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  • China hits back as Australia alleges domestic meddling

    SYDNEY/BEIJING -- Sino-Australian relations have hit a low point as Beijing threatens to retaliate against Canberra's attempt to limit Chinese influence in domestic politics and infrastructure development.Though China is Australia's biggest trading

    May 23, 2018 11:20 am JST
  • Taiwan looks to Japan to protect its Pacific interests

    TOKYO/TAIPEI -- Despite not being invited, Taiwan was a key player at the eighth Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting, as it engages in a tug of war with China over allies in the Pacific.The two-day forum, which concluded Saturday in the northern Japanes

    May 22, 2018 01:39 pm JST
  • Australia tames home prices by squeezing foreign buyers

    SYDNEY -- Tougher rules designed to bring down Australia's high-flying urban real estate market appear to be working, with reports that once-brisk Chinese investment into the country's property sector has fallen sharply. Now the concern is that too

    May 22, 2018 07:25 am JST
  • Japan gains help in crackdown on North Korean smugglers at sea

    TOKYO -- The Japanese government is working with Asian neighbors as well as faraway countries like Canada and the U.K. to clamp down on North Korean smuggling to ensure that United Nations sanctions continue to pressure the Pyongyang regime.To gain

    May 22, 2018 01:30 am JST
  • Google, Facebook and Amazon drive push for deep-sea cables in Asia

    TOKYO -- Half of the new undersea communication cables to be built over the next three years will connect to Asia as Google, Facebook and other big-name tech companies look to harness the region's mushrooming demand for bandwidth. Google is partic

    May 21, 2018 05:32 am JST
  • Vivid festival celebrates reinvented Sydney

    SYDNEY -- Sydney has long been celebrated as one of the brightest cities in the southern hemisphere, but it is about to go positively Vivid. Again.Every year, Australia's largest festival sets Sydney ablaze with imaginative art installations, colorf

    May 19, 2018 08:37 pm JST
  • Japan enlists Pacific Islands for help on North Korea

    TOKYO -- Japan is aiming to close loopholes on North Korean sanctions and curb China from expanding its influence in the Indo-Pacific by bolstering its relationship with small island nations.Leaders from 16 Pacific island nations and territories, ma

    May 19, 2018 02:19 am JST
  • Taiwan relations unchanged despite Chinese pressure: Palau president

    TOKYO -- Palau will not bow to Chinese pressure to cut off Taiwan, President Tommy Remengesau Jr. told Nikkei, saying the Pacific Island nation would look to such countries as Japan for fresh sources of economic support.The president granted an inte

    May 18, 2018 01:57 am JST
  • Referendum proposed in Australian lawmakers' citizenship crisis

    MELBOURNE -- Australians would get to vote on allowing dual citizens in parliament under the recommendations of a review to address a crisis that has brought down more than a dozen politicians whose citizenship statuses were called into question.In

    May 17, 2018 07:06 pm JST
  • Japan to host RCEP ministerial meeting in Tokyo on July 1

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Ministers from 16 Asia-Pacific countries negotiating a regional trade deal will meet in Tokyo on July 1, the Japanese government said Tuesday.It will be the first time a country outside the Association of Southeast Asian Nations has

    May 15, 2018 12:35 pm JST
  • East Timor hero Gusmao unseats government in election

    DILI -- A three-party alliance led by Timorese independence hero Xanana Gusmao ousted the short-lived Fretilin minority government in East Timor's election held Saturday, though the top party in the ruling coalition refused to concede the outcome la

    May 14, 2018 01:21 am JST
  • East Timor votes in second general election in 10 months

    DILI, East Timor -- Voting took place today in East Timor to choose 65 members of parliament, who Timorese hope will form a stable administration after a year of political uncertainty and the quick collapse of a short-lived minority government."The

    May 12, 2018 08:22 pm JST
  • East Timor heads for election after bad-tempered campaign

    DENPASAR, Indonesia -- For the second time in less than a year, voters in East Timor will head to polling stations on May 12 to decide who will run the second smallest country in Southeast Asia.The last elections held in July 2017 left Mari Alkariri

    May 10, 2018 10:43 am JST
  • Australia budget sees early return to surplus, cuts personal taxes

    CANBERRA (Reuters) -- Australia's centre-right government said in its annual budget on Tuesday that it would return the country's finances to a small surplus in 2019/20, a year earlier than planned and after almost a decade of deficits.The improved

    May 9, 2018 12:56 am JST
  • Japan's price-conscious consumers turn to foreign rice

    TOKYO -- Prices for domestic rice are rising in Japan, driving consumers to cheaper foreign-grown varieties, the imports of which are still strictly regulated. But as more supermarkets and restaurants offer low-cost foreign rice, straining import ca

    May 7, 2018 03:30 pm JST
  • Australia's Qantas flags record annual profit, shares jump

    SYDNEY (Reuters) -- Qantas Airways Ltd said it expects to report record annual profit on strengthening global demand as well as hikes in domestic fares and cuts to capacity, sending itsshares up almost 7 percent to their loftiest since November.The

    May 2, 2018 05:37 pm JST
  • Australia's racehorse owners chase a million-dollar dream

    SYDNEY -- In the Australian vernacular, having a punt on the ponies is usually a mug's game. Translation: Betting on horse races is usually a foolish practice. But owning a racehorse? That's a different story. Every year, thousands of Australians ha

    April 29, 2018 09:59 am JST
  • Australia, Canada to send military aircraft to monitor North Korean ships

    SYDNEY (Reuters) -- Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Saturday the country will send a military patrol aircraft to monitor North Korean vessels suspected of transferring prohibited goods in defiance of United Nations sanctions.Cana

    April 28, 2018 07:16 pm JST
  • Clashing visions keep sweeping trade pact elusive for Southeast Asia

    SINGAPORE -- As negotiations for a regional trade pact drag on, some Southeast Asian nations are seeking alternative frameworks that exclude big economies like India, or even considering joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership instead, making a compre

    April 26, 2018 10:00 am JST
  • Failings at Australia banks included charging the dead

    SYDNEY -- A government inquiry into years of scandals in Australia's financial sector is exposing widespread misconduct, including charging dead customers, collecting fees for services not provided and lying to authorities."This type of behavior can

    April 26, 2018 05:07 am JST