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  • High-profile visit

    Turkey's Erdogan plays for investment, prestige in China

    ISTANBUL -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's visit to China this week provides an opportunity to drum up investment for his country and project himself as a strong leader to a domestic audience. Turkey has a yawning trade deficit with Ch

    July 30, 2015 03:06 am JST
  • China-Turkey summit

    China all aboard Turkish high-speed rail effort

    BEIJING -- Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, agreed here Wednesday to pursue greater economic cooperation between their countries, with China seeking to move forward on rail exports. Erdogan is makin

    July 30, 2015 01:21 am JST
  • U.S. upgrades Malaysia, Cuba in trafficking report

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- The United States upgraded Malaysia in an annual report on human trafficking on Monday despite calls by human rights groups and nearly 180 U.S. lawmakers to keep the Southeast Asian country on a list of worst offenders in fai

    July 27, 2015 10:20 pm JST
  • WTO members seal trillion-dollar IT trade deal

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- World Trade Organization (WTO) members finalized a deal on Friday to cut tariffs on $1 trillion worth of information technology products in a boost for producers of goods ranging from video games to medical equipment. The

    July 24, 2015 01:12 pm JST
  • Hot, dry and desperate

    El Nino should have faded out in spring, but it now looks like the world's most formidable "little boy" will hang around his Pacific playground through autumn. The weather phenomenon is causing deadly heat waves in South Asia, while Southeast As

    July 23, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Brahma Chellaney: Water (problems), water (problems) everywhere

    The centrality of water is a recurring theme in various religions. The Bible -- largely written amid water scarcity -- associates drought with the wrath of God. "By means of water," says the Quran, "we give life to everything." Hindu gods and goddes

    July 23, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Suspected Islamic State bomber kills 30 in Turkish town

    SURUC, Turkey (Reuters) -- A suspected Islamic State suicide bomber killed at least 30 people, mostly young students, in an attack on a Turkish town near the Syrian border on Monday. Bodies lay beneath trees after the blast outside a cultural ce

    July 21, 2015 06:46 am JST
  • Bad omens

    Global market turbulence is a wake-up call

    TOKYO -- "I can't sell my stocks even if I want to, damn it!" Liu Guang Kun, a 60-year-old man, cut a desperate figure as he ranted July 10 at a brokerage in China's northeastern city of Dalian, Liaoning Province. Trading in the stocks Liu h

    July 19, 2015 09:30 pm JST
  • Finance-oriented startups set to rattle old-fashioned banking

    TOKYO -- Startups providing financial services via the Internet have achieved strong growth in the U.S. and around the world in recent years. Many believe this emerging industry, recently referred to as fintech, will go on to become a major provider

    July 16, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Storm clouds on the economic horizon

    Uncertainty has engulfed the global financial markets. After stocks plunged in Shanghai and Shenzhen, Chinese authorities are taking drastic -- some say ill-advised -- measures to reinflate prices. The eurozone remains exposed to grave risks st

    July 16, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Little to cheer in the global economy

    TOKYO -- "I can't sell my stocks even if I want to, damn it!" Liu Guang Kun, a 60-year-old man, cut a desperate figure as he ranted July 10 at a brokerage in China's northeastern city of Dalian, Liaoning Province. Trading in the stocks Liu h

    July 16, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Thailand tries to mollify critics on Uighur deportations

    BANGKOK/ANKARA -- Facing a barrage of criticism at home and abroad after it forcibly sent 109 ethnic Uighur refugees back to China on July 9, the Thai government is in damage-control mode. Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said on July 13 that he

    July 16, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Unrest in Xinjiang

    Uighurs 'on way to jihad' returned to China in hoods

    BEIJING (Reuters) -- Some of the Uighurs deported to China last week from Thailand had planned to go to Syria and Iraq to carry out jihad, state television said, showing pictures of them being bundled out of an aircraft with black hoods over their h

    July 12, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • China's minorities

    Consulate attacked after Thailand forcibly deports over 100 Uighur Muslims

    BANGKOK/ANKARA -- Thailand's forced deportation of around 100 ethnic Uighurs refugees back to China has sparked an attack on the Thai consulate in Turkey and is drawing widespread criticism from the international community and human rights groups.

    July 10, 2015 01:30 pm JST
  • Turkish foreign minister interview

    Ankara won't let border risks snowball

    ANKARA -- Turkey faces an ever more complex security situation along its 911km border with Syria. At the same time, the ruling Justice and Development Party, or AKP, finds itself seeking a coalition partner after losing its parliamentary majority la

    July 8, 2015 02:00 am JST
  • George Magnus: Greece will cast long political shadows

    If Greece were in Asia, it would be the seventh largest economy, of little geopolitical consequence and soon to be overtaken by Bangladesh and Vietnam. Greece's size, however, is not the right metric to use when gauging its significance in Europe's

    July 2, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Frederic Neumann: Greek turmoil is not without risks to Asia

    The coming weeks will prove critical for Greece's membership of the eurozone. For Asia, the immediate impact of a potential "Grexit" should be manageable. A powerful policy response by major central banks and comfortable reserve buffers in the regio

    July 2, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Could Greece happen here?

    Japan needs to step up IR activities

    TOKYO -- Greece's debt crisis has sent shock waves through financial markets around the world. But the nation's looming default traces all the way back to 2009. Greece lost investors' confidence when it was discovered that the country had concea

    June 30, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • Rate hike expected

    Turkey's central bank has some of its autonomy back

    ATHENS -- A growing number of analysts and market players see Turkey's central bank raising interest rates soon. The results of recent parliamentary elections have eased the political pressure on the bank to lower rates despite a high inflation

    June 28, 2015 07:00 am 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