North Korea fired its fifth short-range missile in three days. South Korea's Defense Ministry said a missile had been fired on Monday morning.» Read More
*Cyprus crisis sends jitters through Slovenian debt market. TOKYO, March 29- The euro edged up on Friday but stayed near four-month lows against the dollar, beset by political deadlock in Italy and worries the huge losses suffered by Cypriot depositors as part of a bailout could unnerve investors in other euro zone debt.
*Cyprus crisis shatters confidence in Slovenia. TOKYO, March 29- The euro hovered near four-month lows against the dollar on Friday, beset by political deadlock in Italy and worries huge losses Cypriot depositors have been forced to stomach as part of a bailout could unnerve investors in other euro zone debt.
*Order book down 2 bln euros to 18 bln euros. Japan's 50 reactors used just over 10 percent of the world's enriched uranium before the 2011 Fukushima disaster, but with all but two reactors offline, there is now overcapacity in the nuclear fuel industry.
Alastair Newton, Senior Political Analyst at Nomura, explains why he remains skeptical that a ruler like Kim Jong-un will be able to lead Pyongyang into combat.
SEOUL- North Korea repeated threats to target U.S. military bases on Tuesday as Washington and its allies tightened economic sanctions against the isolated country by targeting Pyongyang's main foreign exchange bank with new measures.
BEIJING, March 26- China said on Tuesday it hopes all sides on the Korean peninsula can exercise restraint, after North Korea ordered its strategic rocket and long-range artillery units to be combat ready to target U.S. military bases on Guam, Hawaii and mainland America.
TOKYO/ WASHINGTON, March 26- Japan and Australia plan to sanction North Korea's Foreign Trade Bank as part of U.S.-led efforts targeting Pyongyang's main foreign exchange bank for the role Washington says it has in funding the country's nuclear programme. Washington had urged the European Union to take action, a State Department official said on Monday.
MOSCOW, March 22- Chinese leader Xi Jinping emphasised the importance of relations with Russia as a counterweight to U.S. influence by visiting Moscow on his first foreign trip as president, and secured more oil to fuel China's growing economy.
YANGON, March 22- The Internet has the power to prevent Myanmar's leaders from backsliding on the country's rapid transformation that has taken place since the military government stepped aside two years ago, Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt said on Friday.
*Xi Jinping makes Moscow his first foreign destination. MOSCOW, March 22- Chinese leader Xi Jinping sent a signal to the United States and Europe on Friday by visiting Russia on his first foreign trip as president, underlining the importance of Beijing's growing alliance with Moscow.
BEIJING, March 22- The United States is optimistic China will take strong action against North Korea by increasing scrutiny of financial transactions with Pyongyang that could contravene fresh U.N. sanctions, a senior U.S. official said on Friday.
BEIJING, March 22- The United States is optimistic China will take action against North Korea by increasing scrutiny of financial transactions to Pyongyang that could contravene fresh U.N. sanctions, a senior U.S. envoy said on Friday. Stopping illicit money flows are a key part of the sanctions imposed on North Korea in response to its Feb. 12 nuclear test.
BEIJING, March 22- The United States is optimistic that China will take strong action against North Korea and has urged Beijing to increase scrutiny of financial institutions with links to Pyongyang, U.S. Cohen said that the United States believes that China is looking at the threat by North Korea in a new and different way.
MOSCOW, March 22- Decorated with Chinese paintings and red silk armchairs, a huge business complex on the edge of Moscow is the kind of enterprise China's new leader Xi Jinping wants to nurture when he arrives on Friday in Russia for his first overseas trip.
BEIJING, March 21- China did not export any crude oil to North Korea in February, customs data showed on Thursday, marking the first absence of the deliveries since early 2007.. It was not immediately clear if the lack of supply represented a unilateral action by China to punish North Korea for its nuclear test on Feb. 12.
*Euro stabilises on Cyprus optimism. *China manufacturing activity improves in March. European markets, however, were expected to ease as investors await negotiations over the Cyprus deal, with financial spreadbetters predicting London's FTSE 100, Paris's CAC-40 and Frankfurt's DAX to open down as much as 0.2 percent.
North Korea's supreme military command said on Thursday its "precision attack" weapons have U.S. navy bases in Guam and Okinawa in their sights and will attack them if it is provoked.
*Outreach comes ahead of U.S.- China talks later this year. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, in his first international trip since taking office last month, wrapped up a two-day visit to Beijing with a meeting with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, having reopened dialogue on economic reforms but saying more action is needed on China's exchange rate.
Treasury Secretary Jack Lew wrapped up a two-day visit to China on Wednesday having reopened dialogue on pressing issues of economic reform but saying more action is needed on China's exchange rate.
*Police, government decline to say if North Korea suspected. SEOUL, March 20- South Korean authorities were investigating a hacking attack that brought down the servers of three broadcasters and two major banks on Wednesday, and the army raised its alert level due to concerns of North Korean involvement.