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  • South Korea asks UN to allow sanctioned North Korea official to attend Olympics

    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) -- South Korea asked the United Nations on Wednesday for an exemption to allow a sanctioned North Korean official to attend the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics on Friday with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's younger

    February 8, 2018 05:53 am JST
  • US and Japan press united front as Seoul wavers on sanctions

    TOKYO -- With South Korea making goodwill gestures toward North Korea ahead of the Winter Olympics, Japan and the U.S. are stressing the need for three-way solidarity to maintain pressure on Pyongyang's nuclear and missile development.Security issue

    February 8, 2018 04:21 am JST
  • Big automakers showcase electric vehicles at India auto show

    GREATER NOIDA, India -- Top domestic and foreign car manufacturers such as Tata Motors, Maruti Suzuki India, Kia Motors and Honda Motor on Wednesday unveiled their next-generation models, including much-talked-about electric vehicles, at the biennia

    February 8, 2018 12:08 am JST
  • China's Didi launches car-sharing app with 12 automakers

    BEIJING -- Chinese ride-hailing startup Didi Chuxing announced Wednesday a tie-up with major automakers from home and abroad to start a car-sharing app using new energy vehicles, including electric cars.Didi said it has entered into an agreement wit

    February 7, 2018 09:00 pm JST
  • US-South Korea joint drills to be held in April: interim ambassador

    SEOUL (Kyodo) -- Annual joint military exercises that the United States and South Korea earlier agreed to postpone until after the Winter Olympics and Paralympics will be held in April, the interim U.S. ambassador to South Korea recently told U.S. m

    February 7, 2018 08:44 pm JST
  • Nikkei Asia300 Index falls, dragged down by Chinese banks

    MUMBAI (NewsRise) -- Asian equities outside of Japan fell Wednesday, as losses in heavyweight stocks overshadowed an overnight rally in U.S. indexes.The Nikkei Asia300 Index declined 0.7% to 1,416.66, adding to Tuesday's tumble of more than 3%. Chin

    February 7, 2018 08:43 pm JST
  • Pence and Abe aim to maximize pressure on North Korea

    TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence reiterated Wednesday the importance of increasing the pressure on North Korea to curtail its missile and nuclear programs."Resorting to every means possible, Japan, the U

    February 7, 2018 07:14 pm JST
  • North Korean leader's sister to attend Pyeongchang Olympics

    SEOUL -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's sister will visit South Korea on Friday as part of the country's high-ranking delegation attending the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, the South Korean government announced Wednesday.The Ministry of Unificatio

    February 7, 2018 06:55 pm JST
  • Kia showcases India-exclusive SUV in warmup for market entry

    GREATER NOIDA, India -- Kia Motors on Wednesday unveiled a concept compact SUV "specially designed and dedicated" to the Indian market, marking its debut in a country its sister company, Hyundai Motor, entered over two decades ago."Even though we ha

    February 7, 2018 05:57 pm JST
  • North Korean leader's sister to visit South Korea for Olympics

    SEOUL (Reuters) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's 28-year-old sister will make her debut on the world stage when she visits South Korea to attend the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics on Friday, Seoul's Unification Ministry said.Pyongyang n

    February 7, 2018 05:25 pm JST
  • Cover story

    How Moon's Olympic hockey gamble is exposing South Korean rifts

    SEOUL/INCHEON -- Park Jong-ah hit a long, hard shot from the left side of the rink, sending the puck skidding past Sweden's goalie and into the net. It was the first-ever goal for the unified Korean women's ice hockey team, a group of players who ab

    February 7, 2018 03:30 pm JST
  • North Korea's Olympians skate cautiously into the spotlight

    SEOUL -- A week before the opening ceremonies, a huge North Korean flag -- about as high as a three-story building -- was hoisted in the Olympic Village in Gangneung to welcome the country's athletes and officials. It was a rare sight in South Korea

    February 7, 2018 03:30 pm JST
  • Asian manufacturers make strong start to 2018

    HONG KONG -- Asian manufacturers started the year strongly as global trade picked up in January, the latest Nikkei Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) survey shows.Nine of 11 Asian economies surveyed saw an expansion of manufacturing acti

    February 7, 2018 01:50 pm JST
  • Asian stocks rally after Wall Street rebound

    TOKYO -- Asian stocks are following the rebound in the U.S. equity market, just as they trailed Wall Street off a cliff earlier in the week.In Hong Kong, the benchmark Hang Seng Index opened 2.55% higher on Wednesday morning. Index heavyweights such

    February 7, 2018 01:26 pm JST
  • North Korean cheer squad arrives for Olympics

    SEOUL (Reuters) -- A group of 280 North Koreans arrived in South Korea on Wednesday, one of the largest peacetime crossings of the inter-Korean border, to spur on athletes from the two Koreas at the Winter Olympics starting Friday.The delegation, ma

    February 7, 2018 01:06 pm JST
  • Pence at Winter Games in Korea -- sign of hope or a warning?

    TOKYO -- With U.S. Vice President Mike Pence stopping by Japan on his way to the Winter Olympics in South Korea, an opportunity has been created for the three countries to present a united front against North Korea, but some read a deeper meaning in

    February 7, 2018 07:28 am JST
  • LCD panels suffer price slips amid soft TV sales

    TOKYO -- Declining television sales in the U.S. and China have dimmed prices for liquid crystal display panels.The bulk order price for the benchmark 32-inch open-cell panels -- semifinished products without backlights -- came to around $65 apiece i

    February 7, 2018 05:02 am JST
  • Seoul making concessions to North Korea for Olympics' sake

    SEOUL -- South Korea is granting exceptions to sanctions on North Korea in a bid to ensure the Olympics and related events go smoothly, despite concerns it is undermining global efforts to curb the North's nuclear and missile development.The North's

    February 7, 2018 04:58 am JST
  • North Korean malware email seen behind Coincheck theft

    SEOUL -- North Korean hackers likely deployed malware-laced email to steal 58 billion yen ($529 million) worth of cryptocurrency from Japanese exchange service provider Coincheck, according to South Korean intelligence.The country's National Intelli

    February 7, 2018 04:06 am JST
  • Pence won't rule out NKorea meeting, will 'see what happens'

    TOKYO (AP) -- U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said he has not ruled out the possibility of meeting with North Korean officials at the upcoming Olympics in South Korea."Let me say President Trump has said he always believes in talking, but I haven't r

    February 6, 2018 11:06 pm JST