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  • 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
  • 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
  • Declining crude prices

    Trouble ahead for autocracies that bank on oil reserves

    TOKYO -- There could be big trouble ahead for oil-producing autocracies. The sharp decline in international oil prices that has already battered their economies could weaken these governments' power bases. Flush with foreign currency earnings fr

    November 28, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Islamic State: The new face of terror

    In its quest to acquire manpower and support for its operations in Syria and Iraq, the Islamic State militant group is making deep inroads into Asia -- and achieving a level of success that al-Qaida could only have dreamed of. The growing presence o

    November 20, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Kamal Alam: Syria offers clues to Islamic State's future in Asia

    One of the more remarkable documents found in the Osama bin Laden compound included a letter to the Islamic State group of Iraq and Syria cautioning Abu Musab al-Zarqawi over his group's extreme violence. The insurgency in Fallujah and Tal Afar

    November 20, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Keith B. Richburg: Facing 'pathological hatred' at home, Obama may find he can still lead during his Asia tour

    U.S. President Barack Obama arrived in Asia this week a damaged leader, weakened at home after midterm elections saw his Democratic Party rejected across the board and, most crucially, his Republican opponents take control of the Senate for the firs

    November 13, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Keith B. Richburg: Asia provides refuge from 'Obama derangement syndrome' -- but then what?

    U.S. President Barack Obama arrives in Asia in the coming days a damaged leader, weakened at home after midterm elections saw his Democratic Party rejected across the board and, most crucially, his Republican opponents take control of the U.S. Senat

    November 7, 2014 07:30 pm JST
  • An Asian post-election checklist for Obama

    Just days after the Nov. 4 midterm election transformed the U.S. political landscape by handing control of Congress to Republicans, President Barack Obama will land in Asia for a series of summits with regional and world leaders. The timing is signi

    November 5, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Yves Tiberghien: Should the world yawn, cheer or fear November's summits?

    For a week in November, an unusual cluster of globally significant economic summits will take place in the Asia-Pacific region: the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting in Beijing (Nov. 10-11), the East Asia Summit and the Association of

    November 4, 2014 09:00 pm JST
  • Oil exporters hit by falling crude prices, supply issues

    DUBAI -- Falling crude oil prices are threatening oil-reliant economies around the world, as the benchmark North Sea Brent price hovers at its lowest level in about four years. Crude oil prices have already fallen below fiscal break-even points for

    October 24, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Japan, US affirm cooperation in fight against Islamic militants

    NEW YORK -- Japan's foreign minister on Tuesday expressed support for U.S.-led airstrikes against the Islamic State in Syria, offering humanitarian aid to refugees fleeing the Sunni militants who have terrorized the region. In a meeting here wit

    September 24, 2014 03:40 am JST
  • Tourist hot spots

    The number of travelers going abroad reached 1.035 billion in 2012, surpassing 1 billion for the first time, according to the U.N. World Tourism Organization. In 2013, the number increased 5%, to 1.087 billion. Europe remains the most popular touris

    September 4, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Stephen Grenville: How to reboot world trade talks

    Expanding trade has been the lynchpin of globalization. Total world trade rose from 42% of global gross domestic product in 1980 to 62% in 2007, according to the International Monetary Fund. Trade slowed during the 2008 crisis and since then has bar

    September 2, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Russia rushes to diversify import sources amid tensions with West

    MOSCOW -- Russia is scrambling to diversify the sources of its imports in response to the recent round of tit-for-tat sanctions between Moscow and the West. The U.S. and European countries imposed sanctions on Russia over the crisis in Ukraine a

    August 21, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Weaponizing the world

    Military spending in 2013 showed year-on-year growth worldwide in all regions except for the U.S., Europe and Oceania. Increases were particularly high in emerging economies. China has nearly tripled its military spending over a decade, and now acco

    July 24, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • China rocks boat with push for infrastructure bank

    BEIJING -- While the U.S. and China will try to highlight their economic cooperation at high-level talks here this week, their increasingly intense contest for hegemony over Asia's seas lurks just below the surface. A Chinese effort to create a

    July 8, 2014 04:10 am JST
  • Asian teams' poor World Cup results bode ill for soccer in region

    FORTALEZA, Brazil -- All four Asian national teams that made it to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil were eliminated in the first-round group stage. The last time no member of the Asian Football Confederation made it to the second stage was at the 2

    July 5, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Spherical science

    TOKYO -- It's that time again: the monthlong period every four years when soccer fanatics park themselves in front of their TVs. The first whistle will blow at the FIFA World Cup in Brazil in about a week. Representing the Asian qualifying zone will

    June 7, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Spherical science

    TOKYO -- It's that time again: the monthlong period every four years when soccer fanatics park themselves in front of their TVs. The first whistle will blow at the FIFA World Cup in Brazil in about a week. Representing the Asian qualifying zone will

    June 5, 2014 12:00 am JST