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  • Obama does not consider Sony hack an act of war: CNN interview

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- U.S. President Barack Obama does not consider the cyber attack on Sony Corp to be an act of war, he said in an interview, remarks apparently aimed at limiting U.S. anger over the incident which Washington blames on North Kore

    December 21, 2014 10:50 pm JST
  • US says consulting UK, Australia, Japan on North Korea hack response

    Honolulu (Reuters) -- The Obama administration is consulting the UK, Australia and New Zealand, among other countries in hopes of organizing an international response to the cyberattack on Sony Pictures that it has pinned on North Korea, an administ

    December 21, 2014 12:10 pm JST
  • Cyberattack on Sony

    US to increase pressure on North Korea

    WASHINGTON (Nikkei) -- The U.S. government is poised to step up pressure on North Korea in response to what it believes was a Pyongyang-backed cyberattack on Sony Pictures Entertainment. President Barack Obama has pledged to take countermeasures

    December 21, 2014 02:00 am JST
  • US ties N. Korea to Sony attack, Obama says Sony made "mistake"

    WASHINGTON (Kyodo) -- The United States on Friday identified North Korea as behind the cyberattack on Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc., while President Barack Obama said Sony made a "mistake" in cancelling the release of a Pyongyang-linked film -- a

    December 20, 2014 02:31 pm JST
  • Cyberattack

    US alarm over Sony hack grows

    WASHINGTON -- The U.S. government is becoming more concerned about a cyberattack on a Sony movie depicting the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Sony Pictures Entertainment canceled release of the movie after the threat of terror

    December 20, 2014 08:02 am JST
  • Human rights

    UN urges international court trial for North Korean crimes

    UNITED NATIONS -- The General Assembly on Thursday adopted a resolution urging the Security Council to refer North Korea to the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity. The resolution, which was sponsored by Japan and the Europe

    December 19, 2014 05:21 am JST
  • U.S. determines N.Korea behind Sony attack as studio pulls movie

    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) -- A U.S. government source said investigators had determined that North Korea was behind a cyberattack on Sony Pictures as the studio pulled all plans to release its comedy, "The Interview," about an assassination attempt on t

    December 18, 2014 11:27 am JST
  • Farewell 'Dear Leader'

    Third anniversary of Kim Jong Il's death brings fresh start for North Korea

    SEOUL -- North Korea commemorated the third anniversary of former leader Kim Jong Il's death on Wednesday, which marked the end of the national mourning period and a new beginning for current leader Kim Jong Un. A memorial ceremony was held in f

    December 18, 2014 04:00 am JST
  • Frederic Neumann: Asia does not have a dollar problem

    After a few false starts in recent years, the greenback is embarking on a relentless climb. Major swings in exchange rates force investors to reassess their positions, not just tactically but strategically. Global finance is thus in for a turbul

    December 18, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • UN talks agree building blocks for new-style climate deal in 2015

    LIMA (Reuters) -- About 190 nations agreed on Sunday the building blocks of a new-style global deal due in 2015 to combat climate change amid warnings that far tougher action will be needed to limit increases in global temperatures. Under the de

    December 14, 2014 06:18 pm JST
  • Daniel Twining

    Asia should focus on its own 'pivot to Asia'

    Much has been made of the intensifying strategic competition between the U.S. and China, with Beijing working to edge America out of its Asian neighborhood even as Washington doubles down on its regional partnerships and presence. Less attention has

    December 12, 2014 10:00 am JST
  • Hold on power

    North Korea's Kim rules through continued purges

    SEOUL -- North Korea's Kim Jong Un continues to rule with an iron fist over a seemingly stable regime a year after executing his then second-in-command, but the young leader's unpredictable nature has neighboring countries sweating. Kim Jong Un

    December 12, 2014 06:23 am JST
  • Frederic Neumann

    Asia does not have a dollar problem

    It is finally happening. After a few false starts in recent years, the greenback is embarking on a relentless climb. This is bound to rattle markets. Major swings in exchange rates force investors to reassess their positions, not just tactically

    December 8, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Kavi Chongkittavorn

    South Korea and ASEAN, in search of common ground

    Less than two decades ago, South Korea's only diplomatic interest in Southeast Asia was its position on the divisions in the Korean Peninsula. That is changing fast. Once a backwater in East Asia, South Korea is now the world's 12th largest economy

    December 8, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • U.N. Security Council asked to formally discuss N. Korea human rights

    NEW YORK (Kyodo) -- Ten of the 15 members of the U.N. Security Council pushed to put North Korea on the official agenda for the first time to discuss the reclusive country's human rights situation in a letter presented Friday to the council's presid

    December 6, 2014 05:00 pm JST
  • Sony cyberattack

    News reports say North Korea hacked studio over unflattering film

    NEW YORK -- "No comment" is all Sony Pictures Entertainment has to say for now about the devastating cyberattack on the company, but U.S. media are running with the story that North Korea orchestrated the attack in retribution for a new movie that p

    December 6, 2014 05:16 am JST
  • Tejraj M. Aminabhavi: Carbon -- a versatile gift from nature

    Carbon is available in many different forms: carbon dioxide, methane gas, coal, petroleum and natural gas. It is the active element of photosynthesis -- a key process for all living matter that combines water, sunlight and carbon dioxide to create u

    December 4, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • East Asian waters to be US aircraft carrier-free for a time

    TOKYO -- Defense policymakers in Japan and the U.S. are privately voicing concern about the total absence of U.S. aircraft carriers from East Asian waters for four months next year. Budget constraints at home, combined with the rise of the Islam

    November 27, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • A firsthand look at North Korea's 'marketization'

    After decades of disappointing its citizens and outsiders alike, North Korea has launched a series of major reforms to pull its economy out of its long malaise. Among the measures ordered by leader Kim Jong Un: the setting up of special economic zon

    November 27, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Washington and Pyongyang

    North Korea's release of American captives aimed at dialogue

    WASHINGTON -- North Korea's release of two Americans -- Kenneth Bae and Matthew Miller -- on Nov. 8 may have seemed like a surprise move to many, but it occurred only after weeks of behind-the-scenes negotiations in which Pyongyang called many of th

    November 23, 2014 01:00 pm JST