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  • Japan, India reinforce bulwark against China

    GANDHINAGAR, India -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Indian counterpart Narendra Modi reaffirmed the bilateral security and infrastructure collaboration aimed at countering China's territorial encroachment during their meeting here Thursday.

    September 15, 2017 06:15 am JST
  • Dow strikes record high as broader market weakens

    NEW YORK (Reuters) -- Rising shares of Boeing pulled the Dow Jones Industrial Average up to a record high on Thursday, while the S&P 500 fell as investors saw higher-than-expected inflation increasing the chances of an interest rate hike.The Dow's t

    September 15, 2017 05:46 am JST
  • North Korea smuggles coal via China, Russia: US official

    MOSCOW -- China and Russia are suspected of letting North Korea smuggle coal out of the country for export in violation of United Nations Security Council sanctions, a U.S. Treasury Department official told a congressional hearing Tuesday. Despite b

    September 15, 2017 05:26 am JST
  • US prepares more North Korea sanctions, targets Chinese banks

    WASHINGTON -- The U.S. plans to expand its own sanctions against North Korea to supplement measures adopted by the United Nations this week, going after Chinese banks and other parties that help Pyongyang fund its nuclear and missile development."I'

    September 15, 2017 05:18 am JST
  • UN seeks 'massive' help for Rohingya fleeing Myanmar 'ethnic cleansing'

    DHAKA/YANGON (Reuters) -- The United Nations appealed on Thursday for massive help for nearly 400,000 Muslims from Myanmar who have fled to Bangladesh, with concern growing that the number could keep rising, unless Myanmar ends what critics denounce

    September 15, 2017 04:02 am JST
  • US calls on China to use 'powerful tool' of oil to sway North Korea

    LONDON (Reuters) -- U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Thursday he was hopeful that China would come to its own decision to decide to use the "powerful tool" of oil supplies to persuade North Korea to reconsider its "current path".On a vi

    September 15, 2017 03:34 am JST
  • Myanmar's Suu Kyi working to get aid to Rohingya: McConnell

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Thursday he had spoken with Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi and that she said she was working to get aid to the Rohingya Muslim areas in the Southeast Asian nation that were affe

    September 15, 2017 03:25 am JST
  • Cambodia suspends cooperation with US in finding war remains

    PHNOM PENH (Reuters) -- Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Thursday he was suspending cooperation with the United States to find the remains of Americans killed in the Vietnam War in the latest ratcheting up of tensions between the two countri

    September 15, 2017 03:17 am JST
  • Battle between Samsung, TSMC set to intensify

    TOKYO -- For Samsung Electronics, Japan forms an important part of its aggressive push into the foundry business and its aim to hold a 25% share of that market in five years.The South Korean technology group -- the world's top chipmaker by sales in

    September 14, 2017 08:30 pm JST
  • North Korea threatens to 'sink' Japan, reduce US to 'ashes and darkness'

    SEOUL/JAPAN (Reuters) -- A North Korean state agency threatened on Thursday to use nuclear weapons to "sink" Japan and reduce the United States to "ashes and darkness" for supporting a U.N. Security Council resolution and sanctions over its latest n

    September 14, 2017 07:08 pm JST
  • iPhone X has to excite Asia, but will it?

    PALO ALTO, U.S. -- Apple has a lot riding on the iPhone X. The smartphone's 10-year anniversary model has to excite Asian smartphone users all over again. Otherwise a visible decline in Apple's regionwide market share could recede even further.Apple

    September 14, 2017 04:50 pm JST
  • Toshiba flip-flops, reconsidering Bain group for memory unit

    TOKYO -- Embattled Japanese conglomerate Toshiba has yet to pick a buyer for its prized flash memory chip unit, clouding the outlook for the company as it reopens talks with a consortium led by Bain Capital.Negotiations launched in mid-August to sel

    September 14, 2017 03:41 pm JST
  • United States stops issuing some visas in Cambodia

    PHNOM PENH (Reuters) -- The United States embassy in Cambodia said on Wednesday it had stopped issuing some types of visas to Cambodians because Cambodia is not taking back citizens the United States wants to deport.The new policy comes at a time th

    September 14, 2017 02:42 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
  • China says review of foreign investments should not be used as tool for protectionism

    BEIJING (Reuters) -- China's commerce ministry said on Thursday that the review of foreign investments in sensitive sectors should not be used as a tool for protectionism.U.S. President Donald Trump blocked a Chinese-backed private equity firm from

    September 14, 2017 01:16 pm JST
  • Steve Bannon on US-Asia trade: interview transcript

    HONG KONG -- Steve Bannon came to public prominence after Donald Trump named him to be the chief executive of his presidential campaign in August 2016. After Trump's surprise victory, he named Bannon, seen as among his closest advisers and an advoca

    September 14, 2017 01:04 pm JST
  • Interview

    Bannon: Trump right to pressure both Koreas

    HONG KONG -- The tense nuclear confrontation with North Korea is no reason for the U.S. to hold back from revising or canceling its free-trade agreement with ally South Korea in the view of Steve Bannon, former chief strategist for President Donald

    September 14, 2017 01:04 pm JST
  • Malaysia, US pledge closer collaboration in Asia Pacific

    KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia and the U.S. have agreed to strengthen ties through trade and security cooperation in the Asia Pacific region. In a joint statement issued Wednesday, a day after a bilateral meeting between Prime Minister Najib Razak and Pr

    September 14, 2017 12:58 pm JST
  • Olympics: IOC crowns Paris 2024, Los Angeles 2028 in unique double

    LIMA (Reuters) -- Paris was awarded the 2024 summer Olympics and Los Angeles the 2028 Games on Wednesday, as the International Olympic Committee (IOC) broke with decades of tradition to vote on a unique double allocation.Paris, which has hosted two

    September 14, 2017 10:03 am JST
  • Will North Korea set off a new arms buildup in Asia?

    TOKYO/BEIJING Since North Korea sent an intercontinental ballistic missile soaring 3,700km into the sky on July 28, Shinzo Abe and Donald Trump have spoken by phone six times -- sometimes for close to an hour. In each of these conversations between

    September 14, 2017 10:00 am JST