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  • New Zealand's National Party ahead in early counting -- electoral commission

    WELLINGTON (Reuters) -- New Zealand's ruling National Party enjoyed a wide lead over the Labour Party with 70 percent of results counted in the country's general election on Saturday after the most hotly contested race in recent history.Votes cast f

    September 23, 2017 07:01 pm JST
  • New Zealand polls close after nail-biting race, record numbers vote in advance

    WELLINGTON (Reuters) -- New Zealanders went to the polls on Saturday after the most hotly contested race in recent history, with changes to the country's openness to migration and trade and the central bank's approach to monetary policy among the po

    September 23, 2017 04:07 pm JST
  • New Zealand polls open as record numbers of voters cast ballots in advance

    WELLINGTON (Reuters) -- New Zealand went to the polls to choose the make-up of its fifty-second Parliament on Saturday, in a close-run race between the governing National Party and the opposition Labour Party.Doors to the polling booths opened at 09

    September 23, 2017 11:40 am JST
  • 'TPP 11' talks set parameters for moving forward

    TOKYO -- Negotiators from the Trans-Pacific Partnership's 11 remaining parties have drawn up a nearly complete list of rules requested to be shelved now that the U.S. has withdrawn, but challenges in culling the exemptions loom over the push to reac

    September 23, 2017 03:06 am JST
  • As NZ goes to the polls, will TPP be dealt another blow?

    SYDNEY -- When New Zealand goes to the polls on Saturday, the outcome will be a reflection of the national mood on one of the key areas of concern -- property prices. Countries signed up to the Trans-Pacific Partnership will also be watching to see

    September 22, 2017 10:38 am JST
  • Hong Kong insurer AIA bulking up in Australia, New Zealand

    HONG KONG -- AIA Group will acquire the life insurance operations of Commonwealth Bank of Australia for 3.8 billion Australian dollars ($3.02 billion), vaulting the Hong Kong-based insurer to the top of the market in that country and New Zealand.Pro

    September 22, 2017 01:52 am JST
  • Humphrey Hawksley: UN-led labor rights are under threat around the world

    Six years ago, the United Nations published its first set of corporate governance standards aimed at curbing human rights abuses in international supply chains. On Sept. 21, the U.N. Global Compact Leaders Summit in New York, bringing together leade

    September 21, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Hong Kong's AIA buying CBA's life insurance business in Australia, NZ for $3.04bn

    HONG KONG (Nikkei Markets) -- Hong Kong's AIA Group's wholly owned unit AIA International is buying Commonwealth Bank of Australia's life insurance business in Australia and life and health insurance businesses in New Zealand for a combined 3.8 bill

    September 21, 2017 09:57 am JST
  • Japan vows to promote "quality infrastructure" in Indo-Pacific

    NEW YORK (Kyodo) -- Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono on Tuesday pledged to take the lead in promoting "quality infrastructure" in the Indo-Pacific region.Speaking in a meeting in New York on promoting high-quality and environmentally friendly inf

    September 20, 2017 09:17 am JST
  • Biggest Asian workforces underprepared for digital future: survey

    HONG KONG -- The economies of China, India and Indonesia are digitizing fast, but their populations may not be well equipped to reap the benefits of a world experiencing rapid globalization, urbanization and technological innovation, according to a

    September 20, 2017 01:25 am JST
  • New Zealand's fuel shortage hits more flights and petrol stations

    WELLINGTON (Reuters) -- New Zealand's jet fuel shortage on Tuesday forced 28 flights to be cancelled, six of them international, with concerns the fuel crisis may spread after petrol stations in the country's largest city Auckland cut high octane fu

    September 19, 2017 02:17 pm JST
  • With ban lifted, Japan will have to battle for wagyu throne in Taiwan

    TAIPEI -- Now that Taiwan has lifted a 16-year ban on Japanese imports of beef, prized wagyu has a chance to capture part of a market that has always been friendly to Japanese exports.But in the absence of Japanese wagyu, Taiwanese diners have moved

    September 19, 2017 01:50 pm JST
  • Qantas challenges Airbus, Boeing with long-haul planes

    SYDNEY -- Ah, the joys of long-distance air travel in first class: A big, comfortable seat that converts to a full-size bed, attentive cabin staff ready to serve gourmet cuisine and free-flowing champagne, room to walk around, and myriad entertainme

    September 19, 2017 12:25 pm JST
  • Western powers urge Myanmar's Suu Kyi to push for end to violence

    NEW YORK (Reuters) -- Britain, France and Australia urged Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Monday to push for an end to military violence against Rohingya Muslims, while her national security adviser said those who had fled could return but the pr

    September 19, 2017 06:52 am JST
  • Australian moguls lose court challenge to CBS's planned buyout of Ten Network

    SYDNEY (Reuters) -- Two Australian media moguls have lost a court challenge to CBS Corp's planned buyout of bankrupt television broadcaster Ten Network Holdings Ltd , allowing the CBS deal to be put to a creditor vote on Tuesday.CBS surprised the Au

    September 18, 2017 12:34 pm JST
  • Japan pushes for 'TPP 11' progress with Tokyo meeting

    TOKYO -- Chief negotiators from the Trans-Pacific Partnership's remaining participants will meet in Tokyo starting Thursday, looking to proceed on the trade deal despite the U.S. decision to abandon the accord.The 11 remaining nations have decided t

    September 16, 2017 03:52 am JST
  • Hokkaido residents wake to sirens after Pyongyang's latest missile test

    TOKYO -- North Korea on Friday seemed to belittle the international community by sending a ballistic missile over Japan -- the second flyover in a little more than two weeks.Only days earlier, the U.N. Security Council passed a resolution slapping n

    September 15, 2017 05:46 pm JST
  • Surging imports mean lean times for Japan's beef producers

    TOKYO -- Japan in August raised tariffs on U.S. beef to limit surging imports. But roughly one month on, the measure does not appear to be helping domestic producers as buyers such as restaurants switch from U.S. products to imports from other count

    September 14, 2017 01:20 pm JST
  • Saving Sumatra's tigers while in Sydney

    Walking along what appears to be a typical Indonesian village street, I pass a little warung, a shop selling soap and light bulbs, and come to an arch marked "Taman Nasional Way Kambas" (Way Kambas National Park). Inside, well-muscled Sumatran tiger

    September 14, 2017 10:00 am JST
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    Saving Sumatra's tigers while in Sydney

    Walking along what appears to be a typical Indonesian village street, I pass a little warung, a shop selling soap and light bulbs, and come to an arch marked "Taman Nasional Way Kambas" (Way Kambas National Park). Inside, well-muscled Sumatran tiger

    September 14, 2017 10:00 am JST