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  • Two US bombers hold firing drills with South Korean forces

    SEOUL (Reuters) -- Two U.S. supersonic bombers conducted live-fire drills on Saturday in South Korea in a show of force following North Korea's test-launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), the South's military said.The pair of B-1B L

    July 8, 2017 02:59 pm JST
  • Myanmar refugees find a foothold in North Carolina

    CHAPEL HILL, North Carolina -- It has been 20 years since Lupu last saw his hometown, a small village in the hills of eastern Myanmar. One day in 1997, he and his family fled after the Myanmar military arrived on an operation against ethnic rebels f

    July 8, 2017 01:09 pm JST
  • AI increasingly finding its way into Japanese homes

    TOKYO -- Artificial intelligence, which recently attracted widespread attention after a Google AI system beat a human go player, is increasingly making its way into Japan's households.Tokyo metropolitan area resident Naoki Asayama is an early adopte

    July 8, 2017 12:01 pm JST
  • US, Japan struggle to build North Korea consensus at G-20

    HAMBURG, Germany -- North Korea is high on the agenda at the Group of 20 summit that kicked off here Friday, but one-on-one meetings and broader talks have highlighted cracks in what had been a more united front on containing the rogue state.Rift be

    July 8, 2017 07:08 am JST
  • UN adopts treaty for outlawing nuclear weapons

    UNITED NATIONS -- A treaty declaring nuclear weapons illegal was adopted at the United Nations on Friday by a near consensus of more than 120 countries, setting in place a historic agreement that brings these devices into the ranks of other prohibit

    July 8, 2017 06:22 am JST
  • Abe, Moon keep eyes forward in first meeting

    HAMBURG, Germany -- The Japanese and South Korean leaders stuck to a two-track approach that prioritizes security and economic issues over historical grievances as they weighed cooperation against the North Korean nuclear threat that demands a pragm

    July 8, 2017 05:59 am JST
  • US, Russia, Jordan reach ceasefire deal for southwest Syria

    HAMBURG (Reuters) -- The United States, Russia and Jordan have reached a ceasefire and "de-escalation agreement" in southwestern Syria, one of the combat zones in a six-year-old civil war, Washington and Moscow said on Friday.The ceasefire will go i

    July 8, 2017 05:57 am JST
  • G-20 leaders struggle to find compromise on trade policy

    HAMBURG, Germany -- The U.S. continues to clash on specific trade policies with Europe and China, leaving in doubt how strong a unified stance the Group of 20 countries can take in the joint communique expected Saturday at their summit here."Should

    July 8, 2017 05:54 am JST
  • Wall Street climbs after jobs data as tech, financials rise

    NEW YORK (Reuters) -- Wall Street stocks closed on a high note Friday, with the S&P 500 index posting its best gain in six sessions on the heels of a U.S. payrolls report that gave investors more confidence in the strength of the U.S. economy.The ec

    July 8, 2017 05:51 am JST
  • TPP 11 to discuss writing US out of trade pact

    TOKYO -- Representatives of the 11 countries trying to salvage the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade and investment agreement will meet in Japan next week to discuss in depth for the first time how to proceed without America.The negotiators will gathe

    July 8, 2017 05:01 am JST
  • Trump presses Putin at first meeting on interference in US election

    HAMBURG (Reuters) -- U.S. President Donald Trump pressed Vladimir Putin at their first meeting on Friday about Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said.The Russian president has denied any me

    July 8, 2017 04:53 am JST
  • Samsonite device tracks baggage around world

    TOKYO -- Few experiences can be as boring and irritating as stepping off a long flight to find your baggage has not made it, not to mention the process of trying to find out when it will arrive.A new wireless tracking device launched Wednesday by Sa

    July 7, 2017 12:17 pm JST
  • Abe, Trump and Moon agree to tighten pressure on North Korea

    HAMBURG, Germany -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, U.S. President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in agreed to put more pressure on North Korea when they met ahead of the Group of 20 leaders' summit which kicks off in Hamburg o

    July 7, 2017 11:40 am JST
  • Japan, US, South Korea vow to step up pressure on North Korea

    HAMBURG (Kyodo) --The leaders of Japan, the United States and South Korea agreed Thursday to step up pressure on North Korea to curb its weapons development in the wake of Pyongyang's test-launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile on Tuesday.I

    July 7, 2017 07:31 am JST
  • Japan, South Korea, US demand greater Chinese effort on North Korea

    HAMBURG (Reuters) -- Japan, the United States and South Korea agreed on Thursday to push for China to play a larger role in reining in North Korea's nuclear ambitions, a Japanese official said on the eve of a summit of the Group of 20 economic power

    July 7, 2017 06:37 am JST
  • Trump pledges to act 'very strongly' on North Korea missile threat

    WARSAW (Reuters) -- U.S. President Donald Trump vowed on Thursday to confront North Korea "very strongly" following its latest missile test and urged nations to show Pyongyang there would be consequences for its weapons program.North Korea on Tuesda

    July 7, 2017 06:15 am JST
  • Wall St drops on labor market data, North Korea concern

    NEW YORK (Reuters) -- U.S. stocks were sharply lower on Thursday after disappointing labor market data clashed with the possibility of a more hawkish Federal Reserve, while rising tensions in the Korean peninsula providing additional pressure.Privat

    July 7, 2017 06:06 am JST
  • Toyota corrals all North American operations into Texas base

    NAGOYA, Japan -- Toyota Motor opened a roughly $1 billion North American headquarters Thursday in the U.S. state of Texas, bringing far-flung operations such as sales, manufacturing, finance and corporate administration under one roof.The Japanese a

    July 7, 2017 04:45 am JST
  • Xi, Moon united on peaceful solution to North Korean standoff

    HAMBURG, Germany -- Chinese President Xi Jinping and South Korean President Moon Jae-in agreed in Berlin on Thursday to work even closer toward a peaceful resolution to North Korea's nuclear and missile development, despite their differences over th

    July 7, 2017 04:30 am JST
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    Apple to use OLED screens in all new iPhones launching in 2018: sources

    TAIPEI -- Apple is planning to use advanced organic light-emitting diode displays in all new iPhone models launched from the second half of 2018, according to two industry sources.One said that Apple is tentatively looking at releasing three new mod

    July 6, 2017 08:30 pm JST