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Japan PM vows to step up defense amid China, NK threats

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, at his first troop review Saturday, renewed his pledge to consider “all options,” including acquiring enemy base strike capability, and vowed to cre...

Japan seeks extra defense budget amid China, N Korea concern

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s Cabinet on Friday approved a 770 billion yen ($6.8 billion) request for an extra defense budget through March to expedite the purchase of missiles, anti-submarine rockets and othe...

Taiwan raises 2021 economic growth forecast to 6.09%

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The government has raised its forecast for economic growth this year to 6.09%, which would amount to the highest level in 11 years, reports said Friday (Nov. 26). In Oc...

Americans are spending but inflation casts pall over economy

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans are doing the main thing that drives the U.S. economy — spending — but accelerating inflation is casting a pall. A raft of economic data issued Wednesday ...

US GDP slowed sharply in Q3 but big rebound expected in Q4

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy slowed to a modest annual rate of 2.1% in the July-September quarter according to the government’s second read of the data, slightly better than its first estimate. ...

EXPLAINER: What is the Strategic Petroleum Reserve?

NEW YORK (AP) — When President Joe Biden ordered the release of 50 million barrels of oil from America’s strategic reserve to help reduce energy costs, he was taking aim at a growing burden for millio...

Russia shifts its rhetoric on climate action

Russian President Vladimir Putin has long been one of the world's leading climate change skeptics, at times questioning the role humans have played in altering the world's climate and even goi...

Joining CPTPP at top of Taiwan’s strategic agenda for 2022

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Joining the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) is of the utmost importance for Taiwan as it works to promote the collective prosperity of the ...

UN envoy: Afghanistan on brink of `humanitarian catastrophe'

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Afghanistan is “on the brink of a humanitarian catastrophe” and its collapsing economy is heightening the risk of extremism, the U.N.’s special representative for the country war...

Desperate Afghans forced to sell children

An already ailing economy that has been hard hit by a prolonged drought and with the Taliban at the helm, Afghanistan's future is looking bleak. The Taliban, which is still struggling for interna...

Engineering Job Opportunities Dip 45%, Most Affected by Q3 2021 Lockdown: Michael Page Vietnam

HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM - Media OutReach - 16 November 2021 - According to job opportunity data shared by global recruitment specialists Michael Page Vietnam, the number of jobs in Q3 2021 compar...

Coronavirus: Central Europe's car concentration backfires

Some estimates suggest that the chip shortage could cost the global auto industry around €200 billion ($229 billion) in 2021 alone. Customers face a long wait to get their hands on a new car and ...

Japan's economy contracts on shrinking consumption, exports

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s economy shrank at a 3% annual rate in the July-September quarter, as private consumption and auto production took a hit from efforts to curb the coronavirus pandemic. ...

Pacific leaders agree on vaccines but not on US hosting APEC

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Pacific Rim leaders agreed to do all they can to improve access to coronavirus vaccines and reduce carbon emissions, but failed to reach agreement on whether the U.S. sh...

China's leader Xi warns against 'Cold War' in Asia-Pacific

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping warned Thursday against letting tensions in the Asian-Pacific region cause a relapse into a Cold War mentality. His remar...