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[Newsmaker] Elusive bitcoin founder a reluctant identity

Secretive Australian entrepreneur Craig Wright, who has revealed himself as the creator of the virtual Bitcoin currency, is an elusive individual who appears to have covered his tracks well.Details ar...

Updated : 2016.05.03 18:38

U.S. State Dept. recommended to re-designate N. Korea as religious freedom violator

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom has called on the U.S. State Department to re-designate North Korea as a "country for particular concern" for religious freedom violations, a media report said Tuesday.The independent organization under the U.S. federal government mad...

Updated : 2016.05.03 16:34

Parents of N. Korean restaurant workers appeal to U.N. for help to return defectors

The parents of 12 female North Korean staff who defected to South Korea last month while working at a restaurant run by the North in China have sent a letter to the United Nations asking the international body to mediate their return, a Chinese state-run media reported on Tuesday. South Ko...

Updated : 2016.05.03 16:31

China replaces deputy chief envoy to N. Korea nuclear talks

China has replaced its deputy chief envoy to the long-stalled talks on North Korea's nuclear weapons program, a diplomatic source said Monday, in an apparent regular reshuffle of positions. Xiao Qian, who assumed the role in May last year, was promoted as the director-general of the Asian ...

Updated : 2016.05.02 17:25

Yen rally eases after Tokyo hints at intervention

The yen's soaring rally took a breather in Asian trading Monday after Japanese finance minister Taro Aso warned over the surge, vowing to take action "when necessary".The weekend remarks hinted at a possible market intervention in the wake of the Bank of Japan's shock policy decision last ...

Updated : 2016.05.02 14:43

China not invited to N. Korea's rare party congress: source

China appears to have not been invited to a rare congress of North Korea's ruling party, a diplomatic source said Monday, reinforcing speculation that Beijing is unlikely to send a delegation to Pyongyang. The first party congress in 36 years, which will start on Friday, is expected to dis...

Updated : 2016.05.02 11:53

Trump willing to strengthen alliances: foreign policy adviser

U.S. Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump is willing to strengthen relations with allies, even though he will seek to have them pay more for American defense support, a foreign policy adviser was quoted as saying Sunday.Walid Phares, an expert on terrorism and Middle Eastern a...

Updated : 2016.05.02 11:49

U.S. once again forced to turn to Russia for help on Syria

Scrambling to resuscitate a nearly dead truce in Syria, the Obama administration has again been forced to turn to Russia for help, with little hope for the desired U.S. outcome.At stake are thousands of lives and the fate of a feeble peace process essential to the fight against the Islamic...

Updated : 2016.05.01 22:01

Aso says Japan will take action with currency if needed: Nikkei

Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso said that one-sided speculative movements in the dollar-yen rate are “extremely concerning,” the Nikkei newspaper reported Sunday.Japan will carefully watch currency markets to ensure speculation doesn’t continue and will take action as may be necessar...

Updated : 2016.05.01 21:10

Eurozone economic growth rate unexpectedly doubles

The eurozone economy has finally recouped all the ground lost in the recessions of the past eight years after official figures Friday showed that the 19-country single currency bloc expanded by a quar...

Updated : 2016.04.29 20:24

BoJ surprises as it holds off stimulus, delays inflation target

BoJ surprises as it holds off stimulus, delays inflation targetThe Bank of Japan shocked markets Thursday as it held fire on a fresh round of widely expected stimulus measures, sparking questions abou...

Updated : 2016.04.28 14:48

Oil prices in modest rebound

Oil prices rose Tuesday, rebounding slightly from sharp losses sparked by a report that Saudi Arabia was close to completing an oilfield expansion.Analysts said the gains, partly prompted by a slightly weaker dollar, would likely be short-lived due to lingering worries about a global suppl...

Updated : 2016.04.26 21:42

Saudi to sell less than 5% of Aramco, create $2 trillion fund

RIYADH (AFP) -- Saudi Arabia will sell shares in state oil giant Aramco and set up the world‘s largest wealth fund under a long-term economic reform plan, the deputy crown prince said Monday. Prince Mohammed bin Salman said the plan, dubbed “Saudi Vision 2030”, aimed to end the country...

Updated : 2016.04.25 21:23

Exploding hoverboards on EU list of ‘made in China’ horrors

 BRUSSELS (AFP) - From exploding hoverboards to cancer-causing children‘s pyjamas, the EU on Monday warned of a tide of dangerous products for sale with most still coming from China. Brussels said it had issued 2,072 alerts on unsafe products ranging from toys to clothing and appliances...

Updated : 2016.04.25 21:21

[Newsmaker] Obama pushes for global trade deals in face of opposition

HANNOVER, Germany (AP) -- President Barack Obama mounted a strong defense of international trade deals Sunday in the face of domestic and foreign opposition, saying it‘s ``indisputable’‘ that such ...

Updated : 2016.04.25 20:24