Obama pays tribute at Hiroshima nuclear memorial

Barack Obama paid moving tribute Friday to victims of the world's first nuclear attack, during a historic visit to Hiroshima.In a soaring speech watched by survivors of the atomic blast, Obama said the bomb that rent the city on A...

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China weakens yuan fixing to lowest since 2011

China’s central bank weakened its currency fixing to the lowest since March 2011 as the dollar strengthened.The reference rate was lowered by 0.3 percent to 6.5693 per dollar. A gauge of the dollar’s strength rose to a two-month...

[Newsmaker] Green professor wins Austria presidency

Austria came close to becoming the first European Union country to elect a far-right head of state as postal ballots on Monday decided a knife-edge presidential vote in favour of the anti-immigration candidate‘s environmentalist ...

Iran and India sign port deal, other economic agreement

India said Monday it will invest up to $500 million in a deal to develop a strategic port in Iran and both plan a number of projects they say are worth hundreds of millions of dollars in joint projects.The deal and plans were anno...

Japan’s fertility rate inches to highest level since mid-1990s

Japan’s fertility rate rose slightly last year, to the highest level since 1994, indicating Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s economic program may had some success in slowing the rate of population decline.The total rate rose...

Obama lifts decades-old arms ban in his 1st visit to Vietnam

U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday lifted a half-century-old ban on selling arms to Vietnam, looking to bolster a government seen as a crucial, though flawed partner in a region that he has tried to place at the center of his f...

US Secretary of State Kerry urges further reforms in Myanmar

NAYPYIDAW, Myanmar -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday urged Myanmar's new civilian-led government to complete the Southeast Asian nation's transition to democracy by implementing further reforms to enshrine free marke...

Britain says Turkey 'decades' from joining the EU

LONDON (AFP) -- British Prime Minister David Cameron said Sunday it would be decades before Turkey could possibly join the EU, saying that it might happen in the year 3000 on current progress.Even then, the United Kingdom, like al...

[Newsmaker] Taliban leader Mansour is man of war, not peace talks

Taliban leader Mansour: man of war, not peace talksKABUL -- Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour, who according to U.S. officials was probably killed in a drone strike, took over as head of the insurgent movement last July ...

Global growth tops agenda as G7 meeting kicks off in Japan

SENDAI, Japan (AFP) - Divisions over reigniting global growth were set to surface at the G7 in Japan Friday, with US Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew expected to stand firm over any action threatening a currency war.Two days of talks ...

Egypt army says plane wreckage found near Alexandria

CAIRO (AP) – Egyptian air and naval forces have found some of the passengers' ``personal belongings'' and debris of EgyptAir flight 804, which crashed while carrying 66 passengers and crew from Paris to Cairo, the army said Frida...

EgyptAir plane carrying 66 has crashed: Aviation officials

CAIRO (AP) — An EgyptAir flight from Paris to Cairo with 66 passengers and crew on board crashed in the Mediterranean Sea off the Greek island of Crete early Thursday morning, Egyptian and Greek officials said. A frosted glass pa...

China criticizes U.S. steel anti-dumping measures

BEIJING (AP) -- China has criticized U.S. anti-dumping penalties imposed on Chinese steel amid mounting complaints Beijing is exporting at improperly low prices to clear a backlog at home.The Commerce Ministry complained Wednesday...

Fed: June hike likely if economy picks up

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Catching many investors off guard, the Federal Reserve made clear Wednesday that an interest rate hike in June is likely if the economy keeps improving.The minutes of their most recent meeting in late April show...