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  • Up to 700 feared dead after migrant boat sinks off Libya

    PALERMO, Italy (Reuters) -- As many as 700 people were feared dead after a fishing boat packed with migrants capsized off the Libyan coast overnight, in what may be one of the worst disasters of the Mediterranean migrant crisis, officials said on Su

    April 19, 2015 07:49 pm JST
  • Emerging-market alliance

    Asian, African leaders eye closer ties

    JAKARTA -- Asian and African leaders will discuss various forms of economic cooperation when they meet in Indonesia next week to mark the 60th anniversary of the landmark Bandung Conference. Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi has put fort

    April 18, 2015 03:04 am JST
  • Garuda Indonesia

    Flag carrier bets heavily on China for turnaround

    JAKARTA -- Garuda Indonesia's new CEO is refocusing the flag carrier's international strategy toward China, the Middle East and Europe in a bid to return to profit. "I have to concentrate on how to maximize our capacity in suitable markets," Ari

    April 17, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • Opinion & Analysis

    Japan is right to seek sukuk success

    Japan's Financial Services Agency is right to promote the growth of its Shariah-compliant finance sector. The Japanese supervisory body has allowed banks under its watch to engage in so-called Islamic finance at their overseas branches starting

    April 17, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Nuclear security

    IAEA hopeful Iran will allow inspections of atomic sites

    TOKYO -- The International Atomic Energy Agency has high hopes that Iran will submit to snap inspections of its nuclear facilities, Director General Yukiya Amano told The Nikkei in a recent interview. Amano welcomed the tentative nuclear framewo

    April 17, 2015 02:35 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
  • Menenberg, Rodriguez: Japan grapples with the age of terrorism

    As Japan grappled with the notion it had become a target for the extremist group Islamic State following the hostage crisis earlier this year, the country's Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida outlined a strategy for dealing with Islamic terrorism. In a

    April 16, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Yemen fighting

    India evacuates nearly 1,000 foreigners

    NEW DELHI -- India has emerged at the forefront of rescue operations in Yemen, having evacuated nearly 1,000 people from 41 countries on top of the more than 4,600 of its own nationals it has extracted from the battle-torn Middle East country. Indi

    April 10, 2015 11:59 pm JST
  • Vietnam's No. 1 dairy company wants to make global splash

    HANOI -- Vietnam Dairy Products is expanding its international horizons, with a joint venture in Cambodia set to open this year. It is also eyeing expansion into Europe and the Middle East. Vietnam's largest dairy company, better known as Vinami

    April 9, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Nuclear deal

    US, EU positioning for Iran to reenter global economy

    DUBAI -- U.S. and European businesses are already laying the groundwork for expansion into Iran amid growing expectations that economic sanctions against the Middle Eastern country may be lifted. News reports April 2 that the U.S. and other glob

    April 6, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • Tapping new unit

    Doha Bank boss eyes stronger presence in India

    TOKYO -- Doha Bank will kick its Indian operations into high gear by leveraging an acquired business, Chief Executive Officer R. Seetharaman said Friday in an interview with The Nikkei. Qatar's leading private-sector bank on Tuesday announced th

    April 4, 2015 04:33 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
  • Yemen turmoil

    India evacuates 350 nationals from Aden

    NEW DELHI -- With an estimated 4,000 of its nationals still thought to be in war-torn Yemen, India has evacuated 350 people from the port city of Aden. The evacuees were ferried to neighboring Djibouti for onward repatriation by air. More th

    April 1, 2015 11:31 pm JST
  • Foreign intelligence debate

    Japan mulls its own CIA-like agency

    TOKYO -- A recent spate of deadly incidents involving Japanese nationals abroad has reignited debate over whether Japan should create its own version of the CIA. Japan was rocked by the murder of two Japanese hostages held by the Islamic State g

    March 31, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Aaron Menenberg, Stephen Rodriguez

    Japan grapples with the age of terrorism

    As Japan grappled with the notion that it had become a target for the extremist group Islamic State following the hostage crisis earlier this year, the country's foreign minister Fumio Kishida outlined a strategy for dealing with Islamic terrorism.

    March 29, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Commodity prices rise

    Yemen unrest, dollar send oil, gold higher

    TOKYO -- The stronger dollar and unrest in the Middle East have caused international prices of commodities such as gold and crude oil to climb off recent lows. The Nikkei Commodity Index, which indicates total price fluctuations for dollar-denom

    March 28, 2015 04:47 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
  • US, China heading toward face-off, says Mearsheimer

    TOKYO -- If China continues to grow economically and militarily, the possibility of armed conflict in Asia will grow as countries such as Japan and the U.S. step up their security efforts, says John J. Mearsheimer, a professor of political science a

    March 26, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Dnata buys travel agencies

    Emirates Group expands operations on the ground, too

    DUBAI -- The Emirates Group-owned supplier of aviation services, dnata, is steadily diversifying and expanding operations. The United Arab Emirates-based company, which provides a variety of ground handling services to 22 airports around the wor

    March 23, 2015 01:00 pm JST