- Agency: North Korea plans satellite launch this month Updated: Feb-02-16 12:10 pm
SEOUL, South Korea - Weeks after its fourth nuclear test, North Korea announced plans Tuesday to launch an Earth observation satellite on a rocket later this month, in what critics see as a covert test of banned technology for a ballistic missile that could strike the U.S. mainland.
- Cheap oil buoys consumers, shakes up global governments Updated: Feb-02-16 12:02 pm
Cheap oil will be sticking around for a while.
- N. Korea, planning rocket launch, getting better at stealth Updated: Feb-02-16 11:33 am
TOKYO - Less than a month after its purported H-bomb test, North Korea announced Tuesday it is planning a rocket launch as soon as next week. Though speculation of a launch had been growing for about a week, experts say that with underground railways, giant tarps and a movable launch pad structure in place the North is getting a lot better at hiding its preparations.
- BBC secures rights to 2022, 2024 Olympics from Discovery Updated: Feb-02-16 9:57 am
LONDON - The BBC will continue to broadcast the Olympics through 2024 after reaching a deal Tuesday to sub-license the exclusive British television rights from Discovery Communications.
- Pope extends new olive branch to China in bid to mend ties Updated: Feb-02-16 9:39 am
VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis has expressed his great admiration for China and declined to criticize its longtime one-child policy in a bid to heal decades of estrangement between Beijing and the Holy See and open a new era of dialogue.
- Energy sector leads another decline in stocks as oil falls Updated: Feb-02-16 9:38 am
NEW YORK - Energy companies and banks are leading an early decline on Wall Street as prices for oil and natural gas take another tumble.
- Nintendo's quarterly profit slips 36 percent on lower sales Updated: Feb-02-16 9:14 am
TOKYO - Nintendo Co. reported a 36 percent drop in quarterly profit on Tuesday after lackluster video game sales for the year-end holiday shopping season.
- Senior Chinese official arrives in North Korea Updated: Feb-02-16 4:54 am
PYONGYANG, North Korea - China's point man on North Korea arrived in Pyongyang, the country's capital, on Tuesday amid a flurry of diplomacy over the North's recent nuclear test.
- US firm in China meat scandal disputes court's verdict Updated: Feb-02-16 1:03 am
HONG KONG - A U.S. meat supplier is disputing a Chinese court's verdict that its local subsidiary sold expired chicken and beef to McDonald's, KFC and other fast food restaurants in China.
- Taiwan county builds huge glass shoe as tribute to women Updated: Feb-02-16 12:46 am
CHIAYI, Taiwan - A Taiwanese county has built an enormous glass shoe as a tribute to local women who suffered from a debilitating foot disease.
- US concerned over disappearance of 5 Hong Kong residents Updated: Feb-01-16 3:12 pm
WASHINGTON - The U.S. says the disappearance of five Hong Kong residents associated with a publisher specializing in books banned in mainland China raises serious questions about Beijing's commitments to the territory's autonomy.
- US manufacturing weakens in line with China factory slowdown Updated: Feb-01-16 11:42 am
WASHINGTON - Factory activity in the world's two biggest economies - the United States and China - slowed in January, a discouraging trend for the global economy.
- Review: 'The Cowshed' a stark reminder of dark time in China Updated: Feb-01-16 11:14 am
"The Cowshed: Memories of the Chinese Cultural Revolution" (New York Review Books), by Ji Xianlin
- Rhode Island boy with terminal cancer gets own license plate Updated: Feb-01-16 10:40 am
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - An 8-year-old Rhode Island boy with terminal cancer whose final wish was to become famous in China is getting his own license plate.
- Iran: $100B in assets 'fully released' under nuclear deal Updated: Feb-01-16 9:05 am
TEHRAN, Iran - Iran said Monday it now has access to more than $100 billion worth of frozen overseas assets following the implementation of a landmark nuclear deal with world powers.
- China sets up new military regions under reorganization Updated: Feb-01-16 8:38 am
BEIJING - China has created five new military regions covering the country as part of a continuing drive to reorganize and streamline the 2.3 million-member People's Liberation Army.
- Sexwale to meet South African federation over FIFA campaign Updated: Feb-01-16 8:16 am
FIFA presidential candidate Tokyo Sexwale will meet with senior South African Football Association officials on Tuesday for an "update" amid reports that the millionaire businessman's home federation is frustrated over his lackluster campaign.
- Snow strands travelers at start of Chinese New Year getaway Updated: Feb-01-16 8:09 am
BEIJING - China's travel rush ahead of Lunar New Year has been disrupted by rare snow in central parts of the country.
- China company accused of fleecing investors of $7.6 billion Updated: Feb-01-16 8:08 am
BEIJING - Police arrested the maverick founder of China's largest online finance business on suspicion of fleecing 900,000 investors of $7.6 billion, in what could be the biggest financial fraud in Chinese history.
- Japan introduces negative interest rate to boost economy Updated: Jan-29-16 5:40 am
TOKYO - The Bank of Japan on Friday said it will charge lenders that leave too much cash on idle deposit with it, introducing a negative interest rate policy for the first time as it seeks to shore up a stumbling economic recovery.
- US economy likely slowed sharply in October-December quarter Updated: Jan-29-16 3:18 am
WASHINGTON - The U.S. economy likely slowed significantly in the final three months of 2015 - and the picture seems to have grown gloomier in the first few weeks of 2016.
- Sony reports a jump in fiscal third quarter profit on PS4 Updated: Jan-29-16 3:13 am
TOKYO - Sony Corp. reported a 33.5 percent jump in quarterly profit as sales improved in its PlayStation 4 video game business.
- Toyota raising stake in Daihatsu to make it wholly owned Updated: Jan-29-16 3:11 am
TOKYO - Toyota is planning to raise its half stake in minicar maker Daihatsu to full ownership.
- Honda quarterly profit slips on air-bag recall related costs Updated: Jan-29-16 2:41 am
TOKYO - Honda's quarterly profit slipped 19 percent as costs related to air-bag recalls eroded the benefits from growing sales.
- UN official: Iran, Israel could ratify nuke test ban treaty Updated: Jan-29-16 1:11 am
VIENNA - The head of the U.N. nuclear test ban treaty organization says arch-enemies Iran and Israel are "the closest" of the eight holdout nations to ratifying the treaty and assuring the world they will never conduct a nuclear test explosion.