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'Storm is gathering' - Singapore PM warns of risk of U.S.-China miscalculation

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Monday warned of the scope for miscalculations over tensions in the Taiwan Strait, which he said were unlikely to ease soon amid deep suspicion and limited ...

Central Taiwan Rainbow Village defaced, artist condemns perpetrator as ‘villain’

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Rainbow Creative Co. Ltd, which operates Taichung’s Rainbow Village, has been accused of defacing the attraction’s famous murals on Saturday (July 30) in an ac...

New constitution gives some Tunisians hope, others concern

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisian voters have approved a referendum on a new constitution that gives more powers to the country's president. It's a step that brings hope to many in the struggling North A...

Biden hails economic bill amid signs of broad Dem support

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden hailed a nascent Democratic package of climate, health care and tax initiatives as “a giant step forward” for the country Thursday as congressional leaders began ...

BOJ's public relations crisis forces rethink on inflation message

TOKYO, June 30 (Reuters) - Japan's central bank has stumbled into a rare public relations storm that has dragged debate about its ultra-low interest rates out of sterile boardrooms and into tabloi...

Coface Asia Corporate Payment Survey 2022: Asian companies face rising credit risks despite shorter payment delays

HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 29 June 2022 - Coface’s 2022 Asia Corporate Payment Survey, conducted between November 2021 and February 2022, provides insights into the evolution of payment behaviou...

Spain unveils emergency actions to curb soaring living costs

MADRID (AP) — The Spanish government has approved a package of emergency economic measures worth more than 9 billion euros ($9.5 billion) to try to temper the economic fallout from Russia’s invasion o...

Xi taking part in Hong Kong anniversary but no word on visit

BEIJING (AP) — President Xi Jinping will participate in next week's celebrations of the 25th anniversary of the return of Hong Kong to China, the government said Saturday, but it left unclear whether ...

China's Xi to attend Hong Kong handover anniversary

Chinese President Xi Jinping is set to attend a ceremony celebrating Hong Kong's handover to China 25 years ago, state media reported on Saturday. The city was handed over to China on July 1, 199...

Public workers strike in Tunisia, signaling national crisis

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — A nationwide public sector strike in Tunisia is poised to paralyze land and air transportation and other vital activities Thursday with the North African nation already in the mi...

Australia hikes minimum wage by 5.2% amid inflation pressures

Australia's independent wage-setting body on Wednesday raised the national minimum wage by 5.2%, largely in line with inflation, bringing respite to families tackling soaring living costs and high...

Japan philanthropic group begins fund raising for Ukrainians

TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese foundation announced Monday it is launching a fundraising drive to provide more than 1,200 Ukrainian evacuees in Japan with additional financial support for language studies an...

Australia swears in new Labor PM ahead of Quad meeting

By Renju Jose SYDNEY, May 23 (Reuters) - Australia's Labor Party leader Anthony Albanese will be sworn in as the country's new prime minister on Monday as he promised a "journey of cha...

Australian voters head to polls in close-run election

SYDNEY, May 21 (Reuters) - Australians vote in a national election on Saturday, with opinion polls showing the opposition Labor Party narrowly ahead of the ruling conservative coalition although a str...

Japan April consumer prices post biggest jump in over 7 years

TOKYO, May 20 (Reuters) - Japan's core consumer inflation in April rose above the central bank's 2% target, hitting a more than seven-year high as increases in energy and commodity costs are c...