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  • G-20's failure over North Korea bodes ill for the future

    HAMBURG/BEIJING Member countries left the Group of 20 summit in Hamburg, Germany on July 8 after blowing an opportunity to help defuse the dangerous situation brewing on the Korean Peninsula.While North Korea crowed about its July 4 test-firing of a

    July 13, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • US THAAD missile defenses hit test target as North Korea tension rises

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- The United States said on Tuesday it shot down a simulated, incoming intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) similar to the ones being developed by countries like North Korea, in a new test of the nation's THAAD missile d

    July 12, 2017 06:43 am JST
  • Trump Jr. emails suggest he welcomed Russian help against Clinton

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- Presidential candidate Donald Trump's eldest son eagerly agreed last year to meet a woman he was told was a Russian government lawyer who might have information incriminating Democratic rival Hillary Clinton as part of Moscow

    July 12, 2017 06:02 am JST
  • International cooperation without US has its limitations

    HAMBURG - United States President Donald Trump left midway through a Saturday morning meeting at the weekend's Group of 20 summit, leaving eldest daughter Ivanka in his stead between British Prime Minister Theresa May and Chinese President Xi Jinpin

    July 9, 2017 11:50 am JST
  • Abe, Putin to step up talks for joint activities on disputed isles

    HAMBURG (Kyodo) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed Friday to advance talks to realize joint economic activities on Russian-held, Japanese-claimed islands off Hokkaido.Abe and Putin agreed to hold a vice

    July 8, 2017 06:13 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Ahead of G20 summit, Putin calls sanctions "covert form" of protectionism

    BERLIN (Reuters) -- Russia is in favour of an open and rules-based trade order to boost global growth, and sanctions imposed against Moscow are a "covert form" of protectionism, President Vladimir Putin was quoted as saying on Thursday ahead of a G2

    July 6, 2017 02:52 pm JST
  • ICBM launch marks turning point for US on North Korea

    WASHINGTON/SEOUL -- With Tuesday's test of an intercontinental ballistic missile, North Korea crossed what has been seen as a red line for the U.S., putting Washington under pressure to alter a tactic that has failed to sway Pyongyang.Spinning its w

    July 6, 2017 07:24 am JST
  • North Korea's trading partners risk US ties, Haley warns

    UNITED NATIONS -- Countries continuing to trade with North Korea despite U.N. sanctions will be unable to maintain trade relations with the U.S., American envoy Nikki Haley said Wednesday.At an emergency Security Council meeting held in response to

    July 6, 2017 07:13 am JST
  • China says North Korea missile launch is 'unacceptable'

    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) -- China's U.N. Ambassador Liu Jieyi on Wednesday said North Korea's latest ballistic missile launch was a "flagrant violation" of U.N. resolutions and "unacceptable.""We call on all the parties concerned to exercise restrai

    July 6, 2017 05:37 am JST
  • China, Russia to establish $10bn development fund

    MOSCOW -- The China Development Bank and Russian Direct Investment Fund on Tuesday signed an agreement to establish the Russia-China RMB Cooperation Fund, a joint investment worth 68 billion yuan ($10 billion). The fund will invest in projects relat

    July 5, 2017 06:11 pm JST
  • China, Russia urge US, North and South Korea to embrace de-escalation plan

    MOSCOW (Reuters) -- Russia and China joined diplomatic forces on Tuesday and called on North Korea, South Korea and the United States to sign up to a Chinese de-escalation plan designed to defuse tensions around Pyongyang's missile programme.The pla

    July 5, 2017 12:29 am JST
  • Russia scandal casts shadow over Trump-Putin meeting

    WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin will be forced to perform a delicate dance around swirling allegations of Moscow's interference in U.S. politics as they hold their highly anticipated first meeting this wee

    July 3, 2017 04:07 am JST
  • James D.J. Brown

    The failure of Abe's 'new approach' to Russia

    On June 27, Japan dispatched a team of government officials and business representatives to the Russian-controlled Southern Kurils. These islands off the coast of Hokkaido have been administered by Moscow since the end of World War II but continue t

    June 29, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • India, France report damage in global cyberattack

    WASHINGTON/MOSCOW -- The cyberattack that surfaced in Ukraine and elsewhere Tuesday has now spread to France and India, and its origins in publicly available tools has stoked fears that further strikes may follow.Russia's central bank said Tuesday t

    June 29, 2017 06:08 am JST
  • Cyber attack sweeps globe, researchers see 'WannaCry' link

    MOSCOW/KIEV/WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- A major global cyber attack on Tuesday disrupted computers at Russia's biggest oil company, Ukrainian banks and multinational firms with a virus similar to the ransomware that last month infected more than 300,000

    June 28, 2017 07:48 am JST
  • China among worst human trafficking offenders, US says

    NEW YORK -- China has been demoted to a list of countries failing to meet minimum standards for the prevention of human trafficking, according to an annual report released Tuesday by the U.S. State Department.This year's downgrade follows three cons

    June 28, 2017 03:20 am JST