Japan says US trade tariffs 'regrettable,' could affect bilateral economic ties

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono said Friday that the United States' decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports could affect Japan-US economic relations.In a statement, Kono said the decision by the United States was "regrettable" and that the measure "will have a major influence on the economic and cooperative relations between the US and Japan both in alliance

Former Trump campaign aide Nunberg at court for grand jury

A former Trump campaign aide arrived Friday at the federal courthouse in Washington for a scheduled grand jury appearance, days after he defiantly insisted in a series of news interviews that he intended to defy a subpoena in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.Sam Nunberg did not respond to reporters’ questions as he entered court with a lawyer shortly after

WHO reports surge in attacks on Syrian medical targets

The Syrian government has been waging a devastating offensive to retake the rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta (Photo: AFP)The frequency of attacks on medical facilities in Syria spiked through the first two months of the year, far outpacing last year's rate, the World Health Organization said Friday.Through January and February the United Nations health agency's monitoring mechanism verified 67 attacks

Asia's biggest exporters bristle over U.S. tariffs, fanning trade war fears

Major Asian nations reacted sharply on Friday to US President Donald Trump’s decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, warning of damage to relations amid industry calls for retaliation.(Photos: VCG)Japan said the move would have a “big impact” on the countries’ close bilateral ties, while China said it was “resolutely opposed” to the decision and South Korea said

Cambodia's apex court denies bail for former opposition leader in treason case

PHNOM PENH, March 9 (Xinhua) -- Cambodia's Supreme Court on Friday rejected a request for the release on bail of former opposition leader Kem Sokha, who was arrested in September last year over treason charges, according to a court's verdict."The Supreme Court denies bail for Kem Sokha, and upholds the decision of the Appeal Court to continue detaining him," Supreme

Cuba slams controversial award event as ploy to affect polls

HAVANA, March 8 (Xinhua) -- Cuba Thursday condemned a program by a local dissident group as a "destabilizing maneuver" backed by Luis Almagro, secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS), to affect the parliamentary elections on March 11."This time these organizations pretended to stage a show that would affect the normal process of Cuba's general elections next weekend

10 security personnel killed, 9 injured in N. Afghanistan

TALUQAN, Afghanistan, March 9 (Xinhua) -- Ten personnel of local police were killed and nine others injured in an ambush by Taliban militants in Khawja Ghar district of Afghanistan's northern Takhar province on Friday, provincial police spokesman Abdul Khalil Asir said."Taliban militants ambushed a patrol team of local police in Pul-e-Momin area of Khawja Ghar district in the wee hours

UK races to find source of nerve agent in ex-Russian spy attack

Sergei Skripal is in a critical condition in hospital along with his daughter after they collapsed on a bench in the English city of Salisbury.(Photo: AFP)British detectives on Thursday scrambled to find the source of the nerve agent used in the "brazen and reckless" attempted murder of a Russian former double-agent and his daughter.Sergei Skripal, 66, who moved to Britain

Syria regime pummels besieged Eastern Ghouta

A Syrian boy wounded in reported regime air strikes on the rebel-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta receives treatment at a makeshift hospital in Kafar Batna on March 7, 2018.(Photo: AFP)Syrian forces pursued a relentless air and ground offensive against Eastern Ghouta on Thursday, moving closer to retaking the rebel enclave but also depriving desperate civilians of vital aid.More than 900

Trump plans to offer Canada, Mexico 30-day tariff exemption

U.S. President Donald Trump delivers remarks at the Latino Coalition Legislative Summit in Washington, U.S., March 7, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin LamarqueU.S. President Donald Trump plans to offer Canada and Mexico a 30-day exemption from planned tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, which could be extended based on progress in NAFTA talks, a White House official said on Wednesday night.The move, first

US State Dept approves $467 million in military sales to Qatar and UAE

The US State Department approved a total of $467 million worth of potential foreign military sales to Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, the Pentagon said in separate approval notices on Thursday.Raytheon Co was listed as the prime contractor for both the foreign military sales.The Qatar Emiri Air Force was approved for $197 million worth of equipment to upgrade its

Florida passes bill to restrict guns, arm some teachers

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School staff, teachers and students return to school greeted by police and well wishers in Parkland, Florida.(Photo: AFP)The US state of Florida, scene of America's latest school shooting, on Wednesday passed bill that raises the minimum age to buy firearms to 21 while funding a program that allows some teachers and school employees to be armed.The

South Koreans in Washington to brief on talks with North Korea's leader

Chung Eui-yong, head of the presidential National Security Office, Suh Hoon, the chief of the South's National Intelligence Service, and other delegates arrive at a military airport in Seongnam, South Korea, March 6, 2018. REUTERS (Photo: Reuters)Two senior South Korean envoys arrived in Washington on Thursday to brief American officials on their meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un,

If Russia role in nerve attack proved, Britain will respond: PM May

Officials in protective suits check their equipment before repositioning the forensic tent, covering the bench where Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found, in the centre of Salisbury, Britain, March 8, 2018. (Photo: Reuters)Britain will respond appropriately if evidence shows Moscow sponsored a nerve agent attack on a Russian ex-spy and his daughter in southern England, Prime Minister Theresa

Syrian government forces poised to slice eastern Ghouta in two

A Red Crescent truck is seen parked near Syrian and Russian soldiers at a checkpoint at Wafideen camp in Damascus, Syria March 8, 2018.(Photo: Reuters)Syria’s army is poised to slice rebel-held eastern Ghouta in two as forces advancing from the east link up with troops at its western edge, a pro-Damascus commander said on Thursday.The government, backed in the war

Southeast Asia's Grab in talks to buy into Uber's regional business

New hires relax at a lounge area in a Grab office in Singapore September 23, 2016. ( Photo: Reuters)Southeast Asia’s biggest ride-hailing firm, Grab, is in advanced negotiations to buy parts of Uber Technologies Inc’s business in the region, said a source with knowledge of the talks, in what would be Uber’s second retreat from an Asian market.Ride-hailing firms have

UK border stance threatens to stall Brexit talks: EU's Tusk

President of the European Council Donald Tusk speaks during a press conference at Government buildings in Dublin, Ireland, March 8, 2018. REUTERS (Photo: Reuters)Brexit negotiations risk stalling if Britain does not present a realistic solution for the future of the Irish border after London rejected an EU fallback proposal last week, European Council President Donald Tusk said on Thursday.Britain’s government

Germany's Justice Minister Maas to be new foreign minister: source

FILE PHOTO: German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel speaks during the 11th Annual International Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) Conference in Tel Aviv, Israel January 31, 2018. REUTERS/Amir Cohen (Photo:Reuters)Germany’s Justice Minister Heiko Maas is to become foreign minister in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s new coalition government, a source in his Social Democratic (SPD) party said.Maas, 51, introduced ambitious laws in

Italian president calls on parties to act responsibly after vote

FILE PHOTO: Italian President Sergio Mattarella leaves at the end of his consultations at the Quirinale Palace in Rome, Italy, December 10, 2016. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi( Photo: Ruenters)Italian President Sergio Mattarella on Thursday called for politicians to act responsibly as they jockey to form a government after the inconclusive March 4 election.Mattarella, who is usually limited to a ceremonial role but

Japan's new advanced fighter may be based on existing foreign design

Japan is seeking proposals for a new advanced jet fighter based on an existing Western aircraft and wants American and British cooperation to help kick-start development of the project, which is estimated to cost around $40 billion, three sources said.File photo: A prototype of the first Japan-made stealth fighter X-2 Shinshin, formerly called ATD-X, takes off to mark its maiden

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