• Japan Eats Whale Despite Environmental Concerns
    2019-06-24 04:59:19 UTC

    MINAMIBOSO, Japan (Reuters) - Whale cutlets, sliced raw whale, deep-fried whale nuggets, whale bacon and whale jerky feature on the menu at the restaurant Yoko Ichihara runs - and that's just a small sample of the ways Japan eats whale. Though Japan's government maintains that eating whale is a cherished part of its food culture, na...
  • Toyota Speeds Up Electric Vehicle Schedule
    2019-06-07 15:52:16 UTC

    TOKYO (Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp aims to get half of its global sales from electrified vehicles by 2025, five years ahead of schedule, and will tap Chinese battery makers to meet the accelerated global shift to electricity-powered cars. The change illustrates the breakneck growth in the electric vehicle (EV) market, which is tran...
  • North Korea Tells US: Don't Try Our Patience
    2019-06-05 06:06:46 UTC

    SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea warned the United States that agreements made between the two countries’ leaders in Singapore last year could be at risk, blaming the United States for undue pressure to denuclearize, state news agency KCNA said on Tuesday. The statement comes as media reports indicated North Korea punished some members...
  • Asia Shares Hit 4-Month Low on Risk of Endless Trade War
    2019-05-23 05:34:55 UTC

    SYDNEY (Reuters) - Asian shares broke support and caved to a four-month low on Thursday, as concerns grew that the Sino-U.S. trade conflict was fast morphing into a prolonged technology cold war between the world’s two largest economies. Late Wednesday, Reuters reported the U.S. administration was considering Huawei-like sanctions o...
  • Dutchman Travels Across 33 Countries on Electric Car
    2019-04-18 22:49:36 UTC

    Dutchman Wiebe Wakker on Sunday ended a 95,000 kilometer (59,000 mile) electric car journey that he hoped would show the world the viability of such vehicles. Wakker arrived in the eastern Australian city of Sydney after driving his retrofitted station wagon nicknamed "The Blue Bandit" across 33 countries including Turkey, Iran, India...
  • Chinese Company to Sell Popular Dating App Grindr
    2019-03-27 17:54:06 UTC

    (Reuters) - Chinese gaming company Beijing Kunlun Tech Co Ltd is seeking to sell Grindr LLC, the popular gay dating app it has owned since 2016, after a U.S. government national security panel raised concerns about its ownership, according to people familiar with the matter. The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (...
  • China's Chang'e-4 Probe Touched Down on Far Side of Moon
    2019-01-06 05:35:05 UTC

    China's Chang'e-4 probe touched down on the far side of the moon, state broadcaster CCTV reported on Thursday morning. The successful "soft landing" marks a groundbreaking development in space exploration, being the first time that a spacecraft has landed on the side of the moon that faces away from Earth. Chang'e-4, which is named a...
  • China’s Population to Reach 1.442 Billion in 2029
    2019-01-06 05:03:07 UTC

    SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China’s population is set to reach a peak of 1.442 billion in 2029 and start a long period of “unstoppable” decline in 2030, government scholars said in a research report published on Friday. The world’s most populous country must now draw up policies to try to cope with a declining labor force and a rapidly age...
  • Catastrophic Effects of Climate Change
    2018-11-25 02:46:14 UTC

    (Reuters) - Climate change will cost the U.S. economy hundreds of billions of dollars by the end of the century, hitting everything from health to infrastructure, according to a government report issued on Friday that the White House called inaccurate. The congressionally mandated report, written with the help of more than a dozen U...
  • Meghan rushed through dark market on royal visit to Fiji
    2018-10-24 01:36:12 UTC

    SUVA, Fiji (AP) — The Duchess of Sussex was rushed through her visit to an indoor market in Fiji’s capital over apparent concerns about the location’s security. Meghan on Wednesday visited the Suva Market with the intention of meeting some of the female vendors who have been involved in the U.N. Women’s project “Markets for Change.”...
  • UNHCR: 4 million refugee children can't go to school
    2018-09-23 22:16:47 UTC

    Four million refugee children around the world are excluded from education, according to a United Nations report. A solution should be to allow refugees to attend regular schools, the UNHCR has demanded. With more and more children forced to leave their homes, the number of refugees out of education has topped four million, accordin...
  • China lodges tariff case at WTO against the U.S.
    2019-09-02 15:46:34 UTC

    HONG KONG/GENEVA (Reuters) - China has lodged a complaint against the United States at the World Trade Organization over U.S. import duties, the Chinese Commerce Ministry said on Monday. The United States began imposing 15% tariffs on a variety of Chinese goods on Sunday and China began imposing new duties on U.S. crude oil, the lat...
  • Iran praises EU for their efforts to salvage 'Nuclear deal'
    2018-08-19 16:50:57 UTC

    LONDON (Reuters) - Iran’s vice president said on Sunday the government was seeking solutions to sell oil and transfer its revenues despite fresh U.S. sanctions. “We are hopeful that the European countries can meet their commitments but even if they cannot, we are seeking solutions to sell our oil and transfer its revenues,” Eshaq Ja...
  • China takes over project in world’s biggest natural gas reserves in Iran
    2018-08-11 18:21:26 UTC

    Reuters - China’s state-owned energy major CNPC has taken over the share in Iran’s multi-billion dollar South Pars gas project held by France’s Total, the Iranian state news agency IRNA reported on Saturday. Total signed a contract in 2017 to develop Phase II of South Pars field with an initial investment of $1 billion, marking the ...
  • North Korea expects no progress as long as US pushes for sanctions
    2018-09-06 00:41:10 UTC

    SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North Korea accused the United States on Thursday of pushing for international sanctions despite goodwill moves by Pyongyang and said progress on denuclearization promises could not be expected if Washington continues to follow an “outdated acting script.” A foreign ministry spokesman said in a statement...
  • Iran tells North Korea that the US cannot be trusted
    2018-08-09 15:34:50 UTC

    SEOUL/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told North Korea’s foreign minister that the United States cannot be trusted, Tehran’s state media said, as the United States seeks a deal to rein in the North’s nuclear and missile programs. North Korea for its part denounced the United States for its “outdated acting script...
  • Impact of escalating trade tensions between US and China
    2018-08-08 18:14:42 UTC

    (Reuters) - U.S. companies are putting in place measures to cushion the impact of escalating trade tensions between the United States and China. The world’s two largest economies have already imposed tariffs on $34 billion worth of each other’s imports. In the latest development, Washington slapped additional tariffs on $16 billi...
  • China slaps additional tariffs of 25 percent on $16 billion US imports
    2018-08-08 17:44:20 UTC

    BEIJING/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - China is slapping additional tariffs of 25 percent on $16 billion worth of U.S. imports from fuel and steel products to autos and medical equipment, the Chinese commerce ministry said, as the world’s largest economies escalated their trade dispute. The tariffs will be activated on Aug. 23, the ministry...
  • Germany and China standing together against US protectionism
    2018-07-09 21:02:43 UTC

    BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany and China signed a raft of commercial accords worth some 20 billion euros ($23.5 billion) on Monday, with their leaders reiterating commitments to a multilateral global trade order despite a looming trade war with the United States. The deals, involving German industrial giants including Siemens, Volkswage...
  • Trade war: China accuses US of “opening fire”
    2018-07-05 16:53:07 UTC

    BEIJING/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - China accused the United States on Thursday of “opening fire” on the world with tariffs set to take effect on Friday, warning that it will respond the moment that duties on $34 billion in Chinese goods kick in. U.S. President Donald Trump has threatened to further escalate the trade conflict between th...
  • Iran reopens nuclear plant in preparation to increase uranium enrichment
    2018-06-27 23:50:27 UTC

    LONDON (Reuters) - Iran has reopened a nuclear plant idle for nine years, its atomic energy agency (AEOI) said on Wednesday, as Tehran prepares to increase uranium enrichment capacity if a nuclear deal with world powers falls apart after the U.S. withdrawal. U.S.-Iranian tensions have resurged since President Donald Trump pulled Was...
  • North Korea, U.S. leaders sign document after meeting
    2018-06-12 06:12:23 UTC

    SINGAPORE (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said a historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday had gone “better than anybody could have expected”, and they would sign a document following talks on ways to end a nuclear standoff on the Korean peninsula. Kim stood silently alongside Trump as he spoke to media...
  • Iran to attend June summit in China of Asian leaders
    2018-05-28 16:57:06 UTC

    BEIJING (Reuters) - China will host Iranian President Hassan Rouhani next month at a regional summit aimed at avoiding disruption of joint projects, its foreign ministry said on Monday, as major powers scramble to save Iran’s nuclear deal after the United States pulled out. Rouhani will pay a working visit to China and attend the su...
  • Will Trump offer Kim a deal like Iran got?
    2018-05-21 18:29:22 UTC

    Last week, North Korea canceled a meeting with South Korean officials and threatened to cancel a planned summit with US President Trump. Ostensibly, the cancellations were over the participation of U.S. B-52 bombers in a military exercise with South Korean troops — a show of force that was to occur at the same time North Korea was sche...
  • North Korea threatens to cancel Kim-Trump summit
    2018-05-16 00:42:38 UTC

    SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea on Wednesday threw into question an unprecedented summit between its leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump scheduled for next month, denouncing military exercises between South Korea and the United States as a provocation and calling off high-level talks with Seoul. A report on North Korea’...