Stanley White(REUTERS) TOKYO Japanese stocks edged lower December 11 as an approaching deadline for U.S. tariffs on nearly $160 billion worth of Chinese consumer goods just weeks before Christmas kept investors risk-averse. The Nikkei index fell 0.26 percent to 23,350.20, with industrial and healthcare sectors leading the declines. The tariffs were set to...
MEXICO CITY (REUTERS) Stronger worker and environmental protections top changes to a new version of the North American trade deal signed by U.S., Mexican and Canadian officials on December 10 that clears the way for a long-delayed vote in the U.S. Congress. The full text of revisions has not yet been...
Hannah Beech and  Ryn Jirenuwat (New York Times) KOH KHANUN, Thailand Crouched on the ground in a dimly lit factory, women picked through the discarded innards of the modern world: Batteries, circuit boards and bundles of wires. They broke down the scrap — known as hazardous electronic-waste, or e-waste — with hammers...
Motoko Rich (New York Times) TOKYO Japan will spend nearly $120 billion to stimulate its slowing economy and to help some of the areas worst affected by Typhoon Hagibis, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced last week. The new spending plan is aimed at addressing a slew of economic challenges facing Japan’s longtime...
Swati Bhat and Euan Rocha(REUTERS) MUMBA The Reserve Bank of India kept its key lending rate on hold in a shock decision last week, while sharply lowering its outlook for economic growth, forecasting the weakest expansion in years. The RBI’s monetary policy committee (MPC) has already cut rates five times this year,...
Tetsushi Kajimoto and Takahiko Wada (Reuters) TOKYO/OITA, Japan Bank of Japan's vocal advocate of reflationary policy said on Thursday he saw no need to take extra steps to complement the government's fresh stimulus plan, bolstering market views the BOJ is in no mood to top up its already massive monetary easing. Yutaka...
Jamie Freed (Reuters) Hong Kong Airlines, controlled by cash-strapped Chinese conglomerate HNA Group, must shore up its financial position by December 7 or risk the suspension or loss of its license, a Hong Kong air transport regulator said on Monday. The Air Transport Licensing Authority (ATLA) said in a statement that...
CAPE TOWN Spent fuel storage at South Africa's Koeberg nuclear plant will reach full capacity by April as state power utility Eskom awaits regulatory approval for new dry storage casks, the company said on Monday. Storage of high-level radioactive waste is a major environmental concern in the region, as South Africa...
SEOUL/TOKYO South Korea and Japan traded fresh barbs on Monday, just days after agreeing to salvage an important intelligence-sharing pact, highlighting the fragile ties between the former wartime foes and allies of the United States. Officials from each side criticized or contradicted comments made by other and in media about whether...
Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Thursday ordered government agencies to remove two ranks of public servants in 2020 and replace their roles with artificial intelligence, in a bid to cut red tape hampering investment. Widodo made the remarks in a room full of leaders of big companies as he laid...