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  • Nobel Prize 2015

    Tunisia a beacon of democratic light in troubled Middle East

    CAIRO -- The awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to Tunisia's National Dialogue Quartet is a nod to the lone Arab country that succeeded in democratic transition after a political uprising. Tunisia's Jasmine Revolution of 2011 overthrew the govern

    October 10, 2015 04:18 am JST
  • On the road again

    Japanese automakers readying to renew exports to Iran

    TOKYO -- Nissan Motor and other Japanese automakers are looking to restart exports to Iran as the prospect of sanctions relief grows stronger. Nissan has informed parts suppliers that it may resume shipments to the Middle Eastern nation for the

    October 10, 2015 03:41 am JST
  • 2015 Nobel

    Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet wins Nobel Peace Prize

    Tokyo -- The 2015 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet for their efforts towards bringing a pluralistic society to Tunisia after the Jasmine Revolution.

    October 9, 2015 06:05 pm JST
  • From sadness to wow

    Facebook launches reaction buttons beyond like

    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) -- Like it or not, Facebook Inc's trademark "like" button is set to get more expressive. Users will soon be able to do more than "like" posts. They will be able to love them and express sympathy, anger or sadness with ani

    October 9, 2015 09:06 am JST
  • World-wide PC shipments continue to slump

    World-wide personal computer shipments dropped in the September quarter as PC makers didn't receive much of a boost from Microsoft Corp.'s new operating system, Windows 10, according to a pair of data trackers Thursday. International Data Corp.

    October 9, 2015 08:57 am JST
  • Middle East crisis

    Russia backs Syrian forces in major assault on insurgents

    BEIRUT (Reuters) -- Syrian troops and militia backed by Russian warplanes mounted what appeared to be their first major coordinated assault on Syrian insurgents on Wednesday and Moscow said its warships fired a barrage of missiles at them from the C

    October 8, 2015 10:54 am JST
  • Crimped finances

    Oil-producing nations dip into sovereign wealth funds to fill gaps

    LONDON -- Norway and other oil producers are seen tapping sovereign wealth funds to cover budget shortfalls as cheap crude crimps finances, sparking fears that the flow of money into the world's financial markets will be affected if this trend conti

    October 8, 2015 04:50 am JST
  • The pact is a win for prosperity and peace

    One way to make sense of the current world is to measure the progress of rules-based order versus coercion-based disorder. The latter category includes the collapse of state structures in the Middle East at the hands of violent extremists, Russia's

    October 8, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Hong Kong stock market

    PetroChina gains on possible Saudi deal

    HONG KONG -- PetroChina's stock shot up for the fifth straight session Wednesday in the Hong Kong stock market on reports that Saudi Arabia's state-owned oil conglomerate might purchase assets from the Chinese company's parent. PetroChina rose 9

    October 7, 2015 10:00 pm JST
  • Readying for World Cup

    Hyundai Glovis inks shipping deal with Qatar stadium builder

    SEOUL -- Major South Korean logistics company Hyundai Glovis has signed a $500 million contract with a Qatar enterprise to ship construction materials as the Middle Eastern country prepares to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup soccer tournament. Qata

    October 6, 2015 10:42 pm JST
  • Oil prices

    Global stock markets tumble as Saudi Arabia withdraws funds

    TOKYO -- China's economic slowdown is causing a fall in crude oil prices and oil producers' exports to China, prompting cash-strapped Middle Eastern oil producers to slash their stock investment. One of the biggest sellers has been Saudi Arabia.

    October 6, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • TPP

    Partnership could be a blow and opportunity for Japanese farmers

    TOKYO -- Japanese farmers will probably find both new opportunities and new threats under the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, with rice and livestock as two crucial areas that will see major impacts. Japan currently caps tariff-free rice im

    October 6, 2015 04:04 am JST
  • Daniel Twining

    The TPP's prosperity promises

    One way to make sense of the current world is to measure the progress of rules-based order versus coercion-based disorder. The latter category includes the collapse of state structures in the Middle East at the hands of violent extremists, Russia's

    October 5, 2015 09:00 pm JST
  • Oil prices and power

    Cheap crude working to America's advantage for now

    BEIJING/HAVANA -- Russia's Vladimir Putin and Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro have a few things in common. Both presidents like to rail against the U.S. And their countries' fortunes depend to varying degrees on hydrocarbons. So it came as no surpris

    October 4, 2015 07:00 am JST
  • Islamic State claims responsibility for killing Japanese man in Bangladesh

    DHAKA (Reuters) -- Islamic State claimed responsibility for shooting a Japanese man in Bangladesh on Saturday, the second foreign national it says it has killed there within a week, and threatened more such attacks. Police said they had detained

    October 4, 2015 02:21 am JST
  • Manuel Valls interview

    French prime minister seeks cooperation with Japanese companies

    PARIS -- In a recent interview with The Nikkei, Manuel Valls, France's prime minister, said that Japanese and French businesses should collaborate more in expanding into such highly promising emerging markets as Africa by tapping into their respecti

    October 3, 2015 04:00 am JST
  • Shale revolution, economic slowdowns

    Low oil prices reshaping the world economy

    TOKYO -- Cheap oil is becoming the norm for the world, radically changing the dynamics of the global economy. A sharp increase in the global supply because of the shale-oil revolution and economic slowdowns in major emerging economies have combi

    October 2, 2015 04:00 pm JST
  • Nouriel Roubini

    The Middle East meltdown and global risk

    NEW YORK -- Among today's geopolitical risks, none is greater than the long arc of instability stretching from the Maghreb to the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. With the Arab Spring an increasingly distant memory, the instability along this arc is dee

    October 1, 2015 10:15 pm JST
  • Russia starts air strikes in Syria, tells US to steer clear

    MOSCOW/WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- Russia launched air strikes against targets in Syria on Wednesday in the Kremlin's biggest intervention in the Middle East in decades, telling the U.S. air force to steer clear while its warplanes were in action. M

    October 1, 2015 12:53 am JST
  • EU takes steps under deepening pressure of migrant crisis

    BRUSSELS/PARIS -- The European Union has taken union-wide measures aimed at coming to grips with the refugee crisis it faces. Ministers from EU nations approved a plan on Sept. 22 to take in 120,000 refugees fleeing the Middle East, even as the OECD

    October 1, 2015 12:00 am JST