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  • Neighbors back Philippines against Islamic State-linked fighters

    MANILA/SYDNEY -- Countries in the Asia-Pacific are coming to the Philippines' aid in its fight against Islamic State-linked militants in the city of Marawi, in a bid to prevent Southeast Asia from becoming the terrorist group's next stronghold as it

    July 6, 2017 10:56 am JST
  • Saving endangered languages, one child at a time

    There was a time when I could speak -- or rather, chant -- Latin. We altar boys needed it then; but now, if Latin is not quite dead, it is on life support, like many of the world's 6,900 languages.Some 60% to 90% could be extinct in a century, with

    July 6, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Yen gains on tensions in Korean peninsula, Canadian dollar near 10-month high

    TOKYO (Reuters) -- The dollar slipped against the yen on Wednesday on concerns about rising tensions between the United States and North Korea while the Canadian dollar held firm after the nation's central bank chief backed an interest rate increase

    July 5, 2017 09:47 am JST
  • Australian spot coal prices hit highest since April amid mine outages, strong demand

    SINGAPORE (Reuters) -- Prices for thermal coal for export from Australia's Newcastle terminal have jumped nearly a fifth since mid-May and are at their highest since April, with mining outages tightening supply amid strong northern hemisphere summer

    July 4, 2017 01:37 pm JST
  • Prince Hotels buying Australian operator

    TOKYO -- Prince Hotels will acquire the hotel business of Sydney-based StayWell Hospitality Group, the Japanese luxury hotel chain announced Monday.The Tokyo-based company, a subsidiary of Seibu Holdings, will purchase all shares of 22 of StayWell's

    July 4, 2017 04:07 am JST
  • Mining billionaire 'Twiggy' Forrest follows Buffett and Gates

    SYDNEY -- Mining billionaire Andrew Forrest and his wife Nicola were the first Australians to sign up to the "Giving Pledge," a philanthropic scheme pioneered by Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett to encourage the very rich to donate more tha

    July 3, 2017 12:27 pm JST
  • Cyberattack damage limited this time but Asia vulnerable

    TOKYO -- A global cyberattack that has swept Europe and the U.S. in the past several days has landed on Asian shores, inflicting limited damage. But experts warn Asian companies are more vulnerable in terms of cybersecurity and could be hit harder i

    June 29, 2017 04:48 pm JST
  • Papua New Guinea struggles to keep vote on track

    AUCKLAND -- Allegations of corruption and illegality have forced the suspension of voting in parts of Papua New Guinea, including the capital Port Moresby, realizing long-held fears of trouble in the two-week-long general election.Voting began on Sa

    June 28, 2017 09:11 pm JST
  • China court hands jail terms to Australians in Crown Resorts trial

    SHANGHAI (Reuters) -- A Chinese court handed short jail terms to three Australian employees of Crown Resorts Ltd in a quick-fire trial following a lengthy probe into how the firm lured Chinese high-rollers to its casinos.The Australian consul genera

    June 26, 2017 04:07 pm JST
  • Mitsubishi Estate's new fund to target greater Asia

    TOKYO -- Mitsubishi Estate will launch a fund to invest in office buildings and commercial facilities in Asia and Australia, with the goal of managing 200 billion yen ($1.79 billion) in assets in four years. The Tokyo-based real estate developer has

    June 23, 2017 01:27 am JST
  • Japan Post weighs its options following failed takeover bid

    TOKYO -- Japan Post Holdings said Monday that it has called off its planned acquisition of Nomura Real Estate Holdings, after failing to dispel concerns about the size of the purchase.With growth by takeovers unlikely due to the poor performance of

    June 22, 2017 07:28 pm JST
  • Rio Tinto taps Yancoal for Australian coal assets over Glencore

    SYDNEY -- Australian-British mining multinational Rio Tinto has decided to sell its steam coal-producing subsidiary Coal & Allied to China's Yancoal Australia, the company announced Tuesday, turning down a last-minute bid from Swiss commodity trader

    June 22, 2017 06:29 am JST
  • Daikin set to buy Australian A/C maintenance company

    OSAKA -- Daikin Industries will spend 8 billion yen ($71.6 million) to acquire Airmaster Australia, an air conditioning maintenance provider, hoping to lock in additional earnings via after-sales services amid a global surge in air conditioner use.T

    June 22, 2017 02:02 am JST
  • Canberra's crackdown on cash transactions imperils A$100 note

    SYDNEY -- Where have all Australia's 100-dollar banknotes gone? There should be 340 million of them circulating through the economy, according to figures from the central Reserve Bank of Australia, but the distinctive and virtually indestructible gr

    June 21, 2017 10:17 pm JST
  • Peacekeepers to leave Solomon Islands after 14 years

    AUCKLAND -- A 14-year peacekeeping mission involving 15 countries is to end this month in the Solomon Islands, but concerns are rising that the $2.1 billion effort has failed to establish political stability.Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare told the

    June 21, 2017 01:54 pm JST
  • Jonathan Pryke

    Papua New Guinea set for costly, unpredictable poll

    Papua New Guinea is about to start its ninth general election, with voting taking place between June 24 and July 8, followed by counting over subsequent weeks. The coalition government led by Prime Minister Peter O'Neill enters the election under si

    June 21, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • Film highlights 'enfant terrible' of Australian art world

    SYDNEY -- Internationally acclaimed Australian artist Brett Whiteley died alone from an overdose of drugs, including heroin, in a seaside motel 70km south of Sydney in 1992. Coming to fame in the hedonistic 1960s, Whiteley painted Bob Dylan and shar

    June 18, 2017 11:20 am JST
  • UN launches second round of nuclear ban talks

    UNITED NATIONS -- Delegates from more than 80 countries kicked off a second and possibly final round of negotiations Thursday on an international treaty to ban nuclear weapons, seeking to adopt a final text by the July 7 end of the conference."As we

    June 16, 2017 05:30 am JST
  • Indonesia's Kalla: TPP has lost its 'allure' without US

    Indonesia has lost its motivation to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership due to the U.S. withdrawal from the trade pact, the Southeast Asian country's vice president said in an interview."The allure of the TPP for Indonesia was the fact that the U.S.

    June 15, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Greg Colton: Trump turns his back on climate change -- and US leadership

    U.S. President Donald Trump has unapologetically withdrawn from the Paris Agreement on climate change. Consequently, the U.S. joins Syria and Nicaragua as the only other nonsignatories to the treaty.Syria is in the midst a horrific civil war and san

    June 15, 2017 10:00 am JST