's Twitter diplomacy

    SYDNEY -- It took just one tweet from U.S. President Donald Trump to turn traditional diplomacy on its ear and undermine relations with a fellow conservative, the Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. Traditional allies, Australia and the U.S.

    February 3, 2017 09:24 pm JST
  • Australia's Tigerair abruptly quits Bali flights after Indonesia ruling

    SYDNEY (Reuters) -- Tigerair Australia said it would quit flying to Bali permanently after being told by Indonesian authorities to switch to a new operating model - likely resulting in a loss of tourism dollars for the Southeast Asian nation and new

    February 3, 2017 04:10 pm JST
  • Australian PM describes frank call with Trump after Post reports angry exchange

    SYDNEY (Reuters) -- Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Thursday he had spoken candidly and frankly with U.S. President Donald Trump, but would not confirm aWashington Post report that Trump had berated him over a refugee swap deal an

    February 2, 2017 11:38 pm JST
  • Hankook Tire buys Australia's largest retailer Jax Tyres

    SEOUL -- Hankook Tire is expanding its retail channels by acquiring Australia's largest tire dealer Jax Tyres, as part of its strategy to reach consumers in the Asia-Pacific region directly, the company said Thursday.Hankook said it decided to buy 1

    February 2, 2017 07:30 pm JST
  • A US-less TPP leaves China to set Asia's trade rules

    TOKYO The remaining members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership are preparing for life without the U.S. following the country's official withdrawal from the trade deal it once led. Though some members still hope the TPP can be salvaged, others recogniz

    February 2, 2017 12:00 pm JST