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  • North Korea sought mutual assured destruction ties with U.S. in 2016

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- North Korea told the U.S. government it wants to establish a mutual assured destruction relationship with Washington when the two countries held informal talks shortly after Pyongyang's nuclear test in January 2016, a former senior

    September 24, 2017 07:33 pm JST
  • War of words continues at UN as North Korea responds to Trump jibes

    NEW YORK/TOKYO -- North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho has warned that his country's targeting of the U.S. mainland with its rockets was inevitable after a running war of words between President Donald Trump and Pyongyang's supreme leader Kim Jo

    September 24, 2017 01:15 pm JST
  • Company in focus

    Chinese panel maker BOE aims to conquer new global markets

    CHENGDU, China -- Chinese tech giant BOE Technology Group already is one of the world's largest makers of liquid-crystal display panels. Now it aims to expand its reach by becoming a global leader of organic light-emitting diodes, or OLED, display p

    September 24, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • North Korea says rockets to US mainland 'inevitable'

    UNITED NATIONS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- North Korea said on Saturday targeting the U.S. mainland with its rockets was inevitable after "Mr. Evil President" Donald Trump called Pyongyang's leader "rocket man", further escalating rhetoric over the Nort

    September 24, 2017 07:04 am JST
  • NAFTA talks intensify; US set to unveil demands on key issues

    OTTAWA (Reuters) -- Talks to update the North American Free Trade Agreement looked set to intensify on Saturday as U.S. negotiators prepared for the first time to unveil their demands on some of the Trump administration's most challenging issues.Tea

    September 24, 2017 12:03 am JST
  • USGS says cannot confirm if North Korea quake natural or manmade

    The U.S. Geological Survey said on Saturday it could not conclusively confirm whether a magnitude 3.5 earthquake detected in North Korea was manmade or natural.USGS put the epicentre of the quake 22 km (14 miles) east-northeast of Sungjibaegam, Nort

    September 23, 2017 09:31 pm JST
  • US army probes fake evacuation orders sent to US military, families in South Korea

    SEOUL (Reuters) -- The U.S. military said on Saturday it has opened an investigation into fake mobile phone alerts and social media messages advising U.S. military personnel and their families to evacuate the Korean Peninsula.The phony messages, whi

    September 23, 2017 08:56 pm JST
  • Drone companies showcase 'smart guard' solutions for Indian borders

    NEW DELHI -- India is a potentially huge customer for drones to monitor vital installations, a coastline of more than 7,500km, and over 15,100km of borders with seven countries -- including old foes China and Pakistan.The country's land borders have

    September 23, 2017 02:51 pm JST
  • Washington, Beijing team up to hit North Korea in the wallet

    NEW YORK/BEIJING -- The U.S. and China are cracking down harder on financial dealings involving North Korea, seeking to turn up pressure on the country by freezing it out of the dollar- and yuan-based financial systems.U.S. President Donald Trump si

    September 23, 2017 07:18 am JST
  • Japan's Murata to acquire US medical startup for $102m

    OSAKA -- Murata Manufacturing said Friday it will buy U.S. health care equipment startup Vios Medical for about $102 million, as it seeks to diversify beyond its mainstay electronics business in search of steady earnings.The Japanese maker of cerami

    September 23, 2017 06:53 am JST
  • Alstom, Siemens in talks to merge rail ops

    PARIS/MUNICH (Reuters) -- French train maker Alstom and German engineering group Siemens said on Friday they were in talks about a tie-up of their rail activities as European companies struggle to cope with competition from China.A deal between Siem

    September 23, 2017 06:37 am JST
  • Lavrov urges peaceful resolution to Trump-Kim 'kindergarten fight'

    UNITED NATIONS -- Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov called for a cooling of "hotheads" on the North Korean nuclear issue Friday and urged those involved to instead seek a peaceful solution, possibly through the mediation of "neutral European co

    September 23, 2017 06:09 am JST
  • Wall St edges up, shaking off healthcare, North Korea worries

    NEW YORK (Reuters) -- The S&P 500 closed slightly higher on Friday even though Apple was a drag, as worries about Washington's latest healthcare legislation proposal eased and investors shrugged off concerns about North Korea.Investors in the broade

    September 23, 2017 05:56 am JST
  • Behind fevered rhetoric, Kim seeks parity with Trump

    SEOUL -- The verbal sparring and muscle-flexing by North Korea and the U.S. have entered uncharted territory in recent days as Pyongyang pushes Washington to negotiate as a peer and a fellow nuclear power.Even footingIn an address Tuesday to the Uni

    September 23, 2017 05:55 am JST
  • Hamamatsu Photonics buying US maker of advanced light sources

    HAMAMATSU, Japan -- Hamamatsu Photonics announced Friday that it will spend about 4.6 billion yen ($41 million) to acquire Energetiq Technology, a U.S. company that makes advanced light sources for semiconductor inspection equipment.Hamamatsu Photon

    September 23, 2017 03:20 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
  • T-Mobile, Sprint close to agreeing deal terms: sources

    NEW YORK (Reuters) -- T-Mobile US Inc is close to agreeing tentative terms on a deal to merge with Sprint Corp , people familiar with the matter said on Friday, a major breakthrough in efforts to merge the third and fourth largest U.S. wireless carr

    September 23, 2017 02:40 am JST
  • Japan Airlines wrestles Hawaiian Air away from rival ANA

    TOKYO -- Japan Airlines will start code-sharing with Hawaiian Airlines around March, seeking to build on its strength in service to America's 50th state -- the destination for a tenth of Japanese traveling abroad.JAL is going on the offensive now th

    September 23, 2017 02:38 am JST
  • Japan's Kubota to open $90m logistics center in US Midwest

    OSAKA -- Kubota will set up a 10 billion yen ($89.3 million) logistics hub in the U.S. state of Kansas to deliver repair parts for agricultural equipment as soon as the next day starting in 2019.The Japanese company has purchased an approximately 73

    September 23, 2017 01:40 am JST
  • US takes North Korea threat of H-bomb test seriously, Trump official says

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- It would be a "game-changer" if North Korea conducts a hydrogen bomb test over the Pacific and the United States is taking the threat seriously, but it does not give "too much credence" to Pyongyang taking such action, a seni

    September 23, 2017 01:29 am JST