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  • Emerging nations pivot toward monetary easing

    NEW YORK/SAO PAULO -- Emerging nations are jumping on the monetary easing bandwagon just as advanced nations head toward tightening, taking advantage of slower inflation and a reduced risk of capital flight to nurse their economies back to health.Em

    August 24, 2017 02:09 am JST
  • Tillerson sees possible pathway to US-North Korea dialogue 'in near future'

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson appeared to make a peace overture to North Korea on Tuesday, welcoming what he called the restraint it had shown recently in its weapons programs and saying a path could be opening for di

    August 23, 2017 04:44 am JST
  • US sanctions Chinese, Russian enterprises over Pyongyang's arms

    WASHINGTON -- The U.S. has slapped new sanctions on 10 businesses from China, Russia and elsewhere, as well as six individuals, for providing various forms of support to North Korea's missile and nuclear weapons programs.Many of the newly sanctioned

    August 23, 2017 04:27 am JST
  • Jakarta offers Moscow rubber for fighter jets

    JAKARTA -- Indonesia's defense and trade ministries on Tuesday said they plan to export rubber and other commodities to Russia help pay for 11 Russian Sukhoi jets worth a total of $1.1 billion.The announcement follows a memorandum of understanding s

    August 22, 2017 10:57 pm JST
  • Deal done on $13 billion sale of Essar Oil to Rosneft-led consortium

    NEW DELHI -- After months of negotiations, an agreement has been concluded on the sale of Essar Oil, India's second largest private refiner after Reliance Industries, to a consortium led by Russian energy giant Rosneft for close to $13 billion, the

    August 21, 2017 08:41 pm JST
  • North Korea tells UN chief nuclear program not up for negotiation

    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) -- North Korea's nuclear weapons program will never be up for negotiation as long as the U.S. government's "hostile policy and nuclear threat continue," Pyongyang's deputy U.N. ambassador told United Nations Secretary-Genera

    August 18, 2017 06:23 am JST
  • Russian-North Korean company draws up war contingency plan

    MOSCOW -- A Russian-North Korean joint venture near the shared border has put together an evacuation plan for Russian personnel, likely at Moscow's behest, in case the tensions between the U.S. and North Korea go nuclear.RasonConTrans chief Ivan Ton

    August 18, 2017 05:35 am JST
  • Japan's foreign minister eyes November visit to Russia

    MOSCOW -- Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono is considering a trip to Russia in November, with plans to attend a trade and economic dialogue and meet with top officials, including his Moscow counterpart. Preparations are underway, according to sour

    August 18, 2017 05:06 am JST
  • Russia, Ukraine trade blame in likely tech leak to Pyongyang

    MOSCOW -- Evidence that Soviet rocket engines played a key role in North Korea's missile development has Russia and Ukraine each lobbing allegations that the other supplied those critical parts, deepening the tensions that might have produced the ap

    August 17, 2017 05:20 am JST
  • Japan-Russia gas pipeline mostly a pipe dream

    MOSCOW -- A proposed natural gas pipeline linking Japan and Russia remains on hold despite being discussed at a summit meeting between Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin in late April.The two governments are awar

    August 3, 2017 03:17 pm JST
  • US, Russia, China play blame game on Pyongyang missile test

    TOKYO -- China and Russia have exchanged pointed remarks with the U.S. on who should be blamed for North Korea's ongoing nuclear and missile development, as their growing rift hurts the global community's chances of reaching an effective solution to

    August 2, 2017 04:10 am JST
  • Putin says Russia to expel 755 U.S. diplomatic staff, more measures possible

    MOSCOW (Reuters) -- President Vladimir Putin said Russia will expel 755 U.S. diplomatic staff and could consider imposing additional measures against the United States as a response to new U.S. sanctions, although not for now.Moscow ordered the Unit

    July 31, 2017 05:43 am JST
  • Congress OKs sanctions bill on North Korea, Russia, Iran

    WASHINGTON (Kyodo) -- The U.S. Congress passed a bill on Thursday aimed at tightening sanctions on North Korea, Russia and Iran, sending it to President Donald Trump for him to sign into law.In a bid to deter North Korea's development of nuclear wea

    July 28, 2017 10:41 am JST
  • ASEAN must stay out of great-power tussles in Asia

    The post-Cold War 1990s were a peaceful era in Asia. All the great powers were benign and the Sino-U.S. relationship was good. China still needed help from other countries, including ASEAN members.Today, we are back in the age of great-power rivalri

    July 27, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • John Merrill: End war games in South Korea to resolve nuclear impasse

    The Chinese and Russian proposal for a freeze on large-scale U.S.-South Korean military exercises in return for a freeze on further North Korean nuclear and missile tests just might work -- if only Washington would give it a chance, rather than dism

    July 27, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Richard Ghiasy

    Slim pickings so far from closer Sino-Russian ties

    During President Xi Jinping's sixth official visit to Russia in July -- his third this year -- he reaffirmed the special friendship between the two countries. Russian President Vladimir Putin's foreign affairs adviser, Yuri Ushakov, portrayed Russia

    July 21, 2017 07:00 pm JST
  • World adjusting to Trump impact

    WASHINGTON -- As the dust begins to settle on the first six months of the presidency of Donald Trump, the world has been busy trying to absorb the full ramifications of his policy agenda.Half a year of "America first" has left little doubt that the

    July 20, 2017 04:42 pm JST
  • John Merrill

    US flexibility could ease tensions with North Korea

    The Chinese and Russian proposal for a freeze on large-scale U.S.-South Korean military exercises in return for a freeze on further North Korean nuclear and missile tests just might work -- if only Washington could give it a chance rather than dismi

    July 20, 2017 09:00 am JST
  • China, Russia, North Korea testing Japan's composure

    TOKYO -- North Korea's enhanced ballistic missile capabilities have rocked the foundations of the Japan-U.S. alliance. They have also put Japan in a distressing situation -- and emboldened China and Russia to bring Japan even more discomfort.On July

    July 17, 2017 03:42 pm JST
  • Trump says he is considering quotas, tariffs on Chinese steel dumping

    PARIS (Reuters) -- U.S. President Donald Trump said he is considering quotas and tariffs to deal with the "big problem" of steel dumping from China and others."They're dumping steel and destroying our steel industry, they've been doing it for decade

    July 14, 2017 06:08 am JST