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  • Yes or no to Europe?

    Greece's Tsipras calls referendum to break bailout deadlock

    ATHENS/BRUSSELS (Reuters) -- Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras called a referendum on austerity demands from foreign creditors on Saturday, rejecting an "ultimatum" from lenders and putting a deal that could determine Greece's future in Europe to

    June 27, 2015 12:16 pm JST
  • African coalition

    States band together to fight Boko Haram

    TOKYO -- Five African nations are teaming up to push back against Boko Haram, a Nigerian militant group behind an escalating wave of violence. On a recent visit to Tokyo, Mahamadou Issoufou, president of the West African nation of Niger, told Th

    June 23, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Precious metal price fall

    Palladium market hits low as Chinese auto sales flag

    TOKYO -- Palladium futures dropped to a 16-month low below $720 per troy ounce during pre-market trading in New York Friday, amid falling demand due to stagnant auto sales in China. Prices have fallen more than $80 from an early May high. On the

    June 20, 2015 12:14 am JST
  • Market glut

    Specialty metals slump on Chinese slowdown

    TOKYO -- International prices of special elements added to steel and other materials to enhance their performance have been falling across the board amid China's slowing economy. Global prices of molybdenum, used in stainless steel to improve co

    June 18, 2015 10:09 pm JST
  • Precious metals

    Platinum trading below gold as markets diverge

    TOKYO -- Platinum prices have been trailing gold prices since mid-January, with the gap having widened to about $90. The benchmark futures contracts for gold traded at about $1,180 per troy ounce during off-hours trading Tuesday. Meanwhile, the

    June 16, 2015 10:22 pm JST
  • Combating climate change

    Weak plans mean world set to overshoot temperature goal, says IEA

    LONDON (Reuters) -- Countries' current pledges for greenhouse gas cuts will fail to achieve a peak in energy-related emissions by 2030 and likely result in a temperature rise of 2.6 degrees Celsius by the end of the century, the International Energy

    June 15, 2015 09:01 am JST
  • Yottabytes getting the jump on pirates

    TOKYO -- The year is 2050. An employee at Lloyd's of London is sitting at her desk observing real-time images from an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) the company deployed to follow a cargo ship it had insured. She picks up the phone and contacts the s

    June 11, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • The buzz about drones

    Drones can be used for a variety of purposes, from military to business and recreation. They are an exciting and increasingly affordable new technology, and many expect them to bring about an industrial revolution in the air. But the stealthy, unman

    June 11, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Michael Schrage: The uncharted territory between autonomy and ethics

    Few U.S. military assets inspire the executive-branch swagger that unmanned aerial vehicles -- also known as drones -- do. "If I'm president of the United States and you're thinking about joining al-Qaida or ISIL, I'm not going to call a judge,"

    June 11, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • James Coyne: Regulators race to keep up

    When a remotely piloted aircraft loaded with radioactive sand was found on the Japanese prime minister's office late April, it raised alarm over the security risks posed by the growing number of unmonitored drones buzzing around. When it comes t

    June 11, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Getting at root causes

    G-7 invites Mideastern, African leaders for broad discussion on counterterrorism

    KRUEN, Germany -- Seeking to broaden the fight against terrorism, leaders of the Group of Seven advanced economies invited African and Middle Eastern counterparts to discuss measures aimed at both the terrorist networks themselves and the economic d

    June 9, 2015 04:27 am JST
  • Better fundamentals

    Long rates rising in Japan, US, Europe

    TOKYO -- Long-term interest rates are increasing in Japan, the U.S. and Europe amid improved economic fundamentals and tighter government bond supplies. The yield on newly issued 10-year Japanese government bonds climbed to 0.505% on Thursday, t

    June 5, 2015 03:50 am JST
  • Humphrey Hawksley

    The refugee crisis can't be ignored

    Among the most contentious issues bedeviling President Barack Obama's Trans-Pacific Partnership initiative for an Asia-Pacific free trade agreement is a provision that would exclude countries with human trafficking records. The issue looms large as

    June 4, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Humphrey Hawksley: The refugee crisis can't be ignored

    Among the most contentious issues bedeviling President Barack Obama's Trans-Pacific Partnership initiative for an Asia-Pacific free trade agreement is a provision that would exclude countries with human trafficking records. The issue looms large as

    June 4, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • India counts on ocean rim exports

    MUMBAI/NEW DELHI -- India is hoping to shed the developing-nation label by exporting to promising economies around the Indian Ocean rim. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on May 26 marked the first anniversary of his government. Since taking office,

    June 4, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • India's energy appetite

    Ravenous economy seeks natural resource rights

    NEW DELHI/MUMBAI -- Indian businesses are actively looking to source oil, natural gas and coal to fuel the country's fast growing economy. Energy supply is also a matter of national security. India relies on imports for most of its crude oil and

    May 28, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Indian exports

    New Delhi targets ocean rim market

    MUMBAI/NEW DELHI -- The economic leader of the Indian Ocean rim hopes to buck the label of developing nation through export opportunities in neighboring markets. Regional market activity is now attracting attention from around the world on account o

    May 27, 2015 03:00 pm JST
  • New Development Bank chief

    Behind India's last-minute rethink

    NEW DELHI -- Indian banker K.V. Kamath may not be a big name in the world of international finance, but he has been chosen to lead the New Development Bank, also known as BRICS Bank, a Chinese government initiative. The Indian government, which

    May 19, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Japanese investors

    African nations work to woo new industries

    TOKYO -- African countries are trying to woo investors from Japan with a variety of preferential treatment, in a bid to foster industry and achieve greater social stability. The push for investors comes at a time when energy-rich African nations

    May 11, 2015 04:15 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