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  • Oil prices

    Is the crude rebound for real?

    TOKYO -- Oil prices have rebounded to around $60 a barrel, from the $40 to $50 range earlier this year. Some experts say the market has bottomed out, but there are also signs that this assessment may be premature. By opting to maintain crude pr

    May 27, 2015 12:00 pm JST
  • Ben Simpfendorfer: A golden era for midsize companies

    Midsize companies are Asia's new champions. Big multinationals and local conglomerates used to be the kings of the region's consumer goods business. They were able to build up in a way that no midsize company could hope to replicate. But size is

    May 7, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • How safe are your medical records from viruses?

    TOKYO -- Hospitals have always had to be careful about the spread of infections. But in this modern era of networked healthcare, the danger of viruses has taken on new meaning. Threats from both opportunistic computer viruses and deliberate cyberatt

    April 30, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Ben Simpfendorfer

    A golden era for midsize companies

    Midsize companies are Asia's new champions. It used to be that big multinationals and local conglomerates were the region's biggest consumer goods success stories. They were able to build and scale in a way that no midsize company could hope to repl

    April 26, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Asia-Africa summit

    India's conspicuous absence amplifies undemocratic voices

    JAKARTA -- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi sat out this week's Asia-Africa summit to prioritize commitments at home, ceding the limelight to countries less democratically inclined. Modi wrote Indonesian President Joko Widodo with regrets for

    April 23, 2015 05:17 am JST
  • Seeking common ground

    G-7 shows united front on China, Russia

    LUEBECK, Germany -- The Group of Seven foreign ministers sought to display their unity by reaching some consensus on China and Russia here Wednesday, while avoiding more contentious issues such as the new China-led development bank. G-7 members

    April 16, 2015 04:09 am JST
  • Joint declaration

    G-7 ministers speak out on Chinese maritime expansionism

    LUEBECK, Germany -- The Group of Seven foreign ministers issued their first joint declaration focusing on maritime issues Wednesday, prompted by Chinese expansionism in its neighboring waters. The G-7 countries will "continue to observe the situ

    April 16, 2015 02:40 am JST
  • Keith B. Richburg

    US deal with Iran is a game-changer for China

    U.S. President Barack Obama's tentative nuclear framework agreement with Iran -- if finalized in June and if it eventually leads to more normal relations between the two adversaries -- holds the potential to be a legacy foreign policy accomplishment

    April 9, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Keith B. Richburg: US deal with Iran is a game-changer for China

    U.S. President Barack Obama's tentative nuclear framework agreement with Iran -- if finalized in June and if it eventually leads to more normal relations between the two adversaries -- holds the potential to be a legacy foreign policy accomplishment

    April 9, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Daniel Twining

    History may judge US leadership on Iran nuclear deal

    Washington's long-awaited nuclear deal with Iran prompted relief in Tehran over a likely end to international isolation, global hopes for a reduction in tensions in the Middle East, and skepticism in the U.S. Congress, where many cite Iran's longsta

    April 7, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • Hard-liners stand in the way

    Iran agreement still needs to be finalized

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- A framework agreement reached Thursday by Iran and six global powers after a negotiating marathon could help to curb Iran's nuclear development effort. But antagonists are already lining up against a final agreement . "T

    April 3, 2015 03:20 pm JST
  • Iran, world powers reach initial deal on reining in Tehran's nuclear program

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) -- Iran and world powers reached a framework agreement on Thursday on curbing Iran's nuclear programme for at least a decade, a step towards a final pact that could end 12 years of brinkmanship, threats and confrontat

    April 3, 2015 11:06 am JST
  • 'Framework' for final deal reached at Iran nuclear talks

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) -- Iran and world powers reached a framework agreement on Thursday on curbing Iran's nuclear programme for at least a decade after eight days of marathon talks in Switzerland. The tentative agreement clears the wa

    April 3, 2015 02:46 am JST
  • Born in the USA

    Honda hopes to get mojo working with all-American Civic

    NEW YORK -- Honda Motor used the New York International Auto Show to unveil the new model Civic, revealing a car that was completely designed and developed in the U.S. and which will also be manufactured in America. This is the first complete ma

    April 3, 2015 02:12 am JST
  • Saudi Arabia, allies launch air strikes on rebels in Yemen

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- Saudi Arabia and its Gulf Arab allies launched air strikes in Yemen against Houthi fighters who have tightened their grip on the southern city of Aden where the country's president had taken refuge, the Saudi envoy to Washing

    March 26, 2015 09:46 am JST
  • Carmen M. Reinhart

    Are negative real interest rates the 'new normal'?

    Some questions can only be answered by examining the broad sweep of history. Over the past 150 years, "world" real interest rates have ventured into negative territory (yielding less than the rate of inflation) on a sustained basis on only four occa

    March 5, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Carmen M. Reinhart: Are negative real interest rates the 'new normal'?

    Some questions can only be answered by examining the broad sweep of history. Over the past 150 years, "world" real interest rates have ventured into negative territory (yielding less than the rate of inflation) on a sustained basis on only four occa

    March 5, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Kamal Alam: Understanding the roots of Islamic State's funding

    Islamic State group militants appeared to transform from a small band of ragtag terrorists to a regional force overnight. Today, with strongholds in Syria and Iraq, the group continues evolving as U.S.-led forces try to weaken its grip on power.

    January 29, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Kamal Alam

    Islamic State's roots reveal how group lines its pockets

    Since its emergence, the Islamic State militant group has continued to evolve and improvise in ways that have left analysts at a loss to predict its next move. While most have compared it to such groups as Boko Haram, al-Qaida and even the Taliban,

    January 27, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Daniel Yergin: Crude's discount days are numbered

    WASHINGTON -- Crude oil prices will turn upward again next year as U.S. output declines, predicts energy expert Daniel Yergin. The author of "The Prize," a Pulitzer Prize-winning history of the oil industry, Yergin serves as vice chairman of IHS, a

    January 22, 2015 12:00 am JST