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  • Nicholas Borroz: Lifting Iran sanctions could benefit Asia

    The historic agreement reached between Iran and six world powers on July 14 portends a new era -- with mixed implications for the rest of the world. Analysis of the broader impact of the Iran deal has so far focused mostly on Tehran's relations

    July 30, 2015 12:00 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
  • Iran air travel industry

    Nuclear deal to bring winds of change in Persian Gulf aviation market

    DUBAI -- Iranian airlines, eager to rejuvenate their fleets, can hardly wait for the West's economic sanctions to be lifted. America's Boeing and Europe's Airbus are already making moves to capture this windfall. The U.S., the European Union and

    July 24, 2015 06:55 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
  • After the deal

    Iran getting ready to export more oil

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Iran is preparing to release its crude oil reserves into the international market as the West lifts economic sanctions, a move seen putting downward pressure on oil prices. Iranian oil tankers are loaded with aroun

    July 23, 2015 02:02 am JST
  • Growing presence

    China to build 2 reactors in Iran

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- China will construct two nuclear power reactors in Iran, the Iranian Students' News Agency reported Wednesday, citing comments from the head of the Middle Eastern country's atomic energy organization. These mark th

    July 23, 2015 12:50 am 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
  • Keith B. Richburg: US allies in Asia should welcome Iran deal

    Most Asian countries surely welcomed the landmark July 14 deal between Iran and a U.S.-led coalition to halt Tehran's nuclear development program. For those nations, the deal will allow swift normalization of business ties with a big and potentially

    July 23, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Daniel Twining: 'Persian pivot' is far from Nixon's 'China moment'

    Defending the latest nuclear deal with Iran, President Barack Obama likened his outreach to Tehran to President Richard Nixon's opening to Beijing in 1972. But China then was a weak and defensive power, seeking an alliance against a stronger Soviet

    July 23, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Chain reaction

    Iran sanctions relief to deepen oil glut

    TOKYO -- The deal between Iran and a U.S.-led group of six world powers may expand the global oil glut over the long term. The arrangement, finalized earlier this month, places a set of restrictions on Tehran's nuclear program in exchange for li

    July 21, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • U.N. Security Council endorses Iran nuclear deal

    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) -- The United Nations Security Council on Monday endorsed a deal to curb Iran's nuclear program in return for sanctions relief, but it will be able to re-impose U.N. penalties during the next decade if Tehran breaches the hi

    July 20, 2015 11:10 pm 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
  • Remembering the 2010 pain

    Japan cautious about Iranian oil

    TOKYO -- While some in Japan expect Iran to ship more crude oil following a nuclear deal and help enhance procurement reliability, others doubt that imports will increase anytime soon. Iran and six world powers reached a final agreement toward r

    July 18, 2015 04:30 am JST
  • Keith B. Richburg

    US allies in Asia should welcome the Iran deal

    Most Asian countries were surely relieved at news of the landmark July 14 deal between Iran and a U.S.-led six-nation coalition after months of often acrimonious negotiations to halt Tehran's nuclear development program. For many countries, Western

    July 17, 2015 03:00 pm JST
  • Nicholas Borroz

    Removal of sanctions on Iran could benefit Asia

    The historic agreement reached between Iran and six world powers on July 14 to limit Iranian nuclear activity in return for easing international sanctions portends a new era -- with mixed implications for the rest of the world. U.S. conservative

    July 16, 2015 02:00 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
  • Domestic, foreign critics

    Defusing opposition to Iran deal next task for Obama

    WASHINGTON -- While hopes are high for the nuclear deal reached by Iran and six other countries, U.S. President Barack Obama still has to win over skeptical legislators at home and wary allies overseas. Both chambers of the U.S. Congress are hel

    July 15, 2015 02:52 am JST